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July 2016

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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...

Responding to the DWP Consultation: Housing Benefit Reform - Supported Housing "Found the seminar very informative and gave an interesting and full insight into current thinking about the consultation.  Michael was a very engaging and knowledgeable presenter and encouraged interaction with the audience which led to further relevant points being shared with the room.  I shall certinaly look out for future events!" M.E. - Care Housing Association

 

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