The Housing Act 1996 requires us to keep a housing allocation scheme, which explains how social housing in this area is allocated.
To be eligible to join the Housing Waiting List, people must have a housing need. Examples of housing needs include:
- having a medical problem which is directly affected by your current accommodation
- being overcrowded
- being homeless or threatened with homelessness
When allocating housing, consideration will be given to the people with the highest priority and then in order of how long they have waited.
People from abroad who are not able to access public funds will not be eligible to join the waiting list, but can receive advice on housing problems.
The allocation scheme governs how we allocate properties owned by the Council but also by ‘registered providers’. Registered providers are independent organisations registered with Homes England and they include housing associations, trusts and cooperatives.