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Now families on housing waiting list get a say in how it’s drawn up

PUBLISHED: 17:31 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:38 05 October 2010

FAMILIES on the housing waiting list in London’s badly-overcrowded East End where 20,000 tenants are waiting to be re-housed could be getting a say on how they bid for a home in future. Proposals to change the Lettings system are being thrashed out tonight

By Gemma Collins

FAMILIES on the housing waiting list in London’s badly-overcrowded East End where 20,000 tenants are waiting to be re-housed could be getting a say on how they bid for a home in future.

Proposals to change the Town Hall’s Choice Based Lettings scheme are being thrashed out tonight (Wednesday).

A Tower Hamlets housing group has been set up to look into changes, following a review last year in which the scheme came under fire for lack of transparency.’

GO-AHEAD

Tower Hamlets council is expected to give the go-ahead this-evening for a public consultation to give those on the waiting list the chance to say what they think about the proposals.

The scheme allows these residents to bid for a home every week. But it was criticised for allowing applicants to bid for as many homes as they want, often bidding for houses which are bigger or smaller than the requirement they have been assessed as needing.

The proposed changes would give more priority to how long anyone has been on the waiting list and how overcrowded they are—which could see the homeless given less precedence.


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