Westminster Social Policy Forum

Next steps for reducing homelessness: policy priorities, housing first and the Homelessness Reduction Act

Morning, Tuesday, 26th February 2019

Central London


This seminar will address the next steps for tackling homelessness in England, as well as the key issues for the implementation of Government’s homelessness policy.

It will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders from local authorities, housing associations, charities, law firms, and landlord and tenant representative bodies, as well as referring bodies in the policing, education and health sectors.

Delegates will discuss the launch of the Rough Sleeping Strategy, as well as the work of the Homelessness Reduction Taskforce, the roll out of Housing First pilot schemes in Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands, and challenges facing local authorities and public authorities in meeting the statutory duties from the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Further sessions will look at dealing with mental health and substance misuse, best practice to end rough sleeping with UK and international case studies, and issues around assessing the success of policy outcomes.

Keynote Speakers

Bill Thorpe

Deputy Director, Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Deborah Garvie

Policy Manager, Shelter

David Eastwood

Services and Commissioning Manager, Greater London Authority


Bob Blackman MP

Sponsor, Homelessness Reduction Act


Councillor Peter Fleming

Leader, Sevenoaks District Council and Co-Chair, LGiU Homelessness Commission

Eamonn Boylan

Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Professor Jo Richardson

Associate Dean, Research and Innovation and Professor of Housing and Social Research, De Montfort University