More details of North of Tyne devolution deal announced

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced the £600m devolution deal covering Newcastle, North Tyneisde and Northumberland in the 2017 budget. The mayor who will oversee the 30 year fund is likely to be elected in 2019. Seven councils in the North East would have to support the deal but four have previously rejected the devolution deal. The North East devolution deal was shelved in 2016 with Sunderland, Durham,

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Far from alone: Homelessness in Britain in 2017

Homeless is not inevitable but remains an all too persistent problem in Britain in 2017. New evidence from Shelter sets out the  full scale of recorded homelessness. While this shocking figure rises (4% since 2016), many households are stuck in Temporary Accommodation, where one in three will still be next Christmas. These worrying trends have prompted Shelter to launch an emergency appeal and demands ambitious new

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Don’t Get Bitten By A Loan Shark This Christmas!

Middlesbrough Council are working with the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) to steer residents away from borrowing from loan sharks in the lead up to Christmas. Download the full information here A loan shark is someone who lends money illegally without the correct authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Loan sharks normally appear friendly at first, but this behaviour soon changes once monies are

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Housing First in England: The Principles

This document details the key principles required for designing and delivering Housing First in England. It is not exhaustive but can be used to start an internal process of reviewing your project. Over the course of the Housing First England project, other guidance will be developed to support you to commission, design and deliver effective Housing First services in line with these principles. This information,

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Universal Remedy: Ensuring Universal Credit is fit for purpose

Universal Credit (UC) is a radical transformation of the welfare state, combining six key working age benefits into a single system. Its original aims were to simplify the benefits system, reduce poverty and make work pay. But those aims are at significant risk of not being achieved. This report assesses the extent to which Universal Credit will deliver on its original aims and sets out

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Job opportunities at Hart Gables

Hart Gables have been funded to start three new projects based in offices in Stockton, but will be required to work across the Tees Valley. LGBT Development Worker Health and Wellbeing Youth Worker LGBT Elderly Support and Researcher  

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Shout Action Change @ Christmas

YHNE would like to invite young people who have been affected by or are at risk of homelessness, aged 14 – 25 years old to a Christmas event. This is a ‘Shout: Action: Change’ where young people will come together with commissioners and providers of services to hear and talk about the issues that affect them and will culminate in identifying action to bring about change

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LHA cap for both general needs social housing and supported housing to be dropped

The plans to introduce the LHA cap for both general needs social housing and supported housing will be dropped, Theresa May announced in Prime Minster’s Questions this morning. The future funding model for supported housing will be revealed next Tuesday. The sector had been anxiously awaiting an update from government on their future plans for supported housing after a green paper was promised in the

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Universal Credit Update – October 2017

October 2017 In September 2017, the North East Homeless Think Tank hosted a ‘Turning Research into Practice’ seminar on the impacts of Universal Credit on lives of people affected by or at risk of homelessness and housing and support providers. The event was attended by representatives from local authorities, housing associations and third sector organisations from across the North East. Read the full report from

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Halton Housing calls for a slow down to Universal Credit roll out

July 2016 saw the introduction of Universal Credit (UC) in Halton.  15 months on, Halton Housing, the borough’s largest landlord has called for the Government to slow down the roll out following a number of fundamental flaws their early experience has highlighted. The effects of the UC roll out have been widespread. Halton Housing reports the increase in arrears attributable to UC has increased by

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