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Wed, 20 Mar


Live Online Homelessness Training via ZOOM

Making Local Connection Referrals in Homeless Applications

*This course is only open to those working for a local authority housing options service or partner organisation and have a relevant email address.

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Time & Location

20 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 13:00

Live Online Homelessness Training via ZOOM

About the Event

This practical course aims to assist those officers who have to make decisions in relation to local connection. The course will highlight the criteria and differences when referring an applicant at the relief and main duty stages. At every stage the Code of Guidance 2018 will be highlighted as well as the duties owed to those who are referred. The course also looks at the review regulations in relation to local connection decisions. Delegates will also be provided with decision letter templates and forms to assist them when making referrals and no local connection decisions. 

The course will cover:

  • How to refer an applicant under S198(2), S198(2ZA) or S198(4)
  • Local Connection Criteria for S198(2) referrals
  • Relief Stage Local Connection (S198(A1))
  • Writing First Local Connection (Relief stage) Decisions
  • First Local Connection (Relief stage) Duties (S199A)
  • Main Duty Stage Local Connection
  • Main Duty Stage Local Connection (S198(1))
  • Writing Second Local Connection (Main duty stage) Decisions
  • Second Local Connection (Main Duty stage) Duties (S199A)
  • Local connection exercises

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for officers working for local authorities and who have to assess local connection.  


Minos Perdios, Director & Reviews Manager at Housing Reviews Ltd & Independent Referee for homelessness local connection disputes on behalf of the Local Government Association. 


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