Housing policy and strategy

Our housing strategy, tenancy strategy and homelessness strategy are all important to Westminster City Council.

1. Homelessness Strategy

Our draft Homelessness Strategy 2019 – 2024 sets out a ten point plan to tackle and respond to homelessness in the city. It aims to:

  • prevent more people from becoming homeless in the first place
  • improve our services and response when people do become homeless
  • meet the challenges ahead and have a homelessness system fit for the future

To develop the strategy a Review of Homelessness was carried out which can be found here.

Our draft strategy does not cover rough sleeping as it is a specific problem which requires its own strategy and response. We already have a dedicated Rough Sleeping Strategy, which you can read on our website here.

The draft Homelessness Strategy is available here, and we would like to know what you think of it by Wednesday 11 September 2019. You can either complete the online survey or download a Feedback Form and email it to: homelessnessstrategy@westminster.gov.uk or send it to the free post address:

FREEPOST WCC OPEN FORUM
Westminster City Council
London, SW1E 6QP
(Homelessness Strategy)

You can also let us know what you think of the Homelessness Strategy, or find out more about it, at the workshop we are holding:

Monday 2 September 3pm to 5pm
Westminster City Hall
64 Victoria Street
London, SW1E 6QP

This workshop is aimed at groups, organisations or people that already have a knowledge of homelessness.

To book a place at the workshop, or to request a copy of the Homelessness Strategy or the review, email: homelessnessstrategy@westminster.gov.uk.

You can also view the draft Homelessness Strategy and the review at:

Westminster City Hall
64 Victoria Street
London, SW1E 6QP
Between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

The Housing Solutions Service
82 Bruckner Street
London, W10 4EY
Between 10 am to 4pm Monday to Friday

 

2. Tenancy Policy

The council’s Tenancy Policy sets out its approach to flexible tenancies (brought in by the Localism Act 2011) in its own housing stock. The policy follows the principles of the Tenancy Strategy (which is a guide to all social housing with stock in Westminster in their approach to fixed term tenure).

The Tenancy Policy also sets out the council’s general approach to tenancy management and housing fraud.

For any further information about the Tenancy Policy contact Cecily Herdman.

Write to Policy, Performance and Communications team, 19th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP.

Call 020 7641 2789.

Email cherdman@westminster.gov.uk.

3. Leaseholder policy for Housing Renewal Areas

The updated Policy 2018, sets out the financial compensation and rehousing options for leaseholders where the council wants to acquire their properties in order for housing renewal to go ahead. A summary of the policy can be found here.

The new policy replaces the one originally published in 2014. 

To find out more about the policy, contact Cecily Herdman.

Write to Policy, Performance and Communications Team, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 6QP.

Call 020 7641 2789.

Email cherdman@westminster.gov.uk.

4. Policy for Tenants in Housing Renewal Areas

The council has now concluded its consultation on a new Policy for Tenants in Housing Renewal Areas. The proposed policy sets out the rehousing offer, financial compensation and general support for council tenants where there is a need to acquire their homes to enable regeneration in an area. It also covers the support and help available for other tenants in housing renewal areas (such as private tenants and homeless tenants in temporary accommodation).

A summary of the policy and the proposed changes can be found here. The full policy is available through this link. The current policy, agreed in 2015, can be found here.

5. Rough Sleeping Strategy

At Westminster City Council, we are working closely with our prevention team and partner organisations to help those who are sleeping rough get off the streets and into accommodation. Click on the link to find out about our Rough Sleeping Strategy 2017-2022.

Click on the link to find out how you can help someone sleeping rough

 

 

6. Housing Strategy

Housing Strategy 2015 - direction of travel statement
Draft Housing Strategy 2015
Draft Housing Strategy summary 2015
Westminster Housing Market Analysis Final report
Westminster Housing Market Analysis Summary report
LHMS Ecorys report
Housing Strategy press release

The council’s Housing Strategy - direction of travel statement sets out the general direction the council wants to go in with regard to housing. It also summarises responses received to the housing strategy consultation in summer 2015. A full housing strategy will be published once the impact of national housing policy changes on the council’s housing plans are clearer. You can also read a fuller summary of responses to the consultation.

For any further information about the statement contact Cecily Herdman.

Write to Policy, Performance and Communications team, 19th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP.

Call 020 7641 2789.

Email cherdman@westminster.gov.uk.

7. Tenancy Strategy

The council has published a Tenancy Strategy setting out its approach to fixed term tenure and rent increases for higher earning social housing tenants. In line with the Localism Act 2011, all social landlords in Westminster are expected to have regard to the strategy when developing or updating policies for their own housing stock.

For any further information about the strategy contact Cecily Herdman.

Write to Policy, Performance and Communications team, 19th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP.

Call 020 7641 2789. 

Email cherdman@westminster.gov.uk.

 

8. Tenant decant policy

The policy sets out the rehousing options for secure tenants where they are affected by housing renewal. 

View the policy
 
For further information, contact Dermot Moloney, Senior Regeneration Manager.

Call 020 7641 2595 or email dmoloney@westminster.gov.uk.

9. Allocations scheme

We publish our policies for assessing housing priority and allocating social housing in our Housing Allocation Scheme.

See below for the latest version. Read older versions. 

Housing Allocation Scheme March 2018.

Supply and allocation reports

This annual report reviews the supply and demand for social rented housing and low-cost home ownership for the last financial year and forthcoming  year. It also makes proposals for policy developments.

Supply and Allocation Report 2018/2019 (PDF, 1MB) 

Read more about the council's homelessness policies and approach to procuring accommodation, Private Rented Sector Offers (PRSO) and sets out our Accommodation Placement Policy.

Location of temporary accommodation 

The GIS map below shows the location of all Westminster City Council’s temporary accommodation in March 2015. 

TA GIS Map

Cabinet Member for housing

The Cabinet Member for Housing is Councillor Andrew Smith.

Implementation of housing policy

The Housing Solutions Service is provided by Places for People. 

Housing allocation documents

Social Housing Supply and Allocation 2011/12 Housing Allocation Scheme October 2013
Social Housing Supply and Allocation 2012/13 Housing Allocation Scheme October 2014
Social Housing Supply and Allocation 2013/14 Housing Allocation Scheme June 2015
Social Housing Supply and Allocation 2014/15 Housing Allocation Scheme August 2015
Social Housing Supply and Allocation 2015/16 Housing Allocation Scheme November 2015
Social Housing Supply and Allocation 2016/17 Housing Allocation Scheme March 2016
Supply and Allocation Report 2017/2018 (PDF, 700KB) Housing Allocation Scheme March 2017
Last updated: 10 September 2019