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    THE STATUS OF THE SOCIAL CARE SECTOR REQUIRES IMPROVEMENTs

    It was also found that the social care sector has the following characteristics:Social care seems like an adjunct to the NHS instead of being an important service in its own right. While the chancellor announced the budget funding boost, he claimed it would "deliver immediate benefits to the NHS".The status of social care profession, therefore, requires improvement, for the chancellor's funding...

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    Scottish Welfare Fund grants see a 13% rise in applications

    Data from the Scottish Government has shown that the number of applications to councils under the Scottish Welfare Fund has increased by 13% in just the last year, reports The Courier.Over the most recent quarter, October to December 2014, a total of 23,715 grants were awarded, which was a 10% rise in the same period of the previous year.Local authorities awarded £1.7 million in crisis grants,...

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    Local welfare assistance funds held back by councils

    The Centre for Responsible Credit using Freedom of Information requests carried out a study which found that 127 local authorities spent 52.8% of their £148.5m sharing of the local welfare assistance fund, Inside Housing reports. In December, the government announced that the £172m national fund for local welfare assistance schemes would be ended in April this year.There was great opposition...

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    Landlord scheme has saved the NHS thousands of pounds

    The groups - Oldham Council, Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Oldham Housing Investment Partnership - consist of 10 social landlords who co-invested in the ‘Warm Homes Oldham' programme which began in August 2013, Inside Housing reports. The programme has helped 1,000 people and is one of the first examples of the NHS supporting schemes to ensure the reduction of the cost of...

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    Calls for NHS funding

    Stevens also called for an end to the ‘boom-bust' approach. Stevens told the Financial Times he hoped for more annual funding in addition to the £2bn lifeline that the Chancellor, George Osborne, guaranteed if the Tories succeed at the general election. The Guardian reports. He stated that a "boom-bust" attitude to funding was "inefficient for taxpayers and bad for patients".Stevens went on...

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    New Fundraising Campaign Launched by Hospital Charity

    The campaign encourages its supporters to partake in its ‘Every £1 Counts' fundraiser by making a donation and sharing a ‘pound selfie' on Facebook and Twitter throughout January.The charity are hoping to reach out to as many people as possible by reminding them that any donation can make a big difference. It is also very quick and easy to get involved as many of us have Facebook and Twitter...

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    Home care sector facing crisis due to workers’ wages

    A study by contractor Mears and the Local Government Information Unit have reported that councils should ensure they pay providers to enable them to pay ‘at least' minimum wage salaries.Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow, who led the review, said the home care sector faced a ‘bleak' future due to the how staff were treated. He stated, ‘the danger is that the good providers are driven out and...

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    Supported housing service for women and their children has received funding for community garden

    Endeavour Housing Associaiton's Rainham House temporary accommodation service has been awarded funding for their Roots and Shoots garden project. Working in partnership with community allotment organisation Dig It, the service will use the money to create a garden area and deliver gardening workshops for residents and their children, reports Bdaily.The project is aiming to provide tenants and...

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    Social landlords urged to make do without grants

    Speaking to Inside Housing at the Conservative Party conference this week, Mr Lewis said: "If housing associations want to survive without government funding, that's a good thing."He said it would be ‘great' if landlords abandon state grant entirely."It means that the taxpayer is able to save even more money,'"he said. "And it also means the government can then say "OK, how can we use this...

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    Supporting People budget cut by £10m by the Welsh government

    A draft budget shows the government announcing plans to cut the budget for Supporting People from £134.4m in 2014/15 to £124.4m in 2015/16 which is a drop of 7.4%, reports Inside Housing.Despite these cuts the Welsh government will provide an additional £32m in housing initiatives the next financial year.The funding will be provided across five areas, including a £10m loan fund for social...

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    Fears for people in supported housing after councils scale back regulations

    Figures obtained from Freedom of Information requests have found that over half of 58 upper-tier English councils have gotten rid of nationally recognised form of regulation services such as hostels and sheltered housing, reports Inside Housing.A housing expert, who declined to be named, said: "If [councils] haven't got systematic ways [of regulating providers], there is no way of knowing whether...

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    Survey finds people are nervous about future care funding

    A YouGov poll found that 71% of adults were not confident that they will be able to pay for care services if they require them, reports Inside Housing. Home Group commissioned the poll and is calling on the government to put more money into the care system.Rachael Byrne, executive director of care and support at Home Group, said: "This survey details just how deep public concern runs regarding...

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    Research finds parents cutting back on food to pay for housing costs

    The survey, undertaken by YouGov, found that 36.7% of working adults with children under the age of eighteen had reduced the amount of money they spent on food, to keep up with payments on their homes, reports Inside Housing. Over 10% of parents who responded to the poll said that they or their partner had skipped meals to help pay for housing costs, whilst another 12.9% had delayed buying their...

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    Department of Health to fund homelessness scheme

    Young homeless people are soon to find accommodation in sheltered housing schemes and unused hostels. It has been announced that the Department of Health (DoH) is to fund £40m towards two projects which will provide accommodation for young youths. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have announced they will fund £1.5m to this scheme along with the DoH, totalling...

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    7.8% decrease in housing funds for councils

    Data that has been collected by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy reveal that the total estimated expenditure on council services has been budgeted to reduce from £96.5bn to £93.5bn in 2014/14 compared to 2013, a loss of 3.1%, reports Inside Housing. The biggest reduction in budgeted spending is to housing which...

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    Council pledges to support people with vulnerabilities following government cuts

    After previously being paid by the Department for Work and Pensions, emergency support grants were delegated to local authorities in 2013. However the DWP has now indicated that it intends to withdraw the money which funds them. Due to this Kensington and Chelsea has decided to step in and met the cost itself, which is estimated to be £435,000 in 2015/16, reports 24dash.The council also intends...

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    Veterans support organisations welcome new funding for ‘Pathway'

    This coalition is comprised of Riverside housing, Stoll and Haig Housing, who are specialists in working with veterans and their families who together support thousands of veterans, reports 24dash.The pathway offers a range of support for veterans which includes a state-of-the-art temporary accommodation centre, health and wellbeing support alongside access to employment and training...

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    Councils in England could face £5.8bn shortfall

    The LGA say the main causes for these funding shortfalls are said to come from the cost of elderly care taking up a growing share of council budgets, and that there is now a "once in a generation" chance to steer the social care system "away from financial ruin", reports the BBC. Ministers have said that the claims made by the LGA lacks credibility and councils have had to play their part in...

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    Completion of improvement programme for social landlord's sheltered housing

    Knightstone Housing Association has just finished a refurbishment of eleven schemes in Bath, Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare with each scheme having a focus on better lighting, level access showers, more accessible garden areas and new facilities, reports Inside Housing. Further facilities include automatic front door entry systems and work on communal areas and tenants' kitchens and bathrooms...

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    70,000 crisis fund requests rejected by councils

    Inside Housing has conducted research which reveals that 153 councils underspent their discretionary housing payment allocations last year, whilst others turned away thousands of applicants whilst still spending over their allocated amount. Responses by 203 councils to freedom of information requests showed 249,457 applications for DHP were received in 2013/14. Of these, 70,486 were refused, with...

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    NHS Better Care Fund delayed after Whitehall review

    The government's policy to help stop the NHS from becoming overwhelmed has been delayed after a confidential Whitehall review has concluded that it would not work as hoped.The Better Care Fund, of £3.8bn a year, was meant to launch last week, however its introduction was surrounded in doubt after the Cabinet Office said there was little or no detail about how the expected savings would be...

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    Council urges government not to pull ‘safety net' that protects those with vulnerabilities

    Due to the Tory-led coalition announcing that they will abolish the fund from April 2015 Islington Council are worried about the lack of support those with vulnerabilities will receive. The local welfare provision fund helps the council pay for small items of furniture, carpeting and kitchen items for locals in need. These include homeless people and victims of domestic abuse, reports 24dash.Over...

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    Extra funding to help residents with mental health problems

    The housing provider has given £20,000 in funding to support the charity RESTORE who are going to use the grant to recruit and train 20 new volunteer coaches in the Cherwell District over the following two years.RESTORE provides a range of mental health support services which will be available to residents. They range from coaching and help with recovery through to gardening and carpentry,...

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    £3m spend on food poverty and food banks by councils

    A third of all councils in England and Wales have said they've had to subsidise food banks. The government has said that local authorities were now responsible for providing emergency help. The Bishop of Manchester has said the government needed to be "explicit whether food banks are to be part of the system." BBC Panorama asked all 375 councils in England and Wales if they were funding food...

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    35,000 hardship grants paid to poorest Scottish families

    Figures revealed 27,000 households received 33,000 crisis grants from the Scottish welfare fund between April and September last year. Each award averaged £65 and was mostly for food and heating costs.11,300 households received 12,000 awards for community care grants. These averaged £600 per award and helped people stay in their home or move from an institutional organisation, reports Inside...

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    Money from a £100m regeneration fund is being used for housing

    Local authorities who will receive funding are Bridgend, Conwy, Flintshire, Isle of Anglesey, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen and Wrexham, reports Inside Housing.In Newport the money will be used to convert a former pub into flats whilst also bringing key buildings back into use. Announcing the allocation of the Vibrant and Viable Places fund was...

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    £10m set aside for temporary housing in Oxford

    Over the next year councils are planning to spend millions of pounds on more temporary accommodation for homeless families next year due to an increased need from welfare reforms and rising private sector rents.When finalising their budgets for 2014/15 Oxford council is planning to dedicate extra money to temporary accommodation from April. It has allocated £10m for 2014 to 2017 to purchase...

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    £500m funding to create 4,000 affordable homes

    The funding will form part of the £.35bn Affordable Housing Guarantees programme. This allows housing association to use a government guarantee to secure private investment at more competitive rather than they would otherwise obtain, reports 24dash.Kris Hopkins said: "Today's deal with the European Investment Bank is a vote of confidence in our ongoing efforts to restore confidence to our...

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    70% of English councils are not spending their DHP pot

    These figures show that councils were on course to hand back millions of unspent discretionary housing payment funds in April this year. The DWP figures show that one in six councils have committed to pay out less than a quarter of its pot, reports Inside Housing.Esther McVey, minister for employment, said: "We are fixing the benefits system, but we have ensured help is there for people as we go...

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    Help for tenants in difficult times

    £250,000 is being invested in this new team which will launch in January. The team will provide short-term, intensive support to help deal with issues such as health, finances and unemployment with the aim to reduce the cost and distress of failed tenancies.The 17,500 home provider has said that it recognises some tenants may be dealing with various factors that could affect their capability to...

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    Extra NHS money to help ill health in the poorest areas

    The poorest areas in England will receive extra money aimed to tackle ill health after NHS bosses rejected plans to divert the resources from there to wealthy areas. This decision means that numerous GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups in deprived areas will stop seeing their budgets cut from April. The board has defied the Department of Health by rejecting plans of making the age of the local...

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    2.5 million people borrowing money to heat their homes

    A survey by ComRes, commissioned by Circle Housing, has revealed that around seven million pople will take out a loan over Christmas, and 35% of these would use the loan only to pay their energy bills. Whilst one in twenty borrowers said that they would go to a payday loan company however 150,000 said they would go to an unofficial lender or loan shark, reports Inside housing.One in six people...

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    £700m committed to 6,600 new homes in build-to-rent boost

    To boost build-to-rent properties Shariah investment bank Gatehouse has committed £700m to Sigma Capital Group's private rented homes development across the North West to deliver 6,600 new homes.The scheme has been welcomed by the British Property Federation as another step in ensuring the UK's housing stock is able to meet demand in the coming years, reports 24dash.Ian Fletcher, BPF's director...

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    £150m for English A&E's this winter

    With many A&E's already missing the four-hour waiting time target ministers are said to be worried about how hospitals will cope over the winter, reports the BBC. The money is set to come on top of the £500m bailout fund announced in the summer which is being spread over two years. Ministers said that this money would help the NHS prepare properly.Dame Barbara Hakin, NHS England's deputy chief...

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    Help is needed for the poorest families struggling with debt

    The Centre for Social Justice has said that the average UK household has debts of around £54,000, including mortgages, which is almost double the level of a decade ago. They say that the poorest 10% of households have debts that average more than four times their income. They believe that these households need affordable credit and free debt advice. The report, titled Maxed Out, led by former...

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    £12bn NHS bill cap for drug industry

    The government has agreed a deal with the pharmaceutical industry to cap the NHS drugs bill at about £12bn, with companies paying the excess if doctors prescribe medicine that goes over that limit. Negotiations have been taking place for over 18 months and the Department of Health have announced a deal that will keep the bill for more expensive branded medicines flat for two years, and then will...

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    £ 300m available for affordable housing

    Each council in Scotland will be given a share of the £300m made available for affordable housing supply programme for the 2015/16 financial year.  Announced by the finance secretary, John Swinney, the government will share out £30m to help first time buyers as well as £10m for owners struggling with mortgage repayments and for homes built to a greener standard. The rest of the money will be...

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    £20m will be made available for Scottish tenants hit by the bedroom tax

    It was announced last month in the Scottish budget that £20m would be given to top up discretionary housing payments to help those struggling after cuts to housing benefit, and on Friday Ms Sturgeon announce that an additional £20m will be made available next year."I promise that we will continue to do all we can to help. But only an independent Scottish Parliament will give us the powers we...

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    The Welsh Government has announced protection for supporting people's budgets

    The three main political parties have agreed to grand funds to ease heavy cuts to the supporting people programme in a draft budget announcement yesterday, reports Inside Housing. The parties, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru have jointly agreed to a £5.5m mitigation to ensure continued investment of £134.4m in supported people budgets for 2014/15.This represents a 1.5% reduction...

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    £ 10 Million awarded to fifty two projects to help the homeless

    It has been estimated that homeless people are six times more likely to attend A&E that people with a home. Alongside this it is also estimated that 70% of homeless people are discharged back to the street, without housing or on-going care needs for after hospital support being properly addressed. The project receiving a share are run by voluntary sector organisations who will work with the NHS...

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    The National Empty Homes Loan Fund launches today

    A joint initiative between Empty Homes, Ecology Building society, central government and 39 participating local authorities are aiming to bring as many of the 710,000 empty homes in England back into use as possible.Last year's Great British Property Scandal demanded the fund as part of their campaign, led by architect and broadcaster George Clarke.Mr Clarke said: ‘I care passionately about...

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    Money being given by the government to prepare the sector for the Care Bill

    Thousands of pounds are being provided by the government to help council managers prepare for the biggest overhaul of adult social care in recent history. The Department of Health is funding a Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services programme designed to prepare authorities for the implementation of the Care Bill that is being introduced in April...

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    Calico Homes Acquires Funding to Renovate Empty Homes

    Calico Homes Limited owns and manages approximately 4,600 homes in Lancashire and aims to make a difference to the quality of life of individuals and the wider communities in which it works. They provide accommodation for families and older people, plus student housing, supported housing and services for homeless people.Calico have acquired the funding through the government's Empty Homes...

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    DoH to give local authorities an extra £11.8m of funding

    Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, has announced that local authorities will receive money to cover costs of moving to the new social care data collection system. The new system has been introduced to help improve the way that care and support is measured.The data will be collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and published annually. HSCIC is the national data,...

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    Big Society Receive Extra £s;1m Grant

    The Big Society Network (BSN) was launched by the Prime Minister in 2010, but have recently been shown to be failing.One project had the Cabinet Office refuse to pay a final cash installment as it failed to deliver, and ended their support following slow progress.However, an inquiry has been requested after the BSN has received a £1 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund, and £150,000 from the...

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    Increased Social Care Funding Could Reduce GPs

     George Osborne's announcement of shared funding across health and social care to create a combined service has sparked concern from the Royal College of General PractitionersAccording to the Royal College, the increased funding for social care could mean a reduction of £180 million to GP funding, the equivalent of 2,390 doctors being axed.However, the Department of Health say that it is...

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    Towns across England to receive £91m to refurbish over 6,000 empty homes.

    The funding will be spent on refurbishment in areas where empty properties have commonly led to problems such as squatting, rat infestation and collapsing house prices which consequently drives remaining residents away.Communities Minister Don Foster has announced the following:The government is doing everything possible to tackle the problem of empty homes and urban blight. I'm announcing we're...

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    £1m Funding Helps Teenagers Tackle Gang Crime

    Circle is one of the largest groups of housing associations in the UK. It provides affordable housing and related services including supported and sheltered housing in England.Their mission is to enhance the life chances of its residents by providing high-quality homes and reliable services, and building sustainable communities.Merton Priory Homes, one of the housing associations in the group,...

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    £44m Funding for 160 Projects Helping Those in Need

     The BIG Lottery Fund have released details of their £44 million funding project to help those who need it most.A grant of £292,789 has been given to a service specifically for families with a child who has a disability, to give specialist advice on benefits, tax credits and other financial assistance. The organisation, Contact A Family, will use this to further develop the support they have,...

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    £260m funding for hospitals to go digital

     Jeremy Hunt has today announced a £260 million fund to aim toward the NHS going digital by 2018.It is open to hospitals to help replace outdated systems, in particular for patients notes and prescriptions.This will hopefully help to increase accuracy in patient's details, and all the information about a patients care will be available.This is also hoping to improve the consistency of care...

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    £10m funding for hospital aftercare for the homeless

    Anna Soubry, Public health minister, has announced £10m funding to ensure homeless people are to receive better help once they leave hospital. Anna Soubry said:Homeless people are too often discharged back onto the street without their problems being properly addressed. This is damaging to their health and increases NHS costs through ‘revolving door' admissions. We are making £10 million...

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    £750k Funding to Restoring Empty Homes

     The Nationwide Foundation, backed by the UK building society, is offering the grants and loans to financially stable projects that will be turning empty properties into safe, decent homes for people in need.Despite the current lack of housing stock, the UK has around 300,000 long term empty homes and many more commercial properties that could be used as homes.The charity will be offering the...

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    £10k funding for those working with adults/children with physical disabilities

    The Paul Bush Foundation Trust was founded by Bush & Company Rehabilitation in 2012, after 25 years experience in the field of severe and catastrophic injury, with the following aims:The trustees welcome applications from all sectors of society which meet the specified criteria and are committed to developing the Trust over future years to ensure a diverse and inclusive Trust.See below for...

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    Housing Associations get part Government fund

    A2 Dominion, Genesis Housing Association, Network Housing Group, Notting Hill Housing, Orbit Group, Plus Dane, South Yorkshire Housing Association and Together Housing Group are among the successful applicants. The housing associations will share £700 million of government funding for new private rented homes. The exact details of the funding will be announced next month.Projects going forward...

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    Funding to improve social work practice is removed

    The money was going to be used to set up set up a group of senior social workers in a Social Work Associate Practice (SWAP) who would be deployed to help improve frontline children's social work in English councils.The SWAP programme was due to be its biggest investment for 2013-14 to help support local councils to:The CIB was also due to fund 20 peer reviews of councils' safeguarding services,...

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    Funding for Mental Health Projects

     Projects must be led by people with experience of mental health problems. This means that people with first-hand experience take a lead at all levels and stages, from designing the project, to managing and evaluating the project.This is the third round of grants and there will be around 75 projects funded between now and 2015.There are specific target areas, which will have information sessions...

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    £800k Funding to get Social Tenants Online!

     As part of the Digital Deal launched by the government last week, the scheme is intended to help those who do not have the knowledge to get online with new IT skills.The intention is to give social tenants help to get online, so they are able to access the benefits of it such as finding out about local services and schools for children to applying for jobs.More importantly, it comes before the...

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    Cuts to Funding for Home Adaptions for Disabled People

    The criticisms from charities and campaigners are partially because the cuts will be affected by the introduction of bedroom tax.The concept of bedroom tax is those with a spare room, including those with adapted homes, will either have a cut to their housing benefits or will have to move to smaller accomodation.The intention of this is to force people to move in to smaller homes, and so the cut...

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    Funding Creates New Mental Health Support

     They will be using it as part of the project 'Your Support, Your Choice', which is an initiative to help people with mental health and disability problems to personalise their care programmes.Blackburn and Darwen council have developed the programme to improve the long-term care and support for people in the area.The funding will be used by Lancashire Mind to develop new approaches to health...

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    Funding of £164m to Care for Long Term Conditions

     From April, there will be changes to the GP contract to redirct £164 million funding from routine office functions such as record keeping, and going directly to caring and monitoring long term conditions and assessing patients at risk of dementia.GP practices will be rewarded for taking more proactive steps to identify people who may have dementia so that they and their families can receive...

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    Council to continue funding homelessness prevention

    The mayor had proposed to cut this in order to use the money for other council services, but it has been voted for the service to continue.The homelessness prevention pot of £200,000 is used for rent deposits and rent-in-advance loans, in order to keep people from becoming homeless.The council had a consultation on plans to use this funding elsewhere, but a final vote kept it with the service...

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    Disabled Adults in Danger of Funding Black Hole

    The charities Scope, Mencap, National Autistic Society, Sense, and Leonard Cheshire Disability believe there may be a £1.2 billion deficit in adult disability funding under the new proposals.The Health Secretary's speech did not correct the problem found in the report The Other Care Crisis, that showed that up to 105,000 disabled people may not receive any basic support as a result of the new...

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    81% cut to 'Supporting People' funding is largest ever

    The council have said it needs to make the cuts because of reduced funds from central government and to protect its statutory services.A spokesperson for the Labour-led council said:A consultation exercise on the strategy for how the budget is prioritised is currently underway and it is proposed that a report on the consultation findings and final recommendations will be taken to cabinet in March...

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    Government funding of £3.6m to tackle rough sleeping

    Almost £16m has been invested so far through the Homelessness Transition Fund to help 85 charities across the country.Midland Heart, a charity in the West Midlands, said their grant of £170,940 would help rough sleepers break out of homelessness.Chris Munday, from Midland Heart, said:This grant will fund a really important project which enables us to help entrenched rough sleepers to break out...

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    Funding to LA's for public health higher than expected

    By putting local authorities in charge of public health, we are giving them the power, freedom and the funding to tackle the issues that blight their local areas and help improve the lives of their local communities.Improving the health of local people will be at the heart of everything they do - from social care to transport, housing, planning and environment.The chief executive designate of...

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    £8m funding in Norfolk will go to helping vulnerable older people

    Although it still has to go through council committees and panels, the controlling cabinet for Norfolk County Council have already given their 'strong view' of where the money should be used and have specified helping vulnerable people, especially older people, and investing to help communities.The main areas they have put across are:The exact detail of how the money will be spent and how much...

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    Charity Finance Group give £5000 funding

    Adrian Randall was one of the founding members of the Charity Finance Group. As he passed away this year, CFG are awarding a prize of £5000 to a charitable group to put towards a transitional activity of their choice.Applicants are invited to submit ideas for new approaches and new ideas in the field of charity finance, including creative solutions to tackling problems and issues which have been...

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    Need Investment in Social Workers instead of Further Cuts

    The College of Social Work has been aiming to ensure the role of social workers is maintained, and The Business Case for Social Work with Adults highlights their concerns form more investment in social work,In a joint parliamentary briefing with Age UK tomorrow (4th December), they will show that spending on older people's social care is falling, and this year's spend has fallen half a billion...

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    Hunt's Social Care Funding Figures are out of date!

    The figure was quoted from a report written by Richard Humphries for the King's Fund in March 2011. Mr Hunt used the report to support his claim that councils could cope with a 7% cut to their social care budgets if they both used a £7.2bn transfer of funding from the NHS and made 2% efficiency savings.Recent PostsPopular PostsBlog PageHome PageFrom this, he deduced that councils should not have...

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    Norfolk Council give taxpayers a voice after losing funding

    The county are now beginning a review of where the council is spending money to find where the second round of cuts will come from.Council Leader, Derrick Murphy, said:We want to see essential services protected and, wherever possible, enhanced, whoever delivers them in the future. To do this, we need to re-balance our income so that in future we generate much more for ourselves.We can't rely on...

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    £300m available to help house older people and adults with disabilities

    The HCA will administer £240 million of the fund. A further £60 million will be administered by the Greater London Authority.The fund is split into two phases, focusing on affordable housing in phase one, and market sale homes in a later second phase and run over five years from 2013/14. It will be managed as a separate programme to the HCA's £1.8 billion affordable homes programme.The fund...

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    White Paper has failed to address funding crisis

    They say the recent care White Paper has failed to address existing shortfalls in funding, help councils plan to meet future demographic pressures or provide sufficient funds to reform the care system.A Local Government Association survey of more than 80 council leaders, charity directors, chief executives and social care experts found:David Rogers, chair of the LGA's community well-being...

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    Fifteen partnerships in line for funding for people with complex needs

    Under the fund, called Fulfilling Lives - Supporting People with Multiple and Complex Needs, each organisation will lead a cross-sector partnership that will bid for between £4m and £10m over five to eight years. The money will be used to improve the lives of people struggling with multiple entrenched problems such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental health problems and re-offending.The...

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    Hunt says there will be a delay in funding older person care

    Social care costs are currently unlimited and anyone with assets of more than £23,000 receives no help from the state, meaning one in 10 adults will face a bill of more than £100,000 for their care home costs.Last year, a Government commission chaired by the economist Andrew Dilnot, recommended that the state should cap costs at around £35,000 with the Government stepping in to foot the bill...

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    New Fund to help Homeless Services Prepare for the Future

    Source: Homeless Link The Homelessness Transition Fund has launched a new fund to help homelessness charities respond to pressures caused by rising demand at a time of cuts to funding.Under Future Ready, voluntary sector organisations that work with homeless people can apply for grants from £5,000 - £25,000 to help them respond to the challenges they face.With homelessness numbers at their...

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    Labour considers curbs on universal benefits to pay for social care

     The move is being described as symbolic of its new "One Nation Labour" philosophy.After claiming Disraeli's "one nation", slogan in his conference speech in Manchester on Tuesday, Miliband introduced the concept of One Nation Labour at a follow-up question and answer session in Manchester on Wednesday. He wants to use One Nation Labour to demonstrate that new and old Labour have been...

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    Councils will receive £11.6m to safeguard adults in hospitals

    The resources, announced yesterday by the Department of Health, are designed to fund councils to assess whether people should be detained for treatment in hospital where they lack the capacity to refuse, under the deprivation of liberty safeguards (Dols). Councils assume responsibility for this role from primary care trusts on PCTs' abolition in April 2013.Where hospitals suspect they...

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    Missing out on billions due to cuts in social care funding

    Around £4bn is lost in pay, because people are being forced to leave work to care for older or disabled relatives. If this money was received as wages, it would then be regenerated back in to the economy as wages are spent, as well as the Treasury losing £1bn that would have been taxed from the wages.Additional to this is carers looking after relatives claiming around £300m in benefitis to...

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    Health Secretary asked to focus on social care as funding shortage is estimated at £892m

    UK director Oliver Thomas warns about the risk of allowing the current situation to continue, having recorded below-inflation care home fees for the fourth year in a row, despite an ageing population.      "Central Government budget cuts means many councils can't afford to pay a sufficient weekly fee to operators to care for some of the most frail and elderly people in our society. Some...

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    £700,000 of funding to the volunteering charity CSV to help small charities

    The Professionals scheme, funded through the government's £20m Social Action Fund, encourages people with professional skills to provide specific help to more than 400 community groups in activities including recruitment, IT support, fundraising or marketing.CSV has already been using the funding, given in April, to match 1,750 people with 180 organisations.It has a team of 12 staff across...

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    Health Care moves towards the Private Sector

    Around £20bn worth of contracts will be tendered out from the NHS in the next few years to private companies and according to reports by Catalyst, the NHS expected to face cost cuts of £50bn by 2020 as there are "significant opportunities" for private companies.The private companies are expected to take over a range of services, from small clinics to entire hospitals.The report says:The private...

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    £50k funding for Social Impact projects

    The Young Foundation offer support in way of a 4 month course with tutoring, coaching and facilitation. You will be mentored through the course and helped by a practice leader from the Young Foundation team in your chosen area education / employability, health or housing.The course offers to deliver a flexible programme with learning spread over a 4 month period, during which you receive...

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    Pilot fund of £250,000 open to charities in South West

    The Santander Community Fund, launched this week, will provide grants of up to £5,000 for projects for disadvantaged people in the area through the foundation. It is open to small regional charities or local projects run by national charities.Funding can cover salaries, equipment or materials. The closing date is 12 October. Entries will be considered by a panel of staff drawn from across the...

Exempt Accommodation, Welfare Reform and Vulnerable Tenants Everything was extremely useful. I like to hear about the updated case law and how things are changing. Also like to hear other delegates examples and the responses to their difficulties. Support solutions are excellent. K.B- Jephson Housing Association

 

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