Unauthorised Encampments - Reducing Cost and Conflict - Feb 2016
After months of planning our national conference took place in London on 25th February 2016. The title of the conference, Unauthorised Encampments - reducing cost and conflict, drew a large audience including 100+ representatives from over 40 Local Authorities, 6 Police Force Areas, 2 Housing Associations, 1 Police and Crime Commissioners office and 3 schools. Eight Gypsy/Traveller organisations or projects were also represented.
The majority of roles participating have some sort of management/enforcement responsibility for responses to unauthorised encampments. This level of attendance at the conference, even in these cash strapped times, shows a significant level of interest in taking the discussion forward, sharing and developing new responses and best practice. We also enjoyed light Twitter traffic using #roadsidecamps.
Speakers shared perspectives from the Department of Communities and Local Government, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Community Law Partnership and De Montford University. Case studies from Hackney and Leeds were presented followed by parallel sessions on 'Managing People and Policy' and 'Managing Practicalities'. Overall the event received 98% Good or Excellent feedback with many people thanking conference organisers for the opportunity to speak specifically about unauthorised encampments. Many thanks to everyone who attended.
All documents and presentation from this event can be found below