Freedom of information request response - 05661
Please can you tell me
- how many armed forces applicants are currently on the waiting list for council housing
- how long each armed forces applicant has been on the council house waiting list
- if the council prioritises armed forces applicants for council housing
If the council doesn't have a waiting list, please can you tell me how long armed forces applicants have been on the choice-based lettings register.
The Eden District operates a Choice-Based Lettings System (Cumbria Choice Based Lettings (CBL)) and as at 19th October 2018;
- There are 3 applicants who are currently serving in the armed forces registered on CBL (there are 46 applicants where the main or joint applicant has at some point served in the armed forces)
- The 3 applicants currently serving in the armed forces have been on the waiting list: Less than 1 year= 1; 1-2 years= 1; 3-4 years= 1
- Yes. Please see the following extract from the Allocation Policy regarding the Armed Forces;
"3.8 Armed Forces
Before being awarded Band A or C the service leaver would need to provide a copy of their discharge papers. (Details of the reason for leaving the service to be included on the discharge papers).
A service leaver who has had to leave due to medical reasons before the minimum 3 year sign on period required by the armed forces would still be placed in Band C due to the fact that the reason for leaving is beyond their control.
A service leaver who has had to leave due to serious injury, medical condition or disability which he or she or a member of their household, has sustained as a result of service will be placed in Band A.
A service leaver who has had to leave as their service is no longer required will be placed in Band C due to the fact that the reason for leaving is beyond their control.
Any other reason for leaving the service will be considered on an individual case by case basis and will be monitored for fairness – the partner organisation should liaise with the forces to ascertain the reason for being asked to leave.
A service leaver with a legal interest in another property (including overseas) would not be placed in Band C as they cannot demonstrate a housing need if they already own a property.
Service leavers will not be expected to demonstrate a local connection to a particular area unless there is a section 106 or Local Lettings Policy in place."
(Cumbria Choice Allocation Policy, Pg 31.)
See Cumbria Choice Prioritising Applications for the full allocation policy, where more information regarding the banding can be found.