Next Steps for Tackling Homelessness and Preventing Rough Sleeping

Confirmed speakers:

  • Senior Representative, Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy Team, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Deborah Garvie, Policy Manager, Shelter
  • Joe Smith, Local Authority Practice Manager, Crisis
  • Lindsay Megson, Head of Service, The National Practitioner Support Service
  • Joanne Prestidge, Innovation and Good Practice Project Manager, Housing First England, Homeless Link
  • Helen Brown, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trailblazer Project – Homeless Prevention Manager, Fenland District Council
  • Cllr Ric Pallister OBE, Leader, South Somerset District Council (event chair)
  • More speakers TBC


The Government has launched its Rough Sleeping Strategy, including £100m in funding to help achieve its aim of ending rough sleeping entirely by 2027. Meanwhile, local authorities and other public bodies are currently implementing the Homelessness Reduction Act, which placing new duties on them to support those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Join Westminster Briefing on 4th September for an up to date brief from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on the new Rough Sleeping Strategy. Attendees will also receive an update on the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act and hear about best practice in tackling homelessness and preventing rough sleeping.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • The Government's new Rough Sleeping Strategy
  • Other Government Measures to Tackle Homelessness and Rough Sleeping
  • Funding and support available to help tackle homelessness and prevent rough sleeping
  • Implementing the Homelessness Reduction Act
  • Fulfilling duties owed to homeless and people at risk of homelessness
  • The role of public sector organisations in the referral process and how to make this work in practice
  • Case study examples of successful approaches in tackling homelessness and preventing rough sleeping from across the country
  • Effective use of the Housing First approach
  • Partnership working between local authorities, housing associations, charities and other key stakeholders

The Event:

The morning will focus on Government measures to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, as well as the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act.

The afternoon session will examine best practice in reducing homelessness and tackling rough sleeping.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in tacking homelessness and rough sleeping, including local authority housing officers, housing associations and charities.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Tuesday 4th September 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each

Charity | 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each

Above prices exclude VAT

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