Date lodged: 27 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what standards local authorities have to follow regarding homelessness applications.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 9 May 2017
Homelessness legislation sets out the steps local authorities must take on receiving a homelessness application. This includes the applicant’s right to a review of any decision by the local authority.
The statutory Code of Guidance on Homelessness, to which local authorities must have regard, also makes clear the individual’s right to make a homelessness application. This is further outlined in the non statutory Housing Options Guidance, published last year and which is currently being reviewed.
The Scottish Housing Regulator also plays a role in reviewing and providing feedback on local authorities’ practice regarding homelessness applications.