Between 14-24 September 2021, we hosted five separate, hour long sessions that investigated the ongoing issues at hand within the exempt accommodation sector, why the saving the sector is so important, and how we can deliver collective reform that ends the exploitation of people and profit.
We heard from some of the industry’s most influential experts, housing providers, those with lived experience, and leading policy-makers including from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
On the 10th June 2020, Commonweal were joined by Nicola Aylward and Charlotte Robey-Turner of the Learning and Work Institute, Ann Kruyer of QSA, Tim Loughton MP and young carer Katie, to discuss the housing needs of young adult carers. This webinar was held to mark the launch of the final evaluation of Commonweal and QSA’s partnership project providing supportive shared housing to young adult carers, Move On Up.
The report found that young adult carers are at a higher risk of becoming homeless or being in insecure living arrangements. Two years on from the launch of the Government’s Carers’ Action Plan, a cross-government programme of work to support carers in England, we call for the Plan to be refreshed and include reference to the housing needs of young adult carers.
On the 15th June 2020, Commonweal paid tribute to the memory of our late trustee Jane by celebrating the recipients of our Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary 2019.
Megan Scanlon and Shayne Saysell received bursaries of £2,500 each to support them in their final-year research. Shayne’s research explored public perceptions of police legitimacy, and the role of procedural justice in reflecting these attitudes; whilst Megan investigated the housing needs of offenders versus the needs of the communities in which they are resettled. Click here to see Megan and Shayne’s presentations on their winning research.