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Council Housing: Greater London

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 6507, tabled on 24 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to provide housing options to households on local authority housing waiting lists in London.

Answered on

2 June 2021

Statutory guidance on the allocation of social housing issued in 2012 and updated in 2021 (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/allocation-of-accommodation-guidance-for-local-authorities ) encourages all local authorities to adopt a housing options approach as part of a move to a managed waiting list.

The guidance recognises that a strong housing options approach brings several benefits, ensuring: that people are offered support to make use of the housing solution which best meets their needs, that expectations about access to social housing are properly managed, and that social housing is focused on those who need it most.