Homelessness Reduction Act Code of Guidance (mostly) out

MHCLG has published the Statutory Code of Guidance for the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, with just over a month to go until it is in force (3 April 2018). 25 chapters and one annex are here (with no downloadable version in evidence yet). Everyone, councils and advisors, needs to brush up on it now!

But it is not yet complete. Annex 2 – the LGA dispute mechanism – is still under consultation till 13 March 2018…

And also, there are new Homelessness Review Regulations, also in force 3 April 2018. The Homelessness (Review Procedure etc.) Regulations 2018 notably turn old Reg 8 – notification of ‘minded to’ decisions – into new Reg 7.

Update those precedents!


Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts.


  1. Steve

    The new review regulations seem to completely revoke the 1999 regulations. If this is the case there doesn’t seem to be any regulations covering Part VI reviews. Is this correct?

  2. Steve

    Can anyone answer the above please?

    • Giles Peaker

      It would seem to be right, yes. Which is a cock up.

    • Giles Peaker

      Actually, it isn’t. Reviews under s.164 Housing Act 1996 were abolished by Homelessness Act 2002. So that is just a leftover.

    • Kwesi Hughes

      Hello, Steve. I believe that sections 160ZA(9)(c), 166A(9)(b), and 166A(9)(c) of the HA1996 (all possibly introduced by the LA 2011?) confer Part VI rights of review and set their scope, but that there are no statutory requirements on the actual review procedures/process themselves.


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