Council to discuss allocation of council housing

The council has updated how it allocates its council housing stock to take account of the Localism Act and the impact of welfare changes.

At a meeting of the executive board next week (Wednesday 24 April), the board will be asked to consider a number of options for the new lettings policy, and to approve these as part of the revised policy that could be implemented in May 2013.

Following extensive consultation with the public and other stakeholders, the following changes are proposed for the policy;

- tackling antisocial behaviour and focussing on the rights and responsibilities of tenants

- committing to retaining a waiting list open to all

- plans to improve the lettings process in terms of staff training and intelligent letting to replace automated computer based letting.

- continuing to help tenants affected by welfare changes through promoting home swaps and other options available to them.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“We are today announcing some very important and fundamental changes to how we operate our Lettings Policy. Most importantly, we are suggesting returning the day- to-day management of housing to housing managers and their teams. Active, practical and knowledgeable decision making will be the basis of 'intelligent' housing management. This could replace the largely automated computer based process currently in operation. Housing managers will organise home swaps and take account of local factors when making decisions.

“The new ideas include not tolerating poor behaviour from tenants, ensuring we are meeting the needs of people with the highest need.

“We have consulted widely with our tenants, voluntary sector housing organisations and the voluntary sector to find out the policy should look. We had over 1400 responses and have incorporated feedback from the consultation into the final proposals for the new policy.”

For more information and to see a copy of the report visit www.leeds.gov.uk


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