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Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research report looking at how housing associations have responded to changes. 15 May 2014 Based on in-depth interviews with 15 housing associations across England, this report highlights the changes experienced by housing associations since last April. It documents some of the strategic responses, from amending policies and practices, reviewing development plans to mobilising staff from across different departments to face the new challenges. Overall, the associations saw themselves as coping well and felt that they would be able to manage current arrears levels if no further problems arose. However, they did report that some tenants seemed to be facing an ever increasing burden, faced with an accumulation of changes including the bedroom tax, the changes in council tax benefit and rising utility costs.

Feeling out of control when it comes to money can be scary, especially if you don’t know whether you’ve got enough to live on. Getting a single monthly Universal Credit payment may be making you even more nervous about keeping your head above water. The...

At the time of writing Universal Credit is to be rolled out in Dundee from February 2015. Universal Credit is basically a new way of paying benefits. It brings together several different benefits and combines them into one monthly payment which will be paid straight into a claimant’s bank account. Universal Credit is a means tested benefit for people of working age. Part of the declared intent behind Universal Credit is to enable people to return to work although it is also open to people in work, sick or disabled, caring for children under the age of 1 or someone with a disability. Consequently in broad terms to claim Universal Credit a person will be expected to take action to find work. The person will have to agree to a ‘Claimant Commitment’ which identifies what they are going to do to find work or indeed a better job or earn more money, an Action Plan in effect. This plan should take into consideration aspects of a person’s life which could impact on their ability to work, for example their health or caring duties at home. There is also in-work conditionality. For further information on Universal Credit conditionality Positively it encourages people to find employment by not restricting the hours you can work. The benefit paid will be reduced as the person earns more which means those people on a low income will not lose all their benefits at once.

Shubhangi is the first girl from the red light area who doing General Nursing and Midwife professional course. Here is an up to date report that was written by the Rev. Timothy Jalam. Click Here for full report....

[caption id="attachment_657" align="aligncenter" width="866"] Merry Christmas from everyone at Positive Steps[/caption]...

We have just updated of STEP College Page on our website. You will find last years report along with case studies from the people who participate last year....

[caption id="attachment_624" align="alignright" width="595"] Derek (Chief Executive) & Lord Provost[/caption] Positive Steps where invited to the City Chambers by the Lord Provost to mark our 25 years in Dundee. . It was an excellent occasion which showcased and recognised the great work Positive Steps undertakes in Dundee    ...

Positive Steps would like to congratulate Marisol Lopez and Jurij Aleksandrov on their outstanding First Class Honours Degree’s. Marisol and Jurij came to Positive Steps on their Voluntary Social Research Placements for the Community Links Module at the University of Abertay, Dundee. This module allows...