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Three-day Southern rail strike gets underway: Here’s the rest of the industrial action planned for the month

Tuesday 10 January 2017 10:59 am Three-day Southern rail strike gets underway: Here’s the rest of the industrial action planned for the month Today, Tuesday 10 January Wednesday 11 January Friday 13 January Tuesday 24 January Wednesday 25 January Friday 27 January whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSportPirateMeet The Woman Catherine Bell Is Dating At 52SportPirateSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldWarped SpeedCan You Name More State Capitals Than A 5th Grader? Find Out Now!Warped SpeedPensAndPatronTori Roloff Confirms Sad Family NewsPensAndPatron Buses will link: Oxted with Sevenoaks (connect with Southeastern) Uckfield with Tunbridge Wells via Crowborough (connect to Southeastern) Eastbourne with Hastings (connect with Southeastern) Bexhill to Hastings (connect with Southeastern) Horsham to Dorking (connect with South West Trains) Hastings to Ashford calling all stations (connect to Southeastern) Chichester to Havant (connect with South West Trains) Seaford to Lewes calling all stations (local service, no onward connection) East Grinstead to Gatwick (connect to Gatwick Express) Rebecca Smith Share Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said: “We don’t want to inconvenience passengers, nor do our members want to lose money, because we want to help build a better railway for Britain. But we have been forced to go on strike by an intransigent management that has not been prepared to negotiate with us. Southern are bullies.”He said the union’s door “is, and has always been, open” for talks.Southern rail strike dates: Southern is advising passengers to avoid all travel unless it’s essential as no services will be running. Commuters were braced for more trouble as Southern warned: “Anyone who does travel should expect to queue, plan for longer journeys and realise the service they join will be exceptionally busy.”Read more: Jeremy Corbyn says he’d join a Southern rail picket lineThe industrial action is over the role of the guard. On a normal weekday Southern has 2,242 trains timetabled and around 300,000 passengers using the services.Angie Doll, Southern’s passenger service director, said: “There will also be significant disruption and hardship on the days Aslef is not on strike because of their overtime ban, especially on Thursday when trains will be out of position because of the strikes on each day either side. We are deeply sorry for the unnecessary and unwarranted disruption this dispute is causing.”Read more: This is how much the 24-hour tube strike is going to cost London On the bright side, Transport for London (TfL) has said Tube services are back to normal today after a 24-hour strike caused numerous travel headaches for the capital’s commuters.On the not so bright side, the next batch of Southern rail strikes get underway today, as workers of the train drivers’ union Aslef start a three-day walkout – spanning today, tomorrow and Friday. Southern has warned Thursday’s services will also be disrupted though as an overtime ban from Aslef remains in place.   whatsapp read more

Javid sets out post-Brexit immigration rules in hotly anticipated white paper

first_imgWednesday 19 December 2018 2:32 pm Meanwhile visitors from the EU will not need visas for entry. The plans are scheduled to be phased in from 2021.The proposals follow a report by the Migration Advisory Committee in September which said the UK should not give preferential treatment to EU workers.Javid described the immigration white paper as “delivering on the clear instruction to get control over our borders and will bring in a new system that works in the interest of the British people.”It will be a single, skills-based immigration system built around the talent and expertise people can bring, rather than where they come from – maximising the benefits of immigration and demonstrating the UK is open for business.” Home secretary Sajid Javid has unveiled the government’s post-Brexit immigration plans in a white paper this afternoon, with low-skilled workers no longer automatically receiving the right to work in the UK.Javid had said earlier in the day that the plans wouldn’t include a specific target to reduce annual net migration to the UK, however Prime Minister Theresa May later said the government would be sticking to its manifesto commitment of reducing immigration to the tens of thousands. Javid sets out post-Brexit immigration rules in hotly anticipated white paper Emily Nicolle The target remains undetermined in the new exit proposals, revealed in the much-delayed white paper that was initially promised to MPs last year.Javid told the BBC this morning that the government remained committed to “bringing net migration to sustainable levels”.He added that there was “no reason to think” the plans might harm the economy.Under the proposed new rules, low-skilled workers entering the UK from EU countries will instead be asked to apply for short-term visas of up to a year. The government also said it plans to ditch the existing cap on skilled workers coming into the country, and to seek a consultation on installing a minimum salary requirement of £30,000 a year for skilled EU migrants on five-year visas. This already applies to non-EU workers in most cases. whatsapp Share whatsapp Tags: Brexit People Sajid Javidlast_img read more

Former Lib Dem minister Michael Moore takes top job at British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

first_imgTuesday 26 March 2019 6:17 pm whatsapp Jessica Clark “He has an intimate knowledge of Westminster and Government, is a first-class communicator and has also had direct experience of working with the private equity and venture capital sector in his role at PwC.“I am confident that he will be an excellent leader of the BVCA at this important time for our industry and for UK business more generally.” Read more: Sir Vince Cable to step down as Lib Dem leader in MayThe former MP for the Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale constituency in the Scottish Borders was appointed as secretary of state for Scotland in the coalition government between 2010 and 2013.Moore, a chartered accountant, was also European business adviser to Nick Clegg until leaving Parliament after the 2015 general election.BVCA chairman, Calum Paterson, said: ““Michael brings exceptional credentials and experience in both business and politics.Read more: Lib Dem Stephen Lloyd resigns party whip to vote for May’s Brexit deal Former Liberal Democrat MP and front bench minister Michael Moore has been appointed as the director general of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.Moore, who is currently a senior advisor at PwC, will succeed Tim Hames at the industry organisation later this year. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionUndoFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleUndoPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemUndoPets DetectiveAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongPets DetectiveUndocenter_img Share Former Lib Dem minister Michael Moore takes top job at British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association whatsapp Tags: Private equitylast_img read more

Morgan Stanley profit drops by nearly a third

first_imgThe bank said earnings attributable to common shareholders fell to $1.59bn, or $1.01 per share, in the quarter ended 31 March, from $2.34bn, or $1.39 per share, a year ago. Profit at the big banks was hit by billions of dollars in credit provisions to cover an expected wave of loan defaults as the coronavirus crashes the US economy. Profit at Goldman, Citi and Bank of America fell by nearly half, while Wells Fargo’s profit fell nearly 90 per cent. (Getty Images) Thursday 16 April 2020 3:31 pm Morgan Stanley profit drops by nearly a third (Getty Images) Also Read: Morgan Stanley profit drops by nearly a third Share The wealth business, which the bank has previously been a reliable source of revenue during periods of market volatility, reported a pre-tax margin of 26.1 per cent, below the bank’s target range of 28-30 per cent. James Booth whatsapp Advisory revenue fell 11 per cent as dealmaking plunged in the quarter as businesses braced for a massive slowdown in the coming months. Morgan Stanley joined fellow big US banks Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Citi and Wells Fargo in posting steep profit drops in the first quarter as the world looks set to endure the deepest recession since the 1930s. The bank’s trading desks were a bright spot with a 30 per cent surge in revenue, boosted by wild swings in markets during the quarter. This was led by a 29 per cent jump in bond trading and a 20 per cent rise in equities.center_img Morgan Stanley today said profit for the first quarter fell 32 per cent as its advisory and wealth management businesses took a hit from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. (Getty Images) Also Read: Morgan Stanley profit drops by nearly a third Morgan Stanley’s wealth management unit, which contributes roughly half of its total revenue, fell eight per cent to $4.04bn (£3.23), after it was hit by the chaos in financial markets. Analysts had expected a profit of $1.14 per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. “While it’s too early to predict how this will unfold, Morgan Stanley navigated the quarter well given the conditions,” Gorman said. (Getty Images) Also Read: Morgan Stanley profit drops by nearly a third (Getty Images) Also Read: Morgan Stanley profit drops by nearly a third “Over the past two months, we have witnessed more market volatility, uncertainty and anxiety as a result of the devastating covid-19 than at any time since the financial crisis,” chief executive James Gorman said. whatsapp Today the US Department of Labor said 5.2m Americans made new jobless claims last week, taking the total of people to have made new claims in the last month to 22m. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Brown bear shot on Douglas Island — the first documented kill in decades

first_imgCommunity | Juneau | Public Safety | WildlifeBrown bear shot on Douglas Island — the first documented kill in decadesMay 31, 2017 by Jacob Resneck, KTOO Share:Update | 12:36 p.m. WednesdayA homeowner shot and killed a brown bear on Douglas Island last week. It’s the first brown bear documented on the island in more than 40 years.Sightings of brown bears are often reported but there’s been no proof – until now, said Ryan Scott, regional conservation supervisor for Alaska Department of Fish & Game.An adult brown bear weighing at least 700 pounds was shot and killed by a homeowner near North Douglas Highway on May 25. Authorities ruled the killing justified in defense of life and property. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Wildlife Troopers)“Over the years we’ve had reports of bears swimming around, being sighted in the water adjacent to Douglas and some other anecdotal information,” Scott said Wednesday. “Folks see a bear and they believe it is a brown bear, but we’ve never been able to confirm it.”Authorities didn’t name the man who reported that he heard a racket outside his home about 6:30 a.m. May 25 near mile 5 of North Douglas Highway.“The homeowner went out to scare the bear away, which is a normal thing for Juneau,” he said. “Instead of responding like we would normally expect, running away, essentially, the bear actually turned to face him. The homeowner felt like the bear was imminently going to come to him and he dispatched the animal.”The homeowner reported the shooting shortly afterward.Alaska Wildlife Troopers investigated the killing of the male bear, which reportedly weighed more than 700 pounds. The shooting was ruled justified.“The wildlife troopers did visit the site and talked to the homeowner and looked around a little bit and it looked like the home was well-kept,” Scott said. “There were no noticeable attractants or things like that. It’s a little bit of a head-scratcher as to why the bear was as agitated as it was.”— Jacob Resneck, KTOOOriginal post | 11:38 a.m. TuesdayFirst confirmed brown bear on Douglas Island in decades killedThe first confirmed brown bear on Douglas Island in decades was killed last week in what state officials say was reported as a shooting in defense of life or property.Tom Schumacher, a Douglas-based Fish and Game management coordinator, said the adult boar was killed at a residence near Mile 5 of the North Douglas Highway, across Gastineau Channel from Juneau. The homeowner, a commercial fisherman, was awakened by “a bear tearing up things behind his house,” according to Schumacher.“He went outside with a rifle and intended to just yell at the bear,” Schumacher said. “When he did that, the bear looked at him, so he thought it was going to charge him.”Alaska Wildlife Troopers visited the scene of the shooting afterward. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email that the bear was “black-ish” in color and the investigation indicated the shooting was appropriate.“At this point, it is highly unlikely that a citation is warranted,” Peters wrote.Schumacher said Douglas Island’s bear population is “not numerous.” Although visitors to the island’s west side, facing away from Juneau, have reported seeing brown bears, Schumacher said they’ve been difficult to identify in photos.“We haven’t had a brown bear documented on Douglas Island since 1974,” Schumacher said.That bear was also killed, by a hunter near Fish Creek, slightly farther north along the highway than Thursday’s shooting.The hide and skull of the bear killed last week have been submitted to Fish and Game, Schumacher said, in accordance with state requirements for any defensive bear death. The remains are undergoing testing to be compared with other samples at Fish and Game in an attempt to determine whether the animal came from the mainland or nearby Admiralty Island – a 3-mile swim the bears can readily make.“The homeowner told us he keeps a very clean yard, so why the bear was there and acting the way it was remains a mystery,” Schumacher said. “We don’t know where it came from or how long it’s been here.”Schumacher said island-bound brown bear populations, including more than 1,000 estimated on Admiralty Island, are generally more abundant than mainland bears in Southeast Alaska. They also tend to be genetically distinct due to their isolation.“New bears don’t go there and bears from there don’t generally leave,” Schumacher said. “They have a lot of salmon streams on them – there’s a lot to eat, so those islands tend to be particularly productive.”Editor’s note: This story has been republished with permission from the Alaska Dispatch News.— Chris Klint, Alaska Dispatch NewsShare this story:last_img read more

British Columbia fires near Stikine River partially contained

first_imgNation & World | Public Safety | SoutheastBritish Columbia fires near Stikine River partially containedAugust 23, 2018 by Joe Viechnicki, KFSK-Petersburg Share:Fire burns near the Stikine River and Sawmill Lake near the community of Telegraph Creek. (Photo courtesy British Columbia Wildfire Service)Wildfires burning near the Stikine River in British Columbia now are partially contained.The Alkali Lake fire was discovered Aug. 1 and is estimated to have burned an estimated 96,000 acres.The fire is now 11 percent contained, according to the British Columbia Wildfire Service.Firefighting crews are working to minimize further impact to two small communities on the river where some buildings have burned:  Glenora and Telegraph Creek, which is is about 160 miles from Wrangell, Alaska.“We’re seeing increased inactive edges of the fire and it’s a very slow moving ground fire for the most part but when winds pick up we see increased fire activity,” said Torbjorn Rive, a fire information officer at a firefighting camp in Dease Lake.It’s an improved status for the blaze that was started by lightning and was burning out of control earlier this month.The regional government declared a state of emergency early this month and an evacuation order was issued for the area.Residents in the two communities left for nearby towns.An incident command crew from Australia has been leading the effort to battle the blaze. Rive said firefighters from across Canada and some from Mexico are working day-and-night.“We’ve got a total of 170 people here,” Rive said. “We’ve got a night shift going and they’re working on and in support of protecting structures and critical assets. We focus on lives and we focus on critical infrastructure and saving as many homes and other values as much as possible. We’ve got I think 19 pieces of heavy equipment, working on fire guards and that includes four water tenders and we got nine helicopters up here, doing things like bucketing and a little bit of foaming operations.”Electrical power has been restored to Telegraph Creek.Traffic has been slowed on the main highway through the area, Highway 37, because of heavy smoke.The roadway to Telegraph, Highway 51, is open only to fire-fighting crews and critical staff.Many other blazes are burning throughout the province. The British Columbia government declared a state of emergency Aug. 14 with more than 500 active fires.Share this story:last_img read more

Group wants longer lunch and recess at Anchorage elementary schools

first_imgEducation | Food | Health | SouthcentralGroup wants longer lunch and recess at Anchorage elementary schoolsJanuary 8, 2019 by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media Share:More than 5,300 people have signed an online petition asking the district to require no less than 30 minutes a day for lunch and equal time for recess. (Creative Commons photo by Bob Nichols/USDA)Nearly two dozen teachers, parents and community members dominated public testimony at Monday night’s Anchorage School Board meeting, asking the school district to set aside more time for lunch and recess in elementary schools.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/01/ann-20190108-10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.More than 5,300 people have signed an online petition asking the district to require no less than 30 minutes a day for lunch and equal time for recess. The proposal was put together by a group called ASD60.“We make time in our schedules for the things that are important,” said Carey Carpenter, one of the organizers of ASD60. “The health and wellness of our kids is as important as their reading scores, and we need to make time for it.”Carpenter’s children go to Sand Lake Elementary School in Anchorage. She said the school recently shortened their lunch and recess period from an hour to 45 minutes. Last year, the district mandated that all elementary schools must allocate at least 45 minutes to recess and lunch. About two-thirds of the elementary schools in the district had less time before the mandate.Mark Stock, the deputy superintendent for the district, said Sand Lake Elementary used to be an outlier, with more time for lunch and recess than other schools.“So there was a period of several years where they lengthened it from the normal 40-45 minutes to 60,” Stock said. “And then there was a change in principals who looked at it and realized they were an outlier, and realized that with all the pressure and everything going on, he shortened it to be what the district guidelines were.”ASD60 wants the mandate to be at least an hour.The group claims research shows extra time for lunch and recess leads students to engage in healthier lifestyles.Carpenter’s third grade daughter Anya testified that once you factor in standing in line and cleaning up, lunch is only 13 minutes.“I need food for energy, and I need energy to concentrate at school,” Anya said. “During lunch, kids like me do not eat very fast, so they do not finish their entire lunch, whether they packed it from home or they got the hot lunch.”Stock said the district agrees that there are lots of benefits to increasing lunch and recess time, but if that were to happen, the time would have to come from somewhere else — most likely, reading class time.“I know people are saying that the more recess we have, the better students will do in their reading,” Stock said. “That’s only true when you’re also getting the reading as well. You can’t just do physical activity and expect reading skills to go up.”Stock said he’s happy that there’s a discussion over the benefits of recess and lunch and that the district is working with the petition’s advocates to find a solution.At the end of the school board meeting, board member Mark Foster volunteered to look into the next steps for how to address the concerns of ASD60.Share this story:last_img read more

Canadians’ overall investment knowledge is low: CSA

Keywords Fraud,  Financial literacyCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators It also found that most Canadians have unrealistic expectations of market returns. When asked what they think the annual rate of return on the average investment portfolio is today, the CSA reports that, only 12% gave a realistic estimate, 30% offered an unrealistic estimate, and 59% didn’t know. Yet, despite this lack of basic knowledge, 57% said they are confident when it comes to making investment decisions. The survey also found that almost 30% of those surveyed believe they have been approached with an investment fraud at some point in their life. Yet, just 29% of those potential fraud victims said they reported the most recent occurrence to the authorities. “Our research shows that Canadians continue to be approached with fraudulent investments and aren’t reporting it,” says Bill Rice, chair of the CSA, an chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC). “As securities regulators, enforcement is always a top priority for us, and to help us investigate investment fraud, we need to hear from those who have been affected. We encourage investors to report suspected fraudulent investments and to protect themselves by recognizing the warning signs of fraud.” The survey also found that 49% report that they have a financial advisor, up from 46% in 2009, and 42% in 2006. However, just 31% say that they have a formal financial plan. While this is up from 25% who said they had a plan in the previous survey in 2009, they are reviewing that plan less frequently (78% say they reviewed their plan in the past 12 months, down from 83% in 2009). Also, it found that 60% of those with a financial advisor have never completed any form of background check on their advisor. Additionally, the survey found that investors are more optimistic about the long-term than the immediate future. It found that 52% said they are optimistic about achieving their investment targets in the next five years, versus 39% who are optimistic about the next 12 months. And, just over half believed they would be able to maintain or increase their level of current income in the coming 12 months, it notes. For the first time, the survey also broached the issue of the role social media plays as a source of investment information. It found that social media is emerging as an investment tool, with over one-third of Canadians saying they have used at least one social media platform as a source of information about investing. However, traditional channels still dominate, the CSA notes, with finance professionals remaining the most common source; and, face-to-face meetings deemed to be the most reliable source of information when making investment decisions. The research, which combines a telephone study with an in-depth online study, was carried out by Innovative Research Group with 6,911 Canadian adults online between May 17 and 31. The online sample was weighted by age, gender, and geography to reflect the actual demographic composition of the population. It estimates a margin of error of +/-1.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says With a low level of investment knowledge, and unrealistic market expectations, it’s little surprise that, according to a new investor survey, Canadian investors remain popular targets for fraudsters. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released the third edition of its survey of investment knowledge, investor behaviour and incidence of investment fraud today, revealing that Canadians remain susceptible to fraud. According to the 2012 CSA Investor Index, “the overall investment knowledge of Canadians is low”, with 40% failing a general investment knowledge test. DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraud Imposters among us, CSA warns Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

NSWMA Removing Abandoned Vehicles in Trelawny

first_imgRelatedNSWMA Removing Abandoned Vehicles in Trelawny NSWMA Removing Abandoned Vehicles in Trelawny UncategorizedJanuary 10, 2009 RelatedNSWMA Removing Abandoned Vehicles in Trelawny Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail In its drive to beautify the town of Falmouth and by extension the parish of Trelawny, the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), has embarked on a drive to remove all derelict vehicles from the streets throughout the parish.According to the NSWMA Zonal Monitor for North Trelawny, Paul Campbell, between December 2008 and January 8, some 15 such vehicles have been removed from the streets throughout the parish.“For the month of December to January we have removed 15 old vehicles and the breakdown is as follows: one on the Wiltshire main road, one in Granville, four in Rock district, six in Falmouth Gardens, one in Salt Marsh, one on King Street, Falmouth and one on lower Harbour Street Falmouth,” he stated.Mr. Campbell was tabling a report at the monthly meeting of the Trelawny Parish Council, held in the Council Chamber in Falmouth yesterday (January 8).He disclosed that in addition, six notices were served on individuals to remove vehicles that have become eye-sores and health hazards and are in close proximity to the roadway. He said that his agency is prepared to continue the removal of derelict vehicles from the roadways in Trelawny, as long as it is necessary.He explained that persons with vehicles who want them to be removed but do not have the capability to do so, can contact the NSWMA for assistance.The NSWMA North Trelawny zonal monitor also disclosed that his Trelawny outfit has received a compactor, and a truck to increase the fleet in the parish to four compactors and one truck.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Trelawny Parish Council and Mayor of Falmouth, Colin Gager, complimented the NSWMA for its efforts in keeping the Parish clean. He also expressed the hope that the removal of derelict vehicles from the roadways throughout the parish can be an ongoing effort. RelatedNSWMA Removing Abandoned Vehicles in Trelawnylast_img read more

Robert Jenrick’s speech to Centre for Social Justice

first_imgRobert Jenrick’s speech to Centre for Social Justice Thank you for that kind introduction.It’s a pleasure to join you and the Centre for Social Justice at the launch of your ‘Close to Home’ report which makes a really powerful contribution to the debate around how we can end rough sleeping.In particular, I want to thank Andy Cook and Joe Shalam who are tireless campaigners, the work that the CSJ publishes is both inspirational and integral to our plans for the future.What guides you is what guides this government: a belief that opportunities should be more equal and background no barrier to success. And a commitment to helping those who have been held back by accident, circumstance or misstep, to achieve the fulfilment and happiness of rewarding work, security at home and nourishing relationships.The pandemic has reminded us as Robert Kennedy said, that those who live with us are our brothers and sisters, that they share with us the same short moment of life, that they seek, as we do, nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and in happiness.Which is why our goal to reduce rough sleeping is more important than ever.An extraordinary thing has happened over the course of the past year: the pandemic has accelerated and magnified many forces like never before, upending people’s lives, businesses and communities. But it is rare that something entirely positive has happened, and that is the manner in which we as a country have supported rough sleepers throughout the pandemic.Our priority is to ensure that the 37,000 vulnerable people and rough sleepers ‘Everyone In’ has helped never return to a life on the streets. We have made good progress so far with at least 26,000 of those supported by the programme now in long term accommodation, and new figures published today paint a picture of a country that is changing.I am pleased to tell you that the number of people sleeping rough has fallen for the third year in a row. Across England, the numbers have fallen by 37% to 2,688. And since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, the number of people rough sleeping has reduced by over 40%.We have also published, alongside the snapshot this year, additional management information indicating that the number of people on the streets reported by local authorities fell to 1,743 in December and 1,461 in January.For the first time in many years London has seen a significant fall as well, mirroring the rest of the country with a 37% decrease. And again, that achievement has been built upon in the months that have passed since.I want to say thank you to the hard work of Rachael Robathan and Georgia Gould – the leaders of Westminster and Camden Councils and their respective teams in the West End. The London figures published today, which show the largest decrease since these statistics began, highlight the impact of their work and the dedication of the staff.We’ve seen a number of areas that have reached 0 rough sleepers at the snapshot – including Ashford and Basingstoke – among many others. And major cities have seen quite exceptional improvement, like Birmingham where numbers have fallen to just 17 people.Having, I hope, praised the many great achievements, in all types of places and by councils of all political colours, it is worth noting that there are wide variations, which shows that whilst some local authorities have achieved truly exceptional things this year, there are others somewhat less so. There are differences of approach and of commitment. Those yet to conquer this issue, must learn from those that have or are on the way.It is almost a year since I phoned Dame Louise Casey and discussed how the pandemic would impact rough sleepers. Not then a reality in this country, a distant threat, but one whose drumbeat was drawing inexorably closer and louder. Louise was in Australia, struggling to get a flight home. We agreed immediately that the right approach was to emphasise protecting the most vulnerable people among us. And upon her return she came to Marsham Street and in her characteristic way, gave herself fully to the task ahead. I’m immensely grateful to Louise for her energy, commitment and friendship.That conversation, and the meetings that took place in the following weeks led to the birth of the Everyone In programme, and later the next phase, our Protect Programme. A programme that has saved many lives.TS Eliot said that sometimes things become possible if we want them badly enough. That describes Everyone In. But you also need exceptional people. The work of staff in shelters, of council support workers, of outreach workers, of volunteers at soup kitchens and to so many others – whose work is unglamorous and often unnoticed, but is vital and noble.I should also like to place on record my gratitude for the commitment and dedication of the civil servants at the Ministry of Housing with whom I work. Under the superb leadership of Penny Hobman and Catherine Bennion, who demonstrate every day a real passion and idealism for this cause.We know that the community, charity and faith sectors are instrumental to this effort. Importantly, nobody comes off the streets because of the work of one agency. A critical element of the success of Everyone In was due to the quality of our partnerships: so I must extend thanks and gratitude to those charities that have paved the way on this issue, especially to the inspirational Jon Sparkes from Crisis and Petra Salva from St Mungo’s.And I need to thank my two immediate predecessors in this role, Sajid Javid and James Brokenshire. It would be wrong to see Everyone In as some kind of remarkable start-up. It’s success was built on the foundations they had laid. Both cared passionately about this issue, and indeed do still.Sajid started the Housing First pilot – work that as we will hear today, the CSJ has proved so vital in spearheading. The Homelessness Reduction Act happened under his leadership. James oversaw the reinvigoration of the Rough Sleepers Initiative, whose impact is well evidenced and had driven the two prior years of reductions, in 2018 and 2019.As our vaccination programme gathers speed and we begin to turn the tide on COVID-19, it is right that we cement the incredible gains we have made over the last twelve months, acknowledging the seriousness and the weight of the challenges we have yet to face.The late Lord Ashdown, in a notable speech on homelessness, once compared tackling rough sleeping at times of economic disruption to “leaves in a gale” – the faster you collect the leaves, the faster they gust away again, and all the time more fall around you in the headwind. And there will be headwinds to come as we exit lockdown and move beyond the pandemic.The truth is, we cannot begin to tackle this issue until we begin to tackle its causes: which are multi-faceted and complex. Unemployment, family breakdown, domestic abuse, insecure housing, criminal justice policy, failures in our immigration system, and above all else – substance misuse and mental health. So we’re utilising the expertise of all government departments from the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office to the Department of Health and of Work and Pensions, investing over £750 million next year to continue to reduce homelessness and rough sleeping and invest in preventative programmes which tackle the underlying issues early.It is vital that we bring together health and housing to tackle rough sleeping. The marriage of health and housing will be the heart of our strategy.That is why we have brought forward an investment of £150 million in long-term housing through our Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme, delivering 3,000 new homes.And a further £272 million will be invested over the course of this Parliament providing 6,000 vital new homes for rough sleepers – the largest ever investment of this kind. These will be a national asset – symbols of hope and opportunity for those looking to turn their lives around.Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of Robert Buckland and Lucy Frazer at the Ministry of Justice, we are tackling reoffending, ensuring more prison leavers are offered accommodation at release and building a criminal justice system based on second chances and redemption. That takes inspiration from, amongst others, the direction set by Michael Gove when he was Justice Secretary – and I his bag-carrying PPS. It has always stayed with me that more than 50% of rough sleepers have spent time in prison. This must be at the front of our minds as we frame our strategy.At the Home Office, Priti Patel shares my commitment to supporting victims of domestic abuse and together we have seen the Domestic Abuse Act implemented and fully funded with £120 million of financial support for local councils next year. And together we will use the new freedoms we have as a sovereign country, to create a better and fairer immigration system, so that fewer foreign national end up on our streets and those that do can be compassionately and considerately returned to their home countries.On health and housing, almost two thirds of homeless people cite addiction to drugs and alcohol as both a cause and consequence of rough sleeping. We know the toll that substance misuse takes on individuals and on families – and drug addiction is a global human crisis, at the very heart of this issue, more important than ever as we come out of the pandemic, which emerging evidence suggests has amplified substance misuse through unemployment, isolation and anxiety.The homeless will not be forgotten when it comes to the vaccination. Last night we asked all local authorities to redouble their efforts to safely accommodate as many rough sleepers as they can and to register them with a GP, as a good in itself, but also as a precursor to vaccination. At this crucial stage in our vaccination programme, there really is no time to waste. So we have also allocated a further £10 million of funding to help protect people rough sleeping this winter and ensure their wider health needs are met.We need to follow in the footsteps of my now somewhat distant predecessor Sir George Young who worked hand-in-hand with homelessness charities in pioneering the first Rough Sleeping Initiative.That same sense of urgency and resolve is needed again today.I want to be unequivocal in stating that we will use every mechanism at our disposal to achieve our goal.And yes, Housing First is an integral part of that mission. I’m grateful to Brooks Newmark for his role in establishing Housing First. As a former Treasury Minister under Philip Hammond I can say it was no mean feat of Brooks and Sajid to persuade him to back it.Our £28 million Housing First pilots in Greater Manchester, Liverpool and West Midlands are already supporting around 800 of our most vulnerable people off the streets and into secure homes. 600 are now in permanent accommodation. Over 2,000 other Housing First places have been created, many funded through the Rough Sleeping Initiative and our new accommodation programme draws inspiration from it.I have seen it in action myself. Last Christmas Eve I met a woman in Walsall and Housing First was helping to turn her life around after several years of sleeping rough in local parks and of drug addiction. It was working and she was re-entering society and re-establishing herself as a productive member of it. As I left her flat to drive home to my family, I turned around and watched her welcome her children to her home for the first time in many years. For their first Christmas together in many years. I couldn’t help, but cry.Rough-sleeping a terrible waste of lives. To see dignity and purpose and the love of family and friends restored is a wonderful thing. behold.So I will champion Housing First. One solution – it goes without saying – will not fit all. This must be multi-targeted and multi-focus. But the principle that everything begins with a home will be our guiding star.Our strategy will be refined, with the guidance and support of all those willing to offer it to us, but our objective is clear, that no one should have to sleep rough in this country. That is a litmus test of a civilised society. And we will raise the safety net from the street, but addressing the causes as well as the consequences. Not so much no second night out, but no first night out.As we come out of the pandemic, and as the Prime Minister has said, we must aspire to build back better. This means not merely mending, or simply restoring a status quo. 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