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    Young people with learning disabilities more likely to be abused

    A group of children’s charities have said that young people with disabilities have the “same vulnerabilities” as all young people but face extra “barriers” to getting protection or support, reports the BBC.Their report, commissioned by Comic Relief, and was produced by Barnardo's, the Children's Society, the British Institute of Learning Disabilities, Paradigm Research and Coventry...

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    Success for a disability sport programme

    The programme ran for three weeks and included multi-sport camps at Aberdeen Sports Village, reports the Mearns Leader. Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Alison Evison said: “This is a great opportunity for people from all over Aberdeenshire, who have a disability or additional support need, to get together and take part in sports.”Vice chair...

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    Hartlepool to open a disability centre

    Work has begun on the Hartlepool Borough Council project which aims to provide the Centre for Independent Living on the site of the current Havelock Centre in Burbank, reports The Hartlepool Mail.It is expected to be completed by late summer 2016 and is a £4m development.Coun Carl Richardson, chair of the Adult Services Committee, said: “Despite the severe financial constraints being imposed...

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    Reform for care of adults with learning disabilities criticised for being slow

    Following the care home abuse scandal at Winterbourne, Sir Stephen Bubb headed a review into care home abuse, which was published in November, reports the BBC.England's chief nursing officer said improvements must be made "at a fast but safe pace".Sir Stephen said that although the number of people being discharged from Winterbourne-style institutions was now greater than those being admitted,...

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    Campaigners warn that people with disabilities are losing rights due to government cuts

    Charities are concerned that the rights of people with learning disabilities to live independent lives are slipping due to government cuts to benefits and social care, reports the Guardian. A letter sent to the Guardian, signed by over 100 charites and Lord Brian Rix, president of Mencap, has said that the shrinking welfare state risks leaving people housebound and cut off from communities and...

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    Concern over disability benefits following council change

    On the 30th of June a £500m Independent Living Fund will be in the control of local authorities, leaving people fearing how the benefit allowance for disabled adults will be affected, reports the Express and Star.Over 300 recipients across the city rely on the funding to help them live independently in their own homes. Adults with disabilities have said they’re left in limbo after council...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Councils leave people with disabilities stranded in their homes

    People with disabilities are stranded in their homes due to a "culture of law-breaking" within the local government over obligations to adapt homes, making them more accessible, reports the Independent.New research by The Leonard Cheshire Charity has found that two thirds of councils are failing to complete home adaptations within the one year legal limit and that almost half are making people...

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    Landmark court case sees council reviewing DHP awards

    Following a High Court ruling that routinely considering DLA when calculating DHP awards is unlawful, councils are reviewing all of the awards made for discretionary housing payments to disability living allowance recipients, reports Inside Housing. The judgment saw the court quashing Sandwell Council's decision to lower its DHP award to a bedroom-tax hit couple due to them receiving DLA. In...

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    Patients with muscular dystrophy struggling with their mental health due to lack of support

    The charity Muscular Dystrophy UK has said that people with muscular dystrophy are being driven to depression and suicidal thoughts following lack of support from the NHS, reports the Guardian.700 people with muscular dystrophy were surveyed by the charity and findings revealed that over half had experienced feelings of depression and a fifth had suicidal thoughts and one in four were forced to...

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    Projects helps support young people with disabilities

    GOT was originally commissioned by Cornwall county council following the government's Aiming High Policy to improve the lives of young people with disabilities. It has since grown into a model of good practise and transforming the lives of record numbers of young people with disabilities in Cornwall, reports the Guardian. The scheme has become such a success that GOT Warwickshire and GOT Avon...

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    Major breakthrough in protecting tenants with disabilities from eviction

    Shelter believe that the outcome following the trial of Akerman-Livingstone V Aster Communities is likely to help tenants with disabilities in rented housing who are threatened with eviction when they have limited security and the reason they are being evicted is linked to their disability, reports 24dash.Commenting after the Supreme Court hearing, Michelle Crabbe, the Shelter Bristol solicitor...

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    Almost 300,000 people with disabilities are in unsuitable housing

    Leonard Cheshire Disability has accused the government and house builders of failing people with disabilities, in their report ‘No Place Like Home', reports Inside Housing.The report found that 84% of councils have no information about wheelchair accessible housing in their area. 38% of councils in the research did have a plan in place to build disabled friendly homes.The charity estimated...

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    Almost 24,000 people with disabilities in wheelchairs are waiting for social housing

    Aspire has published research which shows that just over 5,000 homes accessible for wheelchairs were built in 2013, reports Inside Housing.The research also found that 14% of people with spinal cord injuries are discharged to a permanent accessible property after completing their rehabilitation with the NHS.By matching freedom of information responses on wheelchair accessible properties to...

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    Poor NHS care for people with learning disabilities

    Poor care of patients with learning disabilities is being attributed to a lack of awareness and training reports, CareHome.The chief executive of Mencap, Jan Tregelles said: "With winter fast approaching, we must ask the Government how it plans to care for the most vulnerable individuals in our society during this time. In recent years, the NHS has struggled to cope with the pressures that winter...

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    New planning guidance looks at accessibility in London

    The Accessible London Supplementary planning Guidance looks at lessons learnt through the use of inclusive design principles in the Olympic Park, reports 24dash.The guidance also contains a chapter on ‘accessible housing' which bulks out guidance in the current local plan to ensure all new homes are built to lifetime home standards. It also requires London boroughs to identify any shortage of...

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    Police overlook disability hate crime

    Lord MacDonald told the BBC that improvements in the police's tackling of racial hate crime had not been replicated in relation to disability.As the outgoing director of public prosecutions in 2008, he described disability hate crime as a "scar on the conscience" of the criminal justice system."There have been lots and lots of cases involving disabled people who have been terribly abused,...

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    ‘Fit for work' assessments for people with disabilities labelled flawed by MPs

    A committee of MPs has said that the governments system for assessing whether people claiming benefits with a disability or long term illness are "fit for work" is flawed and should be removed and redesigned.The work and pensions select committee has said that the employment and support allowance system is crude, simplistic and failing to fulfil its intended purpose of helping people get back...

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    New report calls for more homes suitable for people with disabilities

    A report titled ‘Home Sweet Hell' says that 50% of people reporting mobility problems don't have stairs big enough for a stair-lift to be fitted."For thousands of disabled people this means they can't get upstairs to sleep in their own bedrooms," the report says, and many are forced to use commodes downstairs instead of the bathroom, reports 24dash.Around 5 million people in the UK are likely...

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    Supported housing scheme opens in Shipston

    The scheme provides ten affordable flats with on-site support from Heart of England Mencap. They will offer local people with learning disabilities independent living in a supported environment, reports the Stratford Observer. The new housing is a partnership between Heart of England Mencap, housing provider Orbit Heart of England and Stratford District Council, with funding coming from the Home...

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    Cost of autism is more than cancer, strokes and heart disease, study finds

    Autism costs the UK economy £2bn a year which is more than any other medical condition and is a greater cost than cancer, strokes and heart disease combined, say an economic analysis of the condition's impact.Researchers say these high figures are because it is a life-long condition and the hope that their findings will spur policymakers into intervening more effectively and at an earlier age,...

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    CQC criticise the NHS for failing people with disabilities and young people

    The NHS's watchdog has warned that the NHS is failing people with disabilities and young people as they're being deprived of vital services, such as pain relief, when they become adults, reports the Guardian.The reports says that doctors and hospitals are leaving young people with vulnerabilities confused and stressed when they start being cared for as adults by different health professionals....

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    DWP falsifies figures about people with disabilities

    Ministers have continually stated that the majority of people on disability living allowance were given benefits for life without any supporting medical evidence. In an official press release by the DWP it claimed that "more than 50% of decisions on entitlement are made on the basis of the claim form alone, without any additional corroborating medical evidence."However, the UK Statistics...

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    Councils have turned down over 1,600 crisis fund claims made by people with disabilities

    Councils have rejected over 1,600 applications from people with disabilities who have been affected by the bedroom tax last year, which potentially undermines claims that the policy is not discriminatory, reports Inside Housing.Lawyers who are acting for tenants with disabilities challenging the reforms are considering using the findings to take their case to the UK's highest court. The freedom...

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    Charities say changes to special needs education are being made too fast

    As of September special needs statements will be replaced by "education, health and care statements" which hopes to give more holistic support, reports the BBC.The government said the system would allow change to "take place gradually". Mark Lever of the National Autistic Society said details of "the biggest reform of the SEN system in 30 years" had not yet been finalised. He told BBC Radio 5...

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    Report finds disabled people pay a penalty on everyday costs

    The costs derive from needs for specialist equipment and having to pay out for things like taxis instead of public transport. On average people with disabilities are £100,000 worse off when it comes to pensions and savings. Priced Out, the report, features data from the DWP and organisations including the London School of Economics, Save the Children and the National Housing Federation, reports...

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    Welfare reforms to disability benefits defended by Iain Duncan Smith

    Mr Duncan Smith said that these changes will end up saving the taxpayer up to £50bn by the end of this Parliament. He said the reforms would "help and benefit" those who wished to return to work, reports the BBC.Speaking on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Duncan Smith said: "I think the work programme is now for the first time ever working with people, who were once on sickness benefits and who...

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    Those with disabilities face distress due to housing benefit changes, MPs say

    The work and Pensions Committee have said that the reduction in payments to social housing tenants seen to be living in homes larger than their needs have hit those with vulnerabilities not intended targets. They say the rules were having a "severe" effect.However, the government has said its reforms were restoring fairness to the system, reports the BBC.Social housing tenants have found that...

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    Supported accommodation for young and old people with physical and mental disabilites

    The supported living scheme has 20 one-bedroom apartments in the former Moorgate Mill in Mill Hill, Lancashire. It is aimed to cater toward people between the ages of eighteen to 65 with physical and mental disabilities. The development will have support workers on site and the flats will also have assistive technology so the residents will be able to maintain their independence, reports the...

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    MPs say the delays on disabled benefits are unacceptable

    The Commons Work and Pensions Committee have said that these delays to decisions about the new personal independence payment were causing stress and uncertainty.Claims for the new PIP, replacing the disability living allowance, began in April 2013 and are worth between £21-£134 a week, reports the BBC.Most people applying for PIP have to have face-to-face assessments to determine their...

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    Disability Living Fund to be closed

    Disabilities Minister Mike Penning has said that the coalition is planning to close the fund on 30th June next year. It is the second time the £320m has been attempted to close, with the government deciding to close the fund and devolve the funding to local authorities in 2012, however the Court of Appeal had ruled against the move last year claiming the government hadn't given proper...

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    Councils are failing to prioritise disabled tenants affected by the bedroom tax

    Freedom of information requests issued by Papworth Trust have revealed that 67% of applications from non-disabled people are successful when applying for discretionary housing payment, however only 59% of applications from disabled people are, reports Inside Housing.The charity's strategy director, David Martin, has said that councils were ignoring government guidance by not taking disability...

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    The impact of bedroom tax on disabled tenants is set to waste £40m

    A study by social landlord Wales and West Housing has found that of the 779 homes assessed as being under-occupied, 74 have been specifically altered to fit the needs of their tenants. This averages a cost of £7,700 each. Due to the bedroom tax, almost half of these disabled tenants are now in arrears with their rent.The study also says that if all of the disabled residents living in...

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    Cells from donated eyes could give sight or blind people

    Tests conducted on rats have shown that human cells could restore some vision to completely blind rats. A team at University College London have said that similar results in humans would be able to improve quality of life, however not enough vision would be given to read.Within the next three years human trials will begin, reports the BBC. Whilst donated corneas are already being used to improve...

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    Search engine to help those with a learning disability

    Dobson's Choice has been available in the UK since autumn 2013  and calls itself a "'Google' for people with learning disabilities." The site helps users find websites that are interesting and relevant whilst also making them accessible for those who may struggle with standard web browsers.Users are able to customise the site so that the text is a viewable size whilst also changing the...

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    Job project for young disabled people

    The Open Doors Scotland project is hoping to help 350 disabled 16-24 year olds find and sustain employment. It has been launched by Enable Scotland, The Lennox Partnership, RNIB, Action on Hearing Loss, Capability Scotland and Scottish Association for Mental Health, reports the BBC.The project is being funded by Skills Development Scotland via its Employment Recruitment Incentive which already...

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    Disabled tenants appeal housing benefit cuts

    Since April last year, people seen to have one spare bedroom have had their housing benefits reduced by 14%, whilst those with two or more spare bedrooms have seen reductions of 25%, reports the BBC. Opening the appeal is Martin Westgate QC who maintained that judges failed to scrutinise the government regulations properly.He said: "If the High Court had applied the correct approach it would...

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    Cuts to benefits are hitting disabled people the hardest

    Habinteg, a housing association, has produced a study called ‘What price independent lives?' and has found that two thirds of its tenants affected by the bedroom tax are disabled. Habinteg analysed six months of its tenancy data since the introduction of benefit cuts and found that:•         Only a third of its disabled tenants affected by the bedroom tax had been exempted from paying...

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    Charity says bedroom tax is meaning disabled people are ‘forced to cut back'

    The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) has revealed findings in a letter to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith which has called on the government to take immediate action to exempt disabled people their families and carers from the policy, reports 24dash. The letter states that: "Before the policy was implemented, we warned that it would hit disabled people and carers for whom...

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    New Alzheimer's insight

    Researchers are becoming closer to understanding the causes of Alzheimer's disease with the largest study into the genetics of the disorder. Findings suggest that at least 20 genes play a role in the common late-onset form of Alzheimer's, which is more than double the number of scientists had previously discovered.This work gives researchers an extraordinary insight into the biological pathways...

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    Changes to the Blue Badge scheme

    Changes to Blue Badges began on the 8th of October and affects numerous aspects.1)  The inspection and seizure of badges by local authorities. Until the changes constables or enforcement officers were able to inspect badges however only police could seize badges. However the new changes will enable enforcement officers to inspect and retain a badge without police presence.2) The cancellation...

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    UK autism diagnosis has levelled off

    The study said that there had been a surge in reported cases of autism in the 1990s but the rise had not continued. This is believed to be due to increased awareness and diagnosis of the condition.The National Autistic Society said that the evidence proved that the condition had been around for a long time, reports the BBC.Researchers at the Institute of Child Health at University College London...

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    Disabled people are being failed by the Work Programme

    Liz Sayce believes that ministers should rethink the expensive support given to disabled people to find paid work due to flagship employment schemes failing vulnerable people in society.The Work Programmes scheme cost hundreds of millions of pounds each year and Sayce believes it is failing disabled people. She argues that they should be replaced by more bespoke approaches "shaped by disabled...

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    Visually impaired feel ‘trapped at home'

    In a survey of more than 750 blind or visually impaired people, Guide Dogs UK found that almost two thirds of the group had tripped or stumbled whilst walking and two out five feared leaving their home due to damaged surfaces.Councils have said that they are "committed" to ensuring pavements are "safe to use" reports the BBC.Guide Dogs UK said that councils in the UK have spent more than £46m in...

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    MS researchers have found a breakthrough gene discovery which could lead to a cure

    A group of international scientists have discovered 48 previously unknown genes that influence the risk of developing the disease.This discovery is a big step in the right direction to finding a cure and further treatment for the debilitating condition, says Professor David Booth of the University of Sydney who has led the Australian and New Zealand component of the study, reports the...

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    Diagnosis is falling but the number of people living with MS is growing

    Scientists at the University of Dundee have found that between 1990 and 2010 there has been a 2.4% annual rise in MS patients despite a fall in new patients, reports the BBC.This increase has been put down to improved mortality rates which have fallen to 3% a year.Researchers believe the findings could have a major impact on the allocation of future resources for patients. The study estimated...

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    Labour says "fitness-for-work" test on disabled benefits are a "disgrace"

    The French IT firms, Atos, are paid by the government to carry out "work capability assessments" for people who are applying for sickness benefit employment and support allowance, also including people who were previously on incapacity benefit.In July the firm was told to improve its services by MPs due to an "unacceptable reduction" in the quality of its written reports.Speaking to Labour...

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    A new disability code to be launched this week

    Alicia Wood, chief executive of the Housing and Support Alliance, says she has spent the best part of a year working on a code for providers of learning disability services to sign up to as part of the government's programmes to transform support in the wake of Winterbourne View. The Driving Up Quality Code which was will be launched on Wednesday by care minister Norman Lamb commits providers to...

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    Has the Paralympics changed people's views on disabled people?

    It has now been a year since the start of Paralympics, which is said to have been the biggest and most successful Paralympics ever; however disability groups are warning that even with the celebrity status of a number of athletes, attitudes towards disabled people have fundamentally gone un-changed.Charity, Scope, found that 81% of disabled people had not noticed that attitudes towards them had...

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    Broadcasters need to do more for the deaf and blind

    Blunkett told the Radio Times that broadcasters were failing to deal with the growing problem for the ageing within our population and focused more on youth culture.He said: "Broadcasters talk a good deal about equality, but preaching is not enough. In an ageing population, people with hearing and sight impairments are becoming part of the mainstream."It's no longer about a minority: we're a...

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    Disabled people are seeing no benefit from Right to Control pilots

    An evaluation has found that government pilots put in place to provide disabled people with personal budgets that integrate a number of funding streams has failed to deliver any actual benefit to those trialling it. The research failed to find any evidence that the Right to Control pilots had had any positive impact on disabled people, in terms of experiences in applying for and organising...

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    Fit to work test tells people with progressive conditions that they'll 'recover'

     Almost half of people who have some kind of progressive condition, such as Parkinson's, who put in a claim for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a sickness benefit, have been told that they will recover enough to look for work in the future.Parkinson's UK conducted an investigation with three other charities and found that 45% of people who put in a claim for ESA, whilst having...

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    Support for new government campaign to help businesses become more confident in recruiting disabled people

    Launched in July at the UK's first national Disability Employment Conference the campaign aims to encourage businesses to improve their employment outcomes for disabled people and support a new perspective on disability employment.HearFirst, based in Lancashire, provide a full range of equality, diversity and disability related training courses to workforces in organisations across the UK. It's...

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    Concerns over outsourcing care to help those with disabilities

    Independent Futures, which Staffordshire council is in the process of setting up, is aimed to provide assessments and brokerage for people of all ages with learning disabilities or autism and those under 18 with a physical or sensory impairment. The service has been designed to provide disabled people with more seamless care via the allocation of a single key worker to people and their families....

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    Creative Consultation With Children And Young People With Autism

    With Autism, some adults and children experience difficulties with verbal and written communication. It was important to use a broad range of consultation methodologies to ensure that everyone had the opportunity to have a meaningful contribution.It can prove difficult for children and young people who have difficulties with both written and verbal communication to be heard by common...

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    Two-Ticks to Indicate a Disabled Applicant can Apply for the Job

    The "two-ticks" symbol, used in England, Scotland and Wales, indicates that disabled applicants are welcome to apply for the vacancy advertised.But what does "two-ticks" actually mean?If you are looking to advertise a job, you must be given permission by Jobcentre Plus to use the Two Ticks symbol. You can get this by showing them you have made 5 commitments:Susanna King of First Practice...

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    The Impact Of Sweeping Cuts To Services On The Disabled

    With all areas being attacked at once, helplessness and hopelessness becomes the order of the day for most of the vulnerable people in our society. There will be a meeting for politicians in parliament on Wednesday to debate and vote on behalf of their constituencies.It is great to know that this meeting has finally been agreed upon after the ministers had refused to assess what will happen...

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    New implant to treat hereditary deafness

    The implant, called the Bonebridge implant, has been fitted for a man in Edinburgh as his condition means he is unable to have a normal hearing aid fitted.He was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, which is a genetic condition changes the development of facial bones and tissues.The man, Brian Hogg aged 29, is the first to have the implant. Cartilage from his rib has been used to fashion a new...

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    People with Learning Disabilities Dying 16 Years Prematurely

     An inquiry by the Department of Health has shown up the inequalities and they recommend a new review body is needed to investigate and monitor the deaths of people with learning disabilities.They found that 22% of people with learning disabilities die before the age of 50, compared with just 9% of the rest of the population.The inquiry carried out by Bristol University, looked at the events...

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    Cancer Patients will have benefits cut under welfare reform

    Macmillan Cancer Support have calculated that 20,000 patients would lose up to £191 a year under government's present reforms.20,000 cancer patients who receive employment and support allowance (ESA) would lose between £138 and £191 a year by 2015 under the proposals.Macmillan Cancer Support have calculated that cancer patients would lose an estimated £6m in total from ESA payments in the...

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    £10m invested in housing for learning disabilities

     Housing options have been limited due to the reliance on social housing and capital grants from the government, of which there is an increasing shortage. Mencap research found that 8 in 10 councils in England and Wales report a shortage of suitable accommodation for people with a learning disability in their areas.The charity is aiming to raise the money from various social investors, who must...

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    New £6.5m Dementia Friendly Care Home

    Those staying at the home will have 24-hour dementia specific care and support,as well as nursing care, rehabilitation treatment and respite care.The site has a dementia friendly design, with the rooms split into five clusters to create the feeling of a close-knit community with two courtyard gardens.Lynne Colman, registered manager of the new facility, said:The ethos is based on respecting...

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    Another Disability Factory has it's Funding Removed

    Workers have protested and pleaded with the Conservative-led council, to reconsider, but they have said the decision was "regrettable" due to lack of earnings for the factory.The company's turnover has halved over the past five years, partly due to cheaper overseas competition and trade unions have said the council could have done more to promote Dorset Enterprises. Dave Higgins, of Unison's...

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    DoH Guidance on Visual Impairments as a Disability

     The documents published on Department's website include a Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) form, which formally certifies someone as visually impaired, explanatory notes about the CVI form for consultant ophthalmologists and hospital eye clinic staff to help them manage the completion of the form, and a referral letter which can be used to request social needs assessment from the local...

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    Issues for BME Disabled People

     For older people and recent migrants especially, limited spoken English is a considerable barrier to full service access. Many other people reported difficulties understanding technical, medical or bureaucratic languages.Many respondents reported experiencing stigma, and felt that it remains particularly acute within some ethnic minority communities.Social isolation was widespread among our...

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    Charities Withdraw Placements as Disabled are Added to Work Scheme

     The Work Programme is the workfare scheme which offers "tailored support" to people who have been out of work for a long time.Those who fail to co-operate with the periods of work experience arranged for them could have their benefits cut, and adding people receiving Employment and Support Allowance to this has brought anger and criticisms.Charities such as Age UK, the British Heart Foundation...

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    Another Remploy Factory to Close

    Dozens of Remploy factories are closing under UK government plans to switch spending to help individual workers.In a statement, Remploy said the Springburn site had been earmarked for closure in March after being assessed as "not being commercially viable".The firm said:As part of its efforts to avoid compulsory redundancies Remploy sought bids for the Springburn factory as part of the Healthcare...

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    Incurable conditions are being disability assessed by ATOS

    New figures reveal that 18,450 cancer sufferers have had to undergo multiple tests between October 2008 and February this year.Another 2320 people with multiple sclerosis have been through repeated work capability assessments as well as hundreds of others with Parkinson's and dementia.Although not all the tests involved face-to-face assessments, it is an unnecessary stress on someone who is...

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    Blind people's benefits at risk - act now!

    One of the main assessments for Personal Independence Payment will be a new, "objective assessment" that focuses on the ability of an individual to carry out a range of key activities necessary for everyday life. This will be used to re-assess working age claimants and will take evidence from healthcare professionals in to account.The proposals mean PIP will continue to be paid as a...

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    Hospital Sued Over DNR on Man with Cerebral Palsy

    A coroner has raised concerns about the way Carl Winspear received medication in hospital last year, writing an official letter to the Department of Health (DoH) and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS foundation trust over drug procedures at Sunderland Royal hospital.Relatives want to clarify the law on how DNR decisions are reached for patients without mental capacity to decide and force the DoH in...

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    NHS cuts to hearing services is a 'false economy'

    Action on Hearing Loss asked all 135 hospitals with audiology units to reveal the impact that NHS cuts are having on the quality of hearing services across the country.In total 128 replied, with 43% reporting some kind of cut.Reduced budgets have caused:The report also found evidence of trusts starting to provide only one hearing aid when two had been judged to be clinically necessary; two...

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    Remploy Bolton is reopened as Ability Tec

    However, entrepreneur Oli Randell from Manchester, will reopen the site next week as a new company called Ability Tec.Part of the takeover agreement is that the majority of the workforce will have a disability and be former Remploy employees, using a workforce 75 per cent of whom are disabled.The Manchester Road site is thought to be the only Remploy factory out of the 27 in the UK to have been...

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    Norwich disabled assessment centre 'inaccessible'

    Atos, the company which runs the government assessments, has a second floor office in St Marys House, Duke Street, Norwich.North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said it was "fundamental" the service was accessible for all disabled people.The government said the possible use of ground floor space was being looked at.A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokesperson said:      "DWP is currently...

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    M&S create jobs with Remploy for disabled people

    M&S has launched Marks & Start Logistics, a new employability scheme for people with disabilities and health conditions as a branch of their Marks and Start, which was launched in 2004. This will be one of the recruitment channels used for the roles on offer for the new roles of employment is at their distribution centre in Castle Donington, Leicestershire.They are working with Remploy, which...

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    National Autistic Society respond to ATOS

    Following the news that auditors have uncovered weaknesses in the Atos system, Mark Lever, Chief Executive of The National Autistic Society, said:From day one, there have been significant concerns with the way the Work Capability Assessment works for people with autism.Recent documentaries exposing the failings of the system have done nothing to reassure some of our most vulnerable members of...

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    Care Cuts for learning disabilities spark a 360% increase in demand at Mencap

    Cuts to personal support, fears about community care assessments and complaints about eligibility criteria changes by local authorities, are the main causes for concern, and Mencap officials are expecting the number of calls to continue rising.Michaela Butler, national team manager for Mencap Direct, said:The situation doesn't look set to change and the most vulnerable people are feeling the...

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    New hope of stem cell cure for deaf people

    Hearing partially improved when nerves in the ear, which pass sounds into the brain, were rebuilt in gerbils - a UK study in the journal Nature reports.Getting the same improvement in people would be a shift from being unable to hear traffic to hearing a conversation, however, treating humans is still a distant prospect.If you want to listen to the radio or have a chat with a friend your ear has...

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    58 year-old with Multiple Sclerosis living in homeless shelter to stage protest at council

    David Jones, 58, took the council to court after he was removed from the homeless list. He won an appeal at Mold County Court in April where Judge Milwyn Jarman QC reverted the decision and he was put back on the list. However he is still living in the same homeless shelter 5 months on and has been there for almost a year.In the past Mr Jones has been offered a downstairs flat, which he claimed...

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    CHANGE - Helping people with learning disabilities understand Cancer

      The BMA is a professional association and trade union and advise the public on matters relating to BMA policy. The BMA Patient Information Resource Awards aim to encourage the production of accessible, well-designed and clinically balanced patient information.The series of books were released in 2011 are written for people the carers of people with learning disabilites, helping them to...

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    Hospital issued DNR because a man had Down's Syndrome

    The instruction not to attempt resuscitation in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest was issued without his family's knowledge. The family of the man were unaware of the do-not-resuscitate (DNR) decision until he had returned from hospital to his care home.Their lawyers describe the order as "blatant discrimination" however East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust says it...

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    Residential care to prepare disabled people for independence

    From the outside, Sunnyside House may look like any other small residential care home, but it bills itself as an "independence skills training academy". Its success in preparing residents with moderate to substantial learning disabilities to live independently was recognised at this year's Skills for Care Accolades, where it won the overall "winner of winners" category as well as the "most...

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    Lack of Research Queries Programs for Autistic Adults

    Combing the medical literature for evidence on the question, researchers were able to find only five studies. All were generally low-quality, the team reports in the journal Pediatrics."There's startlingly little information on the best ways to help adolescents and adults with autism achieve their maximum potential in the workplace and across the board," says lead study author Julie Lounds...

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    Device gives limbless people the ability to write and draw

    Although the eye can follow a moving object very efficiently, it is not capable of performing smooth, regular movements in front of a static background; it performs instead a series of irregular jerks. This is why current writing devices using eye movements only allow users to choose from words or letters that are displayed on a screen.To obtain smooth trajectories of the eye, Jean Lorenceau, of...

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    People in Leeds call to tackle domestic violence

    Leaders from private, public and third sectors gathered for the Voice of Leeds Summit and discussed what they could do to tackle domestic violence, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.Over the past three years domestic violence has caused the deaths of 17 people in the city.Supt Sam Miller, of Safer Leeds, branded the number of murders “outrageous” and said: “The scale of the problem is just...

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    Plans to tackle domestic violence in Bury

    Research by Bury Council’s domestic violence and abuse steering group has found that there was an average of ten incidents a day in the past year from April 2015, reports the Bury Times.Town hall chiefs have now teamed up with police and housing officials to publish a hard-hitting strategy that will help victims and get tough on offenders, and aimed at drastically reducing the number of...

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    Domestic violence levels in Northern Ireland at highest

    Police have said that the number of reports of domestic violence are continuing to rise, and from April 2014 to April 2015 there was a 5.6% increase, report U TV. Ulster University is set to release a report on the issue and outline how police can better support victims. The study will be the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and will interview domestic abuse survivors and PSNI...

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    Welfare reforms could make it harder for domestic violence victims to leave their homes

    Service director for Newcastle Women’s Aid Elaine Langshawe has said that welfare reforms are making it harder for domestic violence victims to leave their partners, reports the Chronicle Live.Ms Langshawe believes that changes to benefits and housing could be making it more difficult for victims to leave their partners.“We have seen a rise in the number of people wanting support from our...

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    Support for domestic violence survivors provided by local charities

    A contract worth £1.2m a year has been obtained by Women’s Aid Integrated Services, Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid and Equation, reports Impact Nottingham. This contract uses funds from Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner and will be used to provide a range of services for adult survivors, teens experiencing domestic violence in their own...

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    New fund to support victims of domestic violence

    The fund will be open to proposals from local partnerships that show how the needs of victims are able to be met in innovative ways, reports 24dash. It has also been revealed that there will be a review into the full range of services currently offered to victims of domestic violence.Communities minister Baroness Williams said: “Alongside the vital role of refuges that provide a safe haven...

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    Domestic violence campaign launched in Sandwell

    Run by charity Fry Housing Trust, Sandwell Council and Sandwell’s Domestic Abuse Strategic Partnership, the ‘Brighter Futures’ scheme will be running over the next two years, reports ITV News.Men and women with a history of domestic violence, or be seen to be at risk of committing offenses will be referred to the scheme.The scheme is made up of ten group or one to one sessions.Approximately...

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    Wolverhampton police see thousands of domestic violence reports

    It has been reported that an average of sixteen incidents of domestic violence were recorded each day in Wolverhampton over the last year, reports the Express and Star.Of the 5,900 incidents reported almost 30% involved repeat offenders. 598 of these cases were assessed as being ‘high risk’ meaning that they had the potential to result in serious harm or death.However only one in ten...

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    UK’s approach to domestic violence called ‘incoherent’

    A leaked copy of an official report by the UN special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has called for an urgent inquiry into Yarl’s Wood and a focus on repeated allegations over sexual and physical abuse against detainees, reports the Guardian. The full findings are to be released at a meeting of the Human Right Council in Geneva.The senior UN official concludes that...

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    Domestic violence to be highlighted in new film by students and police in Sunderland

    The first year media students and third year drama students at the University of Sunderland have created four short films that cover financial, emotional, physical and sexual forms of domestic abuse, reports the Sunderland Echo. These films will be used to help train and educate people to see the signs and effects of domestic violence.Adelle Hulsmeier, lecturer in drama andperforming arts at the...

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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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    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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    Inquiry wishes for domestic violence education taught at primary school

    A survey by Birmingham's Community Safety Partnership found that in 2013 there were 25,000 cases of domestic violence in the city, however over the same period police only recorded 8,657, reports the Birmingham Mail.It was also revealed that young people are particularly at risk of abuse, which includes manipulation and emotional abuse by a controlling partner.Councillor Mariam Khan (Lab,...

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    Domestic violence is increasing due to ‘rigid gender roles'

    Dame Quentin Bryce has said that everyone must challenge the unequal distribution of power and resources between men and women in order to address domestic violence which she has called an "appalling scourge in our society", reports the Guardian. In a radio interview in Queensland Bryce said: "Police tell me that they see that as the tip of the iceberg. The figures are so grave, and the very...

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    Study finds domestic violence could be stopped sooner

    A study of the largest database of domestic violence victims in the UK has found that victims are abused for almost three years before receiving any help and many are subjected to over 50 incidents during that time, reports the Guardian. The figures from the charity SafeLives show that almost a quarter of "high-risk" victims had been to A&E with injuries sustained during violence abuse, with...

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    Victims of domestic violence exposed to intimidation as they cannot provide evidence for legal aid

    Over a third of domestic violence victims are unable to provide evidence that is needed to receive legal aid reports a parliamentary watchdog. With lack of support from a lawyer, victims often find it hard to leave partners as they are exposed to intimidation and could end up facing attackers in court with no representation, reports the Guardian. The report cites a survey conducted by the Rights...

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    Domestic abuse fears rising due to universal credit changes

    The Joint Committee on Human Rights has said that universal credit could leave women exposed to abuse that see men limit their partners' access to money, reports the BBC.This is due to the benefit being paid to couples through a joint account. The committee said it shared fears raised by women's groups that the system would "reduce the financial autonomy of women" and could leave domestic...

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    £10m boost for refuges supporting victims of domestic violence

    The Department for Communities and Local Governments has published a bidding prospectus which is intended to help local authorities strengthen refuge services ‘so that we have effective national coverage that keeps victims of domestic abuse safe', reports Inside Housing.A statement by the government said: "While local authorities have looked to make savings it is clear that many areas around...

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    Court challenge on ‘panic room' housing benefit change

    The High Court is set to consider a judicial review challenge into what critics call the "bedroom tax", reports the BBC.Ministers say that millions of pounds have been made available to allow for council help.One woman being used for the case, known as "A" has been violently assaulted by an ex-partner and is now part of a Sanctuary Scheme. This means that she and her son live in a three-bedroom...

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    Mobile phone company collecting smartphones to help victims of domestic violence

    The drive will run through to the end of November and coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The organisers believe that donated phones will help victims of domestic violence feel safer and less isolated as they'll have a way to call emergency or support services, family, friends and employers."Verizon Wireless' goal is to place phones in the hands of as many domestic violence...

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    Lawyers warn that victims of domestic violence are forced to face abusers in court

    Family law specialists are warning that cuts in legal aid are leading to a rise in litigation-in-person cases, reports The Independent.Emma Pearmaine, a family law specialist at Simpson Millar and director of the Leeds Law Society, said: "The number of women being cross-examined by abusive ex-partners in court has doubled in my experience since 2013. Judges do their best to step in and control...

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    An American domestic violence model to be introduced in a London borough

    Harrow Councils will become one of the first local authorities in the UK to use the American Family Domestic programme, which has seen much success in breaking the cycle of generational domestic abuse, reports 24dash.Councillors have approved the £200,000 funding required to set up the programmes, which uses a holistic approach to tackling domestic violence by bringing families together to...

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    Launch of Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance

    An alliance led by Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, housing association Peabody and social business Gentoo Group are working together to prevent domestic abuse in the housing sector, reports 24dash. Over five million people live in affordable housing in England and Wales and the government are welcoming a housing centred approach at tackling domestic abuse. This alliance is an...

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    Initiative tackling domestic abuse in social housing to launch

    The Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance is a partnership between Peabody and Gentoo with national campaign group Standing Together Against Violence, reports Inside Housing. The DAHA aims to improve awareness and training around domestic abuse for social landlords, and is also in the process of drafting an accreditation process.This launch follows news from last week that every social landlord in...

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    Emotional as well as physical harm to be classed as domestic abuse

    The government is launching a consultation on strengthening the law by explicitly stating domestic abuse covers coercive behaviour.  This move comes after the way that police respond to domestic abuse in England and Wales, reports the Guardian. The consultation document says that police fail to see abuse, particularly in its nonviolent form, as a serious crime, adding: "Creating a specific...

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    20% increase in reports of domestic abuse sees one housing association launch its own campaign

    Greenfields Community Housing are encouraging staff, board members and tenants to wear white ribbons or dress in white throughout August to back its campaign, reports Inside Housing.The association is also working with two doctor's surgeries to that victims are provided with contact details of people or organisations that can help them without their abusers finding out. Leaflets and posters have...

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    Domestic abuse awareness month for one housing association

    The housing association, which manages 8,450 homes across Essex has seen reports from tenants affected by domestic abuse rise by 20% after a similar campaign they ran last year, reports 24dash.The social landlord highlights that domestic abuse includes a wide range of behaviour and warns it's rarely a one-off event. The housing association's staff and board members, tenants and other partners...

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    Government said to be ‘turning its back' on domestic violence victims

    The shadow home secretary has said "deeply worrying" data suggests that there has been an increase in the use of "community resolutions" to handle domestic violence cases.The Home Office said using these for serious crimes was "not acceptable", reports the BBC.Data compiled by Labour from fifteen police forces reveals that the number of community resolutions for domestic violence in 2013 had...

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    Convictions of domestic violence at record high

    The conviction rate for domestic violence cases has reached its highest ever level, with cases now making up 10.7% of the Crown Prosecution Service's workload, reports the Guardian.Figures show that referrals by the police to the CPS, prosecutions by the service and convictions have all risen in the past year.The volume of referrals by the police increased by 15,459 to 103,569 last year, a rise...

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    New powers to support domestic violence victims in Cornwall and Devon

    When violence as occurred or threatened towards a victim or their children and there are unlikely to be any criminal charges, police may authorise a Domestic Violence Protection Notice whilst the perpetrator is in custody.According to The Cornishman, the notice protects the victim from violence or a threat of violence by: 1. Prohibiting the perpetrator from evicting or excluding the victim and...

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    Over 40% of domestic violence victims are male

    Almost two in five of all victims of domestic violence are men contradicting the widespread impression that it is women who are mainly assaulted, a new report claims.A study by men's rights campaign group party found that men assaulted by their partners are often ignored by police, see their attacker go free and have far fewer refuges to flee to than women.The charities report ‘Domestic...

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    Housing minister refuses to fund social landlords without domestic violence policies

    Carl Sargeant spoke to Inside Housing and said that some housing associations do not have sufficient polices on domestic violence."I will not fund organisations that don't comply to what I think is a common sense approach to community safety. For organisations that don't want to move forward on the issue of domestic violence, our relationship will cease."Mr Sargeant wrote a letter to all Welsh...

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    Over 40% of domestic violence victims are male

    The study by the men's rights campaign group Parity, and it says that men assaulted by their partners often goes ignored by police, and their attacker goes free with the men having fewer refuges to flee to than women.The charity's analysis of statistics on domestic violence highlight the number of men attacked by wives or girlfriends is much higher than people thought. In the report Domestic...

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    Wrong treatment of victims of domestic violence: Amanda's Story

    Amanda's story (not her real name):She was supported throughout by Women's Aid, with an independent domestic violence adviser trained by Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (Caada).Amanda had experienced domestic abuse from her partner for a while but felt poorly treated by police officers.According to reports by the Guardian:"Last year, during an argument, her partner threw her...

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    Tougher laws for abusers says domestic violence campaigners

    Following a survey of victims showing that perpetrators often escape prosecution campaigners are calling for the law on domestic violence to be tightened.An online survey by Paladin, the national stalking advocacy, and two domestic violence charities, Women's Aid and the Sara Charlton Foundation, of 258 domestic violence victims found that 88% felt that the legal system didn't take psychological...

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    Online Abuse And Domestic Violence In The UK

    According to new research published by Women's Aid, nearly half of all women survivors of domestic violence have experienced online abuse during their relationship.Earlier this week, the Guardian also uncovered statistics which revealed 10,000 women were at risk of death in their own homes.IBTimes, UK reported what Polly Neate, chief executive of Women's Aid, said:"Two women a week are killed by...

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    New domestic violence campaign for schools in Croydon

    Len Goodman's son James and dance Kristina Rihanoff have helped form the Dot Com Foundation charity with domestic violence Sharon Doughty, who has developed the learning programme to help support children.The campaign is part of Croydon Council's early intervention work to help support young people, reports 24dash.On 5th March Doughty will be at the Community Space in Croydon Council's Bernard...

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    10,000 people at risk of death or serious injury due to domestic violence

    Data from 34 out of the 44 police forces in England, Wales and Scotland reveals that at least 10,952 individuals, most of whom are women, are at a high risk of violent death in the home or of suffering serious violence, in the year to November.The figures obtained are likely to be an underestimate as domestic violence is heavily under-reported and polices differ in their collection collation of...

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    Watchdog issues domestic violence ‘wake-up call'

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence are publishing new guidance to raise awareness for those coming into contact with domestic violence victims, and say these recommendations are a "wake-up call" to the problem, reports the BBC. NICE says that each year at least 1.2 million women and 784,000 men in Wales and England experience domestic violence. One in three women and almost...

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    30% of female population have experienced domestic violence

    Figures show that almost 5 million women have experienced some form of domestic abuse since the age of sixteen.Latest figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales revels that there were an estimated 406,000 victims of sexual assaults last year with nearly one million victims of stalkers. Over two-thirds of these were women, reports the Guardian.The survey also revealed that 10% of the...

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    Can Social Media Be A Support System for Victims Of Domestic Violence?

    Telling a victim of domestic violence to go offline in order to be safe keeps them away from people who love them and can help them, this is unacceptable.Alternatively, maintaining safety is important in order to help survivors take back the control that abusers have tried to steal from their lives.The following precautionary measures can help victims/survivors of domestic violence to better...

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    Domestic violence victims challenging benefit cap

    The families are appealing a High Court decision in November which found that the £26,000 a year cap didn't breach human rights laws and were not disproportionate, reports Inside Housing.  Due to the benefits cap household benefits are limited to £500 per week. Campaign groups, which includes Women Against Rape, are arguing that this affects women who have fled their homes due to domestic...

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    Domestic violence victims' addresses to be kept secret: Eve's Law

    Eve Thomas, a domestic violence victim and campaigner wants to change the law so that addresses are kept secret in unrelated court proceedings.  Ms Thomas faced prison due to her refusal to reveal her hideaway address in August. Damian Green, the Justice Minister has said that he would "happily consider" these proposals, reports the BBC.Ms Thomas suffered over 20 years of abuse from her husband...

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    Funding gaps leave domestic violence services at breaking point

    The charity have said that one day in 2013 saw 155 women and 103 children turned away from refuges in England. They believe the government could reduce the number of women and children hurt and killed by ensuring services are adequately funded.Ministers say that they have "ring-fenced" £40m to fund "specialist local support services and national helplines", reports the BBC. Women's Aid have...

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    Senior police officer calls for rape prevention work

    Martin Hewitt, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner believes that forces have been too "reactive" and should become proactive so that these crimes are prevented. He also said that when dealing with rape victims police should be "honest" about the difficulties of getting convictions. Mr Hewitt is the Association of Chief Police Officers' lead for adult sexual offences and wants police...

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    Housing trust supporting victims of domestic abuse

    The first of the two programmes will begin in January and will consist of twelve weekly sessions which look into the effect of domestic abuse and the road to recovery. It aims to provide victims with life-long tools to enable them to enjoy health relationships in the future.There will also be a separate eight-week programme for young victims will also begin in the New Year, which will offer tools...

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    Clare's Law Expected To Take Effect Nationwide In March 2014

    This pilot scheme ran in Greater Manchester, Gwent, Wiltshire and Nottingham, where about 400 women were given information  which has helped victims of domestic violence  and as a result, will be extended nationwide.Clare's law was trialled for 12 months from September 2012 to allow women to check police records to see if a partner has a violent past. It is expected to take effect from...

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    New approach needed for domestic abuse

    A group from Manchester University are calling for a national mentoring programme for young people at risk of becoming abusers. They recommend that lessons on domestic violence prevention should be in every school. The government says that it expects the subject to be taught "as part of sex and relationship education". A spokesman for the Home Office said that it had guaranteed nearly £40m to...

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    Victim Of Domestic Violence Starts Campaign

    Eve Thomas was verbally and physically abused for years prior to leaving her ex-husband in 2010.She is using social media to promote her campaign, One Voice Never Silenced.Her petition to change the law currently has more than 1,200 signatures.Manchester Evening News reported that: "Eve Thomas, who was appearing at Bolton County Court , was told she would be held in contempt, and could be...

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    Re-housed victims of domestic violence face eviction due to bedroom tax

    The introduction of bedroom tax is having a dangerous impact on women who have experienced domestic violence and there are calls for the council to take actions.Charity, Women's Aid, have been made aware of cases where women's housing benefit have been reduced or they have had to leave the only place where they can be safe as a safe room was regarded as a spare one.Women's Aid are working with a...

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    Increased number of calls reporting abuse

    Rape Crisis England and Wales have said that its national helpline had received 78,000 calls in the 12 months to October, whereas they only received 55,000 the year before. Local centres had also seen an increase in the use of their services.The rise in the number of those coming forward over abuse reflects similar trends recently reported by the NSPCC and in police statistics that BBC Radio 5...

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    Domestic Violence: Behind Closed Doors

    She has counted 199 dead women since she started. Her aim is to make people understand the things that are happening behind closed doors and collectively act.25% of women experiene domestic violence in their lives and she wants the government to take over and officially collate the names and release them annually in order to use these cases to identify patterns in the crimes.Smith stated...

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    8-Year-Old Yemeni Childbride Dies Of Internal Injuries After Sex With 40 Year Old Husband

    Mail Online reported that:"Activists are now calling for the groom, who is believed to be around 40 years old, and her family to be arrested so they can face justice in the courts." "They say arrests would help put a stop to the practice of marrying very young girls to older men in the impoverished region."The practice of marrying young girls is common in Yemen and other parts of the world.It...

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    A third of women say there are varying degrees of rape

    The research also revealed that the same proportion of women believe that if a woman doesn't fight back, then she cannot have experienced rape. Rape Crisis support victims as they go through the justice system and want more funding for ISVAs (Independent Sexual Violence Advisors).A quarter of the women surveyed believed that if the person was drunk, it couldn't be classed as rape, and 60% thought...

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    A fall in domestic violence referrals

    Figures obtained by Labour in a Freedom of Information request show that domestic violence cases  in England and Wales being referred by police to the Crown Prosecution Service, to be considered for charge and prosecution, has fallen from 101,242 in 2010/11 to 88,110 in 2012/13. Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, said the figures show that after years of improvement, the system is now...

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    More needs to be done to tackle domestic violence

    Theresa May has been in talks with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) about improvements on how the police handle domestic violence.  In a interview with BBC Radio 4's The World at One she said she had been speaking to HMIC "about them looking into this whole question of police response". She also said that she intends to make "a formal announcement on this to Parliament fairly...

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    World Issues: Facts About Child Brides

    In many societies, marriage is a celebrated institution and a promise of life-long fidelity between two adults. Nevertheless, in some parts of the world, it is an entirely different ball game.Despite being prohibited by international human rights law and many national laws, child marriage continues to rob millions of girls of their childhood, into a life of poor prospects.Some consequences of...

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    New Website Encourages Victims Of Domestic Violence To Speak Out

    Dispatch reported that there were over 3,600 cases of domestic abuse in Mansfield and Ashfield last year; an increase of 4 per cent on 2011.Therefore, Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Services (NIDAS) wants to raise more awareness about domestic violence and provide help to victims.The following information is embedded in the website:Lisa Haydon, NIDAS director said:"There is lots of...

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    Clare's Law: Prevention from Domestic Violence Against Women.

    The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) is nicknamed Clare's Law, after Clare Wood from Salford who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton in February 2009.Clare and Appleton had met on Facebook.She did not know his history of domestic violence such as repeated harassment, threats and knifepoint kidnapping of an ex-girlfriend on gun point.She had complained several times to the...

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    Female Genital Mutilation: Soher Ebrahim's Story...

    The World Health Organisation defines Female Genital Mutilation as including procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.This may ultimately lead to excessive bleeding, difficulty in urination, infections and difficulty in child birth among other things."This procedure was banned by the Egyptian parliament in June 2008, with those...

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    Calls to Improve Domestic Violence Procedures

    The family of a woman murdered by her ex-partner following complaints to the police are calling for a public inquiry into how complaints of domestic violence are handled.See details of Maria Stubbings case and errors below.Since the death of Ms Stubbings, there have been two other fatal domestic violence cases in Essex, which has prompted her family to demand a public enquiry from home secretary...

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    Domestic Violence against Women: World Issues

    After surveying more than 10,000 men and 2,000 women, James Lang, the Programmes Director of Patterns for Prevention, stressed the significance of data validity for selected sites accross 6 pacific countries (China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Bangladesh).Shocking preliminary findings from his methodologies at the symposium on Gender-based Violence and Research held on the 9th...

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    £ 4m funding to help rape victims rebuild their lives

    The centres are part of the Coalition Agreement to establish 15 new rape support centres, and 9 have already been set up to help support the 400,000 women a year who are sexually assaulted.The funding will also be used to help the 65 centres that are already in place to give stable funding, instead of the as hov funding they have currently been receiving which puts services in jeopardy.The four...

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    Domestic Violence Figures Rise

    In 2012, Citizens Advice received reports of 13,500 domestic violence attacks.Victims of domestic abuse are supporting a campaign to encourage more women to speak out as 80% of the victims were women.Despite a gradual 40% decline in domestic violence incidents since 1995, Citizens Advice have now reported an increase in the number of reported victims.There were 3,300 reported incidents to...

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    2 year old at risk of Forced Marriage

     The Unit is a joint initiative by the Foreign Office and the Home Office, who have permission to intervene when they believe a child under 18 is at risk of becoming a victim of forced marriage.Figures they have released show that of the 250 children in these cases who were protected, 82% were female and 18% male. They were from 60 different countries – 47% involved Pakistan, 11% Bangladesh...

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    Domestic Violence increased by Sporting Events

    The WRC is a global campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women.It has been launched ahead of the Six Nations Championships in order to draw attention to the issue of domestic abuse in Wales, and follows recent research by Durham University ‘End violence against women' which highlighted the connection between competitive events such as...

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    Domestic Violence Campaign to help Scottish Muslims

    The charity Amina, who run a helpline for Muslim women in Scotland, is launching the campaign, and said it was aware of many cases where people used their religion in an attempt to justify violence.Part of the campaign will be going out and speaking to men and women to voice the issue and stop it being hidden away.Smina Akhtar, from Amina, saidWe have women coming in, phoning our helpline, time...

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    Service for Women's support with Violence and Abuse Wins Award!

    The Women's Support Service aims to support domestic abuse victims and those in the criminal justice system who are experiencing or are survivors of gender based violence or abuse.The scheme is the first in Scotland of this kind and has picked up the Adults and Older Care Category at the Scottish Social Services Council, Care Accolades Award.Philip Dady, senior social worker said:The Care...

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    Will the change in definition of Domestic Violence be hindered by Funding Cuts?

    The current definition of domestic violence is:"Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse [psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional] between adults (aged 18 or over) who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality".The new definition as of March 2013 will be:"Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or...

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    £500k to protect East Lancashire women from domestic abuse

    "The Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Domestic Violence Team, based in Accrington, has seen the number of women it works with increase by 300 to 1,000 in the past year.Cash for the project has come from the Big Lottery Fund's programme, which helps those most in need in the community.The grant will be used to provide frontline workers to protect women at risk of serious harm.Funding will also be...

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    Impact of Cuts on Violence Against Women Services

    This report, commissioned by the Trust for London and Northern Rock Foundation, examines the impact of public expenditure cuts on services to prevent violence against women and girls. It showed that:Download summary report here.Download full report here.Source: Trust for London  ...

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    New service to support homeless people in Birmingham

    A new dedicated Homeless Street Triage car will be responding to the rising number of calls reporting homelessness, begging and anti-social drinking in the city, reports 24dash.In the last year – from May 2014 to April 2015 – West Midlands Police took just over 1,000 calls about homelessness and begging. The new HOST car will carry a Birmingham Police officer in plain clothes alongside two...

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    Gym in Kent hopes to improve health and fitness of homeless people

    Riverside is a specialist in working with single homeless people to help them get their lives back on track and into accommodation. Their new project, a gymnasium, has been funded by the Riverside Project Fund, Swale Borough Council (via its Sports and Physical Activity Grant Fund), Kent Police Property Fund and Church Housing Trust, reports 24dash.Andrew Wallis, Riverside Project Assistant and...

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    The cost of homelessness in Hackney doubles

    Figures have shown that the cost of homelessness in 2009/10 was £3,092,255 compared to £7,167,440 in 2014/15, with a cut on staff spending from £3,239,653 to £2,608,491 reports 24dash.Hackney Green Party spokesperson, Charlotte George, said: “Homelessness is one of the starkest ways we can see how the housing crisis and austerity are affecting people in Hackney. Local residents are in a...

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    Two homelessness services to be investigated

    The Scottish Housing Regulator is set to investigate every aspect of services offered by Dumfries and Galloway Council, whilst also examining how homeless people access help and support at Scottish Borders Council, reports the BBC.The councils will be investigated on how people access the service and how it maintains contact with applicants.A spokesman for Scottish Borders Council (SBC) said:...

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    Homeless project for young people under threat due to cuts

    Platform for Life was expected to attract interest from numerous housing associations with its scheme to convert properties into accommodation for young people in further education, training or work, reports Inside Housing.The Department of Health fund was intended to cover the capital costs of the programme however housing associations were expecting rental income, underpinned by housing benefit...

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    Charities warns Irish government of homelessness crisis

    Social Justice Ireland is calling for a new funding system that will meet the demand and reveal that only 20 council homes for families have been completed within the first three months of this year, reports the Belfast Telegraph.They have said that charities are making up part of the shortfall with 117 houses and apartments finished in the same period.Director Dr Sean Healy hit out at the...

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    Newspaper office to become a centre for homeless people

    The old office for the Doncaster Free Press is being transformed into flats and other facilities for people who are homeless, reports Hold the Front Page. The building is being turned into self-contained flats, communal areas and other facilities for people who are homeless and is being run by Doncaster homelessness charity M25 Housing and Support Group.Social enterprise Made By U has provided...

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    Cuts leaving people in Cheltenham needing homelessness support

    Bosses at CCP and Cheltenham Borough Council have said the “devastating impact” of benefit cuts in the town are causing issues for many people, report the Gloucestershire Echo.Over the past few years the CCP have seen 287 people who are homeless or facing homelessness with 1,500 people affected by financial issues.Senior advisor Chris Lowry said: "People believe that Cheltenham is an affluent...

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    Concern that homelessness in Cambridge is at ‘tipping point’

    Not only do figures show a rise in quarterly numbers by 24 households, they also reveal that over 350 cases were placed in temporary accommodation over the last year, which was a rise of 50 cases on the previous year, reports The Cambridge News.The city council’s executive councillor for housing, councillor Kevin Price has said welfare reform is to blame."The number of people presenting as...

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    Charities say Wales is “setting an example” for homelessness

    A joint report by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has praised Welsh laws that are trying to address the issues of homelessness, reports the BBC.However they warn that the removal of six-month tenancy protection in a new Wales bill could undo the hard work. The Welsh government have said that the measure will help homelessness due to its more flexible rental market.The report shows that...

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    Single homeless people are being failed in Scotland

    Homeless charity Crisis have found that only 47% of single homeless people without children have received a tenancy through their local council when they became homeless, reports RT.The report says that single homeless people are likely to be “more vulnerable” and have previously been homeless before.When they seek assistance, they receive less help than families “both in prevention...

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    Project helping homeless people get discharged from hospital up for an award

    Developed by housing association Midland Heart, along with partners NHS Arden and GEM commissioning support unit and other third sector organisations, the project is one of ten in the running to  win the ‘delivering value and improvement in commissioning support services’ category of the health service journal (HSJ) value in healthcare awards, reports 24dash. Research by Midland Heart had...

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    New homeless centre opens in Coventry

    Whitefriars Housing and housing contractor Wates Living Space has created a centre for homeless people in Hillfields Coventry, reports 24dash.The ‘Gateway’ development has been designed to help local homeless people achieve independent living and improve their employment prospects through the provisions of intensive, practical support.Lee Sale, regional business director at Wates Living...

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    Charity warns benefit cuts could leave young people homeless

    The YMCA has said that thousands of young people with vulnerabilities could become homeless due to the government’s plans to remove housing benefit payments to those who are unemployed aged between 18-21, reports the Guardian.The charity has said: “The government could be in danger of inadvertently taking away support from the young people who need it most, and in doing so, exposing many more...

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    Milestone for housing scheme supporting the homeless

    The Homefinder project, part funded by CRISIS and led by the homelessness charity H3 has helped over a hundred homeless people find accommodation, reports 24dash.The project helps homeless people overcome the barriers they face in finding a deposit for a private landlord by offering a cashless guarantee in its place, known as a ‘bond’.Dominic Walker, HomeFinder scheme assistant said “It’s...

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    No homeless families in B&Bs for one London council

    Hammersmith and Fulham council has announced that is has no homeless families living in bed and breakfast accommodation, reports Inside Housing.Recent statistics show that 5,720 households across England were in B&B accommodation in March this year.The problem has been a particular issue for London due to a lack of suitable social housing and temporary accommodation.Lisa Homan, H&F council...

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    Award for London architect who designed shelter pods for rough sleepers

    James Furzer has designed small pods that could be attached to the side of buildings or structures to provide a safe place for people who are homeless to sleep at night, reports ITV News.Mr Furzer has said that his inspiration came from the increasing number of metal spokes which are appearing in popular sleeping spots to prevent homeless people sleeping there.His design won the top prize in the...

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    Homelessness charity in Liverpool encourages people to sponsor a bed

    The charity is hoping that locals will donate to its “Sponsor a Bed” campaign. Using the donations they hope to provide accommodation, training and support services to people who are homeless in the area, reports Click Liverpool.The cost of housing and support at Emmaus Merseyside is £5,000 a year. The charity hopes to take on one new homeless person a month.Nigel Mellor, Chair of Emmaus...

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    Council told to improve homelessness services by regulator

    The Scottish Housing Regulator has told Glasgow City Council that it needs to “act quickly” to improve its homelessness services, reports Inside Housing.Homelessness case workers have reached an agreement with the city council after months of industrial action over a pay dispute.Christine MacLeod, director of regulation at the SHR, said: “We have had regular contact throughout the...

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    Fears that homelessness could increase due to crackdown on overcrowding

    The introductions of Overcrowding Statutory Notices, which are aimed at guarding against unacceptable living conditions in private sector homes in Scotland, have raised concerns with housing chiefs and charities, reports The Scotsman.A consultation on the issue has resulted in calls for safeguards to be put in place by landlords and councils so that homelessness is prevented.Shelter Scotland...

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    Charity warns that housing benefit cuts will lead to increased homelessness

    After George Osborne announced cuts to housing benefits in the latest budget, there is growing concern that an increase in homelessness will occur, reports the Independent.Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis has said:“These short-sighted cuts to housing benefit are likely to push more and more people into homelessness and could end up costing the taxpayer even more than they save. We are...

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    Homelessness cases rise by 33%

    The Department for Communities and Local Government have released figures showing that the number of prevention or relief cases has fallen slightly, however the number of cases recorded last year had increased by 33% since 2009/10, reports Inside Housing.Of the 220,800 cases, 205,100 were to help people at risk of homelessness keep a roof over their heads and the remaining cases were to assist...

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    Housing association uses grant to support homeless people

    The new service hopes to transform the lives of those experiencing homelessness in Halton, reports 24dash.  The temporary accommodation will support 39 residents and has been developed by Halton Housing Trust and will be run by the Salvation Army.Brenan Lodge has been built to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere, where residents are encouraged to live independently in 36 en-suite flats.Cllr...

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    Homeless families in Bristol continues to rise

    It has been revealed that 140 families have been place in emergency accommodation this year, which costs £3.2m, however last year the figure was 40, reports the BBC. "Shortages in affordable housing, rising rents in the private rental market and welfare reform", have been to blame.The Department for Work and Pensions said it was "completely misleading" to blame homelessness on welfare...

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    Youth homeless figures is triple the official statistics

    Over three times more people have had to rely on councils and charities due to homelessness in the past year, finds Cambridge University, with figures reaching 83,000 rather than the governments suggested 26,852. The reports found that at any one time there are around 35,000 young people in homeless accommodation, reports the Independent. The “worryingly high” levels of young people using...

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    Tackling homelessness early could save thousands

    The report titled The Financial Costs of Single Homelessness in the UK looks at the economic case for helping homeless people at an early stage, reports 24dash.Within the report it warns that without vital help people can quickly spiral out of control leaving them vulnerable to mental health, physical health, crime and drug issues. This will make them harder to help and put a further cost strain...

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    Increase in veterans needing homelessness support

    Salford’s Supported Tenancies Service has seen an increase in veterans falling on hard times, reports 24Dash. Managed by housing association Salix Homes, the service provides support and advice for people in Salford facing homelessness or struggling to maintain their tenancy.Nationally, statistics show that 1 in 10 homeless people have a military background.Mike Wright, head of housing choice...

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    Charity concerned of UK having a “homelessness crisis”

    Following the release of new figures stating the amount of homeless families in temporary accommodation, homelessness charity Shelter has said the UK is “sleepwalking into a homelessness crisis,” reports the Independent.The number of families, couples and individuals classed as living in temporary “self-contained annexes” has increased by 46% since last year. Shelter compared the single...

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    'Homeless Health 47 launched by charity'

    The charity is urging people to sign the petition, asking the secretary of state for health Jeremy Hunt to "prioritise homeless health and drive urgent change in this Parliament", reports 24dash.Howard Sinclair, St Mungo's Broadway chief executive said: "Almost twice as many people who use homelessness services have long term physical health problems and mental health diagnoses compared to the...

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    High Court stops council’s homelessness policy

    Westminster City Council has heard that their housing policy suspending homeless people from bidding for social housing until a year after their homelessness acceptance is unlawful, reports Inside Housing.This case came to light following a person being offered temporary accommodation in July 2014, however also being told they were unable to bid for social housing for a year.Jan Luba QC of Garden...

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    Rough sleeping in London continues to rise

    A report has found that over the past year the number of rough sleepers has increased by 16%, with a 40% rise from 2011/12, reports 24dash. A total of 7,581 people slept rough during 2014-15 according to the CHAIN Greater London report 2014-15. This report presents information about people seen rough sleeping by outreach teams in London from the Combined Homelessness and Information Network...

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    Liverpool council gives houses to support homelessness charity

    Social enterprises Progressive Lifestyle Solutions is working with Liverpool city council to provide properties to homeless people in the city, reports the Liverpool Echo. PLS help people in need live independently and have the capacity to help 45 people at risk of homelessness through private rented accommodation.Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool’s record of tackling...

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    Rise in B&B usage to accommodate homelessness in Milton Keynes

    Milton Keynes Council has created a Housing Allocations Review group to deal with the rising issue of homelessness, reports Milton Keynes Citizen.Chairing the group will be Lib Dem councillor Chris Williams said: “The problem is simple: the number of properties available does not equal the number of people needing housing. The only solution is for the council to build more homes itself and...

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    New commitment from Surrey council to tackle homelessness

    Over the last year £2m was spent across the county on housing related support, reports Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser.Councillors have been advised that homeless prevention should remain a high priority for Surrey with many shelters claiming they are receiving one new request for a bed every two days.At the end of last year six people were recognised as sleeping rough in Mole Valley,...

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    Rise in the number of homeless people in Manchester

    A Manchester homelessness charity has said it has seen a 22% rise in the number of people seeking its guidance in the past year, reports the Manchester Evening News.Amanda Croome, chief executive of Manchester‘s flagship Booth Centre, said the key factor is the trend, rather than the exact figure."The count is a snapshot," she said. "What we always reckon is that the real figure is probably...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    39% increase in homeless families living in Surrey in the past year

    The reasons for homelessness vary from tenancy loss to rent arrears, which has seen an increase in the number of families needing emergency accommodation, reports the Surrey Mirror.The amount of homeless families and rising B&B bills has prompted the council to review its housing policy.Simon Rosser, the authority's housing and welfare manager, said: "There is a growing number of families at risk...

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    Law now in force to prevent homelessness

    Now all authorities must take "all reasonable steps" to prevent someone from losing their home within 56 days, following changes to the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, reports the BBC.The Welsh government said it is "the most fundamental reform to homelessness legislation in over 30 years".The move has been welcomed by housing charity Shelter Cymru whose director John Puzey has said homelessness "can...

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    Anti-homeless protesters head to Downing Street

    Part of March for the Homeless 2015, the protest is linked to international action to raise awareness of the treatment of homeless people in the UK, Ireland and worldwide, reports 24dash. Organisers said homelessness had risen "by a staggering 55% since David Cameron became prime minister in 2010, with 742 people sleeping rough every night in the capital alone - a 37% increase on...

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    Support for rough sleepers in Crewe

    The ‘No Second Night Out' service which the council launched in 2012 has been funded in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council. So far 140 residents have been saved from having to spend more than one night out sleeping rough, reports the Crewe Guardian. The services has now been commissioned and passed on to YMCA Crewe.Through No Second Night Out accommodation is provided for...

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    Homeless people in Liverpool helped to find employment

    The event is part of National Employment Fortnight which is run by Crisis and attendees will learn about local job opportunities and have the chance to take part in workshops offering practical skills, mock interviews and advice on what employers are looking for, reports the Liverpool Echo.Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: "Being out of work is both a major cause and consequence of...

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    Rough sleeping ban proposed by council

    Using the new Public Spaces Protection Orders which came into force last October, Oxford City Council are putting forward proposals to prevent people from sleeping rough, reports Inside Housing.PSPOs were introduced under the anti-social behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and allow councils to prohibit activities they consider detrimental to local communities. A breach of a PSPO is classed as...

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    Report finds one in 25 young people are homeless in London

    Over 72,000 young people are without a permanent home and are living in emergency hostels and B&B's, reports the Standard. This means that 80% of all young people in England are in London.  Boroughs such as Haringey and Westminster see one in ten young people living in temporary accommodation.Haringey has 5,322 young people - or 10 per cent of all under-18s in the borough - living in temporary...

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    Homelessness in London has risen by 79% since 2010

    A report by the Department for Communities and Local Government found that levels of homelessness in London have risen by 34% between 2013 and 2014 with the rest of the country seeing a rise of around 14%, reports RT.The reports found that almost 750 people were sleeping rough on the streets of London, accounting for 27% of the total national figure.Homelessness charity Crisis are calling for the...

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    Large increase in the number of homeless families in temporary accommodation

    Official figures reveal that the number of families living in temporary accommodation England has increased by over a quarter in the three years to the end of 2014, reports the Guardian.By the end of 2014 61,970 homeless families were in temporary accommodation from B&Bs to home rented from private landlords. 46,700 of these were families with children.One in 10 of these families were housed in...

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    Landmark Supreme Court battle win for homeless mother

    There was a unanimous ruling in favour of a mother of five fighting Westminster Council last Thursday which could affect how councils relocate homeless families, reports Inside Housing.In November 2012, Ms Nzolameso and her five children had refused an offer of accommodation in Milton Keynes from Westminster stating that it was not suitable for her to leave her support network or for her children...

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    Just one in 12 young people facing homelessness receive support needed

    The Children's Society has found that 12,000 young people aged between sixteen and seventeen turn to councils for housing support each year however many are failed due to a response that falls short of the government's guidance on the issues, reports 24dash. The report, 'Getting the house in order: Homelessness and 16- and 17-year-olds', found:•         Half of these vulnerable young...

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    Less investigations taking place about homeless families in B&B accommodation

    In 2014 the level of homelessness complaints investigated in detail by the LGO dropped by slightly more than a quarter from 190 in 2013 to 138 in 2014. The number of upheld complaints dropped by from 61 to 52 over the same period, reports Inside Housing.Recent government statistics show that the total number of homeless families placed in B&B style accommodation at the end of September 2014 stood...

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    Housing bid for £55m homeless fund

    The fund which is open for bids, will be used over the following two years and has £25m available for accommodation outside London and £30m in London, reports 24dash.The money is said to be used for two different projects: 1)      The Homeless Change project, which will provide upgraded hostel accommodation to improve physical and mental health outcomes for those who are homeless, whilst...

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    Prevention is top priority for people working to support people who are homeless

    A poll undertaken by charity Homeless Link has found that prevention is one of their top priorities, closely followed by housing.From the poll nine in ten homelessness professional wanted to see more action to prevent homelessness, whereas two years ago the issue ranked seventh. Due to this Homeless Link want to ensure that everyone who seeks help from their council gets tailored assistance which...

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    Services helping people who are homeless face cuts in funding

    Umbrella body Homeless Link have found that out of 357 services, 41% had the funding for accommodation projects in 2014 reduced since the previous year, which is slightly up from 38% of services in 2013, reports Inside Housing. The survey found that funding reduced on average by 17% for projects that saw a decrease this year.Another report, Support for Single Homeless People in England, also...

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    Six fold increase in homelessness in Greater Manchester

    Analysis by the M.E.N reveals that homelessness has increased in the city by 150% in the last four years and that there are now six times as many people sleeping rough in Manchester as there was in 2010.The figures have been compiled by councils and many agree that the figures are merely the tip of the iceberg.Jonathan Billings, who runs Stockport's homeless charity the Wellspring, told the...

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    55% rise in rough sleeping over the last four years

    Homelessness charity Crisis is now calling on the country's political party leader to review the help single homeless people receive under the law.With 2,744 people reported by local councils across the country to be sleeping rough on any one night in 2014, last year revealed a 14% rise in rough sleepers, reports 24dash.Jon Sparkes, Crisis chief executive, said: "These figures show that the law...

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    Smartphones for the Homeless; new app created to help homeless people find food and shelter

    For the homeless, smartphones are not necessarily used for recreational purposes; but can be a crucial source in obtaining housing, employment, contact support groups, and medical and transport services. This is a sure way to rebuild themselves after experiencing relationship breakdowns and financial difficulties which may have led them to homelessness.A mobile phone may be the only link, or...

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    Report finds councils are failing to prevent young people becoming homeless

    Research by homeless charity Homeless Link has found, via a survey of over 200 English charity and council homeless agencies, that local authorities are preventing homeless amongst young people in just 19% of cases, reports Inside Housing. Homelessness prevention can mean assisting people to stay in their own homes or help to find an alternative means of accommodation.Rick Henderson, chief...

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    Record calls to charity for help due to homelessness

    Homelessness charity Shelter is urgently calling for support after its advisers spoke to over 51,000 callers in the last year who were facing homelessness, reports 24dash. The charity also believes that due to the shortage of affordable homes they're expecting even more families to be in desperate need of help this Christmas.Shelter helpline adviser Nadeem Khan said: "It's so heart-breaking to...

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    Charity says more support is needed for homeless LGBTQ young people

    It's been revealed that 30% of homeless young people in the UK could be LGBTQ however there is little specialist housing provision for this group. In their report, Porchligh discusses the numerous reasons for LGBTQ youth homelessness and makes a number of recommendations as to how housing providers can support this vulnerable and stigmatised group, reports 24dash.The report also highlights the...

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    In the past year one in five young people slept rough

    A Comre Poll commissioned by homelessness charity Centrepoint has found that 18% of 2,011 people between sixteen and 25 slept in ‘unsafe' places over the past year due to them feeling like they had nowhere else to go, reports Inside Housing.42% of people surveyed with experience of rough sleeping said they spent one night doing so, with 33% saying they spent between one night and a week...

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    A homeless shelter has launched a social media campaign to help people in need

    Shelter from the Storm, based in Islington, is hoping to raise awareness and funds to help people in need via their #bedless campaign. The campaign encourages social media users to photograph themselves or friends sleeping in "weird and wonderful places", reports the Mirror.Shelter from the Storm hope that by getting people to post their photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag...

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    Highest level of homeless children since 2011

    Homelessness charity Shelter, have found that over 90,000 children in the UK are without a permanent home, reports the BBC. The charity's chief executive Campbell Robb said the "heart-breaking" figures suggest the equivalent of three children in every school are homeless.Calculations by the charity suggest that in the second quarter of 2014 there were 90,569 children living in temporary...

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    New app aimed to help and prevent homelessness

    The app called ‘Living Smart' allows teenagers and young people to access advice on living choices and steps that can be taken to prevent homelessness. If they are already homeless they can get advice on ways to seek help and keep themselves safe.‘Living Smart' has been designed and set up by a group of young volunteers from SmartLivng, which is part of the LinkLiving charity in Kirkcaldy and...

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    Report finds that homelessness is only referred to in 36% of council's health plans

    In the report, Homeless Health Matters, it reveals that only 36% of councils make a reference to homeless people within their local health plans, reports Inside Housing.The cost of healthcare for someone who is homeless is almost four times higher than for the average person. For a rough sleeper with a high level of need, the cost can be almost 20 times as much.The report calls for early...

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    Pilot scheme to reduce homelessness has been launched in Edinburgh

    Specialist services will be delivered through a partnership with third sector organisations the Bethany Christian Trust, Edinburgh Cyrenian Trust, Foursquare and CHAI (Community Help and Advice Initiative), reports 24dash. Work is being done by the council, providers and service users in partnership with housing support services to place emphasis of prevention via mentoring, befriending group...

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    Charity reveals homeless do need night shelters

    A report by the charity Housing Justice has found that 1,577 guests were offered overnight shelter in London last year. Of those guests 888 had been street homeless, 317 on the street for over six months and 322 were new to the street, reports Inside Housing. Housing Justice chief executive Alison Gelder said: ‘This report busts some of the outdated myths about night shelters.  For example,...

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    Single homeless people turned away from housing help

    The charity Crisis conducted a mystery shopping exercises which covered sixteen local authorities across England and found that many homeless people are forced to sleep on the streets, ‘sofa surf' or live in squats, despite seeking help, reports Inside Housing.Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said the findings were ‘nothing short of a scandal'. The mystery shoppers presented themselves...

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    Young people leaving care forced into ‘unsafe housing'

    Research by Charity Action for Children has lead the charity to urge policymakers to improve support systems and take care of young people's emotional and mental well-being to prevent them from failing through the net, reports Inside Housing.‘The most vulnerable young people who have been in care are forced to grow up too quickly,' the charity's paper said. ‘Too many young people who have...

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    #OpSafeWinter launched by UK Anonymous

    Launched on World Homeless Day in an international effort to battle against homelessness, Anonymous branches around the world will work alongside other social justice campaigns, reports RT.Founded in November last year the programme developed out of an array of charitable projects, and in 2013, OpSafeWinter provided homeless support in 12 different countries. It was particularly active in...

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    Increase in demand for homelessness charity

    Emmaus, which supports people who were formerly homeless a place to live and employment in a social enterprise, has seen its waiting list increase by 30% and referrals increased by 29% in the last year, reports 24dash. The charity has found that 47% of people approach them as they will be offered the opportunity to work, whilst 78% of existing ‘companions' say the opportunity to work is the...

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    Health bodies ignoring the homeless, report reveals

    A report by St Mungo's Broadway and Homeless Link has shown that 64% of council health strategies made no mention of single homeless people and 14% made no mention of homeless people at all, reports Inside Housing. The study analysed 50 health and wellbeing boards which looked at joint strategic needs assessments and joint health and wellbeing strategies.Howard Sinclair, chief executive of St...

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    Charity urging public to bring Christmas to life for homeless people

    The Crisis Christmas campaign will run between 23-30th of December and is hoping to open centres across London, Newcastle and Edinburgh to help provide homeless people with hot meals, warmth, companionship, healthcare and specialist advice on housing, work and benefits, reports 24dash.Crisis warn that homelessness has risen by 37% in the last three years and in London alone 6,508 people slept...

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    Housing associations play a vital role in tackling homelessness

    The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has told parliament that the sector plays a vital role in implementing forward-thinking homelessness legislation, reports 24dash.Speaking ahead of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee Inquiry into Homelessness in Scotland, Andy Young, SFHA policy and membership manager, said: "It isn't simply a matter of providing properties and...

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    Housing association secures Bristol flats to house the homeless

    Merlin Housing Society is buying numerous one-bedroom flats across Bristol to lease to the charity 1625 Independent People, reports 24dash.Using a £200,000 grant from Bristol City Council's capital programme, which is aimed at increasing the number of smaller properties available to people with vulnerabilities, Merlin will purchase the flats.Merlin's head of development, Michelle Thomas, said:...

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    Scotland sees a fall in homelessness applications

    Official figures show that Scottish local authorities received 9,000 applications for homelessness assistance during April to June 2014 which is a 7% decrease on the same period last year, reports Inside Housing.The number of people assessed as homeless, or likely to become homeless within two months, also dropped by 3% to 7,500 from the second quarter of last year to this.Graeme Brown, director...

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    Changes to regulation methods to help the homeless access GP practises

    Research by Homeless Link reveals that the Care Quality Commission is reaction to concern that homeless people find it difficult to receive treatment from GPs with 2,500 denied accesses to a GP or dentist, reports Inside Housing. Alex Bax, chief executi ve of homelessness health specialist Pathway, said this was "a very common experience" for his clients. The Health and Social Care Act...

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    Five year high for homeless families in temporary accommodation

    Statistics from the Department for Communities and Local Government reveal 13,140 households were accepted as homeless between April and June this year, which is 2% lower than during the same quarter last year, reports Inside Housing. However the number of homeless families in temporary accommodation stood at 59,710 at the end of June which is 6% higher than the same date last year and is a...

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    Homelessness drops in Wales

    Welsh government numbers for the first fiscal quarter of 2014/15 shows that 1,255 households were accepted as homeless, whereas last year there were 1,360 which is an 8% drop, reports Inside Housing.Along with this the number of decisions made on homeless applications had dropped by 14% compared to the previous year. The number of households in bed and breakfast accommodation is at its lowest...

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    One council's budget for homeless people is docked by £8m

    The Derby Telegraph reports that there were three times the number of individuals and families being made homeless in 2013/14 than 2012/13. The reports says: "This saw a reduction in [council] commissioned support from 49 services supporting around 5,000 vulnerable people to seven services supporting 165 vulnerable people. It adds that all these services are aimed at "vulnerable homeless groups....

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    Supported housing for homeless people at risk due to budget cuts

    Streams Supported Housing in Walsall provides accommodation for 21 young adults for up to two years to provide care and support. It is run by First Base Walsall in partnership with YMCA Black Country Group and is facing closure at the end of the month after a contract has been ended, reports the Express and Star.Walsall Council have said that after a review of supported housing provision across...

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    Conflict between benefit reforms and housing policy increasing homelessness

    The CIH have said that new council powers to house homeless people in the private rented sector is conflicting with government welfare reforms which have discouraged private landlords to rent to benefit claimants, reports Inside Housing.Grainia Long, chief executive of the CIH, today called for an ‘urgent' national review of the ‘clear conflict' between welfare and housing policy.The CIH have...

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    Reading Matters campaign sees ‘recovery' library open for homeless people

    This campaign aims to improve numeracy and literacy for homeless people as St Mungo's found that homeless people they surveyed wouldn't achieve GCSE grades D-G currently, reports 24dash.Adrian Bailey MP, chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee said the committee was "bowled over" by the work being done by St Mungo's Broadway when MPs heard evidence earlier in the...

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    Many young people leaving care are placed in B&B's

    Children's charity Barnardo's have obtained date through Freedom of Information requests which reveal 73% of local authorities in England have placed young care leavers in B&B accommodation in the last year, reports Inside Housing.The survey found that 46% of councils had placed young care leavers in B&B's more than once over the last year and 51% had placed young care leavers in B&B's for over...

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    Rough sleeping reduction targets are a struggle for charities

    The social impact bond works with 831 entrenched rough sleepers in the capital, which see homelessness charities paid on outcomes such a reduced rough sleeping, sustained accommodation and less visits to hospital, reports Inside Housing.On Tuesday the department for communities and local government published an evaluation of the scheme and said both charities had struggled to meet their quarterly...

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    Cambridge City Council accused of letting down homeless families

    The authority has been found guilty of three counts of maladministration by the Local Government Ombudsman relating to separate cases which occurred during shortages of temporary accommodation in Cambridge, reports Cambridge News. Cllr Kevin Price, the executive councillor for housing in the newly-elected Labour administration, said he took the cases "very seriously".He said: "There is no doubt...

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    Staffing and resources puts pressure on homelessness programme

    Inside Housing has found that many councils believe staff shortages are proving a barrier to fully undertake the government's £1.7m Gold Standard scheme, which was launched by former housing minister Mark Prisk in April 2013.The Gold Standard scheme aims to improve standards by requiring councils to undertake ‘diagnostic peer reviews' (DPR) in which two councils assess an authority's...

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    Homelessness figures are down 17%

    Recent reports show the number of people registered as homeless in Scotland's capital has dropped significantly.According to Edinburgh News:Applications to the city council in 2012-13 totalled 4267 - down from 4448 over the ­previous 12 months and 5148 in 2007-08.City leaders have welcomed the 17 per cent drop and attributed it to improved prevention, information and support services, which they...

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    A new service supporting homeless people has launched in Leicester

    A support team will be working with homeowners and tenants aged sixteen and over, to help them stay in their homes, reports the Leicester Mercury. The charity already worked in Ilkeston, Derbyshire but now has offices all over the country.Spokesman Andrew Regan said: "We aim to deliver a focused, individual support plan based on each person's tenancy support needs. It is a flexible service which...

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    Shortage of housing leaves homeless families in hostels for two years

    The Independent has reported that a shortage of affordable homes in London is making it impossible for thousands of families to find a permanent residence so that they are able to leave hostels or bed and breakfasts. Data released by councils to Shelter under Freedom of Information laws reveal that over 4,000 homeless families in London have been waiting two or more years to get a permanent...

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    Almost half of illegal B&B placements occur in three London councils

    These three councils make up 44% of all unlawful placements from over 300 authority areas. From the end of March this year, Brent council has 59 families in bed and breakfast for over six weeks, Hillingdon had 51 and Tower Hamlets had 49, reports Inside Housing. Under the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2003 it is illegal to place families with children or pregnant...

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    Homeless young people receive help from Sunderland FC

    The club's largesse is part of its commitment to the International Mandela Day campaign, reports 24dash.Donated items come from first team players and club staff and range from training kits to toiletries.Mr Montgomery, who played in goal for Sunderland during their 1973 FA Cup Final win over Leeds United, said: "I visited the centre when it first opened and it's a fantastic place for the young...

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    Rough sleeping risen by almost a quarter in London

    The ‘CHAIN rough sleeping return', recorded in Street to Home's quarterly report, has found that outreach teams recorded 1,268 people in London sleeping rough for the first time between April and June 2014, compared to 1,030 during the same period in 2013, reports Inside Housing.The report has been put together by homelessness charity St Mungo's Broadway, who have said the total number of rough...

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    Government homelessness scheme shunned by councils

    A report published by the London Assembly's housing committee has said that councils were reluctant to host ‘hubs' for the No Second Night Out scheme, which is a nationwide programme that helps rough sleepers find alternative accommodation, reports Inside Housing.The scheme initialy began in London in 2011 and was rolled out nationwide in 2012 using funding from the Department for Communities...

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    A rise in homelessness prevention by councils

    The Department for Coomunities and Local Government have released figures which show preventions in England have risen from 181,900 to 209,300 between 2012/13 and 201/14, reports Inside Housing.Homelessness prevention gives people ways to address their housing needs to avoid homelessness by helping them obtain alternative accommodation or by enabling them to remain in their current property.A 12%...

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    30% of calls unanswered at homelessness charity

    The charity has said that its team of advisors have spoken to over 124,000 people in need of housing support over the last year, however almost 54,000 calls were left unanswered, reports Inside Housing.The number of calls to Shelter's helpline from April 2013 to March 2014 rose to 178,571 from 148,903 over the same period in 2011/12, which is a 20% increase of 29,668 callers.The charity says that...

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    Welfare reforms causing supported housing to be ‘clogged up'

    If European people were to be moved from supported housing some will have their housing benefit cut due to welfare reforms that came into effect in April, reports Inside Housing.Migrants from the European Economic Area who are not in work are no longer eligible to claim any housing benefit. Migrants who were already claiming before 1 April were given ‘transitional protection' from the changes...

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    Seven in ten homeless people are suffering from health problems

    A study by Homeless Link has found that more medical problems appear in the homeless population than the general public, with 35% not eating at least two meals a day and two thirds consuming more than the recommended amount of alcohol each time they drink, reports Inside Housing. The report titled The Unhealthy State of Homelessness, looked at data from 2,500 individuals and found that 41% of...

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    Councillors call for ‘anti-homeless' spikes to be banned

    A motion has been scheduled for 15th July on a council meeting agenda. The motion says: ‘Swansea Council would ask the Welsh Government to prohibit their [anti-homeless measures] use in open public spaces (as a means of deterring rough sleeping) and instead focus it's [sic] considerable resources toward achieving a long term solution to the causes of homelessness in Wales,' reports Inside...

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    Study finds government policies are making people homeless

    The report by Commonweal Housing, Rough Justice: uncovering social policies that create homelessness' claims that homelessness and the threat of becoming homeless is a much wider problem than the government's figures of 2,414 rough sleepers suggests, reports 24dash. The report claims that the following policies should be changed:• 'Unfair' immigration policy that leaves vulnerable migrants...

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    Young people leaving care are concerned about becoming homeless

    The charity is now calling upon the government to extend the support given to care leavers so that everyone is given support via personal advisors up to the age of 25, reports Inside Housing.In their report, On My Own, Barnardo's found that care leavers with vulnerabilities found it hard to find housing and manage living alone for the first time and often lived in unsuitable or unsafe...

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    The effect of council budget cuts on single homeless people

    Since the last election councils across England have slashed funding for single homeless people support services by over a quarter, reports Inside Housing. Research using the Freedom of Information Act by Inside Housing found 77 local authorities cut a total of £34m from their housing-related support budgets for homeless individuals between 2010/11 and 2013/14 - a drop of 26 per cent.Katharine...

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    A billboard to home the homeless

    The home will measure just over 18 sq meters however will contain all of the elements of modern urban living. The walls are wooden, the radiator hangs vertically and all the fittings and floors are white. The bed is at the rear of the property making it the furthers point from the main road, reports the Guardian.  "Every home has its advantages and disadvantages," says Matej Nedorolík of...

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    Sanctions for homeless people eased

    The Job Centre Plus advisors will be given discretionary power to exempt rough sleepers and those in supported accommodation from looking for work, following new rules, reports 24dash.A recent report by Homeless Link in September found that 31% of homeless people on jobseekers; allowance benefits have been sanctioned, compared to 5.5% of the typical claimant population. Homeless claimants found...

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    Report finds rough sleeping in London to have risen by 1%

    Homelessness charity St Mungo's Broadway report ‘Street to Home 2013/14' has revealed that 6,508 people have been seen rough sleeping in the capital between April 1 2013 and March 31 2014, compared to 6,437 the year before, reports Inside Housing. The findings present information from the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN), commissioned by the Greater London Authority.A...

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    Significant rise in homelessness in parts of Devon

    Figures released by local authorities across the county have revealed a large rise in the number of people seeking emergency housing help, reports the BBC.Plymouth alone saw the figure treble in just the past year.John Hamblin, of Devon homeless charity Shenikah Mission, says economic hardship is behind the increase and the region runs the risk of creating a class of "working poor".In 2011, there...

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    Homeless figures in headlines are hiding the increasing number of people suffering - says CIH

    The CIH's analysis shows that although the number of people labelled homeless in England has remained stable over the past year the number of people who are sleeping rough or living in temporary accommodation have increased, alongside the number of repossessions by landlords, reports 24dash.According to the latest government figures 52,260 people were accepted as homeless during the 2013/14...

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    15% drop in families living in temporary accommodation

    The Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland: 2013-14 from the Scottish Government found that in March 2013 the number of families in temporary accommodation were 2,936 - a 15 per cent drop, or 447 less, on the previous year, reports Inside Housing. Margaret Burgess, housing minister, said: "‘I am particularly pleased to see a 15 per cent decrease in households with children...

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    Homelessness amongst private rental tenants trebles

    Recent government figures have revealed that the end of a tenancy has been the most common cause of homelessness every quarter for the past two years. Due to the long waiting list for social housing and high cost of the private rented sector, many families can become trapped, reports the BBC.Many of those affected have also seen a decline in their mental health.One landlord has said: "We are in...

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    Only 46% of 27,310 homelessness applications received this year have been accepted

    Of those denied housing assistance 27% were found not to be homeless, 20% were found to be homeless but not in priority need 8% were found to be intentionally homeless and in priority need, reports 24dash.The amount of people presenting themselves as homeless in 2014's quarter 1 was 4% lower than in the corresponding quarter in 2013.    Responding to the figures, Leslie Morphy, chief...

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    There could be a rise in the number of migrants left homeless

    Sector experts are warning that a homelessness ‘time bomb' may occur due to an increasing number of European migrants lose their ‘transitional protection' for housing benefit over the coming months, reports Inside Housing. Thousands of people are at risk of losing their housing benefit due to the governments rule changes led by work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith which will remove...

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    Liverpool accused of ‘driving homeless from benches'

    The MP tweeted that "Labour run Liverpool has arm rests across all public benches so that the homeless can't lie down". She followed that tweet saying "I don't get any council which 'thinks' like that. How do we make it really difficult for those in dire straights and in need of help?"  Along with the tweets she also attached pictures of the benches she was talking about, reports...

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    £65m fund to tackle homelessness

    The government says it has increased spending on preventing homelessness and "as a result homeless acceptances are lower than in 27 of the last 30 years." However,  the government's own statistics highlight that homelessness has risen by 25% since 2010 when the coalition government came into power, reports Inside Housing. This new funding will be invested across five programmes which will...

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    Anti-homeless studs in London cause uproar

    Metal studs have been installed outside a block of flats in central London in a bid to deter rough sleepers. The installation outside of flats on Southwark Bridge Road has provoked widespread disapproval on Twitter with many users claiming homeless people are being treated like vermin, reports the Guardian. Residents have said that the studs were installed outside in the flats in the last month...

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    Derby's homeless population triples in a year

    Figures show that there were 769 individuals or families made homeless in 201-14 which is three times more than figures from 2012-13. Experts say that this is partly due to the cutting of council budgets and welfare reforms such as the bedroom tax, reports the Derby Telegraph.The council says that this homelessness issue is nationwide and that the cuts it makes are due to the government cutting...

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    New project aimed to prevent homelessness

    Housing experts claim that single homeless people are often more at risk of sleeping rough due to a lack of affordable accommodation. Pennine Lancashire councils are now hoping to help by offering services to help people find accommodation, house share and give tenancy training, reports the Lancashire Telegraph. The project aims to help people aged eighteen and over, who are singled and who...

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    Compensation for homeless families in B&B's have been delayed

    The council has paid £153,968 in compensation to 81 homeless families who were illegally kept in the Bed and Breakfast accommodation, according to Inside housing.Westminster agreed to pay £500 as compensation for each family kept longer than six weeks with an extra £83.83 payment for every subsequent week.Last September, a Local Government Ombudsman reported of 'Mal-administration causing...

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    Charity reports at least five homeless people in Belfast have died this year

    The charity cites poor mental and physical health due to harsh condition as the cause of these deaths. In a separate report by the BBC, the average life expectancy of someone who is homeless is about 47 years old.Whilst there has been a rise in rough sleeping in Northern Ireland over the past five years, volunteers allege that there are many more ‘hidden homeless' who are using council services...

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    Mental health increasing reason for housing homeless

    A report placed in a Parliamentary library this month reveals the number of homeless people who have a mental health problem qualifying for council housing has risen by 38.7% since 2010. This compares with just 27% for the overall increase in the number of people qualifying for social housing as a result of homelessness applications to local authorities over the same period, reports the Health...

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    £2m funding from the government for a homelessness renting scheme

    The programme is run by the homelessness charity Crisis and, is designed to match good landlords to homeless people and help them with deposits and budgeting advice.The additional £2m from the Communities and Local Government department will support the scheme, which over the past three years has funded 153 projects, which helps over 8,000 homeless people find stable housing, reports Inside...

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    One district's housing team at ‘breaking point' due to increase in homelessness

    The number of people presenting themselves as homeless in Uttlesford has risen by 64% in the past two years, and the number of households in need of affordable homes whilst the housing team found accommodation for the homeless.  The housing team have said here are now 1,813 households waiting on the council's register for social housing, which is a 53% rise in two years, reports Cambridge...

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    Ministers told that homeless women are being failed across the UK

    Homeless charity St Mungo's Broadway presented findings from its recent Rebuilding Shattered Lives report to the Ministerial Working Group on Homelessness yesterday. The report shows that over 10,000 women were in homelessness services in the UK last year and many more are ‘hidden homeless'. The report shows problems such as separation from children, mental and physical ill health, prison...

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    Homeless charity in Northern Ireland's benefit warning

    Crisis is urging the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure people with vulnerabilities are protected.A study by charity and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that almost one in eighteen adults had experienced homelessness, which is 6% of all adults in Northern Ireland, reports the BBC.The study found that homeless figures in Northern Ireland have been historically high since 2005/06 due to a...

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    Homeless stuck in supported accommodation due to housing shortages

    Supported accommodation is used to provide people with the help they need with issues such as homelessness, mental health or substance misuse; and is an important step in giving people back their independence. They are not however, designed to provide long term care for residents. Homeless Link's annual review found that 32% of people in homelessness projects were ready to move on but due to a...

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    B&B accommodation replaced by annexes as home for the homeless

    Since a government crackdown on council bed and breakfast use for homeless people the number of families being placed in emergency ‘annex' accommodation in London has risen by a third. Whilst it is illegal to house families and pregnant women in bed and breakfasts for more than six weeks there is no legal limit for annex accommodation which is self-contained with no shared facilities.Figures...

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    Night shelters for homeless people encouraged to sign up to new voluntary code

    Currently night shelters are unregulated and problems arise such as poor access to fire exits, overcrowding and low staffing levels. On the 12th of June the chief executive of Housing Justice, Alison Gelder, will launch a "quality mark" for shelters, reports Inside Housing. Under this new code providers will need to provide separate rooms for men and women, toilets and ensure that systems are in...

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    The number of rough sleepers in London continues to rise

    The number of people sleeping on the capital's streets in the first quarter of 2014 rose by 8% in comparison to the same period last year. This left 2,029 people without shelter, reports 24dash. Housing charity Crisis is calling on the Mayor of London and the government to take urgent action to stop further rises by reversing damaging housing benefit cuts alongside building more homes and...

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    Health of homeless showcased in new report

    The report, commissioned by the Nottinghamshire County Public Health Directorate, is based on 349 responses from individuals through focus group meetings and a series of one-to-one interviews. It found that each of the respondents reported having three or more separate heath needs, which includes 74% having mental health problem with only 31% having a diagnosis. 18% reported having an alcohol...

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    The use of homelessness services in the UK

    Key Points:Bed spaces are down by 3% from last year33% of homeless people are staying at services as there is nowhere suitable for them to goNearly a third of day centres had an increase in their funding from fundraising...

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    Survey finds funding pressures hit support for the homeless

    Homeless Link's annual review of the homeless support sector has found that almost one in ten homelessness projects had restricted the support they offer to people with the most complex of needs over the past year, reports Community Care. The report also found that 91% of accommodation projects had refused access to people assessed as too high-risk in the last year compared to 79% in the year...

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    Success for scheme helping the homeless in Glasgow

    "Housing First" allocates rented flats to homeless addicts and alcoholics, without insisting they go through rehabilitation first. It aims to give them support to live independently and recover from their addictions, reports the BBC. The pilot in Glasgow is part of a larger European scheme being carried out across ten countries. This new support model is based on the theory that people are...

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    One local authority has set out a plan to eradicate homelessness by 2018

    Warrington Homelessness Commission has provided ten recommendations to remove homelessness in its report ‘Leading a public debate focused on homelessness in Warrington'. The recommendations include a single gateway approach, with all agencies involved working together closely, a strategic review in the way homelessness services are commissioned, managed and delivered and identifying more...

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    New project launched to help homeless families in Liverpool

    Almost 120 families in Merseyside were declared homeless between September and December of last year, and figures show that losing a privately rented home is now the leading cause of homelessness.Shelter's staff plan to help families with support to get back into work, access the correct health care and offer advice on how to manage rent arrears and family budgets. They hope that close to 150...

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    New centre aimed at reducing youth homelessness is opening in Scotland

    The Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution is aiming to provide families with support and advice on how to solve any conflicts. Experts believe that mediation services are the most effective way of stopping young people leaving the family home, resulting in homelessness. Figures show that almost 6,000 young people become homeless in Scotland each year due relationship breakdowns between their...

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    Fifth annual Atlas for homeless people

    The Atlas maps voluntary sector agencies providing direct services to homeless people without dependent children.The LHF is a charitable trust who assists agencies which serve the homelessness sector in London, to help build futures for homeless people, reports 24dash.LHF chair Simon Dow, who is also chief executive of the Guinness Partnership, said: "This year's Atlas show just how much change...

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    Reductions in benefits will have largest impact on homeless, charity claims

    Homeless Action Scotland has written evidence to the Scottish Parliament's welfare reform committee and is warning that benefit sanctions would ‘chip away' at the support for homeless people, reports Inside Housing. The charity also refers to situations in England, where research by Homeless Link reveals sanctions are already disproportionately affecting homeless people. They say this must be...

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    New hospital aftercare service for homeless people

    Research undertaken by homeless charities St Mungo's and Homeless Link have found that only a third of homeless people in hospital received help with their homelessness. They found that many who were discharged ended up being straight back onto the streets without any of their housing or health issues being addressed. Consequently this resulted in worsening health and readmission to hospital. The...

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    10% reduction in the amount of homeless people in Scotland

    The Scottish Government have released statistics that show local authorities received around 8,000 applications for homelessness assistance from October to December 2013, which is 10% lower than the same period the year before.  There was also a 14% fall in the number of households assessed by councils as homeless or likely to be homeless within the same time period, reports Inside Housing.There...

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    Ending youth homelessness should be a priority, says 60% of poll

    The poll by ComRess, carried out for Centrepoint, questioned 2,079 British adults attiude, with 1,247 respondents saying they believe the government should make ending youth homelessness a priority, reports Inside Housing.The research was released as the End Youth Homelessness group urged the chancellor to address the shortage of social and private rented sector properties in which young people...

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    New tenancy sustainment service from Enfield Council

    With the number of homeless families rising in the north London borough, Enfield Council have devised a strategy to reduce the 2,179 people in temporary accommodation by 1,000 through a new tenancy sustainment service. This service aims to prevent evictions and respond to the lack of housing options available for single people and couples under the age of 35 who have no children.The council's...

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    Homelessness charities merge to help fight homelessness

    Aquila Way, who are a homelessness charity in the North East, and Oasis, the housing arm of a community charity which work across 36 UK communities, are set to become Gatehead-based Oasis Aquila Housing, reports Inside Housing.  The move will allow Aquila Way the ability to expand its reach, whilst giving Oasis the experience to help support the communities it works in.Chief executive of Aquila...

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    Birmingham Council says the city is not a ‘solution' for relocating homeless families

    Speaking to Oxford Council a spokesperson for Birmingham Council has said that moving families to the city is "not the solution".The spokesperson said that demand for homes in Birmingham is "also high" and that the council has their own "pressures", reports Inside Housing."We will not turn our back on vulnerable people, but the simple message for Oxford or any other council looking to relocate...

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    Young homeless people taught how to cook through Ready Steady Cook style challenges

    On a Tuesday at 6pm at the Foyer you'll find a makeshift diner for Free Food Tuesdays. The Foyer in Bath is a supported accommodation centre for young people affected by homelessness. On a Tuesday residents arrive for a weekly meal which teaches them how to cook healthy meals. Through linking up with food charities Fareshare South West and FoodCycle, the Foyer is able to provide quality food and...

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    No ‘comprise' for homeless housing allocations

    Chair of the Scottish government's homelessness prevention strategy, Jimmy Black, has said that people are waiting too long for houses that meet a specific criteria when speaking at Charted Institute of Housing conference in Glasgow, reports Inside Housing. Current rules allow a Scottish individual or household accommodation that meets their needs, which are assessed on their homelessness...

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    Housing for homeless from a derelict villa in Brighton

    Brighton and Hove Seaside Community Homes has turned a derelict Victorian villa into 16 one and two bedroom flats to provide long-term supported accommodation for homeless people.The villa was previously used by the council as temporary accommodation with shared facilities for homeless people; however the villa had become increasingly outdated and was closed for refurbishment, but before any work...

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    £10m rented fund for rough sleepers by council

    Croydon Council is initially investing £10m into Real Lettings, which has been designed to produce a return for investors that come from an increase in property values and rental income. It has been set up in partnership by fund manager Resonance and Broadway, a homelessness charity, reports Inside Housing. Real Lettings is expected to secure 9 one and two bedroom properties in London for...

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    Cambridge council budget £1.58m to help homeless people in the city

    The council has budgeted to help the city's homeless including rough sleepers. The budget amounts to £38,000 for each person they have a legal duty to house. There were 41 "active applicants on the register have either had a duty accepted" for the council to house them or they are sleeping rough, or are categorised as "other homeless", reports Cambridge News.Alan Carter, the council's head of...

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    Charity demands more action to help homeless families

    Government figures have revealed that the amount of homeless families being turned away by councils has risen, and homeless charity Homeless Link wants more to be done to help them. Department for Communities and Local Government statistics show that whilst there was a 5% drop in the number of families presenting themselves as homeless across England between October and December last year, there...

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    10,000 women were in homelessness services last year

    Homelessness charity St Mungo's report reveals that over 10,000 women were in homelessness services in the UK last year, with many more ‘hidden homeless.' The report titled ‘Rebuilding Shattered Lives' shows that homeless women are being failed at a local and national level. The study looks at over 200 contributions from charities, academics and homeless women themselves and highlights...

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    Homeless jobseekers given support from supermarket

    Seven people who are currently staying the charity's supported accommodation projects have spent the day at the supermarket where they were able to work on the shop floor and receive valuable interview and job seeking advice from ASDA's Community Life Team, reports 24dash. Store Manager, David Jones, said: "We wanted people to come away from the day feeling confident about searching for...

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    iPhone game launched to help raise awareness of homelessness

    The app is available to download for free and is titled ‘Don't Just Walk Past'. The game tasks you with completing a series of mini-games which represents a week on the streets so that you can "learn more about the practical issues, situations and emotions faced by rough sleepers" reports 24dash. The app has been developed by a Tongbridge-based company Caboolde Corporate and features two...

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    The number of rough sleepers has increased by 37% since 2010

    Figures from the Communities and Local Government have revealed that there were 2,414 rough sleepers 5% rise from the previous year. Since Autumn 2010 the number of rough sleepers has increased by 37%.  The number of rough sleepers in London decreased by 3% this year, however data released by homelessness charity Crisis and Joseph Roundtree Foundation found that rough sleeping had increased by...

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    Former homeless man begins his own business

    Thanks to a £500 grant from Broadway, a homelessness charity, Mr Parmar is about to start a business named Buzz Bike Hire. This innovative idea will see electric bikes rented out to tourists in London to help reduce their carbon footprint, reports 24dash. Mr Parmar has had the idea for a number of years and with help and mentoring from a business start-up programme run by the charity Broadway...

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    £6m homelessness support centre being built

    A state-of-the-art centre is being developed in Hillfields, Coventry, by social landlord Whitefriars Housing, which will provide accommodation and training to support to homeless people.Wates Living Space is developing the new facility on a former industrial site and will see wider regeneration of the area, reports 24dash. The building is due for completion in spring 2015, and the construction...

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    No Second Night Out sees seven in ten homeless people off the street

    A report looking into the progress of the initiative following its roll-out across England reveals that almost 78% of people did not return to the streets after being helped by homelessness services. The study, titled ‘No Second Night Out across England', looked at 20 areas, excluding London, and examined information on who was sleeping rough. 67% of rough sleepers across England are now helped...

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    Confirmation of homeless people sheltering in bins

    The survey was conducted by Streetlink, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and Biffa and has revealed that in the last twelve months almost one in five waste industry staff reported finding people taking refuge in bins, reports Inside Housing. Of these incidents 58% involved homeless people and 73% were found in wet or cold weather conditions.Matt Harrison, director of StreetLink,...

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    57% increase in the number of young people who are homeless

    The charity says that dramatic rise in homelessness amongst 17 to 24-year-olds is due to the "horribly tough" economic downturn. Its figures show that 4,529 people asked for help during 2012/13 whereas only 2,890 calls were receive in 2007/08.Citizens Advice also reports a 39% increase in the number of young people asking for help over the possibility of losing their home during the same period....

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    Homeless youths see lack of emergency accommodation and half are rejected by their parents

    Research found that 44% of young people approaching councils with homelessness applications said that their parents were no longer willing to house them.  The survey looked into 169 councils and homelessness charities found a lack of accommodation for young people, with 68% of respondents reporting that there was not enough youth-specific housing within their area. 43% of local authorities said...

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    London boroughs spending over £0.5bn on emergency accommodation

    Councils have spent a total of £630m on accommodation consisting of hotels and bed and breakfasts for families found as homeless. Freedom of information requests revealed in a Press Association reports highlight that Haringey Council had the largest bill. It had spent a total of £197m on emergency accommodation, reports Inside Housing.Shadow housing minister, Emma Reynolds said that the figures...

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    Charity appeals for business mentors to help the homeless

    The charity supports over 10,000 people a year and helps them into housing whilst also running work and learning projects for its current and former homeless clients. The mentoring scheme is funded by corporate supporter Telereal Trilllium and is designed to help people looking for work make steps towards employment. Mentors are meant to support clients to improve CVs and job interview techniques...

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    Crisis helped a record number of homeless people this Christmas

    Homeless charity Crisis reported a 22% rise in the number of people seeking shelter at its UK centres at Christmas. Almost 4,500 people turned to Crisis for help over the Christmas period which is the largest number since its Christmas project began in 1971. Leslie Morphy, Crisis' chief executive said the rise was due to a shortage of housing, cuts to housing benefit, high unemployment, low pay...

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    Scotland's homeless have a life-expectancy of just 39

    Streetwork found that those sleeping rough in Scotland are expected to live eight years less than those south of the Border, where surveys indicate a life-expectancy of 47. The findings have ignited calls for the Scottish Government to do more to help those who are sleeping rough in the country.Speaking at the unveiling of the survey, Clair Gibson, Streetwork's chief executive said: "Thirty-nine...

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    Grants to tackle homelessness in Scotland

    29 new projects have successfully applied for the Housing Voluntary Grant scheme for 2014/15, reports 24dash.This new funding will help older and disabled people live independently in their own homes whilst also supporting rural housing, tackling homelessness and are aiming to help encourage engagement between tenants and landlords. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the grant and...

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    Basic human rights are not given to the homeless

    It is believed that the UK Common Rights Project will say that the conditions of homeless people find themselves in are in contravention of the UN Declaration of Universal Rights at its launch of a country wide campaign.A film made by Open Cinema titled ‘UK Common Rights' saw some rough sleepers tell their personal stories about their daily struggle to eat, find washing and toilet facilities...

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    Over the past two years rough sleeping in London has risen by 60%

    A study by homelessness charity Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation how shown that there was a 13% rise in the number of rough sleepers in 2012/13 in London, and a two year increase of over 60%. Across the whole of England the number grew by 6% in 2012. The report says ‘Frontline services available to homeless people continue to be reduced, with the prospect of more significant cuts to...

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    Brighton's homeless to live in shipping containers

    At the start of this month it was announced that homelessness in Brighton and Hove has risen by a shocking 35% in the past two years. Council chiefs believe the issue is partly to do with the economic climate, but also fear that a steep rise in private rent could be to blame.Brighton Housing Trust works, on the whole, in Brighton and Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings, with some additional services in...

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    An app to help people who are found sleeping rough

    With the winter months upon us homeless charities are asking people to be extra vigilant and look for people who may be rough sleeping. A new app developed by homelessness charities Broadway and Homeless Link, called StreetLink has already successfully helped 4,000 people, but the charities want to help more.It is estimated that around 2,300 people sleep rough every night in England and that many...

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    50% of people seeking homeless help from councils are turned away

    The number of households in temporary accommodation has had a rise of 8% and over a quarter of households are placed outside their local area, reports 24dash. Commenting on the figures, Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, said: "Whilst it is encouraging that the number of people seeking help with homelessness from councils has not risen further, it is concerning that so many people...

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    London council housing 70 families in ‘loophole'

    Westminster Council has been criticised due it housing families in temporary accommodation beypn the six week legal limit as well as being accused of using a ‘loophole' in the law by opposition councillors.  Whilst it is illegal to house families in B&Bs for more than six weeks, however there is no legal limit if the accommodation is "self-contained," meaning it has its own front door, reports...

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    Councils unaware of homeless placements

    In the past twelve months to June 789 households were housed in 69 local authority areas and despite legislation stating that recipient local authorities must be informed of any placements, it has been revealed by Inside Housing reveals councils are not always being told. Dartford received 205 placements between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013 however has no knowledge of any homeless families...

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    Benefit sanctions could see nearly 450,000 people at risk of homelessness

    Department for Work and Pensions figures show that 447,000 people have had their benefits stopped since October 2012. Of that number 215,000 were jobseekers who saw their benefits stopped for at least a month.Research by Crisis looking into its clients placed on the government's work programme found that benefit sanctions were often unfair or made in error, reports 24dash.Leslie Morphy, Crisis...

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    Families with children in B&B accommodation is at its highest

    There are 2,090 families living in this form of emergency housing, which is an 8% of increase on 2012 figures. The use of bed and breakfast accommodation has been rising since 2009, however legislation stipulates that this type of accommodation should be avoided for families. If families do find themselves in B&B's they should be there for no longer than six weeks.Research by charity, Shelter,...

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    Housing homeless in shipping containers?

    Brighton Housing Trust will begin work with QED over the next four weeks to begin work on turning shipping containers into accommodation for homeless people. Brighton Housing Trust's chief executive, Andy Winter said that when the idea was first presented to him he thought it was ‘either April Fool's Day or we had lost all concept of decency.' However this time of work has already been used in...

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    One in three people have been affected by homelessness

    Findings by umbrella body Homeless Link show that the number of homeless households has risen by 33% since 2010 and eight out of ten people believe that councils should be doing more to help people.Whilst homelessness is growing, the amount of support available to these people is decreasing. Since 2010, 133 homeless projects have been closed, over 4,000 bed spaces have been lost and the number of...

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    Complaints against councils for homeless accommodation

    An LGO report highlights a "worrying trend" of councils placing a growing number of homeless families into bed and breakfast accommodation. Complaints to the ombudsman have risen by 14% in two years.The local government association have said that councils are doing a good job "in difficult circumstances" reports the BBC. The ombudsman has said that there had been an increase in the number of...

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    Provisions for homeless people is falling

    Homelessness projects are finding that they are having to close down, reduce staffing levels and cut bed spaces due to housing budgets being squeezed.The number of full-time staff in the sector has fallen by 16% while almost half of homeless services last year reported a fall in investment, reports Inside Housing.Rick Henderson, chief executive of Homeless Link, said: ‘Whilst we understand the...

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    Birmingham to ‘End Youth Homelessness'

    Announced by St Basils, one of seven charities nationwide who have joined forces with businesses and health professional, the campaign is aimed to ‘End Youth Homelessness'.Private and public sectors in Birmingham are now pledging their support for the campaign which aims to give people better access to housing options, healthcare, education, training and jobs, reports 24 Dash.Councillor Steve...

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    A new network to give homeless people hospital aftercare

    Funded by the Department of Health, the initiative will begin to provide 24 beds across London for homeless people who are leaving hospital with the need for nursing aftercare, six to eight weeks after their discharge. The beds will be located in projects run by homelessness charity St Mungo's in Camden, Westminster, Hackney and Lewisham, reports Inside Housing.Close to 50 projects nationwide...

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    Charity: Removing benefits for under-25s will increase homelessness

    Yesterday, in the closing speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester yesterday, David Cameron said that if his party was re-elected at the next election it would propose to remove benefits from those aged 25 and under.Rick Henderson, chief executive of Homeless Link, said that removing housing benefit was likely to increase the amount of homeless people, reports Inside Housing....

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    Acceptance for homeless households increase by 5%

    13,460 households were accepted as owed a main homelessness duty between April and June this year.The figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government also revealed that 56,210 households were in temporary accommodation on 30 June this year which is 9% higher than the same date last year.A total of 28,240 household were presented as homeless to local authorities in Q2. Of these...

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    Families living in B&Bs for more than six weeks has risen by 10%

    The Communities and Local Government department showed that of 2,090 households with children staying in B&Bs by the end of June this year, 760 of these have been in B&Bs for more than six weeks. Last year the number was 690.It is illegal for councils to house people in accommodation for longer than six weeks.The number of applicants accepted as homeless by councils saw a 5% rise in the past year...

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    Charities fear for homelessness strategy

    Director of homelessness and support at the Communities and Local Government department, Jon Bright, is retiring this year and his role is being made redundant to save money, report Inside Housing.  The director of housing growth and affordable housing at the CLG, Terrie Alafat, is due to take over Bright's responsibility for homelessness and supported housing during a restructure aimed to be...

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    Homelessness 'bond' is seeing results

    In November last year the Greater London Assembly gave contracts to two charities to provide a £5 million homelessness service for 830 rough sleepers. Through the bond, the charities, Thames Reach and St Mungo's were meant to reduce the number of rough sleepers in London and help them move into stable accommodation.Inside Housing reported since this scheme has been in place Thames Reach has...

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    Vulnerable people taking refuge in unregulated B&Bs

    With many suffering from benefit cuts and more and more finding themselves out of home, many charities and councils are referring these people to unregulated private hostels and bed and breakfast accommodation that could see people facing greater risks.The study found that hostels housing alcoholics often had a licensed bar on site, and those taking in people fighting addiction may be placed with...

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    Shelters starting to struggle

    A Homeless Link survey of winter shelters indicates that last year people seeking emergency shelter was one of the highest. However due to changes of welfare benefits many homelessness services may be unable to cope with the demand they will find this year. This is because one third of winter night shelters were part-funded by housing benefit last year, however a court's decision that night...

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    Talks in place to protect rough sleepers

    Streetlink, a government-backed advice line operated by umbrella body Homeless Link and charity Broadway, is in talks with waste management Biffa to encourage refuse collectors to check nobody is sleeping in bins before clearing them away.This idea has been put forward following the deaths of three deaths of homeless people taking refuge in bins overnight.  With many refuse collectors neglecting...

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    Communities Minister Declares Funds To Aid In Getting Homeless Families Out Of B&B's

    He said the money must be used by councils to reduce the number of families unlawfully stuck there.According to the law, councils can only place families in B&Bs as a last resort, and for not more than six weeks.Nevertheless, statistics have revealed the way councils help homeless people in their area.15 local authorities accounted for nearly 80% of all families living in B&Bs for more...

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    Government Protects Night Shelter Housing Benefit

    Earlier this year, a homeless shelter in Salford had to close after councils began to reassess definition of a 'home' and their eligibility criteria for housing benefit when staying in a night shelter.This is following a court ruling on a case in Wales from 2012; a judge ruled that the council was not liable to pay housing benefit to an individual to cover the costs of overnight stays at a...

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    Council fined £4k for housing family in B&B for 4 months

     Birmingham Council have been told to pay almost £4,000 to a family as it was decided they handled their housing situation poorly.A woman and her four children were housed in a one-bedroom bed and breakfast for over four months, after she applied to the council as homeless.She had to leave her home due to harassment and threats of violence in June 2010, and applied for herself and her family to...

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    Charity Urges Government to Protect Night Shelters

     Night shelters have been suffering following a court ruling that said one individual staying in a night shelter was not deemed eligible for housing benefit.The decision was based on his individual circumstances, but following the decision councils have began to reassess their policies for which night shelters would qualify for housing benefit based on the criteria listed in this court case.A...

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    £3m Spent on Housing Homeless in Hotels

    Westminster City Council has the most homeless families in temporary accommodation of all London councils. Between October 2012 and March 2013, this service became so overloaded that they had to use expensive hotels to house people while waiting for accommodation to become available.In February, the cost had reached £2 million and in December 2012, Westminster was going over the six-week limit...

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    The UK spends £2bn housing homeless families in short-term accommodation

    The Chief executive of the homelessness charity Crisis, Leslie Morphy, said..."For the sake of cutting just a few pounds a week from their benefits, families and individuals are being forced out of their homes to be put in B&B's or temporary accommodation, that costs us far more."In London alone, more people are expected to become homeless due to the fact that 7,000 families who depend on...

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    Empty Properties to House Homeless

    Cardiff Council are working with Cardiff Community Housing Association to bring the properties up to standard so they can be used to help tackle homelessness.The 40 homes have all been empty for some time, and therefore will help improve the community for them to be renovated.It will also improve the homeless situation in the area, as there has been a long term void in available housingThe Welsh...

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    Homeless Services impacted by Funding Cuts

    Research by the homelessness umbrella body shows that funding cuts are having a big impact on homelessness services.Despite homelessness increasing by 10% in 2012, five out of ten homelessness projects had funding cuts by an average of 17% with most funding for homelessness services being from local authorities.Findings of Survey of Needs and Provision show that by November 2012, 58 projects had...

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    Shelter Report 40% Rise in Need for their Service

    The charity have shown results from that Yougov survey that show that 30% of people have been forced to cut back on food in order to pay for increased housing costs.The survey also shows that people are struggling to find ways to get any extra money together; only one in five people who are struggling with living costs can get extra hours at work to help fund the costs, and only one in four would...

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    £1.7m Initiative to Improve Homeless Services

    Under the new initiative, councils are given standards that they must achieve to gain 'gold standard status'.These include offering a comprehensive prevention service, helping householders faced with repossession and adopting the no second night out scheme, which has been effectively used in areas of England so far to prevent a person spending a second night sleeping rough.The first ten councils...

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    Figures Show 12% Rise in Homeless Children

    The figures show there was an increase of 10% in households accepted as homeless from the previous year, and 29% in the number of families living in B&Bs as temporary accommodation.There was a 12% overall increase of household with children accepted as homeless, which is 34,080 households, and also an 11% increase of children living in temporary accommodation last year, which is 76,790...

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    Scotland Shake Up Homelessness

    This change, introduced for the start of 2013, is hoping to give an additional 3,000 homeless people a roof over their heads each year.It meets Scotland's 2012 homelessness commitment, set 10 years ago by the Labour/Lib Dem government, and the decision was passed unanimously last month under the Homelessness (Abolition of Priority Need Test) (Scotland) Order 2012.The deputy first minister also...

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    No Second Night Out Extends to York as homelessness rises

    The programme has been developed with organisations including the Salvation Army, the Peasholme Charity, York Council and charity the Richmond Fellowship, and is expected to have a preventative effect following an increase in rough sleepers in York.Despite being relatively low, the numbers of rough sleepers in York has risen from an average of 2 rough sleepers per night to 8, in the last twelve...

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    Birmingham brings Christmas to homeless people

    Steve Bedser, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:Christmas should be a special time for children throughout the city but that's sadly not always the case. That's why council staff and volunteers organise Christmas parties every year to make sure these children don't completely miss out on the festive fun. They play party games and of course get to meet Father Christmas.Top managers...

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    Decrease in Homeless in Scotland may be undone by Cuts

    In contrast to England, homelessness has been falling in Scotland in recent years with Scottish Government figures released in October showing there had been a 13 per cent drop in homelessness applications in the country to 10,395 in the second quarter of this year from the same period last year.The Scottish Government mainly attributes this success to its statutory target of ending homelessness...

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    No Second Night Out Scheme is Extended

    News of the expansion emerged as Mr Johnson admitted he is going to struggle to hit a target of ending rough sleeping by 31 December. In the tendering document, for the initial stage of bidding, the Greater London Authority noted a rise in rough sleeping, and so as a result of the increase in demand, both hubs have had to close on a number of occasions.The NSNO project will end as a pilot on 31...

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    Streetlink urges you to report a rough sleeper

    The project was set up and funded by the Communities and Local Government department, as research has shown 48 per cent of all adults said they feel guilty when they see a rough sleeper and don't know the best way to help and 46 per cent would welcome an easy way to take action.The service has been set up by Homeless Link, who say that more than 2,000 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on...

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    Housing Benefits Cuts make Families Homeless

    It highlights how reforms to welfare and housing, particularly cuts to housing benefit, are already having a negative impact on society. It is contributing to making more people vulnerable to homelessness, especially as it is combined with the continuing economic downturn.Crisis think there is much worse yet to come, and young people and families with children will continue to be the worst...

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    Homeless shelter scrapped as it loses funding

    Plans for a night shelter in Newquay to protect homeless people during the winter months have been scrapped.--> --> --> -->An action group was established last year after soup kitchen managers and mental health charity leaders revealed up to six people were dying every winter on the resort's streets.The town council put aside £2,500 to equip a property that would be managed by an...

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    Commemoration Service for Homeless people

    The theme of this year's service at St Martin-in-the-Fields church was called ‘Welcoming Angels Unaware'.Rev Richard Carter of St Martin in the Fields, who lead the service, said:[This] is one of the most moving and important services that takes place at St Martin's each year. The list of those who have died is frighteningly long. The title of the service this year leads us to think about...

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    London councils challenged on excuses for moving families on benefits

    Councils in London have admitted to moving families needing accomodation outside of the capital due to to the cost and strain on rescources. Families are being moved to cheaper locations, and councils have said it would be impossible to meet their homelessness duties in London.Newham London Borough Council first had the controversial plans to export benefit dependent families to cheaper areas of...

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    Councils are to house Homeless families from London elsewhere

    Research by the Guardian newspaper, shows benefit caps have left many councils facing a ‘practically impossible position', leaving them no option but to seek housing options outside capital, according to some local authority officials.Some councils are reported to estimate up to a third of families affected by the introduction of the £26,000 benefit cap, the local housing allowance cap and...

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    Food banks rise to highest numbers across the country

    As the cost of living continues to increase, more families are reaching crisis point and are having to ask for help. Extra food banks are being set up due to the demand, some are even being set up by the council, as the pressures of the current economic climate are rising.According to the Trussell Trust reports, the charity network said it had fed almost 110,000 people since April alone, compared...

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    New homelessness strategy to give alternative and long term options

    The strategy sets out the priorities for the next five years which include developing alternative emergency and longer term options for young people such as crash bed schemes instead of bed and breakfasts.Coun William Gray from East Lindsey District Council, said:In this challenging economic climate, with growing unemployment and imminent changes to housing benefit, tackling homelessness is our...

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    Council homes Illegally Sub-let while families in need live in hostels

    The Audit Commission estimates it costs a local authority £18,000 to house a family in temporary accommodation for a year, which would produce a cost of £21.6m to the council.Ron Hollis, chairman of Lambeth Tenants' Council, said more needs to be done to tackle the issue.He said:For people in desperate need who have waited, they don't get the property and that obviously is very wrong.It's a...

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    Councils condemned for forcing homeless into B&Bs

    The BBC's Newsnight report claimed councils are increasingly forced into keeping parents and children in B&Bs for more than the government-imposed legal limit of six weeks, as councils struggle to find rented accommodation for them.The programme even found evidence some families were staying in difficult, overcrowded and even dirty conditions in some of the hotels.A Department for Communities and...

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    Leeds introduces '"homeless mapping" of services for homelessness

    Led by Unity in Poverty Action and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, it involves 10 organisations and nine churches offering practical help such as medication, food and befriending services.John Walsh works for the York Street Health Practice, which provides medical support for vulnerable and homeless people in the city.He says it's the first time so many different groups have become involved...

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    Homeless man fails in bid to get prison bed

    John Golden, 51, begged a judge to lock him up so he does not have to sleep on the streets.But district judge Michael Snow, sitting at Westminster Magistrates' Court, said he could do nothing about Golden's homelessness, adding: "It is not a matter for me, it's a matter for your MP."Golden wanted to be caught when he grabbed the can of ready-mixed vodka and tonic from the M&S store in Euston...

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    New Website to Tackle Homelessness

    The Homeless London website offers information on the rights of those who are homeless and links to over 1,600 services that may be able to help.Evidence suggests that almost half of those who sleep rough will not have sought help from services before they end up on the streets, so this website aims to put homeless people in touch with people who can help them.It is a easy to use website with...

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    Homeless families in B&Bs rise by nearly 50%

    The number of homeless families living in temporary bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation has risen by almost half in the first few months of 2012. This comes after 2011 and 2012 also saw consecutive rises in overall numbers of homeless - the first rise in seven years - pushing homelessness up 26% in two years.With homeless rates increasing again the demand for emergency temporary accommodation,...

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    Homelessness Charity plan Sleep-over to cover losses from cuts

    Safe and Sound Homes (SASH) has helped more than 100 people aged between 16 and 24, and provided them with 353 bed-nights in North Yorkshire. Sarah Ware, a leading volunteer with the charity, said that the demand for help was on the rise, and due to cuts in funding from statutory organisations and authorities, SASH had a funding gap.Now, SASH is organising a sleep-over in Pickering next March,...

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    London sees 27% rise in homelessness

    One in four people declared homeless in England in 2012's second quarter were in London. Rough sleeping is also on the increase, with a massive 43% rise in 2011/12 over the previous 12 months.According to data from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), 3,350 households across London met the 'priority need' criteria to qualify for housing assistance in 2012's second quarter....

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    People in Bedfordshire can find mental health support through an audio guide

    The guides have been written by clinical psychologists and are available to download in print or listen to as an audio file, reports Bedfordshire News.Dr Judy Baxter, Clinical Director with BCCG and a GP said: "We wanted to have high quality information easily available which could help people take steps to improve their mental health. The guides are meant as an introduction to mental health...

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    Police officers in Dorset to receive mental health training

    The partnership with the University comes as part of the county’s Mental Health Street Triage Project. It is hoped to equip officers with improved knowledge and skills to assess members of the public displaying signs of mental health distress, reports the Bournemouth Echo.Dr Andrew Mayers, a psychologist and mental health campaigner at Bournemouth University, said: "I am honoured to be working...

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    People in Peterborough can refer themselves for mental health services

    Through a drive to offer support to more people and ease pressure on doctors, people living in Peterborough can self-refer themselves to mental health services, reports Peterborough Today.Dr Adrian Jackson, project lead for the service, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the chance for people to refer themselves. We have been supported in this move by our commissioners and this will...

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    The first mental health centre for men

    The site has been set up by Alex Eaton, whose dad took his own life and has suffered with mental health problems himself, in Burton upon Trent, reports BBC Newsbeat.Mr Eaton said: "We are the only one in the country and we are really proud of that. I think it [male mental health] is a huge problem. It's like society puts on you as a man that you have to be strong. You have to fight through your...

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    NHS trust told no mental health beds available

    Dr Bohdan Solomka has said that on Sunday a lack of beds were applied across the NHS and among private providers, reports the BBC. The director of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trusts revelation has prompted Norwich MP Clive Lewis to call for delays in planned bed closures.NHS England said it was up to local NHS commissioners to ensure patients got the care they needed.Dr Solomka...

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    Over 16,000 mental health referrals for young people have been rejected

    Between July last year and June this year, data from the NHS has found that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services rejected 5,396 referrals, reports STV News.Over the last three years 16,565 referrals were refused.Labour public services spokesman Dr Richard Simpson said the number of referrals for specialist help that were being turned down was a result of SNP ministers "squeezing health...

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    New mental health centre to open in Ardwick

    Plans to build a new £6m treatment and recovery centre in Manchester have been revealed. It will be built in Ardwick and be run by Alternative Futures Group, reports the Manchester Evening News. Chief Executive of AFG, Neil Campbell, has said the new 24 bed centre will be a fast track rehabilitation service for people with complex needs.“This exciting new development is to help people in...

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    Research finds more chance of re-offending if mental health issues are present

    Research has found that ex-prisoners with mental health problems and drug and alcohol misuse are more likely to commit violent offences after release than other former prisoners, reports the Guardian. A study from Oxford University has raised concern among experts that may lead to assumptions that people with mental health problems are more prone to violence than others; however the authors have...

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    Drop in the number of people with mental health issues held in cells

    Recent figures have found that the Crisis Care Concordat has seen over 10,000 people receive care from mental health nurses with the support from police officers, reports the Burton Mail.Figures have revealed that the number of mental health patients detained in Staffordshire Police cells has reduced by 59% since 2012.Staffordshire Police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis said he was happy to...

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    Mental health social work scheme accepting applications

    100 places are now available for applicants who have a 2:1 or above undergraduate degree and can demonstrate attributes such as resilience and empathy, reports Community Care.The Think Ahead programme was announced by government in 2014 and aims to recruit ‘high calibre’ graduates into mental health social work.Professor Martin Webber, the University of York’s lead academic on Think Ahead,...

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    Rising number of young people needing mental health support

    Figures have found that the number of young people aged under 18 referred to Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has risen by 84% since 2011/12, reports the Eastern Daily Press.Experts have said that the rise is due to increased pressures on young people and reduction in support services.Jon Wilson, a consultant psychiatrist and the trust’s clinical lead for youth service, said: “As of...

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    Mental health detention called unacceptable by charity boss

    Paul Netherton, Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police has said that a man was held in police custody for 48 hours due to the lack of specialist beds available, reports the Plymouth Herald.A trainer with Plymouth and District Mind, Debbie Roche has said that poor mental health does not make a person a criminal.“However, the transporting of people experiencing a mental health...

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    Mental health suffers at risk due to staff shortages

    A report from the Scottish Social Services Council has found that there are now only 657 mental health officers practising in Scotland and an additional 30 full-time workers are needed to fill the shortfalls, reports Herald Scotland.Colin McKay, chief executive of the Mental Welfare Commission, said: "We are disappointed but not surprised at these figures. The Commission has raised its concerns...

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    Ministers accused of failing mental health pledge

    Labour have used freedom of information requests to NHS commissioning bodies in England to find that the average mental health budget fell in 2015/16, yet the Department of Health have rejected the figures and called mental health a government “priority”, reports the BBC. Dr Phil Moore, chairman of the NHS Clinical Commissioners Mental Health Commissioners Network stressed that CCGs...

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    Mental health budgets to be protected by the Welsh government

    A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers has found that a move to protect spending on mental health has been successful, reports the Local Gov.This means that mental health services will receive £587m in 2015-16 which is up to £389m in 2009-10.Health and social services minister Mark Drakeford said: ‘Mental ill health can have a significant impact on life expectancy and is a key cause of health...

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    Watchdog highlights concern over care home for women with mental health problems

    The CQC has formally warned Waterloo Manor Independent Hospital and told them to make urgent improvements, giving them an “inadequate” rating overall, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.Inspectors were told there were 56 “serious untoward” incidents at the hospital in the 12 months to January this year. Eight related to incidents of self harm and 24 to patient on patient abuse.The...

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    Mental health triage in Dorset reaches target

    Since June 2014 the Mental Health Street Triage service has given support and advice to officers, reports the BBC.July 2015 saw the first month of no-one with a mental health problem taken into custody.The triage service sees mental health practitioner’s assisting police officers on patrol in county on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. There are also mental health professionals located in...

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    Mental health units in Scotland are struggling to cope

    The Scottish Liberal Democrats have obtained the figures and warn that mental health units across Scotland are struggling to cope with the demand, reports The Scots Man.The figures show that, in 2013-14, a total of 799 patients were discharged from a psychiatric hospital in a different area from where they live. This compares with 793 in 2012-13 and 855 the year before that.The Lib Dems have...

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    Website created to help young people with their mental health

    CAMHS Ready is an online tool that gives support and advice to people preparing to access North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust’s care, reports Stoke Sentinel.Users can access the site on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.Whilst the website is primarily aimed at young people aged 10-18, it also provides a service that gives advice to other family members and can be...

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    New mental health housing development opens in Derby

    Riverside Gardens has opened in Sandiacre and is the work of consultant psychiatrist Dr Ivan Bakelchev from Aspire Mental Healthcare and is hoped to be an alternative to long-term hospitalisation, reports the Derby Telegraph. The complex works similarly to a social enterprise as a non-profit venture and includes a skills and re-enablement centre.It is aimed to support patients and improve their...

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    Herefordshire’s mental health care provider to take part in pilot tackling stigma

    This pilot focuses on bringing together professionals and people who have used mental health services to create an open dialogue about the changes that could make a difference to people’s experience of mental health services and the experiences of staff, reports The Hereford Times. In these sessions it is hoped it will highlight positive examples of where mental health staff have challenged...

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    Funding cuts forces mental health centre to close

    The Recovery and Wellbeing Centre in Basildon, run by charity MIND, was forced to close following NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG diverting funding to personal health budgets for people with mental illnesses, reports Pulse Today.The CCG have said that personal health budgets allow patients more choice on what treatment they receive. GP leaders, however, have said that this health budgets ‘to...

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    New mental health pilot to launch in Rutland

    A pilot is set to launch at Rutland County College in October after a survey found that young people are struggling to cope with academic pressure and bullying, reports the Rutland Times.The pilot will see a range of support for young people which will include in-school advice and a Rutland Students Mental Health Forum.Dr Ann Williams, who led the survey for Healthwatch Rutland, said: “This is...

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    Mental health disclosure advice to be issued by the Home Office

    When assessing whether mental health crises are disclosed police will have to examine issues such as how long ago a detention under the Mental Health Act occurred, reports the BBC.The advice covers Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) checks.Home Office minister Karen Bradley said the guidelines aim to make the system fairer without lessening protection. "It is important that checks...

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    Young people at risk in Cumbria due to failing mental health service

    The National Autistic Society has said that serious systemic failings in mental health services for young people are putting patients at risk in Cumbria, reports the Guardian.They are calling on the Care Quality Commission to conduct an urgent inspection and have appealed to NHS England to review commissioning arrangements in the county.The NAS said it has “lost faith” in the ability of...

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    Funding for mid-life mental health crisis

    The funding programme aims to provide grants to individuals and organisations that are focused on the areas of prevention, early intervention and integration of mid-life mental health, reports Civil Society.The foundation hopes to make around 20 grants to projects ranging from £50k for large projects and £10k for small projects.The foundation will be looking to fund projects that will be...

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    New centre for mental health patients

    The new Woodlands Resource Centre aims to bring together a range of services which were previously provided at Westbank and Dunrowan day hospitals, reports the Falkirk Herald.The facility is housed in two former hospital wards and has undergone a £2m transformation.There are around 70 health and council staff based at the facility who will work together to provide a range of assessments,...

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    Mental health services for young people to receive £143m funding

    The funding is part of a £1.25bn package of increased spending on young people’s mental health services that was announced in March’s budget, reports the BBC. It is likely that the details will include a guarantee that by 202095% of patients will be seen within four weeks of being referred.A department spokeswoman has said that mental health spending has been reduced this year to ensure...

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    People with schizophrenia may find help via a brain game

    Testing the game on a number of patients, they said that after four weeks of playing the game their memory and learning improved, reports the BBC.Prof Barbara Sahakian, from the department of psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and who researched the impact of the game, said patients who played it made significantly fewer errors in tests afterwards on their memory and brain...

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    New mental health crisis unit in Leeds

    The crisis assessment unit at the Becklin Centre is part of Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundations Trust’s work to give people in crisis support and to direct them away from A&E and police cells, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.Patients can be referred by GPs, carers, paramedics or the police, and will receive up to 72 hours support from the unit’s specialist psychiatrists, nurses,...

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    New mental health initiative launched in Redcar and Cleveland

    The council will be working in partnership with the local voluntary and community sector to co-deliver the pilot scheme across the borough, reports the Northern Echo. The scheme will launch in September and offer support for people aged 19 and over through courses for people suffering with their mental health.Adults with anxiety, depression and sleep disorders will be supported back into...

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    Young people’s mental health budgets cut my millions

    The mental health charity for young people, YoungMinds, has said that in the last five years £85m has been cut from budgets for mental health trusts and local authorities, reports ITV News.The charity sent Freedom of Information requests to 165 clinical commissioning groups, 97 local authorities and 37 mental health trusts – all of whom are responsible for providing mental health care in...

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    Young people in Jersey to receive dedicated mental health ward

    The Robin Ward at the General Hospital in Jersey is undergoing refurbishment to create a mental health ward specifically for young people, reports ITV News. When the refurbishment is complete there will be an enhanced facility for young people needing admission for planned treatment, or for those following an emergency referral, along with provision for people with mental health issues that need...

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    73% rise is suicides for men with mental health issues

    A new report has found that suicide amongst middle aged men with mental health issues has risen by 73% since 2006 which has been attributed to alcohol, job loss and debt, reports the Guardian.The University of Manchester’s National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness has found that the overall rise in suicides in men who have come into contact with...

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    Police in Devon and Cornwall attend 15 mental health calls daily

    Police in Devon and Cornwall have seen a 10% rise in mental health call outs in the last four years reports the BBC. The force's police federation said officers were "frustrated that the NHS does not have the capacity to deal" with people with mental health issues.Tom Pollard from mental health charity Mind said the rise in police callouts was "concerning" and that mental health services in the...

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    Head teachers concerned about the mental health of young people

    Polled for a management support service, two thirds of head teachers said that mental health was a top concern, reports the BBC.Domestic violence and cyberbullying were the next biggest concerns, named by 58% and 55% of heads respectively. Domestic violence and cyberbullying were the next biggest concerns, named by 58% and 55% of heads respectively.Brian Lightman, leader of the ASCL heads' union,...

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    System blamed for mental health bed shortage

    An independent commission report has found that bed closures are not behind the difficulties, reports the BBC.The Royal College of Psychiatrists has said the whole mental health care system needs to be improved.The commission was set up earlier this year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to look into concerns about a shortage of acute adult psychiatric beds. Since 2011, more than 2,000...

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    23% rise in the number of people being sent miles away from home for mental health support

    Mental health services have been found to be spending millions of pounds sending patients far away for mental health beds in the last year, reports Community Care. Figures found under the Freedom of Information Act from 56 mental health trusts revealed that 4,447 patients were sent to hospitals outside of their local trust’s catchment area in 2014/15, which is a 23% rise on the previous...

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    Decrease in mental health beds in Manchester whilst admissions rise

    NHS figures have shown that the number of people admitted to Manchester’s three mental health trusts has risen by 23% over the last five years, reports the Manchester Evening News. Over the same period of time there has been a 5.9% cut in the number of mental health beds for the region.Earlier this month, a health regulator said England’s mental health crisis-care system was ‘unsafe’,...

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    Mental health pilot a success in Milton Keynes

    The scheme sees mental health professionals join police teams on call outs for people who are struggling with their mental health, reports Heart. Over the past six months since it began the number of people placed in cells under the Mental Health Act has dropped by 56%.Thames Valley Police says this "clearly shows that those suffering from a mental health crisis are being dealt with...

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    10 year high for percentage of people needing underfunded mental health services in Wales

    Currently one in eight people in Wales are seeking medical help for mental health issues, reports Wales Online.Across Wales, 9% of adults reported currently being treated for depression, 8% for anxiety and 2% for another mental illnesses. People in areas of higher deprivation suffered the most with mental health problems, with as many as 18% of people in the poorest fifth of the country needing...

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    More to be done for mental health services in York says MP

    Rachael Maskell MP met with junior health department minister Alistair Burt to discuss the need for a urgent new mental health h hospital to replace the ageing one already in the city, reports The Northern Echo.She said: "It was a positive meeting, and certainly did not get the feeling he will be turning his back on the matter."Mental health is a priority for the newly confirmed York Central...

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    New initiative to help people suffering with their mental health back into work

    Towards the end of last year the ‘Press Pause to Play’ programme was piloted in Swansea to help people with anxiety and depression through a combination of psychology, physiology and neuroscience, reports ITV News.This scheme successfully saw 50% of participants return to work.Start Smiling Again, the company behind the project, are partnering with the Department for Work and Pensions and...

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    Young people receiving mental health treatment in adult wards

    ITV News have contacted 53 mental health trusts and received data from 38 to discover that young people are being treated on adult mental health wards; despite the NHS saying that adult mental health wards are not appropriate for young people.Mental health charities have said that the increasing number of young people receiving inadequate care is inevitable due to the shortage of early...

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    North East closing one in four mental health beds

    Freedom of Information requests have found that two NHS mental health trusts in the North East have closed 630 of their 2,392 beds, reports the BBC.NHS bosses have said that they have invested further in providing community care facilities, however charities fear that fewer beds could add to the suicide levels, which are already the highest in the UK.Lynn Boyd, from Mental Health North East, said...

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    Plymouth A&E sees increase in people suffering with their mental health

    Data from Freedom of Information requests have found that 3,346 people went to Derriford Hospital’s emergency department due to mental health issues over the last year. Debbie Roche, of the Plymouth branch of mental health charity Mind, said: “It is very concerning that the number of people with mental health issues are presenting at A&E for support. This illustrates how desperately a...

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    Mental health is still a problem amongst young people

    A report has been compiled by the Children’s Law Centre and Save the Children and has been endorsed by 58 groups including Barnardos and the NSPCC, reports the BBC. Save The Children chief Peter Bryson said the report shines "an uncomfortable spotlight on how we treat our children and young people".John Patrick Clayton from the Children's Law Centre said mental ill health was a "serious and...

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    Postcode lottery for mental health services in Liverpool

    A health watchdog has found that there is a postcode lottery in access to mental health services in Liverpool, with some people being seen much quicker than others, reports the Liverpool Echo.St Helens had one of the longest wait times in England with 80.5 days between referral and treatment. The national average being 24.6 and the average in Liverpool coming to just 14.6 days.The St Helens NHS...

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    Young people in Cambridge waiting 18 months to access mental health services

    Written by the county’s clinical commissioning group, the report shows that specialist beds are a lacking and in the wake of a mental health epidemic, reports the Cambridge News. Currently there are around 460 young people waiting on the child and mental health services core waiting list, with an average wait time equalling 45 weeks.The report says: "Despite this work and some investment from...

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    Mental health is a challenge in Staffordshire says county crime commissioner

    Matthew Ellis has spoken about the commission’s Right Here, Right Now report which looks at how health and care services are struggling to provide the correct responses to people in crisis, reports the Burton Mail.Mr Ellis said: "The cross-agency working has resulted in significant improvements in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, as shown by the drop in the numbers of people in a mental health...

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    Plan to improve mental health services for young people in South Tyneside

    From December to April a South Tyneside Council commission has worked to look at ways of improving the “mental health and emotional well-being” of young people up to the age of 19 in the area, reports the Shields Gazette. This follows research highlighting that 41% of primary school pupils are concerned about SAT exams and 16% have body image issues. This evidence was collected from GPs,...

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    Patients in the Highlands waiting up to three years for mental health checks

    Highland council have said that it is prioritising cases due to increasing demands on services, however Highland Users support Group have called the delay unacceptable, reports the BBC.Highland Council is responsible for providing officers to assess and assist local people suffering from mental illnesses, many of whom are incapacitated and have learning disabilities.HUG have said that the delay...

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    Patients with mental health problems receive inconsistent care

    In a national report by the CQC people reported that they received better care from the police than they did their GPs, specialist teams or at A&E for their mental health issues, reports the Malvern Gazette.Patient’s watchdog Healthwatch Worcestershire has also been carrying out a study into mental health services in the county.A spokesman from the organisation said “Healthwatch...

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    Mental health nurses join forces with police in Lancashire

    Nurses will now work with officers when called out to emergencies, due to a quarter of all emergencies now involving a mental health crisis, reports the Manchester Evening News.From August nurses will also work with forces in the control room to help as 999 calls come in to advise people who are calling due to mental health issues.It is hoped that mental health nurses will help people in crisis...

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    ‘Inadequate’ support is given to those needing mental health care

    The CQC have reviewed help given to people in mental health crisis and said the system is “struggling to cope”, reports the BBC. A “lack of compassion” by A&E staff was also highlighted.The CQC carried out its investigation following the signing of a Crisis Care Concordat between the government and the sector last year which promised round-the-clock support to those who needed it.The...

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    MP raises concern over cuts to mental health helpline

    Norwich North MP, Chloe Smith, has contacted Alistair Burt over her concerns surrounding mental health funding, reports EDP24.The helpline was launched in January by then care Minister Norman Lamb and is run by Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind. Since its opening the helping has had over 6,000 calls from people in need.Mr Lamb said he was “horrified” at the decision and said it was another...

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    Fall in the number of mental health patients detained in police cells

    In 2014/15 police custody was used 4,537 times to accommodate people held under section 16 of the Mental Health Act, which is down from 6,667 from the previous year, reports the Guardian. Section 136 enables police to take people to safe place of safety when they are in a public place. They are able to do this if they believe the person has a mental illness and is in need of care.Last month the...

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    Mental health bed occupancy on the rise

    Latest NHS England figures have found that mental health bed occupancy is at the highest level it’s been in the last five years, reports Community Care. The average occupancy for mental health beds in 2014-15 has been 89.5%. The Royal College of Psychiatrists recommends a ward occupancy level of 85% for effective care.The NHS Choices data includes acute bed occupancy figures for 48 trusts. Of...

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    Supported accommodation for mental health patients deemed success

    Box Tree Farm, a six-bedded house in Ratby, is for people who need care but are not ill enough to be admitted to hospital, reports the Leicester Mercury. Funding for the centre comes from the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and is a joint venture with the Richmond Fellowship.Dr Mohammed Al-Uzri, clinical director for adult mental health and learning disability at the trust, said: "Before...

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    Mental health street triage scheme removed in Kent

    Figures obtained by Radio Kent showed there was a 30% reduction in the number of people being sectioned by the force under the Mental Health Act, however a lack of police resources has seen the project cancelled, reports the BBC. Karen Dorey-Rees, from the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, said the triage service was a success."Officers were detaining people unnecessarily...

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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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    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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    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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    £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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    Supported housing helps keep mental health patients out of hospital

    The intensive enablement project has been run by Essex council, the local mental health trust and the Metropolitan housing association.  It helps people to manage their medication along with learning basic living skills such as cooking and managing a budget, with the hopes of people becoming fully independent within 18 months, reports the Guardian.Chris Powell can testify to that. He spent six...

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    Young people who are bullied are more likely to suffer with their mental health

    A paper published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry believes that bullying needs to be taken more seriously, as it found young people who were bullied were five times more likely to experience anxiety and twice as likely to talk of suffering depression and self-harm than those who were maltreated at home, reports the Guardian. "Until now, governments have focused their efforts and resources on...

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    Charity and NHS work together to offer mental health wellbeing courses

    People in Durham are now being offered to attend mental health wellbeing courses with tutors who have experienced mental health problems, in a bid to reduce the stigmas surrounding mental health, reports the Chronicle Live. They are expanding the range of courses on offer at the Arch Recovery College where people with mental health issues, their carers and staff can enrol as students to learn...

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    Young people struggling with their mental health placed in prison cells

    Figures found by The Independent have found that police in England and Wales have detained 202 young people under the Mental Health Act.Responding to the figures, Marjorie Wallace, the chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, said: "It is quite unacceptable that anyone suffering from a mental health condition, especially a young person, should treated as a criminal. Nothing could be...

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    Scheme to reduce suicide stigma by the NHS

    Figures show that 6,000 people kill themselves in the UK and Ireland each year. Now the NHS is funding a number of pilot projects to help reduce suicides after seeing a programme in Detroit reduce suicides by 82%, reports the Guardian. The UK scheme wishes to reduce the stigma attached to suicide and encourage people to talk more openly about it.Aly Anderson, the director of development at Mind...

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    People suffering from depression could find help from mindfulness therapy

    Scientists have tested out mindfulness therapy  against anti-depressant pills for people at risk of relapse and found it has worked just as well, reports the BBC.Through the therapy people are trained to focus their minds and understand that negative thoughts come and go. Doctors are already encouraged to offer this therapy to patients.For the study scientists in the UK enrolled 212 people at...

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    Police in Redditch receive mental health training

    New action plans have been published by West Mercia and Warwickshire Police outlining how they will work with partners to improve support for people with vulnerabilities that end up in their custody, reports The Redditch Standard. A wide range of areas are being focused on which includes mental health services, the quality of treatment and improving responses when people are detained under the...

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    Mental health issues could be treated by ‘love hormone'

    Research has found that oxytocin can play a large and important role in manipulating how the brain processes social information. The researchers working on the project believe the results could lead to new ways of using the hormone as a drug to treat a wide range of psychological problems related to social behaviour, reports the Independent."Our findings redefine oxytocin as something completely...

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    Proposal for people with mental health problems to carry ID

    Chamali Fernando, a Cambridge Conservative, has said that the choice of carrying a card or wearing a visible indicator should be a matter of choice, reports the BBC.At a Cambridge hustings event called Keep Our NHS Public, Ms Fernando said wider use of identification would help to prevent any misunderstandings."Police, social services or hospitals dealing with people with conditions that affect...

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    Campaign to change the images the media use to present mental health

    The images in question are the ones containing a solitary figure with their head in their hands, often in dark sombre lighting. These are often referred to as the "headclutcher", reports the BBC.Charities and campaigners argue that people with mental illnesses do not always "look" depressed, and images should not depict this."One in four of us will have a mental health problem in any year - and...

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    New supported living accommodation opens for people with mental health issues in Bodmin

    Developed by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, a new complex of one bedroom flats, called Chynoweth, have been built on a former supported housing facility, reports the Cornish Guardian.The creation of the eight new homes, costing almost £1 million, was overseen by landlords Advance, a national organisation with a local office in Camborne. Advance provides housing, support and...

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    Suicide prevention in Bolton receives funding

    A high priority for Bolton health chiefs this year is reducing the number of premature deaths of patients suffering with their mental health. Therefor bosses at NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group have given an extra £450,000 in funding for mental health treatment, reports The Bolton News. Part of the funding will go towards supporting The Sanctuary - a crisis centre in Trinity House which...

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    East Lancashire courts see funding for mental health support

    The scheme helps to ensure that police stations in Blackburn and Burnley have weekend cover from ‘Liaison and Diversion' workers. Blackburn, Burnley and Accrington magistrates courts also see the same service, which was previously only covered Monday to Friday and available to adults only, however it will now be extended to under 18's too, reports The West Mooreland Gazette. The team works to...

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    Increase in research funding is called for by mental health charity

    MQ: Transforming Mental Health, who call themselves the first UK major mental health research charity, have found that for every £1 the Government spends on mental health research, the general public donates just 0.3p, reports Care Appointments. The report found that nearly of quarter of the UK's population is affected by mental health problems and the economic and social cost of mental illness...

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    26% rise in veteran's seeking mental health services

    Combat Stress has found that referrals for mental health issues and post-traumatic stress disorder have risen from 1,802 to 2,264. They believe the rise is due to the increase in veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan seeking help, reports the BBC.The charity now wishes to increase its clinical resources so that the rising demand is met.Combat Stress say that they believe people who fought in recent...

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    Rising number of young people with mental health issues

    Over half of the 850 staff surveyed by the Association of Teachers and Lectures agreed that more young people have developed problems with their mental health, reports the BBC.General secretary Dr Mary Bousted blamed "poverty, poor housing, unemployment and financial insecurity". Over one in six believed that at least a quarter of students in their place of work were affected by mental health...

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    Funding boost for mental health services supporting young people

    Organisations could gain up to £4.8m in top-up grants in 2015-16 and it is the first time they will have been eligible for a share of the government's £25m voluntary and community sector grants, reports the BBC.Young Minds chief executive Sarah Brennan said the windfall would help it provide "a vital lifeline" to families.The charity had been awarded £300,000 to support its parents...

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    Staff absences at hospitals due to mental health issues doubled

    The BBC has found that 41,112 staff were off sick with anxiety, stress and depression in 2014 which is up from 20,207 in 2010. The NHS has said it needs to do more to support staff.The Royal College of Nursing said the figures reflected the "relentless pressure" staff were under. A spokesman for the NHS said: "Our staff are some of the most hard-working and dedicated people in our country. We now...

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    Mental health trusts see budgets cut by 8%

    Research by BBC News and the online journal of Community Care have found that the reduction has been worth almost £600m. Referrals to community mental health teams have also risen by 20% in the same time.Care minister Norman Lamb said budgets were "not the full picture". He added: "Mental health care is given through a range of services including the voluntary sector."Through the use of Freedom...

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    Mental health services for young people face an overhaul

    A review of services by a government taskforce has found that too many young people are receiving the help that they need. It is believed that following this the government will set out a five year plan to improve services, reports the BBC.The measures will be set out by Care Minister Norman Lamb.He will say a "complete overhaul" is needed. "I want to change the way we think about mental health...

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    Funding boost for mental health care in England

    Mr Clegg has said that the money, which is to be spent over the next five years, will be mainly being put towards helping over 100,000 young people, reports the BBC. Within the plans waiting times standards will be set for children and extra specialists in talking therapy along with adding extra support to pregnant women and new mothers.Speaking during a visit to Clock View Hospital in...

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    Support for Staffordshire mental health cell campaign

    Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, placed pressure on mental health service providers to agree to a protocol that ensured alternatives to custody are in place. This partnership saw the number of people detained in police cells fall by 59%, reports the Express and Star.Mr Ellis said: "Police custody is fundamentally the wrong place for an individual who is in mental...

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    Care Minister propose new mental health rights

    Care Minister Norman Lamb has said that these changes would put people in charge of their care whilst promoting community support as an alternative to hospitals, reports the BBC.Ministers have pledged to move patients out of hospitals and into community care following the Winterbourne View scandal. Last month the National Audit Office said the government had failed to honour its pledge, because...

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    Wait times for young people seeking treatment for mental health is rising

    The figures revealed that people waiting 53 week rose from 20 to 226, reports the BBC. A spokesman said £17m had been invested in improving services since 2009 and that it would continue to work to "ensure that all young people who need the services get them within the time they should expect".Scottish Labour's health spokeswoman Jenny Marra said: "Twenty vulnerable young people waiting over a...

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    Teenager's campaign on mental health

    Struggling with mental health problems throughout her teenage years, and after spending six months in an adolescent psychiatric unit, Miriam Jarvis is launching a campaign to show people that recovery from mental health is possible, reports Western Morning News. Currently studying at Plymouth university to become a mental health nurse she said:"I feel a lot more positive about my life. Now I can...

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    Young people need tailored mental health treatment

    Psychologists at the University of Reading have said that current childhood therapies are just being adapted for teenagers and argue that adolescents face distinct issues which all for tailored treatments to address them, reports the BBC. Anxiety affects almost 300,000 young people in the UK and charities say that adolescent and child mental health services are at breaking point and need to...

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    Blogging to support people with their mental health

    Social Spider, with funding from Public Health England, is encouraging people suffering with their mental health to blog about their feelings for four days out of a year.Whilst anyone can read these posts they will remain anonymous and people can search for blog posts via theme or category.The aim of this project is to get people talking about mental health, and raise awareness of what it's like...

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    New scheme to help people with mental health issues

    South Central Ambulance Service is currently in talks of hiring a mental health practitioner to take emergency calls, reports the Daily Echo. This will mean callers will go through to a specially-trained mental health nurse based in the ambulance service control centre. A spokesperson for SCAS has said it will offer dedicated and focused support for people who are in need."Mental health patients...

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    Mental health services for young people are called ‘unfit'

    The Health Select Committee has said the whole system has issues, from prevention through to inpatient services, reports the BBC. The government has said it's launched a taskforce to drive up standards and is investing money into mental health services.Sarah Brennan, chief executive of Young Minds, said: "We have been told countless times of the intense frustration of mental health professionals...

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    Spending on public mental health services is too low says charity

    A report by Mind has found that on average only 1.4% of public health budgets is spent on mental health, reports the BBC. The Local Government Association has said councils did many positive things which the report has not recognised.Of the 152 local authorities in England, 87 replied to Mind's freedom of information requests about public mental health budgets.According to the report, local...

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    Too many people with mental health problems end up in cells

    The CQC say that people are being turned away from hospitals due to full wards, staff shortages or because they were too young or too drunk, reports the BBC. Police cells are inappropriate and make people feel "punished for being unwell", said the charity Mind.The CQC has said that in some areas, patients are well provided for however this standard is not universal.Between 2012 and 2013, in...

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    Mental health care for new mothers is costing £ 8bn due to poor care

    The report by the London School of Economics and the Centre for Mental Health has found that for all births in a year, there would be a long-term cost of over £8bn stemming from mental health problems, reports the BBC. One in five women develop some form of mental health issue either during pregnancy or after birth, with an increased risk of depression, anxiety and psychoses such as bipolar...

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    Former coroner says mental health units are "starved of resources"

    Ex-coroner William Armstrong, of Healthwatch Norfolk, said cuts meant "more misery" for patients and their families, reports the BBC. He said he had seen a "fragmented and uncoordinated" approach to mental health during his time as a coroner.Mental health has been found to be underfunded by 10% (£10bn) by the mental health commission. The commission has said that mental health currently...

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    Shortage of beds and poor ward environments affecting mental health services

    The Care Quality Commission have found substandard ward environments and problems with beds along with intensive care for unwell patients are key issues affecting mental health services which would be unacceptable in other areas of the NHS.The report highlights four key areas of concern in mental health services, reported by Community Care:•         Unavailability of admission...

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    Plans to cut mental health units for young people

    NHS guidelines say that if a young person is admitted to an adult mental health ward then an independent advocate should be appointed for that person, reports the BBC.Health Minister Mark Drakeford said children "should be accommodated in the most suitable environment". In a joint report last year, the Wales Audit Office and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales said that despite some improvement...

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    First mental health waiting targets introduced

    From next April people with depression should begin "talking therapy" treatments within eighteen weeks, and young people with psychosis for the first time will be seen within fourteen days, which is the same target as cancer patients, reports the BBC. This new plan will also see suicidal patients get the same priority as people who have suspected heart attacks.But Mr Clegg will pledge to extend...

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    Mental health pilot scheme launched to help people find work

    The £2m pilots are all in England and will run for six months. The voluntary scheme will help some people on Employment and Support Allowance be offered employment support psychiatric help, reports the BBC.The pilots are running in•         Durham & Tees Valley•         Shropshire/Telford•         Sussex•         WolverhamptonThe Department of Health and...

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    Using neuroscience to teach young people about mental health

    Rebecca Slack a PHD researcher at Sheffield University says that if a child breaks their arm everybody talks about it; however if a child becomes depressed there is usually no discussion about it at all, Ms Slack writes in the Independent.Ms Slack believes that this is because there is no answer to when the brain will ‘heal' and when people will begin to feel better again. However people...

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    Social media campaign aimed at removing mental health stigma

    With the use of social media, we know that our friends are never far away and easily contactable. One initiative called ‘I Will Listen' wants to use this to create an online support group to help people who are suffering with their mental health. The ‘I Will Listen' campaign has been created by the New York City chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and JWT New York. The idea is...

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    Social media campaign aimed at removing mental health stigma

    With the use of social media, we know that our friends are never far away and easily contactable. One initiative called ‘I Will Listen' wants to use this to create an online support group to help people who are suffering with their mental health. The ‘I Will Listen' campaign has been created by the New York City chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and JWT New York. The idea is...

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    Mental health must be a bigger priority says chief medical officer

    Dame Sally Davies has said there have been signs that funding for mental health services was being cut at a time when the cost to the economy was rising, reports the BBC.In an annual report Dame Davies found that mental illness had led to the loss of 70 million working days last year. Due to this she is not only calling on a greater emphasis on mental illness in the NHS but she also wants...

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    Mental health bed cuts in Norfolk and Suffolk criticised

    The local clinical commissioning group (CCG) plans are being scrutinised by Norfolk county councillors. The Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Suffolk and Norfolk said the beds and the suite in Carlton Court in Lowestoft were vital to keep, reports the BBC.A report to the Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Comm