Housing allocation and the issue of equality: Assessing the impact of the Equality Act 2010

01 Jul 2014, 12:00 am

Four years on from its creation, the Equality Act 2010 continues to have a significant impact on housing law in England and Wales. It is a common feature in housing litigation and is an area where housing providers and local authorities can find themselves engaged in complex legal arguments where allegations of improper practice and discrimination are made. 

This seminar will address what the impact of the Equality Act has been on the process of housing allocation four years on from its inception, not least because of the greater discretion afforded to local authorities by reason of the Localism Act 2011. It will discuss the approach which authorities should be taking to ensure that their housing allocation process is compliant with their equality obligations, how the courts are interpreting these obligations and will provide useful guidance on common mistakes to avoid.

Specifically the seminar will consider:

  • Discrimination prohibited by the Act and how it applies to housing providers;
  • The public sector equality duty and what it means for housing allocation;
  • Recent case law on equality and discrimination in housing allocation;
  • Getting your policies right: how to ensure your allocations process is Equality Act compliant;
  • Common pitfalls in housing allocation and how to avoid them.