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Every council does have responsibilities towards someone who is homeless. If you go to the council claiming that you are homeless they will carry out an assessment (a questionnaire) on you and your situation.

If the council decides that you are classed as priority then they have to find you accommodation. Priority would be classed as elderly, disabled, pregnant mother, a person fleeing violence, severe medical condition, juvenile etc.

If you are not classed as priority then the council will make every effort to find you accommodation. However places in hostels are limited.

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