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    UK PRIME MINISTER PLEDGES A NEW RIGHT-TO-BUY PROGRAM ON SOCIAL HOUSING

    The program is set to achieve the following;According to UK Prime Minister, Theresa May:"Too many ordinary working families are stuck on council waiting lists, facing unaffordable rents and struggling to save for that first deposit."That's why we will fix the broken housing market and support local authorities and housing associations to build a new generation of council homes right across the...

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    LABOUR PARTY MADE SOME POLICY ANNOUNCEMENTS ON THE NHS TO ADDRESS STAFFING SHORTAGES IN ENGLAND

    Labour made some policy announcements on the NHS to address staffing shortages in England, that had become a "threat to patients". However, according to the Conservatives, Labour's economic policies would put the health service at risk.The following have been set out by labour:According to Labour, "Keeping bursaries and not introducing tuition fees would cost £800m a year - a figure which would...

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    THE GOVERNMENT PRESSURISES COUNCILS TO PROVIDE MORE ACCESSIBLE HOUSING

    The Women's and Equalities Committee recommended the Department for Communities and Local Government to carry out an audit of Local Plans, to verify that they meet the new guidance set out in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill when it is brought into legislation.According to a recent report on disability and the built environment where this was proposed:MP's have said that "Local Plans should be...

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    THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUNG PEOPLE

    The online survey posed questions to 1,479 people between ages 14 to 24 to rate which social media platform (of YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter) negatively impact their users.The ratings were to be based on anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying as well as body image and respondents were asked to score each platform on 14 issues pertaining to health and wellbeing.The poll...

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    A SYSTEM WHEREBY PEOPLE CAN GET MORE INFORMED ABOUT ROUGH SLEEPING IS BEING MOBILISED

    The system which was launched by Rough Sleepers Cymru, a coalition of homelessness charities has had a successful year with more than 795 referrals since it was launched.According to Anthony Kandall, chair of Rough Sleepers, Cymru:"Streelink helps people make a real difference."Often, we can feel helpless seeing the increase in rough sleeping. By contacting Streetlink, the public knows that...

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    NEW DATA SHOWS DELAY IN RECEIVING MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN IN SCOTLAND

    The new figures revealed the following about mental health:Party leader, Willie Rennie said:"Waiting more than 600 days for help must feel like a lifetime. SNP ministers should hand their heads in shame."Mr Rennie also said his party would stop mental health from being underfunded, set up new units for children and make sure more mental health professionals are more readily locations.A Scottish...

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    MANY MAY STRUGGLE AS A RESULT OF CHANGES TO THE UNIVERSAL CREDIT SYSTEM

    The study envisages the following issues from the move which is expected to save the taxman £1billion a year by 2021:Chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham said:"This cut suggests some children are more important than others."No parent has a crystal ball. Families that can comfortably support a third child today could struggle tomorrow."Children shouldn't suffer on the...

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    PRIME MINISTER HAS ENDORSED A REVIEW TO CATALYSE THE MASS SALE OF NHS LAND FOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

    The review was published in late March but did not receive a response prior to the call for general elections.Ms May said this in a BBC TV Interview:"We are backing the proposals in the Naylor report (as one means of increasing funding)."According to the Naylor review by Sir Robert Naylor, former chief executive of University College London Hospitals:Deloitte also did an analysis as part of the...

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    RECENT STATISTICS REVEAL THAT FIRST TIME BUYERS RECEIVED THE MOST MORTGAGES IN MARCH

    The published sector data reveals the following:Director General of the CML, Paul Smee, said:"Comparing this March to last year is misleading because of the peak in activity before the stamp duty changes last spring."Overall, lending trends have remained reasonably consistent. The relatively sluggish activity among home movers stands in contrast to the growth in first-time buyer and remortgage...

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    THERESA MAY PLEDGES TO REPLACE THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT 1983

    According to Ms May, the new bill would introduce the following:According to the Tories, the proposals were described as the biggest change to mental health treatment law in over 30 years.Ms May said:"On my first day in Downing Street last July, I described shortfalls in mental health services as one of the burning injustices in our country. It is abundantly clear to me that the discriminatory...

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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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    GROWING UNCERTAINTIES AND AFFORDABILITY CONSTRAINTS IMPACTS BUYERS ACROSS THE HOUSING MARKET

    Figures from Halifax revealed the following:Jonathan Harris of mortgage broker, Anderson Harris, said:"The issue for buyers is affordability and bridging the huge gulf between incomes and house prices. We are seeing a number of down valuations from surveyors as caution starts to become more prevalent."Vendors are beginning to appreciate that their homes aren't worth as much as they thought."What...

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    ONE OF SCOTLAND'S LARGEST HEALTH BOARDS HAS OVERSPENT ON CARE SERVICES

    Prior to a meeting of the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (IJB) today, the following figures emerged:The entire NHS Lothian budget shows a funding gap of £22.4m and the IJB agreed to savings of £6.5m over the year on health and social care.Moria Pringle, NHS Lothian's interim chief finance officer's paper, said this in her paper:"The emerging financial position for both NHS and council...

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    THE INCREASING FUNDING GAP FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN ENGLAND REQUIRES RECTIFICATION

    The Local Government Association said the following:According to a spokeswoman for the Department of Education;"We want every single child, no matter where they live, to receive the same high-quality care and support - and this is exactly what our reforms are set up to deliver."We are clear that providing help as early as possible is the most effective way of keeping children safe, and our new...

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    UK CHARITABLE FOUNDATIONS PLAN TO JOINTLY FUND A CAMPAIGN FOR MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LONDON

    Research from Citizens UK showed that six out of the eight biggest developers in London are not meeting the long-term strategic target of 35% affordable housing, as set out by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.According to Inside Housing, the campaign is set to achieve the following:Deputy director of Citizens UK, Matthew Bolton, said:"London is facing an affordable housing crisis that our local...

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    THE PRESENT FIRST PRIME MINISTER OF SCOTLAND IS TO PLEDGE AGAINST ANY PLANS TO PRIVATISE THE NHS

    It is also expected that Sturgeon will do the following as proof of her party's commitment to fighting against further austerity:Sturgeon said this before Tuesday's manifesto launch:"While the polls have narrowed, the Tories are still on course to win the election."Labour proved beyond any doubt that they were unable to provide the opposition needed to keep the Tories in check in the last...

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    FIGURES SHOW THAT CARE HOMES HAVE SUFFERED FROM RISING INSOLVENCIES OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS

    New government figures show that 75 care home businesses covering nursing homes, homes for the elderly, residential care activities for learning disabilities, mental health, and substance abuse were declared insolvent in 2016, up from 74 the previous year, The Guardian reports.The chief executive of Care England,  Martin Green, said:"My view is that if you ask me who is to blame, it is the...

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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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    LATEST HOUSING SURVEY REVEALS THE CURRENT STATE OF THE HOUSING MARKET

    RICS UK Residential Market Survey made the following findings:RICS Chief Economist, Simon Rubinsohn, said:"The latest results demonstrate the danger, however tempting, of talking about a single housing market across the country. RICS indicators... are pointing towards an increasingly divergent picture."High-end prime properties may be seeing prices slipping back but, for good or ill, prices are...

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    ALOK SHARMA HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE NEW HOUSING MINISTER

    Garvin Barwell the former housing and planning minister, will be replaced by Alok Sharma, as the new housing minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government.Alok Sharma has done the following:Mr Sharma has also received the support of housing associations and sector bodies as they look forward to working with him to solve problems in relation to housing.What do you think?Please...

Responding to the DWP Consultation:  Housing Benefit Reform - Supported Housing "I found the event informative and timely it helped me to complete our response to DWP without which I would have struggled." S.S. - Safe House

 

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