How to request a review of your homelessness decision

If I do not agree with the review decision you can make an appeal

If you approach the council to ask for housing assistance under the Housing Act 1996, Part VII (amended), you have the right to request a review in some circumstances.

You can appeal to the county court on any point of law arising from the decision of the review, or on the original decision if we have not met the time limit to complete your review.

An appeal must be brought within 21 days of the date we tell you of our review decision.

If you are considering appealing to the county court, the local Citizens Advice Bureau can assist you.

This page explains how to ask for a review of a decision that the Council has made on your homelessness application and when a review can be requested.

 

For independent advice, you can contact:

Cambridge Citizens Advice Bureau
66 Devonshire Road
Cambridge
CB1 2BL
Telephone: 0344 848 7979

Shelter
Telephone: 0808 800 4444

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Local Government Ombudsman
PO Box 4771
Coventry
CV4 0EH

Telephone: 0300 061 0614

If you are not satisfied with our review decision you can make a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman.

The ombudsman will consider a complaint if you believe you have been treated unfairly as a result of maladministration. If, for example, we have:

  • Delayed taking action without good reason
  • taken into account irrelevant information and ignored relevant ones
  • not followed our own rules or complied with the law
  • given you wrong information
  • not reached a decision in the correct way

 

The ombudsman will not investigate certain matters, for example, if 12 months has passed since the cause for complaint occurred or when matters are or could be subject to court proceedings.

IMPORTANT: If you are unable to make a review request within the time limit, you can still ask for a review, providing reasons for your delay. We may refuse to consider an out of date request.

 

Local Government Ombudsman
PO Box 4771
Coventry
CV4 0EH
Telephone: 0300 061 0614

  • when the Council has made a decision that you are not eligible for assistance
  • if you do not agree with what duty, if any, the Council owes to you if you are homeless or threatened with homelessness
  • if you do not agree with the steps the Council will take as stated in your Personal Housing Plan under the prevention and/or relief duty
  • if the Council has ended it’s prevention or relief duty to you
  • if the Council has served notice due to deliberate and unreasonable refusal to cooperate with the steps set out in your Personal Housing Plan
  • if the Council has referred its relief duty to another local authority and the referral has been accepted by the notified authority
  • if the Council has referred its main homeless duty to another local authority
  • If another local authority has accepted a referral of a main homeless duty
  • if the Council has offered accommodation after accepting a main homeless duty and you feel that this accommodation is unsuitable
  • if the Council has offered accommodation intended to end its prevention, relief or main homeless duty and you feel that this accommodation is unsuitable

If you have new information which you feel should have been taken into account in making the decision, you should ask for your application to be looked at again.

This will be done by the officer who made the original decision. If the information does not change our decision, it will be considered during your review.

You must ask for a review within 21 days of the date of the letter notifying you of the decision. 

You can make this request in writing. If you are unable to write, please contact us in person or by telephone, confirming that you are asking for a review.

Your review will be considered by a senior officer on the team who was not involved in making the original decision that you are asking to be reviewed.

The request should be addressed to:

Housing Advice and Homelessness Service
South Cambridgeshire District Council
Cambourne Business Park
Cambourne
Cambridge
CB23 6EA

If you request a review of the suitability of an offer of accommodation which the Council has made in order to end its relief duty and you are already in temporary accommodation and you would be owed a main homeless duty, the Council will provide accommodation during the review process.

The Council also has the power to accommodate you under exceptional circumstances pending a decision on a review in all other circumstances.

You will be asked for any extra information you feel should be considered that was not included in your original request for a review.

It is in your best interest to provide us with as much information as possible. If you do not provide any extra information within the time given, the review will be based on the facts already known to us.

The Council must make a decision on your review and provide a decision in writing within a given time, dependent on what decision you are asking to be reviewed. This may be extended in agreement with you.

The deadlines are as follows:

  • 3 weeks from the date of the review request of a decision to bring the prevention duty to an end
  • 8 weeks from the date of the review request of a decision to bring the relief duty to an end, decision on eligibility, decisions on duties owed, decisions to refer and decisions on suitability of accommodation.
  • 10 weeks from the date of the review request of a decision jointly made by this and another local authority on whether the conditionals for a referral have been met

During the review process, if it appears that there has been some irregularity in the original decision but that the decision is likely to be upheld, you will be invited to a meeting to discuss this. This is known as an oral hearing.

  • To accept your appeal, which may mean that we reconsider your application
  • to reject your appeal, which means our decision remains the same
  • to issue a new decision based on the new information you’ve provided

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