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.

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'Coalition fails to achieve housing goals'


The coalition government has not achieved significant success against its housing goals and is building fewer homes than the previous Labour government.


Figures show 33% rise in welfare assistance applications


The number of people applying for welfare assistance in Scotland shot up 33% in a year, according to official figures released today.

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Stop focusing on quick, one-off land sales, NHS told


NHS bodies should stop looking for the quick sale of hospital land and be more ‘creative’ to raise extra cash, the National Housing Federation (NHF) has said.

Learning disability charity registers as social landlord


Mencap, which provides community housing for people with learning difficulties, has registered its housing arm as a housing association.

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Coalition policies 'cut the incomes of the poor hardest'


Tax and benefit changes introduced by the coalition government have reduced average household incomes by £1,127 – with poorer households worse hit in percentage terms.

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Westminster will be able to veto Scottish benefit changes


UK ministers would be able to veto the Scottish government’s changes to housing benefit under new devolution plans published today.

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GLA drive to stop rough sleepers flocking to central London


City Hall is set to launch a drive with councils, police and the Home Office to stop rough sleepers travelling to central London.

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Beware unlawful donations


Social landlords should review donations from their subsidiaries, says James Went

Head of policy, Homeless Link

Breaking down boundaries


It’s time to stop focusing on single issues alone when working with homeless people, says Helen Mathie

Executive director, futures, Orbit Group

Back to the future


The housing sector needs to look to evolution not revolution if it wants to succeed in the future, says Boris Worrall

Head of communities, Bromsgrove District Housing Trust

Great ideas


Are we doing enough to keep older people active?


Quick fix


Former housing minister Kris Hopkins was wrong when he said that landlords wouldn’t find it difficult to let some homes as a result of welfare reform


Wot? no social housing


London’s housing market is aimed at investors, says Darren Johnson, highlighting a controversial ad for a luxury tower block in Greenwich for which ‘no social housing’ is down as a selling point




Landlords must ensure they help tenants manage their finances as welfare reforms push low-income households towards payday lenders, says Annette Homer

Chief executive, CIH

Ringing in the new year


As we move into 2015 it’s time for the housing sector to make itself heard

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