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Housing Allocations Policy 2020

The closing date for this consultation is Friday 2 October.

In Swale the demand for social housing is considerably greater than the number of homes available. The Allocations Policy sets out how social housing within the borough is allocated. The current policy was adopted in 2013 and needs to be updated to reflect updates to legislation, statutory guidance and local need.

In summary we’re proposing to make changes to the qualification and banding of the policy.

We’re proposing to change the qualification for social housing by:

  • reducing the length of time someone has to be living in Swale to two years
  • increasing the household income threshold to be based on the bedroom size they need
  • allowing households who live outside of Swale but are employed in Swale to qualify

We’re proposing to increasing the band for:

  • homeless households with a full homeless duty by Swale Borough Council
  • households who require extensive adaptations through a Disabled Facilities Grant
  • households with children who need their own bedroom because of a medical condition but don’t have one available

We want your feedback on the proposed changes. We will then consider these responses which will be used to help shape the final policy. Councillors will then agree the final details of the policy before it’s adopted.

Before you get started

Before you take part in the consultation, we recommend that you read the draft policy (PDF 491kb).

Taking part

To take part please complete the online survey.

If you would like a paper version please contact the Housing Register Team on housingregister@swale.gov.uk or by calling 01795 417485 and selecting option 2.

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