Harmonised policy for allocation of social housing in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Posted on Tuesday 27 October 2020

One single policy which sets out the criteria used to consider applications for BCP Council’s housing register is being proposed.

Councillors will be asked to approve the new policy covering Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole at Cabinet on 11 November 2020.

Currently Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have separate legacy housing allocation policies which require alignment in accordance with statutory requirement by government.

The proposed housing allocation policy sets out the eligibility, qualification and assessment criteria on which different housing circumstances of a person will be prioritised.

Councillor Robert Lawton, Portfolio Holder for Homes, BCP Council, said: “At the moment we have three legacy housing allocation policies being used across BCP Council and each has slightly different qualification and allocation criteria. Following a public consultation early this year we have developed a new policy which aligns the legacy policies and takes a greater person-centred approach, to meet the needs of the most vulnerable residents to ensure our housing goes to those in the most need.”

All nominations to social housing properties managed by BCP Council, Poole Housing Partnership (PHP) and local housing associations will be made in accordance with the policy and administered through a revised HomeChoice scheme.

The policy contributes to the council’s priorities of fulfilled lives, brighter futures and connected communities.

If approved the new policy will apply from July 2021.