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Windsor council withdraws proposal to fine homeless

15.02.18: Windsor council has withdrawn its plans to fine rough sleepers, following backlash from the public. In a report, ‘Rough sleeping support and anti-social behaviour strategy,’ Windsor and Maidenhead Council suggested the introduction...

Pay restrictions pushing families of public sector workers below poverty line

15.02.18: One in seven children of public sector workers will be living in poverty by the end of next month, a trade unions have warned. Research by the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) revealed that since 2010, public sector pay restrictions and in-work bene...

Council apologises for historical child sex abuse that left ‘dreadful stain’ on authority

19.01.18: Nottinghamshire County Council’s leader has today apologised for historical sex abuse that took place in the authority’s children’s homes, admitting that the organisation had “failed” some of the children entrusted...

Council leader vows to crack down on ‘aggressive begging’ ahead of royal wedding

04.01.18: The leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council has this week written to Thames Valley Police calling for a crackdown on homelessness and “aggressive begging” in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding. In his lette...

Government’s ‘light touch’ failed to address ‘shameful’ homelessness

20.12.17: The Department for Communities and Local Government’s attitude to reducing homelessness has been “unacceptably complacent,” the Public Accounts Committee has said. In a report published this week, the committee has argued that...

Early years services see funding halved since 2010

05.12.17: Urgent action is needed to protect vital early years services, Barnardo’s has warned. Research by the charity has revealed that funding in some areas has reduced by almost 50% since 2010. Figures from the Department for Education show...

Living standards set to fall for longest period yet , think tank says

24.11.17: Britain is heading for the longest period of falling living standards since records began, the Resolution Foundation has warned this week. In its analysis of the Autumn Budget, the Foundation found that real household disposable income is set t...

Government releases £1.5bn to support roll-out of UC in Budget U-Turn

22.11.17: The chancellor has today U-Turned on the controversial Universal Credit policy, as he announced a £1.5bn package that will be used to deal with issues created by the roll-out. In particular, the fund will be put towards cutting down t...

‘Victorian’ housing laws ‘in a mess’, post-Grenfell study finds

15.11.17: Outdated housing laws are old, with variable enforcement, and in “desperate need” of reform, a report commissioned by influential charity Shelter has concluded. The report, ‘Closing the gaps: Health and safety in the home,&rsq...

Council use of bailiffs jumps by 14% in just two years

15.11.17: The use of bailiffs by local authorities has risen by 14% in two years, new research has shown. The research, by the Money Advice Trust, found that in 2016-17 councils passed over £2.3m debts were passed to bailiffs. The increase in t...

Benefit cuts expose low-income families to future recessions

08.11.17: Planned benefit cuts will expose low-income households to the risk of future recessions, according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). When the cuts are fully in place, if the falls in earnings that were seen between 2007-08...

Homeless ‘tragedy’ emerging as more than 300,000 people on the streets

08.11.17: The number of homeless people in Britain has increased by 13,000 in just one year, a report by Shelter has shown. The report, ‘Far from alone: Homelessness in Britain in 2017,’ is an extensive review of issues across the county. ...

Experts call for reform of ‘not fit for purpose’ Universal Credit

31.10.17: Universal credit needs to be relaunched if it is to be successful in the future, a review published today by a leading think tank has argued. The review, by Resolution Foundation, claims that the system is currently at risk of failing those mos...

Councillors raise concern about provision for children in need

31.10.17: Local authorities lack the resources to support children services and support young people in need, a survey by the National Children’s Bureau has revealed. The survey of lead members from 101 local authorities found that councillors felt...

IFS: Rent increases disproportionately affect low-income households

13.10.17: Low-income households are disproportionately affected by rent increases, an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has revealed. The number of people living in private rented accommodation in Britain has more than doubled since the...

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