Care and support

The latest news, opinion and analysis on sheltered and supported housing, home care, and work with vulnerable groups including the homeless and rough sleepers.


Mayor struggles to spend Gypsy and Traveller cash


The Greater London Authority (GLA) is struggling to spend its £1.6m Gypsy and Traveller site budget as councils hand back funding allocations ahead of the 2015 deadline.

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Private operator fined over care home death


A care home operator has been fined £85,000 after a resident with dementia was suffocated by an inadequately secured wardrobe.

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Lib Dem MP attempts to water down bedroom tax


A Liberal Democrat MP will attempt to water down the bedroom tax as part of an ‘affordable homes’ private members bill to be debated in parliament next week.

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Parents skip meals to pay rent


More than a third of parents have cut back on food to pay for their housing costs, research from Shelter has shown.

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Welsh housing bill to receive Royal Assent


The first major piece of housing legislation for Wales created through devolved powers is expected to receive Royal Assent in three weeks.

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Landlord body launched to combat domestic abuse


Initiative aims to detect and eliminate domestic abuse in social housing

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'National embarrassment' estates need 10-year plan


The government needs to commit to a 10-year programme to clear up the worst estates in Britain, a report has argued.

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Keep our doors open for abuse victims


Cuts to refuges for women are endangering lives, says Bill Randall

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Ideas Exchange


A Policy Exchange report on social housing is heavy on criticism but light on facts, says Heather Spurr


Update: New universal credit rules for tenants begin this week


An alteration meaning social landlords can now tell who is claiming universal credit began yesterday, Heather Spurr writes

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My time as an Undercover Boss


Bims Alalade wanted to know about what happens at the grassroots level of YMCA. So she went undercover with Channel 4 to find out.

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Failing on temporary accommodation


Funding regime is failing to make temporary accommodation stack up

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Discrimination on trial


Ruling aids landlords in evicting tenants under the Equality Act 2010


Contradiction in terms

05/08/2014 | Updated: 05/08/2014

Contradictions in government policy are stymying ministers’ attempts to solve some of society’s biggest problems, Heather Spurr writes

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The stories behind the stats Video


Statistics on destitute families reveal councils are still breaking the law and London’s most vulnerable people are being moved out.

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