Homelessness Policy - Assessment of Local Connection

The Council will only investigate local connection where:

  • a customer has been assessed as homeless, and not intentionally homeless; and
  • there are reasons to suggest that the customer does not have a local connection with Moray.

The Council will base its decisions on the definition of local connection provided in the Code of Guidance http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/05/31133334/33366.  This means that a local connection will be established if:

  • the customer has been resident in Moray for at least six months in the previous twelve months, or for at least three years during the previous five years;
  • the customer or a member of their household is employed in Moray;
  • a member of the household has a close family member currently resident in Moray for at least five years; or
  • there are special circumstances.  For example, where customers have no local connection with anywhere in the United Kingdom.

In accordance with Section 27 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1987/26/contents (as amended by Section 156 of the Housing (Scotland) 2010 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2010/17/contents), any person who is serving in the armed forces (and those who live with them) will form a local connection with the area they have lived or worked in.

Any person who is leaving a settled address out with Moray due to violence or harassment and cannot continue to live in their home locality will be accepted as having a local connection.

Where no local connection exists the person will be referred to an appropriate local authority where a local connection does exist. However, only those who are assessed as unintentionally homeless will be referred to another authority.

A person will not be referred to another local authority if there is a risk of domestic abuse, to either the person or anyone who might reasonably be expected to reside with him or her in that other local authority’s area. “Abuse" includes violence, harassment, threatening behaviour, and any other conduct giving rise, or likely to give rise, to physical or mental injury, fear, alarm or distress.

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