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Changes to the Housing Allocations Policy

Following a review of the City of Wolverhampton Council's Housing Allocations Policy a number of changes will take place which will affect all properties advertised on or after Tuesday 2 June 2020. The changes are as follows:

Applicants who have refused two offers of suitable accommodation in a 12-month period will be deferred (your application will be temporarily closed) from the housing register for a period of six months. We will write to tell you if you are being deferred and you can ask us to review our decision. If you are owed a homeless duty we will make one offer of suitable accommodation. If you refuse the offer, it will end the statutory homelessness duty. That means that your statutory homeless priority will be removed.

  • Priority for ground floor flats will be given to applicants requiring one-level accommodation and access without climbing stairs or one or two steps. Age will no longer be considered.

  • A new priority category has been created within Band 1 for foster carers and those approved to adopt who require a larger property. To be considered for this priority you will need to provide confirmation from the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Fostering Team to confirm that you are either an approved foster carer at present and require a larger home, or that the only thing preventing you from becoming a foster carer or adopting a child is the need for a larger home.

  • We will no longer give priority for tenants releasing two tenancies to take up one.

  • The City of Wolverhampton Council reserves the right to directly allocate properties which have been purchased, in cases such as estate regeneration, where this has been subject to separate Cabinet approval.

  • In the event of a large-scale city emergency the City of Wolverhampton Council reserves the right to allocate any available properties outside of the Housing Allocations Policy. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the increase in demand for temporary accommodation during the lockdown period and the expected increase following lockdown, led to the City of Wolverhampton Council invoking this right. This has resulted in direct lets being made to some homeless applicants who were placed into temporary accommodation prior to June 2020.

The Housing Allocations Policy can be found here.