What is Duty to Refer?
From 1st October 2018, as part of the Homelessness Reduction Act, public bodies will have a legal duty to refer anyone they are working with to a local authority if they are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
These public bodies must ensure that the person they are working with:
- Agrees to the referral
- Is advised of how local connection is defined before they are referred
- Has the choice of which local authority they would like to be referred to.