Home Choice Plus is a common allocations scheme which operates across a number of Local Authority areas. This scheme has been developed by the Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords, working together in partnership.
Home Choice Plus is the new way of allocating Council and Housing Association properties across the participating Local Authority areas, which include:
The scheme gives applicants a single access point, as you only need to be registered once and this will then allow you to 'Bid' on any of the vacancies advertised across any of the participating Local Authority Areas.
Home Choice Plus - Working in partnership to offer a choice from a range of housing options, for people in housing need.
Applicants who have a more urgent need to move in the Gold Plus, Gold, Silver Plus and Silver bands have been given additional preference on the housing waiting list. These applicants are expected to bid on all suitable properties that meet their housing need. If an applicant fails to bid on suitable properties or refuses the offer of a suitable property, then the Local Authority may take the following action:
(Reasonable preference but reduced priority)
This band will be used for households in reasonable preference categories where their priority is reduced for one of the following reasons;
Applicants will be banded according to their current housing need but demoted to the reduced priority band. This decision will be reassessed by the District Council or their agent after a period of six months, or at the applicant's request at any time.
Where applicants in the Gold Plus, Silver Plus, Gold and Silver bands have failed to place bids, or have placed successful bids but refused properties and there is evidence that properties would have met their needs, their banding will be reviewed and they will be placed in the Reduced Banding category. The banding will remain for a period of 6 months and then reviewed. Applicants can request a review of the decision to award a reduced preference band at any time by a Senior Housing Officer.
There are also other criteria for reduced preference which can be found within the Home Choice Policy document. If you are unsure as to how this policy may affect you and would like further information please contact Wychavon Housing Team on 01386 565020.