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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...

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...

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Charity develops £4.5m fund to tackle homelessness

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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... more >

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11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It... read more >

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Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

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Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

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Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

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An integrated approach to greening public transport

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If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help the most vulnerable and trailblaze public service reform, then criminal... more >
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Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

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New social care funding misses the point

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

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Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
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Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >

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