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Fighting to reform the exempt system has been battling, but the Bill may be the win we want

By Harry Williams | November 25, 2022

A lot can happen in a year. A webinar series, an open letter to the Government, an All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting, a Westminster Hall debate, publication of the pilot reports, a Select Committee inquiry, more than a hundred pieces of written evidence, three sessions of oral evidence, a Ministerial Statement, a Policy Advisory Group, a…

Call for New Ideas: Our relationship with Commonweal goes far beyond the bricks and mortar

By Sean O’Connell | October 7, 2022

Sean O’Connell Chief Executive Officer at successful 2021 Call for New Ideas applicant Adab Trust, reflects on his organisation’s journey with Commonweal’s Call for New Ideas: The Adab Trust has a proven track record of achieving remarkable outcomes with young people from a range of disadvantaged backgrounds. We recognise that the development of a young…

What can the pandemic teach us about ending homelessness?  

By Michelle Anderson | August 24, 2022

Michelle Anderson is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham’s School of Social Policy, who received the Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary from Commonweal in her final year. Last year it was an honour to be awarded the Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary from Commonweal to help support my final year of studies. The £2,500 grant…

Without safe housing, women leaving prison face the choice between cells or the streets

By Lauren Aronin | May 30, 2022

The fear of homelessness is so strong, that some women leaving prison are choosing to remain in a cell than face the harsh realities of Britain’s housing market. That’s according to a recent report from the HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP), which found that two-thirds of inmates leaving HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Europe’s largest women’s…

Call for New Ideas: one of the best experiences of my time in the homeless sector

By Aidan Byrne | March 9, 2022

Aidan Byrne, Homelessness Service Manager at successful 2021 Call for New Ideas applicant East Belfast Mission, reflects on his organisation’s journey with Commonweal’s Call for New Ideas: I have worked in the homeless sector in Belfast for over 15 years. For most of this time I have managed Hosford, the homeless service of East Belfast…

LGBTQ+ people must no longer be the “invisible minorities” of the housing sector

By Miriam Lawson | February 25, 2022

The “invisible minorities” of the UK housing system, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people have for too long been sat at the margins of homelessness support, with “limited awareness, funding and research on understanding and solving LGBTQ+ housing issues”, according to World Habitat Foundation. LGBTQ+ people are overrepresented in the homeless population, with…

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