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Council Housing Allocation Policy

The Council's Housing Allocation Policy aims to:

  • prioritise those with the most need
  • respond to local needs
  • make best use of the available housing
  • achieve and maintain stable communities
  • have a clear and fair process that complies with the law

Who makes up the waiting list?

There are currently around 16,000 applicants on the HomeFinder housing register. This is made up of applicants with a range of housing needs, including:

  • statutorily homeless
  • living with friends or family
  • private sector tenants

Over the last year the statutorily homelessness applications made to the Council has reduced from around 3,000 to around 2,000.

If you are interested in finding out more about how we let vacant council housing including sheltered housing, you should read our full allocation Policy

The Allocation Policy is supported by eight Local Letting Plans which make sure we can respond to local housing needs and circumstances.

If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness further information and advice is available on our Homelessness pages.

Related content

  1. Council Housing Allocation Policy
  2. Local Letting Plans
  3. Housing allocation policy - consultation report