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    SAJID JAVID: IF YOU WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO HELP YOU BUILD AND SELL HOMES, YOU HAVE TO SELL THEM ON FAIR TERMS

    Over 100,000 new build homes have been bought with Help to Buy Equity Loans since its introduction in April 2013.However, issues such as the increase of ground rents paid yearly to the house builder and the selling on the freehold interest to a secondary party who was not willing to sell it to the lease-holder, have been persistent.From now, only builders who accept the government's terms of...

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    REPORT FINDS THAT LACK OF SUFFICIENT MENTAL HEALTH PROVISION IS THE CAUSE OF THE RISE IN SUICIDES AMONG FEMALE PRISONERS

    A Prison and Probation Ombudsman, Nigel Newcomen, drew up a bulletin which reviewed 19 cases of female suicides over the last three years; the following were found:According to the Ministry of Justice data, there are 3,869 female prisoners compared to 80,988 in the male estate which represents 5% of the whole prison population. However, women account for 23% of all incidents of self-harm.Mr....

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    MILLIONS OWED TO THE GOVERNMENT DUE TO 'OVERPAYMENT' ERRORS TO TENANTS

    The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) complained about wasting money that belongs to taxpayers, yesterday.The following official figures were released:According to the Sun, chief exec at the Taxpayers Alliance, John O'Connell, said:"The welfare system remains so complicated that even officials at DWP are struggling to get their sums right."The Department has to improve because when we're...

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    GOVERNMENT MAY ROLL AFFORDABLE HOUSING INTO A NEW CIL REGIME

    At the moment, CIL rates are fixed locally as a percentage of development value and are based on local infrastructure priorities which are not mandatory for councils to put into effect.According to Gavin Barwell, the Housing Minister, site-specific negotiations over Section 106 payments could be removed to create a centralised fixed tariff in the next budget which will cover all new...

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    PATIENTS WITH DELAYED RELEASE FROM HOSPITAL OCCUPY OVER 2,500 HOSPITAL BEDS

    'Bed-blocking' occurs when patients are fit to leave the hospital but other issues prevent them from getting discharged.According to the BBC, in spite of the fact that the NHS is to blame for most delayed transfers, the numbers attributable to social care are also on the rise.While analysing delays caused by social care pressures, the BBC England data unit made the following findings:Prime...

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    RESEARCH SHOWS THAT SVR MORTGAGES ARE ALREADY HIGH AND COULD RISE EVEN FURTHER

    Those on the SVR mortgage rates are already on typically higher rates and this could rise even further. These rates would not be advantageous considering the rise in cost of living.The following findings were made by L&C after analysing types of mortgage deals homeowners are on:David Hollingworth from L&C Mortgages said:"It is worrying to see so many people still on a Standard Variable Rate...

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    HUNDREDS OF PREGNANT WOMEN WITHOUT LEGAL STATUS ARE AVOIDING SEEKING NHS ANTENATAL CARE

    One NHS trust has contravened its guidelines on maternity care by sending letters to women with complex asylum claims, warning that they will have their antenatal care cancelled if they do not bring credit cards to pay fees of over £5,000 for maternity care.According to NHS rules, it is legal to ask for payment from those who are not eligible for free care because they are not domiciled in the...

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    402 MILLION POUNDS WILL BE INVESTED IN COUNCILS WITH THE GREATEST HOMELESSNESS DEMAND FROM APRIL 2017

    Presently, funding is only used for homeless households and not for the prevention of homelessness in the first instance.The funding by the Department for Communities and Local Government is set to perform the following functions:The allocations would be as follows:In a written statement to parliament, Marcus Jones, the homelessness minister, said the funding has been allocated based on "the...

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    RULES AROUND PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENTS MAY CHANGE ON THURSDAY

    Ministers have advised chief executives of over 30 charities which claimed that people will be left without vital financial support, to restrict access to a disability benefit.The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) said about 160,000 people who have received Personal Independence Payments would be affected if the changes go on.Phil Reynolds, the consortium co-chairman which is made up of...

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    CIH SCOTLAND POINTS OUT ISSUES WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW SINGLE PAYMENT ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT

    Following recent warnings from the Scottish Parliament's Social Security Committee about problems with the new Universal Credit system,  CIH Scotland has pointed out some issues with the implementation of the new single payment, such as:The following warnings have also come up as CIH Scotland prepares for its yearly conference which is scheduled to take place at the Scottish Event Campus in...

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    THE STATUS OF THE SOCIAL CARE SECTOR REQUIRES IMPROVEMENTs

    It was also found that the social care sector has the following characteristics:Social care seems like an adjunct to the NHS instead of being an important service in its own right. While the chancellor announced the budget funding boost, he claimed it would "deliver immediate benefits to the NHS".The status of social care profession, therefore, requires improvement, for the chancellor's funding...

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    PRIVATE SECTOR RENTS MAY INCREASE BY OVER 20% IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS

    This prediction connotes the following:The data from the RICS survey also showed that about 1/3 of those who responded to it felt that vulnerable tenants were finding it more difficult to access rented housing.According to 24Housing, David Smith, RLA Policy Director, said:"Today's survey is a reminder that it is tenants who will ultimately suffer as a result of the Government's punitive tax...

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    MPS HAVE CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO PUBLISH ITS EQUALITIES ASSESSMENT INTO THE REMOVAL OF HOUSING BENEFIT

    Youth homelessness charity, Centrepoint, has warned that the policy which is to be introduced from April could put 9,000 young people at risk of homelessness.Caroline Nokes, work and pensions minister said this about publishing the assessment:"We did look very carefully under the public sector equality duty at the impacts that this policy would have and shared that information with the social...

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    THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN URGED BY THE BMA TO INCREASE HEALTH SPENDING BY 10 BILLION POUNDS

    This increase in health spending to a proportion of GDP that matched that of the 10 leading economies across Europe could pay for at least 35,000 extra beds a day and many more GP's, according to the union of doctors.This call for investment also comes at a time when the NHS is feeling the strain amid rising demand, staff shortages and pressure on its finances.The Guardian stated the following...

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    BRITAIN'S LEADING LANDLORD BODY HITS 30,000 MEMBERS

    The following are facts about the RLA:The RLA said this while expressing thanks to their members:"The RLA is now extending a huge thank you to all its members for helping the association become the leading voice for landlords across England and Wales."Their Chairman, Alan Ward also said:"This is a massive achievement for the RLA - and something we could only dream of when the association was...

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    DATA SHOWS THAT MORE THAN 23,000 ALLEGATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE AGAINST CARERS

    The requests submitted by the BBC Radio 4 programme File on 4 showed the following data:A Department of Health Official said:"This government has introduced tougher inspections of care services, given councils access to up to £7.6bn of dedicated funding for social care and will continue to challenge local authorities that do not fulfil their duties under the Care Act".What do you think?Please...

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    ONE OF THE BIGGEST LOSSES OF SENSITIVE CLINICAL INFORMATION IN THE NHS's 69-YEAR HISTORY

    Documents containing patient data ranging from screening results to blood tests and diagnosis did not reach their intended recipients for more than five years, from 2011 to 2016, as the company which was supposed to deliver - a private company co-owned by the Department of Health and the French firm Sopra Steria - mistakenly stored them in a warehouse.An inquiry which costs millions of pounds has...

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    DEVELOPMENT SET TO BE THROWN OUT BY BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL

    The plans for Bloor's Homes to develop a former golf club into new homes, a primary school, multi-use community hub and new access onto the course, which closed last March, have faced strong opposition from both residents and councillors.Birmingham City Council's development chief said in a report last year that the site which was to be used was not in the new development plan for...

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    HOME-SHARING PLATFORMS AND LONDON'S HOUSING CRISIS

    Copley's discussions yesterday at a City Hall meeting  with Airbnb, short term lettings sites, local authorities and community groups focused on the following:In 2015, guidance was issued by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to remove the need for planning permission to rent out a property or room as temporary accommodation for less than 90 days a year.In Camden (which...

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    BENEFIT CLAIMANTS MAY BE DRIVEN TO POVERTY BY SANCTIONS

    Work Programme providers and jobcentres do not give payments to twice as many people as others in the same area, according to a report by the public accounts committee.Parliament's spending watchdog:According to a DWP spokesperson:"Our sanctions guidance is the same right across the UK and the fact is the number of sanctions has more than halved in recent years."Sanctions are an important part of...

Exempt Accommodation, Welfare Reform and Vulnerable Tenants Everything was extremely useful. I like to hear about the updated case law and how things are changing. Also like to hear other delegates examples and the responses to their difficulties. Support solutions are excellent. K.B- Jephson Housing Association

 

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