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LGA responds to public health announcement
LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019
LGA responds to extension of Blue Badge scheme
“People can help councils win the fight against Blue Badge fraud, by tipping us off about people they suspect are illegally using a badge, bearing in mind this new eligibility and that people’s need for a badge might not be obvious.”
Westminster: Psychological in-reach support into hostels
Rough sleepers are offered one-to-one psychological help in the London borough under an initiative that has also seen frontline professionals given training in supporting their clients.
Tower Hamlets: Outreach psychotherapy for rough sleepers
The council has taken on a psychotherapist to go out on to the streets and work alongside the borough’s outreach team, helping to turn around the lives of rough sleepers.
Sefton: Outreach drug and alcohol support for rough sleepers
A nurse prescriber from the drug and alcohol service has started doing outreach work with the homeless support team. The work has focused on one particular town centre in the district after concerns were raised about a core group of rough sleepers who were not engaged with treatment.
Preston: The benefits of a ‘housing first’ approach to reduce rough sleeping
A voluntary sector group which provides services for rough sleepers in Preston has set up a “Housing First” approach, giving clients a guarantee of accommodation which then allows them to address health and social issues they have.
North East Lincolnshire: Providing rough sleepers with GP care and more
A dedicated GP surgery for vulnerable groups, including homeless people, has been set up in Grimsby. The practice provides everything from general health care to food parcels and advice on housing and benefits.
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