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People Not Eligible for Housing Allocation Scheme

Requested on
Wed 26th February, 2014
Reference
FOI 3997
Resolution
Information provided

Question

(1) Has the council exercised the power given by Housing Act 1996 section 160ZA(7) to designate some classes of persons as not eligible for its housing allocation scheme.
(2) If so, what are those classes.
(3) Since adopting those classes, how many applicants have been notified that they do not qualify.
(4) What was the number of applicants on the waiting list before those classes were adopted.
(5) What is the current number on the waiting list.

Answer

(1)    Has the council exercised the power given by Housing Act 1996 section 160ZA(7) to designate some classes of persons as not eligible for its housing allocation scheme.
Yes

(2)    If so, what are those classes.
Home seekers who have no local connection with one of the seven Leicestershire councils within our choice based lettings scheme (except service personnel or if there are exceptional circumstances).  Those with the financial means to meet their own housing costs except those who demonstrate a support need for supported, sheltered or extra care accommodation and introductory and probationary tenants.

(3)    Since adopting those classes, how many applicants have been notified that they do not qualify.
The new Policy does not take effect until 01/04/2014 so final data not yet available

(4)    What was the number of applicants on the waiting list before those classes were adopted.
Policy not yet adopted.  Current waiting list figure around 2600; however as at 12/3/14 the figure is 1621 after removing persons who will no longer be eligible under the policy.  This is not the final figure, we are currently still in the process of identifying those persons who will no longer be eligible.
(5)    What is the current number on the waiting list
The new Policy does not take effect until 01/04/2014, see answer to Q4.

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