Tackling HomelessnessThe Role and Importance of Local          Authorities               Lisa Barker    Homelessness and H...
In England:                             Local Authorities 354 Housing authorities, who have Strategic Enabling Role, as ...
Why Local Authorities Central Govt sets framework which is set out in our  strategy Local Housing Authorities are unique...
Partnerships key Valuable role and contribution from Third Sector LAs should work in partnership with VCS in their area ...
How do we work with Local                                            Authorities Set Objectives: Reduce Rough Sleeping, M...
Success in reducing most                                         severe problems2000                                 14000...
We’re starting to see results from                                                            strategies and prevention wo...
LAs make greater use of their own stock to house homeless                         households, RSL stock is used less (2003...
But here’s the challenge380000                                                                                            ...
5 Year Strategy to Reduce                                               Homelessness            86% of LAs have          m...
5 Year Strategy to Reduce                                               Homelessness            86% of LAs have          m...
PreventionUp to date info is crucial 289 have more prevention staff than in 2002 202 operate a spend to save policy 249...
Homelessness is Reducing                          Quarter 3 2004 - 2005 P1E Returns England         23%    West Midlands...
How is homelessness being prevented?Cause                                       ActionParents, relatives or friends exclus...
The Challenge for England Recognise target is a challenge – but it is achievable B&B target shows what can be done on th...
What’s the Endgame?? New emphasis on and  professionalism of advice,  prevention and options, Build Capacity and Innovat...
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The Role and Importance of Local Authorities for Tackling Homelessness

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Presentation given by Lisa Barker, Head of the Homelessness Implementation Team, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, UK, at a FEANTSA seminar on "Glocalisation of homeless policies? How local authorities can strengthen their homeless strategies through transnational cooperation", Committee of the Regions, May 2006

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  • Do recognise that the TA target is a challenge – but it is achievable London led the way on meeting the B&B target and was the only region where LAs had 100% success on 31 March 2002. And in vast majority of cases that success has been maintained. Was achieved by the hard work of local authorities and willingness to adapt to new circumstances and ways of working. And we know that London is continuing to lead the way on prevention initiatives And that there is huge diversity and flexibility in the London market. B&B target gave LAs a better understanding of this. Many opportunities for example joint working with private sector. Very pleased that we are able to fund Merton and Sutton’s private sector property store and West London Private Sector Homelessness Solutions through the Homelessness Innovation Fund. Also happy to see launch of the Ealing Safe Haven project. London Boroughs also benefit from working with the voluntary sector and RSLs, eg London and Quadrant scheme to work with LAs to provide properties for homeless families doesn’t happen outside London. We have also provided additional funding totalling £350k to 6 London Boroughs to help with their work to convert TA into settled homes. When I look at this situation I see many opportunities in London
  • The Role and Importance of Local Authorities for Tackling Homelessness

    1. 1. Tackling HomelessnessThe Role and Importance of Local Authorities Lisa Barker Homelessness and Housing Support Department of Communities and local Government
    2. 2. In England: Local Authorities 354 Housing authorities, who have Strategic Enabling Role, as well as Statutory duties relating to homelessness, including Requirement to produce a Local strategy to prevent homelessness and ensure sufficient accommodation and support are available for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Expectation to keep under revision
    3. 3. Why Local Authorities Central Govt sets framework which is set out in our strategy Local Housing Authorities are uniquely placed within the community to tackle the problem In return for duties, govt awards powers and finance Govt sets performance framework, monitors and rewards
    4. 4. Partnerships key Valuable role and contribution from Third Sector LAs should work in partnership with VCS in their area where they contribute to the strategy LAs can consider working in partnership with other LAs where there are cross boundary issues or where pooling can increase available resources.
    5. 5. How do we work with Local Authorities Set Objectives: Reduce Rough Sleeping, Minimise use of B&B, Reduce Homelessness against the main causes, Halve the use of TA by 2010 Set the law but offer support around implementation Best Practice/Beacons/Regional Champions/ DVD On Going help and support: Good Practice Guidance, Policy Briefings, Specialist Advisors Commission delivery support and capacity building
    6. 6. Success in reducing most severe problems2000 14000 120001500 100001000 8000 6000 500 4000 2000 0 0 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 2002 2002 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2004 2004 2005 2005 2005 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 Q1 Q3 Q3 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q2 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q4 Q1 Q3 Rough sleeping, rest of England All use of B&B Rough sleeping, London Families in B&B Families in B&B over 6 wks
    7. 7. We’re starting to see results from strategies and prevention work160000 Strategies put in place140000 Prevention is the key.120000100000 New local authority80000 strategies and prevention60000 approaches started in 200240000 Homelessness falling since20000 end of 2003 0 Increasing investment in prevention up to 2007-08 1997-98 1999-00 2000-01 2002-03 2003-04 1998-99 2001-02 2004-05 (projected) 2005-06 and expect further reductions in homelessness Homelessness acceptances Placed in temp accom
    8. 8. LAs make greater use of their own stock to house homeless households, RSL stock is used less (2003-04) 60% 50% 40%Percentage 30% 20% 10% 0% North Eas t North Wes t Yorks hire & Eas t Midlands Wes t Midlands Eas t London South East South Wes t ENGLAND Humber % of LA lettings to homeless households % of RSL lettings to LA-nominated homeless households
    9. 9. But here’s the challenge380000 As social housing330000 availability has declined,280000230000 number of households in temporary accommodation180000 has more than doubled13000080000 Reached an all-time high of30000 100,000 in 2004, but 1997-98 2000-01 2001-02 2003-04 2004-05 1996-97 1998-99 1999-00 2002-03 steady since then Social lettings, England Temp. accom, England Target is to halve number by 2010.
    10. 10. 5 Year Strategy to Reduce Homelessness 86% of LAs have more staff preventing 87% of LAs now have homelessness now Preventing a rent deposit scheme homelessness Supporting Tackling wider vulnerable people causes & symptoms Halve use ofSupporting People temporary Over £353m for Domestic violence a accommodation homelessness factor in 1 in 7 by 2010 homelessness cases Sustaining reductions Improved access to In rough sleeping settled homes £90 million hostels SR04 provided for 50% improvement programme increase in social housing
    11. 11. 5 Year Strategy to Reduce Homelessness 86% of LAs have more staff preventing 87% of LAs now have homelessness now Preventing a rent deposit scheme homelessness Supporting Tackling wider vulnerable people causes & symptoms Halve use ofSupporting People temporary Over £353m for Domestic violence a accommodation homelessness factor in 1 in 7 by 2010 homelessness cases Sustaining reductions Improved access to In rough sleeping settled homes £90 million hostels SR04 provided for 50% improvement programme increase in social housing
    12. 12. PreventionUp to date info is crucial 289 have more prevention staff than in 2002 202 operate a spend to save policy 249 LA’s have rent deposit/bond schemes 165LA’s have or plan Sanctuary schemes 18,471 H/holds prevented Apr/Jun 05 £21.202m efficiency savings nationally
    13. 13. Homelessness is Reducing Quarter 3 2004 - 2005 P1E Returns England 23%  West Midlands 12% North East 32%  East 9% North West 14%  London 22% Yorks & Humber 10%  South East 10% East Midlands 7%  South West 12%
    14. 14. How is homelessness being prevented?Cause ActionParents, relatives or friends exclusions, Mediation/counselling, home visitsrelationship breakdown (38%)Violent relationship breakdown (13%) Sanctuary schemesEnd of assured shorthold tenancy (13%) Advice, landlord mediation/ negotiation, rent deposit/bondMortgage or rent arrears (4%) Debt counselling, advocacy in court, resolving HB problemsPerson poorly-equipped to sustain tenancy Advice and support (Supporting People),(??) life skills, budgetingLack of information (??) Early, proactive intervention, advice and good range of options
    15. 15. The Challenge for England Recognise target is a challenge – but it is achievable B&B target shows what can be done on the ground London is leading the way on many prevention initiatives Diversity and Flexibility of London and other Housing Markets  A threat or an opportunity?
    16. 16. What’s the Endgame?? New emphasis on and professionalism of advice, prevention and options, Build Capacity and Innovation within the LG sector More households appropriately housed with access to services More households offered options to prevent homelessness But not a zero target Settled homes:changing lives
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