HomeChoice North Somerset - Amendments to Lettings and Assessment Policy

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HomeChoice North Somerset - Lettings and Assessment Policy

This Policy is used by the council and its partners to assess applications for social housing in North Somerset. The policy was last reviewed in 2012.

Housing pressures in North Somerset and the responsibilities the council has to some households in urgent housing need, limits the degree of housing choice the council is able to offer. We currently have over 3,500 households on our register requiring housing. In 2015-2016 Registered Providers let a total of 662 properties in the district of which 488 were general needs housing and 174 were sheltered housing for older people. Based on housing need, all applications are placed into one of four bands – A, B, C or D (Band A being the highest priority and Band D band being the lowest priority).

We are proposing updating the Policy, these changes may affect some groups of applicants. The purpose of this consultation is to ask you for your views on the proposed changes which will assist in our decision making. 

There are two attachments you might like to look at, the first is a version of the Lettings and Assessment Policy with the proposed changes marked: Policy with changes tracked The second attachment is a copy of the Policy as it would look if all the changes proposed were accepted: Policy with proposed changed made.

Whilst included in the overall policy we have provided a link to a freestanding copy of the Exceptional Circumstances appendix. In addition (for context) a copy of the appendix which covers Reasonable Preference criteria is also attached.

If you need the questionnaire or the policy documents in another format, please email or 'phone us.

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name HomeChoice North Somerset - Amendments to Lettings and Assessment Policy
Description The HomeChoice North Somerset Lettings and Assessment Policy is used by the council and its partners to assess applications for social housing in North Somerset. The policy was last reviewed in 2012. Housing pressures in North Somerset and the responsibilities the council has to some groups in urgent housing need, limits the degree of choice the council is able to offer. We currently have over 3,500 households on our register requiring housing. In 2015-2016 Registered Providers let a total of 662 properties in the district of which 488 were general needs housing and 174 were sheltered housing for older people. Based on housing need, all applications are placed into one of four bands – A, B, C or D (Band A being the highest priority and Band D being the lowest priority). We are considering updating the policy, these changes may affect some groups of applicants. We are asking you for your views on the proposed changes which will assist in our decision making.
Dates From 12 Jul 2017 at 00:00 to 24 Aug 2017 at 17:00. The results will be published by 31 Oct 2017.
Status Closed

Organisational Information

Organisation
Department
Contact Name Helen Mannion
Job title HomeChoice Manager
Contact Email helen.mannion@n-somerset.gov.uk
Contact Telephone 01934 426189

Project Information

Aim of this consultation We are considering updating the HomeChoice North Somerset Lettings and Assessment policy, these changes may affect some groups of applicants. The purpose of this consultation is to ask you for your views on the main proposed changes which will assist in our decision making.
Close Date 24 Aug 2017 17:00
Consultation Topic Community - neighbourhoods, equalities, youth offending and registrar, Housing - homelessness, housing advice and rented housing, Social care - families, addictions, adoption and domestic abuse
Data collection method
Context for this consultation Housing pressures in North Somerset and the responsibilities the council has to some households in urgent housing need, limits the degree of housing choice the council is able to offer. We currently have over 3,500 households on our register requiring housing. In 2015-2016 Registered Providers let a total of 662 properties in the district of which 488 were general needs housing and 174 were sheltered housing for older people. Based on housing need, all applications are placed into one of four bands – A, B, C or D (Band A being the highest priority and Band D being the lowest priority).