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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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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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