Homelessness Reduction Act - Duty to Refer and strengthening partnership working
Homelessness Reduction Act provides an opportunity to work more closely with partners in notifying us of people who are at risk of/are homeless.
It is important partners understand their role in identifying people at risk of homelessness at an earlier stage and refer them to the Housing Options Service to help the person resolve their homelessness.
The Housing Options Team will work closely with the named public bodies under the Duty to Refer
The Duty to Refer will commence in October 2018. The agencies that will have this mandatory duty are:
- youth offender institutions
- secure training centres
- secure colleges
- youth offending teams
- probation services, including community rehabilitation companies
- Jobcentre Plus
- social service authorities
- emergency departments
- urgent treatment centres
- hospitals in their function of providing inpatient care.
The above public bodies must refer details of any person they are aware of who is homeless or at risk of homelessness within 56 days. Please be aware that the consent of the individual who are are referring must be sought prior to referral.
If public bodies are asked to access the form with details of the person/family and circumstances. Please see our website
Last Updated: 18/12/2018