An internationally renowned award has been presented to a research group whose work prompted a step-change in the UK Government’s approach to extreme disadvantage.
Published 21 February 2020
Following the publication of the policy briefing on homelessness prevention in the UK early this year, Prof Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Dr Peter Mackie, and Dr Jenny Wood reflect on the emerging impact of this CaCHE analysis.
Published 23 December 2019
Heriot-Watt University has been announced as a recipient of a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of the work of its Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), an institute that has brought new impetus to UK and international efforts to address extreme forms of disadvantage.
Published 22 November 2019
I-SPHERE Professor Sarah Johnsen describes how a flexible and relational approach helps to overcome many of the barriers that homeless people face when accessing healthcare.
Published 26 June 2019
Prof. Sarah Johnsen from Heriot-Watt University describes four key ingredients that make Housing First work.
Published 17 May 2019
Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) director Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick provided oral evidence this week to the UK Parliament’s work and pensions committee on its inquiry into the welfare safety net.
Published 18 January 2019
Following the release of a new I-SPHERE report examining temporary accommodation provision in Scotland, Beth Watts picks out some of the key themes from the research.
Published 27 November 2018
A ‘supported lodgings’ model must be introduced in Scotland to urgently address youth homelessness and reduce reliance on hostel and B&B accommodation, a new report has found.
Published 18 September 2018
A new I-SPHERE report reveals how housing associations and local authorities in England are using Fixed Term Tenancies. Beth Watts shares the main findings and reflects on their implications for the social housing sector.
Published 24 July 2018
What is the state of play for temporary accommodation in Scotland? In this blog, Dr Beth Watts reflects on a new I-SPHERE report and where to go next.
Published 6 June 2018
Professor Glen Bramley reflects on the interim report of a new study investigating housing supply requirements across Great Britain for low-income households and homeless people, and the key policy challenges facing government and the housing sector.
Published 23 May 2018
Blog: The government’s housing benefit u-turn: evidence and sound economic analysis return to housing policy?
Professor Chris Leishman reflects on whether last week’s government u-turn on housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds signals a return of evidence based housing policy.
Published 4 April 2018
Prof Sarah Johnsen reflects on the question of why Housing First seems to be so much more effective than mainstream provision for the majority of homeless people with multiple and complex needs.
Published 21 March 2018
New recommendations to ensure the commitment to eradicate rough sleeping in Scotland have been accepted in principle by the Scottish Government.
Published 7 March 2018
Research is underway to find out if people with spare rooms could host homeless young people if there was a project to offer them payment, training and support in Scotland.
Published 28 February 2018