A strong argument for putting Housing First

The Making Every Adult Matter coalition (Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind) has responded to Housing First: housing-led solutions to rough sleeping and homelessness, a new report from the Centre for Social Justice. As a key contributor to this report, we welcome its publication and recommendations. A range of responses are needed to end homelessness and […]

Social Investment: Matching Theory to Reality

Many charities and social enterprises are thinking about how social investment can play a role in their work. In a previous blog we looked at Social Impact Bonds, one of the more complex social investment models. Here we ask David Hounsell (Aleron and The Children’s Society) and Kirsten Naudé (The Children’s Society) to take a […]

MEAM welcomes bold new strategy on poverty

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The Making Every Adult Matter coalition – formed of Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind – welcomes the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s new strategy ‘We can solve poverty in the UK’, published today. In it, the JRF sets out a comprehensive picture of the scale and challenge of poverty, and highlights the specific challenges faced by people […]

MEAM welcomes Select Committee report into homelessness – now government must act

Today the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee has called on all parts of government to commit to a common approach to ending homelessness, and ensure that people with multiple and complex needs receive the support they need. Publishing a report on its inquiry into homelessness, the Committee made specific recommendations for government, […]

Parliament hears calls for a national strategy on multiple needs

This week, MEAM has called for cross-government action on multiple needs in Parliament. On Monday, we gave evidence to an inquiry into homelessness led by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. We are delighted that the Committee recognises the importance of tackling multiple needs and that they committed a whole session to exploring these […]

PM’s social agenda has sophisticated ambitions but could go further

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Sam Thomas (@iamsamthomas) On Monday David Cameron made a major speech on social policy, setting out an ambitious agenda for his government’s forthcoming ‘life chances’ strategy. Falling on the same day as the sad news of David Bowie’s death, it received muted media coverage. Press reports focused on welcome mental health and family policies, including […]

Spending Review lacks ambition on multiple needs

Introducing today’s Spending Review announcement, the Chancellor committed to “providing more support for those who are most vulnerable and in need of our help”. People with multiple needs clearly meet this definition, due to their overlapping experiences of homelessness, substance misuse, contact with the criminal justice system and mental ill health. As both we and […]

Naxolone: a medicine to save lives

Andrew Brown (@andrewbrown365) At the beginning of the month new regulations were introduced which should mean that local authorities and the substance misuse services they commission are better equipped to prevent deaths from opioid overdose. Naloxone, a medicine that reverses the effects of opioid overdose, can now be given to current and former heroin users, […]

MEAM statement on review of support for benefit claimants with drug and alcohol problems

Today, the Department for Work and Pensions launched an independent review led by Dame Carol Black into the support available for benefit claimants with drug and alcohol problems. This review provides an opportunity to explore the range of challenges that people with substance issues face in moving towards employment, and explore how the current system […]

“Multiple needs should be everyone’s business”

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Jonathon Graham | Voices from the Frontline team Last Thursday, MEAM was delighted to host a conversation between Emma Lewell-Buck, MP for South Shields, and a collection of people with first-hand experience of multiple needs, either as an individual service user or frontline worker. The meeting was hosted in Emma’s constituency by Depaul UK’s Jigsaw […]