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    New supported housing facility to be built in Middlesbrough

    The site has been developed by Riverside to provide supported housing, comprising of 20 self-contained flats for social housing and training facilities to support people into employment, reports the Gazette Live.Dominic Beha, Senior Project Manager at Riverside said: “This is a great development for us as we continue to deliver quality supported housing across the country. Having worked with...

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    Supported living accommodation plans submitted in Leamington Spa

    HB Villages Developments Ltd have made the application which will include a two-storey residential building of 16 self-contained one bedroom supported living apartments, reports The Leamington Courier.A covering letter for the application states: “The scheme will provide high quality specialised accommodation for vulnerable adults with physical and learning disabilities, to be managed and...

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    Young people in Sheffield given help to live independently

    The course is run by Guinness Care and Support at the Sheffield Foyer, which is a 60-room scheme that provides accommodation for young people aged between 16-25 such as care leavers and young mothers, reports 24dash.Along with proving temporary accommodation, the foyer also runs a course which helps the young people prepare for living life independently.Earlier this year, the team celebrated...

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    A new supported living scheme has opened in Paignton

    Bridgman House has been opened to provide care for up to eight young people in transition from the family home, education or residential care, reports The Torquay Herald.The property is in the town centre and made up of six one bed flats and a two bedroom cottage.Care provider Regard has worked with a housing partner to purchase the property after it was refurbished from a former hotel.Julie...

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    Homelessness charity opens furniture shop in Nailsworth

    Emmaus Gloucestershire has opened a shop in Nailsworth that sells upcycled furniture, allowing customers to have the opportunity to bring old furniture in to be restored or adapted to particular tastes, reports the Stroud News and Journal.Profits from the shop will be used to provide a home and support for the people they work with whilst offering them work serving customers, displaying goods and...

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    Restaurant in London helps to tackle youth homelessness

    Alone in London, a charity that provides support, training and mediation for young homeless people and young people at risk of homelessness has joined forces with The Breakfast Club to create a temporary home in Hackney for these young people, reports 24dash. The temporary accommodation is owned by Circle Housing and Alone In London will provide residents with training and support to help them...

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    Housing group’s supported housing contract extended

    Progress Housing Group provide supported housing and support services for women and children fleeing domestic violence and young people facing homelessness, reports 24dash.Progress Housing manage a women’s refuge accommodation, resettlement services, 24-hour helpline for victims of domestic violence and young people’s supported housing accommodation.The new contract will see the services at...

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    Empty homes fund launched by Scottish Government

    The fund is to be used to revamp empty homes and convert derelict commercial spaces into affordable housing, reports Inside Housing. Under the scheme housing associations will be able to apply for part of the fund and it will also be available to private developers and administered by the government.The funding is part of the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership which is run by the charity Shelter...

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    People with vulnerabilities to receive support from new care scheme

    People with vulnerabilities and people who are socially isolated in Reading are set to benefit from a new scheme run by GPs and Age UK, reports Get Reading. North West Reading NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has funded a one year pilot of the scheme, costing £76,000.From 15th June doctors in the area will now be referring patients to the Living Well service. After each referral a...

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    New initiative sees young people create food parcels for the homeless

    The group of eight young people from Charles England House, a specialist young people’s housing scheme run by Merlin, put together 50 food parcels, reports 24dash.This new project is part of a new Social Action Youth initiative which is being run in partnership between Merlin, Southern Brooks Community Partnerships and 1625 Independent People. The Social Action Youth Cashpoint project offers...

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    Homeless charity helps launch empty homes hotline in Scotland

    Created by the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, funded by the government and manned within homelessness charity Shelter Scotland’s offices, the helpline hopes to bring empty homes back into the community, reports 24dash. Shelter Scotland believe that 150,000 families and individuals are waiting for homes and 27,000 long-term private properties in Scotland are empty.The helpline will offer...

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    New law enables housing association to issues injunctions on young people

    This injunction has been awarded under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, and is this first time the housing association, barrister and court have made use of the new powers to obtain an injunction order against an under-18 year old since they became available on 23rd March 2015, reports 24dash. The ‘without notice’ injunction has been granted against a 17 year old male...

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    Housing association’s new project helps tenants feel secure

    £3,000 per area will be used to improve home security checks and fit preventative measures such as window locks and door chains. It is hoped that the scheme will support people at risk of crime or those concerned they could fall victim to burglary, reports 24dash.North Yorkshire police commissioner Julia Mulligan introduced the Community Fund to make money available to local groups or...

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    Veterans to benefit from new supported housing in Wales

    A property in Wrexham has been purchased by First Choice Housing Association, and other partners, to be converted into an eight bed high support and four bed low supported accommodation for Veterans, reports Wrexham.com.This project will see veterans given the opportunity to train and gain qualifications in building trades or supporting trades. The training will be managed by the Community Self...

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    New supported living accommodation for young people in Banbury

    Sanctuary Supported Living's Banbury Foyer has undergone an refurbishment and has installed new self-contained bedsits which will provide accommodation for eight more young people needing supported accommodation, reports 24dash.Each bedsit has a bedroom, kitchen and ensuite with specially adapted bedsits for tenants who have disabilities.SSL local service manager Louise Powell said: "This...

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    ‘Social Supermarket' launched to tackle food poverty

    The capital will trial these ‘social supermarkets' as a way of making food that could be classed as unwanted available cheaply to those who are on low incomes, reports 24dash.According to the Mr Johnson, all the food is "in-date and wholseome" but would have been thrown away by retailers for a variety of reasons, including items packaged and weighed incorrectly and over-production.Boroughs in...

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    Social housing families receive free cooking course

    Salix Homes has teamed up with food charity Fareshare to help teach tenants and their families how to prepare healthy meals when following a budget, reports 24dash.The course will last for six weeks and over that time particimpants will be able to work with qualified chefs to learn how to cook a variety of low-cost, health dishes using fresh ingredients for the whole family.There will even be the...

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    Mental health support in Folkestone during mental health awareness week

    From 10am to 4pm on Thursday 14th May staff and tenants from Sanctuary Supported Living's supported living schemes will be on hand to talk to people in Folkestone's Town Centre's Sandgate Road, reports 24dash.The event hopes to raise awareness of the services available for people struggling with their mental health, and give them ways to access the,.SSL local service manager Jo Miller is co-chair...

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    Volunteers build sensory garden for people with additional needs

    Wolverhampton Homes - the Arms-Length Management Organisation, who manage over 23,000 council houses on behalf of the council, is using its £10,000 grant to deliver a sensory garden with the help of volunteers form its workforce, reports 24dash. The garden is aimed to help older people, especially people living with dementia.With over than 3,600 people in Wolverhampton estimated to be living...

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    Patients helped to stay at home with housing associations new scheme

    Peaks and Plains are working with the North West Ambulance Service to create a TrustLink service which receives referrals from patients who have previously called for an ambulance after a fall, reports 24dash.TrustLink will send a specialist ‘Falls Advisor' to visit a patient at home in order to assess their risks and give advice to prevent future falls. Following that the advisor will then...

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    New social housing scheme opens for residents

    The 34 newly built homes are a joint venture between Maple Grove Developments and Progress Housing Group. It's the first scheme to be delivered through the Lancashire Regeneration Property Partnership which is a joint venture between Lancashire County Council and the Eric Wright Group, reports 24dash. The £3m development, designed and built by Eric Wright Construction, comprises 18 two and...

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    Empty housing to become homes for young people

    The First Key project is a partnership between Manchester City Council, the charity The Manchester Settlement, Mosscare Housing Group and architects Bernard Taylor Partnership, reports 24dash.Currently nine empty homes are being refurbished to for the use of young people to take on their first tenancies.Investment came from The Manchester Settlement and Mosscare Housing as well as empty homes...

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    New partnership for one housing association sees vulnerable tenants receiving homeware

    Derwentside Homes is working with the British Red Cross to help put together Home Start kits contain items such as crockery and cutlery along with curtains and kettles, reports 24dash.The scheme aims to help tenants in difficult situations, for example those being rehoused due to domestic violence who may have nothing of their own, feel more settled in their new homes.The idea for the scheme came...

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    Social landlord's funding for project to support struggling families

    £2,000 funding from Salix Homes has helped create a community garden within Larkhill Primary School's grounds where families can grow their own fruit and vegetables, reports 24dash. Over 30 families are using the garden which also includes benches, a child's sand pot and a sensory garden.Wendy Hughes, learning mentor and family support worker at the school, said: "The garden is making such a...

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    £60m community investment project by social landlord

    Improvement work will replace or improve community facilities which includes fences and hedges, upgrade street lighting, create drop kerbs and better car parking areas alongside a boost in security and green areas, reports Inside Housing.Currently it is being consulted with all communities to identify where people feel the money would be best spent. The project will take place over the next four...

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    Social landlord supporting vulnerable families by distributing pieces of Commonwealth Games furniture

    GHA has begun moving the furniture, which includes sofas, beds and wardrobes, for the Athlete's Village in Dalmarnock from the Glasgow 2014 games into storage facilities, reports 24dash.Once all of the furniture has been collected and catalogued it will be distributed directly to tenants in and around Glasgow.The furniture was previously used in the accommodation for the athletes and officials...

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    Support for young offenders by housing association

    West Housing Trust has given the 16 and 17 year olds a five day multi skills course to help them begin a career in construction. The course provided introductory training and covered a variety of trades, reports 24dash.The scheme is part of a commitment from the housing provider to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour across its neighbourhoods and to prevent young people from re-offending by...

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    Social landlord supporting families in need

    The scheme is part of a series by Ashram Housing Association who have teamed up with Sandwell Council, Public Health England, Kellogg's, the England Illegal Money Lending Team, Family Action and Health for Living to run its Holiday Kitchen programme to help boost children's well-being, reports 24dash.Holiday Kitchen was launched last year and works closely with families of pre and primary school...

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    Call for less council tax for community volunteers

    The Local Government Association has said that volunteers have saved the public purse millions of pound through their efforts and deserved some financial recognition, reports the BBC.The LGA are urging the next government to give almost 500,000 people in England and Wales a 10% annual rebate. Community groups will help councils to identify who should qualify.They are calling on the main parties...

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    National Care Home Open Day

    It will see the UK's care homes welcoming the public and arranging events and activities that will help to create lasting links between care home residents and their local communities.National Care Home Open Day representative has said:"For far too long the care home sector has been marred by the negative press associated with a small number of badly run homes, and we're determined to show people...

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    Supported housing provider joins forces with foodbank

    Funded by Kent County Council, the service works with other professionals, agencies and individuals and has strong links with vouchers holders at Deal Area Emergency Foodbank. The housing service provides support and life skills for independent living, reports Kent Online. Julia Thompson, foodbank project co-ordinator, said: "Sanctuary Supported Living has an amazing team of support workers who...

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    Apprentice offers help to homeless

    Rob Walters currently works as a qualifications administration assistant for leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group, but has left the office and headed into the community to volunteer at Worcester's Maggs Day Centre and help give the homeless scheme a makeover, reports 24dash.  Mr Walters has been on hand to help out with re-decorating the interior of the centre and has also had the...

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    Housing association will recruit 150 tenants over the next three years

    Accord Group manages 11,000 homes across the Midlands and wants to take on its own residents as part of their wider plans to help them into work whilst also expanding their range of care services, reports 24dash. The programme is open to all Accord Group tenants and family members and will consist of a six-week pre-apprenticeship course and a 12-month paid apprenticeship.Everyone who completes...

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    Home swap speed dating

    The event was a big success with a large number of people attending. Professionals from the HomeSwapper home exchange service and a number of local housing associations also attended to provide information and advice, reports 24dash. The idea of home swapping has become popular since the introduction of the bedroom tax as many are looking to downsize in order to avoid the under occupancy...

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    Housing association helps new foodstore

    The food plus centre at Juice Community Project in Cadbury Heath is the first of its kind in South Gloucestershire and is run by Bristol-based Matthew Tree Project and provides a weeks-worth of food to feed a family for up to six weeks. Merlin is one of the partners of the food store and has donated £250 of food and supplies to the Foodstore, reports 24dash.As well as providing food the...

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    Give and Take events turn trash to treasure

    Sanctuary Housing and environmental charity ecoACTIVE provided people with the opportunity for an early spring clean and the options to pick up as many items they needed at swap shops held in Kingsmead and Morningside, reports 24dash. Over the course of the events items were given new homes and over 260kg of items and 50 litres of reclaimed paint were kindly donated by FRP The Paint...

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    500th social housing kitchen completed

    Approximately 1,300 of the council's properties will now benefit from a brand new kitchen in the current financial year.  650 of these will be provided by contractor Wates Living Space, reports 24dash.Lee Sale, Wates business manager for the North West, added: "It is with great pride that we reach yet another substantial milestone in our work for West Lancashire Borough Council. Construction is...

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    Housing provider delivers parcels to vulnerable residents

    Supported Housing staff came up with the idea to put together the Christmas parcels with donations from colleagues included. There are 75 tenants on the register and each received a parcel alongside a call from a member of staff working in the Magenta Living Contact Centre to wish them a merry Christmas on Christmas day, reports 24dash.Sian Blackman from the Supported Housing Team, said: "The...

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    Almost 100% success rate for rent support scheme prevent evictions

    Social enterprise Kineara have run a 10-week Rent Support Programme to which works with residents and their families who find themselves in rent arrears and help them get out of debt and get them in a better place emotionally as well as financially.   The programme has developed in partnership with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and housing association Poplar HARCA, reports 24dash.Through...

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    Housing provider's scheme saves tenants half a million pounds

    Liverpool Mutual Homes has partnered with Local Solutions, a social enterprise organisation, to promote a fuel debt, energy efficiency and money advice service to support residents.Tenants have saved a combined total of £454,356 in 13 months with the majority coming from officers helping residents apply for grants, reports 24dash. In the first twelve months over 780 people were helped by two...

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    Housing Trust to help and support local residents into employment

    Golden Gates Housing Trust have said that they are committed to supporting its residents deal with changes that have occurred due to the Government's Welfare Reforms and the decline in the economy. In order to do this the Trust's Board of Directors set aside just over £2m at the beginning of 2012 so that they can invest it into creating a dedicated Employment Team, reports GGHT to 24dash. A...

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    £250,000 food poverty fund

    The funding has been made available under the council's Local Welfare Scheme and is designed to help the city's most vulnerable residents.The council expects the support provided to be in the form of food and goods rather than cash, reports 24dash.Agencies will be allowed to bid for funds to provide additional support or to help ensure the sustainability of their existing schemes.There is also...

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    Housing association turn lottery win into food items for food bank

    Staff at Accent decided to top up a lottery win of £80 by an extra £100 and purchased vouchers from a department store for a prize draw to raise donations for a foodbank. The price of a ticket was donation of food to help them reach their target of 2013 items for the year 2013.Some staff and contractors also donated items for the draw which included tow kindles, wine and chocolates. The target...

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    Housing association to fund numerous community projects

    Salix Homes is now inviting applicants for its annual ‘Your Salix, Your Say' fund. This is the fourth year the housing provider will be running the fund and it enables community groups and organisations the chance to bid for financial help to finance projects that will help improve the area where they live.Salix Homes provides 8,500 homes and has their fund has help 44 local projects and...

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    Housing staff help hungry families

    Cobalt Housing's staff has collected over 200 items for the T Good Shepherd Church in Croxeth which is one of the food bank's eight distribution centres in the city. The items ranged from baby goods to breakfast cereals. Victoria Ponsonby-Martin, north Liverpool food bank co-ordinator, said: "The number of people we have fed has doubled to 3,400 in the space of a year, but demand for our help far...

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    ‘Social supermarket' opens to help fight poverty

    The shop opens today and offers shoppers who are on the verge of food poverty the chance to buy food and drink for up to 70% less than normal high-street prices.Whilst the Community Shop is currently only in Goldthorpe, south Yorkshire, if successful others may begin to become open over the country.  Community Shop comes from the Company Shop which is Britain's largest commercial re-distributor...

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    New homes and jobs from regeneration project

    Housing provider Sanctuary Group has worked closely with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to develop a project in Slater Street which will become a wide regeneration for the city. The development will see much-needed extra care accommodation and family homes as well as a range of employment and training opportunities within the local community. There will be a mix of 80 one and two bedroom extra care...

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    Housing association partners with a food bank to help vulnerable tenants

    They will also provide support to customers getting into work and refer those with drug or alcohol problems to specialist services. Vouchers will also be handed out to the 7,200 home providers most vulnerable customers for food parcels which can be ex-changes for three-day's worth of food from the food bank, reports 24dash. Sarah Turner, Caldmoreaccord's community housing officer, said: "We are...

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    Homes to be heated by London Underground

    Islington Council's Bunhill Heat and Power heat network will run the scheme and they already supply more than 700 homes with greener heating. The new project will see the network will be expanded to capture and utilise two local sources of waste heat. One will come from a London underground ventilation shaft and the other will come from a sub-station owned and operated by UK Power Networks. Under...

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    Council offices turning into food banks

    The vacant building had originally been earmarked for sale as part of the council's accommodation strategy however it will now be let at a peppercorn licence fee to help feed struggling families.The agreement will also see two previously unemployed local residents being given jobs within the social enterprise. A six-month licence has been issued to Camden Foodbank Ltd, which is linked to the...

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    Help for elderly people preparing for cold weather

    Alongisde the housing association is its maintenance company, Housing Maintenance Solutions, who are taking to the streets to hand out packs to residents that are aged 80 and over to ensure they are fully prepared for winter.In the packs tenants will also find a dynamo torch and information leaflets providing heating, health and financial advice, reports 24dash.The social landlord has also...

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    Housing provider awarded for hate crime awareness

    Mosscare Housing provides 4,500 homes and has received the Corporate Contribution of the year award in the Nubian Times Media Business & Community Awards at the Hilton Hotel on Saturday. Over the past year Mosscare has run a series of events to campaign against hate crime with an awareness week which included keynote speaker Sylvia Lancaster, whose daughter was murdered because she dressed...

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    Food vouchers available for residents in 28 London boroughs

    Peabody is working with 45 different food banks to issue vouchers to residents struggling to pay for food. The vouchers will also be issued alongside financial advice and support whilst paying for three days' worth of food in 28 London boroughs where the housing association operates, reports Inside Housing.Peabody's director of resident service, Joe Joseph said:  "With thousands of families...

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    New briefing recommends authorities provide accommodation for those with TB

    The briefing highlights how steps to address TB will improve the health of local communities whilst also covering a range of areas working with vulnerable local people and partnership organisations, reports Inside Housing.The transmission rate of TB is highest amongst vulnerable groups such as people who are homeless or in poor or temporary housing, people who have spent time in prison and those...

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    Mediation sessions by housing associations resolve anti-social behaviour

    Tentants of the Cromwell Road estate have reported that children on the estate were jumping into gardens, damaging property, kicking footballs at cars and windows whilst also shouting abuse.Even though Sovereign, the police and community agencies tried to approach the problems, the situation grew worse, reports 24dash.The housing provider then formed a partnership with West Berkshire Council...

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    Dartmoor rescue help with searches for missing vulnerable people

    Devonshire and Cornwall police say that there have been more than 600 searches for vulnerable people with dementia or mental health issues in the past three years. Due to the rise in these types of searches, Dartmoor volunteers are now being given specific training on how to deal with these sorts of incidents. Colin Sturmer, chairman of Dartmoor Rescue Group, said: "We have 36 qualified team...

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    Funding Shortfall of £14.4bn Could Leave Minimal Local Services

     The LGA said spending on core services such as adult social care, children's social services and refuse collection, will absorb an ever greater share of council funds, with the effect of reducing funding for other council services by 46%.This will mean the running down or closure of services such as libraries, school support schemes and youth clubs, and the shortfall is likely to fall hardest...

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    DWP Say An Extra Million People Below Poverty Line

    The report released by the DWP shows that the average income is at the lowest level it has been at since the early 2000's.The main causes of this are pay freezes and austerity measures after a second year of sharp falls in inflations-adjusted pay, and have resulted in sharp falls in living standards.The decrease in the last two years has over-ridden any small gains made in the previous 8 years,...

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    Committee says Local Councils Close to Collapse

    There are dozens of local authorities that are close to financial collapse and ministers have so far failed to come up with adequate contingency plans to prop up vital services.The public accounts committee have released a report warning that urgent support is needed says in a report that the coalition government does not fully understand the impact of significant cuts to council budgets.If it...

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    Health of Children from Different Socio-Economic Backgrounds Widens

     The research based on data from the Health Survey for England comparing children from birth to age 24 to see whether the efforts to tackle health inequalities in children has worked.The evidence they found when comparing children of different socio-economic background showed that it had not decreased but in fact there was evidence that showed an increase in the gap.It is also expected to rise...

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    Housing Minister's Speech on Localism

     Some governments have tended to focus on home ownership. And other governments have been pre-occupied with the social sector. Yet on their own, neither will suffice.That's why this government is working to help all the sectors grow, because we recognise that the condition of each affects the others.I have recently met with Churches Together nationally, to better understand how this pastoral...

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    Toolkit to help localise responsibility of Public Health

    The guide, which they have called a toolkit for local authorities, includes simple actions which businesses could take to improve staff and customer health and well-being, such as employers encouraging active travel among their staff, promoting smoking cessation or catering outlets reducing salt in their foods. The Department has developed the toolkit with local councils and businesses as well...

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    Scottish Councils say Welfare Reforms will Damage Communities

    The president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) says the councils will struggle to pick up the pieces from the damage the welfare changes will cause to communities.The cuts that they are expecting to face from the introduction of bedroom tax will put a big strain on local services, and president David O'Neill says it will be very difficult for Scottish councils to control...

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    Housing Association helps tackle Anti-Social Behaviour

    City West Housing Trust has used this tactic to resolve 660 cases of ASB in the last year, and hosted the event to discuss the causes and solutions to the problem.Their method for early intervention is successful in tackling problems before they escalate, and includes voluntary contracts between the Trust and the perpetrators of ASB.Delegates also heard from tenant Carol Mawers, a former victim...

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    Memory Lane project launched by Bradford Disability Advice

     The disability service have set up a place where people who have been diagnosed with a memory problem can meet.It is intended to create a social atmosphere where those who have been diagnosed in the last few years can receive support and advice in a friendly setting.Based at just outside Bradford, the project is for people who have been diagnosed in the past two years, to see how other people...

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    Impact of Social Housing on Local Economy

    Via 24 DashThe study into the economic impact of social housing providers in the North, which was commissioned by the Northern Housing Consortium and conducted by Sheffield Hallam University, also found that although the HA only employs 450 staff directly, it supports 743 jobs when its supply chain is taken into account. Stockport Homes earns over £700,000 each year from collecting water...

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    Where should local authorities be spending money on troubled families?

    See full reportThis report makes the case for all local agencies (local authorities, the police, health services and others) to examine what they spend on troubled families, how they spend it, and how effective that expenditure is in helping turn lives around and preventing the emergence of future troubled families. Public services cannot afford to spend their resources ineffectively when...

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    Plans to combine NHS and Health and Social Care with ����£60bn

    Andy Burnham is due to set out some of the proposals in a speech at the King's Fund today. They will be tested with the health service and local authorities over the next six months in a review led by shadow care and older people's minister Liz Kendall.Mr Burnham's proposals are expected to include:The shadow health secretary will also set out potential options for the future of funding of...

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    LA's will be responsible for obese people's benefits

    Proposals published by Westminster council and the Local Government Information Unit say that technologies such as smart cards will be used to monitor if an unhealthy person has taken the prescribed activities such as going to the gym, swimming, walking or yoga.If they are found not to be attending, they may have their welfare benefit payments reduced to incentivise staying healthy.The report by...

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    Big Lottery Fund gives £200m in local awards

    Residents, charities and community organisations in the selected deprived areas are asked to form partnerships to decide local priorities and establish a long-term plan to tackle them over the next decade.This is the third set of awards fiven out as part of the Big Local awards, and proclaimed to be the largest ever investment in localism as 50 areas are given the final Big Local awards...

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    Localism will fail without work between Govt and Local Institutions

    Acting on Localism: The role of housing associations in driving a community agenda, looks at the act and specific case studies, to examine the localism changes one year on from the introduction of the Localism Act.The report, published by ResPublica with Chester and District Housing Trust, found that many communities do not have the resources for the opportunities that the Localism Act creates....

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    Website to help care leavers live independently

     The leaving care website is a further measure of local efforts to promote and assist learning, improve understanding of the needs and challenges faced by young people in and leaving care.Six young people worked on the project with the support of Purpledot, a digital media company based in Dungannon, and in doing so, three of them achieved NVQ Level 2 Use Digital and Social Media in Marketing...

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    Is social care a postcode lottery because of Localism?

     Many people are shocked to discover that social care is not free at the point of use - unlike the NHS. The Health Service will pick up the bill if you're elderly and in need of hospital treatment; but if you're too frail to get out of bed in the morning or you can't cook for yourself any more, then you'll probably have to pay for any help you require.That is unless the local authority assesses...

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    An extra £48bn public spending cuts are required by 2018

    According to the report, Fiscal Fallout, the likelihood of a greater than anticipated black hole in the nation's finances - the March Budget implied only £26bn of cuts would be needed beyond the current Spending Review period - suggests unprotected Whitehall departments will see their budgets shrink by nearly a quarter (23%).In effect departments would face sharper yearly cuts of 3.7%...

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    Support service to help communities with local investments

    A support service to help communities take ownership of their resources was launched last week by the Department for Communities and Local Government.The Community Shares Unit, which will have a budget of £590,000 over three years, will be run by Co-operatives UK, a trade body that promotes cooperative enterprises, with support from Locality, the network for community-led organisations.The unit...

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    The Changemakers - Community Impact for Learning Disabilities

    Latest figures from the Department for Education show that 16% of working age young people under 25 are NEET (not in education, employment or training).Research suggests that those with a learning disability are three times more likely to be NEET.Changemakers is a year-long project that will see 50 community impact projects established across the country.Launched in April by Mencap, it aims to...

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    Get Involved: Social Care Professionals wanting to Improve the Quality of Care

    The NICE Fellows and Scholars programme recognises the achievement and promise of health and social care professionals who are working to improve the quality of care in their local area.Appointed annually, our Fellows and Scholars benefit from professional development opportunities and get to meet and work with likeminded colleagues from different disciplines across the UK. The programme fosters...

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    Scope launches scheme for philanthropists to sponsor charity shops

    Scope has launched a new scheme that asks wealthy people to sponsor new charity shops.The disability charity said that £50,000 covers the cost of opening one of its shops, which will then generate £30,000 a year towards funding its work.It is asking philanthropists either to  donate the money or make loans that can be repaid in two years.The fundraising scheme has been trialled over the last...

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