Allocation of social housing - Federation response

Read the Federation’s response to the Government’s consultation on the allocation of social housing.

21 March 2012

The Government is proposing new statutory guidance and regulations to set the framework used by local authorities to determine who may qualify and who is given priority for social housing in their area.

The guidance encourages authorities to favour members of the armed forces, workers and those who contribute to their communities. It seeks to boost mobility in the social rented sector by explaining how certain existing tenants can be transferred outside of an authority’s allocation scheme. It also suggests authorities give ‘sufficient priority’ to households who need to downsize to avoid being penalised for under-occupation.

The impact of the changes will in large part depend on the response of local authorities and their partner landlords. We have identified some areas of potential concern, around protections for existing tenants and flexibilities for housing associations, which we hope the Government will monitor as the guidance is introduced.