Westminster Social Policy Forum

Reducing homelessness and rough sleeping in England - policy implementation, progress and next steps

Morning, Friday, 28th February 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


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 be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to consider the progress of policy and next steps, with the new government committed to ending homelessness by the end of this parliament.


Delegates will discuss:

  • Implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) following recent consultation on its progress - amid reported growing concern among councils about current funding;
  • The Rough Sleeping Strategy and subsequent delivery plan setting out the government approach to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027; and
  • Progress with the government backed Housing First pilot schemes.

Speakers and chair

There will be keynote contributions from Polly Neate, Chief Executive, Shelter; David Eastwood, Rough Sleeping Lead, Housing & Land, Greater London Authority and Aileen Murphie, Director, MHCLG & Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office.


Further speakers include: Tim Baldwin, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers; Imogen Blood, Founder and Director, Imogen Blood & Associates; Heather Bowman, Chief Operating Officer, Sovereign Housing Association; Simon Clark, Group Director, Housing, Sanctuary Group; Richard Clewer, Deputy Leader, Wiltshire Council; Cat Drew, Chief Design Officer, Design Council; John Stewart, Policy Manager, Residential Landlords Association; and Rory Weal, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer, St Mungo’s.


Chairing is Lord McNicol of West Kilbride.


The agenda

  • Homelessness - current trends and emerging issues;
  • Local approaches, value for money, duty to refer and challenges for implementing the Homelessness Reduction Act;
  • Housing first - progress on domestic initiatives and learning from international best practice;
  • The No Nights Sleeping Rough Taskforce and wider priorities for tackling homelessness in London;
  • Protecting vulnerable groups, enabling early intervention and working with public and third sector partners;
  • The developing role of the private rented sector - tackling rogue landlords and ending ‘no-fault’ evictions; and
  • The future for homelessness policy.

Engagement with policy officials attending this conference

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: CMA; DWP; Government Legal Department; HMPPS; Home Office - Immigration Enforcement; MHCLG; Ministry of Justice; NAO; Office for Statistics Regulation; ONS and The Scottish Government.



Keynote Speaker

Polly Neate

Chief Executive, Shelter

Keynote Speakers

Aileen Murphie

Director, MHCLG & Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office

John Stewart

Policy Manager, Residential Landlords Association

Polly Neate

Chief Executive, Shelter

Chairs

Lord McNicol of West Kilbride

The Baroness Grender

Speakers

David Eastwood

Rough Sleeping Lead, Housing & Land, Greater London Authority

Simon Clark

Group Director, Housing, Sanctuary Group

Richard Clewer

Deputy Leader, Wiltshire Council

Rory Weal

Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer, St Mungo’s

Imogen Blood

Founder and Director, Imogen Blood & Associates

Doug Gibson

Programme Manager, Homeless Network Scotland

Cat Drew

Chief Design Officer, Design Council