Social landlords update Perth and Kinross allocations policy
The allocations policy used by three of the biggest social housing landlords in Perth and Kinross is being updated.
A Common Housing Register is operated in Perth and Kinross by a partnership of Perth & Kinross Council, Caledonia Housing Association and Hillcrest Housing Association. Collectively the three landlords manage a housing stock of more than 10,000 affordable homes and have a major impact in meeting housing need locally.
Operating a common housing register (CHR) means that there is a single point of access for housing applicants regardless of the organisation they approach for assistance, improving access to social housing.
The Common Allocation Policy (CAP) underpins the CHR. It ensures that partners meet all legal and regulatory requirements around the allocation of housing, as makes sure that people with the greatest housing need have fair and efficient access to affordable housing.
Since 2010, there have been a number of national and local changes which impact on the current CAP - the Housing Scotland Act (2014), the requirements of the Scottish Social Housing Charter, the impact of Welfare Reform and also changes in local priorities and demands.
In response to these changes we are in the process of revising and updating the CAP for Perth and Kinross. The benefits of the revised policy will be that partner landlords can:
- Be compliant with legislation and good practice
- Award more points to preference groups
- Have greater flexibility in allocating 2-bedroom housing
- Look to reduce the length of time homeless applicants wait for permanent housing
- Target those in urgent need of housing in a fairer and more consistent way whilst preventing them from applying as homeless
- Respond in a better way to the housing needs of our own tenants.
A summary of the proposed new policy, as well as the full draft policy itself, can be viewed on the Housing pages under ‘Applying for Council Housing’.
The draft policy is due to be put before the council’s housing and health committee and the management boards of both Caledonia and Hillcrest early in 2016 for approval.
To comment on the revised CAP, call 01738 476000 or email HCCInfo@pkc.gov.uk.