East Lothian Council is altering the way it allocates its council homes.
Councillors have approved changes to the council’s Housing Allocations Policy that will see:
Priority for suitable available ground-floor properties given to people with mobility problems;
Housing applicants able to select as many or as few areas for housing as they wish;
Offers of housing reduced from three to two ‘reasonable’ offers. (A ‘reasonable’ offer is one that meets the applicant’s requirements in terms of size, property type, area of their choice and any assessed health needs);
Discharge from prison reduced from 80 points to 40 points, giving those applicants a similar priority to those who have lost their home in the private rented sector.
The changes will be introduced from April 1.
East Lothian Council’s housing spokesperson, Councillor Norman Hampshire, said: “The changes we are making to the Housing Allocations Policy have been arrived at after extensive consultation with the public and our partners and I think they will be welcomed.
“The changes will help us to make better use of our housing stock by giving people more information and greater choice and help achieve sustainable, balanced communities in East Lothian.”