Housing First: Antonian policy-making
Current St Antony's Student (MSc Comparative and International Education 2017-) and Centre for International Studies Research Associate (2015-) Brooks Newmark recently wrote a report on Homelessness in England which has been incorporated into the recent UK Budget. With the support of the Think Tank the Centre for Social Justice and the homeless charity Crisis, the report was titled 'Housing First: Housing-led Solutions to Rough Sleeping and Homelessness.' The report came out in March. The recommendations from the report were adopted in the Conservative Manifesto for the General Election in June. In last week’s Budget statement by the Chancellor the Government announced a £28m commitment to pilot the scheme in three areas in England (the West Midlands, Liverpool and Manchester).
Brooks Newmark said 'I am very excited that the Government is finally tackling the blight of homelessness in a way that I believe will end up eradicating rough sleeping in the UK.'
'A big thank you to St Antony’s and the Centre for International Studies for giving me a base to produce my report. I am really pleased that I have been able to take an idea, assemble a working group of experts, do the research, write a report and now see the policy implemented in less than two years.'
Brooks Newmark was a Minister in the Cabinet Office and a Government Whip in the Coalition Government (2010-15).