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Entry to housing waiting lists to be cut in half in Southend
2:00pm Wednesday 6th February 2013 in News
WAITING lists for Southend’s council homes could be slashed in half following a radical shake-up.
Bosses at Southend Council have drawn up a dramatic plan to overhaul the system which governs who does and who doesn’t qualify for subsidised housing in the town.
The changes, if approved by councillors, would prioritise applicants who have a lengthy connection to Southend, served in the armed forces or have paid jobs.
At the other end of the scale, those people deemed too wealthy, too disruptive or simply too picky could be barred from even registering an interest.
Daniel Baker, the council’s group manager of strategy and planning for housing, said the move could cut the number of applications for council homes by up to 60 per cent.
He added: “The Localism Act has given the council greater freedom to decide who does or does not qualify for entry onto the homeseekers’ register.
“The exclusion from the homeseekers’ register of those with no housing need and little chance of re-housing will help to free up resources to concentrate on those who are in greater housing need.”