Homelessness in the Supreme Court

The past couple of years have seen a number of important cases in the Supreme Court on a range of homelessness issues. There is also many previous decisions from the Supreme Court and the House of Lords that continue to have relevance to homelessness cases today. This course not only provides detailed analysis of the more recent cases, but provides a refresher on the older cases and considers their continuing relevance in homelessness decision making today.

Course contains

  • Recent decisions in the Supreme Court, including Johnson v Solihul, Hotak v Southwark & Kanu v Southwark; Haile v Waltham Forest; Nzomaleso v Westminster; Samin v Westminster; R (CN) V Lewisham, R (ZH) v Newham
  • Older decisions relating to a range of matters including applications; eligibility, homelessness, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection; accommodation duties and suitability of accommodation; reviews of decisions
  • Cases on related topics including duties under the Children Act 1989.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the role of caselaw in interpreting legislation and the making of homelessness decisions
  • Understanding the approach taken by the Supreme Court and previously the House of Lords to some of the more contentious issues around homeless applications and duties
  • Have a greater appreciation of the duties owed and approach to be taken to decision making or challenging decisions under the homelessness legislation

Suitable for

Anyone who is working with people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and those involved in assessment of homeless applications and delivery of services under the homelessness legislation.

Meet the trainer

Guy Wardle 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.
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