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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The right to settled accommodation for homeless people in Scotland: a triumph of rational policy making?
Authors: Anderson, Isobel
Serpa, Regina
Contact Email: isobel.anderson@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Homelessness
access to housing
policy implementation
Issue Date: Aug-2013
Publisher: FEANTSA
Citation: Anderson I & Serpa R (2013) The right to settled accommodation for homeless people in Scotland: a triumph of rational policy making?, European Journal of Homelessness, 7 (1), pp. 13-39.
Abstract: This article presents a critical review of the final phase of implementation of the modernised Scottish homelessness framework, taking a ‘classical policy analysis’ approach to assessing its significance. The article draws on a combination of a review of evidence over the implementation period, new findings from research conducted in 2011-13 and critical observation of the policy process during implementation. Implementation was influenced by political change at Scottish and UK levels and by the impact of changes in other aspects of housing and welfare policy. The essence of the right to settled accommodation was successfully achieved, but incremental policy adjustment has meant that outcomes for those facing homelessness varied somewhat from the highest aspirations of the radical 2002 policy review, which set out the modernised framework. The extent to which the strengthened legal framework represents a policy success over the long term will depend on whether its continued implementation withstands the risk of ‘policy blurring’ in the most recent shift towards blending homelessness assessment, homelessness prevention activities and the broader assessment of the ‘housing options’ available to those seeking assistance.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/22713
URL: http://www.feantsaresearch.org/IMG/pdf/ia_and_rs_paper.pdf
Rights: Publisher allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published by FEANTSA with the following policy: It is a condition of publication that authors vest copyright in their articles, including abstracts, in The Editors of the European Journal of Homelessness. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and the Journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors may, of course, use the material elsewhere after publication.
Affiliation: Housing Studies
University of Stirling

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