Cabinet member orders that 2400 residents be taken off list
Earlier in the week a report, which is being presented to the York Council “Cabinet”, claimed that the numbers on the Housing waiting list had more than halved in 6 months.
The report showed that only 2420 are now registered on the list – down from 4692 at the end of March.
4692 was the figure quoted by Labour to justify their plans to build 22,000 additional homes over the next 15 years, mainly on green belt land next to the City.
No explanation was given for this phenomenal reduction which was simply labelled as a “decrease”.
It was all the more surprising as, since Labour took control of the Council the supply of new “affordable” homes, has tailed off.
It now turns out that the change has been achieved simply by taking people off the list who Labour Councillors feel are not in housing need.
These include all those in the so called “bronze” category.
This is another decision that has been taken without any consultation and behind closed doors. It has not been widely publicised since it was introduced about 4 weeks ago..
No doubt Labour hoped, nearer the next Council elections, to announce that they had “solved” York’s housing problems.
Electors are not so easily fooled.
It is time that the Council ordered a public scrutiny review of the way in which the North Yorkshire housing waiting list has been massaged.
Some of the revised criteria that are now being applied will win general support (listed below).
Many however will find this new example of secrecy a sinister development.
The key changes are listed below.
- . Ensuring local people have priority by restricting the register to people who have a local connection
- . Supporting balanced and sustainable communities by preventing people with a history of serious Anti-Social Behaviour issues from qualifying for social housing
- . Excluding homeowners who have no recognised housing need either for economic or social reasons
- . Introducing a financial threshold for people who have a combined household income and/or capital and assets of £60,000 plus and who may be able to meet their own housing needs. It is recognised some people, in particular the elderly, may need to move into specialist accommodation and alternative housing advice will be given to them
- . Allocating properties to meet applicants’ assessed bedroom need
- . To make the process fair, penalties to exclude persons from the register have been introduced. These include persons, who provide false information, deliberately withhold information or who have deliberately worsened their housing circumstances