Works in Default

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5 December

Member: £92 | Affiliate member: £192 | Non member: £192

Works in Default has been given a lower priority over the last 10 years and specialist staff posts have been cut or dramatically reduced. Once seen as a very useful enforcement tool, WID allows local authorities to carry out works to a property when the landlord refuses or fails to carry out repairs and then billing the property owner for it later on. WID also allows LAs to deal with statutory nuisances when notices are not complied with.

However there is a resurgence as more and more councils look for quick, cost effective solutions – often cheaper than prosecutions and with more positive outcomes as neighbours and tenants are seeing their complaints being dealt with.

This ½ day, interactive workshop will provide you with an essential insight as to how WID can be used effectively in your local authority, discuss with colleagues ongoing issues and disputes and assess when WID is the most appropriate enforcement tool to use. It will also highlight the different ways of getting your money back, even in difficult cases.

Why you should attend:

  • Understand the statutory law on WID
  • Discuss case law with useful case study examples
  • How to carry out WID and the reasons for using this option
  • Tools to properly record the decisions to ensure the right result
  • Unravelling the challenges and resolving them
  • How to make sure you get your money back!

Who should attend:

  • Housing Officers
  • Housing and Property Managers
  • Senior Environmental Health Practitioners
  • Environmental Health Managers
  • Private Sector Housing Managers

CPD: 3 Hours

▼ Programme 
12.15   Registration and lunch
13.15   Welcome and introduction from Tim Everett  
13.30   The law on Works in Default - statutes and case law
14.15   Recording decisions
14.40   Why use WID?
15.00   Refreshment break
15.20   How to use WID and get your money back - Steps 1 to 6
15.50   Some common myths revisited
16.10   Summary and questions from the floor
16.30   Collect CPD and depart
▼ Trainer 

Tim Everett 

Tim Everett Tim was elected President of the CIEH for a three-year period from 1 January 2015.

He is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and was elected as a Fellow in 2000. His last Local Government post was as Strategic Director for Adur and Worthing Councils, where he was responsible for their joint EH, Housing, Planning, Regeneration and Leisure Services. He was the Chair of a statutory Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership and a member of the West Sussex Safeguarding Board and its Serious Cases Review Panel.

During his 13 years at Sutton LBC he was responsible for all regulatory services, corporate health and safety and the school meals service. His department won a Beacon Council award in 2002 for Better Regulation initiatives, and he was the lead officer in achieving EMAS accreditation across the Council. As head of their corporate policy unit he led a successful Best Value programme and gained a top score for the first full corporate assessment. He has worked for 3 other London Boroughs and the City of Swansea.

He was an adviser to the LGA from its creation until 2009 on environmental health and was a member of the national Air Quality Forum. He has regularly represented local government in meetings with the UK Government and the European Commission etc.

He was a non-executive director of the PHLS and then a member of two HPA Board Committees, from 2000-2012, and a member of the Highways Agency Environment Committee.

He has been a CIEH Trustee from 1994-2000 and again from 2012. He was President of the London Centre from 1999-2004 and was the CIEH Executive Director of Professional Services from 2009 - 2011. He is a listener for the Samaritans and an adviser at his local CAB, and carries out training and research on environmental law issues.

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