NHAS Lincoln & York Spring Roadshow Summary
Posted by Natalie Pearson 23/04/20
The NHAS delivered two roadshows in Spring 2020, in Lincoln and York, attended by 59 delegates. The third planned roadshow in Plymouth has been postponed due to COVID-19. The roadshows are an opportunity to bring together local authorities, public authorities, advice agencies and local citizens advice to learn, network and share good practice.
Each roadshow featured a Legal Update by John Gallagher, Shelter’s Principal Solicitor. This update touched on the following points;
- The Samuels v Birmingham City Council case.
- The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018.
- The Tenant Fees Act 2019.
- The Queen’s Speech in December 2019 which included the Government’s proposals for abolishing assured shorthold tenancies and ‘no fault’ evictions.
Duncan Bannister, Shelter trainer, delivered an overview of working with non-UK nationals and alternative sources of help. The slides of this presentation can be found here.
The local authorities within Lincolnshire delivered an overview of the Rough Sleeping Project across Lincolnshire, focusing on the City of Lincoln, The Boston Rough Sleeping Project, and the East Lindsey Rough Sleeping Prevention Team.
The York Local authority team (Leanne Room, Molly Kay & Lindsey Camm) delivered an overview of how York is helping people to access the private sector and developing private rented initiatives.
The day ended with an interactive session, combining the expert panel and round table discussion sessions using Sli.do, an interactive app to encourage people to submit questions. Questions came in for the panel to answer, and discussion topics to deliberate with colleagues. To ensure we were inclusive we also opened up questions to the floor during the session.
The discussions give an opportunity to feedback to MHCLG the themes and trends, challenges and solutions that different organisations and teams are experiencing and have implemented. Delegates from a mix of organisations were able to explore good practice, challenges and use Sli.do to prompt discussion.