Changes are being planned in West Lancashire in the way that council housing is allocated to new applicants, and in the type of tenancies that are offered.
The changes will not affect existing tenants but will apply to people who are already on the housing register.
The proposals are listed in two documents – the Tenure Policy and the Housing Allocations Policy – that are scheduled to come into effect in April 2013.
Visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/yourviews to find out more and give opinions. The deadline is February 22.
The council is planning to make changes, in line with the Localism Act 2011, in order to make the best use of the housing stock it has available and to meet the needs of people most in need of housing. Some of the main proposals include: giving priority for housing to applicants being discharged from the armed forces, ending the current system whereby all tenants who successfully complete a 12-month introductory tenancy are then given a secure lifetime tenancy.
Under the new system the majority of new applicants would be offered flexible or fixed term five-year tenancies. Lifetime tenancies would be restricted to new tenants who are over state retirement age, those who are moving into sheltered accommodation, and some people with disabilities.
Search for a job
Search for a car
Search for a house
Weather for Preston
Sunday 19 May 2013
Temperature: 10 C to 16 C
Wind Speed: 16 mph
Wind direction: North west
Temperature: 11 C to 16 C
Wind Speed: 20 mph
Wind direction: West