Housing, health and child protection news

Here are the recent Government policy headlines… Interesting read:

The Independent on Sunday relays the views of several experts who offer their opinion on how to rectify housing market issues. Michael Oxley, of the Centre for Housing & Planning Research at the University of Cambridge, calls for the government to reverse the decision to reduce rents over the next four years in an effort to boost social housebuilding. Roger Harding, director of communications at Shelter, suggests following examples from continental Europe where land prices are kept low and supply kept steady by strong local planning powers, saying doing the same in the UK “could build the genuinely affordable homes we desperately need.” Bill Davies at the Institute for Public Policy Research North says land bankers should be punished with tax on land with planning permission where construction levels are slow and a more aggressive “use it or lose it” land policy. The Independent on Sunday, Page: 62

Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, has warned that the NHS’s financial black hole will become even bigger than the £30bn expected by 2020 if local council social care budgets are cut again. Mr Stevens warned such a development would put even more pressure on hospitals and GP surgeries. The Observer, Page: 8

The government will this week launch a consultation on mandatory reporting of known cases of female genital mutilation that will obligate teachers and health workers to report instances of the practice in girls below the age of 18. This will work alongside the recently introduced FGM protection orders which enable individuals including teachers to apply to a court for an order to protect possible victims. The Independent on Sunday, Page: 10

This blog is for UNICEF. Thanks for reading. 


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