Plans to redesign social housing allocations

Plans to review and redesign Bradford district’s social housing allocations policy will be heard next week.

The Regeneration and Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee will meet on January 10 for an update on whether the Social Housing Allocations Policy is fit for purpose and meeting the needs of the district’s population.

The policy was last reviewed in 2009 but since then there have been changes including new guidance to housing allocations and new welfare measures, bringing about a need for an updated review.

It is hoped the review will enable better management of waiting lists, promote mobility for existing social tenants, meet local need and circumstances, ensure social homes go to those in greatest need, and take into account Government policy changes and welfare reform.

Among welfare reforms are changes to the way housing benefit is calculated for working-age households renting from a social landlord.

From April 1 this year, housing benefit will be calculated based on the size of the household. Current figures show that in Bradford 3,134 households are over-accommodated by one bedroom and will receive a 14 per cent reduction in benefit payments. A further 860 households are over-accommodated by two or more bedrooms and will get a 25 per cent reduction in payments.

Some tenants may be moved into vacant properties or be involved in a mutual exchange with overcrowded households.

The current policy for social housing in the district is a Choice Based Lettings (CBL) scheme, which operates a four-band system ranking from urgent need for housing to no specific needs.

Although the CBL system is said to have worked well in Bradford, it is believed to have its limitations, especially in its aim to empower applicants to ‘bid’ for properties.

A joint Bradford Council and Incommunities pilot scheme has been running in Airewharfe to try and address the CBL’s weaknesses.

Feedback from the pilot includes an improvement in the proportion of lettings to those in greatest need, better flexibility and reduced bureaucracy.

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10:32am Sat 5 Jan 13

Willard says...

Why not just make the people sitting on planning permissions actually build some houses in Bradford where they are needed? And another thing, what about some decent jobs again for those of us with engineering and fabrication skills? It is no wonder house prices are dropping un the city and holding up in the south east, people need jobs to buy houses and get their kids through college so they arn't stuck in the same Braddebt trap as the rest of us poor s0ds.

The only way out is to trade at marginal sites and avoid both high taxation and opperating costs. Imma gonna park a barrow poutside of city hall and start selling stuff
Why not just make the people sitting on planning permissions actually build some houses in Bradford where they are needed? And another thing, what about some decent jobs again for those of us with engineering and fabrication skills? It is no wonder house prices are dropping un the city and holding up in the south east, people need jobs to buy houses and get their kids through college so they arn't stuck in the same Braddebt trap as the rest of us poor s0ds. The only way out is to trade at marginal sites and avoid both high taxation and opperating costs. Imma gonna park a barrow poutside of city hall and start selling stuff Willard
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11:32am Sat 5 Jan 13

Albion. says...

Willard wrote:
Why not just make the people sitting on planning permissions actually build some houses in Bradford where they are needed? And another thing, what about some decent jobs again for those of us with engineering and fabrication skills? It is no wonder house prices are dropping un the city and holding up in the south east, people need jobs to buy houses and get their kids through college so they arn't stuck in the same Braddebt trap as the rest of us poor s0ds.

The only way out is to trade at marginal sites and avoid both high taxation and opperating costs. Imma gonna park a barrow poutside of city hall and start selling stuff
"Why not just make the people sitting on planning permissions actually build some houses in Bradford where they are needed?"
That wouldn't address the problem in the report.
[quote][p][bold]Willard[/bold] wrote: Why not just make the people sitting on planning permissions actually build some houses in Bradford where they are needed? And another thing, what about some decent jobs again for those of us with engineering and fabrication skills? It is no wonder house prices are dropping un the city and holding up in the south east, people need jobs to buy houses and get their kids through college so they arn't stuck in the same Braddebt trap as the rest of us poor s0ds. The only way out is to trade at marginal sites and avoid both high taxation and opperating costs. Imma gonna park a barrow poutside of city hall and start selling stuff[/p][/quote]"Why not just make the people sitting on planning permissions actually build some houses in Bradford where they are needed?" That wouldn't address the problem in the report. Albion.
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1:20pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Cooperlane2 says...

What's it's really saying is that people shouldn't view council accomodation as a 'home for life', but rather a temporary house that can be reallocated.
What's it's really saying is that people shouldn't view council accomodation as a 'home for life', but rather a temporary house that can be reallocated. Cooperlane2
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5:17pm Sat 5 Jan 13

RollandSmoke says...

So is this a reduction in benefits or a bedroom tax? How many properties are available for these people to downscale to? I contacted incommunities months back to ask them to inform me of suitable properties. What if I refuse to make up the shortfall until such a time as a suitable property is offered you going to kick me out?
So is this a reduction in benefits or a bedroom tax? How many properties are available for these people to downscale to? I contacted incommunities months back to ask them to inform me of suitable properties. What if I refuse to make up the shortfall until such a time as a suitable property is offered you going to kick me out? RollandSmoke
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5:36pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Cooperlane2 says...

Why not rent in the private sector?
Why expect Incommunities to sort everything?
Why not rent in the private sector? Why expect Incommunities to sort everything? Cooperlane2
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5:59pm Sat 5 Jan 13

RollandSmoke says...

Did you miss yesterdays story where we were told that due to falling house prices “People are having to sell it at that and you have private landlords trying to sell up because of pressure of them trying to get their rent,”? Besides which rent on a single bedroom property in the private sector is higher than for the social housing rent currently paid. I thought the idea was to save money?
Did you miss yesterdays story where we were told that due to falling house prices “People are having to sell it at that and you have private landlords trying to sell up because of pressure of them trying to get their rent,”? Besides which rent on a single bedroom property in the private sector is higher than for the social housing rent currently paid. I thought the idea was to save money? RollandSmoke
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