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Next steps for tackling homelessness and rough sleeping

Morning, Monday, 28th March 2022


This conference will examine policy priorities for tackling homelessness and rough sleeping, as well as the way forward for the Government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative, which aims to end rough sleeping by 2024.


It will be an opportunity to consider the issues in the context of the final report from the independent Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping, which assessed government action to support rough sleepers through the pandemic.


Delegates will discuss the recommendations emerging from the report and possible implications for both central and local government rough sleeping strategies, as well as other wellbeing and healthcare services and programmes. There will also be discussion of the latest thinking on what more can be done to address the root causes of homelessness.


Overall, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • the recommendations of the Kerslake Commission and priorities for tackling homelessness and rough sleeping in the context of the pandemic
  • coordinating service delivery and provision - developing a plan for the long-term provision of homelessness care, the role of local authorities, and improving outreach programmes
  • next steps for tackling homelessness health inequalities:
    • improving the wellbeing of vulnerable people and access to services
    • developing an evidence-based approach
    • addressing root causes of homelessness
  • policy priorities for tackling homelessness and for the Rough Sleeping Strategy

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Lord Kerslake, Chair, Peabody; and Chair, Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping; and  Dr Lígia Teixeira, Chief Executive, Centre for Homelessness Impact.


There will also be a case study on the rough sleeping strategy and homelessness support programmes in Greater Manchester from Paul Dennett, Mayor of Salford; and Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Homelessness, Greater Manchester Combined Authority.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from: DLUHC; the DHSC; DWP; DfE; the GLD; the Home Office; the ONS; the OSR; the NAO; and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speakers

Lord Kerslake

Chair, Peabody; and Chair, Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping

Osama Bhutta

Director of Campaigns, Policy and Communications, Shelter

Keynote Speakers

Dr Ligia Teixeira

Chief Executive, Centre for Homelessness Impact

Osama Bhutta

Director of Campaigns, Policy and Communications, Shelter

Gill Leng

Health and Homelessness adviser, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, Department of Health and Social Care

Lord Kerslake

Chair, Peabody; and Chair, Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping

Paul Dennett

Mayor of Salford; and Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Homelessness, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Speakers

Cym D’Souza

Chief Executive, Arawak Walton Housing Association; and Chair, BMENational

Neil Munslow

Service Manager: Active Inclusion, Newcastle City Council

Emma Cookson

Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer, St Mungo's

Sarah Marwick

Associate Medical Director/ GP, NHS Midlands/ Homeless Health Exchange, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Rachel Johns

Deputy Regional Director, North East & Yorkshire, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, Department of Health and Social Care

Councillor Sharon Thompson

Cabinet Member for Vulnerable Children and Families, Birmingham City Council

Lorraine Mealings

Director of Housing, BCP Council

Michelle Binfield

Rough Sleeping Programme Director, London Councils