A 2½-hour interactive workshop looking at the legal framework of the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012, practical solutions for those disadvantaged by the changes and possible legal challenges.
CPD 2½ hours
COST £25 (early booking is recommended as places are limited)
PEAT outcome: relevant legal knowledge
OBJECTIVES The Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 AKA `Bedroom Tax` has proved the most controversial of the recent wave of Welfare Reforms. Public Landlords, Tenants, Housing Charities and Advice Services have all expressed serious concerns about the impact these changes will have on the lives of claimants. In particular, many fear that Bedroom Tax will cause tenants to accrue rent arrears and ultimately face eviction from their homes. This problem will be particularly acute for those already struggling to repay arrears on very limited incomes.
PARTICIPANTS This workshop is aimed at housing officers, advisers and housing law practitioners and will outline some practical means to alleviate the effects of these changes. It will cover the legal proceedings for enforcing rent arrears and the likely impact of bedroom tax on these proceedings. It also be an opportunity to discuss potential challenges to under-occupancy decisions, whether in terms of the definition of a bedroom, or the compatibility of these decisions with the Equality Act 2010 and/ or Human Rights jurisprudence.
SPEAKERS Frank Jarvis, Solicitor and Martyn Cook, Trainee Solicitor, both from Legal Services Agency.