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Social housing allocation - an update on forthcoming changes

The Council and our partner housing associations recently asked the public for views on whether we should change how we allocate social housing.

Please download the report below for details of the comments we received.

452 people responded to the consultation. Most people (64% of respondents) supported the introduction of a banding scheme to replace the current points-based system. 81% agreed that only people who have previously lived or worked on Anglesey for five years should usually be treated as having a ‘local connection’ and given more priority. A majority of respondents also supported:

  • time people spend waiting for social housing playing a larger role in prioritising housing applications
  • each person being interviewed and advised when they apply for social housing

All of the specific proposals outlined in the consultation questionnaire were supported by a majority of respondents.

The Council’s Executive Committee met on 25 April and decided to approve a new housing allocation policy. The new policy will use a simpler ‘banding’ system to decide who is offered a council or housing association home. The Executive Committee also approved some additional housing need categories. For example people who rent privately and do not have a secure tenancy will receive priority for housing, as well as people needing older persons housing.

Between now and late July the Council’s housing association partners are considering whether to approve the new system. If all social landlords on the island agree, the new system will take effect this summer.

Subject to approval by the housing associations the new system is based on Option 2 in the consultation. This will mean housing applicants are awarded one of four priority ‘bands’. Someone’s priority for housing will depend on whether they need housing urgently and whether they have a local connection to Anglesey.

The four priority bands are:

BandYou would qualify if you have:

Urgent band                   

An urgent housing need +

A local connection                              

Band 1

A housing need +

A local connection

Band 2

An urgent housing need but

No local connection

Band 3

A housing need but

No local connection

Properties will usually be offered to the applicant with the highest band priority, who’s been waiting the longest for the particular type of property that’s available and who has chosen the area in which the property is situated.

We will publish further information about the changes in due course. If you are registered on the housing waiting list we will write to you individually to tell you about the changes before they take effect.

Contact the Policy Unit

Chief Executive's Office
Isle of Anglesey County Council
Council Offices
LL77 7TW
Tel: 01248 752140
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