Only 'local people' now eligible for East Lindsey social housing
East Lindsey District Council has changed its social housing scheme –in a bid to stop people from outside Lincolnshire getting homes.
The Linx Homechoice housing scheme determines who can be added to the housing register, and how far up they can be placed.
But East Lindsey District Council has now changed who is eligible for its housing from any “British citizen” to only “those with a local connection to Lincolnshire”.
Councillors also decided to remove tier four from the housing list – which they say contained around 1200 people who stood little chance of ever getting a council house.
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The council believes the changes will help local people stand a better chance of getting a house.
The move was approved at a meeting of the executive board yesterday.
A 12 week consultation period had been in place while the changes were considered.
It is after central government released a new guidance code for councils on how they allocate housing.
The Council’s Portfolio Holder with responsibility for Housing, Councillor William Gray, said: “With a growing need for social housing in the District, there is now a very real need to look at who we accept onto the housing register.
“This is why we have changed the criteria to improve the prospects of people who have a strong connection – whether that be living here, working here or having family here.”
Over 4,500 people are currently on the social housing register in the area.
The revised Housing Allocation scheme is available for downloading from the Council’s website.