Blog Archive

2016

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    THE LHA CAP WILL APPLY TO ALL TENANTS THAT RECEIVE UNIVERSAL CREDIT

    These details were stated by the government:Lord Freud announced in a ministerial statement that this would "ensure simplicity and a streamlined process". He also said tenants who are moved from housing benefit onto Universal Credit after April 2019 will be protected "in cash terms" under a transitional arrangement.Chief executive at Community Housing Cymru, Stuart Ropke, said:"This policy is...

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    REPORT WARNS THAT DCLG IS COMPLACENT OVER COMMERCIAL RISKS COUNCILS FACE

    Inside Housing gave an account of the committee's report, thus:"The department does not have good enough information to understand the scale and nature of authorities' commercial activities or which authorities are placing themselves at greatest risk and it does not use the information it does have to give it a cumulative picture of risks and pressures across the sector."According to the...

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    HOMELESSNESS CHARITY (SHELTER) APPEALS FOR FUNDING TO HELP THE HOMELESS THIS CHRISTMAS

    Shelter is appealing to the public to help meet the demand due to the following:In order to remedy this situation:Director of Plan A at M&S, Mike Barry, said:"This year marks Shelter's 50th anniversary, but the surge in calls to the helpline makes it clear that Shelter is as needed now as at any time in its long history. And that's exactly why our partnership with the charity remains hugely...

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    NHS LEADERSHIP HAS TRIED TO KEEP SECRET PLANS TO CUT HOSPITAL SERVICES

    According to the King's Fund, NHS England told local managers to keep the plans "out of the public domain" and avoid requests for information.Forty-four reviews of local services have been set up across the country and interviews were carried out by King's Fund with staff involved in four reviews known as Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). Proposals have also been drawn:Interviews...

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    FINANCIAL COMMITMENT IS NEEDED TO SOLVE THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS

    The group expressed their worry about the scare housing situation and a lack of adequate national financial support for an increased house building programme.The following suggestions and statistics were also stated:Councils like Labour run Birmingham, for instance, are fighting against the rise of homelessness as many families are stuck in temporary accommodation.What do you think?Please tweet...

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    FORECAST: THE BRITISH PROPERTY MARKET'S POST-CRASH BOOM MAY COME TO A HALT IN 2017

    The following findings are also embedded in the forecast:Lucian Cook, Savill's UK head of residential research, said:"The effect of Brexit is complicating a natural shift towards the later stages of the housing market cycle when the strongest growth is seen beyond London and the southeast."What is clear is that the housing market does not like political and economic uncertainty and this points...

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    SURVEY RESULT SHOWS THAT THE SOCIAL CARE CRISIS IS GETTING WORSE

    Here are findings of the survey:According to the former president of ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services), Ray James, social care is approaching a 'perfect storm' and vulnerable people may keep getting insufficient help, therefore, the government needs to fund this sector as quickly as possible in order for help to be rendered.He said:"This survey paints a picture of adult...

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    THE NEW LOWER BENEFIT CAP WILL HIT MANY FAMILIES

    According to Inside Housing, the CIH research made the following findings:Chief executive of the CIH, Terrie Alafat, said:"The results of our research are extremely worrying. It shows that the reduction in total benefits is going to hit some of the most vulnerable families of all sizes across England, Scotland and Wales."These families lose out when the cap comes into effect from 7th November and...

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    CAN PREFAB HOMES TACKLE THE HOUSING CRISIS?

    During the second world war, prefabs existed across the country when the Government helped to house families bombed out of their homes by Germans.Improvements in technology would not make the prefabs of poor quality as it was seen to be in the 1940's.The Guardian reports that: "Ministers were said to have been impressed by the fact that some of the new generation of prefabs could be put up on...

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    LONDON COUNCILS REQUIRE HELP TO CARE FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN

    The councils need more financial help so they can help to support the refugee children over the next few years, since they "have had their budgets cut by over two-thirds since 2010", according to the Guardian.Toufique Houssain of Duncan Lewis solicitors was concerned to hear reports from some children, he said:"We have been receiving texts from some of the children saying that bandits are...

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    A TOUGHER STANCE ON IMMIGRATION DUE TO 'BREXIT' MAY DEEPEN THE HOUSING CRISIS

    In research published yesterday, the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said:CEBR economist and author of the report said:"After the Tory party conference in Birmingham, a so-called 'hard Brexit' scenario in which the UK loses access to the single market due to the introduction of immigration restrictions has become more probable."The consequences of this are ambiguous: if...

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    THE SOCIAL HOUSING REGULATOR HAS DOWNGRADED A MANCHESTER HOUSING ASSOCIATION

    St. Vincent had referred itself to the regulator after an internal audit to let it know of the problems with reporting recommendations from fire risk assessments conducted from September 2015 to July 2016 and has retained it's "V1" financial viability rating.The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) said:"SVHA needs to strengthen its operational control arrangements to ensure adherence to all...

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    HELP NEEDED FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

    On the 21st of October, Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, said:"Mental health services for young are biggest NHS failing."Mr. Hunt has also advised that schools should work more closely with Child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) teams and there should be more counselors on school premises.A secondary schools counselor for 14 years, Catrina Goundry, expressed her...

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    BRITAIN'S HOUSING MARKET AND INFLATION

    According to the Bank of England's (BoE), Financial Stability Report released just after the UK voted to leave the EU in June: "The high level of UK household indebtedness, the vulnerability to higher unemployment and borrowing costs of the capacity of some households to service debts, and the potential for buy-to-let investors to behave procyclically, amplify movements in the housing...

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    FLAGSHIP:MANY TENANTS RISK NOT BEING ABLE TO AFFORD THEIR RENTS

    Research put together by Flagship Group and carried out by Sheffield Hallam University made some findings.The report , How Affordable is Affordable Housing? looked at 2,628 weighted responses from its tenants to a survey and made the following findings:What do you think?Please tweet comments @suppsolutions...

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    THE UK HOUSING MARKET IS "CONTINUING TO HOLD STRONG POST-BREXIT", ACCORDING TO THE CEO OF ONE OF THE UK's LEADING ESTATE AGENT

    Smith's assurance was due to figures that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed earlier this week which are:According to Smith, this definitive data "defies the grim forecasts of a housing collapse, and tumbling prices".He said this about the market slowdown in capital:"This comes as buy-to-let landlords and overseas buyers continue to venture out of the capital and into regions...

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    CHIEF EXECUTIVE ENVISAGES FINANCIAL PRESSURES DUE TO GROWING DEMAND FROM AGEING POPULATION

    The chief executive of the health service, Simon Stevens, said this to the MPs:"For the next three years, we didn't get the funding that was requested ... so, as a result, we've got a bigger hill to climb."Given we've got an ageing and growing population if you just look at the population growth - even before you take account of ageing - 2018/19 will be the most pressurised year for us - where...

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    UNIVERSAL CREDIT SET TO EXPAND IN AREAS SERVED BY KIRKINTILLOCH JOBCENTRE

    The beneficiaries of this would have to live within one of these postcodes: G64 4, G66 1, G66 2, G66 3, G66 4, G66 5, G66 7 and G66 8.This entitlement means working age people in these postcodes covered by the scheme will now claim:Those that can benefit from this scheme are as follows:Note:Rhondda Geekie, Council Leader, said "Universal Credit will bring new challenges to those eligible to claim...

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    THE CLG STRONGLY SUPPORTS THE 'HOMELESSNESS REDUCTION BILL'

    The committee welcomes the Homelessness Reduction Bill's focus on homelessness prevention. The new report recommends:Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee, said:"The committee strongly supports the Homelessness Reduction Bill, which seeks to address many of the issues we found during our earlier inquiry into homelessness. These included unacceptable levels of...

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    THE ADULT SOCIAL CARE SYSTEM REQUIRES IMPROVEMENTS

    According to the watchdog in its annual assessment of care in England:ITV News reported what CQC executive, David Behan, said:"What's happening, we think, is that where people aren't getting access to care, and we are not preventing people's needs developing through adult social care, is that they are presenting at A&E."Emergency admissions of older people are increasing and we also know that...

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    RICS SURVEY SHOWS AN EXPECTED FALL IN LONDON HOUSE PRICES

    The lead indicator of the housing market (RICS) made the following findings:RICS chief economist, Simon Rubinsohn, said:"Buyers do appear to be returning, albeit relatively slowly, but the big issue that continues to be highlighted by the respondents is the lack of fresh stock to the market."Central London remains something of an outlier with contributors telling us this is the one part of the...

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    THE NEED TO EVALUATE FINANCIAL SAVINGS ON SOCIAL CARE DELIVERY IN SCOTLAND

    However, with some £569m of that money outsourced to the third sector, without a major change, spending will increase to about £667m a year by 2020.According to  Audit Scotland's research, people did not feel like  they could speak up about the services they received "in case the care they received was reduced or changed" or to protect the "feelings of the people providing care".Third Force...

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    GARVIN BARWELL, THE HOUSING MINISTER SUGGESTED THAT PARENTS SHOULD LEAVE THEIR HOUSES AND SAVINGS TO THEIR GRANDCHILDREN

    According to Barwell, this decision could help to reduce intergenerational financial inequities. He also said this to a fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham last week:"Generally in life, we all like to think that our children are going to be better off than us. In terms of new technology and life expectancy, they are going to be."But at the moment, as things stand,...

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    LINCOLNSHIRE HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS DISCUSS MERGER

    The two housing associations, Shoreline Housing Partnership and Boston Mayflower which have 8,000 and 4,800 homes respectively, have discussed coming together.A decision on whether to go ahead with the merger will be made at the end of the year as consultants are studying it's cultural, financial and service impact.The merger would lead to a landlord with a combined turnover of £52.4m.Chief...

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    PRIME MINISTER SAYS THE HOUSING MARKET NEEDS TO WORK FOR EVERYONE

    The PM said this at the close of the conference, according to 24 Housing:"It is not right that the housing market continues to fail working class people."The market needs to work for working people. That is what the government can do."She also said the 'Right to Buy and Help to Buy Schemes" were crucial in achieving the goal of building more houses and buttressed a point on innovation thus:"We...

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    RATINGS SHOW THAT MANY CCGs IN ENGLAND PROVIDE INADEQUATE CARE TO CANCER PATIENTS

    In some areas, only one in three cancer patients get diagnosed early, which is half the figure for the best performing area; almost half of the patients in one area do not get their first treatments in a timely manner and in other areas, thousands die early due to poor NHS care.According to the executive director of policy and impact at Macmillian Cancer Support, Dr. Fran Woodard:"The fact that...

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    CABINET MINISTERS PLEDGE 5 BILLION POUNDS TO AID IN TACKLING HOUSING CRISIS

    This money will be used for the construction of at least 40,000 new properties, to reduce the gap between demand for homes and supply of affordable houses and flats, iNews, reports.Sajid Javid, the communities secretary and Chancellor Phillip Hammond insist that this will enable more people to find houses in the areas under maximum pressure.The fund will provide the following:Mr Sajid Javid,...

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    NEW CHANCELLOR HAS ANNOUNCED THE ENDING OF THE HELP TO BUY GUARANTEE SCHEME

    Mr. Hammond announced the ending of the Help to buy guarantee scheme in a letter to the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney.According to him, the scheme was introduced with a specific purpose which has been successfully achieved and that it would close at the end of the year.In Autumn 2013, the Help to Buy scheme was launched by Mr. Osborne in his statement as a "landmark" scheme that would...

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    COUNCIL DECIDES TO BUILD ITS CARE HOME TO GET BETTER VALUE FOR MONEY

    Here are details about the process:According to reports by Daily Echo, Cabinet portfolio holder for adult services, Cllr Karen Rampton, said:"One of the council's priorities is promoting the health and wellbeing of our residents, especially the most vulnerable."The population of older people in Poole is increasing and we have a duty to ensure there is sufficient capacity and a genuine choice of...

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    FAMILIES ARE LEAVING THE CAPITAL DUE TO RISE IN VALUATION AND RENT INCREASE

    The following are figures and reasons why families are moving out of London:Generation Rent director, Betsy Dillner, said:"London is an incredible city and the decision to move away isn't taken lightly. These people are leaving friends and family in order to find a home they can afford and some are leaving their jobs."This should worry everyone in London, from employers facing a loss of skills to...

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    IS HOME-OWNERSHIP SUPPOSED TO BE AN OPTION ONLY FOR THE RICH?

    According to 24 Housing, former housing minister, John Healey MP, said this at the event:"A million more households became home-owners under the last Labour government but home-ownership has plummeted under the Tories."I'll always fight for more council and public rented homes, but Labour's fight must also be to stop home-ownership becoming an option for the rich."It's why Jeremy Corbyn was right...

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    REDUCTION IN NET PRESENT VALUE DUE TO RENT CUT

    NPV is the 'rental income the landlord can expect over a four-year period less cost'; it is the value of social housing to the landlord.Here are the findings of the research which was based on information gathered on 420,000 homes, according to Inside Housing:Head of Savills Housing Consultancy, Mervyn Jones, said:"The data shows that, in general, housing providers are responding to the rent cut...

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    THE HOUSING MARKET IS ALIVE AND ACTIVE AFTER BREXIT VOTE

    The analysis made the following findings:Chairman at Jackson-Stops & Staff, Nick Leeming, said:"Three months after the UK's historic vote to leave the EU, the property market remains alive and active."There are more properties on the market today than on the day of the Brexit vote, and there has only been a marginal decline in the number of properties under offer. House prices have also declined...

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    INSUFFICIENT HOUSING FOR WOMEN ON RELEASE

    This report found:The director of the Prison Reform Trust's program to reduce women's imprisonment, Jenny Earle, said:"A tent and a sleeping bag are no answer to meeting the housing needs of women on release."Safe, secure accommodation is crucial in breaking that cycle of crime, and all the harm it causes to our communities, to victims, to the women involved and to their families."A Ministry of...

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    MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MAY BECOME UNDERFUNDED DUE TO BUDGET PRESSURES

    The PAC report says:"How the improvements in services will be paid for is less clear..."The Department has announced an additional £1billion for mental health services over the next 5 years, but this money is not ring-fenced."Although the Department for health said the extra money for the service would help over a million extra people access care by 2020, chair of the PAC, Meg Hiller MP said...

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    OVER 70 SEX ATTACKS IN CARE HOMES REPORTED

    Most of these homes cater to the elderly, aged 65 and older and most of the crimes reported were physical sex assaults, including several alleged rapes.These were the findings after the BBC submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request to all police forces of which 80% replied:What do you think?Please tweet comments @suppsolutions...

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    THE THINK TANK HAS CALLED FOR A REFORM OF THE PRESENT HOUSING ASSOCIATION MODEL

    "The government needs to urgently move away from a one size fits all policy towards housing associations if it is to meet its target of one million new homes by 2020",according to Chris Walker, author of the think tank report where this was stated.Mr. Walker also said:"A new settlement will give well-run housing associations freedom to run their own organisations in the most efficient manner,...

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    GOVERNMENTS FEAR 'RESTRICTED BORROWING' WHICH MAY ARISE FROM RECLASSIFYING HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS

    The ONS is expected to reclassify housing associations as public sector bodies.Ministers do not want this reclassification because such a move would put housing association debt on the national balance sheet, which would mean association borrowing is restricted.A consultant and former head of social housing at Dunfermline Building Society, said:"My fear is that new lenders will be put...

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    A NEED FOR REFORM IN THE SOCIAL CARE SYSTEM

    According to the report:After carrying out interviews with people working in the service and being cared for, as well as analysing existing data during their review, Think tank found:BBC News reports that:"A £5bn pot of money has been set aside to encourage joint work between the NHS and care sector, with an additional £1.5bn  being added to that by 2019, and councils have been allowed to...

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    PRIVATE RENTED HOUSING MAY NOT BE AFFORDABLE TO MANY REFUGEES

    The report which is looking at the progress of the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme, the UK government's flagship effort to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees, showed the following:According to the NAO:What do you think?Please tweet comments @suppsolutionsFor more details, visit Inside Housing...

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    TRANSPARENCY WITH LAND OWNERSHIP IN SCOTLAND

    Ministers are seeking for opinions on proposals for a register of controlling interests in landowners and tenants; for clarity on who controls landowners and tenants of land in Scotland.24Dash reports what Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform said:"Improving transparency of land ownership in Scotland goes to the very heart of progressing land reform in Scotland."This...

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    CUTS APPROVED FOR LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

    Lancashire County Council (LCC) have signed off on the revised proposals at their budget meeting, where they had to try and find nearly £200 million to save by 2020. This means that the local authorities will sell more than 100 buildings including libraries, children's services and youth centres.However, LCC altered their original proposals after consulting with the public on the changes.David...

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    HOUSING MARKET MAY BE SETTLING DOWN AFTER INITIAL SURPRISE OF THE EU REFERENDUM

    Two months ago, after the EU referendum, Rics had the forecasted a major fall in sales. Conversely, over the next five years, they are forecasting a 3.3% a year increase on average; the most optimistic prediction since the EU vote.According to Rics:Rics' chief economist, Simon Rubinsohn, said:"There are clear signs that the housing market is settling down after the initial surprise of the...

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    MANY YOUNG OFFENDERS ARE PLACED IN UNSUITABLE ACCOMMODATION- ACCORDING TO REPORT

    The report which examined cases of 16 and 17-year-olds who have previously had traumatic experiences, hence "difficult behaviour" gave the following findings:The BBC reports what a government spokesperson said:"The law is clear that children's services must protect any child without a home and give them the support they need - and this age group is no exception."The number of 16 and 17-year-olds...

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    ISSUES OF HOMELESSNESS ON THE RISE IN GLASGOW

    Mr. Graeme Brown said the following to Evening Times while he visited George square to launch a new campaign to catalyse public and political support to fix the issue of homelessness in Scotland:"Despite good progress in recent years, we are still failing too many people in our society, particularly the most vulnerable, with the most basic of human rights - the right to shelter and a home."It is...

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    MANY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REFUGES AT RISK OF CLOSING DUE TO HOUSING BENEFIT CAP

    Women who have been victims of domestic violence as well as their children are at risk of falling into the hands of their violent partners if the government caps housing benefit in the social sector at the same levels paid to private landlords. This would adversely affect the finances of refuges.Women's Aid- affiliated refuges conducted a survey on refuges which showed the following:The chief...

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    HOW HOME OWNERSHIP HAS CHANGED IN THE UK

    The following shows the state of the UK housing market:What do you think?Please tweet comments @suppsolutions Visit the Telegraph for more details and statistics...

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    BEWARE OF SCAMMERS WHO CON DESPERATE TENANTS DUE TO HOUSING CRISIS

    The fraudsters have approached people in the following ways:Tower Hamlets Council have confirmed that the people selling the scheme have nothing to do with the council, the service does not exist and the website is a scam.The Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:"We will be working closely with the police to track don those responsible for this scam."Not only are these fraudsters seeking to fleece...

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    THE NHS AND MENTAL HEALTH

    According to a report by The Mental Health Foundation (MHF, Fundamental Facts About Mental Health, 2015): "Only 5.5% of UK health research spending goes to mental health study. With one in four adults suffering a mental health issue, there is an obvious imbalance."The UK is in a mental health crisis and millions of people across the country suffer in some way with mental health issues, in the...

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    STANDARDS IN ELDERLY CARE COULD FALL WITH THE NEW NATIONAL LIVING WAGE

    Study by think tank has warned that "Standards in elderly care could fall following the introduction of the National Living Wage for care workers unless the government is able to help plug the shortfall in funding".The study also found "no evidence of employers cutting back on shifts to finance the new wage rise and warned local authorities could use the excuse of higher wages to 'ration' care...

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    AFTERMATH OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT DELAYS

    The labour MP also said "the minimum six-week payment period faced by new Universal Credit claimants led to reliance on emergency food parcels, triggered debt and rent arrears, and caused health problems".Field wrote this to the work and pensions secretary, Damian Green, asking him to cut the lengthy and stressful wait for payments faced by penniless claimants:"This is an unbelievably long time...

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    THE EFFECT OF BREXIT VOTE ON THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND ECONOMY

    "A poll by Reuters of almost 60 economists has predicted that Britain will decline by 0.1% for the next two quarters and enter recession this year", reports 24Dash.National Housing Federation analysis also showed a decline in housebuilding similar to that of the 2008 recession would over the next decade:Chief executive at the National Housing Federation, David Orr, said:"We know that an uncertain...

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    UNISON TELLS GOVERNMENT INQUIRY THAT SOCIAL CARE FUNDING WOULD BECOME WORSE

    UNISON also pointed out that:An inquiry has been launched by the Communities and Local Government Committee, to look into whether the funding available for adult social care is enough for local authorities to fulfill their statutory obligations, to assess and meet the needs of people requiring care and support.Clive Betts MP, committee chair, while commenting on the inquiry at its launch in June,...

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    FORECAST: IMPROVEMENTS IN EUROPE'S HOUSING MARKETS

    S&P predicts that residential property prices will rise in almost all European markets this year,  despite economic uncertainties created by the UK's decision to leave the EU and the UK's home prices are expected to fall over the next 18 months, reports Property Investor Today.  Chief economist for Europe, Middle East and Africa at S&P Global Ratings, Jean-Michel Six, said:"While uncertainties...

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    HOUSING, YOUNG PEOPLE AND WELSH LANGUAGE COMMUNITIES

    CHC says it's time to bring the Welsh language "home".'Housing  our Futures: Keeping Young Voices in the Community' is a forum that would be chaired by the head of corporate services at Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, Rhys Evans.Chief executive of CHC, Stuart Ropke, said:"Although, the links between housing and health, the economy, education and tackling poverty are all well established, an...

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    HOME OWNERSHIP IN DECLINE AS A RESULT OF THE HOUSING CRISIS

    "The growing gap between earnings and property prices has created a housing crisis that extends beyond London to cities including Manchester", reports the GuardianThe Resolution Foundation, think tank said:"Home ownership across England reached a peak in April 2003, when 71% of households owned their home, either outright or with a mortgage, but by February this year the figure had fallen to...

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    RIGHT TO BUY POLICY WILL END IN SCOTLAND

    Since this policy was introduced by Margaret Thatcher's government in 1980, almost 500,000 council and housing association homes were sold under it.Although, it allowed tenants in social housing to buy their homes at discounted rates, there were concerns that it had contributed to a major shortage of social housing.The chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA),...

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    YOUNG PEOPLE'S MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND SHORTAGE OF BEDS

    Samantha and Jonathan Lethbridge who are struggling to find mental health care for their 10-year-old daughter have expressed their worry.Mr Lethbridge said:"Our daughter needs urgent medical support and there is nothing available."If our daughter was admitted to hospital with an open broken leg, they'd rush her to surgery."This is far worse. Her life is at risk. And we are being told there is...

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    THE NEED FOR COUNCILS TO RESUME THEIR "HISTORIC ROLE" AS HOUSEBUILDERS

    This report suggests that these tremors will not prevent the average UK home costing about £40,000 more in five years time, the BBC reports.According to the Local Government Association, the need for councils to be given the chance to resume their "historic role" as housebuilders, was greater following the uncertainty caused by the UK's vote to leave the EU.Peter Box, LGA housing spokesman,...

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    SUPPORTED HOUSING AND LHA CAP AVOIDANCE

    This is because supported housing units leased to a non-registered subsidiary would be classed as private instead of social housing.The exemption would only meet the needs of supported housing provided by private landlords also known as 'exempt accommodation'.The government's new LHA rates would not apply if:Policy and practice officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing, Sam Lister, said:...

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    COUNCILS, CARE PROVISION AND THE ALLOCATION OF RESPITE CARE

    To make budgetary savings, Knowsley council offered four weeks as the maximum annual amount of respite they could offer.However, the Local Government Ombudsman warned that councils must ensure care provision is determined by an individual assessment of need, even in times of financial pressure, and told the council to review the process for allocating respite care.According to the Ombudsman's...

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    SOCIAL MEDIA APPS FOR HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS

    INSTAGRAMGOOGLE TRANSLATEHOMESWAPPER MATCHESFACEBOOK LIVEWHATSAPPTAWKYou can download these apps online and via Android or IOS devices as well. Enjoy!What do you think? Please tweet comments @suppsolutionsFor more details, visit Inside Housing...

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    HOUSING ASSOCIATION DOWNGRADE

    The following issues were put into consideration by the regulator:Chief executive of Derwent, Peter McCormack, said:"While disappointed by the news of the downgrade we are working with the HCA to address their concerns. The board is developing an action plan with a view to regaining compliant status as quickly as possible."What do you think? Please tweet comments @suppsolutionsPicture Credit:...

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    SOCIAL-CARE CRISIS IN BRITAIN

    The Brtish Red Cross's charity executive director for independent living and crisis response, said:"The British Red Cross has long asserted that we face a social-care crisis in the country."... I know that across Britain, we find patients who are ready to leave hospital but can't; patients who are sent home before they are ready, with no support; and people who need some help at home but cannot...

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    SOME PATIENTS COULD BE REMOVED FROM THEIR GP LIST

    GP leaders have however asked for this initiative to be "scrapped and warned that it will lead to patients being excluded for no good reason and deprive surgeries of money they need to keep running", the Guardian reports.Chair of the contracts and regulations subcommittee of the British Medical Association's GP committee, Dr Robert Morley, said:"Patients have a right to be registered unless they...

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    HOUSING SHORTAGE AND INFLATED UK PRICES

    Osborne envisages that "based on the average price of a home in the UK, the average residential property could fall in value by more than £50,000 within two years of the vote, in comparison to what it would be if the UK stayed in the EU".Recent figures from Yorkshire Building Society shows that: "The number of homes currently been built remains significantly below the government's target of...

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    FINANCIAL CRISIS WITHIN THE NHS

    Official NHS figures also show that trusts in England were loaned £530m for building projects and for new equipment such as scanners, bringing the total amount of funding provided during the year to £3.36bn.Research by the House of Commons library done on behalf of Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman and backed by NHS finance experts claim that the "astronomical £2.825bn showed...

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    NEW CABINET APPOINTMENTS

    According to reports by 24Dash, the Director of Policy and External Affairs at the National Housing Federation, Gill Payne said:"We welcome the appointment of Sajid Javid as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The housing association sector looks forward to working with him to tackle the nation's housing crisis and help our housing association members to build more new...

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    THE HOUSING MARKET AFTER BREXIT VOTE

    A latest monthly survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) made the following findings:Rics said:"This is the most negative reading for near-term expectations since 1998."Simon Rubinsohn, Rics's chief economist also said:"Big events such as elections typically do unsettle markets so it is no surprise that the EU referendum has been associated with a downturn in...

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    RISE IN COUNCIL TAX AND 'CARE CUTS'

    Directors in charge of care for older people and adults with disabilities pointed out the following in the annual survey:These could lead to the following, according to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS):ADASS president Harold Bodmer said: "We have been arguing for some time that adult social care needs to be given the same protection and investment as the NHS....

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    NEWCASTLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT WINS HOUSING DESIGN AWARDS

    Pat Ritchie, chief executive Newcastle City Council, said: "The Ouseburn Valley has a strong sense of community and heritage, dating back to the start of Industrial Revolution. We have built on this sense of history and community spirit to create attractive low energy, eco-friendly homes that meet the needs of our residents and supports the ongoing development of the area."A Malings resident,...

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    NHS BUDGET AND STAFF CUTS

    BBC health editor Hugh Pym said "This is an important week for the financing of the health service in England" as the NHS leadership is set to unveil plans to get hospitals and other trusts to stick to agreed spending limits.The King's Fund warns that "If the government wants to balance the health service books, then staffing levels will have to be reduced and waiting times targets relaxed, so...

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    MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN

    School nurses in Walsall run courses to help both primary and secondary students overcome anxiety, low self-esteem and lack of confidence.Cllr Izzi Seccombe, the portfolio holder for community wellbeing at the LGA, which represents 370 councils, said:"What is deeply concerning is that there are substantial numbers of children and young people who are increasingly struggling with mental health...

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    LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND HOUSING BENEFITS AFTER CAP

    Funding was shared according to how much was spent in each local authority area on housing benefit and how much was lost through welfare reforms and the removal of spare room subsidy:Campbell Robb, chief executive of housing charity Shelter, said the payments were a "temporary sticking plaster".He also said:"To fix this crisis for good, the government must commit to building homes that people on...

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    THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT AND HOUSING PLANS IN EDINBURGH

    The Local Development Plan (LDP) which is set to be reviewed to ensure a continuing five-year housing supply is achievable will guide housing developments in Edinburgh.The government has also suggested that the LDP should be modified to include further housing land release at a strategic level but all identified housing sites in the proposed plan should be kept.Convener of the planning...

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    WOULD CARE QUALITY DETERIORATE?

    Survey by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) also shows the following:Paul Briddock, the director of policy at the HFMA, said:"Fears around the impact the current financial turmoil in the NHS could have on quality are a real cause for concern and we may start to see more of these predictions come through in the year ahead." According to the HFMA's latest biannual "NHS...

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    AUTISM TRAINING FOR NHS STAFF

    The Westminster commission on autism called on the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to remind clinical commissioning groups of the obligations to ensure staff have the skills to support autistic people, reports the Guardian. Barry Sheerman, the MP for Huddersfield, founder of the inquiry who has a grandson with autism said:"Our health professionals are committed and well-intentioned. However,...

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    BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL WINS HOUSING AWARD

    Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) Programme, which won the Public Sector Award at the Urban Design Awards for its Newtown redevelopment last year was highlighted when this award was given, according to reports by 24Dash.There was a focus on their recent projects in Nechells, Sutton Coldfield and Ladywood at the awards ceremony.The following are the achievements of the BMHT...

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    SCOTLAND AHEAD OF THE UK ON BUILDING NEW HOMES

    SNP Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart said the following while commenting on Social Security and Equalities in the Scottish Parliament, SCN reports:"These figures demonstrate Scotland's strong position when it comes to building new homes- leading the UK with the highest housebuilding rate."The SNP in government is building more homes per head of population than England by some 14% and more homes...

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    THE EFFECT OF NEW JOB TITLES ON HEALTH AND CARE INTEGRATION

    The supporting integration through new roles and working across boundaries review found the following:Helen Gilburt, Lead author and King's Fund fellow said:"Our analysis found new roles are not always the most effective way of delivering integrated care- and can, in fact, lead to solutions which are unsustainable."...while the aim of creating a more flexible and multi-skilled workforce to...

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    KEY CONCERNS WITHIN THE CHILDREN CARE SYSTEM IN WALES

    The Children's commissioner's report further highlighted the following issues according to ITV News:Sally Holland said:"It has been enlightening to hear young people's experiences through our fieldwork, including young people who have been able to make positive changes to their lives as a result of good support from staff in children's homes."...I encourage all those who work with children in...

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    BREXIT AND HEALTHCARE

    The campaign claimed that membership in the EU cost the UK £350 million a week, "enough to build a brand new, fully staffed ... hospital every week", reports CNNMoney.Pro-Brexit politicians continued to make the claim, despite been repeatedly admonished by the Independent Statistics Watchdog, for misleading voters. The slogan was also painted on the side of the campaign's bus. According to...

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    HOUSE PRICES MAY FALL AFTER BREXIT

    Property experts also made the following findings:Richard Donnell, insight director at property consultancy, Hometrack said:"As a result of the vote, the near-term prospects for the UK housing market looked very uncertain,"The immediate impact is likely to be a fall in housing turnover and a rapid deceleration in house price growth as buyers adopt a wait and see the short-term impact on financial...

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    HEALTHY DIETS FOR CARE HOMES

    Joanna Cox, a manager of Chandos Lodge, said:"Food is a huge factor in our residents' lives and we want to ensure the meals we provide not only satisfy their tastes but benefit their health."Healthy eating is vital to keeping well in later life. The right spices are proven to improve longevity and well-being, while meals that are high in nutritional value help to protect cognitive functions as we...

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    BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL TO BUY EMPTY HOUSES

    The Birmingham city council is seeking to provide much-needed housing and to remove the negative impact empty houses are having on the local communities and neighbourhoods.The cabinet member for housing and homes, Cllr Peter Griffiths said:"In the last three years, we have brought around 1,000 empty properties back into use."We offer homeowners advice, guidance and support in bringing their...

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    HOSPITAL INCIDENTS IN ENGLAND

    The RCN which is holding its annual congress in Glasgow said that across England, "the hospital sector is feeling the strain of financial pressures and increased demand", reports the Guardian. According to them, the following are some issues facing local hospitals in England:Janet Davies, the RCN's Chief executive and general secretary said:"Having once been the preserve of the worst weeks of...

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    PRECAUTIONARY CARE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN WITH EPILEPSY

    "Between 2009 and 2013, 21 women died during pregnancy as a result of epilepsy and in most of those cases, their seizures were found to be poorly controlled."Experts also say, "the risk of death is ten times greater in pregnant women with epilepsy than those without the condition."Nevertheless, "around 2,500 infants are estimated to be born to women with epilepsy every year in the UK", reports...

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    FREE DEVICES AND APPS FOR BETTER HEALTH

    Some of such devices and apps which will be available in April 2017 are:AliveCor- A mobile heart monitor (strapped to the back of a smartphone) which will also save NHS money, reducing need for expensive treatment.MyCOPD- Helps those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to manage their conditions.Simon Stevens, NHS England's Chief executive "has backed the move as a significant expansion...

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    DO HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SERVICES NEED INTEGRATION?

    Although, many integration initiatives have been introduced across the NHS; For example, vanguard sites to the prime minister's Challenge Fund and integrated care pioneers- many involving GP practices.The report accepts that evidence on the success of health and social care integration is still being produced, but it says 'all the signs' are that integrated care can better meet the needs of an...

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    LANDLORDS DIVIDED ON HOW TO VOTE IN EU REFERENDUM

    The findings show that landlords are evenly split, with 35% intending to vote leave and 35% intending to vote to remain, reports Housing Excellence.According to Richard Lambert, the NLA's Chief Executive:"Landlords, much like the rest of the British public, are divided on how they will vote in the EU referendum which means the decision looks to go down the wire."The Remain and Leave campaigns...

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    INCREASE IN THREATS OF EVICTIONS FROM HOMES

    After analysing statistics from the Ministry of Justice, the housing charity (Shelter) found the following:In the past year, the number of people seeking advice from 'Shelter' on their eviction issues is on the increase - 9,800 people facing eviction have called the Shelter helpline, and 500,000 people have visited their website eviction advice pages.The helpline director for shelter, Nadeem Khan...

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    CHILDREN'S SOCIAL CARE AT RISK

    "Under "Power to test different ways of working", Clauses 15 to 19 of the children and social work bill introduce a fast-track process for the removal of any hundreds of local authority duties to children, young people and families."After a request from a local authority or a specified person sent by ministers into a local area to oversee the improvement of children's services, regulations can...

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    QUEEN RECOGNISES HOUSING INDUSTRY MEMBERS

    Below are those who were awarded an OBE for their services to the housing industry, reports 24Dash:"Roger Victor John Cadbury for services to the Bournville Village Trust in Birmingham and to charity in Warwickshire."David Ewan Cameron- Director, Community Land Scotland for Services to community land ownership in Scotland."Paul Doe, Chief Executive, Shepherds Bush Housing Group (SBHG) for...

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    INCREASED USE OF LOCUM GP'S IN ENGLAND "LINKED TO DEPRIVATION"

    BBC News also found after analysing data that in some parts of England, "18% of the GP workforce was made of locums (doctors that stand for and/or temporarily cover a vacancy for an absent doctor) compared to a national average of 3.4%.The data above which was initially collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre shows the following:According to the clinical chair of NHS Bradford...

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    WHY HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS MUST SPEAK OUT

    The shadow housing minister also expressed his worry:"The sector went quiet after doing the deal on the Right to Buy. I think it's disappointing that they made such little contribution to the public and policy debate around the Housing and Planning Bill... I want to see housing associations find their voice again."Mr Healey also gave a warning that with upcoming debates on housing benefit cuts...

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    REDUCTION IN SCOTTISH HOUSING DEMAND

    There has been a "sharp decline in demand from buyers, with a drop in sales in May" according to surveyors in Scotland, reports the BBCRics Scotland, a professional body, reported this fall in demand and said: "supply had now failed to keep up with demand for much of the past three years".They also found that:Rics Scotland director, Sarah Speirs said:"Across the UK, it appears that we are...

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    #UKHousingFast

    The #UKHousingFast is a social media campaign which is led by people living and working in social housing to support the activities of Trussell Trust.This fast is in its third year and will take place on the 23rd of June.Here are the ways to get involved, according to 24 Dash:Nazrin Fazal, who is the organiser of this year's event, said:"I was sad to read a recent report by the Trussell Trust...

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    10 MILLION POUNDS TO BE INVESTED IN NEW DUNDEE HOMES

    Councillor John Alexander, in recognising the need for more affordable housing said the following:"... with the best will in the world, it is not at all easy creating safe, energy-efficient homes from scratch in the places people want to live."That's why we are discussing such projects with social landlords across the city now and being as flexible and adaptable as we can in our approach."In...

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    CHARITIES, THEIR BRANDS, BENEFICIARIES AND HOW TO EFFECT CHANGE

    "Most charities exist because their founders believed the future could be different if they mobilised supporters", but Mandy Johnson of the Guardian believes"This vision is being lost."Charities are reluctant to create change if the method of doing so does not shine a light on their organisation and comply with brand guidelines."Branding is important, but surely, if you have the opportunity to...

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    HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS INTENSIFY EFFORTS ON EFFICIENCY

    "Associations have reduced operating costs and cut rent arrears, whilst still improving services" according to a report by Housemark for National Housing Federation, 24 Dash reports.Benchmarking data submitted by over 250 English housing associations to analyse customer satisfaction, overheads, housing management, repairs and maintenance, and energy efficiency 2008/2009 were analysed by the...

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