Engagement plan from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025

Landlord name

South Ayrshire Council

Publication date

02 April 2024

Why we are engaging with South Ayrshire Council (South Ayrshire) 

We are engaging with South Ayrshire about its services for people who are homeless.  

During 2023/24, we reviewed and compared the data for all local authorities from the Scottish Government’s national homelessness statistics.  We also spoke to all local authorities 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 local authorities during 2024/25 with a focus on the provision of appropriate temporary accommodation. 

We will engage with South Ayrshire in particular about outcomes for people who are homeless. 

What South Ayrshire must do 

South Ayrshire must: 

  • send us the information we require in relation to its homelessness service; and 
  • tell us about any emerging issues preventing it from fulfilling its statutory duty to provide temporary accommodation when it should and comply with the Unsuitable Accommodation Order. 

What we will do 

We will: 

  • review the information South Ayrshire provides about its homelessness service; 
  • meet with South Ayrshire by 31 July 2024 to discuss its homelessness service and engage as necessary; 
  • meet with South Ayrshire to seek assurance if it does not provide temporary accommodation when it should, or if it breaches the Unsuitable Accommodation Order; and 
  • update our published engagement plan in the light of any material change to our planned engagement with South Ayrshire. 

Regulatory returns  

South Ayrshire 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 South Ayrshire Council is:

Stephen Lalley

Regulation Manager