Impact assessment

A fairer future for social housing: impact assessment

Four related policy areas are covered by this impact assessment: allocations, tenure, mobility and homelessness.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Documents

Localism Bill: a fairer future for social housing - Impact assessment

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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
Published 31 January 2011