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Allocations Policy

Meeting: 19/11/2019 - Council (Item 19)

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(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Housing Services and Neighbourhoods)

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The Portfolio Holder for Housing services and Neighbourhoods provided details of the full Allocations Policy 2020, shown at annex one, Summarised feedback from the detailed consultation exercise that ran from 7th May 2019 – 30th August 2019,reflected scrutiny committee observations (both IS&G and Health & Wellbeing) and also set out the implementation arrangements should Council approve the final scheme.  She provided additional clarification as an alteration to recommendation 1 of the motion

 

1.

Approve the Council’s Allocations Policy 2020, shown at annex one, with the following clarifications:-

 

a.

That the thresholds for income per households range from £30k (pa) up to a maximum of £60k (pa). This will be subject to a comprehensive household income and expenditure assessment to ensure no household suffers exceptional financial hardship & is deemed ineligible as a result.

b.

b.   That the local connection be usually 2 years as set out in the proposed policy; but circumstances will be considered to ensure exemptions and officer discretion is applied to avoid any household being significantly disadvantaged where there is current local connection with Tamworth and this period needs to be extended. 

c.

            The impact of the policy (specifically financial thresholds and local connection) will be reviewed within 12 months and recommendations reported back to Cabinet on policy developments going forward, in 2021.

 

 

 

RESOLVED

That Council;

 

 

  1. Approved the Council’s Allocations Policy 2020, shown at annex one with the following clarifications:
  1. That the thresholds for income per households range from £30k(pa) up to a maximum of £60k (pa).  This will be subject to a comprehensive household income and expenditure assessment to ensure no household suffers exceptional financial hardship & is deemed ineligible as a result.
  2. That the local connection be usually 2 years as set out in the proposed policy; but circumstances will be considered to ensure exemptions and officer discretion is applied to avoid any household being significantly disadvantaged where there is current local connection with Tamworth and this period needs extending. 
  3. The impact of the policy (specifically thresholds and local connection) will be reviewed within 12 months and recommendations reported back to Cabinet on policy developments going forward, in 2021.

 

 

  1. Supported Health & Well-being scrutiny committee observations shown at annex three which were incorporated into the revised policy.

 

 

  1. Endorsed the Equality Impact Assessment set out at annex six.

 

 

  1. Acknowledged feedback from the detailed consultation exercise that ran from 7th May 2019 – Friday 30th August 2019, full details set out in annex seven.

 

 

  1. Approved  the implementation action plan, should Council approve the final scheme, highlighted in the report and shown at annex  eight.

 

Moved by Councillor M Cook, seconded by Councillor R Bilcliff

 

 

 

 

The Mayor

 

 

 


Meeting: 24/01/2019 - Cabinet (Item 101)

101 Allocations Policy pdf icon PDF 273 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Housing Services and Neighbourhoods)

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Report of the Portfolio Holder for Housing Services and Neighbourhoods which:

·         Detailed the proposed changes to the Councils Allocations Policy subject to the statutory consultation process;

·         Set out the arrangements for statutory consultation on the proposed changes set to take place between 7th May and 30th August 2019;

·         Confirmed the timescales and arrangements for transitioning to the new Policy;

·         Set out the community based impact assessment which would remain under review and would be presented as part of the final policy document, highlighted within the report.

 

RESOLVED

that Cabinet:

 

 

approved, in principle, the draft allocations policy, shown at Annex 1-3, subject to the requisite consultation arrangements

 

 

approved the consultation plan detailed within the report commencing 7th May 2019 and running until Friday 30th August 2019

 

 

delegated authority to the Portfolio Holder for Housing Services and Neighbourhoods and Executive Director of Communities to approve the final policy for Full Council approval October 2019, save any material changes which would be referred back to Cabinet and the timescales amended accordingly

 

 

supported comments arising from discussions with the Council’s Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee on the proposed matters relating to the management of the Council’s Housing Register – presentation attached at Annex 4.  Noting further detailed Scrutiny forms part of the consultation plan detailed in the report

 

 

noted the Independent Report, shown at Annex 6, provided by the Housing Quality Network (HQN) which highlighted the exemplary approach to the Council’s review of its Allocations Policy

 

 

approved the draft community & equality based impact assessment noting the effect of the key changes on existing and potential service users.

 

(Moved by Councillor M Cook and seconded by Councillor J Chesworth)