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Lettings Policy consultation

The Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk Home-Link partnership has reviewed and rewritten its Lettings Policy.

The main aims of the policy remain:

  • to provide homes to those most in need
  • to let council and housing association properties in a fair and transparent way

We own and maintain about 7,300 council homes. The policy helps us decide which homes to allocate to which residents. It also helps us determine which residents can access local housing association homes.

We don’t propose any changes to ‘bandings’. Applicants are placed in a band according to their need, and we give priority to those with the greatest need.

Most of the proposed changes to the policy are alterations to wording to make it clearer what the policy means. We want to ensure it is applied consistently across Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk. This is important because Home-Link, the system people use to apply for council and housing association homes, is used across this wide area.

Also, the proposed new policy incorporates changes to how ‘local connection’ is described. It clarifies what is meant by local connection due to employment.

Another proposed change gives ex-partners of armed forces personnel the same local connection exemption as their former partners, if they must move out of a Ministry of Defence property due to a relationship breakdown. This change will ensure the policy meets the requirements of the Military Covenant.

Have your say

You can read the full changes proposed, and take part in the consultation on the South Cambridgeshire District Council website.

The consultation closes on Sunday 20 December.

Contact us at cbl@cambridge.gov.uk or 03450 450 051 if you have any questions about the consultation or policy. Also, let us know if you would prefer to submit your response on a printed form.

Next steps

After the consultation, the Home-Link partnership will analyse your responses and take them into account before the new policy is finalised in 2021.