Westminster Social Policy Forum

Next steps for reducing homelessness and rough sleeping in England

Morning, Friday, 28th February 2020

Central London


This conference will examine the implementation of policy on reducing homelessness and rough sleeping in England - and what can be learned from the experience of stakeholders so far.

It will provide delegates with opportunity to consider:

Implementing the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA)

Delegates will consider the practicalities of implementing the HRA at a local level including:

  • The impact on local authorities, third sector and housing associations and what more can be done to support them to meet their statutory duties;
  • Experience of local implementation, the duty to refer and challenges for effective partnership working across public services;
  • How best to ensure value for money in the delivery of homelessness prevention and relief services;
  • Priorities for improving the provision and quality of temporary accommodation - as £50m is allocated toward more hostel and refuge space through the Move on Fund.

Housing First Initiatives, preventing rough sleeping and protecting vulnerable groups

Further sessions will assess the early impact of Housing First Pilot schemes - which aim to support rough sleepers with complex needs get off the streets into stable and affordable accommodation.

Delegates will discuss the ongoing implementation of the Rough Sleeping Strategy and the impact of the funding allocated through Rough Sleeping Initiative, Rapid Rehousing Pathway and Spending Round in supporting local authority led approaches to reducing rough sleeping.

They will also consider proposed Private Rented Sector reform and the plan to abolish ‘no-fault’ evictions and what it means for stakeholders.

Further sessions evaluate further measures to support vulnerable groups in the context of:

Westminster Social Policy Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: DWP; HMPPS; MHCLG; Ministry of Justice; ONS and the Scottish Government.


Lord McNicol of West Kilbride


David Eastwood

Rough Sleeping Lead, Housing & Land, Greater London Authority

Simon Clark

Group Director, Housing, Sanctuary Group

Richard Clewer

Deputy Leader, Wiltshire Council

Polly Neate

Chief Executive, Shelter