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CLIMBDOWN ON COUNCIL HOUSING ELIGIBILITY PROPOSALS

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Some of housing minister Sir George Young's proposals on homelessness announced yesterday represent a 'substantial ...
Some of housing minister Sir George Young's proposals on homelessness announced yesterday represent a 'substantial climbdown' from ideas that were floated in the DoE consultation paper, the Financial Times reports (p7).

Local authorities will still have discretion over how they allocate housing and the length of time that accommodation should be provided is longer than had been envisaged, the paper reports.

And councils will have an obligation to extend accommodation to single mothers living in women's hostels, against the recommendations of the consultation paper.

The tightening of the rules will see specific groups, including pregnant women and young people, lose their automatic right to permanent council accommodation.

Most applications for housing will be filtered through a single waiting list.

Local authorities will have to ensure that applicants for accommodation are 'unintentionally' homeless.

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