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What is the PPP. Joint Project between Southwark Law Centre and Blackfriars Advice Centre Aim to reduce the number of evictions and homelessness by early intervention & policy work. Funded by the Legal Services Commission for 3 years. Covers the borough of Southwark. Early intervention .

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what is the ppp
What is the PPP
  • Joint Project between Southwark Law Centre and Blackfriars Advice Centre
  • Aim to reduce the number of evictions and homelessness by early intervention & policy work.
  • Funded by the Legal Services Commission for 3 years.
  • Covers the borough of Southwark
early intervention
Early intervention
  • Identifying who tenants first contact when they have a housing problem.
    • Local knowledge
    • County Court survey
    • Direct contact with tenants
    • BME agencies
    • Keeping an open mind
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Early intervention
  • Providing training to organisations in Housing law.
    • To date over 44 agencies trained
    • Over 110 individuals
    • Including the CAB, Credit Union, Multi-cultural agencies and more
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Early intervention
  • First training course concentrated on Council tenancies (Secure/Introductory & Non-secure)
  • Focused on immediate steps to take at various stages of the eviction process.
  • Effective referrals.
  • 2nd tier advice
  • Encouraging court attendance by tenants
  • Southwark Housing Lawyers Group
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Early intervention
  • The second wave of training is on Private tenancies (Assured, Assured Shorthold, Rent Act & Non-Secure Tenancies).
  • Consider immediate steps to take.
  • Build upon effective referrals.
  • Improve and monitor 2nd tier advice
  • Court attendance
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Early intervention
  • 2nd Tier advice
    • Agencies appreciate that their knowledge is limited.
    • Encouraged to contact Southwark Law Centre for telephone advice.
    • PPP now considering supervision of agencies case work.
    • PPP considering keeping workshops where agencies can discuss problematic cases.
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Early intervention
  • Effective referrals and SHLG
    • What is SHLG.
    • Why was it needed.
    • How has it helped referrals
    • Wider implications of SHLG
policy work
Policy work
  • National Level
  • Promote ODPM research and guidance
  • Promote national research into causes of rent arrears and social costs of homelessness.
  • Encourage best practice guidance on rent arrears.
  • Provide consolidated response to Civil Justice Council’s consultation on the rent arrears protocol.
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Policy work
  • Local Level
  • Engaging with other voluntary sector organisation.
  • Making and sustaining contact with key members in the Local Authority.

Rent Income team

Housing Benefit managers

Homelessness services

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Policy work
  • Local Level
  • PPP Good Practice Report for rent arrears management.
  • Direct Deductions from Benefit.
  • Tolerated trespasser
  • Standard letters re: rent arrears
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Policy work
  • Housing Benefit issues and rent arrears
  • SHLG participating in Policy issues
  • Liaison with Local County Court
  • Promoting the Duty Solicitor Scheme
  • Contributing to the Homelessness Strategy
next steps
Next steps
  • Continue to train agencies in housing law
  • Provide supervision of these agencies
  • Provide workshops for these agencies
  • Promote 2nd tier advice
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Next steps
  • Increase referrals
  • More focus on the causes of rent arrears
  • Develop policies with Housing
  • Association and Private landlords
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Next steps
  • Monitor the effects of policy initiatives
  • Monitor the effects of training
  • Secure funding for the PPP
  • Examine becoming self funding
  • Consider cross borough projects
  • Examine national training strategy