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Local connection

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1. How is local connection defined

In most cases, you will need what is called a Local Connection to receive the most amount of help with your housing situation.

You will have a local connection if you fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • you have lived in that area for six of the last twelve months
  • you lived in that area for 3 out of the last 5 years
  • you have employment in that area on a permanent basis
  • you have strong family connection in the area and the family member of members have lived there for a minimum of 5 years

The family members who give a family connection are:

  • a mother
  • father
  • brother
  • sister

In some special circumstances other family members may be considered. 

You do not get a local connection to an area if you are in prison or an institution in that area. You will be considered as having a local connection to the area you had lived before you went into the prison or institution.