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Housing allocations consultation

What we are consulting on

The Bedford Borough Allocations Scheme has been reviewed and updated. The purpose of this scheme is to set out how applicants in need of social, affordable housing are prioritised in accordance with the Housing Act 1996 Part VI as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002. The Council’s Allocation Scheme was last subject to a detailed review in 2016.

You can view the proposed allocation scheme here (PDF) .

It is not proposed to amend the basic principles of the current Allocation Scheme which are considered to work effectively in allocating social housing to those person most in need and entitled to reasonable preference.

In particular, the current banding system for priority will continue and the Scheme will continue to restrict eligibility to those persons with a housing need.

We are consulting with key stakeholders, service users and anyone with an interest in the document.

We are particularly interested in people’s views on the following elements of the document:

  • qualifying criteria
  • housing need assessment and the banding scheme
  • household and accommodation requirements
  • advertising properties
  • shortlisting and allocating homes

You can view the principle amendments proposed to the scheme here.

How to have your say

Complete an online form 

Email us: consultingbedford@bedford.gov.uk 

Write to: Consulting Bedford, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AP. 

Comments should be received by 12 February 2021 and may be published.

What happens next

Responses to the consultation will be considered by the Council’s Executive at its meeting in March 2021.

The decision (with an overview of any amendments agreed) will be published on the website for the public to see.

If approved, it is anticipated that the scheme will be adopted for 1 April 2021.