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Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales

This page gives details of any meetings held which will, or did, discuss the matter, and includes links to the relevant Papers, Agendas and Minutes.

Note: Meeting Agenda can change at short notice. Particularly where future meeting dates are indicated more than a week in advance. Please check before planning to attend a Committee Meeting that the item you are interested in has not been moved.

Meeting: 23/01/2020 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 6.3)

6.3 Correspondence from Arfon Jones, North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner regarding the Committee's report on mental health and substance misuse services for rough sleepers - 13 January 2020

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Meeting: 05/12/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 5)

5 Correspondence from the Minister for Housing and Local Government regarding rough sleeping in Wales - 29 November 2019

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.2a The Committee noted the correspondence from the Minister for Housing and Local Government regarding rough sleeping in Wales.

 


Meeting: 05/12/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

3 Rough sleeping in Wales follow up: consideration of draft report

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee considered and agreed the draft report, subject to minor changes.

 


Meeting: 13/11/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 2)

2 Rough sleeping in Wales follow up: evidence session

Martin Blakebrough, Group Chief Executive, Kaleidoscope

Lindsay Cordery-Bruce, Chief Executive, The Wallich 

Richard Edwards, Chief Executive, Huggard 

Charlotte Waite, Director of Transformation and Systems Change, Platfform

Dr Keith Reid, Deputy Director of Public Health, Swansea Bay University Health Board

Dr Karen Sankey, Chief Executive, Community Care Collaborative 

Josie Smith, Head of Substance Misuse Programme, Public Health Wales NHS Trust

 

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee received evidence from:

   Martin Blakebrough, Group Chief Executive, Kaleidoscope

   Lindsay Cordery-Bruce, Chief Executive, The Wallich

   Richard Edwards, Chief Executive, Huggard

   Charlotte Waite, Director of Transformation and Systems Change, Platfform

   Dr Keith Reid, Deputy Director of Public Health, Swansea Bay University Health Board

   Dr Karen Sankey, Chief Executive, Community Care Collaborative

   Josie Smith, Head of Substance Misuse Programme, Public Health Wales NHS Trust

 


Meeting: 13/11/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

3 Correspondence to the Minister for Housing and Local Government regarding rough sleeping in Wales - 4 November 2019

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1a The Committee noted the correspondence to the Minister for Housing and Local Government regarding rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 23/10/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

3 Cymorth Cymru report: Assertive Outreach - principles for Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.2a The Committee noted the Cymorth Cymru report: Assertive Outreach - principles for Wales


Meeting: 17/10/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 5)

5 Correspondence from Llamau in relation to the Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.4a The Committee noted the correspondence from Llamau in relation to the inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 17/10/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 2)

2 Rough Sleeping in Wales follow up: Briefing on research into priority need and rough sleeping, Dr Helen Taylor, Academic Fellow

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Minutes:

2a. The Committee received a briefing on research undertaken on priority need and rough sleeping.


Meeting: 17/10/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 1)

1 Rough sleeping in Wales follow up: Update on citizen engagement activity, Rhys Jones, Citizen Engagement Manager

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

1a. The Committee received an update on the series of events that the Citizen Engagement team ran with people with lived experience of rough sleeping.


Meeting: 25/09/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 1.)

1. Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales: private stakeholder event

This event is invite only.

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Meeting: 19/09/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 5)

5 Rough sleeping in Wales: private event

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Meeting: 03/07/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 9)

9 Approach to follow up work into rough sleeping in Wales

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Minutes:

9.1 The Committee agreed the approach to the follow up work into rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 05/06/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 2)

2 Welsh Government correspondence in relation to the evidence session on rough sleeping on 21 March 2019

Paper 3

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.3a The Committee noted the correspondence from the Welsh Government.

 


Meeting: 21/03/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 6)

Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales: consideration of the evidence received

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee discussed the evidence received from the Minister for Housing and Local Government.

 

6.2 The Committee agreed to write to the Minister outlining its observations following the evidence session.


Meeting: 21/03/2019 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 2)

2 Follow-up session with the Minister for Housing and Local Government in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Julie James AM, Minister for Housing and Local Government

Emma Williams, Deputy Director, Housing Policy Division

Sarah Rhodes, Head of Homelessness Branch, Housing Policy Division

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee received evidence from:

·         Julie James AM, Minister for Housing and Local Government

·         Emma Williams, Deputy Director, Housing Policy Division

·         Sarah Rhodes, Head of Homelessness Branch, Housing Policy Division

 

2.2 During the evidence session, the Minister for Housing and Local Government agreed to establish whether they have figures on the Prison Advice and Care Trust’s initiative to meet prisoners upon release to direct them to appropriate services. She also agreed to indicate whether the initative has led to a reduction in the number of prisoners that return to the streets upon release and subsequently return to prison.

 

 


Meeting: 19/09/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 4)

4 Letter from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.4a The Committee noted the letter from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration in relation to rough sleeping in Wales


Meeting: 13/06/2018 - Plenary (Item 5)

Debate on the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee report: Life on the streets: preventing and tackling rough sleeping in Wales

NDM6736 John Griffiths (Newport East)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the report of the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee, 'Life on the streets: preventing and tackling rough sleeping in Wales', which was laid in the Table Office on 20 April 2018.

Note: The response by the Welsh Government was laid on 6 June 2018.

 

Minutes:

The item started at 15.25

NDM6736 John Griffiths (Newport East)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the report of the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee, 'Life on the streets: preventing and tackling rough sleeping in Wales', which was laid in the Table Office on 20 April 2018.

Note: The response by the Welsh Government was laid on 6 June 2018

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 


Meeting: 13/06/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 6)

6 Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales - Welsh Government response to the report

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

6.3. a The Committee noted the Welsh Government response to the report on the inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 21/03/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 2)

2 Additional information from the Salvation Army in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1.a The Committee noted the additional information from the Salvation Army in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 21/03/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 4)

Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales - consideration of draft report

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee considered and agreed its draft report, subject to minor changes being made.


Meeting: 07/03/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales: consideration of key issues

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee considered its key issues.


Meeting: 01/03/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

3 Additional information from Shelter Cymru in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.9.a The Committee noted the additional information from Shelter Cymru in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 01/03/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

3 Additional information from the Wales Community Rehabilitation Company in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.5.a The Committee noted the additional information from the Wales Community Rehabilitation Company in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 01/03/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

3 Additional information from North Wales Police in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.6.a The Committee noted the additional information from North Wales Police in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 01/03/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

3 Additional information from South Wales Police in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.4.a The Committee noted the additional information from South Wales Police in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 01/03/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

3 Additional information from the Welsh Local Government Association in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.7.a The Committee noted the additional information from the Welsh Local Government Association in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 01/03/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

3 Additional information from Powys County Council in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.3.a The Committee noted the additional information from Powys County Council in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 01/03/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

3 Note of visit to the Wallich in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.2.a The Committee noted the note of visit to the Wallich in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 01/03/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

3 Letter from the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1.a The Committee noted the letter from the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 01/03/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 7)

Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales: consideration of key issues

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee agreed to consider item 7 at its meeting on Wednesday 7 March 2018.


Meeting: 01/03/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

3 Additional information from Dr Peter Mackie in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.8.a The Committee noted the additional information from Dr Peter Mackie in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 14/02/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 7)

7 Letter from South Wales Police to Mick Antoniw AM in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

7.4.a The Committee noted the letter from South Wales Police to Mick Antoniw AM in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 14/02/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 9)

9 Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales - consideration of evidence received under item 7

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

9.1 The Committee discussed the evidence received under item 7.


Meeting: 14/02/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 6)

6 Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales - evidence session 6

Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Housing and Regeneration

Emma Williams, Deputy Director, Housing Policy, Welsh Government

Rob Owen, Homelessness Prevention Policy Manager, Welsh Government

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee received evidence from:

·         Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Housing and Regeneration

·         Emma Williams, Deputy Director, Housing Policy, Welsh Government

·         Rob Owen, Homelessness Prevention Policy Manager, Welsh Government

 


Meeting: 08/02/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 7)

7 Letter from the Chair of the Petitions Committee in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

7.2.a The Committee noted the letter from the Chair of the Petitions Committee in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 08/02/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

3 Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales - evidence session 2

Jane Thomas, Assistant Director, Housing & Communities, Cardiff Council

Simon Inkson, Head of Housing, Powys County Council

Julie Francis, Service Manager, Housing, Wrexham Council

Tracy Hague, Temporary Housing Options Lead, Wrexham Council

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee received evidence from:

·         Jane Thomas, Assistant Director, Housing & Communities, Cardiff Council

·         Simon Inkson, Head of Housing, Powys County Council

·         Julie Francis, Service Manager, Housing, Wrexham Council

·         Tracy Hague, Temporary Housing Options Lead, Wrexham Council

 

3.2 The Chair requested a note on the level of joined-up working between authorities in relation to reconnection services, to include the level of support provided to individuals.

 


Meeting: 08/02/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 7)

7 Notes of Committee visits in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

7.3.a The Committee noted the notes of Committee visits in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 08/02/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 7)

7 Letter from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration in relation to rough sleeping in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

7.1.a The Committee noted the letter from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration in relation to rough sleeping in Wales.


Meeting: 08/02/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 2)

2 Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales - evidence session 1

Dr Peter Mackie, Senior Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University

Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Professor / Director of Institute (ISPHERE), Heriot-Watt University

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee received evidence from:

 

·         Dr Peter Mackie, Senior Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University

·         Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Professor / Director of Institute (ISPHERE), Heriot-Watt University

 

2.2 Dr Peter Mackie agreed to provide a note on:

 

·         examples of good practice of assertive outreach; and

·         on recommended innovative solutions for local authorities to overcome lack of housing availability in the context of homelessness


Meeting: 08/02/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 10)

Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales - consideration of evidence received under items 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Minutes:

10.1 The Committee considered the evidence received under items 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.


Meeting: 08/02/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 4)

4 Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales - evidence session 3

Antony Kendall, Director of Operations, The Wallich

Yvonne Connolly, Regional Manager for Wales and the South West, The Salvation Army

Richard Edwards, Chief Executive, The Huggard Centre

Frances Beecher, Chief Executive, Llamau

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee received evidence from:

·         Antony Kendall, Director of Operations, The Wallich

·         Yvonne Connolly, Regional Manager for Wales and the South West, The Salvation Army

·         Richard Edwards, Chief Executive, The Huggard Centre

·         Frances Beecher, Chief Executive, Llamau

 

4.2        Llamau agreed to provide a note on the local authorities who provide transport tickets to rough sleepers when using reconnection services.

 

4.3        The Salvation Army agreed to provide information on their reconnection service work with local authorities, including waivers through frontline services.

 


Meeting: 08/02/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 6)

6 Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales - evidence session 5

Assistant Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan, South Wales Police

Chief Superintendent Stephen Jones, South Wales Police

Ian Barrow, Director for the NPS in Wales, HM Prison and Probation Service in Wales

Diana Binding, Lead Senior Manager on Accommodation, Wales Community Rehabilitation Company

Dusty Kennedy, Director, Youth Justice Board Cymru

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee received evidence from:

·         Assistant Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan, South Wales Police

·         Chief Superintendent Stephen Jones, South Wales Police

·         Ian Barrow, Director for the NPS in Wales, HM Prison and Probation Service in Wales

·         Diana Binding, Lead Senior Manager on Accommodation, Wales Community Rehabilitation Company

·         Dusty Kennedy, Director, Youth Justice Board Cymru

 

6.2 The Wales Community Rehabilitation Company agreed to provide data on the National Pathway for Homelessness Services for Children, Young People and Adults in the Secure Estate, in relation to the notice period given to local authorities and support services for prison leavers.

 

6.3 The Committee requested data on the number of arrests of rough sleepers from South Wales Police.

 


Meeting: 08/02/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 5)

5 Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales - evidence session 4

Katie Dalton, Director, Cymorth Cymru

Jennie Bibbings, Campaigns Manager, Shelter Cymru

Rebecca Jackson, Policy and Research Officer, Shelter Cymru

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive, Crisis

Beth Thomas, Regional Sales Manager, Wales & South West, The Big Issue

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.1 The Committee received evidence from:

·         Katie Dalton, Director, Cymorth Cymru

·         Jennie Bibbings, Campaigns Manager, Shelter Cymru

·         Rebecca Jackson, Policy and Research Officer, Shelter Cymru

·         Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive, Crisis

·         Beth Thomas, Regional Sales Manager, Wales & South West, The Big Issue

 

5.2        Shelter Cymru agreed to provide data on local authorities dealing with prison-leavers in relation to priority need.

 

5.3        Cymorth Cymru agreed to clarify the apparent increase of 250% of rough sleepers in Bridgend, as referenced in their evidence paper.

 

5.4        The Committee requested a copy of the study referenced by Crisis on the cost of long term rough sleepers to public services.

 


Meeting: 11/01/2018 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (Item 3)

Inquiry into rough sleeping in Wales: consideration of scope and approach

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee agreed the terms of reference and the approach to the inquiry.


 

 

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