Cabinet to consider social housing policy changes
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The plans are one of a number of proposed changes to the council’s Home Choice policy, which sets out how applications for social housing should be prioritised.
Under the proposals, the proportion of social housing allocated to those considered most in need – known as Band A applicants – will rise, while the lowest-priority Band C applications will be re-designated ‘registered applicants’ to indicate that they are not considered formally in need of social housing.
The council is also proposing to adopt a housing commitment to ex-services personnel in its Military Covenant. This would see eligible Armed Forces personnel given Band A status for the first 12 months after discharge.
Executive member for housing Matthew Riddle said: “At a time when demand for social housing is rising but supply is falling, it is essential that available housing is allocated to those who need it most.
“This includes ex-services personnel who may have an urgent need for affordable housing during their first 12 months after discharge and deserve to be given Band A status.”
The proposals follow the recent introduction of the Localism Act 2011, which requires all councils to review the way in which social housing is funded and allocated.
As part of its response to the Act, South Gloucestershire Council will also publish a new Strategic Tenancy Policy setting out guidance for social landlords on affordable rental levels and tenancy terms.
The Cabinet meeting is open to the public and papers can be viewed online at www.southglos.gov.uk/localdemocracy
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