Six-point plan on social housing

MORE than 8,500 households are in need of social housing – and North Somerset Council wants to hear what you make of their plans to tackle the problem.

The council has come up with a six-point planned designed to tackle the issue.

In future it plans to prioritise local residents who apply for social housing, prioritise those on low or no income and to exclude those who could have a better chance of getting a home through the private sector.

Other proposals include giving greater priority to members of the armed forces, those who have good track records and also to improve the efficiency of the HomeChoice online service which runs the social housing scheme for North Somerset Council.

Deputy council leader and executive member for housing, Elfan Ap Rees, said he hoped the proposals would reduce the number of households on the waiting list.

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He said: “We need to be proactive to make sure that decent affordable homes are available in the social housing sector for those established North Somerset residents who most need them.”

The consultation will run until January 4. To reply visit

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