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Your banding

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+, emergency, band one, band two and band three 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 needs awards will be reviewed after three months or if you refuse a suitable offer of accommodation.

For full details of the bands please read the allocations policy.

Emergency+ Band

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; plus

  • A substantially adapted or purpose-built property is required. This category includes those applicants covered by regulations which apply to members and former members of the Armed Forces and having particular regard for those injured or disabled in action;
  • Armed Forces personnel with families upon the provision of a Certificate of Cessation of Entitlement to Occupy Service Living Accommodation
  • For children leaving care who were under the care of CWC up to the age of 25

There has been a Multi-Agency Panel review and immediate rehousing is required. Immediate rehousing need is when there is a significant threat to life.

 

Emergency Band

Cases where:

  • 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;
  • There has been a Multi Agency Panel review and immediate rehousing is required;
  • A substantially adapted or purpose built property is required. This category includes those applicants covered by regulations which apply to members and former members of the Armed Forces and having particular regard for those injured or disabled in action;
  • An appointed Occupational Therapist has decided the applicant’s property is unsuitable for the applicant or a member of their household needs and where adaptations would cost in excess of £5,000 or cannot be carried out due to the construction of the property
  • A substantially adapted (£3000 or more in value, through floor lift substantially adapted bathroom etc) or purpose-built property is being freed;
  • An appointed Occupational Therapist has decided the applicant’s property is unsuitable for the applicant or a dependent member of the households needs. Or; where adaptations would cost in excess of £5,000 cannot be carried out due to the construction of the property or the applicant is deemed to be prevented from leaving hospital without suitable accommodation.
  • A family is freeing a placement in a specialist housing scheme, or subject to a single referral forum decision, and has been assessed as ready to move on;
  • Short of 3 or more bedrooms
  • Short of 2 or more bedrooms whilst living in a 1-bedroom property
  • Wolverhampton City Council or Registered Provider tenant releasing two or more bedrooms

Band One

Cases where:

  • There is an urgent need to move on medical or social grounds;
  • There is a young person leaving care
  • Foster Carers and those approved to adopt who require a larger property;
  • 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;
  • The applicant is freeing a placement in a specialist housing scheme, or subject to a single referral forum decision, and has been assessed as ready to move on;
  • A tenant of Wolverhampton City Council or a Registered Provider wishes to leave a house and move to a flat, maisonette or bungalow;
  • The applicant’s home is subject to a Compulsory Purchase Order/Closing Order;
  • The applicant has an urgent need to move to a particular area in the City and where not to do so would cause hardship to themselves or to others.
  • Armed Forces personnel with families upon the provision of a Certificate of Cessation of Entitlement to Occupy Service Living Accommodation; or
  • Where a Council service tenants occupying tied accommodation whose contract states that accommodation must be occupied and their employment is terminated, the service tenant retires or tied accommodation is no longer available. This will not apply to Employees leaving as a result of dismissal.
  • Short of 2 bedrooms.
  • Children of opposite sex sharing a bedroom over the age of 10 (where there are three or more children, those of the same sex will be expected to share a bedroom)
  • Short of 1 bedroom whilst living in a 1-bedroom property

Social Priority - Band One

  • Move to enable a disabled/mentally ill/elderly person & carer to be close in order to prevent immediate admission to hospital or a home where essential support is given. Will only apply where applicant is looking to move to the same estate as carer
  • Violent injury/death, suicide, rape or attempted rape in or near the home which directly affects the applicant or a member of the applicants household
  • Where a neighbourhood dispute/racial harassment/hate crime incident results in court action and the applicant needs to move away from an area;
  • Life threatening violence or the likelihood of it
  • Children being returned from care but dependent on a change of accommodation
  • Freeing a hospital bed or residential home placement where present accommodation is deemed unsuitable following professional advice
  • Change of accommodation required for exceptional social/medical factors where moving would enable the delivery/monitoring of essential support services. Awarded when Housing Support have confirmation that the applicant is engaging with supporting agencies

Band Two

Cases where:

  • The applicant is freeing a placement in a supported housing scheme e.g. hostel / foyer etc. has 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;
  • There is a significant need to move on medical or social grounds;
  • A family, or pensioner (someone aged 66 or older) is sharing or lacking a kitchen, bathroom or toilet. Does not apply to owner occupiers or tenants, excluding those living in a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
  • Short of 1 bedroom
  • Wolverhampton City Council or Registered Provider tenant releasing one bedroom.

Social Priority - Band Two

  • Burglary: where the applicant is considered vulnerable and is the target of repeat offending
  • Neighbourhood disputes/racial harassment incidents/hate crime resulting in intimidation or serious threats or damage to property which are recurrent
  • To move away from criminal activity and/or drug problems where the applicant would be vulnerable to being drawn back to previous criminality
  • Couples/Families/Single people in financial hardship actively looking to downsize from larger accommodation to smaller accommodation and circumstances currently assessed as band 2
  • Applicant is a current or former member of the armed forces, injured serviceman or woman, bereaved spouse or civil partner or existing or former member of the reserved forces who is suffering from a serious injury, illness or disability which is attributable (wholly or partly) to their service (families).

Band Three

Cases where:

  • There is a need to move on medical or welfare grounds but which is less than that required for Bands 1 & 2;
  • 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.
  • Any applicant owed the Prevention, Relief or Main duty and are or are likely to be in priority need and unintentionally homeless but are refusing to cooperate on task(s) specified within their personal housing plan.
  • An individual living in Supported/Specialist housing but is not yet ready to move on.
  • The applicant is a tenant of CWC or RP who has children under 12 years of age but does not have access to a private garden. This does not apply for a like to like property.

Social Priority - Band Three

  • Accident or bereavement in or near the home which is seriously affecting the applicant or a member of their family.
  • Neighbourhood disputes/racial harassment resulting in graffiti, gestures, letters.
  • Where, following the breakdown of a marriage, civil partnership or established common law relationship the former partners are still living in the same property.
  • Couples/Families/Single people in financial hardship actively looking to downsize from larger accommodation to smaller accommodation and circumstances currently assessed as band 3
  • Applicant is a current or former member of the armed forces, injured serviceman or woman, bereaved spouse or civil partner or existing or former member of the reserved forces who is suffering from a serious injury, illness or disability which is attributable (wholly or partly) to their service (singles). Note: Where a particular circumstance, or set of circumstances, has been taken into account when awarding social priority, that same circumstance, or set of circumstances, will not be taken into account in any request for medical priority or vice versa.

 

Medical Priority

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. Please read our medical assessments page for more information and to fill in the form.