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The UK has been an exemplar of innovation and an exemplar of policy failure in respect of homelessness. As a single nation and particularly as a group of de- volved administrations, with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland exercising ever-increasing control over their own homelessness policy, the UK has, collec- tively, often managed to simultaneously demonstrate innovation, success and how to make a policy mess in responding to homelessness. This short chapter attempts to summarise a long and complex history of homelessness policy in the UK to il- lustrate what that history has highlighted about designing and delivering effective strategic responses to homelessness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Homelessness
EditorsJoanne Bretherton, Nicholas Pleace
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781351113113
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2023

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NameRoutledge Handbooks


  • UK

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