Housing Allocations Scheme 2023

Closes 16 Feb 2023

Opened 5 Jan 2023

Overview

Deciding how we fairly allocate our limited supply of social housing is one of the most important questions we face as a Council, and it is something that we must get right.

In our first consultation last year we asked for your thoughts about some key themes that we wanted your guidance on to make our Allocation Scheme better. These themes were identified in the pre-consultation work carried out with residents and local voluntary groups by Newman Francis on our behalf. 

The consultation resulted in 137 responses from residents and other interested parties, and the full report can be found on the  Council's websiteThese responses, as well as other feedback, has led to the development of a draft Allocation Scheme.

The proposals in the draft Allocation Scheme will not increase the actual number of properties, but will, if fully adopted, allow for the better use of the homes that do exist, and strike a better balance between all the competing needs that exist for those who are looking for a new social housing home.

Proposed Key Changes

  • Ten points to be awarded to everyone’s application upon the anniversary of their acceptance onto the Housing Register to recognise each year of waiting.
  •  A ‘chain lettings’ approach to be introduced, whereby the Council will create opportunities for multiple moves to be triggered from an initial vacant property. Tenants moving from large properties will enable overcrowded tenants to move, then other moves will be facilitated as a result creating a ‘chain’ of moves.
  • Combination of points and banding adopted. Rehousing priorities will be grouped into four levels or ‘bands’. Vacant properties will be advertised with a preference to all, or particular bands.
  • Greater priority on the Housing Register for homeless families who choose a private rented sector home instead of moving into or remaining in temporary accommodation.
  • Removal of paid work points – except for those who already have them.
  • Quotas or a percentage of homes being allocated for specific priorities instead of using the old separate Rehousing Plan.
  • General applicants to the Housing Register will no longer be suspended if they refuse more than two suitable properties, and they will be able to choose the type and location of properties that could be directly offered to them. These changes do not apply to homeless households.

The table below shows a summary of the key priority changes and offers a quick comparison between the 2017 Allocation Scheme currently in operation and the proposed key changes in the 2023 Allocation Scheme draft.

The table indicates where you can find fuller information within the draft Allocation Scheme document for any subjects that are of particular interest:

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The full draft, which also contains explanations of the direction proposed, and answers to some frequently asked questions can be viewed below. 

Full draft Housing Allocation Scheme:

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Frequently Asked Questions document:

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Why your views matter

The information that you provide will enable the Council to understand your views on the draft Housing Allocation Scheme and in particular on the proposed changes.  

If you have any queries, require a paper copy of the survey or require assistance in other languages, please contact the Housing Policy Team by email at HousingPolicy@rbkc.gov.uk or by phone at  020 7361 2146.

Give us your views

Areas

  • All Areas

Interests

  • Housing
  • Housing Management
  • Housing Needs/Homelessness
  • Consultations