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The Administrative Data Research Network is an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 - July 2018. It is currently at the end of its funding cycle and is no longer taking applications. Administrative data research will be taken forward in a new project, to be launched later in 2018.

Analysing the relationships between health and homelessness services in a Welsh Local Authority.

Research Overview

This project proposes to explore the impact of housing assistance on homeless people’s use of healthcare services, and their health conditions.

Given that homelessness services in Wales are going through significant change as a result of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, this study will provide a timely insight into the role of these services in the health of homeless people.

Previous studies of homeless people’s health has been limited to small scale survey and qualitative studies dependent recollection of healthcare services. In contrast, this project will use linked administrative data to provide a far more robust picture of health services use.


The Welsh government have made a commitment to a ten-year housing plan which aims to prevent homelessness, make the best use of their resources, and place service users at the centre of service delivery. By contributing to the body of evidence supporting this ten-year plan, the findings of this project have the potential to impact the most vulnerably housed people in Wales.

More about the research

This project will seek to illuminate the heterogeneity in homeless people’s access to primary and secondary health services as well as compare the health and health services use of the housed and homeless population in Wales.

Date approved

April 2017

Research team/lead researcher

Hannah Browne-Gott (Cardiff University)

Page last updated: 24/10/2017