Brent’s Cabinet puts communities first in allocating social housing

19 June 2019

On Monday evening, 17 June, Brent's Cabinet made changes to the way that the very limited amount of social housing is allocated in the borough.


London's housing crisis is hitting Brent hard. Homelessness is increasing and a third of the borough's residents are renting in a private market that is frequently insecure and too often of poor quality.


To tackle this, the Cabinet is driving forward an ambitious programme to build 1,000 council homes, increasing affordable housing through the Council-owned company, i4B, and London-wide Capital Letters initiative, and driving up standards in the private rented sector.


The Council must have a policy for allocating the very limited social housing in the borough and the Cabinet has made important changes that should make it easier for some families to move into more suitable, permanent housing in the area that they call home.


Alongside ensuring appropriate priority is given to people escaping domestic violence, residents living in Temporary Accommodation on an estate that is being regenerated will now have the same access to a new, permanent home built on that estate. Similarly, residents eligible for a transfer will be able to access new homes built by the Council where they live.


Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "Making changes to this policy does nothing to increase the amount of social housing available to us. There are thousands of families who need our help and this is likely to increase in the coming months and years. Decisions about who to prioritise for social housing are therefore not easy. Meanwhile, we'll continue to do all we can to increase the amount of affordable housing which is desperately needed by people in Brent."