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Riverside calls for an end to the five week wait after survey shows two fifths of UC claimants are forced to use foodbanks

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Survey finds that two-fifths of Riverside’s UC claimants (41%) have had to rely on help from food banks More than 80% said the wait for their first Universal Credit payment had caused them financial hardship Arrears for Riverside’s UC claimants are more than three and a half times higher than those who are not claiming – average arrears

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Eat Together: Benefits of social eating

Riverside’s Eat Together campaign is promoting the many benefits of social eating and to highlight this, John Glenton, Riverside’s Executive Director of Care and Support, shares his experiences of eating together and how it can have a positive effect on mental health and wellbeing and social inclusion. There are so many benefits from eating with

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Housing Associations must work with private developers if we are to solve the housing crisis

An increasing number of associations are striking deals with developers to deliver much-needed homes and Carol Matthews, Riverside’s Chief Executive, argues that this is one vital way to tackle the housing crisis. England needs four million new homes. Last summer the National Housing Federation and Crisis published groundbreaking research showing that as a country we need

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Riverside job club provides local support

Vivien Fleming, Riverside tenant and member of Riverside Customer Voice Executive, went along to a job club hosted in the Halton area of Cheshire. Here’s her views of what the job club offers and the help tenants can get. Rachael Hayes one of Riverside’s Customer Involvement Officers suggested I visit the Halton job club run

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Dementia Action Week 2019: The importance of becoming a Dementia Friend

Sally Nicholson, Head of Operations

Sally Nicholson, Riverside’s Head of Operations, explains why she became a Dementia Friend when her grandmother, Dorothy, was diagnosed in 2007 and how easy it is to become one.   I started becoming more aware of Dementia personally when my grandma was diagnosed in 2007. I remember the date as it was the month that

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The Homeless Reduction Act one year on

Riverside Street Buddy Ashley Maigwa chats to a homeless man on the streets of Westminster.

John Glenton, Riverside’s Executive Director of Care and Support, looks at the measures councils can put in place to deliver better outcomes for people affected by homelessness and save money.  A year on from its introduction we still passionately believe the Homelessness Reduction Act has the potential to transform how we support homeless people in England. Now

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Smira Khalid, Housing Officer.

On International Women’s Day Smira Khalid, Riverside’s Housing Officer, talks about being the first female in her family to graduate from university and thanks her mum for inspiring her. International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year and is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. Its roots date back to 1909 when the

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We need to fight the North’s corner for housing funding and allocation

Roof tops in Headingley, Leeds.

A new charter calls for action to prevent the North of England losing out on housing funding to London and the South East. Carol Matthews, Riverside chief executive and chair for Homes for the North, explains more… We can all agree this country needs more homes. The Government has set a national housing target of ‘at least

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How we are helping customers to tackle fuel poverty

According to National Energy Action (NEA) around four million UK households are in fuel poverty, unable to afford to live in a warm home. Here at Riverside we can provide support for our customers who maybe struggling to pay their electricity, gas or other utility bills. Our Affordable Warmth Advisors are available across the country,

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Unacceptable numbers of people sleeping rough in new figures

We are disappointed not to see a greater decrease in the number of rough sleepers in England as we are working so hard to tackle and prevent homelessness across the country. Although it is encouraging that the rate of increase has clearly slowed year on year. Everyone is moved to see people who sleep rough

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