Domestic abuse survivors 'could be given extra council housing support'

Proposed changes would see those living with a violent partner given 500 points towards a housing application.

Domestic abuse survivors could be given extra help in bids to get council housing in Moray iStock

People experiencing domestic abuse could soon find it easier to get a council home in Moray.

Proposed changes to the local authority’s allocations policy includes awarding those living with a violent partner 500 points towards their housing application.

And those taking part in a tenant incentive scheme to down size could also benefit from the same amount of points towards moving.

Key workers coming to Moray to help struggling services could get a secure tenancy from six to 12 months, and receive 400 points.

Also those who provide or receive care could get 150 points towards their application.

The last review of the council’s housing allocations policy was carried out in 2019.

At the moment there are around 3,500 people on the council’s waiting list.

However, only around 500 tenancies are granted each year.

And there is greater demand for larger properties.

In 2022/23 for every four bedroom property let, there were 32 applicants. And for every five bedroom house there were 64 applications.

It is thought the changes will benefit around 250 people already on the local authority’s waiting list for a house.

Members of the housing and community safety committee will discuss the changes at a meeting on Tuesday, September 12.

They will also be asked to give the go ahead for the review to go out for consultation.

In her report senior housing officer Gillian Henly said: “The amendments will make minor but crucial changes to the allocations policy, which will have a positive impact on those with the greatest housing need and enable the council to continue to make best use of its housing stock.”

The review will make sure the council is complying with legal requirements. And that it continues to meet its aims by delivering positive outcomes for those most in need.

If agreed, the consultation is expected to run from Wednesday September 13 until October 27.

The final allocations policy is expected to go before committee in February.

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