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The Allocation of Housing (Reasonable and Additional Preference) Regulations 1997

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Allocation of Housing (Reasonable and Additional Preference) Regulations 1997 and shall come into force on 1st November 1997.

Further descriptions of people to whom reasonable preference is to be given

2.  The following are specified as further descriptions of people to whom reasonable preference is to be given in the allocation scheme of a local housing authority—

(a)people owed a duty by that authority under section 193 or 195(2) of the Housing Act 1996 (“the 1996 Act”) or section 65(2) or 68(2) of the Housing Act 1985(1) (main housing duties owed to homeless persons),

(b)people in respect of whom that authority are exercising their power under section 194 of the 1996 Act (power to secure accommodation after minimum period of duty under section 193 of that Act), and

(c)people—

(i)who have within the previous two years been provided with advice and assistance by that authority under section 197(2) of the 1996 Act (duty where other suitable accommodation available) or

(ii)who are occupying accommodation secured with such advice and assistance.

Descriptions of people to whom additional preference is to be given

3.  In section 167(2) of the Housing Act 1996 (priorities in allocating housing accommodation), in the second sentence, the words “consisting of someone with a particular need for settled accommodation on medical or welfare grounds” are repealed.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for the Environment

Hilary Armstrong

Minister of State,

Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

29th July 1997

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Wales

Win Griffiths

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Welsh Office

30th July 1997

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