Published: 19th Nov 2020

East Lindsey District Council has agreed to review its housing allocations policy, following an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman. The ombudsman looked at the council’s policy after a couple complained they had been barred from joining the housing register because they did not have a connection to the area. This was despite wanting to provide care to an elderly relative who lived there. The ombudsman’s investigation found the council’s policy did not meet the requirements of the public sector equality duty. This is because the policy does not consider the needs of people with disabilities when excluding caregivers from qualifying for a local connection. ‘While councils have some freedom to decide the criteria on who qualifies for their housing register, they must also act in line with legal requirements in the Housing Act 1996, and cannot disqualify whole groups of people who would otherwise have priority,’ … (To read the full article, subscribe below)