The cost of living crisis could have a ‘catastrophic’ impact on homelessness if the new Prime Minister and her Government do not treat it with the same level of urgency seen at the start of the pandemic.

The Kerslake Commission 2022:
A New Way of Working: Ending Rough Sleeping Together

The Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping has published a new report which assesses the steps made towards ending rough sleeping in England and considers the impact of the current economic crisis.  

In its latest report The Commission tracks the progress against its original recommendations made last September, grading them as green, amber or red – as well as providing an updated set of recommendations reflecting the present cost of living emergency.

The Commission – chaired by the former Head of the Civil Service Lord Bob Kerslake – is an independent group of 36 experts from the health, housing and homelessness sectors, including people with lived experience, as well as representatives from local and national government. 

In total, 27% of The Commission’s original recommendations were rated ‘green’, meaning that they have been achieved. 

Commission Chair Lord Kerslake said: “This Commission was formed in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis and we have seen much progress and excellent work done since as detailed in this report including some significant policy changes from the Government, and the publication of its new Rough Sleeping Strategy earlier this month.

“However, two years on from the pandemic we are facing a new crisis. The cause may be different but the response must be equally urgent.”