Housing strategies and documents

3. Allocation policy 2016

Under Part 6 of the 1996 Housing Act all local authorities are obliged to have a published an allocation policy that explains how they will allocate their housing stock, including who qualifies to apply, how households with be prioritised and the processes to be used.

To facilitate the priorities within the housing strategy and the preventing homelessness strategy, the councils’ allocation policy has been reviewed.

The policy details how the councils’ commitment to meeting housing needs may be achieved by making best use of existing stock. Done through supporting existing tenants to move through mutual exchanges and continuing to utilise options such as shared tenancies for young people.

The allocation policy 2016 proposes a number of amendments from the last time it was reviewed in 2012. This is in light of government announcements, case law and the impact of welfare reform.