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April 9th 2020

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

During this unprecedented time, we're keeping you up to date with the latest policy changes, hearing about how you are responding locally,  and learning more about how we can best support you at this time.

Ask the Network Series 

MEAM is producing a series of recordings and blogs focused on multiple disadvantage and COVID-19. This week, we've spoken to Winchester about partnership approaches to accommodation and support and written a blog about how to provide support in new accommodation settings.These compliment our first two conversations with local areas from last week.
Please visit the Ask the Network page to access all these materials.
Latest policy news

Prison releases

The Ministry of Justice announced that selected low risk prisoners entering the final two months of a prison sentence will be eligible for early release with an electronic tag. Additionally, the Justice Secretary has granted temporary release of most pregnant women in custody, while movements between jails have been limited in all but exceptional cases.

Care Act easements

Guidance has been published setting out the temporary changes to local authorities' duties and responsibilities under the Care Act created under the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Homeless sector plan

The Centre for Homelessness Impact hosted a webinar on homelessness and the virus with Dr Alistair Story and Prof. Andrew Hayward who put together the COVID-19 Homeless Sector Plan. The Homeless Link webinar this week also focused on this topic.

Large rise in reports of domestic abuse

The charity Refuge is reporting a 25% increase in the number of telephone calls and online requests for help to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline.

Letter from government to ACMD

The Government published a letter to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs last week, seeking views on proposed emergency legislation to allow pharmacists the discretion to provide methadone without a prescription and larger less frequent doses than usual. The ACMD response is available here.

Policing powers 

The College of Policing has issued an updated briefing for police officers on the new powers to enforce the COVID-19 response. 

Alcohol dependence

NHS England has released a clinical guide for the management of people with alcohol dependence during the coronavirus pandemic.

Public Health Grant published

The public health grant for 2020/21 has been announced. £3.279bn has been allocated, a 2.6% or £80m increase on the previous financial year.
COVID-19 Resources from the sector

Latest from Clinks

Clinks have a dedicated page updating the work they are doing around the crisis and outlining the most recent policy changes to prisons and probation. The Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3) has set up a Special Interest Group on COVID-19, the key points from the latest meeting are here

Homeless Link updates

Homeless Link has a newly updated COVID-19 resource page. They are also holding weekly webinars on Wednesdays to keep the sector updated around the virus.

Collective Voice resources

Collective Voice continues to collect and publish resources for substance misuse treatment services.

Information from Mind

Mind's resources on COVID-19 and mental well being are available here.

Funding opportunities

Chancellor announces coronavirus funding for frontline charities

Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced

National Emergencies Trust

The National Emergencies Trust has set up a Coronavirus appeal. The funds being raised for this appeal will be distributed through the UK Community Foundations Trust. Find your local community foundation trust here for details of how and when to apply.

Charities Aid Foundation

The Charities Aid Foundation have a funding hub for charities to access during this time. An initial pot of funding has been exhausted but this is intended to re-open. This hub also has links to other funding opportunities.

Frontline Network

St Martin in the Fields Frontline Network has recently opened a grant scheme for individuals who are homeless who need support at this time.

Further opportunities

We are aware of a range of further emergency funding opportunities that are being discussed and will update via this briefing when more information emerges. Civil Society has collated a list of some of the funding being made available for charities during the COVID-19 emergency.
Learning Opportunities

FEANTSA morning bites webinar

FEANTSA will be holding short webinars on Wednesday mornings at 9am related to ongoing practice development and learning.
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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