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March 9th 2020

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

Alcohol and multiple disadvantage 

We are exploring the relationship between alcohol and multiple disadvantage and in particular, the support that is available for individuals. We are conducting a 60 second survey which we would be grateful if you could complete. The findings will help us inform and influence local commissioners and the government's forthcoming addiction strategy. 

Briefing published from recent learning hubs

We’ve published a brief summary of our learning hubs focused on women experiencing multiple disadvantage.  

Universal Credit consultation response

MEAM has responded to a House of Lords’ inquiry into Universal Credit. If you'd like further information email Steve Moffatt.
Latest policy, announcements and reports

Rough sleeping snapshot figures published

The rough sleeping snapshot figures have been published by the government. 4,266 people were estimated to be rough sleeping on a single night in Autumn 2019, a fall of 411 (9%) from the year before, but up 2,498 people (141%) on 2010.

Extra funding announced for homelessness 

The prime minister announced an extra £236 million to be spent on move-on accommodation for 6,000 rough sleepers and appointed Dame Louise Casey to undertake a review into additional actions needed to end rough sleeping.

Independent Review of drugs 

Dame Carol Black has published the phase one report of the independent review of drugs, detailing the market and drivers of the illicit drug market in the UK. 

Kings Fund research - Health and care for people sleeping rough

The King’s Fund has published a report exploring how four local areas are delivering effective health and care for people who sleep rough. 

Gender Matters

The Lankelly Chase Foundation launched a report, Gender Matters, exploring multiple disadvantage through a gendered lens. We published a blog about what this might mean for MEAM’s work.

Marmot Review 

New research from the Institute of Health Equity shows a stalling of increases in life expectancy, and a widening in regional and economic inequalities, especially for women.

Reducing social inequality to improve health

The Mental Health Foundation published a report making the connection between social inequality and inequalities seen in the distribution of mental health conditions.

Cabinet reshuffle

Last month the prime minister announced a cabinet reshuffle which included The Rt. Esther McVey MP being replaced by The Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP as Minister for Housing. Adam Holloway MP has been given specific responsibility for rough sleeping.

Commons Library briefing into temporary accommodation

The Commons Library research service has created a comprehensive briefing into temporary accommodation, looking at how much it costs local authorities each year and the numbers of people being housed in temporary accommodation.

Fewer prisoners receiving substance support

The latest statistics from Public Health England show a 12% fall in the numbers of people receiving help in prisons and secure settings for their substance misuse problems.

"No DSS" legal success

Two recent legal cases have confirmed the unlawfulness of “No DSS”-style restrictions from lettings agents. Both were successful in achieving an out of court settlement and public apologies. 
Get involved!

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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