Prevention of Homelessness Duties: a joint consultation by the Scottish Government and COSLA
About the event
Please join our roundtable discussion 16th March at 4pm
The session will be hosted by Eleen McMullan, Policy Lead at SFHA with contributions from Matt Howarth from the Homelessness Prevention Team in the Scottish Government and Maggie Brunjes, Chief Executive, Homeless Network Scotland
In December 2021, the Scottish Government and COSLA launched a consultation on Prevention of Homelessness Duties. The aim of the consultation is to produce legislation in the upcoming Housing Bill in year two of the parliament with a focus on the development of wide-reaching prevention duties. Specifically, it is looking at:
- Introducing new duties on a range of Public Bodies and landlords to prevent homelessness, both in acting on a risk of homelessness and responsibilities relating to strategic and joint planning
- Changing existing homelessness legislation to ensure homelessness is prevented at an earlier stage, including a proposal to extend the duty to take reasonable steps to prevent homelessness up to 6 months before
Why should you attend the roundtable discussion?
There are specific proposals to formalise the responsibilities of social landlords to prevent homelessness into a legal duty so that social landlords act within their powers to identify and mitigate the risk of homelessness as early as possible. This includes risks resulting from rent arrears, neighbour and relationship concerns, domestic abuse, and risk to tenancy due to impending court action.
Questions ask whether these should be legislative duties to ensure social landlords take reasonable steps to prevent homelessness where a risk is identified, including the establishment of protocols in relation to domestic abuse and where tenants face court proceedings. These proposals are similar to existing provisions under Section 11 of the Homelessness Scotland Act where landlords must notify the local authority where the landlord raises proceedings for possession. The intention, here, is to ensure that the referral is as far upstream as possible, is targeted and preventative. The aim, to have a clear process between the social landlord and the local authority so that crisis is avoided, and no one is evicted without somewhere to stay.
Costs and how to book
This FREE to attend roundtable will take place on 16 March 2022 at 4.00pm.
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