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Allocations conference 2012


Venue: Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1G | Get Directions
Friday 28 September 2012
Price: £295 + VAT for top-quality training from some of the country’s leading experts

Third and subsequent delegates HALF PRICE. See Terms and Conditions

cpd accredited

This conference is accredited for 5 hours 20 minutes CPD by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board and ILEX.


Jan Luba QC, Conference Chairman and speaker, Garden Court Chambers. Jan has been described in Chambers & Partners Directory as “the leading QC for housing related public law matters” and as “a walking encyclopaedia of housing law.

Andy Gale, 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 including experience as Housing Needs Manager for Harrow Council. He was formerly in charge of Homelessness and Advice at Ealing Council. He has been active in the field of homelessness since the mid 1980s.He is also the author of "The Local Authority Good Practice Guide to Tackling Homelessness."

Frances Walker, Head of Allocations Team, Dept of Communities and Local Government.

Liz Davies, barrister, Garden Court Chambers Liz specialises in all aspects of housing law, but she has particular expertise and vast experience in homelessness and allocation of social housing.

Mark Meehan, Assistant Director, Housing Demand at the London Borough of Ealing. Mark has extensive experience in Allocations including as a Rehousing Manager.


Excellent presentations – bang on the money
Housing Options Manager

Very interesting and informative conference – highly recommended
Housing Services Manager

I feel confident about suggesting changes that need to be made to our policies and practice
Housing Allocations Officer

Thank you for an informative, dynamic conference
Tenant Standards Manager

Knowledge gained today will inform our future policy development
Head of Housing

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Book NowThe conference for everyone concerned with social housing allocation

I attend every year and have found
each conference superb

Housing Needs Manager and former delegate

Lime Legal brings together a panel of speakers which will include the draftswoman of the new Code, Frances Walker, the nationally recognised specialist on housing allocations policy and delivery, Andy Gale, Mark Meehan, an expert from the allocations and lettings front line, and two of the country’s leading legal experts on housing allocation law, Jan Luba QC and Liz Davies. Join delegates from local housing authorities and other housing providers from the length and breadth of England and Wales at this year’s unmissable conference. This year’s Lime Legal Allocations Conference will provide a timely opportunity for allocations and letting staff and their managers.

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  • Lettings & Allocations Managers and Officers
  • Housing Options Personnel
  • Housing Needs Teams
  • Housing Assessment Personnel
  • Housing Policy Staff
  • Heads of Housing
  • Directors of Housing
  • Housing Lawyers
  • Independent Advisers



Registration and Refreshments


Chairman’s Introduction
Jan Luba QC

The Agenda for Change
Frances Walker

  • Why things had to change
  • The main changes in outline
  • The thinking behind the new Code
  • Special treatment for the armed forces
  • Timetable for Change
  • Resources to help deliver the change


The Changes (and Challenges) under the Microscope
Jan Luba QC

  • When and how to change (if we want to)
  • Ruling applicants in
  • Ruling applicants out
  • Deciding who gets what sort of offer
  • Dealing with transfers
  • The requirements of the change process


Morning Refreshments


Delivering the Change: what every local housing authority and social housing provider needs to know
Andy Gale

  • Minor Tweaks or full policy rewrite?
  • The big strategic options – the register; who must be housed and the priority that can be given; low income working households; changing the nature of social housing?
  • Gaining buy-in from members and stakeholders and the community
  • Rewriting the policy: a full list of options and their pros and cons considered
  • Consultation and implementation issues


Questions and Answers




What the Courts have had to say about allocations: from Ahmad to date
Liz Davies

  • Bidding under choice-based lettings
  • What is a ‘household’?
  • Penalising rent arrears and other ‘behaviour’
  • Prioritising local connection
  • Getting the medical assessment right
  • Tenancies let outside the allocation scheme;
  • Granting tenancies to children


Delivering the change: lessons learned from a Local Authority that has implemented a new policy
Mark Meehan

  • What were the lessons learnt and challenges along the way?
  • Managing expectations from
    • members
    • competing groups
  • What the Policy finally looks like set against expectations at the start of the process.


Afternoon Refreshments


Where do we go from here?
Jan Luba QC

  • Maximising the resources for change
  • The key legal traps to avoid
  • The interface with the tenancy strategy
  • Flexibility and affordability: the issues arising
  • Planning ahead for 2013 (the explosion in demand).


Questions & Answers


Close of Conference

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