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March 5th 2021

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

MEAM is recruiting

We're looking for a Head of Networks & Operations to cover maternity leave. If you have the skills and experience to oversee support to a national network, alongside our lovely team. More information and details on how to apply here.

Mental Health Act and multiple disadvantage

Earlier this month the Government published a White Paper on the Mental Health Act, proposing several changes to the legislation and the rights and care individuals are entitled to receive under it. MEAM intends to provide a detailed response to the consultation, focusing on the key elements as they relate to multiple disadvantage. To do so, we would welcome responses to a short survey on your experiences under the current legislation.
Latest policy news

Rough sleeping statistics 

The latest annual rough sleeping snapshot statistics were released last week. The number of people estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night in autumn has fallen for the third year in a row from its peak in 2017 but remains higher than 2010 when the snapshot approach was introduced. There were 2,688 people estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2020.

NHS reforms 

New proposals have been launched to join up health and care services and embed lessons learned from the pandemic. The measures set out in a government white paper will 'make the health and care system fit for the future and put in place targeted improvements for the delivery of public health and social care'. 

Domestic abuse 

Councils across England have been allocated £125 million funding to provide support for victims of domestic abuse and their children. The funding will help ensure victims and their children who need it are able to access life-saving support such as therapy, advocacy and counselling in safe accommodation, including refuges.'. 

Probation and the pandemic

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation has published a thematic review of the quality and effectiveness of probation services recovering from the impact of exceptional delivery models introduced owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

People who inject drugs 

New research has been released looking at the preliminary indications of the burden of COVID-19 among people who inject drugs in England and Northern Ireland and the impact on access to health and harm reduction services. 

The Budget

The Chancellor announced that the Universal Credit Uplift would be extended by 6 months and £10m to support armed forces veterans with mental health needs. For a detailed summary of all key announcements and their implications click here
Resources from the sector

Multiple Disadvantage in Greater Manchester 

AVA and Agenda have produced a briefing specifically focused on women facing multiple disadvantage in Greater Manchester which makes recommendations aimed at decision makers to improve responses to this group.  

Housing First

The Centre for Social Justice has published a report Close to Home which makes the case for a national Housing First programme, and draws on recent learning to map out what this should entail. 

Trauma and substance misuse 

Fulfilling Lives South East has released findings from recent research into what good psychological support can look like for people who have co-existing mental ill-health and substance use, prior to them accessing formal substance misuse treatment.

Poverty and multiple disadvantage 

Last week Revolving Doors Agency published a new collection of eight essays that explore how poverty, trauma and structural disadvantage create and perpetuate multiple disadvantage. 
Learning Opportunities

Women and drug misuse

We Are With You (formerly Addaction) are currently researching how drug services can better engage and support women affected by problematic drug use. This is based on the understanding that women are underrepresented within treatment and often face additional barriers to accessing treatment and support. Therefore, they are asking anyone with experience of engaging and supporting women to please fill in an online survey

Homelessness and migration conference, 17th March

Homeless Link are hosting a free online conference to equip homelessness services and commissioners with the information and tools they need to better support homeless migrants. The conference in on 17th March, 10-4.30pm.
Keeping you up to date at this time
Our priority in this difficult period remains people facing multiple disadvantage and the people who support them. If you have any questions, comments or issues you would like to raise, please contact any member of the MEAM team.  

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