Leicester

Leicester homes waiting list set for change

The way council homes are allocated in Leicester is set to change after criticism of the current system.

Currently the city council uses a points-based process, but this had been viewed as complex and easy to queue-jump.

After a three-month consultation, officials have proposed to replace it with a banding system which combines personal need with time spent waiting.

If approved, the new policy should be in place by August.

The council has about 9,000 people on its housing waiting list with about 1,500 properties let annually.

Councillor Paul Westley, cabinet member for housing, said: "The complexity of the points system, with mountains of forms that officers have to go through and then award the points - looking at doctors letters and things like that - is a real issue.

"I have been round the department and seen it from when an application comes in and the process and I think the bureaucracy needs to be cut as well."

He added the banding system would still recognise issues such as domestic violence or young children by putting those groups in bands, but within those bands the time spent waiting would also be an issue.

The proposals will be voted on next month.

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