Number of points awarded and explanation of terms

Category Points
Exceptional priority 2,000
Emergency health and independence 2,000
At serious risk of harm 1,900
Supporting health and independence 900
Redevelopment of homes 900
Vacating homes 700
Supporting adoption and fostering 700
Overcrowding 200
Contractual duties 200
Move-on priority 100
Homeless duty 100
Paid work 50
Armed Forces 50
Homeless 10
Locality hardship 10

Explanation of some of the terms used in the table

Contractual duties
People the Council has a duty to provide accommodation to, for example, someone who has been provided with accommodation as part of their job and their contract guarantees ongoing accommodation.

The Council has different duties towards homeless people, depending on their circumstances. The level of duty can vary, so there are different levels of points for homeless people. For more information, see the Allocation Scheme. Homeless people in work (working 16 hours or more a week) may qualify for extra points.

Locality hardship points
Points awarded to people who need to move to another area of the borough. These points are only awarded in exceptional circumstances. Locality hardship points may also be awarded to social housing tenants living in another borough who must move to Kensington and Chelsea in order to take up or maintain employment.

Move-on priority
People living in supported accommodation or care who are ready to move to independent living. Points are only awarded to people who have very high needs which make it difficult for them to maintain a tenancy in privately rented accommodation or to people who have been in paid work for a minimum of 16 hours per week for six months or longer.

To qualify, families must meet our definition of a household. Many families live with additional family members who do not qualify as part of a household. Overcrowding is lacking two or more bedrooms, according to our definition of what space is needed. For more information, see the Allocation Scheme.

Supporting adoption and fostering
Help for people who have been nominated by the Council’s Children’s Services team as suitable to foster or adopt a child/ children, but need different housing to be able to do so.

Supporting health and independence
Help for people who have a proven essential need to move due to health issues. Points are only awarded where a move would play a vital role in helping someone to develop independence or access essential facilities.

Vacating homes
Households who, by moving, will make available a property suitable for a disabled person and households moving to a smaller property.