Housing Allocations Policy Review 2018

Closed 31 Dec 2018

Opened 1 Nov 2018

Feedback updated 18 Mar 2019

We asked

We asked our tenants, applicants and stakeholders for their views on the review of the Council’s Housing Allocations Policy. There were eight proposals for change up for discussion and we asked for your feedback.

You said

Over 2,300 surveys were returned that contained over 10,000 comments on the policy review. Analysis showed that there was majority support for all eight of the proposals for change.

We did

Having the collective support of our tenants, applicants and stakeholders provided the Council with a mandate to proceed with the Housing Allocations Policy review. All of the comments collected during the consultation process formed part of the Consultation Register and were responded to by the Housing Allocations Working Group. A  Consultation Report was produced and submitted to Council and Elected Members detailing the consultation outcomes – this is also publically available. The revised Housing Allocations Policy will ‘go live’ on the 1st May 2019.

Results updated 13 Mar 2019

You can view the Housing Allocations Policy Consultation Report and Register of Responses below.



tenant and housing officer

All social landlords must comply with the Scottish Government’s legislation, the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014, when allocating their housing stock and managing their housing lists.

This has meant that since the 2014 Act was introduced, the Council have been working alongside East Lothian Tenants & Residents Panel and other stakeholders to review our current Housing Allocations Policy.  Proposals include changes to overcrowding points, taking home ownership into consideration, the way we manage applications from those who are at risk of becoming homeless and from those who experience insecurity of tenure amongst others changes.

You can view the East Lothian Council Allocations Policy Consultation Draft under 'Related' below.


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