With any change, some applications will receive greater priority whilst others will reduce. In strengthening the local connection element it is anticipated that the following applications will rise in priority compared and the current points system:
- Applicants in housing need with more than 5 years connection with Gwynedd
- Applicants in housing need with more than 5 years connection with the community in which the property is situated
- Applicants who have spent time on the register
On the other hand it is anticipated that some applications will see their priority reduce in comparison with the current system:
- Applicants in housing need but with less than 5 years connection with Gwynedd
- Applicants where priority has been reduced due to current or historical problems with behaviour or debt
Although some applications will fall, the Council and housing associations who work together in partnership believes that the changes would address some frustrations with the current policy and that reflecting the needs of local people is a priority.
After completing the consultation and dependent on receiving approval to proceed, Gwynedd Housing Options will contact everyone on the Common Housing Register during 2019 in order to explain any change and to inform them in which band their application will appear in, in the meantime you do not need to contact the Housing Options Team.
If you would like to see the Common Allocations Policy (Consultation Ddocument), then follow this link:
Common Housing Allocations Policy
Equalities Impact Assessment (Draft)