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Coventry Homefinder

Proposed change - changing the banding system (‘reasonable preference’ criteria)

Reducing the current banding system to 5 bands. The banding system tells people how priority (reasonable and/or additional preference) is awarded on the Housing Register. The proposed banding system would have bands 1-4 and a reduced preference band. See our banding tables for more information (hyperlink to banding table)

What does the current policy say?

The current banding system has 7 bands (bands 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a and 3b).

Why change?

To simplify the banding system and ensure that housing is allocated to those in the greatest housing need.

Note: By law local authorities must give ‘reasonable preference’ to people in certain circumstances over other groups. People given greater preference include the homeless, those who need to move on welfare or medical grounds, people living in unsatisfactory housing and those facing hardship unless they move to a particular area of Coventry.

The Council is also required by law to give ‘additional preference’ to some Housing Register applicants for example applicants who have served in the armed or reserve forces. The Council can give additional preference to other groups of Housing Register applicants too.

If the banding system is changed there would need to be a comprehensive review of all Housing Register applications to reassess them. Although the date of application will be retained,some applications may be placed in a different band with an increased or a reduced priority or may no longer be able to remain on the register.

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