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Have your say on housing allocation

Published date: 14 May 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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PEOPLE in West Cheshire are being invited to have their say on the way social housing is allocated in the borough.

They will be consulted on changes to the Trust Homechoice Allocation Policy, which aim to make it easier for struggling families and residents to access the housing register.

The council and the Choice Based Lettings (CBL) partnership agreed to review the policy six months after implementation. It is being supported by Sanctuary Housing, Weaver Vale Housing Trust and Plus Dane, who manage the Housing Stock in Ellesmere Port and Neston on the council’s behalf.

The administration of the Housing Allocations Policy was brought in-house by the council and integrated into the Housing Solutions Service in October 2013.

Cllr Herbert Manley, executive member for growth and innovation, said: “Choice Based Lettings has been operating well since October when it was taken over by the council.

“The suggested changes will increase the number of people who can put their names forward on the waiting list and we would like as many residents as possible to give us their views.”

Shadow housing spokesperson Cllr Angela Claydon added: “These suggested changes are very important and include people struggling to pay their rent in the private sector and also people who live at home who want to move out.

“Either come along to one of the events over the next two weeks or fill in the online questionnaire.”

The following events will be held across the Borough:

Tuesday, May 22, 10-11am: Centurion House, 77 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HQ.

Tuesday, May 22, 2-3pm: Vauxhall Suite, Civic Hall, Ellesmere Port.

The questionnaire regarding the proposed changes will also be available online from today at www.trusthomechoice.co.uk.

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