Thursday, December 14, 2017

Local Government

Letters: Council withdraws proposal to fine homeless £1,000 for using tents

Homeless people in Stoke still face swingeing cuts to vital support services.

Council proposes £1,000 fines for homeless sleeping in tents

Stoke-on-Trent council called ‘callous’ for proposing penalty notice in city centre followed by court appearance and fine.

One in every 200 people in UK are homeless, according to Shelter

Charity used official government and FoI data to estimate 307,000 people sleeping rough or living in inadequate housing.

Benefit cuts fuel surge in demand for vital children’s services

New survey reveals that many councils are struggling to provide children and their families with the support they desperately need.

Scottish councils set aside MILLIONS to undo ‘devastating’ impact of Universal Credit roll-out

Revelation comes as MPs call on the UK Government to reduce the mandatory six-week waiting time.

Councils fear surge in evictions as universal credit rollout accelerates

Housing federation says new system poses challenge to landlords, and Guardian investigation reveals claimants’ frustration.

Single homeless people ‘trapped in a cycle of homelessness’, report says

Report by Crisis finds that many single homeless people are being denied access to social housing.

Social workers blow the whistle on ‘unfair and unsafe’ adult care system

Survey shows that only 1 in 4 social workers feel England's adult social care system is 'fair and safe', due to devastating funding cuts.

English councils’ local welfare schemes in ‘meltdown’

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families.

Government rebuked for failing to address homelessness crisis

National Audit Office says ministers have no grip on the causes of issue that costs the taxpayer more than £1bn a year.

Almost 90% of Universal Credit tenants are in rent arrears, warns Council

South Lanarkshire Council says tenants in receipt of universal credit have accrued rent arrears totaling more than half a million pounds.

Children’s social services ‘pushed to breaking point’, warn Council leaders

Councils forced to exceed their budgets by £605 million in order to protect children at immediate risk of harm.

Tory cuts robbing Scottish Council homelessness funding, say SNP

Crucial support disappearing as Tory austerity continues to hit the most vulnerable.

Homeless people in Oxford threatened with £2,500 fines

City council under fire after legal notices pinned to rough sleepers’ bags left in shop doorways.

Council homes sold off almost three times as fast as new ones are built

Figures from 72 councils show more than 12,000 properties have been sold off since 2014 but only 4,309 have been built.

Social care cuts to continue in spite of £1bn boost, English councils say

Local authorities plan to find £824m of savings, meaning they will be spending £6bn less on social care than in 2010 when austerity began.

Charities welcome ‘crucial step forward in fighting homelessness’

Conservative MP Bob Blackman’s Homelessness Reduction Bill has been granted royal assent.

London councils trying to force homeless families out of capital

Some councils are making ‘take it or leave it’ offers to families to be housed as far away as Birmingham, despite disruption to jobs and school.

Some councils have cut adult social care spending by more than a quarter

Experts warn cuts risk worsening thousands of older and vulnerable people's quality of life.

Labour council accused of ‘criminalising homelessness’

Rochdale Borough Council urged to ditch proposals banning people from 'placing themselves in a position to beg or solicit money'.

Councils need ‘full flexibility’ on how they spend £2bn social care funding

Council leaders say local authorities in England should be able to target the extra cash where it's needed most.

Disabled children in England ‘finding it increasingly hard to access council care’

Since 2004 the number of children with disabilities has risen by 50% but fewer appear to qualify for council help, according to National Children’s Bureau.

Council Tax rises not enough to fix the social care crisis

Social care in England faces a funding gap of at least £2.6 billion by 2020.

Labour condemns Tory Council over service cuts for adults with learning difficulties

Herefordshire Labour Party condemn closure of facilities that provide ALL of the county's day opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

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