Guidance

Allocation of accommodation: guidance for local housing authorities in England

Statutory guidance on social housing allocations for local authorities in England

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Allocation of accommodation: Guidance for local housing authorities in England

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Providing social housing for local people. (December 2013)

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This statutory guidance on social housing allocations for local authorities in England aims to assist them to take advantage of the provisions in the Localism Act 2011. It also encourages authorities to make use of the existing flexibilities within the allocation legislation to ensure that social homes go to people who need and deserve them the most, such as hard working families and members of the Armed Forces.

The guidance is an important part of the government’s commitment to make the social housing system more flexible and responsive.

The additional guidance added on 31 December 2013 also covers social housing allocations, residency and local association. This guidance ensures councils require people to have lived in the area for at least 2 years. Only those who pass this test will be accepted onto the waiting list in their local area - and then be considered for social housing.

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