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Homelessness consultation backs stronger protections 11/07/2019 The Scottish Government has confirmed that people facing homelessness will have better access to support with new legislation coming into effect later this year.

Homelessness consultation backs stronger protections

The Scottish Government has confirmed that people facing homelessness will have better access to support with new legislation coming into effect later this year.

The Government consulted earlier this year on implementing the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group’s recommendation to commence the Local Connection and Intentionality provisions in the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003. Analysis of the responses has now been published, and shows support for the measures.

The first change, which will come into effect later this year, will remove the current duty on local authorities to assess whether a homelessness application is intentional. This will make receiving support easier for people who have difficulties in their lives, such as financial or mental health issues.

Ministers also announced plans to remove the requirement for people facing homelessness to demonstrate a connection to a council area before they can receive support from that local authority.

The detail of these changes will be developed in collaboration with councils and others and is intended to give people in housing crisis the freedom to live in the community they choose, and access the support they need.

“Scotland has some of the strongest homelessness rights in the world and these changes to the law will allow more people to benefit from the support available,” said Housing Minister Kevin Stewart. “We want to make sure that anyone facing homelessness is supported into permanent, settled accommodation that meets their needs as quickly as possible.”

Further details can be found here.

 

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