Slough moves to limit council house access for anti-social residents
Residents with a history of anti-social behaviour or financial mismanagement could be stopped from accessing social housing in Slough.
Under plans drafted by the town hall, residents who have lived in the area for five years or more, are in employment, education or training, and are active in community activities could be given preference in bids for council housing.
Over 7,300 households are currently on Slough’s social housing waiting list.
Applicants with a history of disruptive behaviour or financial problems could have to prove to Slough BC that they have ‘changed their ways’ before being considered for social housing, the plans propose.
Deputy leader and commissioner for neighbourhoods and renewal, Cllr James Swindlehurst, said: ‘The council remains totally committed to meeting the housing need of those on our lists. What this new system will allow us to do is focus our time and resources on local need, not on speculative applications from people from other boroughs.
‘The new policy also seeks to recognise those with the strongest connection to the town. Discharging more of our duty into private-sector accommodation means we can look more strategically at our own stock to ensure it is serving people whose incomes would allow them to benefit most from council housing.’
Residents will have until 3 September to comment on the plans, which have been opened to public consultation.
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