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Shelter London Day of Learning - London Challenge Poverty Week

Shelter London Day of Learning - London Challenge Poverty Week

Shelter London Day of Learning - London Challenge Poverty Week

Monday, October 12, 2020
Shelter London is hosting a series of online events to mark London Challenge Poverty Week and World Homeless Day

Date And Time: Mon, 12 October 2020, 11:30 – 16:15pm

Location: Online Event


About this Event

This day of online webinars hosted by Shelter will be held during London Challenge Poverty Week. The discussions will focus on poverty and housing in our capital, and will include a panel discussion from Shelter’s service users with lived experience, a training session on the ‘bedroom tax’, and a discussion on families in temporary accommodation in London. There will be plenty of time for Q&A in each session so do join us, and join the conversation.

One meeting link will be issued for the day, and attendees can use it to join for the whole day or for individual sessions. Please register to find the link and help us manage numbers however the link is also at the bottom of this page in case of any issues.

Please find the programme of events and timings below

Welcome & London: Capital in Crisis

11:30 to 12:15

Welcome from London Hub Team Leader Kristi Rocha framing the day and speaking on what we are seeing in our Hub. Followed by London Community organiser Tyrone Scott will be kicking the day off with a presentation on London's housing crisis and crippling housing costs in London

Break 12:15-12:30

Lived Experience of Homelessness and Bad Housing

12:30 to 13:15

Led by Service User Involvement Lead Karen Orr - A panel of people with lived experience of homelessness and bad housing discuss the adversity they faced and how low income further compounded the problem. Hear their ideas for creating a London that works for everyone and gives them a decent life

Lunch Break 13:15 - 13:45

Families in Temporary Accommodation

13:45 to 14:30

Shelter London Community Organiser Tyrone Scott talks about his work with families and residents in Temporary Accommodation across Hackney. Speaking about research done to look at the experience for people in Temporary Accommodation and the next steps in seeking improvements.

Working together with Healthwatch Hackney, Shelter London are producing a report looking at the experience of Temporary Accommodation residents and this is the first chance to see some of the headline facts and figures from our research which has included telephone surveys and focus groups.

Break 14:30 - 14:45

Understanding Tenants Under Occupation and Bedroom Tax: Shelter NHAS Training.

14:45 to 16:15

Also known as the bedroom tax, the under occupancy charge, is a cut in housing benefit or the universal credit housing element if you're of working age, a council or housing association tenant and are classed as having a spare room. This means that many families on the lowest incomes will have to find the money to cover the difference, or move out. To pay this, families often need to cut back on essential spending on food, heating and other household bills. Many will take out debt, and some will be unable to pay this shortfall week in, week out and will risk arrears, eviction and homelessness.

This training webinar hosted by Shelter; Understanding Tenant Under Occupation will cover:

• What the under occupancy rules are and who they affect

• The definition of a bedroom

• Relevant case law

• What the options are for tenants

Closing 16:15 - 16:30

Closing Statements and thanks from London Community Organiser Tyrone Scott



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