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Housing policy and strategy

Read about our housing strategy, tenancy strategy and homelessness strategy.

Allocations scheme review

We are reviewing our social housing allocations scheme and want your views. Take part in the consultation by 28 February.

Every local authority has a statutory duty to publish an Allocations Scheme which sets out how Westminster City Council allocate social housing. It tells you:

  1. Who can apply to go on the Housing Register.
  2. Who gets priority for housing.
  3. The type and size of property you are eligible to apply for.
  4. How Westminster City Council may resolve its housing duties towards you.

You can review the current Housing Allocations Scheme.

The Social Housing Supply and Allocations Report reviews the supply and demand for social rented housing and low-cost home ownership for the last financial year and forthcoming financial year.

You can review the 2022/23 Social Housing Supply and Allocations Report

Why are we reviewing the Housing Allocations Scheme?

We want to ensure the allocation of social housing is as fair as possible and makes the best use of our stock.

Our aims include to:

  1. Be more transparent about how we allocate social housing.
  2. Have a simpler scheme that is easier to understand.
  3. Consider how we can recognise those with multiple needs.
  4. Improve the way we communicate changes and supply of stock in Westminster to those registered.

How can you get involved?

Formal consultation on changes to our Housing Allocation Scheme is now open. Complete the consultation survey before it closes on Wednesday 28th February 2024 and you will be entered into a prize draw for supermarket vouchers of £50!

We want to engage with as many people as possible to understand your views on the proposed changes to the Housing Allocations Scheme, including your experiences and challenges of housing in Westminster.

We have already engaged with many people through our pre-consultation phase, and feedback has helped to shape our proposed changes.

We want to:

  1. Engage with those with lived experience from a range of backgrounds to understand their experiences of social housing.
  2. Receive input from service providers and front-line staff who have supported residents with social housing.
  3. Liaise with wider stakeholders to provide a holistic understanding of the Allocations Scheme. 

You can also email [email protected] if you have any queries.

Published: 8 November 2023

Last updated: 7 February 2024