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COMPROMISE HOUSING PLANS ROUNDLY REJECTED

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Government plans to reform homeless legislation have been rejected by the local authority associations. ...
Government plans to reform homeless legislation have been rejected by the local authority associations.

Housing minister Sir George Young has backed down from proposals which threatened to put families on the street before they were given accommodation.

Councils will retain a duty to provide assistance while they are considering applications. But ministers still intend to remove the obligation for councils to house the homeless permanently. Councils would only have to provide housing for a year, then councils would check that families still qualify as homeless.

Homeless people would have to join the other 1.2 million people on waiting lists to gain a permanent home. Sir George said 12 months would be enough to find permanent accommodation.

A DoE consultation paper provoked 10,000 mostly hostile responses. No law will be passed in the next Parliamentary session but codes of guidance will be issued to get the changes underway.
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