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Local link vital for new Bexley social hosuing register

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 June 2013

Bexley social housing tenants will have to have a local connection under extensive changes to the process.

There are currently 11,000 people on the list in Bexley and only 700 houses become available every year.

Under new rules all people on the register must meet the local connection criteria of having lived in the borough for a minimum of two years immediately prior to the application being made.

A new list of priority groups has been formed which includes people who are homeless, under occupiers of social housing, living in overcrowded or unsatisfactory housing conditions or people with medical, welfare or social needs.

Cabinet member for adult services Cllr Chris Taylor said: “These changes mean we can focus our efforts on a realistic system for Bexley residents who really need our help. It protects what is a precious resource for those residents who have a strong local connection with a minimum of two years residency in the borough.

“We’re here to serve local people and they will benefit from this change, along with housing applicants who have served in the armed forces.”

Everyone currently on the housing register will be contacted in the next two months and advised of the changes. Each person will be invited to complete an initial short form online to establish whether they are eligible to apply to be considered for the new register. This initial short form is expected to be available from June until August.

Those people that are eligible to apply to be considered for the new housing list will be invited to do so using a full online form which should be available in the Autumn.

The new register should be fully implemented by the end of this year.

What do you think about the changes? Contact the newsroom on 0208 477 3858, email robin.cottle@archant.co.uk or tweet @BexleyTimes.

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