Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998

Preparation of accommodation programme.

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10. (1) An accommodation programme shall be prepared by a F21 [ housing authority ] in respect of a 5 year period beginning on a date as the Minister may by direction specify and be in such form and contain such information as the Minister may direct and thereafter shall be prepared in respect of each succeeding period of 5 years or each such shorter period as the Minister may direct, and shall be adopted by the F21 [ housing authority ] by such date as the Minister may direct or in accordance with section 17 .

(2) In preparing an accommodation programme, or a replacement of it, the F21 [ housing authority ] shall—

( a) include the most recent assessment made by that F21 [ housing authority ] under section 6 F22 [ ]

( b) include such particulars as the Minister may direct in relation to travellers and contained F23 [ in the most recent summary of social housing assessments prepared by a housing authority under section 21(c) of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 ], or, where the F21 [ housing authority ] is preparing an accommodation programme for the first time, such particulars concerning the needs of travellers for accommodation in sites as may be available to the F21 [ housing authority ] or as may be acquired by them as the Minister may direct,

( c) include a statement of the policy of the F21 [ housing authority ] concerned in relation to meeting the accommodation needs of travellers, including the accommodation needs referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b),

( d) specify the strategy of the F21 [ housing authority ] concerned for securing the implementation of the accommodation programme,

( e) include measures for implementation by the F21 [ housing authority ] concerned or, as the case may be, any other housing authority in relation to—

(i) the provision of the range of accommodation required to meet accommodation needs which have been identified,

(ii) the provision of assistance to travellers to provide accommodation for their own use,

(iii) the provision of assistance to a body standing approved under section 6 of the Act of 1992 in respect of the provision or management of accommodation for travellers, and

(iv) the proper management, including assistance towards the management, of such accommodation for travellers, and

(f) include any other matters as may be specified in directions issued from time to time by the Minister.

(3) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), a F21 [ housing authority ], in preparing an accommodation programme, shall have regard to—

( a) the needs identified under paragraphs ( a) and ( b) of subsection (2) and any matter which may be specified under paragraph ( f) of subsection (2),

( b) the distinct needs and family circumstances of travellers,

( c) the provision of sites to address the accommodation needs of travellers other than as their normal place of residence and having regard to the annual patterns of movement by travellers, and

( d) such other matters as the Minister may by direction specify from time to time.

(4) A F21 [ housing authority ] may, having considered the submissions received in accordance with section 9 (1)(c) , make such changes to the draft of the accommodation programme published in accordance with section 9(1) or, where appropriate, the draft of the amendment to or replacement of the accommodation programme, as the F21 [ housing authority ] considers appropriate.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F21

Substituted (1.06.2014) Local Government Reform Act 2014 (1/2014), s. 5(3) and sch. 2 part 1, S.I. No. 214 of 2014.

F22

Deleted (1.04.2011) by Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (22/2009), s. 8 and sch. 2 part 6 item 2(a), S.I. No. 83 of 2011.

F23

Substituted (1.04.2011) by Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (22/2009), s. 8 and sch. 2 part 6 item 2(b), S.I. No. 83 of 2011.