Examine the Argument That Social Identities Are Often Characterised by Inequality Based on Your Reading of Material in ‘Connected Lives’ and the Article the Act.

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Describe what table 1 and 2 tell us about local authority decisions about homelessness in England

The data in table 1 shows a clear increase in total decisions made between 1998 and 2004. Total number of decisions made in 1998/99 was 244,830 and this figure increased up to 298,390 by 2003/04, an increase of 22%. This increase is seen along all four groups. ‘Unintentionally homeless and in priority need’ increased by 30%, ‘homeless but not in priority need’ by 21% and ‘not homeless’ by 5% however ‘intentionally homeless and in priority need’ more than doubled in this time. From 2004/05 onwards all four groups of figures steadily decreased up until 2009/10. However, ‘intentionally homeless and in priority need’ further increased again from 2003 to 2005 by another 7% before eventually decreasing in 2005/06 up until 2009/10. The provisional data then shows that the numbers start to increase again across all four groups with the largest increase of 27% from 2009/10-2010/11 in ‘homeless but not in priority need’. The data shows that the highest number of decisions made of 298,390 was made in the years 2003/04.

The data in table 2 shows the number of households found to be eligible for assistance from the ‘unintentionally homeless and with priority need’ group and how many of these households were accepted during a particular period. This table shows that the majority of households were from ‘White’ ethnic backgrounds with the average percentage of over 71% of the total number of households between 1998 and 2011. Although the percentage of white ethnic backgrounds does not drop below 67% there are decreases in all ethnic backgrounds seen from 2005/06. Table two shows that there was an increase in ‘Black or Black British’ between 2000/01-2004/05 an increase of 26%. The increase can also been seen in ‘Asian or Asian British’ where there was a small 9% increase however the largest increase is seen in the ‘Chinese or other Ethnic Group’ from 2000/01-2003/04 where this...
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