New allocations policy approved by Cabinet!Published: Wednesday 4 May 2022
The introduction of a new Housing Allocations Policy for Birmingham was approved by Councillors at a Cabinet meeting in March 2022. The new Policy was prepared following extensive consultation on the changes that we propose, and we estimate the changes will be implemented in Autumn 2022.
The new policy aims to ensure the register is made up only of people with an identified need for housing, to give a true reflection of the level of housing need and the type of properties that are in demand and we want to make sure it is fairer so that those most in need of social housing are prioritised on the housing waiting list.
While It is important that we adapt and change our policy to better meet the needs of those living in overcrowded, insecure, or inadequate housing, reducing and preventing homelessness remains of highest importance. The revised policy will help to ensure those with the highest need are given the appropriate priority to reflect this.
The new policy includes changes to qualification criteria, so that only those with an identified need for housing can join the register, as well as changes in local connection criteria and changes to circumstances in which applications may be given reduced priority due to non-bidding or refusal of a number of suitable properties.
Work has now started to prepare for implementation of the new policy. Individual letters will be sent to everyone on the current register later in the year, setting out their new positions.
There is nothing that you need to tell us now as these changes have not yet been applied. You don’t need to contact us as we will let you know how you are affected when the policy goes live.
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