Have your say on changes to housing allocations policy in Central Bedfordshire
Posted on November 14, 2013
Central Bedfordshire Council is reviewing its Allocations Policy for social and affordable rented housing. Allocations Policy governs who can apply to join the housing register for a council or Housing Association home, what type and size of property they can apply for, and what priority applicants have in relation to each other.
The proposed changes stem from new freedoms in the Localism Act 2011, allowing councils to reflect local priorities in the way that they manage housing allocations.
The key aims of the scheme are to-:
- help applicants in housing need to find suitable housing
- provide housing applicants with a simpler, fairer and more transparent system
- encourage applicants who are out of work to seek employment
- make efficient and best use of the area's housing stock
- to encourage applicants to think longer term about their housing plans.
The proposed changes will affect existing and prospective applicants to the housing register.
Formal public consultation on these changes has begun, and will remain open until 31 January 2014. You can read all of the associated documents and give feedback online at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations
Paper copies of the consultation documents are available at the Council's offices at Watling Housing in Dunstable; or alternatively can be obtained by contacting the Partnerships and Engagement Team, on 0300 300 4237.
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