The World turned upside down

By Rebecca Dillon / October 14, 2015

As I hurtle towards the end of my fifth decade I am at serious risk of having my world turned upside down.   As a child of the latter half of the 20th Century; as someone who rapidly switched from his intended Physical Geography degree at university to human and social geography ‘you’ve seen one…

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Immigration Bill 2015-16

By Rebecca Dillon / October 12, 2015

This week the government’s Immigration Bill 2015-16 reaches its second reading, which will see it debated on the floor of the House of Commons for the first time. The Bill seeks to enact several of the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitments on Immigration, but there are also revisions to existing legislation around support for Asylum Seekers.…

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How part time study can open new doors

By Rebecca Dillon / October 9, 2015

I’ve recently started a part time Honours Degree course through the Open University alongside my full time role here at Commonweal. While this is something that I have wanted to do for a long time, and something that will help me while I’m at Commonweal and my career going forward, it’s the part time study…

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Sadiq vs Zac, what does it mean for housing?

By Rebecca Dillon / October 2, 2015

And we’re off, today essentially marks the beginning of the race to be London’s next mayor with the announcement that Zac Golsdmith is the Tory candidate for next May’s election to City Hall. He will face off against the Labour’s Sadiq Khan, Sian Berry of the Greens, UKIP’s Peter Whittle and George Galloway, the Lib Dems…

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Head in the clouds

By Rebecca Dillon / September 18, 2015

Bob Green is the Chief Executive of Stonewall Housing     I have had a dream ever since I started at Stonewall Housing 10 years ago: to start housing for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people within the United Kingdom. LGBT communities face particular challenges that impact on their housing needs as they…

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Refugee Crisis; Will the compassion stop at Calais?

By Rebecca Dillon / September 7, 2015

    The last week has seen a remarkable turnaround in the public debate around asylum in the United Kingdom. Widely circulated pictures of the body of a three-year old Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi compelled more than 200,000 people to sign a petition calling on the government to take its fair share of refugees. Others…

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