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Osborne: Adult Social Care funding will rise by 2020

One of the most interesting announcements made by the Chancellor at this week’s Autumn Statement was that adult social care would receive additional funding throughout the rest of this Parliament. The additional funding would come from a 2% council tax increase with the specific requirement that the extra income is used for adult social care.… Read More

Calls for help to Shelter on rise

The housing and homelessness charity Shelter, is making an urgent appeal for support for its helpline after receiving almost 63,000 calls from the South-East of England in the year 2014-2015. This is an increase of 8,300 people, which is equivalent to 15%. In recent years the helpline has had to be partially funded by Marks… Read More

Social Housing tenants set to be worse off due to steep rent rise

Experts are warning that the Chancellor, George Osborne’s, “pay to stay” scheme could lead to over 250,000 social tenants being financially worse off than they are currently.  Under the scheme, tenants face a steep rise of up to £3,000 a year on their rent which they must pay to remain in their property. At the… Read More


23-27 November 2015 It is unlikely to have gone unnoticed that the emphasis when it comes to family breakdown is now on dispute resolution and avoiding court proceedings. Dispute resolution encompasses Mediation, the Collaborative process and alternative ways of reaching agreements together. The emphasis is on keeping arrangements amicable and ensuring the children’s best interests… Read More

Watford landlord fined £30,000 for overcrowded property

A landlord in Watford has been fined £30,000 for housing 12 tenants in a five person flat. The landlord charged £515 per week in rent for the property making nearly £27,000 a year.   Zuo Jun admitted 11 charges under the Housing Act when he appeared before Watford magistrates on Monday. When Watford council attended… Read More

Nearly 100,000 children in England classed as homeless

New figures released by the housing charity Shelter show 99,080 children are classed as homeless in England so far this year by being housed in temporary accommodation. This is estimated to rise to 105,251 by Christmas.   Out of that figure, more than 2,500 families are living in B&B accommodation of which 830 of those… Read More

Young homeless given tickets for London night bus

In cases where an emergency bed cannot be found, young homeless Londoners are being given tickets to allow them to sleep on night buses.   New Horizon Youth Centre, a day centre in central London, said staff distributed bus tickets on a regular basis so young people could have a safe place to sleep.  … Read More

Landlord attempts to help young tenants

Research by Riverside, one of the largest social landlords in England, has said   “We should be able to increase tenants’ capacity to tackle whatever life throws at them.” Young tenants are choosing between food or paying rent and ending up getting into heavy arrears: that’s just one of the consequences of welfare cuts that… Read More

4 reasons why you should get a financial order now

When parties separate, it usually follows that their finances need to be redistributed. There is usually a house, pension or some savings, or claims for maintenance. Why should you get a financial order? Here are four reasons why.   1.Security Having a financial order provides certainty and security. The content of the order will be… Read More