Category welfare reform

APARTMENT NO. 9

Ever since I read Lynsey Hanley’s fantastic book “Estates”, I have been fascinated by the policy and political issues surrounding social housing.  As a tenant of a privately owned council flat there is perhaps an element of soul searching here as I question my own right to occupy a space originally intended for those with […]

Nothing else matters

Over the last couple of weeks we have been working with a unitary authority to help to identify ways savings can be made in services providing housing-related support to vulnerable people. These services are expecting a 10% cut in funding next year, and up to 20% over the next 3 years. That’s a staggering amount […]

TALK TO ME, TELL ME YOUR NAME

“there was more publicity on digital switchover to make sure the nation did not lose any episodes of Coronation Street than for the changes to welfare reform” As I read through the (excellent) select committee report on the impact on local authorities of the implementation of the welfare reforms last night, it was the above […]

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS

Today the Communities and Local Government Select Committee has published a report on the implementation of welfare reform by local authorities. The committee received 52 written evidence submissions, held three oral evidence sessions and has produced 31 conclusions and recommendations. You can read the full report here but in the meantime here’s our summary of […]

HOW WILL WELFARE REFORM AFFECT LOCAL COMMUNITIES?

Yesterday BDO Local Gov attended Res Publica’s report launch “Responsible Recovery: A social contract for local growth”. The speakers were: • Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions • Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister for Equalities • Jess Steele, Director of Strategy, Locality • Shiv Malik, Correspondent, The Guardian • Julian Dobson, Res Publica […]

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

The Government’s planned welfare reforms come into force in April this year.  To help outline the impact on local authorities we’ve put together a short briefing.  Overall there will be changes to the following benefits: Universal Credit – Universal Credit will be phased in between April 2013 and 2017.  It will become the main means-tested  benefit for […]

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