Policy News - July 2018

British public backs increase in social care spending – NHS Confederation, June 2018

More than 80 per cent of the British public supports a 3.9 per cent increase in social care spending – the minimum uplift needed just to maintain current levels of provision for a projected rise in demand for social care services.

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Call for evidence on approach to Loneliness Strategy – DCMS, June 2018

Have your say on how government can support stronger connections, and share your experience on what works to tackle loneliness.

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Charity automatic disqualification rules: prepare for changes to the law – Charity Commission, June 2018

On 1 August 2018 the law is changing to extend the scope of who will be disqualified from running a charity. Make sure you read the guidance and apply for a waiver if needed.

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Human Trafficking Foundation: Helping London Respond to Modern Slavery – June 2018

With the support of the City Bridge Trust, the Foundation is working to equip statutory authorities in London to support and assist victims of human trafficking, in light of the new Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Care Act 2014, which present local authorities with new statutory responsibilities.

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Further drop in youth work courses, figures indicate – CYP Now, June 2018

The number of youth work courses on offer from higher education institutions in the UK has fallen to its lowest level in a decade, figures published by the National Youth Agency (NYA) suggest.

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Living Wage Foundation - Guest Blog: Cllr Kieron Williams, Southwark Council –June 2018

“Our Southwark council vision is to create a fairer future for all in our borough. We are committed to paying the London Living Wage (LLW) and encouraging others to do the same. We have made this a priority for three reasons. Because we see the toll of low wages on the people of our borough; because we believe a ‘fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay’; and because the evidence says decent wages are good for our local economy, helping to drive up productivity and putting money into the pockets of the people most likely to spend it locally. “

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London Councils: NHS funding boost must come ‘hand in hand’ with support for social care – London Councils, June 2018

Now that the government has formally acknowledged the link between health and social care, London Councils is calling for hard-pressed social care services to be recognised in any new funding settlement announced for the 70th anniversary of the NHS in July.  

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Nacro and Centrepoint call for improved housing options for young people leaving custody – NACRO, June 2018

Joint research from Nacro and youth homelessness charity, Centrepoint, call for improved support for young people leaving custody accessing housing.  Published today, research report ‘Have you got anybody you can stay with?’, highlights the multiple barriers young adults face in order to find safe and stable housing upon release from custody.  The report draws upon the experiences of young people, practitioners and Nacro and Centrepoint’s own experiences as organisations supporting young people leaving custody that are at risk of homelessness.

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New data shows at least 3 in 5 short sentenced prisoners have an addiction  Revolving Doors Agency, June 2018

New data obtained by Revolving Doors Agency under Freedom of Information legislation shows that 3 in 5 (60%) of people sent to custody for less than 6 months report a drug or alcohol problem on arrival at prison.

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Race Disparity Audit: Government must act now – Commons Select Committee, June 2018

If the inequalities revealed in the Race Disparity Audit are to be tackled, Government departments must have clear and measurable plans for improving the consistency and robustness of the data and turning it into a set of cross-government priorities for action.

The Committee finds that the ability of the Audit to lead to tangible change is put at risk by a lack of consistency in how data is collected across Government.

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Reforming Charitable Tax Reliefs – NPC, May 2018

We need a clearer understanding of charitable tax reliefs this and the other public money goes and how far it is effective in getting help to charities and their beneficiaries. And are the right charities benefiting?

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Right to Buy replacement will be all but eliminated in just five years, warns LGA – Local Government Association, June 2018

Councils’ ability to replace homes sold under Right to Buy (RTB) will be all but eliminated within five years without major reform of the scheme, new analysis from the Local Government association reveals.

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Serious violence inquiry launched – Commons Select Committee, May 2018

The Home Affairs Committee launches inquiry into serious violence.

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Social Value Act strengthened 'to help charities win more contracts' – Civil Society, June 2018

The government will strengthen the Social Value Act to require commissioners to "explicitly evaluate" social value when they tender a contract, a cabinet minister said. –

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Surge in proportion of black, Asian and ethnic minority children in custody – CYP Now, June 2018

Nearly half of children in custody are now black, Asian or from an ethnic minority (BAME), despite efforts to tackle their disproportional over-representation within the youth justice system, government figures show.

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Teenagers and single parents 'at highest risk of domestic abuse' – CYP Now, May 2018

Teenage girls and single parents with children are among the most likely victims of domestic abuse, official data has revealed.

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Terror survivors call for new fund to support victims of future attacks – Civil Society, June 2018

Campaigners have warned that the fundraising response to terrorist attacks in the UK has been "unstructured" and open to fraud and have called for the creation of a new fund - the British Survivors Fund.

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Want to solve the obesity crisis? Fight poverty, not poor people – Wired, May 2018

Jamie Oliver has joined Nicola Sturgeon in a call for an end to two-for-one deals on junk food, but while politicians ignore its root causes, we'll never end obesity

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We Have A Responsibility To Make Grenfell A Turning Point In Our Housing Crisis – Huffington Post, June 2018

So many Grenfell residents still have no permanent home a year later - it's impossible to ignore the black hole at the heart of our system.

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Why we need big ideas to solve UK Poverty – Joseph Rowntree Foundation, June 2018

Today one in five people are living in poverty, which is just not right. The nature of poverty has changed over time, so the ways we tackle poverty must change too. And we need big ideas, because current approaches are not working. We have a shared responsibility to work together to solve poverty.

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