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Cabinet Decision: 14th February 2019
Title of Item/Report
Scrutiny Review of Temporary Accommodation for Homeless Households
Record of the Decision
Consideration was given to a report that presented the outcomes of the Adult Social Care and Health Select Committee’s review of Temporary Accommodation for Homeless Households.

The review was initiated in order to assess the provision of temporary accommodation and housing related support to homeless households. Services were provided to single people and families, often with a range of complex needs. The review had particularly focussed on developing options for those who were ‘hardest to house’.


1. The positive work of the Homelessness and Housing Solutions Service to address homelessness and support those households who are homeless be noted.

2. The positive and constructive findings of the LGA Housing Advisor in relation to the Council’s approach to addressing homelessness be noted, and the proposed actions in response by the Housing Service be endorsed (as outlined at section 4.26-4.32 of the Committee’s report).

3. In response to increasing service demands, the Council explores options for alternative models for ‘temporary’ accommodation with Housing Providers.

4. The Council continues to develop detailed understanding of those who are ‘hardest to house’ and the barriers to accessing (and maintaining) accommodation, and explore new forms of appropriate housing options for this client group.

5. Updates on the results of recent funding bids made during the Review be reported to the Committee as part of the monitoring process.
Reasons for the Decision
The report presents the findings of the scrutiny review that took place as part of the agreed work programme for 2018-19.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
Councillor Steve Nelson declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 7 - Scrutiny Review of Temporary Accommodation for Homeless Households - Final Report of Adult Social Care and Health Select Committee as he was a Director of Thirteen.
Details of any Dispensations
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
Midnight, 23 February 2019

Date of Publication: 19 February 2019

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