Under the Victim Care & Coordination Contract which The Salvation Army manages on behalf of the Government, any adult in England and Wales who is a potential victim of modern slavery is entitled to specialist support and, if needed, accommodation to help them begin their journey to recovery.
Commissioner Clive Adams, Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army in the UK and Republic of Ireland said:
In response to the Government’s Consultation on funding for supported housing issued on 21 November 2016, a spokesperson for The Salvation Army and Salvation Army Housing Association (Saha) said:
A Salvation Army spokesperson said: "We support older people across the country including running 13 residential care homes in the United Kingdom and Ireland. We have seen the issues created by cuts to adult social care and the huge impact these cuts have on families and individuals who are left needing to care for older parents alongside maintaining work and other family commitments. And providers are struggling to run homes on the funding provided. The cuts to adult social care are hurting now and it is sad that the government have not addressed the issue in the Autumn Statement.”
Dean Juster, Director of Safeguarding for The Salvation Army, said: “We sincerely sympathise with what for many people are painful memories of adoption regulations and experiences during the post-war period until the mid-1970s. At that time we were one of a number of churches, charities and social agencies working in partnership with social services and health services. We provided the residential unit for mothers and babies but the adoptions were usually arranged by other organisations with The Salvation Army liaising between them and the mother.
“We are concerned by the new cap to benefit allowance and its possible negative effects on people who are vulnerable."
The Salvation Army offered one month placements under the government’s Mandatory Work Activity programme. The primary purpose of the placements was to offer work experience and therefore an employer reference to people who were having difficulty securing a job. The programme was one of a number of government responses to the growth in unemployment following the Global Economic Crisis of 2008.
As Salvationists, I urge you to take your precious democratic right to vote very seriously by giving earnest thought to the implications of your choice, as you understand them, in the light of your beliefs and the context in which we live them out.
The Churches Network for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma notes with concern the distress caused to Gypsy and Traveller communities by the new Planning Policy for Traveller sites issued in August 2015.