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The Homelessness Reduction Bill - No-one turned away?

As politicians, charities and housing bodies continue to sound the alarm over rising levels of homelessness, there is cross-party agreement that radical action is required. But is the Homelessness Reduction Bill the answer?

Hailed by campaigners as a landmark piece of legislation that will transform the way local authorities approach homeless applications, the Bill aims to ensure no-one is turned away when they ask their council for help.

With the Bill receiving the full backing of government, it is now on its way to the Lords and is set to receive Royal Assent later this year.

But what are the practical implications of implementing the Act? With limited funding at their disposal and housing departments at full stretch, will local authorities be able to cope with the ambitious new requirements set out in the legislation?

This one-day conference will attempt to answer all of these questions and hear from some of the key players involved in shaping the final version of the Bill, including MPs, homelessness charities and local authorities.

The day will also showcase examples of best practice in how local authorities and other organisations are tackling homelessness.

Sessions and speakers:

Why the Homelessness Reduction Bill is so important

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive, Crisis

Councils should rise to the challenge

Councillor Harry Phibbs, Conservative Home blogger

Why Labour is backing the Bill

Andy Slaughter, Shadow Housing Minister and Labour MP for Hammersmith

What the Bill will mean for local authorities

Eloise Shepherd, Head of Housing and Planning, London Councils

A view from the PRS

David Smith, Director of Policy, Residential Landlords Association

Working within a Homelessness Reduction Bill environment - challenges and opportunities

Ian Swift, Housing Solutions Manager, London Borough of Southwark

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