London Councils report: welfare reform is not reducing rents

Tracking Welfare Reform: The Impact of Housing Benefit Reform in London (PDF) analyses the impact of changes to Local Housing Allowance (LHA), the main housing benefit. It finds that: the changes have not led to reduced rents. Some boroughs have seen rents rise by over 20 per cent over recent months – which pushes up rents [Read more]

Employment support for Londoners affected by the benefit cap: London’s offer and joint work protocol

From London Councils: During 2013, the government will set a cap on the total amount of benefits that each household in England can receive. Finding employment will mean households can avoid the benefit cap. The London Benefit Cap Employment Taskforce has produced this document to help service providers across the capital to deliver effective employment [Read more]

London Councils report argues for greater borough control over employment provision in London

London Councils have published a report called Getting London Working which reviews the performance of different employment support programmes operating in London and argues that giving boroughs and local organisations greater control over employment programmes would increase performance: Most employment support programmes are designed at the national level and this does not allow for local [Read more]

London Councils launch ESF Borough specifications for Brent, Enfield, Hackney, Havering, Islington, Redbridge, Sutton

London Councils has launched a new ESF tendering round. Tender specifications have been designed for seven London boroughs: Borough Available amount Details Brent £190,000 This project will deliver an innovative and tailored employment and training programme to support Brent residents with mental health needs. Enfield £190,000 Hackney £237,500 Havering £237,500 Islington £95,000 The Project will provide [Read more]

Successful London Councils ESF bidders announced

London Councils have published the list of applications which have been recommended for funding for their ESF programme. Congratulations to: Adults with long-term health conditions Disability Times Trust (Project title: Disabled Parents Employment Service) People with mental health needs Peter Bedford Housing Association (Project title: Working Futures 2012 – 14) People from ethnic groups with [Read more]

London Councils release details of applications its ESF round

London Councils had released information on the number of applications it received in its recent (October 2012) commissioning ESF round. The bids are still being assessed and the successful applicants can expect to be contacted in mid January. The information on applications is available via the Voluntary Sector Forum pages of the LVSC website here. Under Priority [Read more]

Boroughs have no influence on the Work Programme, says London Councils

Almost half of London’s boroughs say they have ‘no influence’ over the Work Programme in their local area, according to new survey from London Councils (the organisation representing the capital’s 33 local authorities, surveyed boroughs in summer 2012 on how the Work Programme was progressing in their area.) On a scale of one to five, [Read more]

Get ready for an upcoming London Councils ESF round (details to be confirmed)

LVSC understands that London Councils will launch its European Social Fund (ESF) round in late August. The details are yet to be finalised but there will be up to 10 projects, providing up to 3,067 people with training for employment. The total gross programme value will be approx £2million. The launch date is likely to be late [Read more]

London boroughs pledge to create more jobs and training opportunities

All of London’s 33 local authorities endorsed The Procurement Pledge on Employment and Skills at a meeting of London Councils’ Leaders’ Committee on Tuesday (13 December). … Each borough will decide exactly how the pledge it will work in their area and will start by March. There are a number of options as to how [Read more]

Housing benefit caps force families out of town | Society | The Guardian

Ahmed’s will be one of a flood of families forced to move out of privately rented homes in inner London to the outer boroughs or beyond once the government’s new housing benefit rules start coming into effect for existing claimants in January. London Councils’ figures suggest there will be an exodus of 82,000 households. It [Read more]