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Homelessness: Riverside’s response to this week’s National Audit Office report

This week’s report from the National Audit Office confirms what we are seeing on a daily basis across the country as we work with more and more people affected by homelessness. As the third largest provider of homelessness services in the country, we are acutely aware of the increase in rough sleepers and people threatened

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New research reveals 500,000 homes needed across the north of England over the next decade

Roof tops in Headingley, Leeds.

At least 50,000 new homes are required every year for the next decade across the north of England to keep up with projected demand, according to new research published today. Homes for the North, an alliance of the 19 largest housing associations across the north of England, including Riverside, commissioned housing and planning research specialists

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Supported housing: MPs call on Government to think again after hearing evidence from Riverside

A Riverside Care and Support outreach worker talks to a rough sleeper.

A cross-party report from MPs today urged the Government to scrap plans to base housing benefit funding for vulnerable people living in supported housing on private sector rents. They said that if the proposals go ahead as planned, they could lead to a serious shortfall in the availability of specialist housing for vulnerable people, including

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Trying to push a ‘round shaped’ sector into an ‘LHA shaped’ hole…

What next for the funding of supported housing? Riverside's Simon Ketteridge considers the challenges that lie ahead

What next for the funding of supported housing? As the sector awaits the outcome of a government inquiry, Simon Ketteridge, Riverside Care and Support’s Director of Business Development, considers the challenges that lie ahead… Every year, we support 16,000 customers in more than 300 homelessness and Retirement Living services across the country. Many of these

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Government needs to deliver a regional approach to housing

New homes

The Housing White Paper has done little to provide answers for the regional challenges the sector faces, says Carol Matthews, Riverside’s Chief Executive A month has passed and the dust is settling on the much anticipated Housing White Paper. Did it live up to your expectations, or are you a bit disappointed that the elusive

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New affordable home ownership made possible with £15m funding

Hundreds of more people will be able to get a foot on the property ladder after Riverside secured over £15 million to build more than 500 new homes. We were successful in securing funding from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme to give more people the opportunity to have an

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Housebuilding should be a key role in government’s plans

alvaston derby

Carol Matthews, Riverside’s Chief Executive, looks at how building more affordable homes in the North will help retain talent and rebalance the economy. The government has rightly identified the lack of available and affordable good quality homes as potentially the biggest social policy challenge facing this country. I understand that the much-anticipated Housing White Paper will shortly

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Supported Housing: the new North South Divide

Carol Matthews

Carol Matthews, Riverside’s Chief Executive, examines the regional disparities of Local Housing Allowance rates. Supported housing is high cost and low margin social housing provision, it provides homes and services for the most vulnerable people in society. The Government has acknowledged its importance in the recent consultation document, but the decision to change the way supported housing is

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Making health savings through housing

By: Sally Nicholson, Riverside’s Head of Health and Care At Riverside, we bring together a range of health and care service models that blend housing and support for people with care needs. Apart from providing a safe and socially active place to live, extra care housing services enable us to help people manage their long-term

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Challenging Times, Changing Lives

Challenging times Changing lives

Challenging Times, Changing Lives research project is following 20 families, single people and couples over the next three years to assess financial and economic changes. Riverside researchers are carrying out in depth interviews every six months as part of a longitudinal study, to gain a more detailed understanding of the impact of welfare reform and wider

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