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Research: Commissioning in Children’s Services – What Works? by Simone Vibert, Demos

Research available to download using this link:https://www.demos.co.uk/project/commissioning-in-childrens-services-what-works/

Despite significant policy attention and political action, looked-after children and children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) remain some of the most vulnerable children in the country with their later life outcomes – social,…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 16:44 — No Comments

Research: Work in Brexit Britain: reshaping the nation’s labour market - Resolution Foundation

Available to download using this link: http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/work-in-brexit-britain-reshaping-the-nations-labour-market/

Almost a year after voting to leave the European Union the negotiations for the UK’s departure began on 19thJune 2017. Those negotiations and the exact nature of the agreements they lead to…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 16:42 — No Comments

Self-harm among teenage girls up 68% in three years, shows research - May Bulman, The Independent

Study also shows self-harming is more common among teenagers in deprived areas

Self-harm among teenage girls has risen by 68 per cent in three years, research has revealed.

The study by researchers at…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 15:43 — No Comments

John Bercow insists MPs have the 'right' to try and prevent Brexit - Jack Maidment, The Telegraph

MPs have the “right” to try and delay or even block Brexitwhen they are given a vote on the UK’s withdrawal deal, John Bercow has said.

The Commons Speaker said it is an “opinion, rather than a constitutional fact” among hard-line Brexiteers that MPs have a “responsibility” to agree to whatever deal may be struck…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 15:26 — No Comments

Young face growing mortgage debt burden - Kevin Peachey, BBC

Young first-time buyers are increasing their overall mortgage debt in order to tackle short-term financial pressures.

The average mortgage term is lengthening from the traditional 25 years, according to figures from broker L&C Mortgages.

Its figures show the proportion of new buyers taking out 31 to 35-year mortgages has doubled in 10 years.

That means lower monthly repayments, but a bigger overall bill owing to the extra interest…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 15:17 — No Comments

Tory disdain for democracy reduces Parliament to a talking shop - Jeff Goulding

Older heads than mine may be able to remember a more shambolic and inept government than that of Theresa May. I can’t. However, if that were the only problem, we’d have seen the back of them by now.

Their naked cruelty and obvious disdain for the…

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Added by joe taylor on October 19, 2017 at 7:06 — No Comments

Minority Report: Race and Class in post-Brexit Britain

This report by the Runnymede Trust and CLASS think tank explores the intersection of race and class in post-Brexit Britain. Click link below to access full report:

http://classonline.org.uk/pubs/item/minority-report-race-and-class-in-post-brexit-britain

Below is the Foreword to pique your interest: 

In the aftermath of the 2016…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 11, 2017 at 14:24 — No Comments

Research: Impact of Universal Credit Round 4

The roll-out of Universal Credit looks set to continue this winter with work and pensions secretary, David Gauke, rejecting suggestions to pause the process in order to smooth out the flaws in the system, particularly the 42 day wait for the first benefit payment which has resulted in many claimants being forced into debt and rent arrears . Opposition to this continuation has been expressed by 14 Tory backbenchers as well as Labour MPs Jim McMahon, Jo Platt as well as a stern warning from…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 11, 2017 at 13:41 — No Comments

Government policy on tortured asylum seekers declared unlawful by High Court

By May Bullman of The Independent

Government policy on tortured asylum seekers declared unlawful by High Court

The High Court has declared the Government's policy on torture victims is unlawful, after being told asylum seekers fleeing…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 11, 2017 at 10:01 — No Comments

Government policy on tortured asylum seekers declared unlawful by High Court

By May Bullman of The Independent

Government policy on tortured asylum seekers declared unlawful by High Court

The High Court has declared the Government's policy on torture victims is unlawful, after being told asylum seekers fleeing…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 11, 2017 at 10:01 — No Comments

At last something is being done about Greater Manchester's homeless problem

At last something is being done about Greater Manchester’s homeless problem.

Fire stations are to turn spare space into shelters, GPs are to treat people without a permanent address and Manchester council is to buy up cheap housing across the city and allow people without homes to live there.

At the same time the region’s public sector leaders - led by mayor Andy Burnham - have issued an appeal to the Prime Minister, calling on her to halt the government’s roll-out of Universal…

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Added by Freire Institute on October 9, 2017 at 9:44 — No Comments

Research Publication: Priced Out? The affordability crisis in London

Research Publication taken from IPPR, The Progressive Policy Think Tank. Please see link below for access to the publication:

https://www.ippr.org/research/publications/priced-out

London’s housing market is increasingly unaffordable for those on low to middle incomes. While it has…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 17:27 — No Comments

Book review: A Sharing Economy: How Social Wealth Funds can Reduce Inequality and Help Balance the Books, Stewart Lansley

From London School of Economics and Political Science website:

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/book-review-a-sharing-economy/

 

In A Sharing Economy: How Social Wealth Funds can Reduce Inequality and…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 17:13 — No Comments

Ethnic minority Britons twice as likely to be unemployed, damning new government study finds

Article by Joe Watts from the Independent:

Ethnic minority Britons twice as likely to be unemployed, damning new government study finds…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 13:23 — No Comments

John McDonnell Says City Now Sees Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour As ‘Stabiliser Of Capitalism’

Food for thought from Ned Simons of the Huffington Post. Any comments on your thoughts regarding this ironic turnaround would be most welcome. 

John McDonnell Says City Now Sees Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour As ‘Stabiliser Of Capitalism’…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 13:03 — No Comments

Royal Mail’s employees are striking on behalf of all workers

For those interested in the proposed Royal Mail strike next week by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in the wake of the new Trade Union Act introduced by the Conservatives, an interesting article (below) put forward by Polly Toynbee in the Guardian on Thursday. 

Royal Mail’s employees are striking on behalf of all workers…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 12:49 — No Comments

Lessons from the Greater Manchester experiment - Local Government Information Unit

In the first of three essays LGiU is publishing on the future of local government, Andrew Walker discusses the Greater Manchester experiment in devolution, lessons learned so far and challenges that remain.…

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Added by joe taylor on September 24, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

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