Allocations Policy consultation

Closing date: 1 December 2019

What we are consulting on

We are reviewing the way we decide who is allocated social housing in Cheshire West and Chester and we would like to hear your views.

Background

The Allocations Policy details how we allocate social housing in Cheshire West. It includes the principles and rules we use to decide who can apply for housing, and how we prioritise who gets a home. Our Allocations Policy is a partnership agreement between the council and the main social housing providers in the borough.

Over the last five years the number of households on the register has increased and there are currently just under nine thousand households on the register waiting for social housing. However, most people will never be offered a property as only 1,228 properties became available last year. Customers tell us that the current policy is complicated and confusing. We also want to provide better information to applicants on their prospects of being rehoused so they can make informed choices about where they want to live.

We have looked at the current criteria and have worked with our housing partners and stakeholders to draft a new proposed policy and we would like to know what you think.

How to share your views

As part of the public consultation we are inviting you to review the policy and tell us what you think of the changes. You can share your views by taking part in the online survey.

The 12 week consultation period closes on 1 December 2019.

Other ways to take part

Paper copies are available upon request and a copy of the policy is available to view at the following locations

  • Cheshire West and Chester Council Offices, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE
  • ForHousing – 7-9 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council Offices, Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford CW7 1AH
  • Weaver Vale Housing Trust - Gabrook Point, Rudheath Way, Northwich CW9 7LL
  • Sanctuary Housing - Centurion House, 77 Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HQ
  • Muir Housing Association – 80 Lightfoot Street, Hoole, Chester CH2 3AL

For further information, to request paper copies, or to send us your views please contact the Housing Strategy Team:

How your views will be used

Your feedback is important to us and will be used to inform the development of the Allocations Policy. This policy will be used to allocate social housing across Cheshire West and Chester.

Other ways of accessing information

Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language or require a British sign language (BSL) interpreter:

Please note:

We welcome views from all sections of the community and would encourage everyone to take part in this consultation. Note that the Council has a responsibility to make sure that its services are available to all, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief or sexual identity. Comments that are offensive to particular groups or considered inappropriate under the Equality Act 2010 will not be considered or published as part of this consultation.​​

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