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Agenda item

Amendments to the Housing Allocation Policy - January 2019

Report of the Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health

 

Recommendations:-

 

1.    That the five proposed amendments to the Allocation Policy detailed below be approved:-

 

(a)  Amend the banding related to homelessness households to award a higher band following a full homelessness assessment as detailed in section 3.2.6 of the report.

(b)  Amend the downsizing policy to award Band 2 status to Council or Housing Association tenants who are under occupying their home to move to a property with at least 1 less bedroom (a ground floor flat or a bungalow will require a medical assessment)

(c)  Amend the quota of advertised properties in Band 2 from 50% to 60%, reduce the quota of advertised properties in Band 3 from 40% to 30%, and retain the10% quota for Transfers.

(d)  Amend the rule for single people who are Council or Housing Association tenants living in a flat who are expecting their first child to be eligible for family accommodation on the production of the MATB1 form.

(e)  Amend the local connection rule to give a person a local connection if their Grandparents or Primary Carer live in Rotherham and have done so for the last 3 years. There will be a validation process asking the applicant to provide proof of the Grandparent’s address and confirmation that they are in contact with them.

 

Minutes:

This item was deferred to an extra meeting of the Cabinet to be held on Monday, 4th February, 2019 at 10.00 a.m.

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