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INSTITUTE OF HOUSING WARNS AGAINST 'TINKERING' WITH HOUSING ACT

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Local authorities are strongly opposed to government tinkering with the homelessness legislation simply to discover...
Local authorities are strongly opposed to government tinkering with the homelessness legislation simply to discover further ways of rationing social housing, an Institute of Housing survey launched today has said.

The survey attempts to gauge local authorities likely reaction to an imminent consultation paper proposing wide ranging changes to part III of the housing act 1985. The suggestion that a council's duty to house homeless families be made either temporary or discretionary or both has caused particular concern.

Commenting on the findings, John Parry, director at the institute said: 'The review will achieve little if its purpose is to restrict the homeless access route to housing.'
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