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Housing Allocation Scheme

Status : Current Consultation
Published on: 16 December 2019

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We would like to hear your views on our proposed changes to the Housing Allocation Scheme.

Details of the consultation

We are seeking the views of residents on the proposed changes to the Housing Allocation Scheme.

We have a serious shortage of social housing in our borough and there are thousands of people on our housing waiting list. We are determined that our limited supply of social housing goes to the families who are in most need. Therefore, we will work with people in the private rented sector at risk of homelessness to secure their homes or help them find alternative rented accommodation in the private sector.

We will also work to improve the quality of private sector rented accommodation to ensure it is fit for purpose and is part of the long term solution. We’re tackling homelessness and working to increase the number of homes available for people living in our borough. 

We are in the midst of a housing crisis and the numbers of homeless households are at record levels in Enfield. The sheer volume of requests for help have overloaded our homelessness services to the extent that we now have over 3400 households (over 11,000 people) in temporary accommodation.

Each year, we let around 245 homes to homeless households. This means that the number of people in temporary accommodation is growing each year. The current cost to the Council (and Council Tax payers) is around £7,000,000 per year. We are building more homes, but there will never be enough affordable housing for everyone.

The aim of the draft housing allocations policy is to ensure that Council and housing association homes go to those most in need.

The case study examples below may make things clearer and easier to understand.

Draft Scheme

Case studies

Who can participate

All residents.

How to tell us your views

To tell us your views, please complete our questionnaire. It should take around 15 minutes to complete.  Before you tell us your views, please have a look at our draft scheme. Please note, a number of the key elements of the draft Scheme are referred to in our questionnaire. 

Start and closing dates

Start: 17 December 2019

Close: 11 March 2020

Further information

If you have any queries or require assistance in participating in this consultation, please email consultation@enfield.gov.uk