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Have your say on future of housing waiting lists
11:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
PROPOSALS to change the way housing waiting lists work, to give priority to local people, are being considered by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
People are being urged to have their say in a consultation on the planned changes, aimed at giving a more realistic picture of the chances of being allocated a housing association home and how long the wait is likely to be.
Since the introduction of the Localism Act 2011, councils no longer need to accept everyone to their housing lists, and some local authorities have already restricted the availability of social housing to those with strong local links, with earnings and savings under threshold levels and other criteria.
There are 7,000 names on the current borough waiting list, but fewer than 4,000 of them ever bid for housing association properties they are eligible for and there are a large number of priority ‘bands’ to navigate.
The complexity of the list and keeping it up to date has prompted the council to consider introducing some restrictions to its current ‘open door’ housing allocations policy.
People can have their say on the website at basingstoke.gov.
The results of the consultation will be taken into account when the council considers whether to change the policy later this year.
Cllr Rob Golding, Cabinet member for housing and regeneration, said: “This consultation is a great opportunity to hear views on how our housing allocations system works and could work in the future.
“We have a unique chance to rethink the system to make it more transparent, more honest about who we can help and who we can’t, and more streamlined for everybody.
“At the heart of these proposals is our commitment to local people and their need for local affordable housing.
“We hope as many people as possible will take part in the survey so their views are represented.”
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