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Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary students present compelling housing research in the wake of Covid-19

By Lauren Aronin / June 30, 2022

In memory of the late Jane Slowey CBE, a former Commonweal Trustee, University of Birmingham alumna and an active campaigner against social injustices, Commonweal offers undergraduate students at Birmingham University’s School of Social Policy a bursary to help with their final year studies. Last week, students Michelle Anderson, Ofure Osebor, and Seerut Ladhar, the recipients…

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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…

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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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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…

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Commonweal Housing is recruiting three exciting positions

By Miriam Lawson / March 9, 2022

We’re delighted to be recruiting for three roles in our friendly and professional London team. We’re dedicated to investigating, testing, and sharing housing solutions to social injustice. We also support early stage research and feasibility studies to scratch beneath the surface of an issue and see if housing might be able to help. Administration Officer…

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