The Council is required to have a strategy in place for how it works to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping in Spelthorne.

The current strategy was written in 2014 and covers the period 2014 to 2019. The relevant documents can be downloaded below.

Review of the Homelessness Strategy

As the current strategy is nearing it's expiry, we have started to carry out a comprehensive review of our current work, which will inform the content of our new strategy. The revised strategy will be based on a review of all forms of homelessness within Spelthorne. This is called a Homelessness Review.

The purpose of a Homelessness Review is to establish the extent of homelessness in Spelthorne, identify future trends and any gaps in the service currently being provided. To achieve this, the review will assess:

  • The levels and likely future levels of homelessness in the borough
  • Activities that are carried out which prevent homelessness, secure accommodation for homeless people and provide support to people who are or may become homeless
  • Resources available to carry out these activities

The current timetable for completing the review and implementing the new strategy is as follows:

September 2019

Desktop review of data from the last five years

Survey to all service users from the past five years (where email address is known)

Stakeholder event 1 to be held at the Council Offices

October 2019

Stakeholder event 2 to be held at the Council Offices

Completion of Homelessness Review

Homelessness Strategy Working Group meets to consider Homelessness Review and inform emerging strategy

Summary of emerging strategy presented to Cabinet

November 2019

Summary of emerging strategy presented to Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Public consultation on proposed strategic priorities opens

December 2019

Summary of emerging strategy presented to Spelthorne Joint Committee

January 2020

Public consultation on proposed strategic priorities closes

Homelessness Strategy Working Group meets to consider findings from public consultation and agrees final draft strategy

February 2020

Final draft strategy presented to SBC Management Team for approval

March 2020Final draft strategy presented to Cabinet for approval
April 2020

New strategy in use

Officer / councillor / stakeholder group formed to review progress of the strategy and monitor outcomes

It's important to remember that these dates may change depending on operational requirements.

How you can have your say

We will be launching a public consultation on the emerging strategic priorities from late November 2019 until early January 2020. This will consist of an online questionnaire available on our dedicated consultation website. We will also place notices on our community notice boards, and provide hard copies to local libraries.

If you would prefer, you can pass any feedback directly to, or through your elected councillors. You can find your local councillor by entering your postcode into My Spelthorne.

Please keep an eye out on our website, social media channels, and notice boards for details of when the consultation will be open.