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Consultation on reforms to social housing allocations 02/02/2024 Labelled as Regulation

On 30 January, DLUHC published a consultation paper proposing reforms to the regulations governing the allocation of council and housing association homes. Councils are required to follow these regulations in deciding how to allocate council homes as they become vacant. The main proposals are:


  1. The introduction of a United Kingdom (UK) connection test: applicants would have to be UK, Irish or Commonwealth citizens with right of abode, certain Swiss or EEA citizens, or be lawfully resident in the UK for at least 10 years.
  2. Introduction of other mandatory qualifications: applicants would need to have at least 2 years local connection, household income below a prescribed threshold, and no unspent convictions for anti-social behaviour or terrorism offences; making false statements about their circumstances would also disqualify them.


The consultation paper does not propose an income threshold above which applicants would be barred from council housing but invites views on what would be appropriate.


If introduced, these proposals would apply to new applicants and to those already on waiting lists, but not to existing tenants. Existing tenants will, however, be affected by the proposal to introduce new grounds for eviction for terrorism offences, and implementation of a 'three strikes and you're out' policy for anti-social behaviour.


The consultation closes on 26 March. ARCH will be submitting a response and would like to hear member authorities' views on the proposals. Please send comments to ARCH Policy Adviser Matthew Warburton ( by 18 March.

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