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Homes to be allocated fairer

PUBLISHED: 11:29 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:52 25 August 2010

VULNERABLE residents are set to benefit from a fairer allocation of council housing, claim civic bosses.

VULNERABLE residents are set to benefit from a fairer allocation of council housing, claim civic bosses.

Bexley council is planning to introduce Choice Base Lettings to the borough to improve the way that rented homes are applied for.

Before the changes come into place next year residents are being asked for their views.

The changes will see homes advertised on the internet or in newspapers to make the system more similar to choosing a home through an estate agent.

Applicants on the housing register will have access to the Choice Base Lettings list and will able to apply for the homes they are interested in.

A list of the people interested in a property will then be drawn up and the person in most need and who has waited the longest is offered the property.

Bexley council's cabinet member for regeneration and housing, Linda Bailey, said: "Changing the system will not provide additional properties, but it will give our residents more choice over where they and their family live and make the system easier and fairer."

A postage paid response form on the planned changes is being delivered with the summer edition of the Bexley Magazine from last Tuesday.

Comments can be made by e-mailing choicebasedlett ings@bexley.gov. uk

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