13 May 2022
During the passage of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, concerns were raised relating to local connection tests for domestic abuse victims who apply for social housing. The government committed to consulting on regulations to disapply local connection tests for victims of domestic abuse.
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has been seeking views on proposals to introduce regulations includes:
The National Domestic Abuse Group brings together representatives from housing associations and local authorities across the country to improve the sector’s response to domestic abuse have welcomed the consultation. The group supports the view that victims of domestic abuse should be exempt from any local connection or residency requirements as part of their qualification criteria for applicants of social housing.
The government is expected to publish its response to the consultation later this year. In the meantime, if you have any questions concerning the consultation or NHF’s work on domestic abuse, please get in touch using the details below.