A consultation on local connection and intentionality provisions in homelessness legislation

Closes 25 Apr 2019

Opened 31 Jan 2019


This Scottish Government consultation paper invites your views on implementing the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) recommendation to commence the Local Connection and Intentionality provisions in the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003. The HARSAG also recommended narrowing the definition of intentionality to focus on ‘deliberate manipulation’ of the homelessness system. The Scottish Government are currently considering the options regarding this element of the recommendation and are asking for your initial views in section 3 to inform further work.

Why We Are Consulting

The Programme for Government announced by the First Minister on 5 September 2017 set out a new commitment to eradicate rough sleeping, transform the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland and end homelessness. The HARSAG was subsequently established to initiate these transformational changes.

Download the consultation paper.

Give us your views


  • People of Scotland


  • Children and Families
  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Public Sector
  • Health and Social Care
  • Housing and Regeneration