7.1 B.  Guidance and Resources


East London Reciprocal Agreement

East London Housing Partnership (2015)

The aim of this agreement is to increase the options for tenants to move within the East London sub region, to avoid homelessness, increase safe options for households at risk, aid mobility, make better use of stock and respond to changing housing needs.

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Domestic Violence, Housing and Homelessness

Rights of Women (2012)

The guide sets out your housing rights if you are experiencing domestic violence and are currently living with your abuser. It also looks at the legal options which are now available if you can no longer stay in your home and need to find somewhere else to live.

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Sanctuary Schemes for Households at Risk of Domestic Violence: Practice Guide for Agencies Developing and Delivering Sanctuary Schemes

Communities and Local Government (2010)

This guide highlights the transferable lessons from an evaluation of Sanctuary Schemes, and will be particularly useful for local level practitioners in developing strategies to prevent homelessness and support for households at risk of domestic violence.

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Homelessness; reasonable to continue to occupy; violence: Yemshaw v Hounslow LBC

Waller LJ, Laws LJ, Etherton LJ (Court of Appeal) (2009)

A housing law update: when determining whether it was reasonable for a person to continue occupying accommodation in accordance with a LA's obligations under the HA 96, 'violence' referred to in s.177(1) required physical contact.

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Housing options for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people experiencing domestic abuse

Stonewall Housing (2008)

This guide was written by Stonewall Housing, with support from the LGBT Domestic Abuse Forum, the Greater London Domestic Violence Project (GLDVP), Broken Rainbow and Comic Relief.  Stonewall Housing receives a large number of calls about domestic abuse on their helpline. This guide is designed to give lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who have experienced domestic abuse an overview of their housing options. It makes reference to specific services and practice in London as Stonewall Housing is a London-focused charitable organisation. However most of the information contained here is applicable across the UK, although housing legislation may differ in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Registered Social Landlord's Domestic Violence Reciprocal Pilot: Domestic Violence Homelessness Prevention in East London

East London Housing Partnership (2009)

RSLs in the east London sub region have joined together to assist their tenants who need to flee from their home. The purpose of the pilot RSL DV Reciprocal Agreement is to establish a mutually supportive framework through which the partner RSLs can work together to rehouse their tenants who are experiencing domestic violence and need to move home.

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Behind Closed Doors: providing services to those at risk of domestic violence

Housing Corporation (2008)

This guidance aims to increase awareness of domestic violence across the sector while improving the capacity of housing associations to respond effectively to the victims, and, in some cases, the perpetrators themselves.

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Statutory Homelessness: England Fourth Quarter

Office for National Statistics (2007)

This release provides summary information, collected through the quarterly returns, on local housing authorities’ activities under homelessness legislation. This includes the number of households accepted as owed the main homelessness duty (referred to as acceptances) during the quarter, and the number of households in temporary accommodation on the last day of the quarter.

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Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities

Department for Communities and Local Government (2006)

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government issued this Code of Guidance to local housing authorities (referred to as housing authorities) in England under s.182 of the Housing Act 1996 (‘the 1996 Act’). Under s.182(1) of the 1996 Act, housing authorities are required to have regard to this guidance in exercising their functions under Part 7 of the 1996 Act and under the Homelessness Act 2002 (‘the 2002 Act’). This Code of Guidance replaces the previous version published in 2002.

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Supporting People — guide to accommodation and support options for homeless households

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) transferred to the Department for Communities and Local Government (2003)

This guide is intended for Supporting People teams and members of Commissioning Bodies. It is also relevant to organisations that provide services to this client group, and those considering doing so, and officers in housing, homelessness, health and Social Services departments, including those with responsibility for developing the local authority homelessness strategy.

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Homelessness Strategies: a good practice handbook

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) transferred to the Department for Communities and Local Government (2002)

This handbook was commissioned by DTLR to assist local housing authorities with meeting the provisions in the Homelessness Bill which require housing authorities to carry out a review of homelessness in their areas and to formulate and publish a homelessness strategy.

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Homelessness Statistics September 2002 and Domestic Violence: the provision of accommodation and support for households experiencing domestic violence in England

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) transferred to the Department for Communities and Local Government (2002)

This briefing brings together the research and information about homelessness and domestic violence, and what is know about current accommodation and support services. It explains how domestic violence and its effects can cause a cycle of homelessness, what happens to people who are escaping violence and why an understanding of this is critical to way that homelessness services are delivered.

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Housing Benefit Exceptional Hardship Payments: the use of discretionary powers

Sainsbury, R. (1999)

Local Authorities have a range of discretionary powers which can be used in the administration of housing benefit. This research examines authorities’ use of discretionary powers in making exceptional hardship payments to claimants whose housing benefit does not cover the cost of their rent (under regulations in force since January 1996). The main objective of this research was to investigate how the system of exceptional hardship payments is operated by local authorities, and, in particular, why expenditure has varied so significantly between authorities and, overall, has been lower than expected.

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