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Housing

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is being issued to local housing authorities concerning the allocation of new affordable housing to applicants without small children or pregnant partners which does not encourage teenage pregnancy. [HL2541]

Statutory guidance on the allocation of social housing accommodation was published in November 2002 and sets out that local authorities must allocate social housing in accordance with Part VI of the Housing Act 1996. Further statutory guidance on how local authorities should offer a choice of accommodation to their applicants was published in August 2008.

Local authorities are responsible for framing their own social housing allocation schemes for determining priorities and for defining the procedures to be followed in allocating social housing accommodation, but they must ensure that reasonable preference is given to certain categories of people as set out in the 1996 Act. These include people who are homeless; people who are occupying unsanitary, overcrowded or unsatisfactory housing conditions; people who need to move on medical or welfare grounds; or people who need to move to a particular locality, where failure to meet that need would cause hardship.

The code of guidance, Allocation of Accommodation, is available at www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/allocationaccommodationcode, and Allocation of Accommodation: Choice Based Lettings is available at www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/ lettingscodeguidance.