Wed, 23 Sept |

The London Homelessness Conference 2020

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Time & Location

23 September 2020, 09:30 – 17:00 

 

Cost

Standard Ticket - £200+VAT

When booking 3 or more delegates choose 2 Standard tickets first (See Below).

Third & Subsequent Delegate Ticket - £100+VAT

When 2 Standard tickets have already been booked by the same organisation subsequent delegates should select this ticket (50% discount on the Standard Rate).

About this Conference

A must-attend conference for all local authority homelessness and allocations professionals.

 

IN 2015 we saw significant changes in the way Housing Options Services work. This came about from judgements in the courts and the Ombudsman decisions. The introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act in 2018 brought fresh challenges to every local authority, against a backdrop of rising demand and shortage of affordable housing. Further challenges have arisen over the last 6 months due to COVID-19 and the target of providing settled accommodation to all those housed under the 'everybody in' initiative. We also live in times when rules around notices for private rented tenancies keep changing as also rules around obtaining an eviction order. 


THIS conference has been designed to offer practical advice and solutions in the areas of homeless prevention as well as how to meet all the challenges of the Homelessness Reduction Act and those brought on by COVID-19. You will hear from leading national experts in the areas of homelessness, allocations and trailblazers.

 

THIS conference will give delegates:
 

An insight into how local authorities are managing the demands of the Homelessness Reduction Act
Best practice on how to prevent homelessness from leading trailblazers and local authority managers
Confidence in trying to manage homelessness in a COVID-19 world
Details of recent developments in allocations and homelessness case law in the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court
Expert advice on the latest rules around notices for private and public tenancies as well as the obligations of landlords when seeking to obtain an eviction order
First hand details as to how the Local Government Ombudsman wants local authorities to discharge their duties under the Homelessness Reduction Act  
Great guidance on how to best set up partnerships with different organisations, the potential pitfalls and how to evaluate these

Main Speakers

Toby Vanhegan, Barrister at 4-5 Grays Inn Square Chambers

​Toby is described by the Chambers and Partners Directory as “a thorn in the side of local authorities” and demonstrates experience in homelessness, immigration and asylum, and EU free movement law in the context of the housing sector. Toby is co-author of ‘Homelessness and Allocations’ - a definitive guide to the law on allocations and homelessness with the latest version published in June 2018. He is part of 4-5 Grays Inn Square Chambers whose barristers are noted experts in housing, landlord/tenant and residential & commercial property disputes.

Andy Gale, Housing Consultant

Andy is one of the best known names in the field of homelessness and lettings. He trains and advises local authorities around the country. He has a wide range of local government experience having worked as Housing Needs Manager for Harrow Council and with the DCLG. He has also become an expert advisor on how to use the private rented sector to prevent homelessness or to discharge. Andy has worked with many local authorities to help them become ready for the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Jane Greenstock, Senior Consultant in Public Policy at ICF

Jane is a Senior Consultant at ICF with ten years' experience of working in public and voluntary sector research. As well as the being the deputy project manager of the recent MHCLG evaluation of the Homelessness Reduction Act she has worked as a case study lead for two other MHCLG evaluations, on Homelessness Prevention Trailblazers programme and the Housing First pilots (ongoing). In a previous role at the Social Care Institute for Excellence she conducted case studies of preventative projects in adult social care, which also included a focus on how support for individuals which encompasses housing advice and support can make important and positive contributions to the wellbeing of individuals. 

Neil Mackay, Investigators at Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman

Neil investigates complaints about councils, some other public bodies and social care providers. I investigate complaints about a range of services including homelessness, housing allocations, private rented sector standards, housing benefits and payments and the right to buy. 

 

Amy Varle, Entrepreuner

At 16 Amy was homeless when a stay in a supported accommodation project for young people changed her life She began working with local government managing council-owned property with the needs of vulnerable people the authority housed. She created a diverse professional network of both housing and support providers making these available to anyone in need. After a study tour of the USA Amy published 'Social Property Investment: Pioneering Strategies for 21st Century Homelessness Prevention and Response' which she has delivered to policymakers, including the Prime Minister. She now develops and promotes new solutions towards homelessness, freely sharing her creative knowledge and working on such projects as The Manchester 'Stock Exchange' Homeless Initiative with Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. Amy has directly provided homelessness solutions to over 100 socially disadvantaged individuals, showing governmental savings in excess of £2.5 million.

Workshops

Jennifer Gould, Head of Housing & Community Services at Epping Forest District Council

Jennifer has worked across local government for a number of authorities in London and Essex for almost 20 years. Jennifer has a wealth of experience delivering housing services with an approach that is underpinned by a commitment to collaborative partnership working. In 2016, while working at Basildon Borough Council, Jennifer led on setting up the South Essex Domestic Abuse Hubs (SEDAH) - an innovative partnership approach to the provision of advice, assistance and practical help to residents experiencing domestic abuse across the South Essex area.  Jennifer was a finalist in CIH's 2019 Housing Hero Awards and nominated for Housing Professional of the Year at last year's inaugural Housing Essex Excellence Awards. Jennifer is also a serving Board member of Changing Pathways, a domestic abuse charity commissioned to provide services across the South and West of Essex. 

Lindsey Gay, Manager at South Essex Domestic Abuse Hub

Lindsey has 10 years' experience of working within local authorities and the Police and has managed the South Essex Domestic Abuse Hub (SEDAH) since it was established in 2016.  SEDAH is a partnership between 4 local authorities, Essex Police, Changing Pathways and SERICC (South Essex Rape & Incest Crisis Centre), who, together, provide a drop-in service/one stop shop for survivors of domestic abuse to access much needed services. 
Lindsey was integral to the establishment of SEDAH and has, over the last 4 years, shaped and led the service in her role as Domestic Abuse Coordinator. SEDAH has become a highly respected service model and has been recognised as such winning the Excellence Award in the Partnership Category of the EDG & SEHG Awards in 2019 and, more recently, receiving the Commended accolade in the MJ Awards 2020. 

 

Dr Jo Brown, Research Manager at Groundswell
Jo joined Groundswell in 2020 as Research Manager. She will be working on the national #HealthNow research and alongside the Insight and Action team on various other research projects. Since joining Groundswell she has been leading a project exploring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on people experiencing homelessness.  Jo previously worked as Research Officer for a local Healthwatch organisation and completed a secondment for Healthwatch England to support patient engagement on the NHS Long Term Plan. Jo has recently completed her PhD in Social Policy which explored the experiences of welfare conditionality on people with impairments. She is passionate about promoting equality and ensuring people with lived experience are central to the research process.

 

Bruno Ornelas, Head of Service and Safeguarding at Voices of Stoke and Brighter Futures Housing Association

Bruno holds a Masters in Safeguarding Adults Law and Policy from Keele and his interests centre on the interface between homelessness, health and adult social care law, including safeguarding. Throughout his career Bruno has specialised in working in homelessness, offending, mental health and addiction services. 

Fiona Bateman, Trustee at CASCAIDr
Fiona  is a founding trustee at CASCAIDr and works as an Independent Chair to Safeguarding Adults Boards. Fiona is an experienced solicitor with expert knowledge of health and social care law and safeguarding responsibilities. 
 

Courtenay Forbes, Business Support Officer at Unseen

Courtenay has worked at the UK Modern Slavery Helpline, run by Unseen, for two years. She worked as a Helpline Supervisor, undertaking the daily management of the Helpline floor and overseeing case work. She has had experiences with many different types of human trafficking situations and has supported the Helpline in getting survivors to freedom. She now focuses on working with businesses with their modern slavery risks and maintains an active role in supporting the team of Helpline Advisors. She acts as the on-call senior team member for operatives to raise urgent or sensitive cases to. Before working at the Helpline, she worked with several charities, on issues such as justice, torture, refugees and asylum seekers.

Kam Basra, Operations Manager at Home Connections

Kam Basra has joined Home Connections as Operations Director in 2009. She has over 20 years of housing experience in the private and public sector. She had a successful career as a Business Development Officer, Programme Manager and Property Co-ordinator Supervisor in companies such as Derby Homes, Urban Choice and Midland Area Housing Association. Committed to the success of the projects she oversees, Kam helped Home Connections to deliver a large number of projects including the latest Homelessness Reduction Act software called hope. Kam is responsible for all company operations and operational staff in London, Midlands and the North. Kam will be joined by customers from Haringey council and Leicester City council who will demonstrate their first-hand experience with Eazylearn, the e-learning software, and Early Prevention Tool built into HOPE, the homelessness case management software.

Andrew Lane, Barrister at Cornerstones Chambers

Andy was called to the Bar in 1999 having spent over 10 years working in the statutory and voluntary sector in the field of housing, debt and benefits advice. He has spent time on a local authority as a councillor, and held a number of portfolios during that time. This background has meant that Andy is very approachable, comfortable in a variety of settings and able to articulate his advice and case in a manner that is both attractive and compelling. The legal directories consistently recognise him as one of the leading practitioners at the Bar in the Social Housing field. Though Andy has extensive experience in matters ranging from housing possession trials to appellate advocacy in the higher courts, clients have increasingly instructed him to also advise on policies, tenancy agreements and the impact of government policies.

Who Should Attend

  • Homelessness/Housing Options Officers and Managers

  • Reviews Officers

  • Housing Policy Officers and Managers

  • In-House Solicitors

  • Letting/Allocations Officers and Managers

  • Youth Homelessness Officers

  • Housing Associations responsible for making homelessness and suitability decisions

 

Programme

Morning Programme

 

09.30-10.00
Registration

 

10.00-10.10
Opening Address
Minos Perdios

 

10.10-11.00
Recent Developments in Allocations and Homelessness Case Law

Toby Vanhegan

  • How does the Supreme Court consider affordability?

  • How the High Court views 'Out of time' Review Requests  

  • Key homelessness decisions in the CoA

  • Problems with disqualification criteria, e.g. residence, ASB

 

11.00-11.45
The HRA 2 years on & COVID-19 – overcoming the challenges and what changes might we expect to homelessness and allocations post COVID-19

Andy Gale

  • What has worked and not worked 2 years on from the introduction of the HRA 

  • How to overcome the most common problems including casework and legal challenges 

  • What might the future policy direction for homelessness and allocations look like post COVID-19? 

 

11.45-12.00
Break

12.00-12.45

Workshops Session 1 (Select 1 out of 6 options)

 

Option 1: Safe as houses - shaping an informed approach to homelessness assessments for applicants fleeing domestic abuse
Jennifer Gould & Lindsey Gay

  • Spot the difference - distinguishing relationship breakdown from domestic abuse 

  • SEDAH - a collective partnership taking a person-centred approach

  • Domestic Abuse Bill - likely impact (including discussion on how to get ready)

 

Option 2: Homelessness & Social Care Law
Bruno Ornelas & Fiona Bateman

  • Understand how the Care Act 2014 can be made to work with chronic homelessness 

  • Awareness of the link between housing and adult social care

  • Research from Safeguarding Adults Reviews
     

Option 3: Tackling health inequalities for people experiencing homelessness: What can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic?
Dr Jo Brown

  • The significant impacts that COVID-19 and the responses to the pandemic have had on people experiencing homelessness

  • How such impacts have exacerbated existing inequalities

  • How in some cases the impacts have led to positive outcomes for people and create an opportunity for lasting-change

 

Option 4: Identifying and supporting victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in the homelessness context
Courtenay Forbes

  • The link between homelessness and modern slavery/human trafficking

  • The law on modern slavery and human trafficking

  • How to correctly spot the signs of exploitation and what to do about it 

 

Option 5: Intelligent and User friendly Software to meet the needs of all Housing Options Services

Home Connections

  • Intelligent software that makes assessing a homeless application simple and automatically does H-CLIC compliance checks in order to help with correct DELTA submissions

  • Software that delivers an early prevention service via a Smartphone APP, self-service options and much more

  • Tenant Training module to help new and existing tenants sustain a tenancy

 

Option 6: The Ever-Changing Rules Around Notices for Assured Shorthold and other tenancies as well as eviction procedures

Andrew Lane

  • What is the relevant notice period for S21 and other notices?

  • When will the courts grant an eviction?

  • What are the landlord's obligations to evict a tenant?

  • What should housing options officers be looking for?

 

12.45-13.30
Lunch

Afternoon Programme

 

13.30-14.15
Workshops Session 2 (Select 1 out of 6 options)

 

Option 1: Safe as houses - shaping an informed approach to homelessness assessments for applicants fleeing domestic abuse
Jennifer Gould & Lindsey Gay

  • Spot the difference - distinguishing relationship breakdown from domestic abuse 

  • SEDAH - a collective partnership taking a person-centred approach

  • Domestic Abuse Bill - likely impact (including discussion on how to get ready)

 

Option 2: Homelessness & Social Care Law
Bruno Ornelas & Fiona Bateman

  • Understand how the Care Act 2014 can be made to work with chronic homelessness 

  • Awareness of the link between housing and adult social care

  • Research from Safeguarding Adults Reviews
     

Option 3: Tackling health inequalities for people experiencing homelessness: What can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic?
Dr Jo Brown

  • The significant impacts that COVID-19 and the responses to the pandemic have had on people experiencing homelessness

  • How such impacts have exacerbated existing inequalities

  • How in some cases the impacts have led to positive outcomes for people and create an opportunity for lasting-change

 

Option 4: Identifying and supporting victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in the homelessness context
Courtenay Forbes

  • The link between homelessness and modern slavery/human trafficking

  • The law on modern slavery and human trafficking

  • How to correctly spot the signs of exploitation and what to do about it 

 

Option 5: Intelligent and User friendly Software to meet the needs of all Housing Options Services

Home Connections

  • Intelligent software that makes assessing a homeless application simple and automatically does H-CLIC compliance checks in order to help with correct DELTA submissions

  • Software that delivers an early prevention service via a Smartphone APP, self-service options and much more

  • Tenant Training module to help new and existing tenants sustain a tenancy

 

Option 6: The Ever Changing Rules Around Notices for Assured Shorthold and other tenancies  as well as eviction procedures

Andrew Lane

  • What is the relevant notice period for S21 and other notices?

  • When will the courts grant an eviction?

  • What are the landlord's obligations to evict a tenant?

  • What should housing options officers be looking for?

14.15-15.00

Effectiveness in homelessness prevention and reduction: Lessons from the Homelessness Prevention Trailblazers programme and implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act
Jane Greenstock

  • ICF's evaluations of the Homelessness Prevention Trailblazers programme and the Homelessness Reduction Act including: 

  • Learning from the Homelessness Prevention Trailblazers programme 

  • How local authorities prepared for, implemented change and are delivering services under the Homelessness Reduction Act

 

15.00-15.15
Break
 

 

15.15-16.00
Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman & the Homelessness Reduction Act 

Neil Mackay

  • How does the LGO see the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act?

  • What are the recommendations from the LGO in how homeless applications should be processed

 

16.00-16.40
Homelessness, the Crisis and the Future

Amy Varle

  • Homelessness Statistics/Current Research Findings

  • Collaborative Working as a Solution - The success Model

  • 2020 and Beyond - What Next?

 

16.40-16.50
Closing Address

Minos Perdios

 

16.50 Close of Conference

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