Homelessness Policy - Avoidance of Screening

The Council will avoid screening people who approach the service and will ensure that no-one is refused the right to make a homeless application.  Care will be taken to ensure staff do not carry out any informal ‘first screening’, either deliberately or unwittingly.  Screening is defined as preventing, deterring or discouraging a person from making an application.  The Council will ensure that staff are appropriately trained. 

In accordance with the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1987/26/contents (as amended), any person aged 16 or over who wants to make a homeless application has the right to do so.  The Council will ensure that information about this is clearly visible in offices where people in housing crisis are likely to present and in other locations across Moray.  The Council has a duty to accept applications from people who are homeless and will be homeless within two months, as defined by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2001/10/contents.

Every person who contacts the Council with concerns about security of their tenure, potential or actual homelessness will be advised of their right to make a homeless application.

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