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Social Policy Review 28Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2016$
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Menno Fenger, John Hudson, and Catherine Needham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331797

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.001.0001

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Right time, right place? The experiences of rough sleepers and practitioners in the receipt and delivery of personalised budgets

Right time, right place? The experiences of rough sleepers and practitioners in the receipt and delivery of personalised budgets

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(p.191) Ten Right time, right place? The experiences of rough sleepers and practitioners in the receipt and delivery of personalised budgets
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Social Policy Review 28
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Philip Brown

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.003.0010

This chapter outlines one way in which personalisation has been implemented within the field of homelessness within the United Kingdom. The chapter draws on research findings from a longitudinal study in Wales, which evaluated the delivery of an approach to allocate ‘individual budgets’ to people experiencing homelessness. The chapter outlines the effectiveness of the approach both in terms of outcomes for those who participated as recipients and its operationalisation by workers. The chapter makes a number of central points. First, individual budgets can be a particularly effective tool in reducing the length of time homelessness is experienced. Second, how such budgets are delivered is as important as the budgets themselves. The skill of workers to work in innovative and creative ways is crucial to their success. Finally, there are inspiring findings arising which point to the pragmatic yet frugal approach by rough sleepers towards the use of individual budgets.

Keywords:   rough sleepers, homelessness, individual budgets, Wales, United Kingdom

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