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Better Care Together is a new initiative to reform health and social care across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The programme is a partnership of local NHS and other public sector organisations. It is driven by a shared recognition that major changes are needed to ensure services are of the right quality and capable of meeting the future needs of local communities while at the same time addressing major financial challenges. The programme is a partnership of NHS organisations and local authorities across the area and aims to improve services and...
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The National Housing Federation has reported changes made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to the way that housing costs are verified when Universal Credit claims are made. From 18 August 2014, new Universal Credit claimants are being asked to bring a recent rent account statement as well as a copy of their tenancy agreement to their first new claim interview at the Jobcentre Plus office. Claimants will be advised that an easy way to do this is to obtain this information from their landlord, and/or to give consent...
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An independent review of the operation of Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions found that ‘....the system is not fundamentally broken, there are a number of areas where improvements need to be made, particularly for more vulnerable individuals’. (Independent review of the operation of Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions validated by the Jobseekers Act 2013: 4). The review recommended improving: Letters sent to claimants to increase claimant understanding. Communications including an accessible guide to benefit sanctions. Procedures to ensure that claimants on mandatory back to work schemes have a clear understanding of their responsibilities to...
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