Barnet consults on changing allocations policy
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Barnet Council has announced it is consulting on proposed changes to the way it allocates council and housing association homes. It says "under the new proposals being consulted on, applicants will generally have to live in Barnet for at least five years before they qualify for help with their housing under the allocations scheme".
The current requirement is at least two years.
The council will continue to provide accommodation to people with less than five years residency where it has a statutory duty to do so under homelessness legislation.
It says the proposed change is "to ensure that the limited number of council and housing association homes that become available are allocated to people who have an established connection with the borough".
Another proposed change concerns applicants who refuse a reasonable offer of accommodation that meets their needs. They will be "excluded from the housing allocations scheme for two years rather than the current one year". The council justifies this measure by saying it wants to encourage applicants to accept reasonable offers of accommodation" and it "highlights that housing is a limited resource".
Councillor Tom Davey, chairman of the Housing Committee, said: "We have to combine our obligation to provide those in need with decent homes alongside the need to create successful communities."