Rewriting the rules on how social housing is allocated locally


Our views are sought on changes designed to help people when they are at their most vulnerable

Changes are being proposed as to how social housing will be allocated in the Cherwell District in the future.  

When people apply for somewhere to live they are assigned a level of priority based on their unique circumstances.

Cherwell District Council is suggesting changes to better support domestic abuse survivors, the armed forces, and people in temporary accommodation.

Councillor Chris Pruden, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “Everyone deserves a safe and secure roof over their head. With social housing in short supply, it’s all the more important that we keep our policies up to date and allocate accommodation to best meet residents’ needs when they are at their most vulnerable.”

The changes to criteria would also raise the financial cap for people applying to the housing register to reflect the cost of living crisis and improve how the Council prioritises people currently in overcrowded homes.

There are also policy amendments to provide more clarity and consistency for people on government refugee resettlement schemes, and revised criteria relating to homes which will be built in the south of the district under the council’s commitment to help provide for Oxford’s unmet housing need.

Councillor Chris Pruden added: “We want the public to have their say on these important changes to how we handle social housing in north Oxfordshire.”

The council’s Executive approved the draft policy for public consultation on Monday with people able to have their say later this month.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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