Plans to change the way social housing applicants are assessed will benefit those with a strong connection to the area where they are applying for a property.
Wyre Council has worked with Blackpool and Fylde Councils to alter the My Home Choice Fylde Coast scheme – which allows residents to find accommodation through their local authority.
The scheme sets out how registered housing providers assess applicants and their eligibility for social housing – and will go before Wyre’s full council at tonight’s meeting.
The changes come after significant alterations were made to national policy, which gives authorities more flexibility to decide who they want to prioritise for affordable housing.
Mark Broadhurst, head of housing services at Wyre Council, said: “It could be the people applying have jobs in Wyre, family ties, children in the local school or are moving to the area to care for elderly relatives.”
It is also proposed the period of residence needed to qualify for housing is extended so applicants are required to have lived in the area for three years.
Other changes include increasing the priority for current and former members of the armed forces and helping those who are under-occupying their homes to down size as quickly as possible if they are affected by the Government’s welfare reform scheme.
The proposals will see Wyre continuing to use housing from Regenda, Great Places and Places for People, but prospective tenants must be registered before applying.
Mr Broadhurst added: “One of the key positives is this lets tenants choose where they want to live.
“Once people are registered they can get online to see what properties are available and bid for a home right up until the deadline.
“Historically, it might have been you were offered a property but with this you are bidding for where you want to live.”