Section: Allocations & Transfers

Report calls to put people before process when allocating social housing

Posted 17.09.19
Chartered Institute of Housing: Further reading

Rules and processes designed to decide who gets access to social housing could be failing people in greatest need, according to new research from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

In Rethinking Allocations, CIH policy and practice officer Faye Greaves found that faced with not enough genuinely affordable homes, councils and housing associations are forced to ration the housing they have - and that the way they allocate these homes can exclude some very vulnerable people.

A key recommendation of the report, which was sponsored by South Liverpool Homes, is that local authorities should ensure applicants' unique circumstances and housing histories are considered when making decisions about whether someone can access a list and what priority they are given.

It also recommends:

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