EVENT: Policy Reunion – Homelessness


Homelessness policy is regarded as one of the major policy achievements of the first session of the Scottish Parliament (1999-2003). In homelessness policy and the treatment of the rights of homeless people, Scotland is regarded internationally as leading the world. The Policy Scotland homelessness policy reunion event provides an opportunity to hear from those most closely involved in the development of the homelessness policy the ‘inside story’ of how the policy evolved and its passage into legislation. The event will take place on Thursday 27th March at 6:45 until 8pm in room 1115, Adam Smith Building, University of Glasgow.

Our distinguished panel members were the key players in the development of the homelessness policy. Hearing their reminiscences of the processes involved will be fascinating. They will also give us their views on implementation after the Act was passed and the current policy challenges Scotland faces around homelessness. There will be time for a question and answer session with members of the audience.

Our participants are:

Jackie Baillie MSP (Lead Minister for Homelessness policy 1999-2001)
David Belfall (ex-senior Civil servant, Policy Lead at the time)
Prof. Suzanne Fitzpatrick (former member of the Homelessness task force)
Mark Turley (City of Edinburgh Council, CoSLA representative on the task force)

The chair for the event is Prof. Isobel Anderson who has recently published (with Regina Serpa) ‘The Right to Settled Accommodation for Homeless People in Scotland: A Triumph of Rational Policy-Making? (European Journal of Homelessness 7, 2 2013).

If you are interested in in housing, homelessness and public policy, we extend a warm welcome to come along. Discussion will be organised around a timeline on homelessness prepared by the Scottish Parliament Information service (SPiCE).

Please register at eventbrite by clicking here and we will send you an advance copy of the timeline by email.

Image credit “Homeless Y”  © flickr.com/the justified sinner/Dauvit Alexander

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