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Consultation - Housing Allocations Policy

Take part in the consultation on our Housing Allocations Policy

We are proposing some changes to the housing allocations policy and want to hear what you think.

Over 27,000 households are waiting for social housing in Newham. Only a small number of houses become available each year and we want to make sure they go to the residents who need them most.

We do this through the Housing Allocations Policy. This outlines who is allowed on the list, how they are prioritised and how the council allocates housing.

You can view the current policy here.

You can view slides from the public meetings here (PDF)

You can view a summary of the proposed new policy here (PDF) 

The proposals

We want to make some changes to this allocations policy to make sure it is fair. Full details of the proposed changes can be found here but in summary, the four main changes being proposed are: 

  1. Who can join the waiting list: currently you can join the waiting list if you have lived in Newham for two years, if you work in Newham or if you have family in Newham. We propose changing this so you can only join the list if you live in Newham for three years. This brings us in line with most of our neighbours, where applicants need to live in borough for 3 to 5 years. There are some exceptions to the three-year rule.
  2. Waiting time: We propose changing the way time on the waiting list contributes to your priority when you bid on properties. Waiting time before a housing need arises will not count.
  3. Removing the advantage given to people in employment: currently households in employment have a higher priority when they bid for a property. We propose removing the priority given to people in employment, so that priority is based on housing need and time on the waiting list.
  4. Creating a new category based on overcrowding: we propose giving a higher priority to households who are overcrowded. We define severe overcrowding as being short of two or more bedrooms.

Take part in the consultation

We want to know what you think about these proposals, especially if you are on the waiting list. We know you might have some questions, so we have answered some Frequently Asked Questions, which you can read here (PDF)


Public meetings

We will be holding two public meetings via Zoom to discuss the proposals:

Please click on the meeting of your choice to register via Eventbrite. Zoom joining details will be available via the Eventbrite page once registration is complete. Please note that registration for each event will close 24 hours before the event begins.

Please fill in the online survey. The survey closes on Monday 4th January 2021.

We are also planning an online forum where you can hear more about the proposals and ask questions. More details will be posted here when they are available.

If you have any questions or would like to request a paper copy of the questions you can email [email protected] or call 0800 304 7488

Housing Delivery Strategy Consultation

We are also consulting on our Housing Delivery Strategy. You can find out more here