Allocations overhaul to favour workers
A London borough is to give priority to working residents in an overhaul of its housing allocations policy.
Sir Robin Wales, Labour mayor of Newham in east London, said that he wants to reverse a ‘race to the bottom’ which means residents have to prove they are more vulnerable than their neighbour to move into social housing.
Sir Robin announced plans to more easily enable working households to access social housing.
These include prioritising employed residents on the waiting list (within existing bands), allocating a number of properties to people actively looking for work and allocating the majority of properties in schemes such as the post-Olympics athletes village development to working residents.
Sir Robin said: ‘Social housing should not be housing of last resort.
‘In the past the way it was allocated has meant there was no incentive and little support for residents who want to improve their lives.’