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Scotland ends homelessness

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Scotland moves to end homelessness

 

Gerard Seenan

Thursday March 6, 2003

The Guardian

 

Every person in Scotland is to be guaranteed a home under legislation passed in Edinburgh yesterday.

The Homelessness (Scotland) Act, passed by the Scottish parliament, is intended to ensure that by 2012 everyone unintentionally homeless is entitled to permanent accommodation.

 

The act, which received cross-party support and was widely welcomed by homelessness charities, is the centrepiece of the Scottish executive's social justice programme. Liz Nicholson, director of Shelter Scotland, said it was arguably the most progressive homelessness legislation in western Europe.

 

As well as guaranteeing a home to all Scots, it offers greater legal protection to those who are homeless or who are in danger of becoming homeless.

 

Margaret Curran, the minister for social justice, said the problem of homelessness in Scotland was not going to be solved overnight, but the act would tackle the root causes of the problem.

 

"Our work on housing will go down as amongst the most significant achievements of this first parliament," she said.

 

Robert Alridge, director of the Scottish Council for Single Homeless, said the act represented a culture change in the way homeless people were treated in Scotland.

 

"The new act aims to concentrate resources on assisting homeless people to be housed successfully, rather than on investigating how they might be rationed out of the system," he said.

 

Under the new legislation, the current distinction between priority and non-priority applications for local authority assistance will be phased out. By 2012 everyone who is unintentionally homeless will be equally entitled to a home.

 

For people who are judged to have made themselves intentionally homeless, there will be new support in the form of probationary tenancies, which will allow them to get back into society.

 

There will also be changes to the process of property repossession, to help prevent one of the causes of homelessness.

 

 

Wow-finally a government that doesn't just talk.

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Guest sneak

big up scotland...finally doing something right.

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Originally posted by nG

now they have somewhere to stay i'm pretty sure they're eligible for the national football team :D .

 

seriously though, good work.

 

doesnt mean that the team will be any good....lol

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^^Hehe

 

No seriously, that sounds great, go Scotland.

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soylent green is people!

 

jk its nice to see that a government can use its time, energy and money towards something for the good of people.

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Originally posted by sneak

doesnt mean that the team will be any good....lol

 

Ha, the football comment is quite related to the thread as it's a so called 'british' government fault Scotland has no football team! Back in the day the working class males were able to teach the youngsters in thier communities how to play football. Along came Maggie Thatcher who created great economic difficulties in Scotland, particularly for workers in heavy industry, therefore destroying the working class social stucture of Scotland. Now they have alcoholics, skag heads, crap weather and ginger hair! - how are they ment to play and teach football?!

 

Fuck english govenment. An independant parlement is the best thing to happen to Scotland for a long time.

 

:scowl:

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Originally posted by SKUMBALUCKAH

Ha, the football comment is quite related to the thread as it's a so called 'british' government fault Scotland has no football team! Back in the day the working class males were able to teach the youngsters in thier communities how to play football. Along came Maggie Thatcher who created great economic difficulties in Scotland, particularly for workers in heavy industry, therefore destroying the working class social stucture of Scotland. Now they have alcoholics, skag heads, crap weather and ginger hair! - how are they ment to play and teach football?!

 

Fuck english govenment. An independant parlement is the best thing to happen to Scotland for a long time.

 

:scowl:

 

Yeah my uncle is always saying the same thing-usually no one understands him though cause he's got a really strong Scottish accent. That or he's really drunk so he slurs his words.

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Originally posted by SKUMBALUCKAH

Ha, the football comment is quite related to the thread as it's a so called 'british' government fault Scotland has no football team! Back in the day the working class males were able to teach the youngsters in thier communities how to play football. Along came Maggie Thatcher who created great economic difficulties in Scotland, particularly for workers in heavy industry, therefore destroying the working class social stucture of Scotland. Now they have alcoholics, skag heads, crap weather and ginger hair! - how are they ment to play and teach football?!

 

Fuck english govenment. An independant parlement is the best thing to happen to Scotland for a long time.

 

:scowl:

 

you sound like my sociology teacher....

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