Council seeks feedback on how housing is provided
The way council housing is allocated in Westminster is set to change as the council has launched a four week consultation asking for resident feedback and suggestions.
In Westminster, and across London, the demand for social housing far exceeds the number of available homes.
On average around 700 homes become available in the city each year. About 70% of these homes are studios and 1-bedroom properties, including Community Supportive Housing for older people.
This means a severe shortage of family-sized accommodation which can lead to extremely long waiting times.
A new Allocations Scheme will not change the number of social housing available in Westminster. However, the council is committed to creating an Allocations Scheme that is as transparent and easy to understand as possible regarding who is prioritised for social housing and why, so people are able to make informed decisions about their housing situation and what is right for them.
Through the survey, the council suggests some potential changes to how we prioritise people and ask for your views.
Residents, partners and interested parties are invited to complete the short online consultation which will inform Westminster's new Allocations Scheme.
Cllr Liza Begum, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Housing Services:
“We want to create a scheme which is easy to follow and transparent and we need your help.”
“The feedback we receive will allow us to make meaningful improvements to our housing allocations process and ensure we provide the best possible service for our residents.”
Face to face drop in sessions have been organised for residents to provide their feedback.
- Queens Park Library (666 Harrow Road, London W10 4NE) on Tuesday 13th February between 09.30am - 11.30am.
- Paddington Library (Porchester Road, London W2 5DU) on Thursday 15th February between 12pm - 2pm.
- Church Street Library (67 Church Street London NW8 8EU) on Tuesday 20th February between 4.30pm - 7pm.
- Bessborough Family Hub (1 Bessborough Street, Westminster, SW1V 2JD) on Thursday 22nd February between 10am - 12pm.
Published: 8 February 2024