Gwynedd Council is consulting on a new system for the allocation of social housing in the county that they believe would help them to better meet the housing needs of local people.
The proposal is to introduce an allocations ‘banding’ system that would replace the current points system. The council now believe there is a need for a system that’s easier to understand and to strengthen the position of applicants who have a local community connection with the area where the property is located.
Within a ‘banding’ system applications for social housing are placed in a particular band that reflects the level of need. This will mean that applications will avoid confusion that can arise with the current system where it is possible for an application to receive different points for different areas. It is intended to reflect applicants’ connection with Gwynedd and with individual communities, strengthening the emphasis on addressing the housing needs of local people.
- Band 1: Applications with more than 5 years connection with Gwynedd and in urgent housing need
- Band 2: Applications with more than 5 years connection with Gwynedd and are also in housing need
- Band 3: Applications in urgent housing need, but with less than 5 years connection with Gwynedd
- Band 4: Applications in housing need, but with less than 5 years connection with Gwynedd
- Band 5: Applications not in housing need, but with more than 5 years connection with Gwynedd
The new policy would change the lettings procedure of Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, Grŵp Cynefin and North Wales Housing properties in Gwynedd.
Before introducing the new system, the Council is keen to find out the public’s views and welcomes any comments.
Councillor Craig ab Iago, Gwynedd Council Cabinet member who leads on Housing said: “Our aim is to ensure a housing allocation system that reflects applicants’ connection with Gwynedd and with individual communities, and that strengthens the emphasis on meeting the housing needs of local people.
“People have told us that the current system which has been in place for a number of years can be complicated. We have therefore developed a new system we hope would reflect the housing needs of Gwynedd people.
“We hope that the new 5 ‘band’ based system will to be easier to understand, and give priority to the applicants who have a connection to Gwynedd and the applicants who need housing the most.
“But before introducing the new system, we are eager to hear the opinions of the public, especially those people who are on the housing list.”
The survey, along with more information about the new system, is available on the Gwynedd Council website www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/SocialHousing and there are also paper copies available in the Siopau Gwynedd and the Council’s libraries. The survey will be open until 1 March 2019.