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Since the launch of the Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping at the end of March the Advisory Board has met twice. The Board have discussed consensus about what has worked well in the ongoing pandemic response for rough sleepers and what some of the more complex issues might be going ahead. In May the Board discussed the early findings from the evidence gathering stage, which invited organisations to submit their views on what did and didn’t work, the challenges, and what needs to be embedded for the future.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted evidence. The Commission has so far received more than 80 submissions from local authorities and across homelessness, health, housing, lived experience, women’s and community and faith organisations. These submissions will feed into the Commission’s interim findings in the summer and final report in the autumn. 

A key part of the Kerslake Commission’s work is examining the relationship between health and homelessness. In this video, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair of the NHS Confederation, discusses the link between them, the effects of the pandemic and structural changes to the NHS on healthcare for those experiencing homelessness, and thoughts for the future.