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Duty to Refer

From 1st October 2018, certain public authorities must notify a local housing authority in England where one of its service users:

  • May be homeless or at risk of homelessness, and
  • Consents to the referral

 

The following are public authorities with a duty to refer:

  • prisons (public and contracted out)
  • youth offender institutions and youth offending teams
  • secure training centres (public and contracted out) and colleges
  • probation services (community rehabilitation companies and national probation service)
  • jobcentre plus
  • accident and emergency services provided in a hospital
  • urgent treatment centres, and hospitals in their capacity of providing in-patient treatment
  • social service authorities.

 

For more information please see:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homelessness-duty-to-refer/a-guide-to-the-duty-to-refer

 

To make a referral to us please see below:

 

Online: Register to use the Alert service: https://live.housingjigsaw.co.uk/alert/duty-to-refer

Complete the: Duty to Refer Referral form

Email:   dutytorefer@bedford.gov.uk 

Telephone: 01234 718058

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