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Exempt From Responsibility? – one year on from a pathbreaking report

By Dominic Bradley / November 19, 2020

It is almost exactly a year since we published ‘Exempt from Responsibility?’ and held two lively and oversubscribed launch events in Birmingham and London. We were aware before embarking on this research that ‘exempt’ accommodation was a significant issue in Birmingham, but were keen to ensure the growth of this sector, and the drivers for…

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Locked Out episode four: housing for survivors of VAWG

By Megan Fereday / November 18, 2020

Too many women are forced to choose between living with abuse or living on the streets. That’s because the majority of survivors of violence against women and girls, or VAWG, must find a new place to live in order to escape – and safe, stable housing is too often out of reach.   Last year, Commonweal’s…

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Commonweal Housing welcomes Social Housing White Paper

By Ashley Horsey / November 17, 2020

Today, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government has published its Social Housing White Paper, titled The Charter for Social Housing Residents. Responding to the publication of the White Paper, Ashley Horsey, Chief Executive of Commonweal Housing says: “We welcome the publication today of the long-awaited Social Housing White Paper, which includes positive measures…

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Locked Out episode three: housing for Black and minoritised survivors

By Connie Muttock / November 4, 2020

The impacts of the housing crisis are wide reaching and intersectional: colliding with other social issues like cuts to specialist women’s services and a wider environment of institutionalised racism and discrimination. Black and minoritized survivors of violence against women and girls face multiple barriers to safe and secure housing – from discrimination by frontline professionals,…

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Locked Out episode two: housing and the criminal justice system

By Connie Muttock / October 21, 2020

For people in contact with the criminal justice system, access to safe housing is vital to moving onto independent and stable lives. Yet too many people are trapped in a devastating cycle of homelessness and offending. In episode two of Locked Out, a new podcast from Commonweal Housing, we are asking: why is it so…

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Locked Out: a new podcast from Commonweal Housing

By Connie Muttock / October 7, 2020

In the midst of a national housing crisis, it is obvious to most of us that too many people are locked out of safe, secure housing in the UK. But which groups are particularly at risk and why? That’s what we sought to uncover in Locked Out, a new anthology of essays highlighting the links…

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