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Four years and counting!

This one-day Shelter conference, held in Glasgow on 23 June 2008, brought together housing practitioners from local authorities, RSLs and voluntary organisations to look at recent progress and future plans for meeting the 2012 homelessness target in Scotland.

Morning plenary session

Alan Ferguson, Director, Chartered Institute of Housing, chaired the event and the morning plenary session set the scene for the day, looking at recent progress and examining priorities for the next four years. Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport, gave the first presentation, talking about the Scottish Government’s priorities for meeting the 2012 target and, in particular, the role of the private rented sector.

The Minister was followed by Gavin Corbett, Policy Manager, Shelter Scotland, who looked at various aspects of progress on the 2012 target and what needed to be done over the next four years. The next presentation was given by Sarah Cumberland, Homelessness Special Adviser for the Midlands, Communities and Local Government, who gave an overview of homelessness policy and prevention in England.

You can download their presentations here:

The Government perspective
Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport

Progress to 2012: how well are we doing?
Gavin Corbett, Policy Manager, Shelter Scotland

Sharing lessons: tackling homelessness in England
Sarah Cumberland, Homelessness Special Adviser for the Midlands, Communities and Local Government

Morning workshop sessions

Delegates were given a choice of four workshops as follows:

Modelling homelessness demand
Duncan Gray, The Scottish Government

Attitudes to homelessness
Rachel Ormston, Scottish Centre for Social Research

Homeless children
Gavin Corbett & Jessie Crawford, Shelter Scotland

RSLs & homelessness
Andy Young, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Afternoon plenary session

The focus of the afternoon presentations was to look at different perspectives on the role of private renting in alleviating homelessness. Andrew Morrison, Director – Policy & Development, Orchard & Shipman, outlined the implications of extending the use of the private rented sector in housing homeless households.

John Blackwood, Director, Scottish Association of Landlords, talked about landlords’ response to Firm Foundations and the scale of the contribution they could make in this area.

Finally, Catherine Jamieson, Head of Glasgow Homelessness Partnership, spoke about the Partnership’s experiences in private renting and its perspective on the role of private landlords.

You can download their presentations here:

PSL in a wider context
Andrew Morrison, Director – Policy & Development, Orchard & Shipman

What do landlords want?
John Blackwood, Director, Scottish Association of Landlords

Do private landlords really have a role?
Catherine Jamieson, Head of Glasgow Homelessness Partnership

Afternoon workshop sessions

There were four options for delegates to select from as follows:

Developing interim accommodation
Anna Donald & Carole Barker-Munro, The Scottish Government

Health and homelessness – maintaining priority?
Cathy Roarty, Lead Public Health Practitioner, East Ayrshire Community Health Partnership

Homelessness and stock transfer
Mary Taylor, University of Stirling (currently on secondment)

New directions in homelessness inspection
Michael Cameron, Head of Inspection, The Scottish Housing Regulator

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