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Barking and Dagenham Council agree united housing policy

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 September 2015

The council name councillors Afolasade Bright and Syed Ahammad to champion women's rights and healthier lifestyles(photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

The council name councillors Afolasade Bright and Syed Ahammad to champion women's rights and healthier lifestyles(photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

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The council have agreed an all-encompassing housing allocations policy, after major changes by separate cabinets last year left the borough with two different schemes running simultaneously.

In April 2014 the council introduced a 10-year housing qualification to come into force on September 1, but in August the new cabinet agreed a three-year requirement instead, which came into effect on November 3.

Anyone with a job – or a partner with a job – applying on or after November 2014 from an over-crowded household would be seen as a higher priority than someone in the same situation applying before November 3.

The changes, agreed on Tuesday, September 15, means all applications are retrospectively covered by the latest policy, and officers will review the 13,500 applications on the register over the next 12 months.

Other changes mean that anyone who already owns a house will no longer be able to join the register, except in exceptional circumstances, such as someone with disabilities requiring extensive adaptations.

Any bidders that refuse three or more reasonable properties will be suspended from bidding, to save council time.


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