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Homelessness and its prevention

The number of people forced to live in temporary bed and breakfast accommodation has soared by 14% in the last year, official figures for England show. Homelessness has reached a five-year high, according to government statistics released on 6 June, with more than 53,540 households declared homeless during the last financial year.

Some 4,500 households are now living in B&Bs, with whole families often left in a single room with no cooking facilities. The number being housed far from home has also risen by 14%, as 9,000 of the households in temporary accommodation on 31 March 2013 were made to stay in another local authority district.

This training event has been developed to inform key members of your organisation about not only current legislation and relevant case law, but also how far-reaching homelessness and, more importantly, its prevention can be within a local authority.

Key elements of the course include:

  • Implications of the Localism Act 2011
  • Homelessness legislation, policy and case law
  • Why a corporate approach is needed to tackle homelessness and its causes
  • The main causes of homelessness and action that can be used to tackle them
  • Prevention measures
  • How to make the triggers of homelessness part of officers' everyday role.

Our trainer

Mel Cant trained as a barrister and specialises in social housing law. After ten years in the legal profession, she has spent a further ten years working within local government, predominantly in the areas of homelessness, housing advice and allocations and lettings, as both a practitioner and consultant.

Who should attend?

  • Homelessness officers
  • Housing advice workers
  • Prevention officers
  • Neighbourhood/estate managers
  • Rent recovery officers
  • Environmental health officers who deal with disrepair and HMO licensing
  • Housing register assessment officers
  • Customer services managers/officers
  • Managers responsible for the development of key policies and procedures for homelessness and allocations and lettings.

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package please contact us by emailing

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