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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    NEW DATA PREDICTS THAT THE HOUSING MARKET MAY COLLAPSE DUE TO FALL IN PROPERTY PRICES

    According to the UK Residential Market Survey:Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, said:"We are due a significant correction in house prices."I think we are beginning to see signs that correction may be starting."What do you think?Please tweet comments @suppsolutions.For more details, visit The Sun....

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    SURVEY FINDS THAT MENTAL HEALTH DEMANDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE THIS YEAR

    The poll by NHS Providers suggests the following:Louise Rubin of the charity, Mind, said:"We are concerned that people coming forward and seeking help for mental health problems are not getting the support they need early enough, which means they are more likely to become more unwell and reach crisis point."A Department of Health spokeswoman also said:"We're committed to seeing mental health...

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    A NEW SCHEME HAS BEEN PROPOSED TO DEVELOP ARTHUR STREET ESTATE IN LONDON

    Wates Residential will help to deliver Orbit's proposed £73m regeneration of an estate in London, after their success with making Larner Road an award winning, 40,000-home, Erith Park, Bexley.Within the next few months, Orbit and Wates Residential will consult with the local community prior to submitting a planning application to London Borough of Bexley in summer 2018.Arthur Street estate which...

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    REPORT FINDS THAT PEOPLE ARE INTENSELY SUFFERING FROM LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOMES IN SCOTLAND

    According to the report by "Shelter":Shelter's deputy director, Alison Watson, said:"This report shows the disproportionate impact of Scotland's housing crisis on young people and private renters who are both over-represented in the number of people we helped."Struggling to afford or pay housing costs is the biggest presenting problem people have when coming to us for help."What do you...

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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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    PARENTS AND CHILDCARE PROVIDERS ARE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO ACCESS SERVICES ON THE "CHILDCARE CHOICES" WEBSITE

    Many parents have reported problems while using the Childcare Choices website in May and struggled to register on it. However, HMRC apologised for the inconvenience, saying it had improved the website.Two government-funded childcare schemes are to be accessed on the website, namely:According to an HMRC spokesman:"We know that some parents and childcare providers have experienced difficulties...

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    CLA PLANS TO END THE RURAL HOUSING CRISIS

    The research will be unveiled at the CLA's first Housing Summit, today with landowners who develop properties around rural communities in attendance.The research consists of the following information:According to CLA president, Ross Murray:"The rural housing challenge we face is to deliver a range of much-needed homes which will reinvigorate our rural areas across England and Wales and help to...

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    HOSPITAL BUILDING PLANS TO CLOSE FOR A YEAR DUE TO FIRE SAFETY PROBLEMS

    After a review of buildings, 52 inpatient beds will be moved from the trauma unit of John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, on the 4th of August.According to the NHS trust overseeing the site, a "combination of fire safety factors with this building" makes it presently unfit for inpatients. Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust report identified the following:OUH Chief Executive, Dr...

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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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    RESIDENTS OF BUILDINGS IN LEDBURY ESTATE, SOUTHWARK, SOUTH LONDON WILL BE MOVED OUT TEMPORARILY

    The buildings in Ledbury Estate in Southwark have been constructed in a similar way to Ronan Point, a tower block in Newham which collapsed in 1968 as a result of a gas explosion, killing three. An English Housing Survey last month revealed that due to safety hazards and inadequate facilities, 29% of homes in the private rented sector do not meet the National Decent Home Standard, which means...

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    THERE IS A DECLINE IN THE HOUSING MARKET IN LONDON AND OTHER PARTS OF THE SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) made the following findings:Chief Economist at Rics, Simon Rubinsohn:"Sales activity in the housing market has been slipping in the recent month and the most worrying aspect of the latest survey is the suggestion that this could continue for some time to come."What do you think?Please tweet comments @suppsolutions.For more details, visit the...

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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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    DATA REVEALS THAT OVER 40% OF MATERNITY WARDS IN ENGLAND REJECTED EXPECTANT MOTHERS AT LEAST ONCE LAST YEAR

    The data which was the outcome of a Freedom of Information request reveals the following:Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow health secretary, said:"These findings show the devastating impact which Tory underfunding is having for mothers and children across the country."The uncertainty for so many women just when they need the NHS most is unthinkable."A Department of Health spokesperson also said that...

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