William Eichler 30 January 2024

‘Three strikes and you’re out’ social housing plans announced

‘Three strikes and you’re out’ social housing plans announced image
Image: Peter Rhys Williams / Shutterstock.com.

Social landlords could soon be empowered to evict anti-social tenants and ban them from applying for council housing under the Government’s new plans.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove today launched a consultation on plans to reform how social housing is allocated.

The plans could see tenants evicted after three warnings for disruptive behaviour and then banned for two years from reapplying for social housing. People with unspent convictions and anti-social behaviour orders could be disqualified for up to five years.

Housing Minister Lee Rowley said: ‘Today we are proposing further steps to make the allocation of social housing fairer for people. If you abuse the system, making peoples’ lives a misery or actively work against our British values, you are making a choice – such choices will have consequences and our proposals seek to stop such people getting a social home.’

The proposed reforms also include new UK and local connection eligibility tests, often described as prioritising ‘British homes for British workers’. Applicants would be required to demonstrate a connection to the UK for at least 10 years and their local area for at least two.

Ninety percent of the lead tenants in social housing are British, according to Government figures. However, in the London borough of Brent, 40% of new social homes were let to foreign nationals in 2021-22.

Cllr Darren Rodwell, Housing spokesperson for the Local Government Association (LGA) said: 'The vast majority of social housing lettings go to UK nationals and many councils already have policies relating to anti-social behaviour, criminal behaviour, rent arrears and income thresholds in their allocation policies. The LGA has raised concerns that restricting eligibility criteria for social housing and extending qualification periods could result in a rise in homelessness.'

Planning London under Labour image

Planning London under Labour

Grant Leggett, Executive Director and Head of Boyer’s London planning team, looks at the impact of a future Labour government on planning in London.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Building, Property Information and Compliance Manager

City of York Council
£47,760 to £54,463
We are looking for a motivated manager with experience of leading diverse and challenging teams. North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Applications Support Analyst

West Northamptonshire Council
£33,369 - £36,163
Fixed Term Contract until March 2025 (possibility to extend) Join our dynamic team as a 2nd/3rd Line Applications Support Analyst and play a pivotal role in supporting our systems and applications. This second-line position involves handling technical an Northampton
Recuriter: West Northamptonshire Council

Assistant Director for Education

Essex County Council
Assistant Director for EducationPermanent, Full Time£97,874 Per AnnumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Technician NRSWA Inspector

Derbyshire County Council
£27,507 - £29,418 per annum
Within the Highways Directorate we are looking for an enthusiastic, customer focused and experienced person to join the Service Derbyshire
Recuriter: Derbyshire County Council

Strategic Manager SEND

Stoke-on-Trent City Council
£70,999 - £74,630
Want to feel proud of your achievements every day? Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Recuriter: Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Linkedin Banner

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.