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    The leaked figures showed the following:Chris Hopson, the NHS Providers, chief executive, said:"These figures have not yet been verified and should therefore be treated with caution, but they are in line with the feedback we have been getting from trusts."NHS staff have responded magnificently to increased winter pressures, but the situation has become unsustainable. The rise in long trolley...

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    The Royal Voluntary Service has been given a grant by the People's Postcode Lottery and hopes to use the money to expand its North Somerset Good Neighbour's Scheme, reports the North Somerset Times.The volunteering service sees people offer a telephone befriending service along with home visits to help older people with their daily tasks such as shopping, walking dogs or even just have a drink...

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    Homelessness message spread via pillows

    Knightstone Housing's staff has worked together with its young tenants from it supported housing in Yeovil to deliver a campaign aimed at raising awareness of youth homelessness in the area, reports 24dash.Messages on the pillows include ‘Can you offer a rea bed tonight?' and ‘Your spare room is a lifeline'. Knightstone belongs to a Somerset-wide partnership called ‘Pathways to...

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    Two-thirds of English households have fallen into arrears due to bedroom tax

    The National Housing Federation have found that not only have two-thirds of English households fallen into rent arrears since the introduction of the bedroom tax, one in seven families have received eviction risk letters and face losing their homes. The NHF have said that its survey shows how the bedroom tax was "heaping misery and hardship" on families who were unable to pay their rent but are...

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    Record number of calls to charity for help for homelessness

    Homelessness charity Shelter said they received around 1,000 calls a month regarding homelessness issues between July and December 2013. This is the largest number the charity has ever had to deal with.Figures from the latest government data show that over 4,400 households were declared homeless in just three months, a 13% increase on the same period the year before, reports Inside Housing.Due to...

Revenue Optimisation "Coventry Mind has recently worked through a programme of Housing Benefit optimisation with Support Solutions and in particular their specialist Danny Key. Throughout the whole process Danny demonstrated that he has excellent knowledge of the subject and was able to put forward a convincing case for the increase in funding to the Housing Benefit team. Coventry Mind has already and will continue to recommend Support Solutions and in particular this service to other organisations." Steven Hill - Director of Central Services


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