Category Archives: Welfare

Mental Health Commission of New South Wales releases inaugural mental health report

The Mental Health Commission of New South Wales has released its inaugural report, Living well : putting people at the centre of mental health reform in NSW : a report (PDF 69MB). The report, “is a companion document to the … Continue reading

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AIHW releases housing outcomes report for groups vulnerable to homelessness

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released the report, Housing outcomes for groups vulnerable to homelessness, 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2013 (PDF 780 kb). The report, “examines four cohorts vulnerable to homelessness and the differences … Continue reading

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UK publication on Social Value Act updated

The UK Cabinet Office has updated a publication entitled, Social Value Act: information and resources. “This publication provides an overview of the Act and includes: sources of help and support for people who commission and provide public services; case studies … Continue reading

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Media release announces review of UK Social Value Act

The UK Cabinet Office and the Hon. Brooks Newmark, Minister for Civil Society, have issued a media release entitled, Government reviews ground-breaking Social Value Act, in which is stated “The Social Value Act improves the way taxpayers’ money is spent … Continue reading

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Australian paper on barriers to a simpler welfare system

Don Arthur presented a paper at the symposium on Reform and Rhetoric in Australian Social Policy entitled, Why can’t we have a simple welfare system?  “For over 50 years, individual economists, along with various government reviews, have proposed radically simplifying … Continue reading

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UK report investigates welfare sanctions

Joseph Rowntree Foundation has released a summary report entitled, Welfare sanctions and conditionality in the UK (PDF 300kb).  “This paper examines the efficacy and ethicality of conditional forms of welfare. It considers existing evidence about how effective welfare conditionality is … Continue reading

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UK Parliamentary committee report expresses “concerns” at reset rating of Universal Credit project

The House of Commons, Committee of Public Accounts report, Major Projects Authority (PDF 145kb) was released on 16 July, 2014. The report included the following statement,  “We are particlularly concerned that the decision to award a ‘reset’ rating to the … Continue reading

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Independent evaluation of the Social Work Practice with Adults (SWPwA) pilots released

The Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King’s College London has released the report, Evaluation of the Social Work Practices with Adults Pilots. Final report (PDF 2.5MB). “SWPwAs can be defined as organisations independent of local authorities that are contracted … Continue reading

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Report examines how to unlock social value

A report published by Social Enterprise UK entitled, Communities count : the four steps to unlocking social value (PDF 1.9MB), examines, “how housing associations and local authorities are creating social value in the services they commission and provide.”

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UK Early Action Taskforce report released

The Early Action Taskforce, comprised of a group of third sector, business and public sector leaders, has released the report, Towards effective prevention : practical steps for the next government (PDF 820kb). The report, “briefs politicians on early action – … Continue reading

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