You can be awarded points if you have a medical condition and your current housing worsens that condition or makes it difficult to live in your home. You can tell us about your medical condition at the point you apply for housing or you can update your application at any stage.
If you inform us of your medical circumstances you will be sent a medical assessment form to complete and return to us as soon as possible; we send the assessment forms and any additional evidence to an independent medical assessor so you should include as much information as possible so that they can make an informed decision. Please note that the medical assessors will not normally contact your GP, consultant or other medical professional so please provide as much relevant documentary evidence as you have.
Welfare points are awarded if the City Corporation considers that housing or other circumstances are affecting the welfare needs of the applicant or a member of their household. For example
- Where an applicant or a member of their household has to move in order to be near a person to whom they give or receive care and support;
- Where an applicant needs to move because of the threat of violence or harassment, including domestic and sexual violence, witnesses or victims of crime at risk of intimidation, or an applicant harassed, threatened or attacked in their local area;
- Where an applicant is a foster carer or is approved to adopt and needs to move to a larger home in order to accommodate a looked after child or a child who was previously looked after by a local authority.
- Where an applicant requires a larger home to adequately accommodate a child as a result of being a special guardian, holding a family arrangements order, holding a historical residence order or as a family and friends carer who is not a foster carer but who has taken on the care of a child because the parents are unable to provide care.
- Where a household occupies severely insanitary accommodation. This is defined as accommodation that is assessed as containing a Category 1 Band A hazard (apart from Crowding and Space) under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). The relevant Environmental Health Officer must also confirm that they are of the opinion that the defect is unlikely to be remedied in a reasonable timeframe.
Applicants wishing to apply for additional welfare priority should complete an additional assessment form and provide appropriate documentary evidence. This will be assessed by Housing Needs Officers, in liaison with social services, estate officers, the Police and other support agencies as appropriate.
As part of the assessment for welfare priority consideration will be given to the suitability of the current property and any adaptations that have been carried out. If the housing need is met by the adaptations, or could be met by further alterations, welfare priority may not be awarded.
Local lettings plan
There are times where we may give priority to tenants or residents in a particular area. This is called a Local Lettings Plan. This is most likely in terms of new developments when we build new homes. We will tell you when we advertise properties where a Local Lettings Plan applies.