Housing allocation scheme 2016
The housing allocations scheme sets out how people can apply for housing and how applications are prioritised. Our current scheme was approved by the council’s Cabinet in July 2015, implemented in January 2016 and has had minor changes made to it in May 2016 and April 2017.
We do not have enough homes available for everyone that would like one and for this reason our housing register focuses on local residents with a need to move home and not everyone who applies will qualify to join our housing register:
Minimum level of housing need
If you are eligible for 30 points or less, you will not be able
to join or stay on the housing register. This is based on your assessed housing need.
You can reapply if your circumstances change.
How points are awarded
You will be awarded points if you qualify to join or stay on the housing register and you are owed ‘reasonable preference’ under the law, or you are considered a priority based on our local housing priorities. You will find a table setting out how we award points in the Summary Guide available on this page.
The scheme sets out how many bedrooms people who qualify to join
or stay on the housing register can bid for in homes they are interested in. The
scheme also explains how we calculate whether you are overcrowded because you have
fewer rooms that you can use as bedrooms in your current home than you need.
Please also see our list of frequently asked questions for more information about the housing allocations scheme: