Published: 6th Nov 2019

Manchester City Council has proposed changes to the social housing allocation in order to help the city’s most vulnerable people.  The proposed changes include improved housing opportunities for homeless residents, introducing a two-year residency rule to apply to be on the housing register, different levels of priority for degrees of overcrowding, and ensuring that homeowners will no longer be able to join the housing register to bring in line with other local authorities. Councillors will be asked to approve the changes and when agreed, the changes are expected to be implemented in the autumn of 2020. Manchester currently has more than 65,000 social rent homes, but demand is extremely high, with more than 5,000 households currently on the register in priority need. The turnover of social homes has also decreased significantly, this means that many residents are choosing to stay in social housing for longer and those on the housing … (To read the full article, subscribe below)