The Council's revised Housing Allocation Scheme will affect all allocations of social housing from 1st April 2017.
The main changes that come into force from 1st April 2017 are as follows:
- Privacy Notice
The revised Scheme advises applicants that the Council may share their personal data internally and with other organisations, as allowed by law, and that we may get information about them from, or give information, certain third parties to prevent or detect crime or fraud or protect public funds, including government departments, local authorities, private sector companies and credit reference agencies. Applicants are also advised that we may obtain information about them from social media.
- Supported housing
Clarion Housing tenants who need to move into supported housing are now allowed to join the Council's register, along with those already allowed who need Extra Care housing or require housing that is suitable for wheelchairs. Clarion Housing tenants are currently disqualified from joining our housing register as they have an alternative means to transfer to another tenancy in Mid Sussex and their landlord has opted out of the Council's Common Housing Register Partnership.
- Care Leavers
Care leavers who are owed a continuing duty under s.23C of the Children Act 1989 by West Sussex County Council are now deemed to have a local connection with Mid Sussex.
- Applicants in mental health hospitals who are ready to move on
The priority that is currently given to those who are ready to move on from supported housing into general needs housing is extended to those who are ready to move on from a mental health hospital into the community. This is intended to avoid such people being discharged into a homeless situation where the hospital is prepared to delay discharge in the interest of sustaining the patient's well-being.
- Accessible Housing - special rules
The priority given to bids from applicants who are wheelchair users on homes advertised as suitable for full-time wheelchair users is extended to such applicants who are in band D. Extending the priority to such applicants in band D will ensure that an adapted home is more likely to go to someone with a suitable disability.
- Armed Forces Personnel - special rules
The priority given to bids from Armed Forces Personnel over bids from other applicants in their band is extended to applicants in band D.
The main changes that come into force from 1st April 2016 were as follows:
- Providing False information
The revised Scheme adds a new non-qualifying category for applicants who provide false information (or withhold relevant information) and may be removed from the register as a result.
- The Right to Move
Exempt those applicants who exercise their Right to Move (introduced by the Government from April 2015) from having to meet our local connection criteria in order to qualify to join the housing register.
- Transfer Applicants under-occupying accommodation
Under the previous Scheme such applicants were allowed to bid for smaller properties that were still larger than their needs. Under the revised Scheme such applicants will only be able to bid for properties large enough for their needs.
- Allocation of ground floor and lift-access accommodation
The revised Scheme amends the way bids on ground floor (and lift-access) properties are prioritised.
If you have any questions about the changes and how they may affect you, please contact:
The Homemove Team
7 Perrymount Road
Tel: 0300 100 0303