The role of the Task Force is to coordinate the Government's drive against social exclusion, ensuring that the cross-departmental approach delivers for those most in need. The Task Force champions the needs of the most disadvantaged members of society within Government, ensuring that as with the rest of the public service reform agenda, we put people first.
The National Care Advisory Service has today published their report ‘What makes the difference? Care leavers and benefits’ [External website]. The report highlights key barriers that care leavers face with the benefits system and a set of recommendations. The report recognises the progress that the government has made in supporting care leavers, but that there is more to do. In response to the report, the Government has today committed to
This work is part of the government's wider agenda to improve the life chances of socially excluded groups by helping them into education, employment or training and suitable accommodation.
A new publication sets out how frontline housing associations and support providers can contribute to PSA 16 which aims to support socially excluded people into homes and jobs. ‘Delivering social inclusion: The role housing associations can play in PSA 16’ is published by the Social Exclusion Task Force together with Communities and Local Government and the National Housing Federation.
The publication sets out PSA 16’s aims, how housing associations are key partners in delivering real change for the socially excluded, and practical examples of local action that can be taken to improve the number of vulnerable people in settled accommodation. It will also be of interest to local commissioners as well as housing associations themselves.
‘Inclusion Health’ is a new study published by the Social Exclusion Task Force and the Department of Health. It examines the primary health care needs of vulnerable groups and highlights how their needs are often complex and require sophisticated and flexible responses from service providers. The report sets out how this can be achieved through a new framework and a National Inclusion Health board.
The Adults facing Chronic Exclusion (ACE) programme is a 3 year pilot programme designed to test new approaches to tacking chronic social exclusion amongst the most marginalised people in society. 12 pilots are being led by voluntary and public sector organisations, working in partnership with other local agencies. An interim evaluation report of the programme has now been published. The final evaluation will be published in September 2010.
The Social Exclusion Task Force, along with the PSA 16 partner departments, has published two documents regarding lead professionals. The first document, Taking the Lead, briefly summarises the important role lead professionals can play in delivering PSA 16 and sets out proposals for how they and other partners involved can strengthen the lead professional role. This was produced in response to the second document, a report by the National Centre for Social Research, Lead Professional Roles to Improve Outcomes of Socially Excluded Adults.
The Social Exclusion Task Force has published Learning from the Past: Tackling worklessness and the social impacts of the recession. It argues that beating the social impacts of recession is crucial in preventing the downward spiral into long-term worklessness that the country has seen in the past.