There are five workshops available to choose from. Please read the information below and
choose two workshops to attend, plus a reserve, and complete the information on the booking
form or online booking payment system.
The role of local authorities in dealing with Cold Homes and Energy
Energy precariousness covers those situations when an adequate supply of suitable energy for heating,
lighting and/or cooking is not guaranteed or certain. There are several factors that may individually or in
combination may lead to this situation; these include the energy efficiency of the dwelling, the socio-
economic status of the household, and the cost of energy. The potential health effects will be discussed
as well as the options for easing or even solving the problem.
Speaker - David Ormandy
David is a principal research fellow at the Warwick Law School, specialising in the formulation of
standards and the relationship between the environment (particularly the housing environment) and
health. Since 1992 David has been involved in studies into controls on minimum standards in housing,
including being responsible to the UK government for the development work on the Housing Health and
Safety Rating System. David has worked on several projects with the WHO (Europe), including the pan-
European Housing and Health Survey, development of Housing-Health Indicators and Environmental
Health Indicators, and the Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe. He has acted as
consultant and advisor to the New Zealand Healthy Housing Index project, and the US Healthy Homes
project. David is currently involved with French government ministries and agencies on a project to
compare housing standards and enforcement regimes, and is collaborating with Medical Studies
Department of EDF and Gaz de France on CO poisoning in dwellings and on energy precariousness.
Tackling harassment and illegal eviction – the problem with
In the 1960s the scourge of Rachmanism was tempered to some degree by the introduction of Rent
Control legislation that made illegal eviction and harassment a criminal matter.
Since then tenants have had some statutory protection; but as the introduction of the Assured Shorthold
has shown, most landlords need only issue a valid section 21 Notice to legally evict a tenant. This
relatively quick process is used by unscrupulous landlords to harass and intimidate tenants who wish to
complain about problems. The introduction of the 2004 Housing Act has brought many positive benefits
for tenants. However it is the case that most tenants know they will be quite legally evicted if they
complain, no matter how valid their complaints. This workshop will look at what can be done!
Speaker - Roger Barton
Roger is an investigating officer for the London Borough of Greenwich, specialising in the prevention and
prosecution of illegal evictions, hate crime harassment and other forms of anti social behaviour. Roger
has combined this work with a career as a freelance trainer for the last 9 years. He has a degree in
Urban Studies at Sussex University with emphasis on Housing and Transport. His background is in local
government, London transport, and the Trade Union Movement.
He specialises in all areas of Housing Law and advice, Health and Safety, criminal investigation
procedures, Anti Social Behaviour, supporting witnesses, communication and interpersonal skills,
particularly conflict management. He has designed a wide variety of courses for a range of organisations
including the Metropolitan Police, CIH and Shelter. He has written and presented a 5-day Housing
Options course for a London Borough.
Fire Safety Guidance
Information to follow
Speaker – Richard Tacagni (Head of Function (Housing) at LACORS)
Information to follow
Mobile Working Solutions
The effective management of records, digital evidence, and the use of modern intelligent mobile
solutions for practitioners is fast becoming an essential part of daily working life to ensure prompt,
consistent and efficient service delivery to the customer. Real time web based data management on site
can reduce the time spent in the office on paperwork and also incorporate personal security and time
management/mileage recording systems.
This workshop introduces how Cambridge City Council implemented Northgate’s mobile solutions,
benefits that have been achieved and a demonstration of their mobile solution on various hardware
applications. It is hoped that a speaker from Cambridge City Council will also be in attendance to discuss
some of the practical issues/implications of introducing such new technology into a small private sector
Speaker - Northgate
Northgate is a leading provider of innovative technology solutions and services to the public services and
utilities markets. Their task is to enhance public value through the intelligent use of people and
technology, and to share in the economic and social benefits that this brings. At Northgate they are
sensitive to the internal requirements of the public sector customers, the process of public service
delivery and the wider policy agenda surrounding public services. They develop solutions that take all
three into account and understand the relationship between them.
Encouraging responsible letting
This workshop will be discussing the final report in the Commission's series on housing law,
"Encouraging Responsible Letting", which was published in August. The report considers the regulation
of the private rented sector as a whole, and makes far reaching recommendations for change. The
Commission's previous reports were Renting Homes, on tenure law reform (May 2006)
and Housing: Proportionate Dispute Resolution (May 2008).
Speaker - Richard Percival
Richard Percival worked in local government and the voluntary sector before training as a lawyer and
entering the Government Legal Service. He has been manager of the team responsible for the Law
Commission's housing work since 2001.
During the day there will be three presentations and a keynote address which will available for
everyone to attend in the main Exeter Suite. An address will also be done by the chair of th e
Network and the Lord Mayor of Exeter to welcome you to the event.
Chair of the Network
Welcome to the Conference
Lord Mayor of Exeter
Welcome to Exeter
Stephen Battesbury – Keynote Address - Management of HMOs – do
we have the correct focus
Stephen is a freelance environmental health and housing consultant and trainer. He provides training
courses on housing and related matters for CIEH and Shelter amongst others. He is also a consultant to
the Safe and Healthy Unit at the University of Warwick and is attached to both the Law School and
Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health at the University of Surrey.
Stephen will explore what is thought of as good management, or the factors that might be taken into
account, in deciding whether or not there is “confidence” in the management; and also the problems that
arise from poor management. He will then go on to consider the extent to which the licensing regime and
the Management Regulations contribute to ensuring good management (or hinder). In this context
Stephen will look at how the legal framework and the regulation of management in HMOs in practice
accords with the “better regulation” agenda given that LBRO and the Regulators’ Compliance Code
apply. Stephen will also consider some of the points in the Law Commission reports that will act as an
introduction to the Law Commission workshop.
Better Regulation – how will it apply to you?
Andrew Griffiths is currently Acting Director of Policy at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
He qualified as an Environmental Health Officer too long ago to remember (!) and worked in several
London Boroughs specialising at different times in all the major areas of Environmental Health and in a
variety of management positions. At his last authority he held the post of Head of Health and Consumer
During his time in local government, he was the chair of the Association of London Chief Environmental
Health Officers, an adviser on Environmental Health to the former Association of Metropolitan
Authorities, a member of HELA (the Health & Safety Executive/Local Authority Liaison Committee) and
the Chair of the London Licensing Co-ordinating Committee.
He currently serves on several national steering groups on a range of Environmental Health issues as
well as a number of working and advisory groups for various government departments. Away from
Environmental Health, he is also a Licentiate of Trinity College of Music.
Now that the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act is in force, this session will explore what effects
the Act will have on regulatory services, with specific reference to housing.
Dr Julie Rugg
Recommendations to deregulate housing enforcement
Dr Julie Rugg is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York. Her
housing work has concentrated on issues relating to the private rented sector (PRS). In January 2008,
Dr Rugg and colleague David Rhodes were commissioned to complete a Review of the PRS, and the
presentation will discuss some of the Review findings.
Speaker to be decided
With the increasing size of the European Union, the impact of Migrant Workers on housing in the UK can
not go unnoticed. This will discuss the issues relating to housing conditions for migrant workers and
considers the difficulties faced by migrant workers and housing options available to them.