New housing register 'improves' chances of securing accomodation

New housing register 'improves' chances of securing accomodation

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Simon Meechan

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New housing register 'improves' chances of securing accomodation

Fewer people are on the Royal Borough’s housing register since the council scrapped its waiting list for a new ‘banding system’.

A report to be heard by the Royal Borough’s Adult Services Health and Scrutiny Panel on Wednesday says that there are now 500 fewer homeseekers are on the council’s housing list compared to November 2013

The figure has dropped from 2,100 to 1,600.

In November a new Housing Register and Allocations Scheme was introduced.

Now people who qualify for affordable accommodation are put on a ‘banding system’.

Those added to Band A are given preference for social housing, while those on Band B qualify for ‘the possibility’ of social housing.

People designated as Band C are given ‘advice’ on how to access privately rented housing or shared ownership schemes.

The report says that the previous waiting list – which put everyone on the same band -  gave some ‘unrealistic expectations about receiving social housing’.

In 2014, 33 per cent of applicants to the register were refused as the person was deemed to have ‘no housing need’.

Just 1.5 per cent were given Band A status.

The report says that of the 500 applicants taken off the system since November, 168 have accepted housing ‘advice,’ while all four cases admitted to the new system have been re-homed.

It adds: “While there are now fewer numbers admitted to the housing needs system in general, those that are admitted are in a position that will result in an offer of accommodation."

In 1995 the Royal Borough transferred its housing stock to housing associations, but the council still nominates people to fill vacancies.

Have you applied to the housing register? Is it easier to find social housing in Maidenhead and Windsor? Simon Meechan is looking for your views. Email simonm@baylismedia.co.uk  or call 01628 678228 to get in touch.

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