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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-09058: Graham Simpson (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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.