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National Housing Federation: Homeless and health for disadvantaged groups

This new report, Homelessness and health for disadvantaged groups, highlights the challenges that individuals from disadvantaged groups face in accessing appropriate housing and support. It was created as part of the Voluntary and Community Sector Strategic Partnership Programme. Topics in the report include: Homelessness and mental health Homelessness, health and Black and Minority Ethnic people Homelessness, health and people in the criminal justice system Homelessness,

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Justlife Annual Report 2016

The Justlife Annual Review summarises and celebrates the work and achievements of Justlife over a 12 month period and looks forward to the next year. Justlife files annual accounts with Companies House and the Charities Commission and can be accessed through theses websites. In 2015-16 review we included annual accounts. Read the report here    

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Shelter: The impact of housing problems on mental health

This new report from Shelter reveals that the mental health of millions of people in England has suffered in the last five years because of housing problems. As a result, many have sought help from their GPs. Key Findings General Practitioners (GPs) spontaneously identified housing issues when discussing factors involved in their patients’ mental health presentations. Where housing was seen as the sole cause of

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General Election 2017: Manifesto round-up

Ahead of the election, Homeless Link have produced a summary of the manifesto commitments of the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats in policy areas relevant to the housing and homelessness sector. To read the full round-up, please click here.

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Working with Statutory Mental Health Services: A guide for housing and homelessness staff

When you support someone in distress, or with a mental health problem, what can you do? This guidance aims to increase the confidence and knowledge of teams who have concerns about the mental health of people they support. It describes the work of different statutory services and explains how to make referrals, outlining the factors involved in decision-making and support, as well as how to

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Housing: State of the Nation – April 2017

The need for housing in England has in recent years grown faster than its supply, and housebuilding needs to increase across the country according to the National Audit Office (NAO). The recent report from the NAO included an overview of the housing market in England, the Department for Communities and Local Government’s housing strategy and the overall housing policy landscape. Total estimated government spending on

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Universal Credit: a briefing

This briefing provides information and evidence on the latest developments as Universal Credit rolls out across the UK. It provides recommendations on how the system could be improved. JRF highlight three priorities for immediate action to ensure Universal Credit (UC) achieves its goals and helps reduce poverty: UC waiting time: People risk debt, destitution and eviction while they wait at least five weeks to receive their

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The Homelessness Monitor: England 2017

The Homelessness Monitor: England 2017 is the sixth annual report of an independent study, funded by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in England. It considers both the consequences of the post-2007 economic and housing market recession, and the subsequent recovery, and also the impact of policy changes. Read the full report here

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The removal of housing benefit for 18-21s: who is affected?

On 3rd March 2017, the government laid regulations before parliament to remove the automatic entitlement to housing costs under Universal Credit for single people aged between 18 and 21. The government expects to save £105m from this policy over the course of this parliament. It is expected to affect 1,000 young people in the first year, rising to 11,000 eventually. The policy applies only to Universal

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Impact of Universal Credit: Report 3 – February 2017

This is the third in a series of four reports and builds upon the results of the first two, covering the period March-July (all three of which can be accessed from the NHC’s website here). The research investigates how the implementation and continuing rollout of Universal Credit is affecting housing organisations in the north. Northern Housing Consortium are now able to collect trend data and comparisons

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