18:15 Tuesday 03 December 2013

Views sought on social housing in Burton

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

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PEOPLE in Burton and its surrounding areas are being asked for their views on who should be given social housing and why.

East Staffordshire Borough Council is seeking the advice of the public in allocating social housing, in a bid to create a policy which will inform choices as time goes by.

Anyone with an interest in the subject is being invited to share their opinions on the subject, which is often a cause of controversy for those who live in social housing and those who do not.

Councillor Julia Jessel, cabinet member for regulatory services, said: “Housing is important for all of us, and social housing is a valuable resource which it is important to allocate fairly.

“We know it can be frustrating to wait for a home and that allocation decisions affect lots of people in the borough.

“We are keen to hear from everyone, whether you are directly affected or not, to help inform future changes to the allocations policy.”

Questions included in the survey include whether social housing should go to those who will struggle to get other housing, or to those who are likely to be good tenants, to those in desperate need of housing, or those who have waited their turn, and whether or not social housing should be a stepping stone to another option.

There are four applicants waiting for every home which becomes available, and 2,500 on the waiting list, according to council figures. Certain groups of people have priority by law, but the policy which the council is trying to create can offer priority to other groups as well.

In Burton, social housing is provided by housing associations including Trent and Dove Housing.

Anyone interested in contributing to the policy should complete the survey at www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/consultations.

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