Expert Link Response to Health and Disability Green Paper

Our submission to Shaping future support: the health and disability green paper focuses on improvements to the claims process for people with experience of multiple disadvantages. It has been solely informed by people with lived experience of multiple disadvantages and accessing the benefit system. Implementing these recommendations will further support the Government meet its critical commitment to end rough sleeping by the end of the Parliament.

Spending Review 2021

Our submission focuses on the Government priority to ensure strong and innovative public services. We call on
the Government to:
1. Ensure staff within public services are working with an effective understanding of trauma
2. Ensure Government Departments have evidence of how their policies are effecting those with experience of trauma
3. Invest in public sector delivery that emphasises strengths based approaches rather than deficit[1]based working
4. Work with people with lived experience of multiple disadvantage to develop more employment opportunities within public services and the voluntary and community sector
5. Build on the success of the Everybody In programme by requiring evidence of effective partnership working and co-production to access Government funding

The Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping

Our response looked at the response to rough sleeping during the pandemic, the measures that did not work well, and what needs to be put in place to embed good practice.

Law Commission inquiry into Hate Crime

This submission makes the case that people experiencing homelessness should be recognised as a hate crime category, given the prevalence of crimes against people experiencing homelessness motivated by prejudice, the additional harm that these crimes have on individuals and wider society, and the suitability of fit.

Independent review of drugs: part 2 ‒ prevention, treatment and recovery

Our submission focuses on preventing problematic drug use, the lived experience of accessing drug treatment and the effects this has on engagement, recommendations for change within the workforce, and positive practice that has taken place during the response to the pandemic.

HCLG Committee Inquiry: Impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on homelessness and the private rented sector

Our submission looks at effective practice, ineffective support, and current issues (including self-isolation and social distancing, access to mental health and substance misuses support, and access to food and basic goods).

MHCLG call for evidence on the Homeless Reduction Act

Challenges around gate-keeping remain, and getting suitable accommodation is harder than ever. The extra time that councils are able to work with people, whilst on the face of it a positive move, in practice is leaving people in limbo for longer, with no assurances for the future.

Tackling homelessness together

Our response focused on the importance of ensuring that people with lived experience serve as equal partners on Homelessness Reduction Boards, and how the Government could look to effectively achieve this.

Work and Pensions Select Committee: Universal Credit inquiry

Evidence from our community shows that monthly payments and long waiting times has had a direct impact on street begging and shoplifting.