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    A NORTH WALES COUNCIL REVEALED THEIR WAITING LIST FOR NEW HOMES HAS REACHED BREAKING POINT

    The north Wales Council revealed their waiting list for new homes has reached "breaking point".According to Clare Budden, Flintshire Council's community enterprise chief officer said:"There are currently just over 1,600 people on Flintshire County Council's waiting list for housing."This compares with just over 1,200 at the end of September 2016 demonstrating the growing need for social housing...

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    FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS HAVE CAUSED THE CLOSURE OF MANY CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES

    Local Government Association (LGA) made the following findings:Chair of the LGA's children and young people board, Richard Watts, said: "The reality is that services for the care and protection of vulnerable children are now, in many areas, being pushed to breaking point. Government must commit to the life chances of children and young people by acting urgently to address the growing funding...

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    AT LEAST 1 IN 25 NHS JOBS IN THAMES VALLEY IS VACANT

    The NHS employed over one million people in England in March, which is 2% more than the previous year.The NHS in Thames Valley has grown, employing with an equivalent of 433 more people full-time in March 2017 than it did in March 2016.The new data which includes both frontline doctors, nurses and support staff shows the following about Thames Valley:What do you think?Please tweet comments...

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    NHS BOSS SETS OUT A CASE FOR CASH BOOST

    The speech by Mr Stevens at the NHS Providers' annual conference of health managers is being made at the time when three reputable health think-thanks- the Health Foundation, the King's Fund and the Nuffield Trush- publish a joint report calling for the health sector to be given an extra £4bn in 2018.This cash boost was also promised during the EU referendum whereby it was claimed that £350m...

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    THERE IS AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS WHO WAIT LONG HOURS IN AMBULANCES BEFORE BEING ATTENDED TO

    Reports by The Guardian shows details from the FOI requests which found that:According to the shadow health secretary, Jon Ashworth:"These figures show an ambulance service pushed to the brink by years of Tory underinvestment. It's clear that NHS services last year were operating at the absolute limit of what they could with."There is no excuse for the government to allow another crisis on this...

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    THE ONS PLANS TO CHANGE THEIR DECISION TO MAKE HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS PUBLIC BODIES

    According to reports by 24 Housing, the ONS said the following:Gavin Smart, Chartered Institute of Housing's deputy chief executive also said:"Although we have been expecting this decision for some time, it is welcome news."It is important that housing associations retain their independent status, not least because it means they can secure significant amounts of private finance to bolster public...

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    RECENT ANALYSIS FINDS THAT THE HELP TO BUY SCHEME HAS ADDED TO THE INFLATION OF HOUSE PRICES

    The analysis of the Help to Buy Scheme revealed the following:The chief executive of Paradigm Housing Group, Matthew Bailes, said:" ... clearly, it worked well for developers, and for providers, it was largely neutral, and part of the game if you wanted to buy new stock."Arguably, it suited the Housing Corporation too, by helping it to achieve its targets while claiming to have squeezed grant...

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    HOMELESSNESS POLICY IS UNDER REVIEW IN A NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNCIL

    Kettering Borough Council has amended its letters to homeless residents to let them know of their right to request a temporary accommodation review.According to an ombudsman, Michael King:"People in temporary accommodation have a legal right to a review of that accommodation, and ultimately to have that review considered by the courts."But they can only follow this process if councils tell them...

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