London,
19
July
2017
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15:55
Europe/Amsterdam

Help shape the new City of London Corporation housing allocations scheme

The City of London Corporation is holding a public consultation on a proposed new Housing Allocations Scheme.

The policy will determine how all social housing on the City Corporation’s 12 estates across London is let and to whom.

The updated scheme will reflect changes in the law and the rental market, to be clearer about how social housing is let, and to prioritise applicants who are most in need.

The proposed changes include:

• expanding the range of applicants entitled to priority as lower income households

• reviewing the level of savings and assets that would disqualify an applicant from accessing social housing

• increasing the priority given to overcrowded families when siblings of different genders must share a bedroom

• helping some single tenants who live in a studio to move to a one bedroom flat

• reducing the priority of applicants who have contributed to their own housing problems.

Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the Community and Children’s Services Committee said:

“We are asking residents across all our estates and City workers to share their views on the proposed scheme.

“The aim of our housing allocations policy is to achieve a balance between the housing needs of existing City of London tenants and those applying to be new tenants.

“We want to make the best use of our housing stock in this time of extremely high demand for social housing across London.”

The consultation is open until 18 August and surveys are available in City Corporation libraries at Barbican, Artizan Street and Shoe Lane or at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cityhousingallocations

The City of London Corporation provides housing for Londoners across seven of the capital’s boroughs and is building another 3,700 homes across London by 2025.

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