- 09 Feb
PROVISIONAL DATA SHOWS THAT VERY MANY PATIENTS HAVE EXPERIENCED UTMOST DELAYS IN A&E IN JANUARY
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...
- 31 Mar
Older people's support service sees funding boost
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...
- 14 Aug
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...
- 12 Feb
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...
- 04 Feb
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...
Responding to the DWP Consultation: Housing Benefit Reform - Supported Housing "It was well-run, in a good location, and very useful. I've only one suggestion; as the session went on it would perhaps have been useful for bullet points of general agreement about what should be in the sector response to be displayed and added to as the session went on, maybe on a flip chart. Regarding your response paper, I particularly like the answer you give to question 9. In fact the general: "if it ain't broke don't fix it" response could be pushed harder." M.P. - Adref Ltd