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Housing minister Hilary Armstrong is to address the UK's largest homelessness conference next month. ...
Housing minister Hilary Armstrong is to address the UK's largest homelessness conference next month.

Ms Armstrong will speak on the new government's latest ideas and answer questions about the effects of Labour's recent changes to details of the Housing Act 1996.

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Allocations and Homelessness conference, taking place at Blackpool's Norbeck Castle Hotel on 22 and 23 October 1997, seeks to familiarise delegates with changes to the Housing Act and its updated code of guidance, as well as its implications to staff dealing with homelessness and allocations.

The conference will focus closely on the new holistic approach to tackling homelessness, including the potential of the Welfare to Work scheme to help employ and house young people, and the role the new best value regime in ensuring that councils are providing adequate help for the homeless.

Among workshops included in the two-day event are Welfare to Work and Housing, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Common Housing Registers, Best Value and Housing Serious Offenders. Shelter's solicitor Russell Campbell is one of a host of expert speakers.

CIH director of training and events Jayne Rudge said: 'Homelessness continues to be a major issue for housing providers. Professionals have a responsibility to ensure a quality service is delivered in this area, and this conference provides an ideal opportunity to look at best practice.'

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