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Common allocations policy

The icon Common Allocations Policy [551Kb] is a partnership between Perth & Kinross Council, Caledonia Housing Association and Hillcrest Housing Association.

Anyone wishing to apply for housing with any of these registered social landlords will be considered against the criteria of the Common Allocations Policy (CAP).

Affordable rented housing is in short supply in Perth and Kinross. All of the partners in this Common Allocations Policy are committed to applying the assessment and allocation process fairly and consistently, to ensure that the properties which do become vacant are offered to the applicants who are in the greatest need of housing.

The Allocations Policy has been developed to fulfil the legal and corporate standards of each of the three partner organisations. The policy was developed in consultation with tenants, residents, elected members, and other stakeholders, such as other Council services and social housing landlords.

The Common Allocation Policy (CAP) underpins the CHR. It ensures that partners meet all legal and regulatory requirements around the allocation of housing, as makes sure that people with the greatest housing need have fair and efficient access to affordable housing.

Since 2010, there have been a number of national and local changes which impact on the current CAP - the Housing Scotland Act (2014), the requirements of the Scottish Social Housing Charter, the impact of Welfare Reform and also changes in local priorities and demands.

In response to these changes the CAP for Perth and Kinross has been revised and an updated policy came into effect from April 1st 2016. The benefits of the revised policy are that partner landlords can:

  • Be compliant with legislation and good practice
  • Award more points to preference groups
  • Have greater flexibility in allocating 2-bedroom housing
  • Look to reduce the length of time homeless applicants wait for permanent housing
  • Target those in urgent need of housing in a fairer and more consistent way whilst preventing them from applying as homeless
  • Respond in a better way to the housing needs of our own tenants.