Mind is recruiting a Senior Parliamentary Officer to lead the strategic direction of Mind’s work in Westminster. The position is full-time and based in Stratford, London. The closing date for applications is 28 August 2018.
The Autism Act (2009) places a duty on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to publish a strategy for meeting the needs of autistic adults in England, and to review it from time to time.
In August 2018, the Think Autism Strategy (pdf) itself has not changed, but the implementation activities required to deliver its intended outcomes, and who will do what, have been clarified.
Even after the inclusion of state benefits, families with children face higher levels of poverty than other demographic groups. The Children’s Commissioner for England and IFS have published a June 2018 report which measures total public spending on children, including benefits, education spending, services for vulnerable children and healthcare.
In autumn 2017 4,751 people were identified as sleeping out on a typical night, an increase of 15% on the previous year. The UK Government’s rough sleeping strategy, published in August 2018, sets out a vision for halving rough sleeping by 2022 and ending it by 2027.
‘Relative child poverty may have risen to its highest rate in at least 15 years, despite high levels of employment’ says the annual Living Standards Audit (pdf) from the Resolution Foundation, in July 2018.
‘Disabled women experience disproportionate levels of all forms of violence and abuse from carers, partners and those in the community’ says a July 2018 report (pdf) from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
The Work and Pensions Committee are relaunching an inquiry into the Benefit cap, in August 2018.
The deadline for written submissions is 10 September 2018.
Children’s human rights are the basic things that children need to thrive, be free and live in dignity. A July 2018 policy briefing by CRAE explores how a children’s rights approach to tackling mental health issues among children can help to address this growing problem.
‘Not many of us anticipated that leaving the EU could have an impact upon thousands of working parents and carers, but it will.’ Professor Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella writes about the impact of Brexit on working parents and carers in a July 2018 article for The UK in a Changing Europe.
160,000 households in the UK are homeless; by 2041 this could be close to 400,000. This is according to a July 2018 report by WPI Economics, for Crisis UK and HomelessLink, on how Brexit could affect homelessness.