Decision details

Temporary Accommodation Placement Policy to Meet Housing Need

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


This report seeks approval to implement a policy relating to the allocation of temporary accommodation for homeless households. The purpose of this policy is to provide detailed guidance for the fair allocation of suitable temporary accommodation within and outside of Bracknell Forest borough boundaries.


That the implementation of the Temporary Accommodation Placement Policy be approved.

Reasons for the decision:

The Temporary Accommodation Placement Policy sets out the Council’s proposed approach to the placement of households in temporary accommodation.  The policy sets out the key principles underpinning placement decisions and prioritisation; when and how offers of temporary accommodation will be made and when offers will be brought to an end; when offers will be made into private rented sector accommodation; and how the council assesses suitability of accommodation in line with statutory guidance.


Whilst Bracknell Forest Council seeks to accommodate homeless households within the borough wherever possible, it may sometimes be necessary for households to be placed outside of the borough boundaries.  The policy also sets out how placements inside the borough will be prioritised and, when it is necessary to make an out of borough placement, ensures that the Council is able to fulfil its statutory housing duties to homeless households by securing accommodation that is suitable and reasonable to occupy.

Alternative options considered:

Do nothing.  This option does not provide a clear approach to allocating temporary accommodation in line with relevant legislation.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: The implementation of the Temporary Accommodation Placement Policy is not anticipated to incur additional costs. The approach proposed to manage homelessness should ensure the best use of the council’s resources in meeting its statutory duties. Reducing the use of nightly paid accommodation and the length of stay is a key priority for the council to deliver the best outcomes for homeless families and to reduce the expenditure in this area

Declarations: None.

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No.

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director: People

Other reasons / organisations consulted


Contact: Sarah Gee, Assistant Director: Early Help and Communities Email: Tel: 01344 351447.

Publication date: 12/04/2022

Date of decision: 11/04/2022

Effective from: 20/04/2022

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