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.

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Public course dates
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23-24 Sep 2019 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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6-7 Nov 2019 Manchester £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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4-5 Dec 2019 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £1,850; Standard / Concessionary £1,730 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

‘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
  • Prevention and relief duties (HRA 2017)
  • 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)

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 7-8 May / 23-24 September / 4-5 December 2019

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 7-8 May 2019

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.

Guy Wardle: Manchester 6-7 November 2019

Guy is a full time independent consultant and trainer who has delivered training for us 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 in 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 our 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.

CPD hours 10