Information from Councillor Bryan Lodge taken from Sheffield City Council’s website. www.sheffield.gov.uk
A consultation scheme is underway to find out what people think about potential changes to how social housing is let in the city.
There are ever increasing demands on social housing in Sheffield, like many other parts of the country.
The proposed changes aim to ensure that our housing stock goes to the people who need it most. The proposals include:
- A separate register for adapted properties, specifically let to people with a mobility or medical need
- Affordability assessments on everyone offered social housing
- Allowing only those with a local connection to Sheffield to join the Housing Register
- Giving greater priority to people who need to move urgently
- Not allowing those with substantial financial assets or income to join the Housing Register
- Increasing the time period tenants are unable to re-join the Housing Register after taking a tenancy
“Councillor Paul Wood, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said: “These proposals could bring about some important changes to the way we let social housing so make sure you have your say and let us know what you think.
“We hope any changes we make will mean that our social housing stock is used in the best way it can be, providing a home for those who need it most. We are also aiming to make more tenancies successful and our neighbourhoods great places to live, with properties that customers can afford and the right support in place when it’s needed.”
Birley Ward Councillor, Bryan Lodge added, “This consultation is an important part of the council’s drive to make sure people have a greater say in the decisions which affect them. I would like to encourage as many people as possible to join in and let us know how they feel about the proposals.”
Complete the 15-minute survey at http://bit.ly/lettingsconsultation before 30th April 2021 to have your say.