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Code of Guidance to Local Authorities on the Allocation of Accommodation and Homelessness 2016

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The Code is specifically for members and staff of Local Authorities to guide them in implementing their functions in connection with allocations and homelessness.

It applies to both the housing and to the social services functions of those authorities.

When exercising their functions under Part 6 (Allocations) of the Housing Act 1996 (the 1996 Act) and Part 2 (Homelessness) of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 (the 2014 Act), Local Authorities must have regard to any guidance issued by the Welsh Ministers. This Code is Ministerial guidance issued under these provisions.

This Code replaces the ‘Code of Guidance for Local Authorities on the Allocation of Accommodation and Homelessness’ issued by the Welsh Government in April 2015.

The Code comes in two parts. Part 1 relates to the allocation of accommodation in accordance with Part 6 of the 1996 Act and, although updated to reflect changes in legislation and relevant case law, largely follows the same format as the 2015 edition of the Code.

Part 2 of the Code covers Part 2 of the 2014 Act, which amends and consolidates all previous homelessness legislation.  It explains the new legislation, and places it in the context of Welsh Government policy in 2016.