issued a consultation paper proposing a new Right to
Move for council or
housing association tenants seeking to transfer to another district
in pursuit of work or training. Councils would be expected to set
aside at least 1% of lettings for such transfers.
consultation runs until 22 October and ARCH will
be making a submission. I would be grateful to receive members'
views on the proposals. Councils may also wish to post responses in
the members' area of the
website so that other members can refer to them.
proposals apply to existing local authority and housing association
tenants who need to move to another district in order to be closer
to work or to take up a job offer or a work-related training
opportunity. The government's intention is to make regulations to
remove any local residency requirement such applicants and to
ensure that they receive reasonable preference in local allocations
be done by expanding the existing guidance to make it clear that
the "hardship" reasonable preference category applies to
work-related moves, or by regulating to create a new reasonable
preference category. Views are invited on the merits and drawbacks
of these alternatives. DCLG also propose to add to guidance to
ensure that councils set aside at least 1% of lettings for such
views from councils on what evidence they would require to satisfy
themselves that a job or training opportunity is genuine and not
temporary, or whether a person needs to move to be closer to
consultation paper also mentions broader issues concerning
work-related moves. It asks for views on what barriers prevent
working tenants from moving within and between districts and what
more could be done to remove them.
announces an intention to support (financially) a small number of
councils and their housing association partners to test out
approaches to allocations and transfers which aim to reward
positive behavior by tenants or make better use of the stock. More
details are promised later in the year.