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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Double consultation launched by Council’s housing service

 

Cheshire East Council is looking to continue to ensure all its residents get access to decent homes as part of a double consultation.

The Council’s draft tenancy strategy and the revised allocations policy – two key elements of the Council’s housing service – are under review.

Up until June 22, residents can give their thoughts on the two documents, which have been published at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk

Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, said: “These documents are key priorities for the Council’s strategic housing service.

“The Localism Bill has placed a requirement on the Council to produce a tenancy strategy which will set out objectives which would assist providers in putting together their own tenancy management policies.

“The allocations policy is a very important document as it sets out how social housing properties are allocated and how households are prioritised for housing.

“Our vision is that all our residents in Cheshire East are able to access affordable, appropriate and decent accommodation and these consultations form a major part of our aims to achieve that.”

Once finalised, the tenancy strategy will give guidance on how Cheshire East Council would like to see the following being addressed by registered providers:

· What kind of tenancy they offer;

· The circumstances in which they will grant a tenancy of a particular kind;

· The length of tenancy that will be offered (when for a set term);

· The circumstances in which a further tenancy will be granted when the existing tenancy has ended.

Meanwhile, the proposed allocations policy has been set out in response to changes in Government policy. This can also be viewed on the consultations section of the Cheshire East website.

The overall aim of the policy is to ensure that all social and affordable housing is allocated fairly and objectively to those in the greatest housing need.

Alternatively, a summary of the document, as well as a survey about the policy, can be viewed at www.cheshirehomechoice.org.uk

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