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.

Strike by staff at St Mungo's Broadway

Council re-evaluates homelessness contract following strike action


A London borough is re-evaluating its contract with one of Britain’s biggest homelessness charities following a strike over changes to pay.

The Care Act 2014

Care Act guidance reflects 'broader' role of housing


Guidance on the Care Act has been updated to allay fears that the legislation pays too little attention to the ‘broader’ role of housing.


95% of England's housing stock not accessible for older people


Just 5% of England’s housing stock is fully accessible to older people and a quarter of homes have no accessibility features at all, a think tank has warned.

David Cameron from Flickr

Lower benefit cap would 'push affordable rents out of reach'


Affordable rents would be out of reach for families on benefit in London if welfare is capped at £23,000 a year, landlords have warned.

Lord Freud

Campaign group calls for Lord Freud's resignation


The Learning Disability Alliance England has issued 10 reasons why Lord David Freud should resign following his comments about disabled people ‘not being worth’ the living wage.

Court of appeal

High Court rejects single parents' bedroom tax challenge


Three single parents, who claimed the bedroom tax breached their human rights by limiting access to their children, have had their case rejected by a High Court judge.

St Mungo's protest

Staff at homelessness charity to picket HQ today


Union members at one of Britain’s largest homelessness charities will picket St Mungo’s Broadway’s headquarters on Thursday in a dispute over changes to pay.

More care and support news

Solicitor, Clarke Willmott

The right to freedom


Associations beware a recent decision about people who lack capacity to make decisions about where they live and what care they receive

Heather Spurr

Crisis decisions


A consultation on how the government could fund local welfare schemes will be received differently by charities and councils, Heather Spurr writes


Disabled rights


The councillor whose disabled employment question to Lord Freud unleashed a torrent of criticism on the welfare minister writes us an exclusive blog

Nick Abbey

Scratching the surface


A strategy to increase the housing options for elderly people would have a positive impact on the young and old

Kathleen Kelly

Tackling poverty post Lyons


The Lyons review paves the way for new homes, but Kathleen Kelly says we need more to ensure housing protects against poverty.

oliver colvile

The young ones


More needs to be done to improve the standard of private rented homes with increasing numbers of young people relying on the sector, says Oliver Colvile

Pete Apps

Rejoice or despair?


Progressive housing policies won’t see the sector rushing to vote Lib Dem, says Pete Apps

Heather Spurr

Border disputes


The UK is leading the way on helping homeless migrants into destitution, writes Heather Spurr

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