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Smoking creates £760m annual social care bill for cash-strapped councils

30.01.17: Smoking is costing local authorities and individuals an enormous £1.4bn in social care costs to cover the growing needs of people with smoking-related illnesses, a parliamentary report has found. The research, conducted by Action on S...

Rough sleeping numbers skyrocket by 16% in last year

26.01.17: The number of rough sleepers in England has increased by 16% in the past year, over double the figure declared in 2010, new figures have revealed. DCLG statistics on rough sleepers in autumn 2016 revealed that local authorities estimated 4...

Glasgow blames UC for negative impact on homelessness services

19.01.17: Welfare reform has been slammed by a Glasgow MP following reports that the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) is exacerbating homelessness and affecting council services. Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central, questioned DCLG ministers in...

Councils welcome £48m homelessness provision but remain cautious

18.01.17: Councils have been awarded an extra £48m of funding to help expand homeless provision, but they have already warned that this may prove insufficient to tackle the problem. The funding announced by the government aims to help councils...

Scottish councils considering universal basic income trials

04.01.17: A scheme to give every citizen a universal basic income (UBI) is set to be piloted by two Scottish councils as they have started to investigate trial schemes this year. The initiative, in which benefits will be replaced by a single, uncondi...

Councils condemn violence and abuse against rough sleepers

23.12.16: Rough sleepers are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence and 15 times more likely to have suffered verbal abuse than members of the general public, new research has revealed. Homelessness charity Crisis’s survey...

Khan announces £50m ‘move-on’ fund to house the homeless

21.12.16: The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced plans for a £50m fund to help homeless people move on from hostels and refuges and back into long-term accommodation. The ‘move-on’ housing fund will provide two-year tenancies...

Government admits to abolishing child poverty unit

20.12.16: The specialist child poverty unit (CPU) within the Civil Service has been abolished, it has emerged. In response to a written question by Dan Jarvis, the MP for Barnsley Central, Damian Hinds, the work and pensions minister, said that the C...

GMCA submits integrated bid to tackle ‘disgraceful’ levels of homelessness

16.12.16: Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is seeking further support in its plans to tackle homelessness by drawing from all areas of the government’s £40m homelessness schemes. The combined authority was recently successful...

Children’s Commissioner aims to bridge north-south divide in life chances

06.12.16: The Children’s Commissioner for England has launched a new year-long project to find out why children in the north of England are falling behind their southern counterparts. The project, ‘Growing Up North’, calls for regen...

Casey Review urges action to address social integration as issues ‘allowed to fester’

05.12.16: More action is needed from central and local government to tackle widespread divisions between different communities, according to a major review of integration and opportunity in Britain. The review, by Dame Louise Casey, argued that socia...

Homelessness now affecting over 250,000 in ‘modern day housing crisis’

01.12.16: Homelessness in England now affects over a quarter of a million people, a report released for Shelter’s 50th anniversary has revealed. The charity used a combination of official statistics and Freedom of Information requests to produc...

Homelessness charity highlights ‘mental health crisis’ facing rough sleepers

29.11.16: Local authorities with high numbers of rough sleepers do not have enough specialist mental health services to cope with demand, a new report has revealed. The homelessness charity St. Mungo’s used a Freedom of Information request to a...

Late intervention still costing councils £6.4bn per year, but spending profile shifts

18.11.16: It is still costing local councils £6.4bn a year to deal with damaging social problems which might have been addressed more cheaply earlier on, a new report has revealed. The Early Intervention Foundation’s (EIF’s) most re...

Estate regeneration plans risk deepening north-south divide

11.11.16: Current government plans for estate regeneration risk further leaving behind deprived communities in the north and the Midlands, a think tank has warned. This past January former prime minister David Cameron announced plans to demolish and...

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23/02/2017And justice for all

Nothing less than a ‘whole-place’ pooling of public service budgets and devolution of criminal justice system powers to local level can create the conditions for community transformation, argue former communities secretary Hazel Blears and Lord Patel, chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission. Reform of the Criminal Justice... more >
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