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:

  • People who are homeless through no fault of their own and in priority need and who the council has a duty to rehouse.
  • 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.
  • People who have are homeless and in priority need but who are intentionally 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.

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.
  • People who are homeless through no fault of their own, but who Wolverhampton City Council does not have a duty to rehouse.
  • 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.
  • People who have received a Notice to Quit, Section 8 notice or Section 21 notice through no fault of their own and there is no reasonable prospect of legal proceedings being successfully defended unless there are rent arrears present at the time of the application.
  • 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.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • People who have no identified housing need.
  • Owner-occupiers who have more than £48,000 equity in their property.
  • People who owe a debt of more than £60 to a Council or Registered Social Landlord.

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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