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July 9th 2020

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

We are now producing our newsletter fortnightly, and we're committed to 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.

Ask the Network series 

MEAM is producing a series of recordings and blogs focused on multiple disadvantage and COVID-19.

This week we spoke to Nelida Senoran-Martin from South East Fulfilling Lives about the benefits and challenges of doing co-production during COVID-19.

Visit the Ask the Network page to access all the recordings.

Substance misuse learning hub

We are holding an online learning hub on the afternoon of July 16th, focused on substance misuse and multiple disadvantage. MEAM Approach and Fulfilling Lives areas can sign up here.

Mental health discharge

We are planning a focused a piece of work on mental health discharges with our partner Mind and have created a 30 second survey to get some initial views from across our network.
Latest policy news - COVID-19

Funding for local authorities

Another £500 million has been announced for local authorities to help with costs related to COVID-19.

Carol Black review

The government has published the terms of reference of Part 2 of Dame Carol Black's Independent Review of Drugs, which will focus on prevention, treatment and recovery.

Prison building

The Ministry of Justice has announced that four new prisons will be built in England over the next six years.


Evictions are due to resume from August 23rd, as the temporary suspension comes to an end. There are concerns that significant numbers of people will be made homeless from that date onward. 

Benefit conditionality

According to the Works and Pension Secretary benefit conditionality and sanctions will return this week as jobcentres reopen. There are also plans to employ an additional 13,500 frontline staff in those centres over the next year.

Charities tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence

The Ministry of Justice has announced the beneficiaries of £22 million, designed to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence during COVID-19.

Wirecard collapse

The issue of access to traditional banking has been highlighted after the collapse of the firm Wirecard
COVID-19 Resources from the sector

Latest from Clinks

Clinks have published their response to the Centre for Mental Heath's call for evidence around the future of mental health in prison. There is more news on the latest developments on the Female Offender Strategy.

Homeless Link updates

Homeless Link has a blog about the power of positive language for people who are supported by homelessness services.

News from Mind 

Mind has responded to the news that benefit sanctions are to return and also to the Prime Minister's commitment to end dormitory-style sleeping spaces in mental health wards.

Collective Voice 

Collective Voice have just launched a funding pot for small treatment and recovery charities to support COVID-19 related activity. Grants of £5-25k are available.

Homes for All funding

Shelter has opened the next phase of its Homes for All funding programme for organisations to offer a housing-led approach to end homelessness.

Housing affordability

IPPR has released a new report, Renting beyond their means, looking at the systemic issues relating to housing affortability and what needs to be done to make it genuinely affordable through the concept of a "Living Rent."

HMIP research 

HM Inspector of Probation has released research looking at the need to tailor interventions  through taking a person-centred, strengths-based approach.
Learning Opportunities

Clinks Events

Clinks is holding a network meeting around the health and justice response to COVID-19 on July 14th. There is also a webinar about service user involvement and co-production in the context of COVID-19 on July 16th.

Homeless Link training

There is a training session on 14th July on effective partnership working and another on assertiveness on 15th July.
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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