Changes to Housing Allocation Policy

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Wealden District Council are consulting about proposed changes to their Housing Allocation Policy.

The Council is required by the Housing Act 1996 to have a scheme for determining priorities in allocating social housing.

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The Allocations Policy gives information on who is eligible for social housing in the district, how applicants are given a banding, their bedroom entitlement, how appeals and reviews work.

All applicants applying to join the Housing Register must have a local connection to the Wealden District. The key change in the Allocations Policy is reducing the length of time applicants need to have lived in the district from three years to two years, or close family members from 10 years to five years.

The new policy also reducing the length of time applicants or their family members need to have lived in rural parishes (It does not apply to lettings in Hailsham, Polegate, Uckfield or Crowborough.)

Another change is to introduce increased protection for victims of domestic abuse.

The Policy will set a savings or assets limit for applicants for Retirement Living Cost accommodation of £20,000.

To say whether you agree or disagree with the proposed changes, click to complete a short survey (you will be your reasons): www.wealden.gov.uk.

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