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Housing Questions

Request Description

Could the authority please provide information on how the need for housing is decided and which groups are considered to have priority. 

Do the council have any veterans on their housing list? If so, how many? How many veterans have been housed by the local authority in - 2015, 2014 and 2013? How many people in total are on the waiting list for housing.

Request Date12 October 2015
Requested byIndividual
Released Date  

19 October 2015   

Response

Please also see the attached file for further details

Q1. Could the authority please provide information on how the need for housing is decided and which groups are considered to have priority?

The law states that there are five groups of applicants where reasonable preference must be considered when assessing housing:

  • People who are homeless (within the meaning of Part VII (7) of the Housing Act 1996, as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002.)
  • People who are owed a duty by any local housing authority under section 190(2), 193(2), or 195(2) of the 1996 Act (or under section 65(2) or 68(2) of the Housing Act 1985) or who are occupying accommodation secured by any such authority under section 192(3)
  • People occupying unsanitary or overcrowded housing or otherwise living in unsatisfactory housing conditions
  • People who need to move on medical or welfare grounds (including grounds relating to a disability); and
  • People who need to move to a particular locality in the district of the authority, where failure to meet that need would cause hardship (to themselves or to others)

The council's Housing Register and Allocations Policy has been designed to ensure applicants who fall into the above reasonable preference categories will be awarded reasonable preference on the Council's Housing Register.  The council awards points to applicants to reflect need and therefore priority for housing.  Attached is a summary of the council's point's criteria for awarding priority to applicants on the housing register.

The council gives additional priority to applicants who are serving or are former members of the armed forces under the following criteria as defined by the government.

Additional preference

Additional Points of 10, 20, 30 or 50 points can be awarded to applicants who have had points awarded to their application because they fall into one of the five reasonable preference categories (as above) and they also meet one of the following criteria:

1) Armed Forces

If the applicant is from one of the following four categories of Armed Forces persons defined by the Government:

  • former members of the Armed Forces, that have been honourably discharged and make an application within 5 years of discharge
  • serving members of the Armed Forces who need to move because of a serious injury, medical condition or disability sustained as a result of their service;
  • bereaved spouses and civil partners of members of the Armed Forces leaving Services Family Accommodation following the death of their spouse or partner;
  • serving or former members of the Reserve Forces who need to move because of a serious injury, medical condition or disability sustained as a result of their service.

In addition on production of the Cessation to Occupy Notice served on the applicant by the Ministry of Defence to leave designated Forces Accommodation 25 points for Security of Accommodation can be awarded up to 6 months before the notice expires compared to 2 months for an assured shorthold tenancy in the private sector.

Q2 Does the council have any veterans on their housing list and how many have been housed?

Not available.

The council's housing register application form does not ask applicants to identify if they are veterans so the council has no way of identifying if there are veterans on the register or if we have housed veterans.    The application form asks applicants to identify if they are a member of the armed forces so that we can assess for additional priority.

Q3 How many people are on the waiting list for housing?   The council does not hold a housing waiting list but a list of applicants in housing need in priority order.   Currently there are 2096 applicants on the housing needs register.

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