Lewisham Housing Consultation

Lewisham Council is running a consultation on its Housing Allocation Policy. The policy decides
· who is eligible
· who gets priority for social housing
· how the policy is applied

More responses are needed!
Deadline is 14 March.

*Summary of Proposed Changes*

Further detail on the proposed changes will be provided throughout the consultation, but the six, main proposed changes are as below:

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.

*Focus groups – You are welcome to take part *
Three sessions for the following dates:

– Thursday 25th February, 9am-12pm
– Wednesday 3rd March, 6pm-9pm
– Thursday 4th March, 9am-12pm

If you are interested in taking part please email housingconsultation@lewisham.gov.uk :
– Your name
– Your email address
– Your first language
– Whether you are comfortable speaking in English
– Whether you live in the borough
– Your preferred date

If you prefer, you can submit your response at the link above.

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