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Review of allocations policy

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Dudley Council’s cabinet will be asked to give the green light to a review into how council properties are let in the borough.

By law, the authority must publish how it lets the homes that it owns, including the criteria it has in place to ensure homes are allocated appropriately and fairly. It must follow this law and allocate in line with its published policy, for every property it lets.

When it meets next Thursday (October 31), cabinet will be asked to approve plans to review the council’s allocations policy and agree to the creation of a cross party member and officer working group, which will review existing arrangements and develop a series of recommendations.

A review of the allocations process was last undertaken in 2010 when the new band system was introduced, replacing the previous points system.

Minor changes to the policy have been made since then, including a cabinet decision in 2014, which introduced a new criteria for the waiting list. It meant anyone applying to register on the council’s waiting list had to have lived in the borough for a minimum of two years.

Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member for housing, communities and residents’ welfare, said:

The demand for housing, particularly family housing, in our borough continues to grow. We therefore need to ensure our allocations policy is adapted so we can better meet the changing needs and expectations of residents, while following a system that is fair and transparent to all and reduces the time people are on the waiting list.
It’s really important that we regularly review the way we work and I welcome the proposals put forward to cabinet.

A public consultation on any proposed changes to the policy will take place.

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