Sub-Regional Choice-Based Lettings Scheme consultation

Contact officer: Diana Dennis

Tel: 0151 691 8253

Email: dianadennis@wirral.gov.uk

Start date: 21 August 2010

End date: 14 October 2010

Purpose of the exercise:
Choice-based Lettings is a way of allocating social housing that gives the customer more choice about where they want to live. The Government has asked all Councils to introduce Choice-based Lettings schemes as the preferred way of allocating social rented housing.

Wirral Council, in partnership with a number of Housing Associations, has operated a Choice Based Lettings scheme known as Wirralhomes since 2003. The Council has been working with the Councils of Halton, Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton and more than 20 Housing Associations to develop a scheme across all of these areas. The new scheme will be called Property Pool Plus.

Choice-based Lettings schemes have been operating in Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral for a number of years, but it will be totally new for Halton and Knowsley residents.

We are now consulting those potentially affected by the proposed changes.

The Councils and Housing Association partners intend to adopt a common application form, a common housing register, a common allocations policy and a shared computer system. The aim is to offer a simplified, more accessible service for customers as well as creating efficiencies for partner organisations.

Find out more about the consultation

Who will be consulted and how?:
Current and future social housing residents, organisations with clients in social housing and other stakeholders will be consulted using an on-line and hard copy questionnaire.

Who will the results of the exercise be reported to?:
The results will be reported to Wirral Council's Cabinet.

What were the results of the exercise?:
These will be reported following completion of the exercise.

What changes to the service will take place as a result of the exercise?:
These will be reported following completion of the exercise.