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Proactively tackle homelessness

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Read about our work to proactively tackle homelessness using local predictors, developed with household data. With Claire Horton, Newcastle City Council.

Local authorities must meet new prevention duties under the Homelessness Reduction Act. Policy in Practice is helping councils identify the predictors of homelessness in their areas. Using existing data we segment households into those coping, struggling, at risk or in crisis to help prevent future homelessness.

View these slides to see how Policy in Practice’s LIFT dashboard can help you tackle homelessness by:

identifying who may be at risk of homelessness
offering tailored messages to help you engage with those households
tracking what happens to those households over time

We will be joined by Claire Horton, Newcastle City Council, who will share how they are using the dashboard to help meet the new requirements of the Homelessness Reduction Act.

The Homelessness Reduction Act shifts the focus to early intervention, extends the period during which an authority should consider someone as being threatened with homelessness, requires local authorities to develop an action plan for people identified as being at risk of homelessness and places a duty on public services to notify a local authority if they come into contact with someone they think may be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

For further details please email hello@policyinpractice.co.uk or call 0330 088 9242.

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Proactively tackle homelessness

  1. 1. Policy in Practice Webinar: The Homelessness Reduction Act Wednesday 18 April 2018
  2. 2. Housekeeping • Audio check • Please ask questions • Polls and a survey • Finish by 11:30
  3. 3. We make the welfare system simple to understand, so that people can make the decisions that are right for them
  4. 4. Speakers Deven Ghelani Director Claire Horton Newcastle City Council
  5. 5. Agenda Introduction to the Homelessness Reduction Act • Context to homelessness • Duties under the act • Change in approach Newcastle City Council: Homelessness Prevention Trailblazer • The context in Newcastle • Working with advisors • Prevention and the use of data Tracking low income households: Proactive, personalised support • Development of personal housing plans and tracking activity • Using data to identify and engage households at risk, and track outcomes Questions and answers
  6. 6. 777 Poll: What are the main causes of homelessness in your area?
  7. 7. The triggers that immediately precede a homelessness application are shown in the table opposite. Causes include: • An increase in demand for affordable homes, not matched by supply • The impact of welfare reforms • Personal factors that can cause homelessness The drivers of homelessness
  8. 8. • Around half of all homelessness applications are found to be in priority need • Under the new responsibilities, demand could double The challenge of the Act
  9. 9. There are around 5,000 rough sleepers in England and 8,000 across the UK. A 15% increase on a year ago, and the seventh year numbers have been rising. Rough sleeping
  10. 10. The NAO concluded that government efforts to tackle homelessness could not demonstrate value for money The government needs to: • Evaluate effectiveness • Help local authorities share best practice • Help ensure housing supply meets housing need • Monitor the impacts of policies and interventions on homelessness NAO: A change in approach
  11. 11. A change in approach Homelessness reduction act • 128,000 children in TA • Understand who is at risk • Help all households develop an action plan • Find suitable accommodation The Act requires a change in approach • Advisors need to help all, not only those in priority need. • Organisations need to take a more preventative approach.
  12. 12. 151515 What steps have Newcastle City Council taken to prepare for the Act?
  13. 13. Claire Horton Newcastle City Council
  14. 14. 171717 User cases demo 1. Identifying households at risk of homelessness 2. Engaging those households in effective support 3. Tracking the impact of interventions Policy in Practice’s approach
  15. 15. Policy in Practice’s approach We combine all your data and and link it over time Typically running over 2,000 calculations on each household To help you identify trends, pinpoint support and track outcomes We combine data on Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support, arrears and support payments, over two years And model the impact of national and local policies, to show the combined impact of current and planned reforms To help you to make better strategic and operational decisions, and learn what works.
  16. 16. The benefits of our approach We show the impact of all policies combined, on individual households
  17. 17. 212121www.policyinpractice.co.uk Questions
  18. 18. Current LIFT dashboard clients
  19. 19. Next steps Download Tracking Living Standards flyer Download Universal Credit Roadmap Short survey: • We value your feedback • Ask questions or clarifications • Take another look at a dashboard • Request information on preventing homelessness and predictive analytics
  20. 20. www.policyinpractice.co.uk Thank you Deven Ghelani deven@policyinpractice.co.uk 07863 560 677 Claire Horton claire.horton@newcastle.gov.uk 0191 211 6049 hello@policyinpractice.co.uk office 0330 088 9242

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