England & Wales, Scotland Covid-19, Housing and planning

Online Event: Strategies on Tackling Homelessness & Rough sleeping: Keynote Speaker Dame Louise Casey


Due to overwhelming interest this event is now sold out.


Can we end rough sleeping once and for all as we come out of lockdown?

This online session, hosted by the LGiU, will discuss strategies that attempt to help end homelessness on a permanent basis, as well as share best practice and ideas.  As the UK starts to come out of lockdown, the opportunity must be grasped to try and end rough sleeping.

With an opportunity to hear from Dame Louise Casey and others, you can raise questions about your own area and learn about how to acquire properties – without any cost to your authority to support your most vulnerable in the community.



  • Dame Louise Casey DBE CB, Chair, COVID-19 Rough Sleeping Taskforce
  • Phil Woolas, 2020 Initiative Advisor and former Local Government Minister
  • Dr Jonathan Carr-West,  Chief Executive of LGIU (Chair)
  • Maxine Moar, Community Engagement and Partnerships Expert (Facilitator)



1.00pm – Welcome and introductions

1.05pm – Dame Louise Casey – the Taskforce’s mission

1.20pm – Q&A with Louise Casey

1.40pm – Phil Woolas and the 2020 Initiative

1.55pm – Q&A with Jonathan Carr-West and Maxine Moar

2.10pm – Discussion on ending rough sleeping and challenges that needed to be faced

2.30pm – Close




Dame Louise Casey DBE CB is a Government Adviser to help tackle homelessness, reporting directly to the Prime Minister. She was the deputy director of Shelter in 1992, head of the Rough Sleepers’ Unit (RSU) in 1999, a director of the national Anti-Social Behaviour Unit (ASBU) in 2003, head of the Respect Task Force in 2005 and the UK’s first Victims’ Commissioner in March 2010.

Phil Woolas is an advisor to the 2020 initiative and acts as the Local Authority contact for the campaign. He is a former Member of Parliament and as Minister of State for Local Government oversaw the £2bn Supporting People strategy which helped largely eradicate rough sleeping. He now runs Wellington Street Partners Limited a trip-partite political risk analysis company.

Dr Jonathan Carr-West has been Chief Executive of LGIU (Local Government Information Unit) since February 2013 where he leads on all aspects of the think tank’s policy, membership and influencing work.

Maxine Moar is an advisor on the 2020 initiative with expertise in communities and partnerships. She has worked with successive Ministers and Home Secretaries and countless local authorities across England and Wales and here role with 2020 includes supporting local authorities to work with partners or helping to develop them to better cope with vulnerable people.

Who should attend?

Elected members and officers with responsibility for housing and homelessness.