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Commonweal gives evidence to the LUHC Committee inquiry into exempt accommodation

By Harry Williams / May 16, 2022

Commonweal Housing has given evidence to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee inquiry into exempt accommodation, the underregulated form of supported housing exempt from Housing Benefit caps. Ashley Horsey, Chief Executive at Commonweal, who has used its independent charity position to run a multiyear campaign to shine a light on the injustices surrounding…

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Former Commonweal Chair Steve Douglas has died

By Harry Williams / May 9, 2022

Commonweal Housing is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of St Mungo’s CEO and former Commonweal Chair Steve Douglas. Steve was a leading figure in the housing industry with a career spanning more than 25 years including leading St Mungo’s and before that, Altair, a housing and regeneration consultancy group, Housing Corporation and Spitalfields…

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Commonweal strikes seven partnerships for innovative feasibility studies

By Harry Williams / November 24, 2021

Commonweal Housing has partnered with seven front-line organisations as part of its 2021 Call for New Ideas, the charity’s partnership programme. It has agreed to support and fund the feasibility studies to test the suitability of new innovative models that seek housing-based solutions to social injustices. The new partners are: Homelessness organisation, C4WS Irish Methodist…

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Commonweal’s Call for New Ideas has CLOSED – new partners announced soon

By Harry Williams / October 12, 2021

The deadline for applications to Commonweal Housing’s Call for New Ideas 2021 has now passed. We want to say a massive thank you to all of you who applied and got in touch. We have been blown away by the number and quality of applications that we have received this year. We are currently in…

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SOLUTIONS TO EXEMPT ACCOMMODATION: Additional powers for councils to clamp down on high rents and poor service according to LGA

By Harry Williams / October 11, 2021

Local councils could hold the key to a better regulated, cost-controlled exempt accommodation sector, if offered greater powers according to Cllr James Jamieson, Chair of the Local Government Association. Cllr Jamieson told the audience at Commonweal Housing’s fifth and final Experts on Exempt webinar, So What Next? Solutions and Challenges, that additional powers will help…

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POSITIVE INVESTORS MODEL: Exempt accommodation needs “value-driven” approach to stem the “Wild West gold rush”

By Harry Williams / October 8, 2021

The exempt accommodation sector has been exploited by some investors, creating “corrupt structures” that allow providers to “maximise profits at the expense of people with additional needs”, exempt accommodation expert and author Michael Patterson said. Patterson spoke at Commonweal Housing’s fourth webinar in its Experts on Exempt series, making the case for a “values-driven approach”.…

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