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.