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The Homelessness (Review Procedure etc.) Regulations 2018

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PART 3Review of local housing authority decisions under section 202

Interpretation of this Part

4.  In this Part—

“A” means the applicant(1);

“the authority” means the local housing authority who made the original decision;

“notified authority” means a local housing authority who receive a notification under section 198(A1) or (1)(2);

“notifying authority” means a local housing authority who give a notification under section 198(A1) or (1);

“original decision” means a decision of a local housing authority in relation to which a request for a review has been made;

“request for a review” means a request for a review made under section 202(3);

“the reviewer” means—

(a)

where the original decision falls within section 202(1)(d)—

(i)

the notifying authority and the notified authority, where the review is carried out by those authorities,

(ii)

the person appointed to carry out the review in accordance with regulation 6, where the case falls within that regulation,

(b)

where the original decision falls within any other sub-paragraph of section 202(1), the authority.

Request for a review and notification of review procedure

5.—(1) A request for a review must be made to the authority where the original decision falls within—

(a)section 202(1)(a) (decision as to A’s eligibility for assistance),

(b)section 202(1)(b) (decision as to what duty, if any, is owed to A under sections 189B to 193C and 195: duties to persons found to be homeless or threatened with homelessness),

(c)section 202(1)(ba) (decision as to the steps they are to take under section 189B(2) or to give notice under section 189B(5) to bring to an end their duty to A under section 189B(2)),

(d)section 202(1)(bb) (decision to give notice to A under section 193B(2): notice given to those who deliberately and unreasonably refuse to cooperate),

(e)section 202(1)(bc) (decision as to the steps they are to take under section 195(2) or to give notice under section 195(5) bringing to an end their duty to A under section 195(2)),

(f)section 202(1)(c) (decision to notify another authority under section 198(1): referral of cases),

(g)section 202(1)(e) (decision under section 200(3) or (4): decision as to the duty owed to A whose case is considered for referral or referred),

(h)section 202(1)(f) (decision as to the suitability of accommodation offered to A in discharge of their duty under any of the provisions mentioned in section 202(1)(b) or (e) or as to the suitability of accommodation offered to A as mentioned in section 193(7)),

(i)section 202(1)(g) (decision as to the suitability of accommodation offered to A by way of a private rented sector offer within the meaning of section 193), or

(j)section 202(1)(h) (decision as to the suitability of accommodation offered to A by way of a final accommodation offer or a final Part 6 offer within the meaning of section 193A or 193C).

(2) A request for a review must be made to the notifying authority where the original decision falls within section 202(1)(d) (decision under section 198(5) whether conditions are met for the referral of A’s case).

(3) Except in the case of a request for a review falling within regulation 6, the authority must—

(a)notify A that A, or someone acting on A’s behalf, may make representations in writing to the authority in connection with the review,

(b)in the case of a request for a review falling—

(i)within section 202(1)(ba)(i) or (bc), or

(ii)within section 202(1)(bb) where the effect of the notice given under section 193B(2) is to bring the authority’s duty to A under section 195(2) to an end,

notify A that any such representations must be made within two weeks beginning with the day on which A requested the review, or such longer period as A and the reviewer may agree in writing,

(c)if they have not already done so, notify A of the procedure to be followed in connection with the review.

(4) In the case of a request for a review falling within regulation 6, the person appointed in accordance with that regulation must—

(a)notify A that A, or someone acting on A’s behalf, may make representations in writing to that person in connection with the review, and

(b)notify A of the procedure to be followed in connection with the review.

Initial procedure where the original decision was made under the Decisions on Referrals Order

6.—(1) Where the original decision under section 198(5) (whether the conditions are met for the referral of the case) was made under the Homelessness (Decisions on Referrals) Order 1998(4) (“the Decisions on Referrals Order”), a review of that decision must, subject to paragraph (2), be carried out by a person appointed by the notifying authority and the notified authority.

(2) If a person is not appointed in accordance with paragraph (1) within five working days beginning with the day on which the request for a review is made, the review must be carried out by a person—

(a)from the panel constituted in accordance with paragraph 3 of the Schedule to the Decisions on Referrals Order (“the panel”), and

(b)appointed in accordance with paragraph (3) below.

(3) The notifying authority must within five working days beginning with the end of the period specified in paragraph (2) request the chairman of the Local Government Association or their nominee (“the proper officer”) to appoint a person from the panel and the proper officer must do so within seven days of the request.

(4) The notifying authority and the notified authority must within five working days of the appointment of the person from the panel (“the appointed person”) provide the appointed person with the reasons for the original decision and the information and evidence on which that decision was based.

(5) The appointed person must—

(a)send to the notifying authority and the notified authority any representations made under regulation 5, and

(b)invite those authorities to respond to those representations.

(6) The appointed person must not be the same person as the person who made the original decision.

(7) For the purposes of this regulation “working day” means any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday, or a day which is a bank holiday under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971(5) in England and Wales.

Procedure on a review

7.—(1) The reviewer must, subject to compliance with the provisions of regulation 9, consider—

(a)any representations made under regulation 5 and, in a case falling within regulation 6, any responses to them, and

(b)any representations made under paragraph (2).

(2) If the reviewer considers that there is a deficiency or irregularity in the original decision, or in the manner in which it was made, but is minded nonetheless to make a decision which is against the interests of A on one or more issues, the reviewer must notify A—

(a)that the reviewer is so minded and the reasons why, and

(b)that A, or someone acting on A’s behalf, may make representations to the reviewer orally or in writing, or both orally and in writing.

Decision on the review

8.—(1) Paragraph (2) applies where—

(a)the reviewer is, or includes, the authority,

(b)the original decision was made by an officer of the authority, and

(c)the decision on the review is to be made by an officer of the authority.

(2) Where this paragraph applies, the officer making the decision on the review must be someone who—

(a)was not involved in the original decision, and

(b)is more senior than the officer who made the original decision.

Notification of the decision on a review

9.—(1) Notice of the decision on a review under section 203(3) must be given to A—

(a)where the original decision falls within—

(i)section 202(1)(ba)(i) or (bc), or

(ii)section 202(1)(bb) and the effect of the notice given under section 193B(2) is to bring the authority’s duty to A under section 195(2) to an end,

three weeks beginning with the day on which the request for the review is made or, where A makes representations under regulation 7, beginning with the day on which those representations are received,

(b)where the original decision falls within—

(i)section 202(1)(a), (b), (ba)(ii), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), or (h), or

(ii)section 202(1)(bb) and the effect of the notice given under section 193B(2) is to bring the authority’s duty to A under section 189B(2)(6) to an end,

eight weeks beginning with the day on which the request for the review is made,

(c)where the original decision falls within section 202(1)(d) and the review is carried out by the notifying authority and the notified authority, ten weeks beginning with the day on which the request for the review is made,

(d)in a case falling within regulation 6, twelve weeks beginning with the day on which the request for the review is made,

or within such longer period as A and the reviewer may agree in writing.

(2) In a case falling within regulation 6, the appointed person must notify their decision on the review and the reasons for it, in writing, to the notifying authority and the notified authority—

(a)within a period of eleven weeks beginning with the day on which the request for the review is made, or

(b)where a longer period has been agreed in accordance with paragraph (1), by no later than one week before the expiry of that longer period.

(1)

See section 183(2) of the Act for the definition of ‘applicant’.

(2)

Section 198(A1) was inserted by section 5(8) of the Act.

(3)

Section 202 was amended by section 8(2) of, and paragraph 16 of Schedule 1 to, the Homelessness Act 2002 (c.7); by paragraph 7(2) and (3) of Schedule 15, and paragraph 1 of Schedule 16, to the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (c.17); by section 149(9) of the Localism Act 2011 (c.20); and by section 9 of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

(6)

Section 189B was inserted by section 5(2) of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

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