Archives for June 22nd, 2006

HOUSING WEALTH – FIRST TIMERS TO OLD TIMERS

Book News, PublicNet: 22 June, 2006

By Dominic Maxwell and Sonia SodhaAt the start of adult life, the benefits of homeownership increasingly depend on parents’ wealth or location, with damaging consequences for social and geographical mobility. For older people, much housing wealth is dormant and under-used – even as retired homeowners struggle to cope with low incomes. This book presents policy solutions to both these problems.

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WELSH COUNCILS URGED TO TOP UP TRUST FUNDS FOR CHILDREN IN CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 June, 2006

Local authorities in Wales are to be encouraged to make annual contributions to the Child Trust Fund accounts of eligible children in their care. Details have been announced of a scheme that will reimburse councils for each annual 50 pound payment they make to the funds of looked after children.Welsh Assembly Children’s Minister Jane Hutt said the scheme would be in place from September and that some 460 children are expected to benefit from the scheme this year. An additional 200 children on average will benefit each year from then on.

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GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF FAILINGS IN APPROACH TO SERVICE DELIVERY BY VOLUNTARY SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 June, 2006

Research today highlights systematic failings in the Government’s approach to the delivery of public services by the voluntary and community sector. The study, from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations comes on the day that the Prime Minister is expected to speak again about the need to reform public services when he addresses a conference later.The VCVO survey’s key findings show more than half of the voluntary and community groups taking part in the survey did not know at the beginning of the financial year how much funding they would receive and many others report not being paid on time to deliver public services.

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