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Bexley council ask for local opinion on housing allocation

PUBLISHED: 17:15 17 September 2015 | UPDATED: 08:49 18 September 2015

Terraced houses (generic). Picture: Getty/Matt Cardy

Terraced houses (generic). Picture: Getty/Matt Cardy

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Local people are being asked to share their views ahead of upcoming changes to the London Borough of Bexley’s housing allocation policy.

Bexley council are asking for the public’s response following a review into the borough’s housing allocation policy

The existing policy was introduced in June 2013, when it was agreed a review would take place to identify potential further changes.

Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Eileen Pallen said: ““Like all local authorities we are seeing a huge increase in the need for housing. We have to make sure that the resources we have go to those who need them the most and who have a right to them.

“This review seeks to make sure our system is fair for all and, in particular, those that have lived and worked in our borough for some time.”

The review has since taken place, and the council is suggesting five revisions to the policy that are as follows:

1) Increase residency rule from two years to five years.

2) Encourage downsizing by increasing priority to under-occupiers.

3) Greater use of out of borough private rented or social rented accommodation for homeless households.

4) Additional priority to homeless clients in emergency accommodation.

5) Increased priority for social needs cases.

Members of the public can now go online to fill out a survey, responding the proposed revisions, by visiting www.bexley.gov.uk

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