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Evaluation of the Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers programmes run by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) with support from the Department of Work and Pensions,

The programmes aim to develop innovative approaches to delivering housing options/advice services. They offer housing advice to people with low and medium housing need as well as those with acute need, and link housing and wider advice about a range of issues such as training and employment, financial management, and access to benefits.

This is the third edition of Youth Tracker, the quarterly newsletter looking at how Britain’s young people are faring in the recession, and what we can do to support them. A lot has happened since the last edition: Britain is now formally out of recession and a general election campaign is in full swing. Nevertheless, around 900,000 young people remain out of employment, education or training, with a serious risk of being ‘left behind’ by society.

The second edition of the Youth Tracker – a quarterly newsletter looking at how Britain’s young people are faring in the recession, and what can be done to support them. The aim of the newsletter is to focus on what the recession – and the recovery when it comes – mean for the most disadvantaged young people, particularly those not in employment, education or training.

This study examines international evidence on sanctions within welfare systems where benefits are conditional on claimant behaviour. It considers the impact of sanctions, the wider literature on how they have been used and the experiences of claimants. It also discusses how this evidence relates to political justifications given in support of sanctions.

Report of a study which attempted to improve understanding of the role of post-industrial decline on the health of Scotland through making comparisons between Scotland and other areas of Europe which have experienced a similar process of industrialisation and de-industrialisation.

Paper dealing with the social evils of UK society as experienced by people whose voices are not usually heard. Workshops/discussion groups with lone parents, ex-offenders, unemployed and other vulnerable and socially excluded people were used to explore personal experiences of living and coping with social evils. Ideas for overcoming them suggest a combined individual and collective responsibility to take forward social change.

Paper looking at the issue of how GPs can offer patients effective support to return to work following the issuing of a medical certificate due to mental health problems. It recommends a four-stage approach which involves appropriate therapy, an assessment of fitness to work, communication with employers and a back-to-work plan.

Report documenting the key public health challenges facing the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and laying out priority actions to tackle these challenges. Issues discussed include inequalities in health, obesity and alcohol misuse.

This document presents the findings of the "review, to examine the welfare reform and public services changes necessary to advance towards the Government's long-term goal of halving and eradicating child poverty." "The review includes both medium-term plans emerging from the 2004 Spending Review, and an assessment of the longer-term direction which policy needs to take in order to meet the Government's new child poverty target set out in the Spending Review."