Supporting you to prevent homelessness

 

THE NATIONAL PRACTITIONER
SUPPORT SERVICE (NPSS)

WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL PRACTITIONER SUPPORT SERVICE (NPSS) WEBSITE.

NPSS supports local authorities and their partners to deliver early intervention and prevention focused housing options services.

ABOUT

In April 2013, the National Practitioner Support Service (NPSS) was established to support local authorities to meet the 10 Local Challenges set out in the ‘Making every contact count’ report, which had been published the previous year by the Ministerial Working Group on Homelessness. Whilst set within the framework of the ‘Gold Standard Programme,’ the support NPSS provides to local authorities covers a wide spectrum with a common goal; the improvement of frontline housing and homelessness services with a view to increasing opportunities for the early intervention and prevention of homelessness.

The credibility of the National Practitioner Support Service comes from the experience of the team; all of whom are practitioners on secondment from local authorities across the country and who remain embedded in local services. This recognises local authorities’ preference for a local approach with national delivery.

WORK STREAMS

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HOT OFF THE PRESS


NEW BURDENS FUNDING ALLOCATIONS RELEASED 

 

£72.2 million is to be provided to local authorities to meet the new burdens costs associated with the additional duties contained within the Homelessness Reduction Act during the course of the Spending Review.  

Today, DCLG has releaed local authority allocations covering 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020.

 

Click HERE to download a copy of the funding allocations

For further information visit: DCLG website



  

HOUSING JIGSAW

THE PARTNERSHIP BEHIND HOUSING JIGSAW; NPSS AND HOUSING PARTNERS PROUDLY LAUNCH THEIR ENHANCED HOUSING REGISTER (EHR) AND ADVERT TO LET ALLOCATIONS SYSTEM (ALERT) MODULES 

The Enhanced Housing Register (EHR) module:

-          Based with the same intuitive principles as Housing Jigsaw

-          Online, customer focused application with officer and manager dashboards

-          Automatic banding/pointing of applications

-          Supports a significant reduction in administration for the local authority

 The Advert To Let Allocations System (ATLAS) module includes:

-          Advertising and lettings (replacing current outdated CBL modules)

-          Allocation and lettings (including direct lets, allocating to PRS, TA, management transfers and supported housing)

-          Supported housing gateway management (managed allocations and lettings within a supported housing priority system)

-          Commissioning outcomes monitoring and reporting (for example rough sleeper outreach and domestic abuse support services)

Watch an introduction from Lord Bird below and read more about Housing Jigsaw and how to join the pilot at: www.housingjigsaw.co.uk 


HOMELESSNESS REDUCTION ACT - CURRENT THOUGHTS AND DEBATES

19th September 2017 - The NPSS Homelessness Reduction Act toolkit and letter templates pack are now available in the PRACTITIONER RESOURCES section of our website.


8th August 2017 - The DCLG has confirmed that it is their intention for the Homelessness Reduction Act to be implemented from 1st April 2018.  

To view a copy of the letter sent to LAs by Marcus Jones MP CLICK HERE 


The new prevention and relief duties brought in by the Homelessness Reduction Act will be subject to review – however we understand that the existing review regulations will not apply to the new rights to review – the Minister has confirmed that regulations will be laid in the winter. 

NEWS - NPSS AND CIH JOINT BRIEFING PAPER

The National Practitioner Support Service is pleased to share with you a joint briefing aimed at supporting local authorities to develop homelessness prevention solutions. This briefing was developed in partnership with colleagues from the Chartered Institute of Housing.

NPSS would like to take the opportunity to thank the many local authorities who contributed to this briefing through their ongoing work to provide early intervention and prevention based services.

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