Sixth National Conference - 29 and 30 June 2020

Watch this space..... bookings opening soon!

We are excited to be announcing the dates for our sixth national conference which will be held at the Oculus Builidng, the University of Warwick, Coventry on 29 and 30 June 2020.

The stunning Oculus building will, once again, provide the ultimate setting for the two day conference where we hope to welcome some familiar faces and some new ones too.  

The NPSS National Conference is the largest conference in the UK for practitioners working in housing options, allocations and homelessness; it aims to bring together local authorities and their partners to share opportunities and learning.   

We will continue to update this site with programme details, including keynote speakers and workshops; for now, please pencil the dates in your diaries and please spread the word to your partner agencies.




We are serious about offering you value for money; what other two day conference offers delegates a choice of workshops, keynotes overnight accommodation, dinner, and exhibition plus the opportunity to network with peers and professionals within your field for just £299? 

If you have any questions you would like to ask, please contact us using the form below; alternatively, please call us on 01962 435043 or email us at

We received some fantastic feedback from this year's conference:

'Good value, good atmosphere and some eccellent keynote speakers'

''Well organised, 100% relevant with a good mix of information and opportunities'

Our keynote and workshop presentations from this year's conference are available below:



MHCLG update

Jo Beck, MHCLG

Rethinking allocations

Faye Greaves, CIH

Making homes happen

Josh Williams, Homes England

Introducing SAHRA

Lindsay Megson, NPSS

Getting the basics right

Neil Mackey, LGO

Focusing on strengths, enabling change

Phil Turner, Test Valley Borough Council

The private sector review

Dr Julie Rugg, University of York

Caw law update

Liz Davies, Garden Court Chambers

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2019

Liz Davies, Garden Court Chambers

Accompanying paper Homelessness

Liz Davies, Garden Court Chambers

Accompanying paper Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2019

Liz Davies, Garden Court Chambers


The HRA; delivering successful outcomes

Ian Swift, Southwark Council

Essential case law for homelessness decision making

Ben Reeve-Lewis, Saver Renting

Creative ways to prevent and tackle rough sleeping

Kath Dane and Fleur Holley-Moore, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Creating a psychologically informed environment

Sam Austin and Dr Jane Williams, Llamau

Partnership working with registered providers to prevent homelessness

Jean Templeton, St Basils and Amanda Tomlinson, BCHG

5 tips for defending possession hearings to prevent homelessness

Ben Reeve-Lewis, Safer Renting

Top tips for successful bid writing

Ieuan ap Rees, West London Housing Partnership

Homelessness prevention and the shadow private rented sector

Dr Julie Rugg, University of York and Roz Spencer, Safer Renting

Strategic approaches to meeting housing need

Davies Scholes, Oxford City Council

Working in partnership; health and homelessness

Suzanne Jackson and Karen Clarke, Kettering Borough Council

Financial inclusion; a partnership approach

Sai Nair and Corin Hammersley, Royal Borough of Greenwich

The importance of social landlords in preventing and tackling homelessness

Barbara Sarbinowska, Wyre Forest District Council, Andy Thomas and Jane Clark, Community Housing Group

A customer centric approach to delivering housing options services

Deborah Reid and Brian O’Kane, NIHE

Community solutions to homelessness

Kenna-Sian Young and Charlotte Quinn, Winchester City Council

Single homelessness; providing the right support at the right time

Sarah Wilson, Kettering Borough Council

Out of area placements and communication across local authorities

Tracy Hendren, NPSS

Sustaining tenancies in the private sector

Sarah Bentley, North Devon Council


Promoting culture change through motivational interviewing

NPSS and Samantha Dickson, Corby Borough Council

Practitioner Reviews; supporting compliance and continuous improvement

NPSS and Andrew Rowe, Scarborough Borough Council

Using Housing Jigsaw to deliver your housing solutions

NPSS and Joy Ashman from Cornwall Council

Ensuring your allocations policy is fit for purpose


Using case file reviews to support compliance with the HRA and enhance service delivery

NPSS and Allan Glennon, Sefton Borough Council

Top tips for reviewing and updating your homelessness strategy

NPSS and Jo Marriot, Ryedale District Council

NPSS Conference 2020

Booking opens January 2020

29 and 30 June

The University of Warwick