Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess called on the
Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee
to recommend a series or homelessness and rent regulations, which they did unanimously, on 14 November 2012.
The minor legislation are the Housing Support Services (Homelessness) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 [draft]; the Homelessness (Abolition of Priority Need Test) (Scotland) Order 2012 [draft] and the Rent (Scotland) Act 1984 (Premiums) Regulations 2012.
Under the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (the 2003 Act), the Scottish government made a commitment to eradicating unintentional homelessness in Scotland by the end of 2012.
The Housing Support Services (Homelessness) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 [draft] will place a duty on local authorities assessing a homeless applicant for housing, to consider whether the applicant requires housing support services.
These support services include personal budgeting, debt counselling or in dealing with benefit claims, engagement with organisations with interest's in the applicant's welfare, tenancy rights and settling into a new tenancy.
The Homelessness (Abolition of Priority Need Test) (Scotland) Order 2012 [draft] is made under the 2003 Act and is intended to abolish the priority needs testing, currently applied to unintentionally homeless applicants for local authority housing.
The Rent (Scotland) Act 1984 (Premiums) Regulations 2012 draft are intended to make clear that payments under a Green Deal plan are not to be treated as a premium and, as a consequence, tenants under a protected or assured tenancy can be liable for such payments.
Ms Burgess told the committee these last regulations meant only the Green Deal charges would be permitted as a charge in addition to rent and refundable deposit and no other charge would be permissible.