Our social housing allocations system is in crisis and The Financial Times mentioned it on its front page recently. Facilitated by Tim Brown, HQN Associate, come along to get updated on recent policies, court and regulatory judgements and find out where we are following the consultation on ‘British homes for British workers’.

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    The government consultation on reforms to the social housing allocations and the media speculation about ‘British homes for British workers’ was a pivotal moment. It was the first significant review of allocations since the Localism Act, 2011 and the first time that many major news outlets carried stories about social housing allocation systems. If implemented,  it will result in significant changes to the eligibility and qualifications criteria. Although it is focussed on councils, it will have ramifications for housing associations through, for example, nominations agreements.

    At the same time, there continues to be a string of legal judgements with major implications for allocations, as well as an increasing number of Housing Ombudsman and Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman cases involving allocations.

    At the local level, councils and their partners are facing major challenges, eg:

    • Birmingham City Council is considering closing its waiting list
    • Harlow Council has been consulting on measures that include extending the local connection rule to 10 years
    • Several councils (including Crawley) have declared a housing emergency partly because of the crisis in allocations
    • A number of councils (eg Leeds) are considering removing the lowest bands from their policy as households have little or no chance of being rehoused.

    Our best practice group will:

    • Provide an update on allocations law
    • Set out the state of play on allocations following the government consultation and the continuing debate on ‘British homes for British workers’
    • Look at the options for the future of the allocations system.
  • Our programme
    • Welcome and introduction
    • State of play on allocations policy
    • Allocations law including update on case law and statutory requirements
    • Allocations and the housing emergency
    • Conclusions and the future for allocations
    • Close
  • Our speakers

    Tim Brown, Associate, HQN

    Tim has extensive knowledge of social housing allocations. He played a major role in the 1990s in the development of what is now referred to as choice-based lettings. Subsequently he has been involved in the review and evaluation of over 30 allocations schemes in the UK. He has also contributed to government research as well as co-producing good practice guides for the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. A number of governments in Western Europe have commissioned Tim to review allocations eg France, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

    He currently produces HQN’s allocations toolkit which is updated monthly.

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28 May 2024
10:30am - 1:00pm
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