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Bed and Breakfast provision for homeless households

Last updated February 2019


The assessment


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The assessment


Economic , Prosperity and Place

New or existing service or policy?


Officer(s) completing the assessment

Kate Bailey, Head of Strategic Growth

What is the purpose and expected outcomes?

To provide temporary accommodation to households who approach WFDC as homeless and who have no accommodation.

Are there any statutory requirements or implications?

Wyre Forest District Council has a statutory duty under the Housing Act 1996 Part VII to provide interim accommodation to households who approach the authority as homeless and have no accommodation, whilst a homeless investigation is undertaken.

Are there any other organisations/bodies involved?

The emergency accommodation providers.

Who are the main customer groups/stakeholders affected?

Anyone who approached Wyre Forest District Council as homeless and is need of emergency accommodation.

What information/statistics/evidence are you using?

Bed and Breakfast usage statistics.

What impact does the service/policy/project have on the nine protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Prior to the Equality Act 2010, there were 3 separate public sector equality duties covering race, disability and gender. The Equality Act 2010 replaced these with a new single equality duty covering the protected characteristics listed below.

Characteristic and definition Impact and evidence

Age - where this is referred to, it refers to a person belonging to a particular age (e.g. 32 year olds) or range of ages (e.g. 18 - 30 year olds).

Neutral, not a factor in service consideration or delivery.

Evidence: The Council will ensure accommodation is suitable for households with children by ensuring it meets minimum standards.

Disability – a person has a disability if s/he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on that person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Neutral, not a factor in service consideration or delivery.

Evidence: None of the current suppliers have fully DDA compliant accommodation. Therefore, alternative accommodation is sought through the new contract for people who require adapted accommodation.


Neutral, not a factor in service consideration or delivery.

Race – it refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour, and nationality (including citizenship) ethnic or national origins.

Neutral, not a factor in service consideration or delivery.

Religion and belief – religion has the meaning usually given to it but belief includes religious and philosophical beliefs including lack of belief (e.g. Atheism).

Neutral, not a factor in service consideration or delivery.

Sexual Orientation – whether a person's sexual attraction is towards their own sex, the opposite sex or to both sexes.

Neutral, not a factor in service consideration or delivery.


e.g. Deprivation, health inequalities, urban/rural divide, community safety


Evidence: This provision ensures that certain categories of vulnerable people who are suffering from homelessness are accommodated.


Is a full assessment required?


Signed: Kate Bailey
Dated: 10/05/2019

Agreed: Mike Parker
Dated: 10/05/2019

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