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Social Policy and Society
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  • SPS volume 19 issue 1 Cover and Front matter
    • PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746419000514
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • SPS volume 19 issue 1 Cover and Back matter
    • PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746419000526
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • A Place at the Table' Parliamentary Committees, Witnesses and the
           Scrutiny of Government Actions and Legislation
    • Authors: Hugh Bochel; Anouk Berthier
      Pages: 1 - 17
      Abstract: Issues of diversity in elected bodies have been highlighted in recent years, both with regard to elected representatives themselves, and, more recently, in respect of the treatment of those working in such institutions, especially women. This article focuses on another aspect of diversity, inequality and representation, the voices heard by parliamentary committees in their scrutiny of government actions and legislation.The article discusses the current position in the Scottish Parliament (and other UK legislatures) with, for example, around three-fifths of witnesses at Holyrood being male, and highlights both ‘demand’ and ‘supply’ factors that influence the make-up of committee witnesses. It also identifies a number of functions that witnesses can play for committees, and how these relate to diversity and representation, and suggests that there may be benefits to committees and legislatures in hearing from a wider range of voices.
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000490
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • The Neoliberal Production of Deserving and Undeserving Poor: A Critique of
           the Australian Experience of Microfinance
    • Authors: Catherine Mackenzie; Jonathon Louth
      Pages: 19 - 35
      Abstract: Neoliberalism as economic orthodoxy has facilitated the onset of social and public policy that is required to ‘fit’ with the common sense of our times. This article critiques the growth of government-supported financial capability programs in Australia. We explore the experiences of a sample of rural South Australians who have accessed microcredit. We found that microcredit provides an avenue for poverty survival by reducing the stresses associated with financial shocks through consumption smoothing, yet that the extent to which microcredit contributes to addressing poverty and inequality is questionable. We critique how the discourse of financial resilience aims to produce deserving neoliberal citizens who are moving toward self-reliance. We conclude that effort should be directed at developing a structural, proportionate universal approach that does not rely on financially vulnerable individuals navigating a regulatory environment that rewards and punishes in accordance to a market logic.
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746419000125
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • Gender Gap in Life Expectancy in Russia: The Role of Alcohol Consumption
    • Authors: Tatiana Kossova; Elena Kossova, Maria Sheluntcova
      Pages: 37 - 53
      Abstract: We investigate alcohol consumption as one of the main factors contributing to variation in the gender gap in life expectancy in the Russian regions. We consider the socioeconomic indicators and mortality coefficients that enable us to capture the causes of death related primarily to alcohol abuse and smoking. We assume that macroeconomic situation, coupled with alcohol consumption are substantial determinants of the gender gap in life expectancy in the Russian regions. A panel data analysis confirms that alcohol consumption has a significant influence on the gender gap in life expectancy and reduces the life expectancy of men first and foremost, as they are more inclined toward unhealthy behaviours. We have determined that employment and income support policies should be conducted in conjunction with the anti-alcohol policy. Social policy aimed at reducing alcohol consumption should be vigorously reinforced during an economic recovery.
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746419000058
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • The Housing Situations of Food Bank Users in Great Britain
    • Authors: Amy Clair; Jasmine Fledderjohann, Doireann Lalor, Rachel Loopstra
      Pages: 55 - 73
      Abstract: Food bank use in Great Britain has risen substantially over the last decade. The considerable socioeconomic disadvantage of the food bank user population has been documented, but little research has examined whether housing problems intersect with insecure food access. Using data from 598 households accessing assistance from twenty-four food banks operating in Great Britain in 2016–2017, we found that nearly 18 per cent of households were homeless, with more having experienced homelessness in the past twelve months. Renters from both the private and social rented sectors were also overrepresented in the sample. Households in both private and social rented housing reported high rates of rent arrears and poor conditions; those in private housing were also more likely to live in homes with damp, to have moved in past year, and to be worried about a forced move in future. Overall, housing problems are widespread among food bank users; policy interventions are needed.
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746419000150
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • From Problems to Barriers: A Bottom-Up Perspective on the Institutional
           Framing of a Labour Activation Programme
    • Authors: Helle Cathrine Hansen
      Pages: 75 - 87
      Abstract: Human resource development (HRD) approaches aim to increase service users’ labour market prospects through training and upskilling. However, research on activation policy implementation suggests that individualised, tailored measures may be difficult to implement because of organisational structures, standardised procedures, contradictory professional interests, and broad framework laws. This qualitative study explored the institutional framing of the Norwegian Qualification Programme and how that framing created barriers in service users’ trajectories towards labour market inclusion. The study applied a bottom-up perspective to analyse how these barriers are entangled in a multidimensional web of interrelated and sometimes contradictory relations. Highlighting the service users’ perspective, the study aimed to examine how institutional framing may interfere with the activation policy goal of qualifying service users for the labour market. The results point to how institutional framing governs local practice and creates barriers that ultimately may impede activation policy goals.
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746419000241
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • Introduction: Homelessness Prevention in an International Policy Context
    • Authors: Anya Ahmed; Iolo Madoc-Jones
      Pages: 89 - 93
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746419000393
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • Homelessness Prevention Policy in an International Context: The Housing
           Act (Wales) 2014
    • Authors: Anya Ahmed; Iolo Madoc-Jones
      Pages: 95 - 108
      Abstract: In this article – a review article preceding a series of articles in this themed section considering specific aspects of the impacts and implementation processes of the Welsh legislation – we contextualise the introduction of the prevention agenda in Wales by defining homelessness and highlighting the shift towards prevention policy in an international context. We consider the nature of prevention, and examine related theoretical debates, critiques and the cost/benefits of prevention. We conclude by offering some reflections on the progress of homelessness prevention since the Act’s implementation drawing on data from the longitudinal post-implementation evaluation of the Housing Act (Wales) 2014.
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S147474641900037X
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • Interrogating the Prevention Approach of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 for
           People with Mental Health Needs Who Are Homeless
    • Authors: Michaela Rogers; Anya Ahmed, Iolo Madoc-Jones, Andrea Gibbons, Katy Jones, Mark Wilding
      Pages: 109 - 120
      Abstract: Rates of homelessness and poor mental health present significant challenges across the globe. In this article, we explore how these intersecting issues have been addressed in Wales through Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 through a paradigm shift towards a prevention model. This article reports findings from a study (conducted between 2016 and 2018) which evaluated the processes and impacts of the Act against the backdrop of welfare reform and systemic changes taking place in Wales and the UK. Using new evidence, we offer a critical examination of how homelessness prevention policy operates in practice and how social values and power affect policy implementation. We offer new evidence of the translation of policy into practice through the experiences of two stakeholder groups: people with mental health needs and service providers. In doing so, we offer a critique of how policy and practice could be modified to improve outcomes for homeless people with implications for prevention policy in Wales and in other contexts and different welfare regimes.
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746419000319
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • Working and Homeless: Exploring the Interaction of Housing and Labour
           Market Insecurity
    • Authors: Katy Jones; Anya Ahmed, Iolo Madoc-Jones, Andrea Gibbons, Michaela Rogers, Mark Wilding
      Pages: 121 - 132
      Abstract: Alongside an increasing focus on ‘prevention’, moving homeless adults into work is frequently considered an important part of helping them overcome homelessness and sustain an ‘independent’ life. However, a growing evidence base shows that work does not always offer the means to escape poverty, and many in employment face housing insecurity. Relatedly, there is increasing concern about the phenomenon of ‘in-work homelessness’. Drawing on new data from a study of people’s experience of homelessness in Wales, this article considers the hitherto underexplored topic of being both in work and homeless. The article provides a critical examination of how homelessness policy operates in practice, through presenting evidence of the experiences of a marginalised group (namely, working homeless people as users of homelessness services). It also considers how policy and practice could be modified to improve outcomes for homeless people and how prevention could play out in other contexts and welfare regimes.
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746419000332
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • Rural Homelessness: Prevention Practices in Wales
    • Authors: Andrea Gibbons; Iolo Madoc-Jones, Anya Ahmed, Katy Jones, Michaela Rogers, Mark Wilding
      Pages: 133 - 144
      Abstract: Homelessness is largely understood as an urban issue and so rural homelessness is to a large extent invisible in both academic literature and in policy and practice discussions, just as it is often invisible in discourses of everyday rural life. This article draws on extensive interviews with homeless service users and providers in three rural authorities in Wales to give a clearer sense of the nature and challenges of rural homelessness. The article documents and explores the very different strategies employed by those facing homelessness in the rural context, as well as those of rural local authorities providing them preventative and person-centred support. Analysis of the struggle of many rural households to remain in place, often at the cost of homelessness and lowered ability to access services, will have resonance in a range of contexts and have implications for policy makers and practitioners in rural contexts beyond Wales.
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746419000368
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • Imaginary Homelessness Prevention with Prison Leavers in Wales
    • Authors: Iolo Madoc-Jones; Anya Ahmed, Caroline Hughes, Sarah Dubberley, Caro Gorden, Karen Washington-Dyer, Kelly Lockwood, Mark Wilding
      Pages: 145 - 155
      Abstract: In this article we engage in a critical examination of how local authority Housing Solutions staff, newly placed centre stage in preventing homelessness amongst prison leavers in Wales, understand and go about their work. Drawing on Carlen’s concept of ‘imaginary penalities’ and Ugelvik’s notion of ‘legitimation work’ we suggest practice with this group can be ritualistic and underpinned by a focus on prison leavers’ responsibilities over their rights, and public protection over promoting resettlement. In response we advocate for less-punitive justice and housing policies, underpinned by the right to permanent housing for all prison leavers and wherein stable accommodation is understood as the starting point for resettlement. The analysis presented in this article provides insights to how homelessness policies could play out in jurisdictions where more joint working between housing and criminal justice agencies are being pursued and/or preventative approaches to managing homelessness are being considered.
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746419000356
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • Challenges to Implementing the New Homelessness Prevention Agenda in Wales
    • Authors: Anya Ahmed; Iolo Madoc-Jones, Andrea Gibbons, Katy Jones, Michaela Rogers, Mark Wilding
      Pages: 157 - 169
      Abstract: Devolution presented an opportunity for the Welsh Government to introduce changes to housing and homelessness policy, and the subsequent homelessness reforms are seen as one of the best examples to date of the Welsh Government using its powers. However, devolved governments in small countries face a number of challenges in terms of realising their housing policy ambitions. In this article we argue that there is inevitable dissonance between the policy behind the Welsh Government legislation (prevention) and practice (implementation) associated with structural challenges (for example, austerity and budget restrictions, Welfare Reform and the availability of affordable accommodation). In response we propose a number of actions the Welsh Government might undertake to attempt to mitigate such structural challenges which also resonate in the English context where welfare retrenchment and homelessness prevention policies operate simultaneously.
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S147474641900040X
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • Policy Transfer and Part 2 of the Housing Act (Wales) 2014
    • Authors: Mark Wilding; Iolo Madoc-Jones, Anya Ahmed, Andrea Gibbons, Katy Jones, Michaela Rogers
      Pages: 171 - 182
      Abstract: Part 2 of the Housing Act (Wales) 2014 and its implementation has been keenly observed by governments outside of Wales, as they continue to search for policy solutions to help address the homelessness crisis. This article examines the extent to which there has been policy transfer from Wales to other national contexts and the potential for such transfer to occur in the future. It is identified that some transfer has already taken place within the UK and there is the potential for future policy transfer both within the UK and internationally. Adaptation to each of the new contexts is necessary to underpin successful transfer of provisions of the Act; however, outside of the UK this will need to be more extensive and include the introduction of a right to housing.
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746419000344
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
  • Some Useful Sources
    • Authors: Anya Ahmed; Iolo Madoc-Jones
      Pages: 183 - 184
      PubDate: 2020-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DOI: 10.1017/S1474746419000381
      Issue No: Vol. 19, No. 1 (2020)
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