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REFORM NOT ABOLITION: Vulnerable people are not getting the support that “they deserve for the money that is being paid” but we must “build on the good things” of exempt sector

By Harry Williams / September 24, 2021

The government is determined to “drive out the minority of landlords who provide poor-quality accommodation and insufficient support” in the exempt accommodation sector, but concedes that “there are no easy solutions” as Cathy Page, Head of Housing with Care and Support at the newly named Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), laid out…

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Exempt accommodation “slid into the gap created by poor policy choices” that sit at the heart of housing crisis

By Harry Williams / September 21, 2021

The housing crisis in Britain in-part emerged due to poor policy choices around housing access, with the exempt accommodation sector becoming a clear victim of an “iniquitous and difficult to navigate system” that has allowed exploitation and profiteering to flourish, Thea Raisbeck, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Birmingham, claimed at the Experts on…

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Commonweal wins Gold IADA Award for 2021 Annual Review

By Megan Fereday / September 1, 2021

In It Together, the 2021 annual review from Commonweal Housing, has won a Gold Award at the International Annual Report Design Awards. In It Together celebrated the achievements of Commonweal’s partnerships with frontline organisations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, serving those hit hardest by the housing and coronavirus crises. The report presented a range of recommendations…

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The Nationality and Borders Bill will wash away the last vestige of safety for desperate migrants

By Harry Williams / July 23, 2021

It seems that we are at that point in the Summer season again, where the headlines harbour news of supposed crisis after crisis at the Southern shores of Britain. On Monday, a record 430 migrants crossed the Channel, with frontpages and newsreels splashing images of the jubilant new arrivals. But as the government’s new Nationality…

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Freedom Day: a hollow promise for those with NRPF

By Megan Fereday / July 19, 2021

As coronavirus restrictions lift, vulnerable migrants with NRPF are facing the prospect of returning to life without shelter.

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English and Finnish approaches to homelessness

By Csenge Földvári-Nagy / July 12, 2021

Csenge (Cicy) Földvári-Nagy, recipient of the Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary 2020, blogs on the findings of her outstanding dissertation research at the University of Birmingham’s School of Social Policy.

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