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November 4th 2020

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

Learning from the crisis

The MEAM coalition has published a new report Learning from the Crisis: ten considerations for local leaders building a new settlement for multiple disadvantage. It explores how learning from the initial experience of the crisis can be used to shape the next stage of the response and a new settlement for people facing multiple disadvantage. 

Thematic Action Groups

Following on from our introductory thematic sessions on mental health and prison release, we will be holding two follow up sessions on the afternoons of the 9th and 10th December. If you are interested in joining either of these thematic action groups, please contact Laura Greason at If you were unable to attend the introductory sessions we are very happy to speak to you with more details and can send you a recording of the sessions. 
Latest policy news - COVID-19

Next Steps Accommodation Funding

Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has announced the allocation of £150 million government funding across England to provide new long-term homes for rough sleepers and other vulnerable people. 

Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund

Applications are now open for the new Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund. Homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations can apply for funding to provide single room and Covid-19 secure accommodation for people experiencing homelessness this winter.

A new approach to employment support

New Local has published a report 'This isn't working: reimagining employment support for people facing complex disadvantage' calling for a community-based approach for those who find it difficult to work due to the impact of disabilities and long-term health conditions. 

Blocking the path: how many problem drinkers are in treatment?

A recent feature from raises the question of how many of England's problem drinkers are in treatment and whether increasing rates of unmet need are a result of austerity driven-funding cuts.

Deportation proposals for foreign national rough sleepers

It has been reported that new post-Brexit immigration rules will put foreign nationals found rough sleeping at risk of deportation. Leading homelessness charities have called for these rules to be repealed. 

Rehabilitation and resettlement needs of minority ethnic prisoners

HM Inspectorate of Prisons has published a thematic review on Minority ethnic prisoners' experiences of rehabilitation and release planning

Lack of safe homes for women leaving prison

The Safe Homes for Women Leaving Prison initiative has published a new report exploring how the current system is leading thousands of women to be released from prison with nowhere to live. 

Substance use in prisons

HM Prison and Probation Service has published a new report exploring substance use in prisons. It considers the wider cultural features of prison that may have an impact on levels of drug use. Russell Webster has published a useful blog summarising findings. 

Smarter community sentences

The Centre for Justice Innovation has published a report calling on the government to take opportunities including the upcoming unification of the management of offenders within the National Probation Service and the new Sentencing White Paper to create smarter community sentences.

Covid-19: mental and physical health in prisons

The Prison Reform Trust CAPPTIVE project has published its second briefing on how prisons are responding to Covid-19. This time they raise the concern that extended periods in cells are likely to have a widespread and enduring impact on prisoners' mental and physical health.
COVID-19 Resources from the sector

Homeless Link updates

Homeless Link has called for the Government to implement 'Everybody In' for a second time to ensure people sleeping rough can stay safe during the new national lockdown. They have also responded to reported Government proposals to deport foreign nationals who are rough sleeping. 

Latest from Clinks

Clinks has submitted a response to the Justice Committee inquiry on the future of probation services and also published a report looking at the rationale and uses of cost benefit analysis.

News from Mind 

Mind has called for the Government to support people with mental health problems during the new national lockdown and make sure additional support is in place to protect those with serious mental health problems. 

Collective Voice 

Collective Voice has responded to the Office for National Statistics drug related deaths figures for 2019 calling on Government to use the second Black Review and the 2021 Addictions Strategy to create a vision of how drug and alcohol harms will be reduced and routes into recovery maximised.
Learning Opportunities

Leadership Programme: lived experience in the criminal justice system

The Lived Experience Movement at the Centre for Knowledge Equity and Clore Social Leadership are offering a free online leadership programme for lived experience leaders with direct, first-hand experience of the criminal justice system. Deadline for applications is Monday 9th November 2020 at 11.59pm.

System leadership during Covid-19

The Golden Key Partnership is hosting a webinar next week sharing learning about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on people with complex needs and outlining a written manifesto they have produced for their client group.

Psychological approaches to support people facing multiple disadvantage

Opportunity Nottingham is holding an event on Tuesday 17th November focusing on psychological approaches and interventions to support people facing multiple disadvantage. Places can be booked via their website

Housing First conference 2020

Homeless Link is hosting a two day online Housing First Conference on 3rd-4th December 2020. Places can be booked now

Webinar: Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund

Homeless Link, in partnership with Housing Justice, will be hosting a free webinar on the new Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund on 5th November 2-3pm. Places can be booked via their website.
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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