More new council tenancies for local people
A review of how council homes are allocated in Newark and Sherwood has led to an increase in the number of properties being rented to tenants with strong connections to the district.
Latest figures show a rise in such allocations from 89.4 per cent to 99.8 per cent following changes to the assessment criteria -introduced in April 2017 at the request of members of Newark and Sherwood District Council .
The council’s housing allocations scheme sets out the strengthened local connections criteria, including applicants living locally, working in the district, needing specialist medical or support services and for those who are either former or serving members of the armed forces , as set out under the council’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.
Chairman of the council’s homes and communities, Councillor Bruce Laughton, said: “The need for social housing, as is the case throughout the UK, outstrips the supply but we are working hard to address these issues.
“One area we have focused on is to ensure that tenancies from our council housing stock is offered to local people as a priority and it is pleasing to note that we have seen such an increase in the first year of implementation. Effectively that means that nearly all the council’s new tenancies are offered to local people.”
Newark and Sherwood Homes manages the council’s 5,500 strong housing stock and Housing Register, which includes allocating some tenancies for other registered providers in the district.