Policies to end homelessness often focus on ending rough sleeping – just like the UK government’s recent rough sleeping strategy. But the thing about people sleeping rough is that they can look, feel and sound different to “ordinary” citizens. And these perceived differences can be seized on to justify certain approaches to the problem – from punitive to progressive.
Charities have criticised the government’s new social housing plans, calling on it to invest money rather than just "warm words".
The Green Paper on Social Housing, published today alongside a consultation, sets out plans which the government says will rebalance the relationship between residents and landlords and tackle stigma surrounding social housing.