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Have your say on social housing scheme

People are being invited to have their say on the way social housing is allocated in South Lakeland.

The rules that determine how social housing applications are assessed, including the criteria for allocations, are subject to an extensive consultation running until 6 July 2020.

The Cumbria Choice Housing Allocation Policy is followed by all the councils in Cumbria responsible for allocating social housing, including South Lakeland District Council (SLDC), as well as all the main housing associations in the county.

The policy ensures that everyone follows a consistent approach, so that all applicants looking for social housing in Cumbria are provided with a single route of access to social housing and are assessed using a single set of criteria.

Under the arrangement, the housing associations advertise the majority of their available vacant properties through the scheme and in accordance with the policy.

The policy sets out who is, and who isn’t, eligible for social housing in Cumbria and how assessments are carried out and details how applications to join the Housing Register can be made, the priority they will be given, and how the offers of social housing will be made.

Councillor Jonathan Brook, SLDC’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Innovation, said: “This is an important policy that sets the framework for how social housing is allocated, not just in South Lakeland but across Cumbria.

“It ensures fairness, equality, consistency and transparency, so that we provide a service that gives priority to applicants identified by the Housing Act as most in need.

“We also want the system to be simple to understand and use, and one that helps to support our key Council Plan ambitions to create balanced and sustainable communities in our towns and villages.

“We now want to know what people think about the revised policy.’’

Anyone who wants to look at the policy and give comments and views can find more information about the consultation at: https://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/housing/affordable-housing/affordable-housing-renting/

The consultation closes on 6 July 2020.

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