Former DPI trustee Dame Louise Casey has been appointed to the House Of Lords.

Accepting the peerage, former civil servant Dame Louise said: “I accept it on behalf of all those I have worked with across 30 years of public and charitable service.

“I am determined to use this platform to continue to champion the interests of the poor, the left behind and those without a voice, to hold governments of any colour to account, and to speak without fear or favour on the issues that matter.”


Since May, Dame Louise Casey has been leading the UK Government’s taskforce on rough sleeping during the pandemic. More than 15,000 people were taken off the streets at the height of the pandemic in the UK and offered accommodation where they could self-isolate. Dame Louise has worked previously for the UK government as Homelessness Czar when she led a successful strategy to reduce the number of people sleeping rough on the streets.

Dame Louise is also Chair of the Institute of Global Homelessness, and a member of the Famvin Homeless Alliance. She played an important role in the Vincentian advocacy at the UN. During the 58th Commission for Social Development, she moderated some of the discussions that resulted in the UN adopting for the first time a resolution containing a description of homelessness and a call to member states to measure it.