• Health and social care commissioners alike, that are arranging a package of care for a service user in the community, under (for example) their duties under the Care Act 2014, Children’s Act 1989, NHS continuing healthcare or s.117 Mental Health Act 1983 aftercare are often faced with practical difficulties in identifying and securing housing.

    In this session, Zia Nabi of Doughty Street Chambers considered:

    • An overview of the social housing provisions under Part VI Housing Act and how these are implemented through local housing allocations’ policies;
    • An overview of the homelessness provisions under Part VII Housing Act;
    • How commissioners might work with housing departments to consider and apply the local housing allocations’ policy to the service user – and any “reasonable adjustments” that may need to be made?
    • When it might be appropriate to consider the homelessness route?

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