Homelessness: Update

This course provides experienced practitioners with an update on case law and other developments regarding homelessness and allocations (including the latest developments on the Homelessness Reduction Bill). Delegates learn to take account of actual or impending changes in legislation or regulation; to identify current legal and policy issues affecting homeless persons and those in housing need; and to examine the impact of recent case law.

Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
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4 Jul 2017 London £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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21 Nov 2017 London £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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NB. Anyone looking for a full day update regarding the latest on the Homelessness Reduction Bill (Act) may be interested in attending one of our 'Homelessness Prevention and Reduction Seminars'.

‘Good materials and thorough update on recent case law (including practical applications).’

Solicitor, Walsall CAB

‘Well-paced and informative training...lots of theory to use in practice.’

Senior Project Worker, St Petrock's

Course contains

  • Legal issues concerning homelessness and its prevention
  • Eligibility for assistance
  • Vulnerability / priority need
  • Intentional homelessness
  • Discharge of duties / suitability of accommodation / out of area offers
  • Localism Act 2011
  • Local connection
  • Reviews and appeals
  • Links with the Children Acts and community care provision
  • Latest developments on the Homelessness Reduction Bill 2016.

Learning outcomes

After this training, you will be able to:

  • Take account of actual or impending changes in legislation or regulation
  • Identify current legal and policy issues affecting homeless persons and those in housing need
  • Assess the impact of recent case law on your work and practice.

Suitable for

Housing advisers and caseworkers, lawyers, housing and homelessness officers, other local authority staff and managers who have a good working knowledge of housing law and practice.

Meet the trainer

Harinder Birring: London 30 March 2017

Harinder Birring is responsible for developing and managing Shelter's services for housing professionals. She has an extensive legal background and over 10 years experience in the housing sector with a successful record of work in front line advice and support services. Harinder has played a lead role on projects for a range of Shelter services providing expertise on delivery, performance management, and service improvement. In the last 5 years she has delivered consultancy support to voluntary agencies and to housing options and homelessness services within local authorities, designing tools, frameworks and business improvement models with a focus on customer services and quality assurance.

Harinder's specialism include service and product development (consultancy, training, conferences and seminars) customer care, service improvement, performance management; quality assurance, managing strategic relationships and partnerships; housing/homeless strategy; project management; public sector housing/homelessness services; equality and diversity; staff management; devising procedures and protocols.

Rita Parmar: London 4 July 2017

Rita Parmar has run advanced housing law courses for Shelter Training since 2000. She has specialised in housing law since 1996. Rita worked in Shelter’s Legal Team from 1999 to 2016 as a solicitor and managing solicitor where her caseload included Court of Appeal cases, emergency judicial review applications for homelessness, possession actions and urgent injunctions for unlawful evictions and disrepair. She also had a 6 month attachment to Haringey Women’s Forum giving housing law assistance to women fleeing domestic violence. Additionally, Rita has taught housing law to undergraduates on the LLB course and to graduates on the MA course in legal advice at London Metropolitan University. Her experience in running housing cases led to her co-authoring "Court Procedures and Housing Cases: A Practitioner's Guide".

CPD hours 5