VoiCeS Weekly Update 16th July 2015

Supporting Families Events
The ‘Supporting Families’ partnership in Northumberland has produced a Local Outcomes Plan which sets out how successful outcomes for families will be measured. This will be a key part of the Early Help Strategy moving forward and provides an excellent framework for managers and practitioners to demonstrate the difference their practice is making with families.

They have organised three events which will give an overview of the Local Outcomes Plan, explain how it fits with the Early Help Strategy and provide an opportunity for practitioners and managers to see how it will fit with their practice.

These events will be held as follows:

14th September 9am - 11.30am Choppington Welfare
16th September 9am - 11.30am Tynedale Mart, Hexham
17th September 9am - 11.30am Belford Resource Centre
For further information and to register, please contact Abi Ridley at
The Official Launch of New Service - Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services
Supporting all victims of domestic abuse across Northumberland, who have experienced domestic abuse at any time in their lives.
As from the 1st July 15, 608030 have changed their name and services to Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services, NDAS for short.

They are taking referrals again as they have secured some interim funding from the Northern Rock Foundation to fund 2 support workers in post for 6 months.  The team hope to be able to announce shortly confirmation of funding from various sources.

Want to Know More?
Please get in touch with NDAS at:
Address: PO Box 259, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 9FY 
Telephone: 01434 608030; 01434 416046    
Mobile: 07971 569683 
NSCB Courses - September 2015
There is availability on the following courses:  

Signs of Safety (2 day course):
7th & 8th September; 09:30-16:30; West Hartford Fire Station

Self Harm:
9th  September; 09:30-13:00; Bell View, Belford

11th September; 09:30-16:30; West Hartford Fire Station

Child Sexual Exploitation:
17th September; 09:30-12:30; Prudhoe Fuse Centre

Undertaking Section 47 Enquiries:
22nd September; 09:30-16:30; West Hartford Fire Station
To Book a Place... 
Please contact Rachel Sweeney
Telephone: 01670 623164
Summer Budget 2015
The Chancellor George Osborne delivered the summer budget last week. The first Conservative Party-only budget since 1996 contained many policies which will impact upon children, young people and families, as well as the voluntary sector, including:
  • Working age benefits, including tax credits and local housing allowance, but excluding maternity pay and disability benefits, to be frozen for 4 years
  • Child Tax Credits and Universal Credit to be restricted to two children by 2017, unless third child is result of twin, triplets or other multiple birth
  • Means tested student maintenance grants to be scrapped and replaced in 2016/17 with loans repaid once salary reaches more than £20,000
  • New ‘Youth Obligation’ for 18 to 21 year olds to ensure that young people earn or learn, as well as abolition of housing benefit for this age group
  • Free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds will be doubled to 30 hours a week from September 2017
  • Benefits capped at £20,000 from £26,000 (£23,000 in London)
  • National Minimum Wage to become ‘national living wage’ from April 2016, with current minimum wage (£6.50) rising to £7.20 and rising to £9 an hour by 2020, for workers aged over 25
  • Local authority and housing association tenants who earn more than £30,000 or £40,000 in London will have to pay up to the market rent
  • Social housing rents will be reduced by 1% per year for next 4 years and housing association tenants to be given right to buy
  • Public sector pay rises limited to 1% a year for four years
  • NHS to receive a further £8 billion by 2020
  • Inheritance tax threshold to be raised to £1 million



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