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Derby City Council Allocations Policy 2020
Derby City Council's Housing Allocations Policy outlines how available social housing is allocated to residents on the housing register in Derby.
Who is leading?
The policy is owned by the council, with Derby Homes currently responsible for delivering the day-to-day service. Derby Homes are undertaking this consultation on behalf of the council.
Why is Derby Homes leading?
Derby Homes are the partner responsible for delivering allocations.
This policy was last reviewed in 2013 with minor amendments made in 2014 and then again in 2018 to reflect updated legislation.
Where will it go?
The final policy will go to Council Cabinet for approval.
We are asking for people’s views and opinions on the changes to the policy as part of a statutory consultation.
The online survey explains the key changes and allows you to comment on each of them.
Complete the survey by Wednesday 10 June 2020. Your feedback will be reviewed, considered and contained within final report to Derby City Council Cabinet, prior to Cabinet approval.
About the updated policy
The allocations policy sets out:
- who can apply for housing
- how we assess and prioritise applicants for housing
- how we allocate homes
- our policy on applicant choice and preference
It has been recently reviewed to meet the following principles and key objectives:
- To comply with legislation, giving reasonable preference to certain categories of people, taking account of the new duties owed to households within the Homeless Reduction Act.
- To improve accessibility, making the policy easier to read and understand for all.
- To ensure we are not excluding vulnerable or marginalised applicants
- To ensure that the allocation of social housing is up to date and considers the law and guidance on immigration control at the time of an application.
- To respond to local priorities identified by the Local Authority through consultation workshops
- To better reflect statutory and local priorities when allocating social housing
- To increase flexibility in meeting housing need in the city
- To reduce administration and encourage customers who are in housing need to take up offers of accommodation
- To promote independent living and generate future capacity for customers who need support accommodation
- To reflect the single stage appeal process for complaints, along with escalation to a ‘designated person’ or Ombudsman