Research & Reports

The Children’s Society: Good Childhood Report 2017

‘My feelings never really come out much. I hold it all in until I just exploded’ The Children’s Society’s new spotlight papers look closely at the lives of teenagers hit hardest by Government cuts to funding for local children’s services. Despite increased need for help, funding is short by two billion pounds. Findings Young people have a range of complex, overwhelming issues in their lives.

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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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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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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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