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GOVERNMENT BACKS DOWN ON TWO HOMELESSNESS PROPOSALS

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Two proposals in the DoE consultation paper on homelessness will not be pursued, Sir George Young announced. ...
Two proposals in the DoE consultation paper on homelessness will not be pursued, Sir George Young announced.

They are:

That the duty to accommodate should not start until after assessment, leaving local authorities the power to accommodate at an earlier stage where this was required.

Ministers intend to retain a duty for local authorities to provide assistance whilst they are considering applications, Sir George said.

The second proposal: that a person who is occupying accommodation of any sort, however temporary, should not be regarded as homeless.

Ministers intend to retain the current duty towards those in accommodation of a temporary character, he said.

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