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October 2016

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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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