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Draft Homelessness Code of Guidance relating to the Domestic Abuse Bill published

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published a draft Homelessness Code of Guidance in respect of the Domestic Abuse Bill. The Bill has completed its passage through the House of Commons and is due to have its second reading in the House of Lords on a date to be announced.

The Bill, if enacted in its current form, will amend Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 to strengthen the support available to victims of domestic abuse. The Act extends priority need to all eligible victims of domestic abuse who are homeless as a result of being a victim of domestic abuse. The Bill would bring in a new definition of domestic abuse which housing authorities would have to follow to assess whether an applicant was homeless as a result of being a victim of domestic abuse.

For the Bill, as introduced in the House of Lords, click here. For the draft Homelessness Code of Guidance, click here.