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January 13th 2020

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

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Jacqui McCluskey

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our much-loved colleague and friend Jacqui McCluskey has suddenly passed away after a period of illness. You can read Homeless Link’s statement here and an obituary from Inside Housing here. We remember Jacqui for her friendship and her passion and commitment to the work of MEAM.

MEAM Approach Expression of Interest process open until 19 February 

Our Expression of Interest process for new areas who would like to become part of the MEAM Approach network is open until 19 February. Find out more & apply.

MEAM is ten

In 2019 MEAM was ten. If you missed it before Christmas, we produced this short report, reflecting on the last decade and the work we have done in partnership with people and organisations across the county.
Latest policy, announcements and reports

Ending rough sleeping date brought forward by three years

The government has confirmed its intention to bring forward the date it wishes to see an end to rough sleeping in England from 2027 to 2024.

Increase in households threatened or experiencing homelessness 

Latest figures from Q1 2019/20 show the number of households assessed as either homeless or threatened with homelessness was 68,170 - an increase of 11.4% on the year before.

Royal commission on sentencing announced 

The government announced in the recent Queen's Speech a royal commission on sentencing to review and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice process.

Extra funding for 2020/21 cold weather fund

The government has announced an extra £3m to enhance cold weather provision for people rough sleeping during the winter, taking the total to £13m.

Spending increases during next financial year 

The financial settlement for local government for 2020/21 has been announced. Social Care will have up to £1.5bn extra to spend. Meanwhile the NHS will have £33.9bn more to spend in cash terms by 2023/24.

Heroin assisted treatment pilot begins

A new heroin assisted treatment pilot was launched in Middlesbrough in October 2019. It hopes to work with around 15 people experiencing multiple disadvantage. 
Get involved!

Managing transfers of care workshops

There are four regional workshops on the best evidence for reducing delayed transfers of care and improving outcomes for people leaving hospital. More information here.

Training Available

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