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Local connection

Prior to 29 November 2022, a local authority had the option of referring someone who was homeless to another local authority for accommodation. It did not have to do this and could only do so in specific circumstances.

The rules have changed regarding local connection. When a client makes a homeless application on or after 29 November 2022, a local authority can no longer refer them to another Scottish local authority under section 33(1) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987.

This power has been suspended, not permanently repealed. The Scottish Government will monitor the impact on homeless applicants and local authorities to decide whether the s.33 power can be permanently removed.

This suspension does not apply to referrals to local authorities in England and Wales.

For homeless applications made prior to 29 November 2022, local connection can still be considered.

Local connection provisions

This section gives a brief overview of local connection provisions. 

Establishing a local connection

Section 27 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 sets out the ways in which a local connection may be established. 

Referral to another local authority

There are specific conditions that must be satisfied before a local authority can refer someone to another authority for housing. 

Referral procedure

This section sets out the procedure to be used if a local authority wishes to make use of the local connection provisions. 

This content applies to Scotland

Last updated: 29 November 2022