Arising from a report of the Group Manager for Housing, the Homes Policy Development Group had recommended that:
a) The revised Housing Options Supply and Demand Policy be approved;
b) The Cabinet notes the Housing Options Service will continue to make best use of its temporary housing resources when accommodating homeless households.
The Cabinet Member for Housing outlined the contents of the report stating that the Councils statutory duties were governed by legislation by the Housing Act 1996 as amended under the Homelessness Act 2002 Part II and the Homeless Reduction Act 2017. The Housing Authority had a duty to carry out an assessment in all cases where an eligible applicant was homeless or threatened with homelessness. He highlighted the duty of the Housing Authority and the need for the provision of suitable accommodation for homeless applicants.
Discussion took place regarding the current situation and that homelessness issues were getting worse and that a budget was available to help people before they became homeless.
RESOLVED that the recommendation of the Policy Development Group be approved.
(Proposed by Cllr R L Stanley and seconded by Cllr P H D Hare-Scott)
Note: *Report previously circulated, copy attached to minutes.