The Eastern Homelessness Conference 2015

The Eastern Homelessness
Conference 2015
Friday 6 March 2015
Cambridge City Hotel, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DT
A must-attend conference for all local authority homelessness and
allocations professionals. This conference will give delegates:
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n insight into recent homelessness trends, recent guidance on domestic
abuse and possible impact on localism post the general election
est advice on how to investigate key areas such as eligibility, priority
need and intentionality
onfidence in making legally sound suitability decisions having regard to
the latest developments in legislation and case law
etails on how the private rented sector can work for you from the
leading expert in this area
xpert advice on how to write ‘appeal proof’ S202 reviews of homeless
and suitability decisions
ree decision letter templates, including not homeless, not eligible, not in
priority need, intentionally homeless, no local connection and suitability
Speakers
►►JOHN BENTHAM, Head of Homelessness Legislation at DCLG
►►TOBY VANHEGAN, Barrister at Arden Chambers
►►ANDY GALE, Housing Consultant
►►MINOS PERDIOS, Reviews Manager at Housing Reviews
Who should attend?
►►Homelessness Officers and Managers
►►Reviews Officers
►►Housing Advice Teams
►►Housing Policy Officers and Managers
►►In-House Solicitors
►►Letting/Allocations Officers and Managers
►►Housing Association staff responsible for making homelessness and
suitability decisions
www.housingreviews.co.uk
The Eastern Homelessness
Conference 2015
WE fully recognise the challenges faced by those making S184 and S202
decisions, defending S204 appeals and giving out advice in relation to
homelessness and suitability of accommodation. WE understand that officers
and managers want less theory and more practical advice on how best to fulfil
their responsibilities.
THIS conference has been designed to offer practical advice and solutions
in the areas of homelessness decision making and using the private rented
sector to prevent homelessness or to discharge your duty.
THIS conference will also give you an update on the latest legislation, case
law, guidance and homelessness trends. It will give you specific guidance on
how to best use these to provide a very effective service to your clients.
BY attending this conference you will learn from the very best national
experts in the areas of homelessness and allocations.
JOHN BENTHAM, Head of Homelessness Legislation at DCLG
John is Head of Homelessness Legislation at the Department for Communities
and Local Government. John has led on youth homelessness policy as well
as domestic violence policy and now works on homelessness strategy and is
responsible for the homelessness legislation.
TOBY VANHEGAN, Barrister at Arden Chambers
Toby is described by the Chambers and Partners Directory as “a thorn in the side
of local authorities” and demonstrates experience in homelessness, immigration
and asylum, and EU free movement law in the context of the housing sector.
Toby is co-author of ‘Homelessness and Allocations’ - a defintive guide to the law
on allocations and homelessness and part of Arden Chambers, a “lean, mean
fighting machine,” whose barristers regularly act on the most important cases.
ANDY GALE, Housing Consultant
Andy is one of the best known names in the field of homelessness and lettings.
He trains and advises local authorities around the country. He has a wide range
of local government experience having worked as Housing Needs Manager for
Harrow Council and with the DCLG. He has also become an expert advisor on
how to use the private rented sector to prevent homelessness or to discharge.
MINOS PERDIOS, Reviews Manager at Housing Reviews
Minos has personally carried out over 4,500 S202 reviews on behalf of local
authorities and his work has been commended in both the County Court and
Court of Appeal. He also provides one of the most well received training for
homelessness officers who find his training not only ‘very practical’ but also
‘entertaining’. Minos has also carried out audits of local authority homelessness
services and knows what makes an outstanding homeless service.
Conference Programme
09.30-10.00
Registration and Refreshment
13.00-14.00
Hot and Cold Luncheon
10.00-10.10
Opening Address
Minos Perdios
14.00-14.50
Suitability of Accommodation: A Case
Law and Legislation Update
Toby Vanhegan
10.10-10.50
Homelessness in England: A Policy
Update
John Bentham
►► The context - recent homelessness trends
►► New guidance on domestic abuse and
homelessness
►► The ‘Vulnerability’ assessment
►► Localism - what next?
10.50-11.40
Eligibility: A practical guide
Minos Perdios
►► Analysing the type of person in front of you
-- Persons subject to immigration control
-- ’Zambrano’ carers
-- EU Nationals
-- Croatian Nationals
-- British Citizens
11.40-11.55
Refreshments
11.55-12.45
Priority Need & Intentionality: Case
Law Update
Toby Vanhegan
►► Consequences of the decision of the
Supreme Court in Johnson, Hotak and Kanu
(Vulnerability)
►► How much account do we take of support
available to the applicant?
►► What minimum enquiries are required?
►► Assessing ‘last settled accommodation’
►► Assessing affordability in intentionally homeless
cases
►► What are the defences to intentionally homeless
cases, e.g. good faith, ignorance of fact?
12.45-13.00
Questions and Answers Session
Panel
►► Suitability of Accommodation (England)
Order 2012
►► Location, Location, Location
►► Meeting the challenges of the benefit cap
14.50-15.40
Private Sector Prevention/Discharge Overcoming the Obstacles
Andy Gale
►► What’s been happening on the ground?
►► The evidence to date
►► Overcoming the obstacles including:
-- Extending applicant choice through
Prevention or Private Sector Discharge
-- Being Ombudsman compliant (Prevention)
-- Making lawful and suitable offers (PSD)
-- Converting the same property from full duty
to Private Sector Discharge
15.40-15.50
Refreshments
15.50-16.40
S202 Reviews: Making ‘Appeal Proof’
decisions
Minos Perdios
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The need for good S184 decisions
The Review Regulations 1999
Most common reasons for S204 appeals
What guidance has been given to county courts
Advice on how to construct legally sound s202
decisions
►► Review Officers and quality control
►► What to do with cases where no decision can be
made?
16.40-17.00
Questions and Answers Session
Panel
17.00
Close of Conference
The Eastern Homelessness Conference 2015
Friday 6 March 2015
Cambridge City Hotel, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DT
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DELEGATE FEE (Fees include refreshments and Lunch)
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