Engagement plan from 31 March 2022 to 30 March 2023

Landlord name

East Lothian Council

Publication date

31 March 2022

Why we are engaging with East Lothian Council (East Lothian)

We are engaging with East Lothian about its services for people who are homeless.

During 2021/22, we reviewed and compared the data for all Councils from the Scottish Government’s national homelessness statistics and the Annual Returns on the Charter.  We also spoke to all Councils to gather further information and assurance about their homelessness services. To assess the risks to people who are threatened with or experiencing homelessness we will engage with all Councils during 2022/23.

We will engage with East Lothian in particular about the following areas:

  • how people access the homelessness services provided by East Lothian;
  • East Lothian’s assessment of homelessness applications;
  • the provision of temporary accommodation by East Lothian to people who are homeless; and
  • outcomes for people who are homeless.

What East Lothian must do

East Lothian must:

  • provide us with the information we require in relation to its homelessness service.

What we will do

We will:

  • review the information East Lothian provides about its homelessness service;
  • meet with East Lothian to discuss its homelessness service and decide whether we require any additional assurance; and
  • update our published engagement plan in light of any material change to our planned engagement with East Lothian.

Regulatory returns

East Lothian must provide us with the following annual regulatory returns:

  • Annual Assurance Statement; and
  • Annual Return on the Charter.

It should also notify us of any material changes to its Annual Assurance Statement, and any tenant and resident safety matter which has been reported to or is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive or reports from regulatory or statutory authorities or insurance providers, relating to safety concerns.

Our lead officer for East Lothian Council is:

Lynn Sweeney

Regulation Manager