To tackle the scourge of Rough Sleeping, we recommended the introduction of ‘Housing First’ a policy that provides accommodation and a key worker to homeless people to help them break the cycle of homelessness. This was inspired by frontline organisations such as Homeless Link, The Bridge, and Streets 2 Homes.
Inspired by Oldham-based Focused Care, we recommended a policy of Universal Support to help the hundreds of thousands of people who are not in work but wish to work. Working with the government we helped to design the programme that was announced by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt with a commitment of £1 billion investment.
This hidden issue was brought to light by CSJ Alliance charities such as Justice & Care, Exaireo, and Street Talk. Through CSJ recommendations and campaigning, the government has now committed to tackling the issue.
Severe School Absence
Insights from many CSJ Alliance charities reveal increase of children absent from school. Working with School Home Support, we published several reports revealing the scale of severe absence has reached 140,000 children. After a huge media campaign, the government to has issued new guidance and committed to a £5m pilot scheme.