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CIH London board: temporary accommodation seminar


On 22 July, the CIH London board arranged a seminar as part of its SHAPE campaign on the topical issue of temporary accommodation in the capital.

Over 40 housing professionals attended the event, which included many senior level people from councils and housing associations. The speakers included practitioners who had previously worked with the London borough of Southwark, finance professionals from Waltham Forest Council and senior representation from Greater London Authority.

The day-long seminar covered the brief history of TA, the impact of the welfare reform, key challenges in TA management and various innovative solutions which are being adopted or considered by the boroughs.

Leigh Richman opened the event by reminding us that London accounts for 74 per cent of all UK households in TA. This crisis in the capital is not new - the recent rise of homelessness highlights many similar issues faced by housing professionals three decades ago. 

The second session outlined the likely impact of the proposed welfare reform, and Helen Richards from Waltham Forest reminded the attendees that things are likely to be more challenging in coming months. Post-lunch, CIH London board member Martin Green gave some practical tips to overcome the challenges in temporary accommodation management. The final session saw Alan Benson from Greater London Authority give some valuable insights into current initiatives the organisation is working on, including offsite modular homes.

Many thanks to Cocoon Projects Limited, who sponsored this event.

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