Blog Archive

March 2014

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    Young people fear mental health medication

    49% of thirteen to 25 year olds have said they were concerned by the drugs they were given to help with their mental health. Half said they were "dissatisfied" about the information provided about possible side effects, the survey of 250 youngsters who had experience of mental health medication found.The poll has come after a new online tool had been launched by the charity YoungMinds to try and...

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    Supported accommodation for young and old people with physical and mental disabilites

    The supported living scheme has 20 one-bedroom apartments in the former Moorgate Mill in Mill Hill, Lancashire. It is aimed to cater toward people between the ages of eighteen to 65 with physical and mental disabilities. The development will have support workers on site and the flats will also have assistive technology so the residents will be able to maintain their independence, reports the...

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    Removal of safety net sees £120 council tax rise

    Through the use of freedom of information requests, a joint investigation by the Guardian and the campaigning organisation False Economy have found that from April, 83 local authorities are reducing the protection for residents with vulnerabilities. The survey of local authorities revealed that over 670,000 of the poorest households in England will face an increase in council tax of £120 a year...

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    Council urges government not to pull ‘safety net' that protects those with vulnerabilities

    Due to the Tory-led coalition announcing that they will abolish the fund from April 2015 Islington Council are worried about the lack of support those with vulnerabilities will receive. The local welfare provision fund helps the council pay for small items of furniture, carpeting and kitchen items for locals in need. These include homeless people and victims of domestic abuse, reports 24dash.Over...

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    Social housing tenants find themselves in debt due to welfare reforms

    Interviews have been conducted with 83 tenants in January, many of whom have been tracked since July when the study began. Reported by 24dash.findings revealed: • 77% of households are in debt and the average owed by residents who have taken part in previous rounds of the study is now £2,943 - up 28%.• £34.41 is the average weekly debt repayment - an increase of 58%.• 18.5% of income is...

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    Only 6% of social housing tenants have moved after housing benefit changes

    On 1st April the benefit changes will have been in place for a year and BBC analysis of data from social housing providers suggest that 28% of tenants affected have fallen into rent arrears and only 6% have moved home. The government were hoping that the changes would free up larger homes and save taxpayers over £1m. Prof Rebecca Tunstall, director of the centre for housing policy at the...

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    New hospital aftercare service for homeless people

    Research undertaken by homeless charities St Mungo's and Homeless Link have found that only a third of homeless people in hospital received help with their homelessness. They found that many who were discharged ended up being straight back onto the streets without any of their housing or health issues being addressed. Consequently this resulted in worsening health and readmission to hospital. The...

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    The government is introducing new checks across the health and care sectors

    This would be a new fitness test for health and social care leaders."The consultation on this new legal duty runs until 25 April 2014", according to GOV.UK.Norman Lamb, Care and Support Minister said:"Scandals like Winterbourne View and Mid-Staffs damaged confidence in our health and care system. We are committed to rebuilding that trust and making sure that people at all levels are held to...

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    Wrong treatment of victims of domestic violence: Amanda's Story

    Amanda's story (not her real name):She was supported throughout by Women's Aid, with an independent domestic violence adviser trained by Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (Caada).Amanda had experienced domestic abuse from her partner for a while but felt poorly treated by police officers.According to reports by the Guardian:"Last year, during an argument, her partner threw her...

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    DWP to make changes to the way social landlords apply for 'alternative payment arrangements'.

    According to Inside Housing, social landlords in four ‘pathfinder' areas in the north west of England have complained of delays to APA requests, poor communication from the DWP and instances of the department failing to acknowledge requests.The DWP has agreed to make changes, including bringing in a standard form for APA requests.The NHF, in a newsletter issued on Monday, said:"There is an...

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    Charities talk to discuss with DWP effects of Universal Credit and define ‘exempt accommodation’

    Homeless Link, Sitra, Women's Aid, National Housing Federation and the Charted Institute of Housing have been in close discussion with DWP to try and identify a solution to the affect Universal Credit is having and to define exempt accommodation.The group discussed that currently the cost of supported accommodation, hostels and shelters, which are important for supporting those with...

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    10% reduction in the amount of homeless people in Scotland

    The Scottish Government have released statistics that show local authorities received around 8,000 applications for homelessness assistance from October to December 2013, which is 10% lower than the same period the year before.  There was also a 14% fall in the number of households assessed by councils as homeless or likely to be homeless within the same time period, reports Inside Housing.There...

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    A quarter of a million older people have been left without state care

    A new report has found that 250,000 older people have lost their state-funded help with carrying out everyday activities like, bathing, dressing and eating. The cuts have been constantly reduced over the past four years due to council budgets being dramatically condensed. The authors of the report have warned that the NHS and government are currently "flying blind" in the planning of services for...

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    A study has found rural social tenants are being forced into poverty due to welfare reform

    The report is based on 200 interviews with tenants in the south west and has found they were cutting back on essential items such as food, dipping into savings, borrowing money and selling their belongings to cope with welfare reform.Whilst many said they would like a job, 57% of households had no one in work due to disabilities, ill-health and caring responsibilities, reports Inside...

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    New website to help adults spot the signs of mental health issues in young people

    A recent poll on the general public found 69% of people supported the idea of every school having a dedicated member of staff on site for children to approach about mental health and well-being issues.The poll also found that over a third of adults wouldn't know how to spot a child with a potential mental health issue, reports the BBC.A new online tool has been launched, called MindEd, which...

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    An older couple with disabilities forced to live apart in temporary accommodation

    Due to forcing a woman in her late 70s and her husband, who is in his 80s, to live apart, Newham Council has been ordered to pay the elderly couple £750.After being made homeless by their landlord, the couple had been living with their son and his family in the east London borough. After approaching the council as a family, they were told the only temporary accommodation that was immediately...

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    A new project has been launched to help homeless families in Hackney

    Shelter's support workers can help families with different problems, including support to get back into work, access to the right health care and mental health support, and help managing rent arrears and family finances, with the support of the Berkeley Foundation.Meanwhile, a further 400 families in Hackney are on track to benefit from weekly housing advice surgeries run by the charity, which...

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    Social Media, Organisations and Vulnerable Adults

    Vulnerable adults are people who are at a greater than normal risk of abuse.Older people are vulnerable especially those who are frail, unwell, confused and are subject to immobility and are unable to keep track of their affairs.Other vulnerable adults include those open to abuse because of learning difficulties, physical difficulties or mental illness.Vulnerable adults should be encouraged to...

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    Nearly 40,000 social homes will fail to meet decency standard by 2015

    According to the review:Housing associations and councils also estimate that:Inside Housing reports that exemptions are granted to landlords if there are financial, legal or technical reasons why the standard cannot be achieved.The highest non-compliance rates across all landlord types are for the energy efficiency criterion.Michael Cameron, chief executive of the SHR, said:"Landlords are making...

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    The percentage of homeless families forced out of London rise by 1000%

    According to 24Dash.com, the figures also show that 2,687 other families with children were forced to move to another London borough in the same period, compared to 1,428 in 2010/11.The number of homeless families with school-age children being housed outside London by their local authorities has soared dramatically over the last four years.The rising figures make a mockery of London Mayor, Boris...

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    Housing providers can benefit from receiving consistent fire advice from 6th April

    Inside Housing reports that the government is extending the ‘primary authority' scheme to fire safety from 6th April.To date, no social housing providers have registered for the scheme, however a spokesperson for the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills said a number were ‘in conversation' with local authorities and fire and rescue services.Jan Taranczuk, vice chair of the Chartered...

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    A committee of MPs complain about bedroom tax action flaw

    According to the Evening Telegraph, Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has already announced he is topping up a fund to £50 million so he can offset the benefit cut, known as a tax by its opponents.But a committee convener Ian Davidson, a Labour MP says the action does not go far enough, and he was against the use of discretionary housing payments (DHPs) to tackle the problem.Davidson...

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    Charities, Social Media And Selfies

    Cancer Research UK has seen a mind blowing increase in donations through an online campaign asking women to post pictures of themselves with no make-up using the hashtag ‘#nomakeupselfie'.According to the charity, most women have posted their selfies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.There had been an amazing number of text donations throughout Tuesday, which was the day the campaign kicked...

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    New tenancy sustainment service from Enfield Council

    With the number of homeless families rising in the north London borough, Enfield Council have devised a strategy to reduce the 2,179 people in temporary accommodation by 1,000 through a new tenancy sustainment service. This service aims to prevent evictions and respond to the lack of housing options available for single people and couples under the age of 35 who have no children.The council's...

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    Ending youth homelessness should be a priority, says 60% of poll

    The poll by ComRess, carried out for Centrepoint, questioned 2,079 British adults attiude, with 1,247 respondents saying they believe the government should make ending youth homelessness a priority, reports Inside Housing.The research was released as the End Youth Homelessness group urged the chancellor to address the shortage of social and private rented sector properties in which young people...

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    Cap set on welfare bill could make many homes ‘unaffordable'

    In his budget yesterday, Mr Osborne said the £119bn cap for 2015/16 would rise in line with inflation to £127bn in 2018/19, reports Inside Housing.The only items excluded from this cap are state pensions and cyclical unemployment benefits. With this plan the total welfare spending would be set by the chancellor at the beginning of each parliament with MPs voting on it.Mr Osborne told MPs: "In...

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    Social care services overhaul has been backed by AMs

    AMs have backed a bill that aims to simplify laws that regulate social care and make sure councils assess carers' needs, reports the BBC.Welsh ministers have said that the legislation was key to making social services "sustainable for generations to come". It is one of the largest and most complex pieces o legislation that has gone through the Senedd.Following the vote on Tuesday evening, Deputy...

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    Over 3000 young people in Plymouth are diagnosed with a mental health problem each year

    The figures come as part of an in-depth report in mental health services as part of Plymouth City Council's Caring Plymouth work, and also reveal that over 26,000 18 to 64 year-olds are estimated to be living with a mental health disorder.The report looked into all aspects of mental health services, including how many people receive services, waiting times and satisfaction levels, reports the...

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    Homelessness charities merge to help fight homelessness

    Aquila Way, who are a homelessness charity in the North East, and Oasis, the housing arm of a community charity which work across 36 UK communities, are set to become Gatehead-based Oasis Aquila Housing, reports Inside Housing.  The move will allow Aquila Way the ability to expand its reach, whilst giving Oasis the experience to help support the communities it works in.Chief executive of Aquila...

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    MPs say the delays on disabled benefits are unacceptable

    The Commons Work and Pensions Committee have said that these delays to decisions about the new personal independence payment were causing stress and uncertainty.Claims for the new PIP, replacing the disability living allowance, began in April 2013 and are worth between £21-£134 a week, reports the BBC.Most people applying for PIP have to have face-to-face assessments to determine their...

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    Abandoned flats could become supported housing

    Adelphi Court in Storey Square, Barrow, has suffered from anti-social behaviour and posed management problems for Barrow Borough Council. Due to this the council's housing committee suspended future letting in August 2013, and at the time over 12 flats were vacant.  Since then more vacancies have occurred and there is currently only one occupied flat. Housing manager Colin Garnett has written a...

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    Colebrook are recruiting Support Workers

    Colebrook (SW) Ltd is a not for profit organisation delivering a range of services across Plymouth and the surrounding areas.  They provide supported housing, outreach support, carers' services, involvement and participation services and community development initiatives. Outreach Support Workers (Full and Part Time)  £7.90 per hour  To provide user led support to people with a range of...

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    Housing Association's new partnership hopes to keep tenants in their homes

    The tenancy sustainment services by Shropshire Housing Alliance and The Wrekin Housing Trust will assess prospective residents to see whether additional support is needed to help them maintain their tenancies, reports 24dash. Tenants will be given help with budgeting support, which includes saving plans, banking services and how to deal with debts, alongside access to low-cost furniture,...

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    Beginning a business could help bedroom tax victims

    Setting up a business to bring the spare room into use could help tenants hit by the spare room subsidiary escape the tax, says Earl John Atlee.Before setting up the business tenants would first need to get permission from either council or housing association.Earl Attlee said: "The spare room subsidy encourages people to make full use of their property and to consider running a small business. I...

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    Study into Bilateral Cochlear implants to take place

    Bilateral cochlear implants are prosthetic devices which make use of electrode arrays surgically implanted in the cochlea of the inner ear to provide a sense of sound to those how have a profound loss of hearing, reports the Guardian. Working with therapy they allow children born without hearing to develop excellent speech and language. One implant allows users to perceive speech and sounds, and...

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    Social Media And Mental Health Aid

    Munmun De Choudhury, a researcher at Georgia and an emerging leader who wants to tap the flood of social media data to gain insights into the minds of individuals as well as larger communities said:"People are not reacting as negatively as you would expect them to."The results of the study surprised Choudhury's co-author, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, a researcher at Microsoft who grew up in...

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    Ministers have been urged to build more accessible homes in the UK

    Habinteg has welcomed the government's response to the housing standards review, however it has also stated its disappointment at the fact it hasn't taken the opportunity to standardise upwards by protecting the accessible adaptable standard, reports 24dash.Habinteg chief executive Paul Gamble said: "We called for accessible standards to be included in the building regulations and we are pleased...

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    Birmingham Council says the city is not a ‘solution' for relocating homeless families

    Speaking to Oxford Council a spokesperson for Birmingham Council has said that moving families to the city is "not the solution".The spokesperson said that demand for homes in Birmingham is "also high" and that the council has their own "pressures", reports Inside Housing."We will not turn our back on vulnerable people, but the simple message for Oxford or any other council looking to relocate...

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    Young homeless people taught how to cook through Ready Steady Cook style challenges

    On a Tuesday at 6pm at the Foyer you'll find a makeshift diner for Free Food Tuesdays. The Foyer in Bath is a supported accommodation centre for young people affected by homelessness. On a Tuesday residents arrive for a weekly meal which teaches them how to cook healthy meals. Through linking up with food charities Fareshare South West and FoodCycle, the Foyer is able to provide quality food and...

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    Extra funding to help residents with mental health problems

    The housing provider has given £20,000 in funding to support the charity RESTORE who are going to use the grant to recruit and train 20 new volunteer coaches in the Cherwell District over the following two years.RESTORE provides a range of mental health support services which will be available to residents. They range from coaching and help with recovery through to gardening and carpentry,...

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    Benefit claimants' credit records can be accessed by bailiffs

    Bailiffs are now able to access benefit claimant's credit reference records in a bit to reduce the amount of fraudulent claims. The move is aiming to make it easier to confiscate high-value possessions if claimants have failed to pay back benefits that have been fraudulently claimed.Until last year the DWP were only able to access credit reference records on an ad hoc bases it there was a...

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    A ‘huge' rise in council tax arrears

    The charity has said that a 77% increase in the number of household needing advice has occurred over the last year. One reason for the increase was due to the changes in council tax benefit which was introduced as part of the government's welfare reforms in April 2013, reports the BBC.On average clients in council tax arrears were £102 short of the money they needed."Stagnating incomes, changing...

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    No ‘comprise' for homeless housing allocations

    Chair of the Scottish government's homelessness prevention strategy, Jimmy Black, has said that people are waiting too long for houses that meet a specific criteria when speaking at Charted Institute of Housing conference in Glasgow, reports Inside Housing. Current rules allow a Scottish individual or household accommodation that meets their needs, which are assessed on their homelessness...

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    Research finds over nine million people borrow money for food

    The figure has come from a survey carried out for the Debt Advisory Centre in February and has revealed that 18.7% of respondents said they had to borrow money to buy groceries. The same survey last July found that only 6% of adults said the same, reports 24dash. The borrowing of money to pay for food was most common amongst younger people and the figure has climbed to 33.6% of 18-24 year olds...

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    Report finds that many adults with vulnerabilities are ‘imprisoned' in their care homes

    In the worst cases of the House of Lords investigation, safeguards were being used to oppress people and force decisions on them. They found that these measures, which are supposed to be used to look after at-risk patients, were actually being used to deprive them wrongly of their liberty, reports the Guardian. The House of Lords committee was set up to investigate how mental health reforms...

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    Housing for homeless from a derelict villa in Brighton

    Brighton and Hove Seaside Community Homes has turned a derelict Victorian villa into 16 one and two bedroom flats to provide long-term supported accommodation for homeless people.The villa was previously used by the council as temporary accommodation with shared facilities for homeless people; however the villa had become increasingly outdated and was closed for refurbishment, but before any work...

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    Welfare cuts mean that "work doesn't pay"

    The public accounts committee has warned that cuts to council tax benefits means "work does not pay" for people worse affected by the reforms. The report said that the Department for Work and Pensions were "not fully understanding" of the impact council tax benefit cuts combined with other welfare reforms will have on people.The PAC report has found that despite the government tasking authorities...

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    Changes to mental health funding puts people with vulnerabilities at risk

    Six leading mental health organisations are warning the NHs that people with mental health problems could die due to controversial NHS funding changes which breach pledges by ministers to treat patients with psychological and psychical conditions equally. The organisations say that the NHS's decision to cut the amount of money the sector will receive in "tariffs" of fees for its services from...

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    £400,000 housing benefit missing

    A Channel 4 News investigation has revealed that money is believed to have vanished after being paid to London Housing solutions. London Housing Solutions are a firm that specialise in renting homes to welfare claimant and are currently going into administration, reports 24dash. The firm's current and former directors have acknowledged that the money is missing but refuse to accept any...

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    Lie detector tests used to catch benefit frauds

    Although the government has dropped this use of technology as they believe it to unreliable, 24 local authorities responded to freedom of information requests confirming they were using or considering the use of "voice risk analysis" software. In 2010 the DWP announced that they had given up using VRA software, however the FOI responses highlighted that some councils were still spending millions...

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    £10m rented fund for rough sleepers by council

    Croydon Council is initially investing £10m into Real Lettings, which has been designed to produce a return for investors that come from an increase in property values and rental income. It has been set up in partnership by fund manager Resonance and Broadway, a homelessness charity, reports Inside Housing. Real Lettings is expected to secure 9 one and two bedroom properties in London for...

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    Cambridge council budget £1.58m to help homeless people in the city

    The council has budgeted to help the city's homeless including rough sleepers. The budget amounts to £38,000 for each person they have a legal duty to house. There were 41 "active applicants on the register have either had a duty accepted" for the council to house them or they are sleeping rough, or are categorised as "other homeless", reports Cambridge News.Alan Carter, the council's head of...

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    Apprentices in help Lewisham Homes older residents get active online

    A report by the National Housing Federation has estimated that almost half of all adults in social housing have never been online. Data from the Office for National Statistics highlights that over 65s with disabilities are more likely to be digitally excluded. Due to this computers have been installed in Lewisham Homes' sheltered accommodation schemes and residents are being taught how to use and...

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    Scientists believe a blood test could detect the early signs of Alzheimer's

    Researchers have found that changes in the blood may signify Alzheimer's disease in its earliest stages. The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, has identified ten molecules in blood with could be used to predict whether people will go on to develop mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's with 90% accuracy, reports the Guardian. This research is the first that has been able to show...

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    Social housing staff are becoming increasingly larger to fill the gap in support

    The Frontline Futures study has been commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Wheatley Group and has said that "in many cases" housing staff want support to help them cope with the "fear, distress and suicide threats" from tenants, reports Inside Housing.  Tenants who responded to the survey also said they would to see even more of their housing officers.The study has been carried...

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    A rent holiday for up to date tenants

    Chorley Community Housing is offering a rent free special as it reaches the end of its financial year. Their income officer Elaine Ollerton said:  "CCH collects rent over a 48-week cycle, which means that in the two weeks at Christmas and at the end of March, anyone who has paid their rent on time every week and whose account is up to date gets a ‘rent free' period."Those behind on their rent...

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    Disability Living Fund to be closed

    Disabilities Minister Mike Penning has said that the coalition is planning to close the fund on 30th June next year. It is the second time the £320m has been attempted to close, with the government deciding to close the fund and devolve the funding to local authorities in 2012, however the Court of Appeal had ruled against the move last year claiming the government hadn't given proper...

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    Charity demands more action to help homeless families

    Government figures have revealed that the amount of homeless families being turned away by councils has risen, and homeless charity Homeless Link wants more to be done to help them. Department for Communities and Local Government statistics show that whilst there was a 5% drop in the number of families presenting themselves as homeless across England between October and December last year, there...

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    Some social housing tenants have managed to avoid welfare reform

    Chief executive of Circle Housing, Mark Rogers, has said that 20% of its tenants who were hit by the bedroom tax and 40% of those hit by the overall benefit cap are now no longer affected by the changes.This is apparently due to a combination of tenants finding work, downsizing, receiving discretionary housing payments or by taking a new person into their home, reports Inside Housing.The number...

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    A step in the right direction for housing benefits and people with disabilities

    Before this new ruling the word ‘adapt' in housing benefit cases related solely to changes to the fabric or structure of the property. However, following a recent case the Court of Appeal has decided that the term could now also include works such as redecoration or carpeting, which previously fell outside the scope of the definition. The court has decided that a case-by-case examination was...

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    Apprentice offers help to homeless

    Rob Walters currently works as a qualifications administration assistant for leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group, but has left the office and headed into the community to volunteer at Worcester's Maggs Day Centre and help give the homeless scheme a makeover, reports 24dash.  Mr Walters has been on hand to help out with re-decorating the interior of the centre and has also had the...

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    Many older people are denied care

    Campaigners have said that this is a "catastrophic" situation with many elderly people with vulnerabilities being denied care.In the last year only one in ten people over-65 got the help they needed. A review, based on published data, has estimated that at least 800,000 older people were going without the care they need, reports the BBC. Age UK has blamed this lack of care on the reduction of...

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    Over 870,000 people in Scotland are living in poverty

    A group of eight charities which include Shelter Scotland and Child Poverty Action Group have joined together to form Scotland Outlook, and say there is a "bleak outlook" for people living in deprivation in the country. The group have said that many children were living below the breadline and many were turning to foodbanks to feed themselves, reports Inside Housing.Their campaign aims to show...

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    Tougher laws for abusers says domestic violence campaigners

    Following a survey of victims showing that perpetrators often escape prosecution campaigners are calling for the law on domestic violence to be tightened.An online survey by Paladin, the national stalking advocacy, and two domestic violence charities, Women's Aid and the Sara Charlton Foundation, of 258 domestic violence victims found that 88% felt that the legal system didn't take psychological...

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    The government's moral case for welfare reform is called "a sham"

    Figures from the charity Trussell Trust show that over 50,000 people in Scotland have received assistance from their foodbanks in the last ten months alone. Mrs Burgess has highlighted her concerns to MSPs during a welfare reform debate in the Scottish Parliament.Mrs Burgess has said that the current reforms are creating deep concern as they're already leaving people with vulnerabilities at risk...

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    10,000 women were in homelessness services last year

    Homelessness charity St Mungo's report reveals that over 10,000 women were in homelessness services in the UK last year, with many more ‘hidden homeless.' The report titled ‘Rebuilding Shattered Lives' shows that homeless women are being failed at a local and national level. The study looks at over 200 contributions from charities, academics and homeless women themselves and highlights...

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    Lack of funding leaves mental health patients in a vulnerable position

    In the year 2010-11 funding for adult mental health services fell in real terms for the first time in over a decade. Since then freedom of information requests have found evidence of further cuts in both adults' and children's mental health services. This has seen specialist community teams merged into generic services and support being limited to those with most urgent of needs, reports the...

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    Housing association will recruit 150 tenants over the next three years

    Accord Group manages 11,000 homes across the Midlands and wants to take on its own residents as part of their wider plans to help them into work whilst also expanding their range of care services, reports 24dash. The programme is open to all Accord Group tenants and family members and will consist of a six-week pre-apprenticeship course and a 12-month paid apprenticeship.Everyone who completes...

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    £3m spend on food poverty and food banks by councils

    A third of all councils in England and Wales have said they've had to subsidise food banks. The government has said that local authorities were now responsible for providing emergency help. The Bishop of Manchester has said the government needed to be "explicit whether food banks are to be part of the system." BBC Panorama asked all 375 councils in England and Wales if they were funding food...

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    Online Abuse And Domestic Violence In The UK

    According to new research published by Women's Aid, nearly half of all women survivors of domestic violence have experienced online abuse during their relationship.Earlier this week, the Guardian also uncovered statistics which revealed 10,000 women were at risk of death in their own homes.IBTimes, UK reported what Polly Neate, chief executive of Women's Aid, said:"Two women a week are killed by...

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    Thinktank finds 70,000 job seekers' benefits withdrawn unfairly

    Policy Exchange have said that almost a third of all people who break their hob search conditions for the first time have had their benefits removed by mistake and consequently face unnecessary hardship as a result, reports the Guardian. Guy Miscampbell, the author of the Policy Exchange report, said: "It is clear that there are a significant number of people who have their benefit taken away...

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    Homeless jobseekers given support from supermarket

    Seven people who are currently staying the charity's supported accommodation projects have spent the day at the supermarket where they were able to work on the shop floor and receive valuable interview and job seeking advice from ASDA's Community Life Team, reports 24dash. Store Manager, David Jones, said: "We wanted people to come away from the day feeling confident about searching for...

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    Wilful neglect could become a criminal offence

    Around 240 prosecutions a year alleging wilful neglect or ill-treatment of patients could soon be placed under a new criminal offence in England following the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal. A consultation paper and impact assessment on the proposed new legislation says that individuals could face a £5,000 fine and/or up to five years in prison.  Far stiffer financial penalties could be...

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