In December 2014, Wiltshire Council introduced a new Allocation Policy to ensure that affordable housing in Wiltshire is offered to those in greatest housing need.
There is a high demand for affordable homes in Wiltshire, and across the UK in general. There were over 20,500 households registered for re-housing within Wiltshire alone with the numbers growing daily. Demand will always outweigh supply so the Council needed to ensure that those with the greatest need were prioritised for re-housing.
Housing is allocated according to the Council’s Allocations Policy which represents the fairest and most transparent way for the Authority to decide who should be prioritised. The Localism Act in 2011 introduced new freedoms for local authorities to decide to whom and how properties should be allocated and Wiltshire Council consulted widely on a new Allocation Policy in the 18 months up to its introduction. We wrote to all existing Applicants inviting their comments, presented at Area Boards and took the views of Councillors, the public, our partner housing providers and also advice agencies. What came out of the consultation and feedback was:
The review was far reaching and what came out from the review was primarily that:
We listened and we presented the final Draft Allocations Policy to Wiltshire Council's cabinet in November 2013. It was approved and has now been implemented. For full details of the new scheme, please see our New Allocation Policy.
Many thanks for supporting Homes4Wiltshire and we will continue to work to assist and support Applicants into suitable and sustainable accommodation.