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February 10th 2020

A warm welcome to Multiple Disadvantage Matters, the monthly newsletter from the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition. 

MEAM Approach Expression of Interest process open until 19 February

The deadline for the Expression of Interest process to become MEAM Approach areas closes on February 19th at 5pm.


MEAM has been supporting the Fulfilling Lives' campaign around co-occurring substance misuse and mental ill health. Sign the petition here.

Team Around Me

Lucy Campbell from Fulfilling Lives Islington and Camden's has written a blog for us focused on their case conference model Team Around Me. It encourages better coordination and accountability between agencies working with women experiencing multiple disadvantage.
Latest policy, announcements and reports

2020/2021 RSI allocations announced

The government has announced the new allocations for the Rough Sleeping Initiative Fund for the next financial year, approximately £112 million.  

Local Housing Allowance rate

From April 2020, the freeze on the LHA rate will be lifted. It is expected to be raised in lined with the Consumer Price Index inflation rate and could benefit around 900,000 housing claimants.

Job centre staff and homelessness 

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced £3 million will be made available to job centres to better support people experiencing homelessness.  

St Mungo's Knocked Back Report

This new report explores those who are sleeping rough with drug and alcohol problems. The research finds that 12,000 people sleeping rough, or at risk of doing so, missed out on drug and alcohol treatment in 2018/19.

Local Authorities Homelessness Spend

The Local Government Association report found over two thirds of local councils are overspending in their homelessness services due to an increase in the use of temporary accommodation.

Waiting List for Social Housing up by 50,000 

New Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government statistics show 1.16m people were waiting on 1 April 2019, an increase of 4%. 

New report from ACMD about fentanyl 

A new report has been published by the New Psychoactive Substances Committee of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs on fentanyl. 

Increase in time spent in prison for some offences announced 

The Ministry of Justice has announced legislation removing automatic half-way release for some people convicted of violent and sexual offences, requiring them to spend two-thirds of their sentence in prison. 

Latest edition of PRT’s Bromley Briefings 

Prison Reform Trust have published the latest edition of their Bromley Briefings, a report which compiles key government statistics about the prison system and the prison population.
Get involved!

Commission on Alcohol Harm

The new Commission on Alcohol Harm is collecting written submissions about alcohol harm, with a deadline of February 17th 2020.

MEAM policy focus

We're currently undertaking work looking at local and national responses to multiple disadvantage and alcohol, and co-occuring substance misuse and mental ill health. If you would like to get involved, please email Steve.

MEAM dates for the diary

  • MEAM Annual Conference - May 19th 2020, London
  • Substance Misuse Learning Hubs
    • June 9th, London
    • June 16th, Leeds
    • June 25th, Plymouth
  • Systems Thinking Learning Hubs
    • October 6th, London
    • October 8th, Plymouth
    • October 13th, Leeds

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