Residents, tenants, future tenants, landlords and housing associations have just one month to submit their views on changes to the way social housing is allocated across Sefton.
Since November, Sefton Council and local authorities in the Liverpool City Region have been seeking views on the allocation process for social housing, which is administered through Property Pool Plus.
So far, more than 3,600 people across the Liverpool City Region have responded but further views are being sought as part of the public consultation.
Social housing is allocated several different ways, which consider a resident’s eligibility, choice, preference, and priority. Changes are being proposed to each of these areas.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far in this consultation. Your views are extremely important and will ensure that the allocations process takes into account all factors within an individual’s personal circumstances.
“It is hoped that the feedback received will ensure that the process of matching people with homes across the borough, is efficient, accessible and places priority on those with most need.”
Some criteria that may place someone in a higher priority could include:
- people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
- victims of domestic abuse, racial abuse or hate crime
- members of the armed forces and reserved forces
- medical need
To find out more information about the changes to the policy and to take part in the consultation, people can visit www.sefton.gov.uk/PPP-HaveYourSay.
The consultation will run until Wednesday 10th February 2021.
Authorities in the Liverpool City Region will all simultaneously be undertaking this survey, the authorities include Halton Borough Council, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Liverpool City Council, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council and Wirral Council.