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August 2017

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    RECENT ANALYSIS FINDS THAT THE HELP TO BUY SCHEME HAS ADDED TO THE INFLATION OF HOUSE PRICES

    The analysis of the Help to Buy Scheme revealed the following:The chief executive of Paradigm Housing Group, Matthew Bailes, said:" ... clearly, it worked well for developers, and for providers, it was largely neutral, and part of the game if you wanted to buy new stock."Arguably, it suited the Housing Corporation too, by helping it to achieve its targets while claiming to have squeezed grant...

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    A NORTH WALES COUNCIL REVEALED THEIR WAITING LIST FOR NEW HOMES HAS REACHED BREAKING POINT

    The north Wales Council revealed their waiting list for new homes has reached "breaking point".According to Clare Budden, Flintshire Council's community enterprise chief officer said:"There are currently just over 1,600 people on Flintshire County Council's waiting list for housing."This compares with just over 1,200 at the end of September 2016 demonstrating the growing need for social housing...

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    AT LEAST 1 IN 25 NHS JOBS IN THAMES VALLEY IS VACANT

    The NHS employed over one million people in England in March, which is 2% more than the previous year.The NHS in Thames Valley has grown, employing with an equivalent of 433 more people full-time in March 2017 than it did in March 2016.The new data which includes both frontline doctors, nurses and support staff shows the following about Thames Valley:What do you think?Please tweet comments...

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    HOMELESSNESS POLICY IS UNDER REVIEW IN A NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNCIL

    Kettering Borough Council has amended its letters to homeless residents to let them know of their right to request a temporary accommodation review.According to an ombudsman, Michael King:"People in temporary accommodation have a legal right to a review of that accommodation, and ultimately to have that review considered by the courts."But they can only follow this process if councils tell them...

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    FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS HAVE CAUSED THE CLOSURE OF MANY CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES

    Local Government Association (LGA) made the following findings:Chair of the LGA's children and young people board, Richard Watts, said: "The reality is that services for the care and protection of vulnerable children are now, in many areas, being pushed to breaking point. Government must commit to the life chances of children and young people by acting urgently to address the growing funding...

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    RESIDENTS OF BUILDINGS IN LEDBURY ESTATE, SOUTHWARK, SOUTH LONDON WILL BE MOVED OUT TEMPORARILY

    The buildings in Ledbury Estate in Southwark have been constructed in a similar way to Ronan Point, a tower block in Newham which collapsed in 1968 as a result of a gas explosion, killing three. An English Housing Survey last month revealed that due to safety hazards and inadequate facilities, 29% of homes in the private rented sector do not meet the National Decent Home Standard, which means...

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    THERE IS A DECLINE IN THE HOUSING MARKET IN LONDON AND OTHER PARTS OF THE SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) made the following findings:Chief Economist at Rics, Simon Rubinsohn:"Sales activity in the housing market has been slipping in the recent month and the most worrying aspect of the latest survey is the suggestion that this could continue for some time to come."What do you think?Please tweet comments @suppsolutions.For more details, visit the...

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    DATA REVEALS THAT OVER 40% OF MATERNITY WARDS IN ENGLAND REJECTED EXPECTANT MOTHERS AT LEAST ONCE LAST YEAR

    The data which was the outcome of a Freedom of Information request reveals the following:Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow health secretary, said:"These findings show the devastating impact which Tory underfunding is having for mothers and children across the country."The uncertainty for so many women just when they need the NHS most is unthinkable."A Department of Health spokesperson also said that...

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    REPORT FINDS THAT PEOPLE ARE INTENSELY SUFFERING FROM LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOMES IN SCOTLAND

    According to the report by "Shelter":Shelter's deputy director, Alison Watson, said:"This report shows the disproportionate impact of Scotland's housing crisis on young people and private renters who are both over-represented in the number of people we helped."Struggling to afford or pay housing costs is the biggest presenting problem people have when coming to us for help."What do you...

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    PARENTS AND CHILDCARE PROVIDERS ARE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO ACCESS SERVICES ON THE "CHILDCARE CHOICES" WEBSITE

    Many parents have reported problems while using the Childcare Choices website in May and struggled to register on it. However, HMRC apologised for the inconvenience, saying it had improved the website.Two government-funded childcare schemes are to be accessed on the website, namely:According to an HMRC spokesman:"We know that some parents and childcare providers have experienced difficulties...

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    NEW REPORT BY THE PUBLIC ACCOUNT COMMITTEE IN WALES COMMENDS HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS

    The report which was put together after nine months of inquiries stated the following:Nick Ramsey, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said:"Generally, we found governance and regulation within housing sector to be working well enough for housing associations to be granted more autonomy, but in return, we think they should do more to be open and transparent in their decision making."What do...

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    HOSPITAL BUILDING PLANS TO CLOSE FOR A YEAR DUE TO FIRE SAFETY PROBLEMS

    After a review of buildings, 52 inpatient beds will be moved from the trauma unit of John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, on the 4th of August.According to the NHS trust overseeing the site, a "combination of fire safety factors with this building" makes it presently unfit for inpatients. Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust report identified the following:OUH Chief Executive, Dr...

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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