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28 Jan

Consultation on the refreshed Housing Strategy

Help us make sure Southwark’s housing strategy is clear and comprehensive by giving us your views on the principles and commitments.

In 2015 Southwark Council agreed a housing strategy to 2043. The housing strategy covers all tenures. As it is now 2020 we have taken the decision to update the Housing Strategy to reflect changes in national policy and to reflect other agreed changes such as commitments in the Council Plan 2018-22.

This new strategy builds on the previous long term strategy, so the principles and commitments are broadly the same. However the principles have been refocused around our key values, affordability, quality, security and pride and responsibility. We have also included many new actions as we set out how we will deliver the strategy.

The housing strategy is based on comments on the previous strategy and comments raised through other consultations, including on the New Southwark Plan, Great Estates, and the intermediate rent housing list. But we want to take this opportunity to check with you whether you agree with the proposed principles and commitments, and to check whether you think anything is missing.

There is a two page summary of the housing strategy attached below which contains the revised overriding principles and commitments.

The full draft strategy and other related information is available online at

Why We Are Consulting

We want to make sure that the revised principles and commitments make sense and cover everything that they need to.

We have attached a two page summary of the housing strategy which contains the revised overriding principles and commitments, as well as a document explaining the changes point by point. This information is also included within the survey so it is easier to review.

Please take a look and let us know what you think.

14 Feb

Unstoppable An Anthem for Carers

Our empowering service provides you with information and knowledge of your rights so that you are able to ensure that you are receiving everything that you are entitled to. Your donations for this track will allow us to continue offering emergency planning and resources for carers and professionals.

11 Feb

Looking for Dyslexia volunteer tutors

Bell House has started its pilot dyslexia after-school club, where trained volunteers work 1:1 with primary school children. We are hoping to expand this in the coming months, and are looking to train more volunteers to help. If you have a background in working with children, and would like to be involved, please contact us here for more information.

31 Jan

Coming at the SC Film Club


Saturday 18th March 2020 – “Shrek Forever After”

Saturday 1st February 2020 – “The King’s Speech”

Saturday 15th February 2020 – “The Pursuit of Happiness”

Saturday 7th March 2020 – “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”

Saturday 21 March 2020 – “The Favourite”


31 Jan

Southwark Care Awards 2020 now open

Nominations for the Southwark Care Awards 2020 are now open until 29thFebruary. Anyone can nominate a carer in Southwark on this link:


The Southwark Care Awards celebrates paid and unpaid carers who look after an adult in Southwark and the impact that these everyday heroes have in our local communities.


The awards ceremony is going to take place on 29th April in HMS Belfast and will include a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a three course dinner menu with wine, tea, coffee and chocolates, 1940’s background music and an opportunity to explore the museum.


Three nominees will be shortlisted from each of the nine categories and the winner in each category will be announced at the award ceremony. The categories are:

  1. Home Care worker
  2. Care Home worker
  3. Support worker in a day centre
  4. Supported living worker
  5. Floating support worker
  6. Family/Friend carer
  7. Volunteer carer
  8. Young Carer
  9. Open category


Please help by spreading the word and the nomination link to your contacts. Thank you!

24 Jul

Millions wasted in failed NHS hospital closure programme

Tens of millions of pounds have been wasted on a major failed hospital closure programme, according to an internal NHS document passed to the Guardian.

A confidential, draft document circulated to NHS North West LondonCollaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups, which serves more than 2 million Londoners, admits the blueprint for one of the NHS’s largest planned reorganisations has failed.

“NHS commissioners and providers in north-west London have therefore decided to draw the SaHF [Shaping a Healthier Future] programme to a conclusion,” the document states.

The proposal was a flagship for reorganisation of the NHS in England when it was launched in 2012 and involved a reduction in the number of acute hospitals in eight London boroughs from nine to five. Julian Bell, the leader of Ealing council, described it as “a monstrous plan”.

It was part of NHS strategy at the time to replace some acute hospitals with care provided in the community.

The document states that £76m has been spent on management consultants for the failed scheme from 2010-11 until the end of 2018. It outlines how health officials can respond to difficult questions that may be asked about the failed scheme. It also discusses preparing people for new changes as part of the NHS’long-term plan, which the document states will involve “difficult decisions and trade offs”.

SaHF argued that four acute hospitals in – Hammersmith, Central Middlesex, Charing Cross and Ealing – could be downgraded. The proposal involved the loss of more than 600 acute hospital beds. The document reports there has been a reduction of just seven hospital beds in the last six years.

The closure of Charing Cross was particularly controversial after plans were revealed to sell off 87% of the valuable central London site by the Guardian. But in March the health secretary, Matt Hancock, announced that plans to close A&E departments at Charing Cross and Ealing hospitals would no longer go ahead.

The document says: “Continued growth in demand for acute care, despite investment in primary and community services, a growing underlying budget deficit and shortfalls in our ability to recruit and retain enough staff with the right skills’ means that the plan, as originally envisaged, is no longer viable.”

It provides statistics about an increase of 227,288 in A&E attendances across north-west London since 2012 – a 4% rise per year, with a 2018-19 waiting list of 177,395 patients, which would require the provision of 95 extra beds for a year to clear the backlog. The document adds there has been a 40% increase in patients waiting for non-urgent surgery.

It reveals how officials plan to “spin” this failure by citing improvements such as 100 new midwives and 90 new children’s nurses.


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