WAITING LIST FIASCO

Posted on October 6, 2008. Filed under: Housing News |

JUSTICE NOT CRISIS supports councillor Leddy’s comments on The Stirrer (3rd October). We are also concerned that the council can’t even operate a waiting list.
 
The old points system was unfair so the council got rid of it. Great.
 
They replaced it with a 5 tier system with each applicant being assessed and then place in the appropriate category.
 
Now the council have scrapped this new system to go back to a point system that it said was unfair!!!
 
Are they not capable of running even a waiting list. Well obviously not.
 
One housing association has also scrapped the points system. They now operate a 3 tier banding system, Applicants can only move up the waiting list and this gives hope that eventually one will receive an offer unlike the former council system that saw applicants move up and DOWN the list depending on who had applied and how many points they were awarded. This meant that it was possible to be on the waiting list for years and never get an offer.
 
What makes the banding system fairer is that anyone can see where they are on the list and know that they can only move up.
 
The waiting list problem would be reduced if the council worked with the housing associations to build more socially rented homes in the city. Remember that £100m that could build 2,000 new homes for rent.

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