Council Introduces New Housing Allocations PolicyPublished: Tuesday 4 July 2023
- Changes to the Housing Allocations Policy in response to emerging challenges
- New policy will ensure homes in West Lancashire are offered to those in the highest housing need
- Changes to the way we allocate accommodation to homeless persons
In response to both local and national changes West Lancashire Borough Council has updated its Housing Allocations Policy, which highlights the priorities and procedures for allocating Council homes and nominations to Private Registered Providers of Social Housing in West Lancashire.
The West Lancashire Borough Council Housing Allocations Policy was last updated in 2018 and whilst it is mainly directed by legislation and guidelines set by the government, we have liaised with existing and prospective tenants to create a new policy which better reflects the local needs of residents and the borough.
Due to an increase in homelessness presentations and a significant increase in the use of Temporary accommodation, we have changed the way we allocate homes to homeless persons.
A 6-month time limit will be introduced to those applicants who require urgent re-housing to actively encourage them to bid for accommodation which addresses their housing needs, rather than waiting for their preferred property.
Housing allocation takes people’s earnings and savings into consideration and whilst feedback from consultation was that existing Income and Asset rules were fair the threshold levels for household incomes has been increased to £50,000 and for assets the levels have been increased to £80,000, in response to the cost-of-living pressures.
In other changes, the needs of mums-to-be will now considered at an earlier stage to support expectant parents in securing suitable accommodation prior to the birth of their child and more flexibility will be introducing to allow single people or couples to bid on both small two-bedroom properties and one-bedroom properties, subject to an affordability assessment.
Councillor Nicola Pryce-Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Housing said: " Our Housing Allocations Policy aims to ensure fairness, transparency and efficiency in the allocation of social housing. These updates will enable us to respond to emerging challenges and offer homes in West Lancashire to those in the highest housing need."
"Thank you to everyone who participated in the Housing Allocations Policy consultation. This feedback, along with rules and guidelines set by central government, has been used to create the new policy and ensures the process is fair, open, and transparent."
You can view the full Housing Allocations Policy online