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Review of the Housing Allocations' Policy

16/09/2019 - Draft Housing Allocations' Policy - July 2019

The Cabinet considered a report which detailed the outcome of the latest review of the Housing Allocations’ Policy which had been originally adopted by the Council on 18th March 2013 as the Council’s framework for the allocation and management of the future allocation of properties. All housing authorities were required to have a Housing Allocations’ Policy setting out how social housing properties would be allocated to eligible applicants in housing need. The policy had subsequently been reviewed in 2014 and 2018. In order to ensure a consistent approach a further review of the policy had been undertaken and amendments made, where appropriate, to reflect operational changes (including working practices) following the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, and the new policy met the requirements of current legislation. The report detailed the proposed changes to the Housing Allocations’ Policy and the general layout had also been revised to ensure ease of understanding, clarity and transparency.

 

The Cabinet had regard to the comments made by the Cabinet Advisory Panel, which had endorsed the recommendations contained in the report. The Chairman was advised that the Shadow Leader of the Council had taken up the invitation issued by the Housing Solutions and Private Sector Manager at the CAP meeting to be fully briefed on aspects of the policy. The Chairman was delighted to hear that the Shadow Leader had taken up an invitation that had been made on several occasions to his predecessor. His fresh approach was welcomed. 

  

            RESOLVED:

 

That the Cabinet agree the amendments to the Housing Allocations’ Policy as set out in the body of the report and approve the revised Policy, attached at Appendix A to the report.