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Council hails 'Basildon homes for Basildon people' with new housing allocations policy

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

Council hails 'Basildon homes for Basildon people' with radical new housing allocations policy Council hails 'Basildon homes for Basildon people' with radical new housing allocations policy

Basildon Council is to prioritise people native to the borough in its radical new housing allocations policy, due to be approved this week.

The council is to apply new rules to its waiting list which will mean residents who were born in the borough and have lived there for at least the last seven years will be given top priority.

The Conservative-run local authority will also help 'under-occupying' social housing tenants hit by the bedroom tax to move and will introduce new rules that ensure people are not allocated homes they do not need or cannot afford.

Other beneficiaries of the policy will be members of the armed forces, their families and bereaved partners. They will be the only people who do not have to prove a local connection.

Councillor Phil Turner, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for housing, said: “Basildon Homes for Basildon People means that it is our aim is to maximise the choice and access for our eligible residents that need a home for them and their families.

“The new scheme will improve the way we allocate homes and bring fairness and simplicity to the process.

“The policy will include members of the armed forces and their families and these changes will ensure that we continue to our support troops whether they have a connection to Basildon or not.”

“We are proud to be recognising the armed forces in this scheme but we also want Basildon homes for Basildon people and for hardworking families and those who were born and have lived in the borough for a number of years to benefit.”

The council has consulted with all applicants on the housing register asking for their views on the new scheme.

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