The Joseph Rountree Foundation and Crisis published research into homelessness in England in March 2017. The homelessness monitor is a longitudinal study, providing an independent analysis of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in the UK.
Jon Sparkes (Chief Executive, Crisis) and Campbell Robb (Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation) said:
“There are serious concerns for single young people because of rising unemployment, benefit cuts and spiralling rents. Two thirds of local authorities told us they expect it to be ‘much more difficult’ to help 18-21 year olds access housing in the next few years.”
The report found that:
- An ongoing upward trend in officially estimated rough sleeper numbers remained evident in 2016, with the national total up by 132% since 2010.
- Fewer supported accommodation units were available for homeless people, and this accommodation was reported to be under acute pressure across the country.
- While local authority spending on homelessness has increased somewhat (by 13%) since 2010, reflecting the priority attached to this area by central government, overall council spending on housing has dropped by 46 per cent in real terms.
Download the full report, a summary, or reports from previous years.
The government published a white paper on Brexit legislation in March 2017. The paper covered 12 key themes, including:
- Trade: the UK is to come out of the single market and seek a new arrangement and free trade agreement with the EU.
- Immigration: a new system to control EU migration will be introduced.
- Expats: the government wants to secure an agreement with European countries on the rights of EU nationals in the UK and Britons living in Europe.
- Devolution: giving more powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as decision-makers.
The government also included details of its Great Repeal Bill, designed to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and give Parliament the power to adopt parts of EU legislation into UK law.
Download the white paper.
Responses from EDF Associates
Liberty, March 2017
“This white paper has gaping holes where our rights should be. Where’s the guarantee to protect our EU rights so we don’t end up worse off than our neighbours across the Channel? Where’s the guarantee of proper democratic scrutiny?” – Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty
Responses from EDF Observers
EHRC, March 2017
“The government should use this golden opportunity to strengthen our own laws as we leave EU laws behind, including by introducing a constitutional right to equality that will make post-Brexit Britain fairer and more united.” – Chair David Isaac
The Children’s Commissioner for England produced a report on the support provided to young carers in England in December 2016. The report highlighted that more than 160,000 children in England have formal caring responsibilities – and of these, 130,000 are missing out on support from local authorities.
- Approximately four out of five young carers may not be receiving support from their local authority;
- Just over a quarter of young carers have additional care needs of their own;
- There are young carers under the age of five years;
- Not all local authorities are taking steps to identify children who may be providing care in their area;
- 94% of children referred to the local authority as a potential young carer, who were deemed not to require support, had not received an assessment at all;
- The emphasis on identification and assessment in legislation may lead to support for young carers being overlooked; and
- Young carers want to enjoy their childhood and for services to listen to them and respect their views.
The Children’s Rights Alliance for England received their report, the State of Children’s Rights in England, in December 2016.
CRAE says: “Our annual assessment of what life is like for children in England finds that they are bearing the brunt of the Government’s spending decisions and welfare cuts. Increasing numbers of children will go into 2017 without a permanent roof over their head or living illegally in cramped, dirty and unsafe Bed & Breakfasts (B&Bs) for long periods of time.”
The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford published a briefing on educational outcomes among children with English as an additional language in July 2016.
The briefing examines data and evidence on school pupils in England with English as an additional language (EAL), which includes both children who have moved to the UK from overseas and those born in the UK. It examines information on the number and distribution of EAL pupils and summarises findings on their outcomes.
Inclusion London published a report, ‘One year on: Evaluating the impact of the closure of the Independent Living Fund‘, in October 2016.
The report seeks to evidence the impact of the closure with a focus on the situation in London. It brings together statistical analysis from Freedom Of Information (FOI) requests sent to all 33 London boroughs with findings from a survey sent out to London Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs) as well as qualitative evidence provided by former ILF recipients concerning their experiences of transfer to Local Authority (LA) support.
Liveable Lives published a report in October 2016 on how English local councils meet legislation for LGBT people.
In late 2014 and mid 2016, the Liveable Lives project gathered data to help understand exactly what each of the 353 local councils in England is doing to meet their duties under the Equality Act 2010. They have now published their report which explores if, and how, each local council is meeting their duties. The report also looks at LGBTQ-specific work being done by councils, and issues surrounding same-sex marriage and civil partnerships.
The Government published the results of the 2014-15 English housing survey in July 2016.
The survey is a continuous national survey commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). It collects information about people’s housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England.
A headline report is produced along with nine reports focusing on specific areas such as the private rented sector, housing for older people, and first-time buyers.
A report into LGBT Londoners’ unmet needs, Still Out There, was published in July 2016. The research was carried out by Anglia Ruskin University and the report was produced by a partnership of LGBT organisations with funding from Trust for London.
The report, which surveyed 158 LGBT service users and 60 service providers in the capital, found that 40% of respondents experience some form of prejudice on a regular basis, with one-third reporting constant concerns over their physical safety, both at home and elsewhere.
The full report is available as well as key findings.
A paper published by the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at LSE suggests that the economic divergence between London and the Northern regions in England continues to grow.
The gaps are also growing in relation to a number of social outcomes, such as education and health, with improvement in these outcomes in London being in line with economic conditions in the capital bouncing back to pre-recession levels or beyond while the North lags behind. But economic growth in London has not resulted in reduced poverty or inequality.
Pulling in the Same Direction? Economic and Social Outcomes in London and the North of England since the Recession by Polina Obolenskaya, Ruth Lupton and Bert Provan was published in July 2016.