Housing, homelessness and rough sleeping strategy


The council has a legal duty to have a Homelessness Strategy.

The Homelessness Act 2002 requires all housing authorities to carry out a Review of Homelessness and formulate a strategy based on the results of the review that includes plans for:

  • Preventing homelessness
  • Ensuring sufficient accommodation is available for people who are, or who may become homeless
  • Ensuring there are satisfactory support services for people who are, or may become homeless, or who need support to prevent them from becoming homeless again

The statutory obligation to formulate a housing strategy, was removed under the terms of the De-regulation Act 2015. The council is however a strategic housing and stock holding authority, and as such it is appropriate to formulate and set out our plans and priorities for meeting local housing need.