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Home > Housing > Homelessness advice > Duty to Refer

Duty to Refer

From 1 October 2018 certain public authorities are required to notify a housing authority of service users they consider may be homeless or threatened with homelessness within 56 days. The public services included in the duty are as follows:

  • Prisons
  • Youth offender institutions
  • Secure training centres
  • Secure colleges
  • Youth offending teams
  • Probation services (including community rehabilitation companies)
  • Jobcentre plus
  • Social service authorities
  • Emergency departments
  • Urgent treatment centres
  • Hospitals in their function of providing inpatient care

The Secretary of State for Defence is also subject to the duty to refer in relation to members of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marine, the regular Army and the Royal Air Force.

This new duty is referred to as the 213B duty placed on specific public bodies.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils would like to invite and encourage all professionals to refer homeless cases to us in this way, although the public bodies mentioned above are required to notify us, we will willingly accept referrals from any professional at the link below:

Duty to Refer

Please note - "Duty to Refer" referrals do not automatically generate a Homeless Application.