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Housing Allocation Policy Review
Adur District and Worthing Borough Councils

Subject to consultation and Member approval, Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council are proposing a revised Allocations Policy for allocations to social housing.

The policy has been reviewed to ensure best use of social housing stock available giving consideration to increasing demand for social housing, an increase in homelessness, changes made by neighbouring authorities, as well as to a range of policies across the country.

In addition government guidance such as Armed Forces Covenant and guidance on domestic violence were taken into account.

The draft policy is being put out to the public for consultation for a month starting Friday 6th December 2019 and ending midnight on Sunday 5th January 2020.

All responses will be collated and carefully considered and an Equalities Impact Assessment done before final recommendations are made to full council for consideration and approval.

Though the policy will be the same for both Councils, it will be issued as separate documents as Adur District Council Allocations Policy and Worthing Borough Council Allocations Policy.

You can read the draft policy below:

Below is some information about current waiting lists and homelessness.

NB The tables below give important information to assist you answer the questions in the survey.

Have your say ...

Sorry this survey closed at midnight on 5th January 2020.

If you have any queries, stating Allocations Policy in the subject line, please contact:

Housing Register:

Households on the Housing RegisterAdurWorthing
as at 31/12/2018 651 1,076
as at 31/03/2019 608 1,299
as at 31/09/2019 642 1,337

NB those wishing to bid on sheltered accommodation are included in the one bed figures for those on the Housing Register.

Graph - Households on Housing Register VS number of properties let - Adur:

Graph - Households on Housing Register VS number of properties let - Adur

Graph - Households on Housing Register VS number of properties let - Worthing

Graph - Households on Housing Register VS number of properties let - Worthing


Graph - Homeless Applications 2018-19

Graph - Homeless Applications 2018-19

Graph - Homeless Applications 2019-20

Graph - Homeless Applications 2019-20

Temporary Accommodation:

The length of stay in temporary accommodation varies. A family household can remain in temporary accommodation for as long as five years until they secure a Housing Register nomination.

Total in Emergency Accommodation and Temporary Accommodation (EA/TA) in Adur:

March 2019 21 23 44
April 2019 18 22 40
May 2019 17 25 42
June 2019 18 22 40
July 2019 20 20 40
August 2019 19 20 39
September 2019 20 19 39
October 2019 18 24 42

Total in Emergency Accommodation and Temporary Accommodation (EA/TA) in Worthing:

March 2019 51 55 106
April 2019 58 61 119
May 2019 58 63 121
June 2019 53 71 124
July 2019 48 69 117
August 2019 56 64 120
September 2019 59 69 128
October 2019 63 67 130

Proposed changes:

Four Bands: A, B, C and D Three Bands: A, B and C
Band D to be removed.
Band D was for those who wished to join the Housing Register with no housing need. In addition, currently those who are unable to bid, eg due to rent arrears are placed in Band D. With the removal of Band D, these cases will be suspended in their assessed Band.
Local connection criteria: 2 years 5 years.
In line with our neighbouring authorities.
This will be applied to new applications when each policy goes live. It will not affect those already on the register.
NB will not apply to Reasonable Preference Groups.
No current prevention banding Inclusion of Band B for qualifying prevention cases to encourage and ensure households who work with the Council to prevent themselves from becoming homeless and needing temporary accommodation are not disadvantaged.
No current category for reciprocal arrangements A new category in Band A to represent reciprocal arrangements with other authorities and Registered Social Landlords. This is necessary to assist households fleeing violence who can not reside anywhere in the Council's area, or where households need to move out of the area for exceptional reasons.
No current 'one reasonable offer' provision One reasonable offer for high priority categories (defined in section 13). This is to reduce the increasing number of households turning down suitable social housing.
No current provision for those in high priority categories not bidding Introduction of the option to suspend or remove applicants who do not make bids on suitable properties within defined time frames as outlined in section 3.6 of the draft Allocations Policy.
Reasonable preference not catered for or defined in the current policy Reasonable Preference to recognise those eligible under the Homelessness Reduction Act. These include: Armed Forces Personnel for whom we had regard to under the Armed Forces protocol, those fleeing violence and Gypsies and Travellers.
Band B for Rough Sleepers Removal of this category as it is underutilised. Housing providers are unwilling to accept a rough sleeper from the street into a general needs tenancy because of concerns about their ability to sustain a tenancy. To replace this, the introduction of an annual allocation to the Single Persons Pathway for move on from supported accommodation to free up spaces in supported accommodation for rough sleepers.
Income and savings cap the same for all households. Introduction of income scale dependent on household size, with discretion for those in need of sheltered accommodation who are threatened with homelessness. 3.4(e) in the draft allocations policy.

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