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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Thursday 24 November 2016

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Amendments tabled since the last publication: 1-11

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Homelessness Reduction Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. Bill to be considered in the

 

following order, namely, Clause 2, Clause 3, Clause 8, Clause 9, Clauses 4 to 7,

 

Clauses 10 to 13, Clause 1, new Clauses, new Schedules, remaining proceedings on

 

the Bill.

 


 

Mr Clive Betts

 

1

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  4,  line  44,  leave out from “particular” to the end of the paragraph

 

and insert—

 

“(i)    

what accommodation would be suitable for the applicant and any

 

persons with whom the applicant resides or might reasonably be

 

expected to reside (“other relevant persons”);

 

(ii)    

the schooling arrangements for the children of the applicant and

 

of the other relevant persons; and

 

(iii)    

caring provided to or by the applicant and the other relevant

 

persons;

 

(iv)    

the location and natures of the employment of the applicant and

 

the other relevant persons.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that the assessment of an applicant’s case takes account not only of


 
 

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suitable accommodation for the applicant and those residing with the applicant but also their

 

schooling, caring and work arrangements.

 

Andy Slaughter

 

3

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  5,  line  2,  leave out “and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See amendment 4.

 

Andy Slaughter

 

4

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  5,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

what other support the applicant is or may be entitled to from any public

 

authority under any other enactment.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

These amendments would ensure that, when assessing a case, the local authority must consider any

 

other duties which might be owed, whether by it or by another authority, for example a care-leaver

 

who has applied as homeless may be owed additional obligations under the leaving care

 

provisions of the Children Act 1989.

 


 

Andy Slaughter

 

9

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  9,  page  15,  line  32,  leave out paragraph (ba)(i)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would enable the different review stages to be amalgamated and processes

 

streamlined.

 

Andy Slaughter

 

10

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  9,  page  15,  line  42,  leave out paragraph (bc)(i)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would enable the different review stages to be amalgamated and processes

 

streamlined.

 


 

Andy Slaughter

 

5

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  4,  page  6,  line  30,  leave out “reasonable steps” and insert “such steps as it

 

considers reasonable”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would reduce an ambiguity in the present draft. The local authority should decide

 

what steps it should take, subject to the normal rules of public law and judicial review.

 



 
 

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Homelessness Reduction Bill, continued

 
 

Andy Slaughter

 

6

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  5,  page  8,  line  11,  leave out “reasonable steps” and insert “such steps as it

 

considers reasonable”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See amendment 5.

 

Andy Slaughter

 

7

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  5,  page  8,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Nothing in this section gives rise to a duty to provide accommodation.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would help to ensure that it is clear that it is not the intention of Clause 5 to

 

require local authorities to provide accommodation for non-priority need applicants.

 

Andy Slaughter

 

8

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  5,  page  9,  line  19,  leave out “substitute” to the end of the paragraph and

 

insert—

 

“(a)    

until a local authority is satisfied that an interim accommodation duty is

 

no longer owed as the applicant is not in priority need or until the latter

 

of—

 

(i)    

the duty owed to the applicant under section 189B(2) coming to

 

an end or the authority deciding it does not owe the applicant a

 

duty under that section, and

 

(ii)    

the authority deciding what other duty (if any) is owed to the

 

applicant under the following provisions of this Part.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would allow a local authority to end an interim duty before the end of the 56 day

 

requirement, if an applicant is found not to be apparent priority need.

 


 

Andy Slaughter

 

11

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  10,  page  16,  line  20,  after “must” insert “cooperate appropriately to support

 

early intervention and prevention of homelessness and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would encourage better support for households threatened with homelessness

 

through better upstream early intervention and prevention opportunities would be a duty to refer

 

and cooperate.

 

Mr Clive Betts

 

2

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  10,  page  16,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Where the specified public authority makes a notification to the local housing

 

authority the public authority must cooperate with the housing authority in

 

meeting its duties under sections 179, 189A, 195, 189B and 199A of the Housing

 

Act 1996.”


 
 

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Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that where a public authority made a referral to a housing authority

 

in respect of a person who is or may become homeless the public authority is under a duty to

 

cooperate with the housing authority.

 

 

Order of the Committee [23 November 2016]

 

That—

 

(1)  

if proceedings on the Homelessness Reduction Bill are not completed at this

 

day’s sitting, the Committee meets on Wednesdays while the House is sitting

 

at 9.30 am.

 


 

 

Revised 24 November 2016