Reliable Information About An Issue

As part of our new project we have asked to chose an issue that may be personal to us, in the news at the moment or something that we feel passion ate about and have a strong opinion on. Researching things about this issue will help us to create images about this issue and it will help us know more about the situation so we can show our opinion more and it will also help us to create better images as we will have a better knowledge of how to represent the issue in a way that is sensitive and won’t offend anyone or mock the issue.

The issue that I have chosen to focus on for my project is homelessness and how it effects people and how people go about the situation. This may be how people are affected by the situation and peoples opinions on it and how people help others who are in need. The reason I have chosen to focus on this issue is because a lot of people lately are taking many things in their life for granted and don’t appreciate the things that they have or get in life. This links to the issue of homelessness because when they receive something of high value and sit in their nice warm house all day they don’t think of what others have or don’t have. It has become a rising issue and more and more people have become homeless recently than ever before. The government are really bothered about homeless people and even though they claim to they don’t actually do much to help them and this is why they can be stuck in a situation like this for a long period of time.

As part of research for this issue and to find out a good reliable source of information that we can trust, we have been asked to find three different pieces of information about the issue and about the subject we have chosen and rank them in order of what we find is the most high quality and the least best quality piece of information that we find and why. We have already looked at different places where you can get information and whether they are reliable or not and whether they give you a good amount of information to make your knowledge stronger and to know more about the issue we have chosen to study.

Research Source Number 1

BBC News

At the end of June, 66,980 individuals or families were registered as having no home of their own – an increase of 12% from the same date last year. Most homeless families with children are living in self-contained accommodation – where there is sole use of a kitchen and bathroom – the government figures show. But more than 2,500 are living in bed and breakfast accommodation – 25% higher than a year earlier. Of those households, 830 have been in B&Bs for more than 6 weeks, 36% higher than a year earlier. A person is considered “statutorily homeless” by the government if they no longer have a legal right to occupy their accommodation or if it would no longer be reasonable to live there, for example if it would lead to violence against them. The figures showed the most common reason for becoming homeless was the ending of a short-term tenancy with a private landlord. Other reasons included no longer being able to stay with family or friends, relationship breakdown and mortgage arrears leading to repossession. In Scotland, 34,605 households app lied for homelessness assistance in 2014-15. In Wales, a total of 1,350 households were threatened with homelessness between April and June, according to the most recent statistics, and there were 1,935 households in temporary accommodation at the end of June. A total of 18,862 households informed Northern Ireland authorities they were homeless in 2013-14. According to the latest figures, the number of households accepted as statutorily homeless was 9,649.

This source of information from the bbc is a very good source of information as it provides good facts about homelessness and shows facts and figures from the past year and whether they have gone up or down from previous results. This information helped me to find out what the extent of homelessness is really like and how it has grown and grown over previous months and years. I found it very reliable as it was by the bbc which is a company which is essentially owned by us as we help to fund it when we pay our taxes. So it isn’t someone else’s source of information its their own and they have to give a good reliable source of information as it is something that we pay for and isn’t privately owned and if they didn’t give accurate information then people would think it wasn’t a good source of information then they wouldn’t want to pay for it and it wouldn’t be as big as it is now.

Research Source Number 2

The Guardian 

The number of families with children living in emergency B&Bs in England rose by 45% in the 12 months to the end of September, the highest level in 12 years, official figures show. A total of 3,000 households with children were in bed and breakfast-style accommodation on 30 September 2015, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said. Of these, just under a third had been in that kind of accommodation for more than six weeks. The figure is the highest since the summer of 2003 and underlines how councils are struggling to find suitable lodgings for homeless families. The DCLG said the main reason for the loss of a settled home was the end of a private tenancy and that it had become an increasingly frequent cause in the past six years as the number of tenants in private rented homes had risen. In 2009-10, 11% of households seeking help from councils had been living in a private rented home previously, but by 2014-15 this had risen to 29%, and between June and September it reached 31%.Local councils use B&Bs to house homeless families when they are unable to find social or private rented housing to accommodate them. Often parents and children live in a single room, with kitchens and bathrooms shared with other tenants. Other temporary housing includes hostels and refuges, supported lodgings and self-contained annexes – usually small units that may include a shower, a gas stove or electric hob, and a fridge.

Across all types of temporary accommodation, 13% higher than on 30 September 2014. A quarter of these have been moved away to a different council area. Among these were 103,430 children or expected children. Households with dependent children and/or a pregnant woman who are vulnerable in some way are among the priority groups for councils considering homelessness applications. The DCLG said that between 1 July and 30 September, local authorities received 29,050 applications for assistance from households reporting as homeless, a 2% increase on the same period in 2014. Of these, 50% were accepted, 4% more than the previous year. London accounted for a third of acceptances, at 4,700 households. In the capital, the number of households in temporary accommodation as at 30 September 2015 was 50,490. This is a 10% increase compared with the same date in 2014 (45,810) and accounts for 74% of the total England figure. There was a 20% rise in the number of households in temporary accommodation in the rest of England, from 15,100 on 30 September 2014 to 18,080 on 30 September 2015. Across England, 2,600 foreign national applicants were accepted as homeless. Campbell Rob, chief executive of the housing charity Shelter, said: “These figures are a heart-breaking reminder that thousands of families will wake up homeless this Christmas morning – many hidden away in a cramped and dingy B&B or hostel room, sometimes miles away from everyone and everything they know.  “With the double blow of cuts to welfare and a chronic lack of affordable housing, many more families are facing a desperate battle to keep a roof over their heads.”Recent figures showed that although the number of affordable homes in England rose by 55% in 2014-15, the majority were for rent at 80% of market value, while the number of social rented properties fell.

This piece of information about the homeless is by the guardian which is a fairly large newspaper company based in the UK. After reading their information I felt that it was really useful and helped me to realise that homelessness doesn’t just mean living on the streets and in abandoned places around different areas, it does also mean living in small hostels, hotels and B&B’s compared to the bbc article this gives more information about where people are placed and it shows the extent of how many people are placed in hostels and hotels and don’t actually own or rent a property. They supply facts and figures along side this to help put the point across about it. I really found this source useful as it helped me see a different side of homelessness and how people are dealt with and where they actually end up when they are helped by charities, government or friends and family.

Research Source Number 3 by Jon Sparks

With terms like ‘social justice’ and ‘tackling inequality’ being used by all main political parties in recent years, and the political rhetoric increasingly shifting to the need for addressing the ‘root causes’ of social issues, one would be inclined to believe that homelessness, one of the most acute forms of poverty, is in decline. Troublingly, this is not the case. Recent government figures show that 13,850 households were accepted as homeless between April and June of this year – a rise of 5% across England and 10% in London compared to the same time last year. This makes a total rise of 36% since 2009/10. The proportion of households becoming homeless due to the ending of a private tenancy was 30% (4,130 households) across England and 38% in London (1,690 households). Rough sleeping has risen by 55% since 2010 and by 14% in just the last year. On any one night in England in 2014 more than 2,700 people slept rough. But this is only a snapshot and the actual figure is likely to be much higher.We cannot ignore the reality behind these numbers. Homelessness is on the rise. We see this through the official figures and at Crisis we see it on a daily basis in our Skylight centres. The reasons people become homeless are diverse and at times complex. With a housing market that is no longer fit for purpose, the growth of zero-hours employment, and the perpetual cuts to housing benefit and homelessness services being imposed on local authorities, it is becoming increasingly impossible for people to keep a roof over their head. On the ground, in our delivery centres, we see people with a wide range of support needs such as mental health, addiction, an illness or disability and low levels of education or work experience – the majority of whom have fallen through the safety net and barriers to secure stable housing have quickly escalated. The average age of death of homeless people is just 47 – 30 years lower than the general population. They are nine times more likely to commit suicide and deaths as a result of infections are twice as likely. They are also 13 times more likely to be a victim of violence. These facts are shocking and inexcusable. No one disagrees with this, in fact all main political parties committed to tackling homelessness in their manifestos in the run up to the last general election. Yet despite this intent, recent policy making on issues like welfare reform and housing is doing the opposite. As significant welfare reform and housing bills make their way through parliament this legislative year, debates on cutting housing benefit for 18-21 year olds, and the security and affordability of the private rented sector will all come to play – with potentially dire consequences for people at the cusp of becoming homeless. At Crisis we have a clear blueprint for what needs to be done, not only to address homelessness, but to prevent it. The effects of becoming homeless can escalate quickly, costing the public purse between £3,000 -£18,000 per person in the first year if we don’t act early.

This source of information is very opinionated and very factual and shows someones strong opinion on the things that are happening and how the government and the public are dealing with it. This is a very good source of information as it shows someones clear opinion on how homelessness is dealt with and how people think about homelessness and what they do to help. They make very clear points about different facts regarding money and the government and what they do in terms of supplying accommodation and places for people to live. There is a lot of facts in this about the fact there is no houses and that the government want to build more. I found this piece of information really helpful as it helped me to understand other peoples opinions on the subject and how they want the problem to be resolved.

Ranking Best To Worst.

When completing research it is important to try and find different reliable sources of information and make sure they are of good quality and will help you to find out different things about what you are researching. From the different information I have found this is how I rank them from best to worst in terms of being useful and quality.


2nd- by Jon Sparks

Worst- BBC







One thought on “Reliable Information About An Issue

  1. Emily – this is an excellent piece of research with some really well considered and insightful observations about the comparative merits of these sources – a really strong start to this project.

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