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House of Commons: Housing costs in Universal Credit

This Commons Library briefing paper explains the key differences between assistance with housing costs under the Housing Benefit regime and under Universal Credit. The paper considers evidence of the impact of claiming housing costs under UC to date and the Government response. Read the full report here

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The Impact on Health of Homelessness: A Guide for Local Authorities

Homelessness has been rising since 2010. The scale and nature of homelessness is difficult to understand, and can be a complex problem to solve – housing alone is often not the only solution, particularly when people already have poor health or other needs that require additional support. The information and ideas in this briefing aim to support local authorities in protecting and improving their population’s

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Finding a Better Frame: How to Create More Effective Messages on Homelessness in the UK

Homelessness remains a critical social problem because of a shortage of affordable housing, the lingering effects of a deep economic recession and government cuts to housing and other social benefits. People are working on programmes, services and policy changes to prevent and reduce homelessness, and moving public thinking is a critical part of social change work. If members of the public recognise homelessness as an

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British Council: Next Generation UK

The purpose of this research series is to listen to young people of a particular country, highlight their concerns and aspirations, and use the data gathered to better inform policy and practice. The British Council’s objective is to create more opportunities for young people around the world to engage with each other – and through this engagement unleash their creativity. Next Generation aims to understand

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Shelter: Happier and healthier? Improving conditions in the private rented sector

The private rented sector is housing more people than ever before, and for much longer. It is vital that these homes are safe and decent, happy, healthy and comfortable. The Housing and Planning Act 2016 gives local councils new powers to identify, fine and ban landlords who do not keep their properties in good condition. This new briefing encourages local councils to use these important

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Statutory homelessness in Wales is up 58 per cent in a year

The latest homelessness figures from Wales following the introduction of measures to increase prevention work and to help more people provide a bleak picture and a worrying insight for authorities in England, in light of the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act in 2018.  It is worth noting that despite the overwhelming increase in homelessness, local authorities have achieved continued high levels of preventing homelessness,

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National Audit Office: Homelessness report

Homelessness has increased across all measures since 2010, with many local authorities now seeing it as a risk to their financial sustainability. This new report from the National Audit Office found that the Department for Communities and Local Government does not have a published cross government strategy to prevent and tackle homelessness. It has, however, acknowledged the scale of the challenge and plans to improve the

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Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage Funding

Tackling inactivity is a big challenge in England – that’s why it’s at the heart of Sports England’s strategy Towards an Active Nation. The second phase of their tackling inactivity funding will invest £3 million to support inactive people from lower socio-economic groups, and we’re looking for partners who can reach them and help change their lives for the better. Funding surgeries are being held in

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Turn2us Benefits Calculator – Free Workshops

With the support of Comic Relief Turn2us will run two FREE workshops at the Orcel Centre in Hartlepool on 19 June 2017 to help you support people in financial hardship using their tools. The workshops are open to staff and volunteers from organisations  working with people in financial hardship and through them we will teach you how to use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator, Grants Search

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Crisis ‘Have Your Say’ call for written evidence – plan to end homelessness.

As part of their 50th anniversary year, Crisis are developing a plan to end homelessness in Britain. In order to do this, they are running a major consultation across Britain to gather the evidence and opinions of those who know homelessness and related issues best. The call for written evidence is one element of a wider consultation which will also include workshops and seminars to

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