Homelessness and Allocations Law: Advanced

This course covers homelessness law and new case law developments. Participants will examine case law on allocations and the current statutory framework, and focus on the process of homelessness decision-making. It also provides a brief overview of the key changes being brought in by the Homelessness Reduction Act.

N.B. Our January-May 2019 London courses will be held at Resource for London, Holloway Rd, N7 6PA (please continue to contact training@shelter.org.uk with any queries rather than the venue direct).

Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
  Standard   Commercial Concessionary
18-19 Feb 2019 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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6-7 May 2019 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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7-8 May 2019 Manchester £320.00 £350.00 £280.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £1,850; Standard / Concessionary £1,730 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

‘Very clear and engaging training with lots of practical examples to discuss.’

Manager, No Second Night Out

Course contains

  • Recap on public law issues, plus practical case studies
  • Duty to make inquiries
  • Prevention and relief duties (HRA 2017)
  • Detailed examination of eligibility, homelessness, priority need, intentionality, and local connection
  • Suitability of accommodation
  • Temporary accommodation duties and issues
  • Reviews, appeals, and judicial review
  • Housing pending review and appeal
  • Housing duties
  • Allocations (approximately half a day)

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply public law principles of decision making in a homelessness context
  • Understand and apply details of a wide variety of statutory material and case law decisions
  • Explain and apply broad legal principles to allocations decisions make by local authorities and private registered providers.
  • Summarise the main changes being brought in by the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Suitable for

Homeless officers, housing advisers, and solicitors with previous training in homelessness legislation or with substantial experience. This course assumes that delegates will be familiar with the basic definition sections of Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996.

Meet the trainers

Ian Dunn: London 6-7 November 2018 / 18-19 February 2019

Ian has worked for Shelter as a trainer and consultant since 2004. He has been working and training in housing law for almost 20 years. As well as lecturing in social welfare law at the University of Westminster he has many years’ experience working with housing associations and local authorities providing tailored courses. Ian excels at conveying complex information in an easy to understand way and adapting to the knowledge and experience of the group. Ian encourages interaction and questions from participants and has a warm, approachable manner.

Gary Willock: Manchester 20-21 November 2018 / 7-8 May 2019

Gary has a broad knowledge of housing law and has been practicing in this area for the over 10 years. His housing practice includes homelessness, public law and human rights defences, along with defences involving disability discrimination issues under the Equality Act 2010. In the context of housing cases, Gary also has experience of community care law - including assessments under section 47 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 and accommodation under section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948 - as well cases where defendants are protected parties. Before being called to the Bar, Gary was a partner at a niche housing law firm and therefore has the benefit of practical litigation experience. He regularly delivers practical-based training to solicitors and housing advisers.

Louella Crisfield: London 28-29 November 2018

Lou has been a freelance trainer for us since 2004. She currently works as a housing caseworker at Miles & Partners LLP in East London. Prior to that she worked for an East London Law Centre as a housing caseworker for 15 years and for Mind as a housing and welfare rights adviser for two years. Lou has over 20 years’ experience in the field of housing law. Lou has a particular interest in homelessness, security of tenure, housing for young people and housing or public law remedies for people without recourse to public funds. She has produced a wide range of training materials and presented courses to all levels of delegates in her work with Shelter and her work in the Law Centre and currently at Miles & Partners.

CPD hours 10