1. What are the main aims purpose and outcomes of the Policy
how do these fit with the wider aims of the organization?
The current Allocation Scheme was introduced in 2013.
Amendments are being proposed to support homelessness prevention by giving
additional preference to households threatened with homelessness and
discouraging the use of temporary accommodation as a way of accessing social
The Housing Allocation Scheme assists in the delivery of the
council’s priorities as stated in the Strategic Plan, most notably the Homes
and Communities priority. It further supports both the ‘Health Inequalities are
addressed and reduced’ and ‘Deprivation and Social Mobility is improved’ cross
cutting objectives by ensuring that the Council has an Allocation Scheme that
treats all applicants fairly and that access to social housing supports the
needs of residents.
2. How do these aims affect our duty to:
· Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and
victimization and other conduct prohibited by the act.
· Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a
protected characteristic and those who do not.
· Foster good relations between people who share a protected
characteristic and those who do not.
The revised scheme will ensure the fair and transparent
treatment of all applicants.
Monthly monitoring of the outcomes from gaining access to the
housing register and bidding activity will provide continuous reassurance.
The revised scheme will equalise opportunity to access the
those with and those without protected characteristics.
3. What aspects of the policy including how it is delivered
accessed could contribute to inequality?
The revised Allocation Scheme will not contribute to
inequality. It has clear roles and responsibilities defined in order to ensure
clarity of decision making and implementation.
4. Will the policy have an impact (positive or negative) upon
lives of people, including particular communities and groups
have protected characteristics ? What evidence do you have
The revised Allocation Scheme continues to provide a fair
system of prioritising applicants based on their time waiting on the housing
register. This applies to all
Persons with a medical or welfare need will be safeguarded by
that a fair proportion of subsidised housing vacancies are
provided to this
category based on evidence of number of households with those
characteristics on the housing register and vacancies