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24 October

Housing and Work Manifesto calls to release potential of social housing in employment support

Manifesto, launched by ERSA and GUAC, calls for action to make it easier for social housing providers to take on publicly funded employment contracts, an increase in the co-ordination and integration of services to support social housing tenants, and support to increase the capacity of social housing providers to provide good quality employment related support to their residents.

24 October, 2014

Robson & Anor, R (On the Application Of) v Salford City Council (Rev 1)

New High Court decision which considers whether a local authority breached its statutory duty in ceasing to provide a transport service for eligible adults living in its area to enable them to attend adult day centres, and whether the withdrawal of services without consultation and reassessment of service users was unlawful.

24 October, 2014

K v The Hospital Managers of the Kingswood Centre & Anor

New Court of Appeal decision which considers whether the notice period of a 'discharge order' made for the purposes of section 25 of the Mental Health Act 1983 starts running from the time at which it is received at the respondent hospital's fax machine or whether time runs from when it is received by the officer authorised by the hospital managers.

24 October, 2014

9 out of 10 homes not accessible for older people

New report from IPPR North shows that the English housing market is ill-equipped to cope with an aging population and argues that older people are being let down by inadequate choice, with a growing mismatch between older people and appropriate housing stock.

24 October, 2014

23 October

House of Commons Library Note on homeless households in temporary accommodation (England)

Note provides background to the increase in numbers in temporary accommodation and outlines various initiatives to reduce those numbers.

23 October, 2014

House of Commons Library Note on homelessness in England

Note provides background to government policy on tackling statutory homelessness, i.e. those households for whom local authorities, after receiving an application, have a duty to secure accommodation because they are unintentionally homeless and in a priority need category.

23 October, 2014

Personal insolvencies in Scotland down by 12 per cent on same quarter last year

New official statistics for second quarter of 2014/2015 also show that awards for bankruptcy down by 3.9 per cent on last year.

23 October, 2014

Department of Health publishes response to consultation on draft Care Act regulations

In addition, Department provides proposed final version of regulations that will form the basis for the new legal framework ahead of implementation in April 2015.

23 October, 2014

Right to Buy fraud has increased by over 400 per cent between April 2012 and March 2014

New report from the Audit Commission also finds that the number of social homes recovered from tenancy fraudsters increased by 15 per cent in the last year to 3,030, nearly doubling in the last five years.

23 October, 2014

Department of Health publishes statutory guidance on Care Act 2014

New guidance sets out how Act will work in practice when the first phase of the reforms comes into effect next year.

23 October, 2014

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