Consultation on reforms to social housing allocations

04 April 2024

What are the proposed reforms to social housing allocations?

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) have consulted on propsed changes to the way social housing is allocated. The proposals look to prioritise social housing for those who have a strong connection to the UK. They also aim to introduce measures to address anti-social behaviour or terrorism offences.  
At the NHF, we believe everyone in this country has a right to a safe, secure place to live. We want to make sure our members can continue to support the communities they serve across the country access safe and secure homes. We are concerned these proposals will have unintended consequences for individuals, and will not address the housing crisis.


In January 2024, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) launched a consultation on reforms to social housing allocations, following engagement with our members, we have now submitted a response on behalf of the sector.

A summary of our response

A good quality, affordable home should be a right for everyone. Having access to good quality, affordable homes builds thriving communities and makes savings for the public purse. 
We are currently experiencing an acute housing emergency in England, with 8.5 million people unable to access the housing they need. A record number of children living are currently living in temporary accommodation. 

Social housing is a finite resource, and it should be available to those with the highest housing need. However, we do not believe that these proposals will address the root causes of the housing emergency in this country.

We would welcome further consideration on:

  • We believe imposing additional requirements for social housing applicants to demonstrate their connection to the UK could pose harmful consequences. 
  • We are concerned about unintended consequences of a ‘three strikes policy’, and the potential to lead to increased evictions and homelessness. 
  • Local authorities retaining discretion on the implementation of qualification tests, including the local connection and income test, and the flexibility to introduce additional qualification criteria on anti-social behaviour.

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