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New scheme allocates housing fairly

Published Thursday, 14 February 2013

Enfield Council’s new housing allocations scheme started on February 4.

Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for housing said, “This scheme is clearer for everyone to understand and ensures that council and housing association homes are allocated in a fair, flexible and efficient way

“There is high demand for social housing in Enfield, with some 4,000 people applying annually, but with fewer than 750 homes becoming available for letting per year, there are not enough homes for everyone who would like one.

“ Enfield ’s new allocations scheme is important because it will help people understand the allocation process. It allows applicants to express a preference about the housing they would like to live in – but we cannot promise that we can meet every expectation.

“We have retained a simplified points system and will continue to use a choice element in our lettings.”

The scheme will operate by placing housing applicants in one of six housing groups to reflect local priorities for housing. 

An on-line registration and assessment service will be available from June 2013, providing applicants with timely and better quality information about their housing priority and options.

The scheme includes a number of other changes such as: 
•awarding points for a local ‘connection with the borough’ for new housing applicants;
•new income and savings limits;
•additional priority for working applicants;
•increased support for applicants using the Choice Based Lettings System (CBL);
•penalties for applicants who do not bid for social rented housing using CBL after receiving help and support to do so.

Cllr Oykener, said, “We want the new scheme to reflect local priorities for regenerating council owned estates in the borough. We have ambitious plans to improve housing in Enfield and will use the Allocations Scheme to ensure that our homes go to those in most need.”

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