This month’s round-up includes news on housing benefit, the Letwin Review, and social housing rent rises. It also lists ongoing consultations.
The last two years have been “strikingly poor” for living standards, and further hard times may lie ahead according to new analysis by the Resolution Foundation. Living standards are influenced by both economic conditions and government policy so policy makers can help improve disposable incomes through their policy decisions.
The report finds that despite the government's efforts to improve early years education, there is lack of direction in the approach. Reform of the 30 hours free childcare offer is sought to help disadvantaged children as part of a strategy to join up early years services and build on the success of children’s centres and other provision, such as family hubs.
Officially there are 4,677 people sleeping rough in England - marginally fewer than a year ago but still close to three times as many as in 2010. We set out here the latest statistics.
Two recent reports reveal an interesting picture of council housing and the wider housing market at the start of 2019. The details are summarised here.
The draft Domestic Abuse Bill is now open for consultation. The draft bill’s provisions include a statutory definition of domestic abuse, a new domestic abuse commissioner and a system of domestic abuse protection notices and protection orders to deter and monitor perpetrators
In its inquiry the Women & Equalities Select Committee heard that employer responsibilities are poorly understood, and its report recommends a shift in the burden for tackling sexual harassment at work from individuals to employers who would be under an obligation to take responsibility for changing behaviours at work.
10.2 million people are estimated to live in food deserts in the UK. This briefing looks at the challenges of quantifying and assessing food availability and increasing access to healthy food options in low income areas.
This month’s round-up features the report from the Independent Commission on Social Housing, and includes data on right to buy and deaths of homeless people, the building safety review, faster planning decisions and the latest consultations.
The annual report produced by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) on poverty trends in the UK considers the impact on children, pensioners and people in work.