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Homelessness Reduction Act 2017


The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 received royal assent in April and is due to be brought in to force in April 2018. The aim of the Act is to strengthen the focus on preventing homelessness and achieving positive outcomes for all those who approach local authorities seeking assistance as homeless or threatened with homelessness, by making amendments to Part VII of the Housing Act 1996. This course provides an overview of the new duties and examines implications for services.

What you'll learn

Following the course attendees will have an understanding of:

  • The new duty to assess anyone who is homeless or threatened with homelessness within the next 56 days, and the duty to prepare a personalised plan for the applicant. Looking at what needs to be included in the assessment and the requirement to try and agree steps to be taken by the local authority and by the applicant.
  • The duty to take reasonable steps to prevent homelessness. This will include an overview of the main causes of homelessness and potential steps that can be taken to prevent homelessness. Bearing in mind that loss of an assured shorthold tenancy is now the single largest reason for homelessness reported by local authorities, this session will include an overview of deposit protection and Section 21 notice requirements. 
  • The new duty to take reasonable steps to help secure that accommodation becomes available for those who are homeless, including, both in situations where an interim housing duty is owed and for those where there is no accommodation duty.
  • How the above duties fit in with the duty to provide interim accommodation to those who are homeless and the full housing duty under the Act.
  • The stage at which each of the above duties arises, what events will bring an end to each of these duties and rights of review and appeal for applicants who are unhappy with the outcome. This will include consideration of what is meant by an "unreasonable failure to co-operate", a mistake of fact leading to an incorrect decision, and an application being withdrawn.
  • Any other relevant amendments that the new Act will make to the homelessness duties under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996, including changes that are made to local connection referrals.

In October the government published a draft revised Code of Guidance for consultation, the course will consider relevant sections of the draft Code.

Who should attend

All those involved in delivery of local authority homelessness services, and those working with clients who may be seeking homelessness assistance from local authorities.

Trainer Info

Guy Wardle

Extra Info

Duration: 1 full day

CPD: 5 Hours

Dates & Locations

25 January 2018, Coventry


Member price £215 + VAT

Standard price £265 + VAT

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The delegate price includes a comprehensive delegate pack, handouts, all refreshments and lunch.

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