Consultation: Changes to how Lewisham allocates social housing.

Lewisham Council needs lots of community responses to its proposals for changes to how it allocates social housing. ( The Housing Allocation Scheme.)

All local authorities in England must have an Allocation Scheme to decide:
· who gets priority for social housing

· who is eligible

· how the policy is applied

Your feedback will be used to shape the Allocation Scheme. This will help to make sure that it works effectively and that it is fair and responsive to housing need across the borough.

Summary of changes

1. We will change the banding structure. This will help us to reallocate priority for different rehousing reasons, ensuring that the Allocation Scheme is responsive to housing needs within the borough.

2. We will modify the “overcrowded” rehousing reason to ensure that those experiencing the most severe overcrowding are prioritised.

3. We will create a new “priority homeless with additional need” rehousing reason to ensure that we are able to respond to very specific cases of homelessness across the borough.

4. We will increase the number of properties an applicant can bid for each week.

5. Where applicable, we will reduce the “Three Offer” rule for refusing a property to a “Two Offer” rule.

6. We will ring-fence up to 20% of properties on the register. This will help us to make best use of the available social housing with the resources that we already have.

We would like to hear what you think. You can complete our online consultation available here. Web address: .

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at . The consultation will close on 14th February 2021.

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