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Guidelines for referrals of homeless applicants to other local authorities 01/03/2018 Labelled as Consultation, Legislation

As a consequence of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, the LGA are consulting on revisions to the guidelines and procedures for referral of homeless applicants to another local authority.


Implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 includes a revised Homelessness Code of Guidance published on 22 February 2018 and which will come into effect from 3 April 2018. 


Annex 18 to the current Code is a set of voluntary guidelines for referrals of homeless applicants between authorities, agreed jointly by the LGA and the Scottish and Welsh local authority associations, and includes a procedure for resolving disputes. 


The main function of the voluntary guidelines on procedures is the avoidance and resolution without resort to legal proceedings of disputes between local authorities concerning local connection and homeless applications.


The guidelines need to be revised to reflect the provisions of the new Act and other legislative changes, and the LGA is consulting on a draft, which can be found here.


The existing referral arrangement seem to be working well, and the draft proposals do not appear to raise any particular difficulties for ARCH members, but authorities are advised to read the draft and form their own view.


The consultation is aimed at local authorities, though the views of partners are also welcome. These proposals relate predominantly to English local housing authorities, and to Welsh and Scottish local authorities with regards cross-border issues. 


Click here to view the LGA consultation on the proposed revised draft voluntary guidelines for referral of homeless applicants to another local authority and details of how to respond.


The deadline for comments is 13 March 2018.

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