Posted: Sun 5th Jun 2016

Social Impact At Cardiff University’s Innovation And Impact Awards 2016

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 5th, 2016

Innovative research which dramatically increased the number of homeless people assisted each year in Wales has won a prize for its Social Impact at Cardiff University’s Innovation and Impact Awards 2016. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Work by Dr Peter Mackie, Senior Lecturer in Cardiff’s School of Geography and Planning, led local authorities to change the way homeless people are helped in Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Dr Mackie’s research, funded by Welsh Government, directly informed the Wales Housing Act 2014. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Before the Act, legislation left single people with limited support. Around 3,000 homeless people who sought help were left without accommodation each year in Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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The new Act introduced a duty on local authorities to help to prevent homelessness or help to secure accommodation for everyone who is threatened with homelessness or who is homeless. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Welcoming the Award, Dr Mackie said: “Thanks to Welsh Government, the Act has been a significant step forward for Wales in achieving a more socially just approach towards addressing the global issue of homelessness. Welsh Government should be commended for bringing this innovative rights-based legislation forward.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Geoff Marlow, Senior Homelessness Policy Officer with Welsh Government said: “The Mackie Review is an outstanding example of social innovation. The Review – and the 2014 Act – have significantly changed the way homelessness assistance is delivered in Wales and is impacting on the lives of thousands of homeless people.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

These innovative developments in Wales have also prompted a recent Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry into homelessness services in England, where it looks likely that similar legislative change may take place. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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