Your banding

Are you saving for your first rent payment?
Whatever tenure you move into you will need to pay rent in advance, even if you are claiming benefits.

Your application will be assessed and you will be given a priority band based on your housing circumstances. There are five bands, simply called emergency, band one, band two, band three and band four. The time you spend in a band will be taken into account when a shortlist is drawn up.

Depending on your circumstances, social priority can affect whether you are placed in band one, band two or band three. Social needs awards can be awarded if there are negative factors affecting you which could be solved if you moved. We may need supporting evidence from professionals working with you before we can award social needs. Social need awards will be reviewed after three months or if you refuse of a suitable offer of accommodation.

For full details of the bands you can read the allocations policy but we have summarised them here: 

 

Emergency Band

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These people qualify for Emergency Band and all applications in the Emergency band will be reviewed every three months:

  • Applicants who are homeless and are owed the main duty including when they have become homeless or the Relief Duty has come to an end and they have been assessed as being in priority need and unintentionally homeless

  • People who have been assessed as needing accommodation by a multi-agency panel and have a support package in place.

  • People who need a heavily-adapted or purpose-built property.

  • People who are giving up a substantially-adapted or purpose-built property.

Band One

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These people qualify for Band One:

  • People who have an urgent need to move on medical or social grounds.
  • Young people leaving care.
  • Applicants who are homeless and are owed the Relief Duty and would be owed or likely to be owed the Main duty when the relief duty came to an end, because they are or are likely to be in priority need and homeless

  • People who are freeing a placement in a specialist housing scheme, or subject to a single referral forum decision, and have been assessed as ready to move on.
  • People in overcrowded accommodation who need three or more extra bedrooms, or where a child over ten years must share a room with a child of the opposite sex.
  • Tenants of Wolverhampton City Council or another social landlord who are giving up a house to move to a flat, maisonette or bungalow.
  • People whose homes are subject to a Compulsory Purchase Order.
  • People with an urgent need to move to a particular area in the city which would cause hardship to them or others if they do not move.
  • Tenants of Wolverhampton City Council or another social landlord who are freeing up three or more bedrooms.
  • People from the armed forces with families who have had to give up service accommodation.
  • Former council service tenants who have had to give up tied accommodation. (This does not apply to employees who have left as a result of dismissal.)

Social Priority - Band One

These social priorities may qualify you for Band One

  • If you are disabled, mentally ill or elderly and moving close to a carer will keep you out of a hospital or a home.
  • If you or any member of your household has experienced violence, the suicide of someone close, rape or attempted rape in or near your home.
  • If you are involved in a neighbourhood dispute or racial harassment incident that has led to court action.
  • If you have experienced - or likely to experience – life-threatening violence.
  • If you have a child in care whose return depends on a change of accommodation.
  • If you are freeing up a hospital bed or a place in a residential home and professional advice says that your current property is unsuitable.
  • If you need a change of accommodation to allow the delivery of essential care services.
  • City of Wolverhampton Council tenants wanting to move to an age designated block reserved for older households who are currently living in a flat that was a former sheltered scheme and the age designation was removed in April 2016.

Band Two

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These people qualify for Band Two:

  • People freeing up a place in a specialist housing scheme or hostel and have been assessed as ready to move on.
  • Applicants who are threatened with homelessness and are owed the Prevention Duty and would be likely to be owed the Main duty if both the Prevention Duty and any Relief Duty that followed on were to end unsuccessfully and they would be, or would likely to be, found to be in priority need and unintentionally homeless.
    People in overcrowded accommodation who need two extra bedrooms.
  • Any family, couple or single pensioner who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet with any other person or family. (This does not apply to owner occupiers or a tenant of any kind.)
  • People who have a high need to move on medical or social grounds.
  • Tenants of Wolverhampton City Council or another social landlord who are freeing up two bedrooms.
  • Tenants of Wolverhampton City Council who have children under 12, but no private garden. (This would not apply for tenants moving to a like for like property.)

Social Priority - Band Two

These social priorities may qualify you for Band Two:

  • If you have been burgled, you are considered vulnerable and you are likely to be the victim of repeat offending and have police confirmation of this.
  • If you are involved in repeated neighbourhood disputes or racial harassment incidents that result in intimidation, serious threats or damage to property.
  • If you need to move away from criminal activity - including drug problems - to avoid being drawn back into offending.
  • If you are a couples/family/single people who needs to downsize to smaller accommodation due to in financial hardship and are assessed as band 2.
  • If you are a current or former member of the armed forces, reserve forces, or an injured serviceman/woman, bereaved spouse or civil partner and you are suffering from a serious injury, illness or disability caused by your service. 

Band Three

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These people qualify for Band Three:

  • People with a need to move on medical or social grounds, but who have a lower priority than those in Bands One and Two.
  • People in overcrowded accommodation who need one extra bedroom.
  • Single people sharing a kitchen, bathroom or toilet. (This does not apply to owner occupiers or a tenant of any kind.)
  • Tenants of Wolverhampton City Council or another social landlord who are freeing up a bedroom.
  • Applicants owed a Prevention duty, or Relief duty for as long as that duty is owed but would not be or are unlikely to be owed the Main Duty when any relief duty came to an end and intentionally homeless.

Social Priority - Band Three

These social priorities may qualify you for Band Three:

  • If there has been a serious accident or bereavement in or near your home which is seriously affecting you or a member of your family.
  • If you are involved in neighbourhood disputes or racial harassment incidents that result in graffiti, obscene gestures or threatening letters.
  • If your marriage, civil partnership or established common-law relationship has broken down and you and your partner still have to share a property.
  • If you are a couples/family/single people who needs to downsize to smaller accommodation due to in financial hardship and are assessed as band 3.
  • If you are a current or former member of the armed forces, reserve forces, or an injured serviceman/woman, bereaved spouse or civil partner and you are suffering from a serious injury, illness or disability caused by your service.

Band Four

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These people qualify for Band Four:

  • Applicants who do not fit into any of the criteria above and therefore have no recognised housing need.
  • Council tenants who have been in their current property for less than a year.
  • Council tenants whose properties have failed a pre-leaving inspection.
  • People who have refused a direct offer of accommodation following a review of their emergency priority.
  • People who have been involved in unacceptable behaviour such as persistent non payment of rent or anti-social behaviour (but not serious enough to be excluded from the housing register).
  • People who do not have a settled address from where their housing needs can be assessed.
  • People living in hostel or supported housing who have not yet been assessed as ready to move on. 
  • Owner occupiers who have more than £48,000 equity in their present property or did so in a property sold in the past two years
  • Anyone who owes debts of more than £60 to a Council or Registered Provider. 
This does not apply to:
a) current Council or Registered Provider tenants who are requesting a transfer to a smaller, more affordable property due to the financial hardships making their rent unaffordable and there is no possession order;

b) eligible homeless applicants that are not subject to a referral to another Local Authority AND they meet the Housing Act local connection criteria.

c) when an applicant is being supported as they need to move due to domestic violence.

The allocation of alternative accommodation will be dependent on if (a),(b) and (c) do not apply:

i. the tenant making regular payments (for a minimum of three months) to show commitment

to the repayment plan;

ii. the tenant will be subject to a full income and expenditure exercise by/on behalf of their

managing agent where a repayment plan will be agreed with the tenant; and

iii. the debt owed at the current property being transferred to the new tenancy and any

agreement to discharge the remaining debt will become a condition of the new tenancy”

  • People who live outside Wolverhampton and have no urgent need to live in the city.
  • People who have not lived in Wolverhampton for at least two years, unless they have an urgent need to move on medical or social grounds or the applicant or a member of the household has a firm offer of employment in the city.
The requirements to be resident in the City do not apply to:
 
a) those who are currently serving in the regular forces or who were serving in the regular forces at any time in the five years preceding their application for an allocation of social housing;
 
b) bereaved spouses or civil partners of those serving in the regular forces where (i) the bereaved spouse or civil partner has recently ceased, or will cease to be entitled, to reside in Ministry of Defence accommodation following the death of their service spouse or civil partner, and (ii) the death was wholly or partly attributable to their service; or

c) existing or former members of the reserved forces who are suffering from a serious injury, illness or disability which is attributable (wholly or partly) to their service.

d) eligible homeless applicants that are not subject to a referral to another Local Authority AND they meet the Housing Act local connection criteria.

e) When an applicant is being supported as they need to move due to domestic violence. 

Medical Priority

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You may feel that living in your current property is making a medical condition worse and that a move would help.

To give your case proper consideration, we need you to fill in our medical form. We will also ask the advice of our independent medical advisor. Please read our medical assessments page for more information and to fill in the form.

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