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HomeChoice Re-Housing Policy Consultation 2018

Ends: 06 Apr 2018

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South Gloucestershire Council is consulting on proposed changes to the HomeChoice Re-housing policy.

The documents available from this page provide detailed, background information on why the changes are being proposed, what affect they plan to have and their impact.  Please read the Summary Paper here

Brief Overview –

The HomeChoice Rehousing policy sets out how the Council assesses applications for housing and the process for letting to social housing that the Council has nomination rights to. The current policy contains three (3) bandings. These bands are broad based and applicants within each banding have the same level of priority although their housing circumstances can be very different.

All housing that becomes available to let is then advertised through Choice Based Lettings and housing applicants can express an interest in (called ‘bidding’) for properties they are interested in. All bidders are shortlisted according to priority banding and time waiting.

The changes have been proposed because more applicants are affected by more than one issue and have needs that are more complex, (this particularly applies to applicants in Band B), and because the Homelessness Reduction Act starts in April 2018 and expands the Council’s duties towards households who are affected by homelessness.

Proposed amendments

What is proposed is a change to the housing assessment and moving from three (3) to four (4) bands. This would create a bigger distinction between those with complex needs and those coming under the new homelessness duties, from those applicants who, whilst they have some housing need, are able to continue to live where they are without significant harm. Applicants in Band’s A and B would have the highest preference, though there are also proposals to change the proportion of lets targeted to each banding to make sure that those with some housing need still have some preference for housing.

Find out more and have your say

South Gloucestershire Council is consulting on the proposed changes between 2nd January 2018 and 6th April 2018.

We are keen to hear views from as wide a range of people as possible. Please tell us what you think of the proposals including how they could be improved or if we've left out anything that you think is a crucial issue.

Read a Summary  of the proposals here 

Read the Initial Equality Impact Assessment

Take part in our online survey

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Consultation Documents

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name HomeChoice Re-Housing Policy Consultation 2018
Description A consultation on proposed changes to the banding system to prioritise housing applications
Dates From 12 Jan 2018 at 12:00 to 6 Apr 2018 at 23:59.
Status Open
Consultation Topic Housing issues
Geographical area Almondsbury, Bitton, Boyd Valley, Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge, Bradley Stoke North, Bradley Stoke South, Charfield, Chipping Sodbury, Cotswold Edge, Dodington, Downend, Emersons Green, Filton, Frampton Cotterell, Frenchay and Stoke Park, Hanham, Kings Chase, Ladden Brook, Longwell Green, Oldland Common, Parkwall, Patchway, Pilning and Severn Beach, Rodway, Severn, Siston, Staple Hill, Stoke Gifford, Thornbury North, Thornbury South and Alveston, Westerleigh, Winterbourne, Woodstock, Yate Central, Yate North
Marking a consultation as relevant to a particular audience indicates that it may be of special relevance to people within that group. It doesn't, however, mean that other groups wont find the consultation of interest - we welcome responses from everybody.
For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.
Target Audience All residents, Councillors / MPs / MEPs, Expert stakeholders, General public, Housing Association tenants, Neighbouring authorities, Partner agencies, Town and Parish Councils, Voluntary and community groups / organisations
Contact Details

Via the Consultation Team

email: consultation@southglos.gov.uk

01454 868195