Peer review on homelessness report


We summarise the findings of our June 2014 peer review on Newcastle's Active Inclusion Strategy for homeless people in a new report.

The report investigates the local dimension of the European Active Inclusion strategy, which is based on three interconnected pillars:

  • Inclusive labour markets.

  • Adequate income support.

  • Access to quality services.

The peer review demonstrates that cities have different levels of influence over these three pillars. The provision of good quality services appears to be the active inclusion pillar over which there is the most control at local level. The peer review uncovered a number of choices made by Newcastle City Council and other agencies as key factors behind providing quality services, which include:

  • high level political support for good quality services

  • focus on prevention

  • building services based on findings and evidence from research and practice

  • a holistic approach

  • effective cooperation between agencies

  • a framework within which service users can be consulted about the provision of services

The report also investigates factors beyond the city administration’s control that play a role in Newcastle’s ability to create good quality services. They include:

  • the legal framework for tackling homelessness

  • the provision of free health care services

  • resources that have been devoted to preventing and tackling homelessness by previous national governments

A low demand in the housing market was also found to play a strong role in enabling ‘housing first’ or housing-led provision of services and facilitating public acceptance of the provision of accommodation to homeless people. 

You can find the full report at the link below.