The Politics Show this Sunday had a piece on Barnet's move to merit based allocation:
"The council say their proposals are designed to recognise positive contributions to society and improve the mix of people who live on estates, so that they do not become dumping grounds or magnets for crime and deprivation....Barnet are not the first local authority in the capital to try and improve the mix of people on their estates.
Labour-run Newham runs a "first come, first served" policy, meaning that apart from those in the most desperate need, like women fleeing domestic violence, you get a home according to how long you have been waiting for one. Conservative Hammersmith and Fulham reserves homes for people in work, so long as they don't earn more than £40k a year.
Watch the piece on i-player at about 56 mins in:
Well done Barnet!