The Kent Housing Options Group, sub group to the Kent Housing Group have reviewed and updated the Kent and Medway Local Connection Referral Protocol. The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 calls for new referral and joint working arrangements between housing authorities and other public sector authorities in the prevention and relief of homelessness. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have published and will continue to update a Homelessness Code of Guidance, which provides local authorities with the
guidance about how to exercise their homelessness functions, in accordance with the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.
This protocol builds on the Local Government Association (LGA) published guidelines and sets out how local authorities within Kent and Medway will respond to Section 198 local connection referrals, where a local authority is satisfied the applicant is eligible and homeless, but does not have a local connection to their local authority.
This protocol supports the Kent & Medway Homelessness Duty to Refer Protocol on the joint working arrangements between housing authorities and other public sector authorities in the prevention and relief of homelessness.
This protocol will be reviewed in September 2021.
|Final Kent and Medway Homelessness Local Connection Referral Protocol ()||392Kb|
|S.198 Protocol Referral Form ()||15Kb|