‘Very clear and engaging training with lots of practical examples to discuss.’
Manager, No Second Night Out
Following the EU referendum result the rights and responsibilities covered in these course notes won’t change unless new laws are passed. This will take time and we will update relevant courses when appropriate.
- Recap on public law issues, plus practical case studies
- Duty to make inquiries; statutory context of housing options services
- 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, including discharge of duty under the amendments brought in by the Localism Act 2011
- Allocations (approximately half a day)
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.
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 as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002.
Meet the trainers
Ian Dunn: London 6-7 February / 26-27 April / 5-6 July 2017
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.
Mark Robinson: Manchester 6-7 December 2016
Mark worked as a housing advice worker from 1987 and then qualified as a housing solicitor in 1999. In his casework he has specialised in challenging homeless decisions, acting for tenants in s21 1988 Housing Act possession claims, and in defending anti-social behaviour possession and injunction proceedings. He has a particular interest in human rights and public law issues. Mark has trained extensively in housing law for Shelter since 1999, writes and updates a range of our courses and is housing editor of the Citizens Advice publication ‘The Adviser’.
Guy Wardle: Bristol 7-8 March 2017
Guy is a full-time independent consultant and trainer who has delivered training for Shelter since 2000. He has worked in the field of housing and homelessness for over 25 years and has worked as a freelance trainer and consultant for fifteen years.
Initially Guy worked in hostels for single homeless people, and then housing advice, for nine years. Guy has previously been a director of two small charities assisting single homeless people and was a member of the steering committee of the West Midlands Housing Law Group.
Guy runs many of Shelter's courses, including the more advanced housing and homelessness topics. Much of his consultancy work is around the delivery of local authority housing options services - advising on homelessness reviews - and the management of supported housing projects, including assisting in drafting policies, procedures and tenancy and license agreements.
Gary Willock: York 11-12 April 2017 / Manchester 13-14 June 2017
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.