The Neighbourhood Network Networks

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 both Houses, it is now awaiting Royal Assent 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 helping the Bill to become law - and those responsible for making it work on the ground.

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


  • Chair – Wendy Murphy, HQN associate and homelessness lead
  • Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive, Crisis
  • Mike Wright, Strategic Lead on Homelessness, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • David Smith, Director of Policy, Residential Landlords Association.

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