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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Homelessness and allocation of housing
Section 314 – Ineligible persons from abroad: statutory disregards

894.Section 314 introduces Schedule 15.

Section 315 - Armed forces: local connection test

895.Section 315 amends section 199 of the Housing Act 1996, which sets out the circumstances when a person has a local connection with the district of a local housing authority. Housing authorities may take account of whether a person has a local connection with their district when considering the person’s priority for an allocation of housing under Part 6 of the 1996 Act or when making inquiries about whether the person is homeless and owed a duty for the purposes of Part 7 of the 1996 Act. The effect of the amendment is that a person in the armed forces will now be able to establish a local connection with a district through residence or employment there, in the same way as a civilian.

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