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Prioritising Applications

The Council uses a banding scheme to prioritise applications.

All housing and transfer applications received for rented accommodation will be assessed and placed in one of 4 bands, A to D. The table below sets out the banding scheme and gives examples of those applicants who would be eligible to be placed in each band.


 Band  Criteria  Examples
Band A Urgent Priority Homeless or threatened with homelessness within 28 days, Lacking 3 or more bedrooms and acute overcrowding, Under-occupation, Decant of existing accommodation, High medical assessment, High welfare or hardship assessment, Young people leaving care, people moving on from supported housing projects.
Band B High Priority Threatened with homelessness within a period of more than 28 days, lacking 2 bedrooms, Medium medical assessment, work related reasons.
Band C Moderate Priority Homeless or threatened with homelessness (non priority), low medical assessment, low welfare or hardship assessment, sharing facilities with non-family members, lacking 1 bedroom.
Band D Low Priority Adequately housed, owner occupiers and home owners, serving members of HM Forces until ready for discharge, Prisoners, all other applicants who do not fall into Bands A, B or C.

Additionally, the Council may award "Exceptional or Emergency Status" to a housing applicant who requires an urgent move to ensure their immediate safety and welfare for whatever reason and/or where remaining in their current accommodation may cause risk of death or serious injury.

Substantial evidence must exist for "exceptional or emergency" status to be considered.

"Exceptional or emergency" status is time limited and will last for 28 days.

If the housing applicant has not applied for a property suitable for their needs within that time their "exceptional or emergency" status will be reviewed and if it si not renewed the housing applicant will be placed in the appropriate band for their needs or made a direct allocation.

If no suitable vacancy has arisen within the 28 day time period then the "exceptional or emergency" status will be renewed automatically for a further 28 days.

A housing applicant with "exceptional or emergency" status who bids for a property will be considered as a priority above all other housing applicants in any other band.

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