Leaseholder and Freeholder Options Policy
The Council has been consulting on a draft Leaseholder and Freeholder Options Policy. The policy provides broad borough-wide principles and commitments to leaseholders and freeholders who own properties in areas designated by the Council for regeneration. The consultation period has now closed. The draft policy was due to be considered by the Council's Cabinet on 29 June 2017. Given the catastrophic tragedy at Grenfell Tower, presentation of this report has been postponed. It is anticipated that it will be considered by Cabinet at a later date, we will update this page when we have further information.
Revisions to Housing Allocation Scheme
The Council has recently amended its Allocation Scheme, which explains how we allocate social housing in Kensington and Chelsea. The amendments do not amount to a major change in policy from our 2014 Scheme, but update the Scheme in line with current legislation, improve the way we prioritise residents for rehousing so it is fairer and balances different need and clarify some areas, making them easier to understand.
You can read Allocation Scheme and a summary of the changes we have made.
Looking for a tenant?
The Council is actively looking to recruit landlords to help us to find homes for residents to whom we have accepted a housing duty. Many are currently living in temporary accommodation. You can find out more about our free letting service.
Changes to benefits
The Government is carrying out a major programme of welfare reform.
One change is the introduction of Universal Credit, a new welfare benefit that combines and replaces the major working-age income-related benefits: Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Tax Credits and Housing Benefit. It is being introduced gradually across the country and has started to be introduced in Kensington and Chelsea.
There is more information on this and other welfare reform on the Advice and Benefits pages of our website.