Charity

Charities call for £1bn a year to reverse public health cuts

12/06/2019

Two health charities are calling on the Government to reverse the £1bn a year cuts to public health grants.

Cuts creating ‘care deserts’ across England, charity says

15/05/2019

Years of underfunding has undermined the care market and created ‘care deserts’ in England, an elderly persons charity has warned.

Homeless shelter closes due to safety concerns

03/05/2019

A homeless centre in Shrewsbury has been temporarily closed down after safety concerns about the building were brought to Shropshire Council’s attention.

Universal Credit ‘key driver’ behind increase in foodbank use

25/04/2019

The number of food parcels given out across the UK has gone up 73% in five years, according to a major charity.

Homelessness charity wins £3.6m lottery grant

23/04/2019

A charity which helps people battling with homelessness, long-term unemployment and addiction is set to expand thanks to a grant from the national lottery.

Charities warn about ‘dangerous’ cuts to children’s services

26/02/2019

Thousands of children are at risk of falling into crisis due to ‘devastating and dangerous’ funding cuts in children’s services, five charities have warned today.

Council apologises for evicting anti-abortion charity

20/02/2019

Lambeth Council have paid £5,000 in damages to an anti-abortion charity after evicting its volunteers and staff from an event in the London borough last year.

One in five people are living in poverty, report warns

04/12/2018

Britain has suffered a 'relentless rise' in the number of working families struggling to make ends meet over the last five years, according to poverty campaigners.

RSPCA calls for more council funding for animal welfare services

28/11/2018

Councils are being forced to cut or outsource animal welfare services, a report from the RSPCA has warned.

Households owe £18.9bn on everyday bills

21/08/2018

Households owe nearly £19bn on essential bills such as council tax and utilities, Citizens Advice has warned today.

Charities merge to improve support for ‘vulnerable children’

10/08/2018

More vulnerable children will be given specialist support as a result of a partnership between two leading charities.

UC claimants lose ‘hundreds of pounds’ due to assessment timing

06/08/2018

Many Universal Credit claimants are losing hundreds of pounds each year because their payday falls too close to their assessment date, a charity has revealed.

Universal Credit system ‘too complicated’, charity says

23/07/2018

Universal Credit claims ‘falter’ due to a complicated process and a lack of support, a charity which supports claimants has found.

North Tyneside saves over £100,000 thanks to children’s charity

13/06/2018

A local authority has saved more than £100,000 and reduced the flow of children into care by 16% thanks to its partnership with an ‘innovative’ charity.

Council response to Grenfell tragedy was 'weak' - report

30/05/2018

Damage caused by Kensington and Chelsea RLBC's ‘weak’ response in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire will be ‘difficult to repair,’ a report has suggested.

Councils failing to support thousands of young homeless people warns charity

03/05/2018

At least 86,000 young people in the UK are estimated to have sought help from their local council last year because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness, according to new research.

Charity launches community-led services to tackle social care pressures

11/04/2018

More person and community-led approaches are needed to help tackle increasing pressures on health and social care services, charity says.

Charity shops face business rates relief ‘postcode lottery’

09/04/2018

Charity shops are ‘falling victim’ to inconsistent and unfair policies on business rates relief and waste management, charity representatives say.

Investigation launched into serious failures at specialist school

06/04/2018

An investigation has been launched into a charity for the blind following ‘serious concerns’ over the safeguarding of vulnerable children and young people.

Half a million older private renters are ‘invisible’ in housing policy

27/03/2018

Older private renters are being overlooked by housing policy despite being more likely to report cold and damp in their homes, a charity has warned today.

‘Unnecessary’ hospital admissions for terminally ill cost NHS £2.5bn

21/03/2018

There were over 1.6 million emergency hospital admissions for people in their last year of life during 2016 costing the NHS £2.5bn, a charity has warned today.

Councils join new alliance to help people report child abuse

16/03/2018

Local councils have joined forces with police chiefs, charities and the Government to help encourage the public to report suspicions of child abuse.

Cuts to trading standards putting older people at risk of fraud, warns charity

09/03/2018

Cuts to trading standards services are leaving millions of older people at risk of fraud, according to Age UK.

Fuel poverty kills thousands every year, charity reveals

26/02/2018

The UK has the sixth-highest rate of excess winter deaths in Europe with thousands dying preventable deaths every year, fuel poverty charity finds.

Should councils be launching their own charities?

21/02/2018

Mark Whitehead explores why Barnet has become the first council to set up a charity to support children in care.

Third of dementia sufferers do not have care plan, charity warns

13/02/2018

One in three patients suffering from dementia do not get the NHS follow up support they’re supposed to because of a lack of care plan, older persons charity finds.

Council ‘bemused’ by comedian’s homeless charity petition

23/01/2018

Russell Brand has launched a petition calling on Slough to provide a homelessness charity with a building as a ‘wedding present’ ahead of the royal wedding.

Over £300m from dormant accounts to go towards ‘good causes’

04/01/2018

Around £330m from dormant bank and building society accounts will be used to help disadvantaged young people, the homeless and other good causes across the UK, the Government has announced.

Social care funding cuts will leave 1,400 dementia patients stuck in hospital this Christmas

13/12/2017

At least 1,400 people with dementia will be stranded in a hospital ward over Christmas due to a lack of social care funding, a new investigation has revealed.

Nearly 130,000 children will wake up homeless on Christmas, charity warns

06/12/2017

Nearly 130,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless and in temporary accommodation this Christmas, homelessness charity warns.

Charity reports ‘deeply troubling’ use of bailiffs by councils

14/11/2017

The number of bailiffs being used by councils to collect debts has risen by 14% in the last two years, new research has revealed today.

Number of Community Alcohol Partnerships to tackle underage drinking

12/10/2017

An organisation dedicated to tackling underage drinking is set to double the number of its local groups around the country.

Charities at ‘risk of collapse’ due to unaffordable LGPS debt

26/09/2017

Charities should be allowed to exit the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to stop them building up unaffordable debt, according to a new report.

Progress on prevention and integration in care sector ‘too slow’, charity warns

25/09/2017

Local authorities are ‘struggling’ to meet their obligations to prevent, reduce or delay the need for care, the British Red Cross has warned.

Universal Credit pushing people into ‘spiral of debt’, charity warns

11/09/2017

The expansion of Universal Credit (UC) is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ because many of its problems have not been solved including the long wait for payments, charity warns.

Quarter of a million private renting families burdened with ‘debt’, charity finds

08/09/2017

Around 250,000 private renting families in England are burdened with ‘serious debt’ because they have to move house frequently, a housing charity has warned.

One in five young teenagers consider running away from home, poll reveals

07/09/2017

A fifth of children have considered running away from the family home, charity says as it warns children are struggling with the move to secondary school.

Charity warns millions of pensioners living below the poverty line

01/09/2017

A quarter of pensioners are facing financial problems with many unable to meet unexpected expenses or keep their homes warm, according to Age UK.

Rough sleeping to rise by three quarters in next decade warns charity

10/08/2017

Rough sleeping is set to increase by 76% in the next ten years, according to new analysis by homeless charity Crisis.

Charity warns nearly four million children living in poverty

04/08/2017

Almost four million children across the UK now living below the breadline, a charity has warned.

Unpaid carers ‘struggling’ to take a break

11/07/2017

One in four unpaid carers have not had a single day off in five years, shocking survey reveals.

1,300 jobs are saved after charity goes into administration

06/06/2017

Over ,1000 jobs have been saved after a drug and alcohol abuse charity went into administration due to ‘unsustainable financial pressure’.

Active travel projects get £15m funding boost

22/05/2017

Active travel charity Sustrans Scotland has awarded more than £15m in Scottish Government funding for the creation of walking and cycling infrastructure in the country over the next year.

Third of over 80s have ‘unmet’ care needs

17/05/2017

Almost a third of over 80s are receiving inadequate care and support, warns charity as they call on the major political parties to put social care at the heart of their election manifestos.

Council cuts hit charitable sector

10/05/2017

Local government cuts have hit charities as new figures reveal the charitable sector can expect to see ‘little rise’ in government income.

Greater Manchester mayor donates 15% of salary to homelessness fund

08/05/2017

The newly elected mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has donated 15% of his salary to help eradicate homeless in the region.

Birmingham cracks down on ‘charity muggers’

03/05/2017

Birmingham City Council has reached an agreement that will see a reduction in the number of charity fundraisers in the city centre.

Caritas Anchor House: a success story from the frontlines of austerity

28/04/2017

The Homelessness Reduction Act has put homelessness on the agenda again. William Eichler visits a charity to learn how they are tackling the issue in London.

Debt charities call on councils to ‘stamp out’ bad practices by bailiffs

14/03/2017

Local authorities have key role in ‘stamping out’ bad debt collection practices by bailiffs by ensuring fair treatment, charities say.

Walk to School Week

27/02/2017

This May thousands of teachers and children across the country will celebrate the benefits walking brings during Walk to School Week (15 – 19 May).

Extra funding to support people with multiple needs

14/02/2017

A coalition of three charities have been awarded lottery funding to help expand support for people with multiple needs across England over the next five years.

Charity sees sharp rise in drugs and alcohol being used near children

13/02/2017

The NSPCC has reported more than 20,000 concerns over substance abuse near children to the police and children’s services over the past three years.

Cracks within fostering system 'likely to get bigger' warns charity

31/01/2017

The fostering system in the UK is under ‘unsustainable strain’, with ‘hard-won improvements’ at risk of being eroded, a report has warned today.

Welsh councils not getting ‘value for money’ from third sector

26/01/2017

Local authorities in Wales have increased their investment in third sector services, but ‘poor arrangements’ mean they are not getting value for money, auditors find.

Listening to the streets

23/01/2017

William Eichler finds out how a person-centred approach can stop people from being trapped in the ‘homeless industry’.

Councils spending 'close to nothing' on mental health initiatives

08/12/2016

Local authorities are spending less than 1% of their public health budget on mental health services, new data has revealed today.

Small charities ‘under threat’ from poor commissioning processes

07/12/2016

Small charities are ‘under threat’ because of ‘shockingly complicated’ and ‘inappropriate’ local government commissioning processes.

Third of homecare workers have no dementia training

17/11/2016

One in three homecare workers have no dementia training and are leaving people in soiled clothes, surviving without hot meals and even missing vital medication, according to a health charity.

Telephone hotline would help foodbanks support people in a crisis says charity

08/11/2016

A telephone ‘hotline’ connecting foodbanks and local jobcentres should be launched to help those needing emergency food parcels, the Trussell Trust has said.

Number of care leavers in 'unsafe' accommodation falls by 35%

28/10/2016

The number of care leavers being placed in bed and breakfast accommodation has fallen by 35% in the past two years, according to new figures.

Older private tenants forced to live in 'squalor' warns charity

27/10/2016

A charity is calling for more funding to be given to local environmental health services to crack down on the ‘appalling’ living conditions of older people in private rented housing.

Charity refers 500 reports of child slavery to councils

13/10/2016

Over 500 reports of child slavery were referred to local authorities this year, according to a national children’s charity.

Hundreds of children evicted from social housing in Wales last year

11/10/2016

More than 500 children were evicted from social housing in Wales last year, according to a new report from Shelter Cymru.

Tower Hamlets charity victim of ‘gross mismanagement’ and fraud

07/10/2016

A Tower Hamlets charity was the victim of ‘gross mismanagement' and fraud, according to a report published today by the Charity Commission.

110,000 carers ‘sandwiched’ between two generations of dependents

28/09/2016

More than 100,000 people are looking after a parent with cancer while also taking care of their own children, a new report reveals.

Councils forced to put down thousands of stray dogs due to out-of-date microchips

27/09/2016

More than 37,000 stray dogs remained unclaimed in council kennels last year, according to new figures from Dogs Trust.

Housing benefit cap could force two-thirds of women's refuges to close

05/09/2016

More than two-thirds of domestic abuse refuges could be forced to close unless they are exempt from the housing benefit cap, new research has warned today

Armed forces members ‘disadvantaged’ by service

30/08/2016

Nearly 40% of those who serve in the armed forces report feeling disadvantaged as a result of their service, new report reveals.

Six billion fewer plastic bags used thanks to charge

01/08/2016

Shoppers are set to take home six billion fewer plastic bags this year as a result of the five pence charge, the Government says.

Councils criticised for treatment of those in problem debt

19/07/2016

Local government is one of the worst sectors for treating people in problem debt unfairly, according to the results of a new survey.

Dispute over British Museum’s tax bill

17/06/2016

The British Museum has challenged Camden Council over a £720,000 tax bill.

Benefit changes worrying for those ‘experiencing financial hardship’, charity finds

15/06/2016

Over four-fifths of social tenants who claim benefits are concerned about future changes to the welfare system, a national charity has found.

Charities urge MPs to reform homelessness legislation

06/06/2016

MPs have been urged to reform homelessness legislation, requiring all local authorities in England to take action to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.

Care Act has failed to protect disabled people and carers, warns charity

02/06/2016

More than half of local authorities in England spent less on services for disabled people and carers last year, despite the Care Act being introduced.

Councils unlawfully rehousing families outside local area warns charity

23/05/2016

Some councils are unlawfully moving homeless families into temporary accommodation outside their own boroughs, a new investigation has revealed.

Charity highlights 'hidden army' of older carers

18/05/2016

Campaigners have demanded more state support for older people looking after relatives at home after unveiling evidence that they are saving the nation £5.9bn a year.

Older pensioners more likely to be living in poverty, warns charity

16/05/2016

Older pensioners are thousands of pounds a year worse off than younger ‘Baby Boomer’ pensioners and working age adults, a charity is warning

Councils asked to delay hedge cutting to protect wildlife

10/05/2016

The RSPB has urged local authorities not to cut back hedges or trees until September, warning major work can destroy habitats and nests.

Councils urged to stop using bailiffs to chase council tax debt

04/05/2016

Charities are urging councils to stop using bailiffs to chase council tax debts, warning enforcement action can deepen resident's financial problems.

Universities and charities should cooperate more for public benefit, says new study

26/04/2016

Public policy outcomes could be improved if academics and the third sector worked more closely together, argues new report.

Research warns of 'hidden poverty' across country

25/04/2016

Although northern and Scottish cities have the highest concentration of vulnerable children and families, a new report has warned that pockets of ‘hidden poverty’ exist across the south and coastal areas.

Large minority of councils still use 15-minute care visits, charity reveals

04/04/2016

Thousands of disabled and elderly people are still facing 15-minute care visits, despite official guidance advising against them.

Study underlines important role for supported lodgings

23/03/2016

Supported lodgings offer young people a nurturing environment and should be promoted in order to cut the number of care leavers living in ‘unsuitable bed and breakfasts’, a report has found.

300,000 elderly people suffering from chronic loneliness

10/03/2016

The Government must provide more support for older people suffering loneliness and restore the 'crumbling' social care system, campaigners have demanded.

Campaigners issue warning over 'dangerous decline' in grants

08/02/2016

A new campaign is calling for a halt to the 'dangerous decline' in grants given by public bodies to charities and community groups.

Charity calls to exempt carers from benefit cap

22/01/2016

The Government has been urged to amend legislation to ensure carers are exempt from the benefit cap following a High Court ruling two months ago.

Over 100,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless this Christmas

18/12/2015

Over 100,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless this Christmas day, according to Shelter.

Kids Company received millions in funding from local authorities and lottery bodies

13/11/2015

Kids Company received at least £4m from local authorities and lottery bodies, according to a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) paper.

Council first to request charities pay Living Wage to staff

03/11/2015

A London borough has become the first council in the country to ensure any charities or voluntary groups it gives funding to pays a Living Wage to their employees.

Charity warns 100,000 children will be homeless this Christmas

02/11/2015

More than 100,000 children will wake up homeless on Christmas day, according to a report from Shelter.

Report highlights housing plight of miscarriage of justice victims

22/10/2015

The Government should tighten guidance to local councils around their responsibilities to victims of miscarriages of justice, says a new report from the housing charity Commonweal.

Report warns of £470m cuts to social care budgets

21/10/2015

Government budget allocations for 2015/16 imply social care budgets will fall by a further £470m adding to an already existing crisis in health and social care for elderly people, according to a new report by Age UK.

One in five children are rejected mental health treatment

13/10/2015

One in five children with mental health issues are rejected for treatment, according to analysis of official data by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Councils dealt with over 47,000 abandoned dogs in one year

02/10/2015

A new report issued by the Dogs Trust has revealed that 47,000 dogs were abandoned in one year.

Reserve 20,000 apprenticeships for care leavers, says charity

18/08/2015

A leading children’s charity has called on the Government to set aside 20,000 apprenticeships for care leavers.

Councils step up as Kids Company closure hits ‘tens of thousands’

06/08/2015

Councils are ‘picking up the pieces’ following the closure of charity Kids Company with fears tens of thousands of vulnerable young people could be affected.

Scottish councils failing to help half of all single homeless people

31/07/2015

Less than half of all single homeless people in Scotland find a home through their local council, according to a new report.

Councils urged to tackle the ‘devastating consequences’ of loneliness

30/07/2015

Councils should provide and maintain essential services that help tackle the loneliness of older people, according to a new campaign.

Millions cut from mental health budgets warns charity

28/07/2015

A mental health charity is warning about a ‘disturbing’ disinvestment in young people’s mental health services, after figures showed £35m was cut from services in the last year.

Councils urged to bring registrars into children’s centres

13/07/2015

Councils should bring together children’s centres and registrars to help support vulnerable families at an early stage, according to children’s charity Barnardo’s.

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