Published: 01:15 PM, 12 August 2021
Following extensive consultation with local residents,Newham Council is proposing changes to make Housing Allocations Policy fairerby prioritising households most in need.
The changes will have a positive impact on:
The Allocations Policy sets out prioritisation of householdson the Housing Register. The new policy will better align the limited supply ofhomes to the huge demand for affordable housing and ensure vulnerable Newhamresidents can get much-needed support in tackling the housing crisis.
Rokhsana Fiaz OBE, Mayor of Newham, said:
“Our new Allocations Policy will help us put some of the most vulnerableresidents in Newham front and centre of our efforts to secure local affordablehousing for people who need it most.
“I am really proud of our ambitious plans to build the high quality affordablehomes to meet the needs of our residents after a shocking lack of governmentinvestment in social housing for a generation.”
The Covid-19 crisis has resulted in many people losing work or going intofull-time caring. To ensure these people are treated fairly, the new policywill stop favouring people in employment over people who do not work.
The new Allocations Policy will prioritise households with multiple disadvantages,such as those who are short two or more bedrooms with another reasonablepreference. Such policies will help to tackle the negative impact ofovercrowding on Newham residents’ mental health, child development, asthma, andthe spread of Covid-19.
From October 2020 to January 2021, 2,618 residents and businesses took part ina 12 week consultation on proposed changes to the Council’s Housing AllocationsPolicy, in an effort to keep the views of our people at the heart of NewhamCouncil decisions.
Preparation for these changes will begin immediately and the policy is expectedto be operational in early 2022. The changes include: