New policy allocates social housing to residents with the greatest need
11 February 2021Residents who are assessed as having an urgent need for social housing will be given priority in a new policy which launches in April this year.
The Council's new Housing Allocations Policy sees a change from the five existing bands in the housing list to three new bands: Band A, B and Housing Options Band.
Applicants with an 'urgent housing need' or a 'high housing need' will be placed in Bands A and B, respectively.
These individuals have the following needs and, from April, will be able to actively bid for properties that are advertised each week:
Councillor Matt Bryan, cabinet member for housing, planning and climate emergency, said: "Local authorities are required to have a housing allocation scheme. Over the last five years, the number of households on the register has increased. There are currently over eight thousand households on the register waiting for social housing. Unfortunately, the situation means that most people will never be offered a property as only 1,228 properties became available during the last financial year with each vacancy receiving between 30-40 applicant bids.
"The new Common Allocations Policy was widely consulted on in 2019 and we were pleased to have received feedback from over 560 respondents, which was largely very positive about the proposed key changes. This resulted in the policy being approved by full Council in March 2020. However, the launch of the new policy was delayed until 5 April 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our new Common Allocations Policy ensures individuals with the greatest housing need continue to access social housing whilst being more open and transparent with those applicants who are assessed as having no statutory housing need. Contact: https://www.westcheshirehomes.co.uk/Choice/."