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CHAPTER 1E+WHOMELESSNESS REVIEWS AND STRATEGIES

50Duty to carry out a homelessness review and formulate a homelessness strategyE+W

(1)A local housing authority must (periodically, as required by this section)—

(a)carry out a homelessness review for its area, and

(b)formulate and adopt a homelessness strategy based on the results of that review.

(2)The authority must adopt a homelessness strategy in 2018 and a new homelessness strategy in every fourth year after 2018.

(3)The Welsh Ministers may amend subsection (2) by order.

(4)A council of a county or county borough in Wales must take its homelessness strategy into account in the exercise of its functions (including functions other than its functions as local housing authority).

(5)Nothing in subsection (4) affects any duty or requirement arising apart from this section.

(6)In this Chapter “homeless” has the meaning given by section 55 and “homelessness” is to be interpreted accordingly.

Commencement Information

I1S. 50 in force at 1.12.2014 for specified purposes by S.I. 2014/3127, art. 2(b), Sch. Pt. 2

I2S. 50 in force at 27.4.2015 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2015/1272, art. 2, Sch. para. 1

51Homelessness reviewsE+W

(1)A homelessness review under section 50 must include a review of—

(a)the levels, and likely future levels, of homelessness in the local housing authority's area;

(b)the activities which are carried out in the local housing authority's area for the achievement of the following objectives (or which contribute to their achievement)—

(i)the prevention of homelessness;

(ii)that suitable accommodation is or will be available for people who are or may become homeless;

(iii)that satisfactory support is available for people who are or may become homeless;

(c)the resources available to the authority (including the resources available in exercise of functions other than its functions as local housing authority), other public authorities, voluntary organisations and other persons for such activities.

(2)After completing a homelessness review, a local housing authority must publish the results of the review by—

(a)making the results of the review available on its website (if it has one);

(b)making a copy of the results of the review available at its principal office for inspection at all reasonable hours, without charge, by members of the public;

(c)providing (on payment if required by the authority of a reasonable charge) a copy of those results to any member of the public who asks for one.

Commencement Information

I3S. 51 in force at 27.4.2015 by S.I. 2015/1272, art. 2, Sch. para. 2

52Homelessness strategiesE+W

(1)A homelessness strategy under section 50 is a strategy for achieving the following objectives in the local housing authority's area—

(a)the prevention of homelessness;

(b)that suitable accommodation is and will be available for people who are or may become homeless;

(c)that satisfactory support is available for people who are or may become homeless.

(2)A homelessness strategy may specify more detailed objectives to be pursued, and action planned to be taken, in the exercise of any functions of the authority (including functions other than its functions as local housing authority).

(3)A homelessness strategy may also include provision relating to specific action which the authority expects to be taken—

(a)by any public authority with functions which are capable of contributing to the achievement of any of the objectives mentioned in subsection (1), or

(b)by any voluntary organisation or other person whose activities are capable of contributing to the achievement of any of those objectives.

(4)The inclusion in a homelessness strategy of any provision relating to action mentioned in subsection (3) requires the approval of the body or person concerned.

(5)In formulating a homelessness strategy the authority must consider (among other things) the extent to which any of the objectives mentioned in subsection (1) can be achieved through action involving two or more of the bodies or other persons mentioned in subsections (2) and (3).

(6)A homelessness strategy must include provision relating to action planned by the authority to be taken in the exercise of its functions, and specific action expected by the authority to be taken by public authorities, voluntary organisations and other persons within subsection (3), in relation to those who may be in particular need of support if they are or may become homeless, including in particular—

(a)people leaving prison or youth detention accommodation,

(b)young people leaving care,

(c)people leaving the regular armed forces of the Crown,

(d)people leaving hospital after medical treatment for mental disorder as an inpatient, and

(e)people receiving mental health services in the community.

(7)A local housing authority must keep its homelessness strategy under review and may modify it.

(8)Before adopting or modifying a homelessness strategy a local housing authority must consult such public or local authorities, voluntary organisations or other persons as it considers appropriate.

(9)After adopting or modifying a homelessness strategy, a local housing authority must publish the strategy by—

(a)making a copy of the strategy available on its website (if it has one);

(b)making a copy of the strategy available at its principal office for inspection at all reasonable hours, without charge, by members of the public;

(c)providing (on payment if required by the authority of a reasonable charge) a copy of the strategy to any member of the public who asks for one.

(10)If the authority modifies its homelessness strategy, it may publish the modifications or the strategy as modified (as it considers most appropriate).

(11)Where the authority decides to publish only the modifications, the references to the homelessness strategy in paragraphs (a) to (c) of subsection (9) are to be interpreted as references to the modifications.

Commencement Information

I4S. 52 in force at 27.4.2015 by S.I. 2015/1272, art. 2, Sch. para. 3

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