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Lessons from Kerslake can help councils avoid surge in homelessness

As we approach World Homeless Day, Exec Director John Glenton reflects on how the recently published Kerslake Commission report into rough sleeping offers the Government a ready-made blueprint to end homelessness.  On the eve of World Homeless Day, as we approach the winter, the pressures on those at risk of homelessness are increasing. In July

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Veterans’ mental health funding: without further intervention services will collapse

Our Director of Operations and Veterans’ Lead, Lee Buss-Blair, welcomes new veterans’ mental health funding – but this funding alone won’t enable us to address the wider problem of veteran homelessness: “The Government’s £2.7m pledge to support military veterans’ mental health is very welcome, however there remains major gaps in funding for veterans experiencing homelessness

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Housing is rarely mentioned in the conversation about levelling up

Here is how the housing sector should change the story about levelling up ahead of this year’s crucial Spending Review. In particular the strategy should focus on homelessness and rethinking Homes England’s investment strategy, write Carol Matthews and Richard Hill One recent Friday afternoon the two of us walked around one of One Housing’s estates. In the shadow

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Kerslake Commission’s interim report: Government must act upon recommendations

The Kerslake Comission’s newly published interim report on homelessness and rough sleeping is a landmark moment in recognising the need for a long-term national strategy, joined up commissioning and a far greater focus on homelessness prevention. Our Executive Director for Care & Support, John Glenton, explains why the Government must now heed and act upon

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For too many residents, Universal Credit is still failing to prevent hardship

Emily Pumford, our Policy and Strategy Advisor, says it’s time to reduce the five week wait for Universal Credit. Reduce the wait so people can cover their basic needs without the worry of rent arrears and other debt. Over the last three years we’ve commissioned an independent survey of our customers who are claiming Universal

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From infection rates to vaccination uptake, we’re not all in the same boat

Housing providers have a crucial role to play in better understanding the differential impact the pandemic is having on communities – and working with health authorities to dispel myths about vaccination, argues our Chief Executive Carol Matthews. People seem to love the saying “we’re all the same boat” to show a sign of camaraderie in

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Learning Disability and Autism Housing Network launch Charter

Riverside is a proud member of the Learning Disability and Autism Housing Network (LDAHN). The LDAHN is a coalition of 12 housing associations calling for action to address the barriers for new, sustainable quality housing for people with a learning disability and/or autism. There is clear evidence that strategically planned and sustainable, quality supported housing

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National Intergenerational Week – Riverside’s Health and Wellbeing service

Kelli Melloy manages Riverside’s National Health & Wellbeing service which supports our customers to age healthily, remain independent and maintain physical and mental wellness. Of all the activities our Health & Wellbeing Service organise in our Extra Care and Retirement Living schemes, intergenerational events are my favourite. Across the country we have developed links with

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