Westminster Social Policy Forum

Next steps for tackling homelessness: resources, policy priorities and challenges for implementing the Homelessness Reduction Act

Morning, Thursday, 18th January 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



With the Homelessness Reduction Act giving local authorities new statutory duties from April 2018, this seminar will be a timely opportunity to consider key issues for its implementation, as well as next steps for homelessness policy. 


It will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders from local authorities, housing associations, charities and advocacy groups, legal practices, health and social services, landlord and tenant representative bodies, as well as referring bodies in the policing, education and health sectors, and further interested parties.


Sessions consider the further action that may need to be taken by Government, to address the concerns raised by the National Audit Office report on homelessness, which identified gaps in the Government’s approach to managing the impact of welfare reform on homelessness. 


Delegates will discuss challenges facing local authorities to deliver the Act’s extended prevention duties, including options for supporting councils, as well as priorities for coordinating with other public authorities to identify individuals facing homelessness.


It will also be an opportunity to assess priorities for funding, following the introduction of the Flexible Homelessness Support Grant and with the Government currently consulting on a new funding approach for the supported housing sector to come into effect from April 2020.


Further sessions focus on future potential policy for addressing homelessness, including perspectives on utilising empty homes, new models of temporary housing and the viability of adopting ‘Housing First’ approaches.



Guests of Honour

Val Keen

Head of Implementation, Homelessness Reduction Act, Department for Communities and Local Government

Bob Blackman MP

Sponsor, Homelessness Reduction Act

Guests of Honour

Val Keen

Head of Implementation, Homelessness Reduction Act, Department for Communities and Local Government

Bob Blackman MP

Sponsor, Homelessness Reduction Act

Keynote Speakers

Deborah Garvie

Policy Manager, Shelter

Dr Pippa Medcalf

Acute Physician, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Lead for Homeless Health, Royal College of Physicians

Aileen Murphie

Director, Department for Communities and Local Government & Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office

Speakers

Liz Davies

Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Dominic Williamson

Executive Director of Strategy and Policy, St Mungo’s

Councillor Stephanie Cryan

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Southwark Council

Richard Lambert

Chief Executive, National Landlords Association

Heather Wood

Interim Assistant Director of Housing (Statutory and Strategic Services), South Cambridgeshire District Council