Have a say on policy for allocating social housing in the Vale

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People in Aylesbury Vale are urged to have their say about the policy for allocating social housing in Bucks.

Bucks Home Choice is the main way social housing is allocated in the county. It is operated in partnership between Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils.

At present, anyone can apply to be included on the housing register, even though most applicants are unlikely to qualify for social housing.

The partnership says this means precious time is diverted from helping people with a genuine housing need in order to process applications.

More than 9,000 people are currently on the housing register in Bucks, but only about 1,700 properties became available last year.

A new consultation has been launched to seek people’s views on who should be allowed to join the register and other issues around allocating social housing.

Cabinet member for community matters at Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC), Pam Pearce, said: “The demand for social housing in Bucks far outstrips supply, and there are a number of changes taking place to social housing as a result of government reforms which also include changes to housing benefit. All these factors mean it is essential we look at the best way to help those most in need of housing.

“I would like to encourage everyone to have their say on the proposals to ensure that the decisions we make represent the views of local people, at the same time as looking to support those in greatest need to get the help they deserve.”

Launched this week, the consultation runs until June 2. To take part, visit www.buckshomechoice.gov.uk