Housing allocations guidance to favour workers
Grant Shapps is expected to publish guidance today on social housing allocation policies that favour people in work.
The housing minister released a consultation on the plans in January saying he wanted to ‘restore pride to social housing’ and suggesting the allocations system was ‘associated with injustice’ that favoured ‘those who know how to play the system best’.
The consultation finished in March.
The rhetoric used by the minister at the time of the consultation launch was seen by many in the social housing sector as an attack on the profession.
However Mr Shapps is expected to plough ahead with his plans today, saying: ‘All too often, a tick-box culture has meant that the safety net of social housing doesn’t support those in genuine need, but those who merely know how to tick the most boxes.
‘Today’s new rules are the first phase in giving councils the freedom they need to help hard-working families who all too often are overlooked, and ensure they get the support they need so that they can see for themselves the reward for their efforts.’
The Communities and Local Government department guidelines will ask councils to prioritise hard-working families on waiting lists for social housing.
Couples who adopt or foster children in care will also be given priority status in the guidance.
During the consultation lawyers warned the guidance fell short of providing councils with the detailed information they needed.