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Three opportunities to share your frontline insights this month!

Three opportunities to share your frontline insights this month!

Three opportunities to share your frontline insights this month!

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Listening to lived and frontline experience is crucial to addressing homelessness. At the Frontline Network, we aim to amplify the voices of frontline workers, through our Annual Frontline Worker Survey and our responses to consultations and calls for evidence around the year. There are thousands of staff working across the UK to support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Frontline workers have important insights which must be heard by decisionmakers in order to inform meaningful change.  

Right now, we want to highlight that there are three open calls for evidence, which frontline workers can contribute to in order to share your knowledge and experience. As well as getting involved yourself, we encourage you to circulate these consultations to people you work alongside, who may be interested in responding.

Anyone can respond directly to these consultations as an individual. You can also gather ideas and submit a team or organisational response. At the Frontline Network we will be sharing evidence too, so if you just have a few comments and would like to contribute these, please get in touch with us.

The three open calls for evidence are:  

1. Review of the Vagrancy Act: consultation on effective replacement in England and Wales

Earlier this year, the Government agreed to repeal the Vagrancy Act, which made it a crime to sleep rough or beg in England and Wales. The Government is now seeking views on the replacement of offences previously held in the Vagrancy Act. This consultation is an important opportunity to shape the future response to street homelessness. Deadline Thursday 5th May – find out more.

2. Ending Rough Sleeping in England

An inquiry has been launched to assess the Government’s progress towards its manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping by 2024. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness is gathering evidence and will be using submissions to produce a written report with recommendations for the Government. Deadline Friday 20th May – find out more.

3. Temporary Accommodation in England

The newly formed All-Party Parliamentary Group for Households in Temporary Accommodation has launched a call for evidence about current standards of Temporary Accommodation (TA) across England. Submissions can include stories, photographs and experiences of life in TA and will help shape a national strategy to improve the health and wellbeing of all who live in TA. Find out more. The APPG has also created a pack specifically for organizations supporting and advocating for residents, which you can download here.

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