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Suspension of the social housing allocation process to continue until end of July

Published on Thursday, 14th May 2020

NBBC have received several calls from Housing Applicants wanting to know when we will be resuming the allocation of Social Housing in the Borough.

Further to the Government’s announcement on Tuesday night, about getting the Housing Market moving again, on 7 May 2020 a Cabinet Member decision was made to continue with the suspension of normal allocations until the end of July.

This decision was made in order to enable the Council to ‘Direct Match’ homeless families, currently occupying temporary accommodation- oftentimes sharing facilities like bathrooms and kitchens with other households - into available vacant properties within its stock, and within Housing Association stock.

The Council has been consistent in following Government guidelines, and so in mitigating public health risks, this decision is required to ensure that we prioritise finding permanent accommodation for homeless households occupying emergency temporary accommodation, and mindful that we have a waiting list with many households registered for rehousing, we agreed that the end of July would be an appropriate time to recommence all other allocations.

Cllr Chris Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Housing & Communities said:

"The Council always prioritised the health and safety of its residents throughout this pandemic.  At this unprecedented time, the decision to prioritise providing homeless households with permanent homes is essential, not least because of the sheer number of households we have in temporary accommodation, including hostels and Hotels, but primarily because it is the right thing to do, for the most vulnerable households in our communities.”

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