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
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
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
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
The deadline for comments is 13 March 2018.