Four related policy areas are covered by this impact assessment: allocations, tenure, mobility and homelessness.
The document assesses the impact of:
- reducing waiting lists by giving local authorities power to decide who qualifies to be considered for social housing while central government continues to set the rules on priority. Increasing mobility by removing most existing tenants wanting to transfer from the allocations system
- enabling social landlords to make best use of social housing by providing greater freedom to set the terms tenancies and succession rights for new social tenants
- increase mobility by requiring social landlords to participate in ‘home swap’ (mutual exchange) schemes through which tenants can search all records of potential partners
- better meet housing needs and reduce expenditure on temporary accommodation by ending the right that applicants for homelessness assistance have to refuse offers of private sector housing
- allow tenants that are members of Housing Associations to benefit from home ownership incentive schemes