New housing allocation scheme agreed by cabinet

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A NEW scheme for allocating council homes has been agreed.


The scheme was approved at the latest meeting of Thurrock Council’s Cabinet, and follows the introduction of new legislation around social housing allocation.
 

The key changes mean the waiting list will no longer be open to everyone, just those who meet the new eligibility criteria, and the number of bands for bidding will be increased from three to five.


The criteria includes excluding people subject to immigration control, unless they have been granted leave to remain in the UK, and may also include excluding applicants with assets and or household income above certain levels, apart from pensioners and those awarded compensation while serving in the armed forces, or on disability living allowance.


Only applicants with a local connection to the borough will be allowed to apply, except those needing to move to the borough to escape domestic abuse.


And applicants who have been guilty of unacceptable behaviour, such as domestic violence, anti-social behaviour, or breaching a tenancy agreement, will be disqualified from joining the waiting list.


The council is under no legal obligation to change its current housing allocation scheme, which has been in force since 2005, but the Department for Communities and Local Government is recommending all councils do so in light of new legislation.


The cabinet heard that many other councils are introducing tighter rules, which could leave Thurrock open to picking up applicants spilling out of London and other boroughs, if it doesn’t follow suit.
 

Speaking about the new scheme, portfolio holder for housing, Val Morris-Cook, said: “There are some things we have had to do because the law says so.
 

“Some I’m not happy with, though there’s little we can do, and others are common sense.
 

“There are also other things which we are developing, innovative ideas that will help ease the housing crisis facing us.”


Cllr Morris-Cook said she was “not comfortable” with the “general needs caps” which limit the combined earnings and savings of potential tenants.
And that aspect of the scheme will be coming back to cabinet after further discussion.


Cllr Morris-Cook paid tribute to the cross-party working group who presented the basic report, and said the scheme would be examined regularly to ensure it remains fit for purpose.


Thurrock council owns just over 10,300 residential properties, and has nomination rights to another 1,000 registered provider properties.

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10:04am Tue 20 Nov 12

Dave_ says...

I wonder what bits they don't like, but I feel I can guess.
I wonder what bits they don't like, but I feel I can guess. Dave_
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10:33am Tue 20 Nov 12

d_2da_ougle says...

if you read it dave it clearly states what val morris dosent agree with here if you failed to notice it the first time i shall copy and paste it for you again.

Cllr Morris-Cook said she was “not comfortable” with the “general needs caps” which limit the combined earnings and savings of potential tenants.

if you want this in laymans terms if you earn over x amount a month or have x amount of savings the council will tell you to go **** off and go privately rented
if you read it dave it clearly states what val morris dosent agree with here if you failed to notice it the first time i shall copy and paste it for you again. Cllr Morris-Cook said she was “not comfortable” with the “general needs caps” which limit the combined earnings and savings of potential tenants. if you want this in laymans terms if you earn over x amount a month or have x amount of savings the council will tell you to go **** off and go privately rented d_2da_ougle
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10:51am Tue 20 Nov 12

OckendonPaul says...

Cllr Morris-Cook said she was specifically unhappy about the earnings and savings cap but the wording of the article suggests, as Dave pointed out, that there are other areas too.
I suspect that those would be anything that restricts the rights of her beloved immigrants to our council housing stock. (though I could be wrong)
Cllr Morris-Cook said she was specifically unhappy about the earnings and savings cap but the wording of the article suggests, as Dave pointed out, that there are other areas too. I suspect that those would be anything that restricts the rights of her beloved immigrants to our council housing stock. (though I could be wrong) OckendonPaul
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4:10pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Dave_ says...

Phrases like "had to do because the law says" speaks volumes.
I think OckendonPaul has it pretty much sussed, but I would sincerely hope not.
As for the income/savings cap, it depends what the level is.
Phrases like "had to do because the law says" speaks volumes. I think OckendonPaul has it pretty much sussed, but I would sincerely hope not. As for the income/savings cap, it depends what the level is. Dave_
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5:56pm Tue 20 Nov 12

JasonW666 says...

disqualify people who have been anti-social or breached tenancy agreements is a great idea. the woman who lived above me in my old place made my life hell for 5 years and i'd be very happy for her never to get another council property
disqualify people who have been anti-social or breached tenancy agreements is a great idea. the woman who lived above me in my old place made my life hell for 5 years and i'd be very happy for her never to get another council property JasonW666
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6:49am Wed 21 Nov 12

ebagumtrebor says...

Perhaps she could enlighten us as to who she thinks is responsible for our current housing crisis. Give us a few pointers on what she thinks the reasons are. Amazingly, even though she knows **** well what the reasons are, she'll probably get voted in again when the next elections are held. It's a great trick the left have learned. Import poverty, put into into areas with marginal seats and get voted in every time. What a winning solution for the left.
Perhaps she could enlighten us as to who she thinks is responsible for our current housing crisis. Give us a few pointers on what she thinks the reasons are. Amazingly, even though she knows **** well what the reasons are, she'll probably get voted in again when the next elections are held. It's a great trick the left have learned. Import poverty, put into into areas with marginal seats and get voted in every time. What a winning solution for the left. ebagumtrebor
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2:15pm Sat 24 Nov 12

The Hog says...

I can't find much about Mrs Morris-cook and what she stands for. But I did find out a couple of things. She love a good band wagon to jump on,and it seems at the moment she is in-between wagons.. I get the feeling her next wagon is going to be the treatment of the disabled. Just a feeling.
Isn't this what the people of thurrock been asking for,for the past twenty years !
I can't find much about Mrs Morris-cook and what she stands for. But I did find out a couple of things. She love a good band wagon to jump on,and it seems at the moment she is in-between wagons.. I get the feeling her next wagon is going to be the treatment of the disabled. Just a feeling. Isn't this what the people of thurrock been asking for,for the past twenty years ! The Hog
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11:21am Sun 25 Nov 12

A Dermot says...

A pedophile can get housed under the new rules but not someone who plays their music loudly.
A pedophile can get housed under the new rules but not someone who plays their music loudly. A Dermot
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