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May 2015

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    New supported living accommodation for young people in Banbury

    Sanctuary Supported Living's Banbury Foyer has undergone an refurbishment and has installed new self-contained bedsits which will provide accommodation for eight more young people needing supported accommodation, reports 24dash.Each bedsit has a bedroom, kitchen and ensuite with specially adapted bedsits for tenants who have disabilities.SSL local service manager Louise Powell said: "This...

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    Funding to keep older people living independently in their homes

    The funding is part of the work of the Care and Repair service, which provides adaptations such as ramps, handrails and safety alarms to the homes of older people to help them stay living safely in their homes independently, reports ITV News. Part of the funding (£2m) is being put towards the Rapid Response Adaptations Programme, which helps provide minor adaptations to homes to help prevent...

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    Pilot scheme to reduce repeat homelessness

    Rich Grahame and Katie Slee have created Settle following reports by Crisis that 61% of homeless young people have no experience living by themselves and struggle to manage their tenancies. The scheme is aimed at helping these young homeless people gain the skills they need to live independently, reports 24dash. Origin Housing's Enfield Single Housing Scheme is piloting the project with ten...

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    Online campaign to support young people who are homeless in Exeter

    #Selfieless has been created as part of the University of Exeter's YMCA Society, and involves people uploading a selfie with their face concealed to social media in a bid to raise awareness about the issue of young people being homeless in Devon, whilst also raising funds for YMCA Exeter, reports the Exeter Express and Echo.President Huw Hides, 21, said: "Homelessness is a massive, and growing,...

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    Mental health trust in Sussex told to improve by CQC

    The CQC has found that the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust "requires improvement" after they were inspected in January, reports the BBC. This is due to concerns over cleanliness and their failure to produce a plan which could tackle the high suicide rate in the area.Colm Donaghy, who is the trust's chief executive, said: "It's difficult when there's criticism of leadership. You shouldn't...

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    DHP pots overspent by Scottish councils

    Local authorities were allocated £47.2m for DHP funds, however new figures show that the total spent was £50.5m; with 18 councils overspending and 14 underspending, reports Inside Housing.Within the figures it is revealed that 118,000 out of 132,000 applications for DHP were given in 2014/15.The average award value was £429, which varied from under £200 in South Ayrshire to nearly £760 in...

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    Homelessness in Moray decreases by 42%

    Along with a 42% drop in homelessness the number of people using temporary and costly bed and breakfast accommodation has also dropped in Moray, which is partly due to the increased number of new council homes, reports the Press and Journal.Officials believe that the council continues to face a number of challenges in relation to homelessness, such as further benefit reforms and the introduction...

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    Young people waiting too long for mental health support

    Current statistics show that 78.9% of young people under 18 needing children and adolescent mental health services were seen within the Scottish Government's 18-week target within the first sector of this year, reports the Scotsman.Figures published by ISD Scotland show that 83% of adults were treated within the same time frame.These statistics are a "national scandal", according to Dr Richard...

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    Emergency welfare support tripled by social landlord

    For the past two years Thirteen Group has offered a £330,000 annual pot of money to support tenants who have been affected by the government's welfare reforms over the last two years. This year, however, they have increased their budget to £850,000 due to the reduction in DHP payments, reports Inside Housing.The funding is targeted toward people who have issues with failing tenancies or void...

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    New service to prevent young people becoming homeless

    SASH is hoping to prevent youth homelessness by offering them a room in the home of a volunteer, reports the Harrogate News.Through its Nightstop emergency accommodation project SASH has already been able to help a large number of young people from becoming homeless, and it now wants to launch a new Supported Lodgings Scheme in Harrogate.The new project will offering long term support for young...

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    Scottish councils admit to lack of mental health officers

    Local authorities in Scotland have said that specialist social workers who advocate for people at risk of detention due to them being a risk to themselves or others are clocking up hundreds of hours of extra work, reports the Herald Scotland.The Liberal Democrats have found that there were only 674 mental health officers in Scotland in 2013, which is a decrease from 698 in 2012.LibDems health...

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    Charities concerns of councils criminalising rough sleepers

    Hackney council have introduced a public space protection order that could see rough sleepers in some areas of the borough face a £100 fixed penalty notice or even be taken to court and fined £1,000, reports the Guardian.The council has said that it does not want to criminalise homelessness; however charities working with rough sleepers believe that this move could lead to counter-productive...

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    Extra funding for mental health staff to be in police stations and courts

    The investment is part of a Government pilot scheme and is welcomed by NHS bosses in the Black Country, reports the Express and Star. The Liaison and Diversion service is being rolled out across Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell, with seven extra staff being hired.This will see extra mental health staff work with people of all ages suffering with their mental health, learning...

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    Housing crisis preventing young people becoming homeowners

    A report has said that the number of young people able to buy homes could fall by almost 50% within the next five years, unless the government addresses the housing shortage, reports the Guardian.The report by housing charity Shelter looked at government figures which showed that the number of new homes last year was well below the level needed to meet demand.Many young people are now stuck in...

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    £7.6m funding for mental health services for young people in Wales

    The money will be used to help improve areas of concern, says Health Minister Mark Drakeford, which includes out of hours help and access to psychological treatment, reports the BBC.The money is an 18% rise on last year's £42.8m Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service budget.Mr Drakeford said that while money alone was not the answer for all challenges facing the NHS, the changes the Welsh...

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    Homelessness rises by 41% in Cambridge

    Latest figures show that there were 262 cases of people or families presenting themselves as homeless in the last year, which is a 41% increase from the 186 figure of the previous year, reports the Cambridge News.Emma Hyde, a senior link support worker at Jimmy's homeless shelter on East Road, said it had been "continually full for as long as I can remember".She said "There's also sustainment of...

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    Inadequacies in mental health care highlighted by GPS and charity

    Mental health charity Gofal has joined forces with GPs to call for a "sustained focus" on improving mental healthcare in the primary sector in Wales, reports Wales Online.In two reports published by each organisation flaws are highlighted in access to psychological therapies for mental health patients in Wales.In the report by Gofal, it is claimed that the range of treatments, information and...

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    Victims of disability hate crime are being let down

    Police, prosecutors and probations services have failed to bring in need change over the past two years, a report by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate has found, reports the BBC.The CPS, police and probation service have said that they are committed to working together to improve their approach.Following a report two years ago, police, prosecutors and probation trusts were urged to adopt and...

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    Social housing in Wales receives £108m boost

    This money will be available for councils and housing associations to improve homes along with creating jobs and training opportunities, reports the BBC.The funding is part of a five year target for brining 200,000 social homes up to quality and safety standards.Housing minister Lesley Griffiths has already signalled her intention to end right to buy in Wales  to prevent the loss of local...

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    Home secretary's £15m pledge to keep people with mental health issues out of police cells

    During her first speech since her reappointment as home secretary, Theresa May is set to tell the Police Federation conference next week that a new policing and sentencing bill will include legislation to ban the use of police cells to detain any young people with mental health problems, reports the Guardian.It is believed that over 150 young people each year will be helped by this ban.The...

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    Bin lorries to have cameras fitted to prevent deaths of rough sleepers

    Over the last year staff at Biffa have found 93 people finding shelter inside of large industrial waste bins, with four being killed after they were tipped into the back of waste trucks, reports Scottish Housing News.It is hoped that by installing cameras into 140 of the 800 trucks, these unfortunate deaths will be prevented. Tim Standring told BBC Radio 4's You and Yours that the installation of...

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    Experts concerned mental health patients sent home unsupported

    Healthwatch England has put in a Freedom of Information request and found psychiatric patients currently spend fewer than six days in hospital than in 2012-13, reports the BBC. From the data of 32 mental health trusts, the average number of "bed days" per patients per year has fallen by 10%. Healthwatch England believe that many patients are being discharged too early and not being given enough...

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    Benefit sanctions cause one in five claimant deaths

    Following a freedom of information request from a research with Disabled People Against Cuts, Anita Bellows, the DWP have admitted that of the 49 peer reviews carried out into the deaths of benefit claimants, ten had received a sanction "at some point in their claim", reports 24dash.Ms Bellows told the Disability News Service: "Because DWP is refusing to publish these peer reviews, the only thing...

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    Mental health patients in Norfolk to benefit from online plan

    CAMHSweb is soon to be trialled by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which is an interactive resource aimed at school age children in West Norfolk as part of a Department of Health-funded project, reports The Lynn News. Within the platform are a number of online tools that are aimed to help young people along with their therapist, explore their strengths, feeling, relationships and work...

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    Mental health charity supports the practise of mindfulness

    The Mental Health Foundation want mindfulness treatments to be more widely available on the NHS following the results of a YouGov survey, reports the Independent.Mindfulness is a form of therapy which aims to increase people's awareness of themselves, their emotions and the environment around them through mediation, yoga and breathing. Mental Health Foundation CEO, Jenny Edwards CBE, said:...

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    Social landlords concern planned cuts will trigger homelessness

    New research has found that social landlords are expecting a surge in rent arrears, tenant evictions and homelessness is the government moves forward with its plans to further cut welfare support, reports the Guardian.A report by consultants Grant Thornton have predicted that the continuing impact of the bedroom tax and the moves to extend the benefit cap and impose further limits on housing...

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    Figures show number of people hit by benefit cap has fallen

    Official figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions has found that 23,100 people were hit by the cap in February, which is down from 24,300 last November, reports Inside Housing.It is thought that these figures show that people are either moving to cheaper accommodation to avoid the cap or are entering employment. The figures also reveal that 35,600 people who were previously...

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    Six year high of tenant evictions

    Figures reveal that the number of tenants evicted from their homes is at a six year high with rising rents and cuts to benefits the main reason behind it, reports the Guardian.Over 11,000 families were evicted by bailiffs in England and Wales in the first three months of this year, which is an 8% increase on last year and a 51% increase from five years ago.Separate figures also showed almost...

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    ‘Social Supermarket' launched to tackle food poverty

    The capital will trial these ‘social supermarkets' as a way of making food that could be classed as unwanted available cheaply to those who are on low incomes, reports 24dash.According to the Mr Johnson, all the food is "in-date and wholseome" but would have been thrown away by retailers for a variety of reasons, including items packaged and weighed incorrectly and over-production.Boroughs in...

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    11,400 tenants could be affected by new benefits cut

    Inside Housing have analysed data from the government's Stat-Xplore website and has found that 11,449 social housing tenants are set to be affected by the governments plans to remove housing benefit to young people aged 18-21 claiming Jobseeker's Allowance. Single parents, care leavers and those classed as vulnerable will be exempt from this cut. The policy was announced by the Prime Minister at...

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    Framework for social housing tenants in Wales created to help them pay their rent

    20 Welsh local authorities have been working in partnership with the Welsh Local Government Association and consultants from the Welfare Reform Club to develop the framework for awarding discretionary housing payments, reports 24dash.The Welsh government has called the new framework ‘ground-breaking' and aims to maintain flexibility and discretion for local authorities to meet the demands of...

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    Homeless people no longer have to take accommodation test

    Homeless people should now find it easier to obtain council accommodation after a supreme court judgement that requires housing officers to adopt a new approach, reports the Guardian.  Charities have welcomed the ruling as they have found many local authorities have been wrongly assessing need in relation to those deem "street homeless" although the description doesn't appear in the relevant...

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    Rise in the number of people sleeping rough in London

    New figures collected by the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) database has found that outreach workers recorded 2,343 people sleeping rough in London from January to March, highlighting a 15% increase on the figure from the same period last year, reports Inside Housing.Over one in three of the rough sleepers were from central or Eastern Europe and 43% were from the United...

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    Winchester council steps up support for domestic violence victims

    Cllr Ernie Jeffs, portfolio holder for communities and transport, approved recommendations to improve how the council responds to the issue, reports the Daily Echo. These recommendation include investigating the idea of further increasing the number of stage two supported housing units by ten through looking into locations and funding opportunities.They also want an arrangement between the city...

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    Housing association trains staff to support LGBT rough sleepers

    Riverside is currently working with Stonewall Housing, who offer advice and support organisations helping LGBT homeless, and will be delivering training to address the needs and experiences that can lead to LGBT people becoming rough sleepers, reports 24dash.Stonewall Housing launched the training called Finding Safe Spaces in February this year and Riverside is the first in the housing sector to...

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    Strong link between deprivation and mental health

    The study investigated the number of people treated for mental health problems between 2013 and 2014 and found that official figures stated a discharge figure of 649 in 100,000 people in the most deprived areas, reports the BBC. This compared to a figure of 197 per 100,000 people in affluent communities.The report stated there was "a strong and consistent relationship with deprivation", adding:...

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    Social housing families receive free cooking course

    Salix Homes has teamed up with food charity Fareshare to help teach tenants and their families how to prepare healthy meals when following a budget, reports 24dash.The course will last for six weeks and over that time particimpants will be able to work with qualified chefs to learn how to cook a variety of low-cost, health dishes using fresh ingredients for the whole family.There will even be the...

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    New care services for older people

    A new company has opened, who specialise in care for older people so that they are able to live independently in their own homes, reports Sussex Express.It is believed that with this new company, around 50 jobs will follow.Home Instead Senior Care aims to provide care to clients in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Polegate, Pevense Bay and surrounding  arrears.Director, Ian Cottrell, has created this new...

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    Iain Duncan Smith back in charge of welfare reforms

    Following their election win, the Conservatives have promised £12bn of welfare cuts, however not specified where there cuts will fall, reports Inside Housing.It is believed that the appointment of Iain Duncan Smith shows that it's unlikely that there will be any major change to the flagship governments policy on social security, for example universal credit and the bedroom tax.Prime minister...

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    Fears due to increase of public domestic violence

    Senior police officers in the West Midlands believe that over a fifth of all violence in public places is linked to cases of domestic abuse, reports the Birmingham Post.A report the West Midlands Police and Crime Board members this week revealed ‘public place violence' (with injury) has increased by 10.8 per cent (1,048 offences) when compared to 2013/14.Board member, Brendan Connor, said: "An...

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    Father says mental health care for young people is stretched to breaking point

    Kerry Swatridge, whose 15 year old daughter took her own life has called figures showing the rates of self-harm amongst young people on Wales "terrifying", reports Wales Online. Figures show that over 1,5000 patients aged between 10 and 19 have been treated at hospitals in Wales between 2013 and 2014.Mr Swatridge said: "The speed of the increase and the prevalence of it is terrifying. I think...

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    Tech trial for older people to be rolled out in Dorset this summer

    Joining forces, Dorset County Council, Nourish Care and European researchers want to look at the different ways new technologies can be involved in the care management of older people, reports the Dorset Echo.During the trial the researchers will look at connecting people caring for a family member or friend and give numerous carers access to shared calendars, tasks and wellbeing...

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    New initiative to support young people with disabilities

    Liberty Staffordshire Community Interest Company have been developed to maximise opportunities for young people due to growing concern they could be left isolated following the withdrawal of services, reports The Lichfield Mercury.In conjunction with Sherratts Wood, Liberty aims to "support independence" and "promote active citizenship and active lifestyles".Liberty will offer "peer mentoring and...

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    Support for people suffering with their mental health in Derby

    For Mental Health Awareness Week Derbyshire County Council are backing the initiative by highlighting the range of services available to help people deal with conditions such as anxiety and depression, reports The Burton Mail.The council's strategic director for health and communities David Lowe said: "We have a range of services available throughout the county to help people with any mental...

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    London councils to cap the price they pay for temporary homelessness accommodation

    An agreement, which has been circulated to councils, but not been made public, reveals that boroughs could be saving up to £1,800 per household if families stay in temporary accommodation for one year. This has been based on the first three months of the agreement coming into force, reports Inside Housing.The deal has been made in order to tackle the rising costs of temporary housing which has...

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    Pressure on A&E due to system failure of mental health services

    Leaked minutes from a government-attended steering group has revealed that a large number of people with mental health issues are ending up in A&E wards due to a "system failure", reports the Guardian.In the meeting attendees heard that people with mental illnesses were presenting themselves at A&E wards due to the inadequate provision for them in the community.The minutes suggest that the...

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    Mental health support in Folkestone during mental health awareness week

    From 10am to 4pm on Thursday 14th May staff and tenants from Sanctuary Supported Living's supported living schemes will be on hand to talk to people in Folkestone's Town Centre's Sandgate Road, reports 24dash.The event hopes to raise awareness of the services available for people struggling with their mental health, and give them ways to access the,.SSL local service manager Jo Miller is co-chair...

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    Homeless people in Manchester banned from using central library

    Protesters are saying that the ban on the central library in Manchester makes them feel like "second-class citizens" and "members of the underclass" and are accusing Manchester city council of social cleansing, reports the Guardian.The group has been camping in the city centre for three weeks after an anti-austerity demonstration on 15 April. Around 30 homeless people orgininally set up tents...

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    New £ 3.9m housing scheme opens near Hull

    The opening of the Railway Housing Association scheme in Mill Rise, Swanland, near Hull, was performed by David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, reports 24dash.The new housing sees an old block of flats replaced with sixteen modern two-bed apartments, and has a grassed roof to help improve the insulation of the building and surface run of rainfall. A further ten two-bed...

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    New investment in Wales sees older people receiving care at home

    The Intermediate Care Fund will give £3.76million to Mid and West Wales to support people in their own homes and local communities, hoping to in turn reduce pressure on hospitals, reports the Shropshire Star.Rebecca Evans, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, welcomed the cash boost, which is part of £17.5m being invested in the fund this year. "The intermediate care fund not only helps...

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    Universal credit system rolled out in Forest of Dean

    Cinderford and Coleford were added to the latest list of locations where the Universal Credit system is in place this week, reports the Gloucester Citizen. To help people struggling with the changes to their benefits staff at the local Citizens Advice Bureau have been given extra training and numerous fact sheets have been prepared."At present Universal Credit only affects newly unemployed single...

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    How technology is helping people with disabilities

    At the exhibit people presented all-terrain wheelchairs, adapted smartphone for people whose fingers can't cope with normal devices, wheelchairs that allow the user to become level with the people who operate it and exercise bikes adapted for people who have limited use of their legs, reports Sky News.The theme of the event is independent living, which is what Paralympic double gold-medallist...

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    New model of care homes in Wakefield to go ahead

    WDH's vision was being able to help people live longer, healthier lives and see support by co-ordinated services delivered as close to their homes as possible under the banner of ‘Connecting Care', reports 24dash.This new model of care hopes to increase the likelihood for people to live independently and reduce the potential of deterioration which would result in the need for primary and...

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    Mental health beds up to 79 miles way from patients deemed ‘not acceptable'

    A report that looked at 226 English clinical commissioning groups in October 2014 has said the average journey for a patient was 13 miles, however six teams have seen patients travel an average of over 62 miles, reports the BBC. Vicki Nash, head of policy and campaigns at mental health charity Mind, said: "When someone is in a mental health crisis, they are at their most vulnerable. A good...

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    Worcestershire to hold a Learning Disability Day

    The day will be held on Wednesday 10th June at King George V Community Centre in Ash Avenue, Brickfields, Worcester and is free for everyone to attend between 10am till 3pm, reports Worcester News.The event has been organised by a team of people who all hold an interest in the issues people with learning disabilities face. They include service users, members of the Community Integrated Learning...

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    Housing charity finds just 43 homes in London are affordable for families

    The number of affordable properties in London was just 43, which could be lower if house boats and mobile homes were not included, reports 24dash.In England on the whole over 80% of properties on the market are not affordable for families looking to get on the housing ladder.Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb said: "Over 80% of homes on the market are off limits for a typical family, and this...

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    Charities call for action on accessible housing

    Leonard Cheshire Disability charity has told The Yorkshire Post that the lack of housing which is accessible for people with disabilities must become and election issue and is calling for the Government to commit to be building more homes that are accessible for people with disabilities.The charity have been campaigning for eighteen months on the issues along with fellow charity Livability, and...

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