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.