‘This course is very interesting and useful for anyone starting out in the homeless sector; also good for anyone who would like a refresher.’
Housing Solutions Officer, Tamworth BC
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.
- Policy options for allocations and homelessness
- Legislation and the Homelessness Code of Guidance
- Duty to make enquiries
- Housing options and prevention of homelessness
- Key elements of the basic definition sections of the
- Assessing eligibility, homelessness, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection
- Discharge of the full housing duty including changes under
Localism Act 2011
- Important case law
- Review and appeal rights
- Allocation of housing
After this course, you will be able to:
- Identify circumstances that trigger a council's duty to start
a homelessness investigation
- Describe key factors governing eligibility for assistance,
homelessness, priority need, intentional homelessness and local
- Advise on the duties of a local authority towards a homeless
- Identify broad legal issues arising in the allocation of social
Anyone who is likely to come into contact with, or needs to give
housing advice to, people in housing need. No prior knowledge
of the legislation is needed.
Meet the trainers
Guy Wardle: Bristol 6-7 February 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.
Tony Martin: London 17-18 January / 22-23 March / 23-24 May 2017
Tony is a solicitor specialising in landlord and tenant and housing law. Alongside his work as a trainer, Tony supervises a student led legal advice clinic and teaches law at BPP University. He qualified as a solicitor in 2001 in a private Legal Aid firm and then practised as a senior solicitor in a Law Centre. Tony has spent all his working life in housing, having worked in hostels, special needs housing and housing management in the voluntary sector and at a senior level in a homelessness service and in housing policy for a London local authority, prior to qualifying as a solicitor. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Tony has undertaken detailed homelessness and housing options case file reviews for local authorities and voluntary organisations, as well as undertaken staff performance interviews, workshadowing and written summary reports for Shelter Consultancy since 2013.
Gary Willock: Manchester 19-20 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.
Ian Dunn: London 18-19 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.