Poverty and Inequality

UC should be paused as system ‘remains beset with problems’

10.07.17: A charity has today called on the government to pause the Universal Credit (UC) roll out after it found that a third of people who had applied for money under the new scheme were waiting more than the six weeks it should usually take to receive...

Charity develops £4.5m fund to tackle homelessness

25.05.17: A social investment fund worth £4.5m has this week been launched by charity Homeless Link to tackle the issue in local areas. The fund will support housing agencies and social enterprises across England to reduce homelessness and is o...

Punitive benefit cuts pushing mental health sufferers further into poverty

22.05.17: The benefits system is causing a large number of people suffering with mental health problems to be made even more unwell, a new survey has found. In research conducted by charity Mind, around 3,000 people with mental health problems were a...

Older people miss out on £3.5bn in unclaimed benefits

25.04.17: Older people are missing out on £3.5bn in unclaimed benefits despite almost one in four over-65s finding it difficult to make ends meet, charity Age UK has today announced. Research from the charity found that millions of older people...

Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

25.04.17: Areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out to single people, couples and families have seen a 16.85% increase in the number of people being referred to foodbanks – more than double the national average. In a report drawn up by c...

DCLG to consult councils on spending model for Troubled Families scheme

06.04.17: The government will review the spending model of its current Troubled Families programme with local councils, the first annual report of the controversial scheme has revealed. The programme was first introduced in 2012 and ran until 2015, c...

Modern slavery referrals to authorities skyrocket 78% in one year

24.03.17: Referrals of potential victims of modern slavery soared by 78% from 2014 to 2015, prompting councils to warn that greater awareness was needed from the public to spot the signs of exploitation that can lead to workers living in squalid condition...

Jones replaces DWP fee with new homelessness grant to allow councils ‘flexibility’

16.03.17: A new grant to tackle homelessness that will provide £402m over the next two years and allow councils “more control and flexibility” over budgets was announced yesterday by the government. In a parliamentary statement by c...

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...

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Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog ... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK ... more >
Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

21/07/2017Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

A London council has this week celebrated a landmark judgement which could see it recover up to £1.3m in regulatory and enforcement costs. ... more >

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15/06/2017Challenges remain

As PSE went to press, we were days away from finding out which political party or parties would be leading the country following Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election for 8 June.  Whoever enters the door at No.10, irrelevant of their political colour, is faced with serious challenges, from social care to the NH... read more >

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National policies won’t fix local problems

National policies won’t fix local problems

Andrew Carter, the recently-appointed chief executive of Centre for Cities, argues that the new government will only succeed if it focuses on implementing policies that are adaptable to place-bas... more > more last word articles >
Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog has this week warned. Findings from Which? st... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK and Scottish governments. The deal was signed... more >

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Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

19/06/2017Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

A number of local government leaders and figures have been named in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list. The list recognises the achievements of people across a number of different sectors by handing out awards for services to their respective fields. All in all, 1,109 people received an award this year, as 554 (50%) of peop... more >
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Changing our commissioning approach

03/07/2017Changing our commissioning approach

Michelle Atkinson, commissioning manager at Leeds City Council, explains how the local authority has changed its approach to commissioning homeca... more >
Reinventing local government

03/07/2017Reinventing local government

The time has come for councils to adopt a ‘changemaking’ culture in order to drive a radical reinvention in local government, argues ... more >
Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

03/07/2017Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

Kerry Hallard, the president of the Global Sourcing Association, argues that despite some highly-publicised cases of breakdowns in public sector ... more >
Harnessing data sharing in transport

30/06/2017Harnessing data sharing in transport

Simon White of Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) argues that the UK can be at the forefront of innovative mobility solutions if the government enc... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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