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Delivering on homelessness 2006

This one-day conference to mark the Homelessness Monitoring Group's (HMG) annual report was held on Monday 24 April 2006. This event - now in its third year - was organised to discuss the progress of the legislation and look ahead to the most radical programme of action on homelessness anywhere in Europe. You can find out more about the day and download presentations from the event here.


Over 100 delegates heard speakers John Mills of CoSLA and Jacqui Watt of SFHA outline the respective contributions of councils and RSLs in delivering on homelessness. The theme of partnership emerged strongly from this session - the 2012 target will not be achieved by any one type of organisation working in isolation. Delegates also heard early results from research being carried out by the CIH in Scotland, looking at the knowledge and understanding of housing practitioners of the homelessness programme. There is a high level of buy-in from practitioners for the programme overall, although some doubts about the detail. The research will be launched at a future event hosted by the Scottish Executive.

2012: what do councils need to do?
John Mills, Fife Council

What role can RSLs play?
Jacqui Watt, SFHA

Practitioners' knowledge, understanding and views
Pippa Goldschmidt, Scottish Executive and Lyn Jardine, CIH


The afternoon session reflected on the year past and the challenges ahead, with the Minister for Communities, Malcolm Chisholm and Archie Stoddart of Shelter Scotland. Delegates were urged to retain the vision set out by the task force in 2002. However, it was also recognised that the 2007 Spending Review was a big test of Scotland's commitment to providing more affordable homes.

Progress towards 2012
Malcolm Chisholm, Minster for Communities

Big challenges for 2006
Archie Stoddart, Director, Shelter Scotland


Breakout sessions covered topics as diverse as prevention (the buzzword for 2006), legal changes (such as local connection, intentionality and section 11 notifications), allocations, inspections and reporting on strategies.

Suspending local connection: making it work
Janeine Barrett, North Ayrshire Council

Intentional homelessness
Val Holtom, South Lanarkshire Council and Sue Irving, Aberdeen Cyrenians

Section 11 notifications
Liz Burns, SFHA

Allocations and sustainable communities
Robert Aldridge, SCSH

Furnished tenancies
Matt Howarth, Communities Scotland

Prevention of homelessness: a new agenda?
Elaine Haddow, Glasgow City Council

Reporting on Homelessness Strategies
David Lyon, The City of Edinburgh Council

Inspection and homelessness
Tony Cain, Communities Scotland