{meta} Decision - Intentional Homelessness for Care Leavers.

Decision details

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

I, Councillor Kelly, Statutory Deputy City Mayor and Lead Member for Housing, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution, do hereby approve:

 

THAT the Local Authority do not deem a care leaver as intentionally homeless.

 

The Reasons are:

The rationale for ending the practice comes from both anethical and practical standpoint.  As corporate parents, we should not be allowing care leavers to be without suitable accommodation at all (we know this would certainly not be the case if we were their real parents).  As mentioned above, being without a stable place to live can lead to a multitude of further problems.  From a practical point of view, the strain on the range of services supporting care leavers in these distressful situations is much greater (especially where they are placed in temporary accommodation outside Salford) and will often incur addition local authority expenditure in both the short and long term.  

 

By deeming care leavers as intentionally homeless, the Local Authority is failing in its statutory duties as corporate parents and restricting the opportunities for support being given to young people leaving care placements in our area - this is the advice provided by our Legal Team.

 

Options considered and rejected were: Not to take this action.

 

Assessment of Risk: No Risk

 

The source of funding is: Within Housing budget.

 

Legal Advice obtained: By deeming care leavers as intentionally homeless, the Local Authority is failing in its statutory duties as corporate parents and restricting the opportunities for support being given to young people leaving care placements in our area.

 

Financial Advice obtained: Not applicable.

 

Procurement Advice obtained: Not applicable.

 

HR Advice obtained: Not applicable.

 

Climate Change Advice obtained: Not applicable.

 

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process:

Report to the Statutory Deputy City Mayor and Lead Member for Housing

 

Contact Officer:        Phil Varghese/Jane Anderson                 

Telephone number: 607 1888// 607 1900

 

This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member.

 

The appropriate scrutiny panel to call in the decision is the Growth & Prosperity Scrutiny Panel.

 

 

 

Signed: Councillor Kelly                             Dated: 26 June 2020

Statutory Deputy City Mayor and Lead Member for Housing

 

 

 

For Democratic Services use only

 

This decision was published on 29 June 2020.

                                            

This decision will come into force at 4.00 p.m. on 6 July 2020, unless it is called-in in accordance with the decision-making process rules.

 

 

 

Publication date: 29/06/2020

Date of decision: 26/06/2020

Decided at meeting: 26/06/2020 - Statutory Deputy City Mayor & Lead Member for Housing Briefing

Effective from: 07/07/2020

Accompanying Documents: