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.

Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
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4-5 Dec 2017 Manchester £280.00 £310.00 £230.00
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23-24 Jan 2018 London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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15-16 May 2018 London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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5-6 Jun 2018 Manchester £280.00 £310.00 £230.00
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‘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; 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
  • Allocations (approximately half a day)
  • Homelessness Reduction Act: overview (including Code of Guidance)

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 23-24 January and 15-16 May 2018

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 4-5 December 2017 and 5-6 June 2018

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.

CPD hours 10