12:15PM, Friday 27 July 2012
A radical shake up of social housing in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is set to be debated.
The Royal Borough's cabinet met at the Town Hall in Maidenhead last night and agreed to consult on plans to scrap the housing register and bring in stricter criteria for applications.
At present anyone over the age of 18, who has the right to live in the UK - or 16 and 17-year-olds in care - can apply for social housing. There were about 2,500 applicants on the waiting list in April, but only 286 houses were allocated in 2011-12 - which is about 10 per cent.
The proposals would mean a stricter criteria for people applying to get social housing and could also bring an end to ‘life tenancies’ for new applicants.
People already in social housing would be unaffected by these changes.
Cllr Simon Dudley, lead member for adult and community services, will now finalise the proposed consultation on changes to the housing register and report back to cabinet in February, 2013.
The changes outlined in the draft consultation would mean priority groups, such as members of the armed forces, victims of domestic abuse and the homeless could apply.
Other proposed changes including bringing in flexible tenancy agreements, which could spell the end of tenants renting a council house for life.
Paramedics were called to the scene of a medical emergency in Maidenhead on Monday morning (June 27).
All lines are currently blocked between Reading and London Paddington stations due to a person being hit by a train.