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Needs Model will help campaign for Supported Housing

The government announcement exempting supported housing projects in social housing from the 1% rent cut for a year could help provide some much-needed breathing space for all those committed to keeping the sector alive. A case needs to be built as to why this provision is too valuable to lose – part of this is around demonstrating the level of need and who would be affected by its demise. Finding a robust way to demonstrate this statistically is what HGO and Sitra have been working on (see here). More work is needed to make these conclusions even more robust (see…


Guidance on working with CCGs published

Sitra in conjunction with the NHS Alliance has published guidance about how housing organisations can work more effectively with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Government policy and guidance makes it clear that health bodies should be looking at new models of care that include a greater emphasis on prevention, working in close partnership with a range of providers, and recognising the social dimensions of health conditions. In terms of the public sector they are the really big players in terms of resources, and high profile in terms of social policy priorities, so cannot be ignored by any organisation concerned with supporting…


Integrated Care – the future

For many many years there has been a lot of emphasis on the importance of different health and welfare agencies working together. It is certainly now flavour of the month in the health and social care arena. It is all such common sense – how can it not be better both for the recipients of the services and for the holders of the public purse. It is all so obvious and simple so just do it! It may be obvious but if it was simple it would have been achieved a long time ago, and the acres of print devoted…


Rate of Pay Increases – Latest

The average annualised wage increase (ignoring bonuses) in the UK was running at 3% over the last quarter (July-September) according to the ONS. This is the same as the previous quarter. In real terms, taking the consumer prices index into account, this represented an annual rate of increase of 2.5%, slightly down from the previous quarter.


Management and Leadership Fair

Feb15th-16th 2016 Directory of Social Change are organising a two-day training event for existing and future managers in the voluntary sector at Resource for London. The event consists of a series of short seminars (44 in total) on topics ranging from data protection to business planning to managing difficult behaviour from staff or trustees. For more information see Management and Leadership Fair

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