Have your say on Lancaster City Council housing policy

Lancaster City Council is inviting people to have their say on the changes it plans to make to the district’s Housing Allocation Policy.

Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 12:36 pm

The policy sets out how the council allocates housing from its own stock and that of other social housing providers.

To make sure it meets the housing needs of the district and takes account of any changes to the law and government guidance, this policy is regularly reviewed.

In reviewing the policy, the council is proposing to make a number of minor changes which aim to make the best use of the local social housing stock.

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These will improve access to social housing for homeless applicants, victims of domestic abuse, applicants who need to move for medical reasons, those leaving armed forces accommodation and their families, and people wanting to move nearer to family for support.

Councillor Caroline Jackson, Cabinet member with responsibility for housing, said: “In allocating our council and social housing we often have to make difficult decisions because many people are in need of decent and affordable homes. It is really important to us that we have policies and guidelines which fit our own local people as well as conform to the government requirements.

"By getting involved in our regular Housing Allocation Policy review you can help ensure the district’s housing needs are met and priority is given to those who are in the greatest need of a home.”

If you would like to comment on the policy under review, visit Lancaster.gov.uk/housing to view the document and proposed changes and complete the online questionnaire.

If you do not have internet access, paper copies can be made available by calling the council on 01524 582005.

Comments on policy must be made by Friday September 25. This can be done via the online questionnaire, by sending an email to [email protected] or in writing to Housing Options Team, Communities and the Environment, PO Box 4, Lancaster Town Hall, Lancaster, LA1 1PJ.