Proposals to change the way housing is allocated in Barnet

Live in borough for five years to receive help with housing

Live in borough for five years to receive help with housing

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People will have to live in Barnet for at least five years before they qualify for help with housing, under new proposals.

Barnet Borough Council is looking at proposals to change the way it allocates council and housing association homes.

Applicants currently must live in the borough for at least two years.

The council will continue to provide accommodation to people in need where it has a legal duty to do so, under homelessness legislation.

The proposals aim to guarantee that available housing is allocated to people who have an established connection with the borough.

Other proposed changes include excluding people who refuse an offer that meets their needs from housing for two years, rather than the current one year. Priority for housing is also being looked at. The number of hours someone has to work, volunteer or attend training to be awarded additional priority will be set at 16 hours per week, rather than the current ten hours for volunteering or training. At present, there are no minimum hours for work.

People at risk of violence in their homes will be treated as homeless, and offered temporary accommodation.

Council staff living in a property as part of their job, with more than 15 years service in the armed forces, will also no longer be offered a home with one more bedroom than they need when they leave their job.

Hale Councillor Tom Davey, chairman of the council's housing committee, said: “We have to combine our obligation to provide those in need with decent homes alongside the need to create successful communities.”

The consultation ends on September 30. For more information, visit http://engage.barnet.gov.uk/

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6:01pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Grumblepop says...

Are there council homes left in the Borough of Barnet building site of Housing Association homes for sale subsidised by the state? that a few can only afford two steps of the housing ladder? The housing strategy is still going the wrong way unless the governments rescind the Right To Buy. While the receipts from the sales at 80% discount subsidised by the taxpayer are being returned Barnet council building 36 odd homesi in up market Muswell Hill shows the ineptitude of some thos like Davey boy in leading local housing strategy.

Not helped by some of Barnet Homes own strategy of being all thing social & Jobcenre business and forgetting that they are there to manage statutory housing access to Barnet Council. Begin with the £million of housing revenue lent to their What Choice company.

Those whom led the housing campaign against privatising our housing some 15 years ago have been fully vindicated time and again with everything they stated all those years. Housing being replaced by "shoeboxes" from RSLs whom are making more from Housin benefit renting from private landlords, while building gated communities.

Council staff living in property as part of their job don't get the top two executives salary, will either be statutory homeless or overcrowded,. Further disgrace and insult to our armed forces from Barnet leaving long term service. No other nation leaves the lifetime service personnel with families homeless..

I can see yet another Judicial Review coming in the same vein as the Crapita issue and this time a more robust defence for deviating from existing Statutory Housing Legislation

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sin.org.uk
Are there council homes left in the Borough of Barnet building site of Housing Association homes for sale subsidised by the state? that a few can only afford two steps of the housing ladder? The housing strategy is still going the wrong way unless the governments rescind the Right To Buy. While the receipts from the sales at 80% discount subsidised by the taxpayer are being returned Barnet council building 36 odd homesi in up market Muswell Hill shows the ineptitude of some thos like Davey boy in leading local housing strategy. Not helped by some of Barnet Homes own strategy of being all thing social & Jobcenre business and forgetting that they are there to manage statutory housing access to Barnet Council. Begin with the £million of housing revenue lent to their What Choice company. Those whom led the housing campaign against privatising our housing some 15 years ago have been fully vindicated time and again with everything they stated all those years. Housing being replaced by "shoeboxes" from RSLs whom are making more from Housin benefit renting from private landlords, while building gated communities. Council staff living in property as part of their job don't get the top two executives salary, will either be statutory homeless or overcrowded,. Further disgrace and insult to our armed forces from Barnet leaving long term service. No other nation leaves the lifetime service personnel with families homeless.. I can see yet another Judicial Review coming in the same vein as the Crapita issue and this time a more robust defence for deviating from existing Statutory Housing Legislation www.defendcouncilhou sin.org.uk Grumblepop
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