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:
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.
These people qualify for Band One:
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
These social priorities may qualify you for Band One
These people qualify for Band Two:
These social priorities may qualify you for Band Two:
These people qualify for Band Three:
These social priorities may qualify you for Band Three:
These people qualify for Band Four:
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”
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.
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.