Social Housing Allocations Scheme Consultation

Have your say on how social housing is given to residents

We are asking for people to comment on the suggested changes for how social housing is given to residents.

You can tell us what you think by completing a survey. An easy-read version of the survey is also available. This includes a summary of the suggested changes.

Complete the survey

Complete the easy-read survey

If you would prefer to complete the survey on paper you can print the easy-read survey. This is available at the bottom of this page as a PDF.

You can also fill in this PDF on your computer, just save it, fill it in, save it again and email it back to us at [email protected]

If you require help to complete the survey, call 0345 140 0845 and a call centre operator will help to complete the survey with you over the phone.

If you need the survey in another format, or would like to respond in a different way, please contact us by email [email protected] or phone 0345 140 0845.


About this survey

The survey asks people what they think of the proposed priorities and suggested changes to how social housing is allocated.

Social Housing used to be called council housing. Nowadays the council does not own housing. Instead we work with housing associations who have properties that people can rent.

Property Pool Plus is the system used to match people with Social Housing. All housing associations in Sefton use it to share details of properties they have available to rent. Some accredited private landlord properties are also advertised.

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Property Pool Plus is used across five local authorities in the region. These include:

  • Halton Borough Council
  • Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Wirral Council

The following groups are invited to have their say on the proposed changes:

  • Social housing tenants
  • people who have applied (or may apply) for social housing
  • people who are on a housing waiting list
  • landlords
  • voluntary organisations
  • housing associations
  • any member of the public


What are the proposed changes?

The council follows the laws and rules about how people can be matched with available housing. The Council’s allocations scheme considers the following matters:

  1. Qualification – which persons should qualify or be disqualified from being allocated social rented housing.
  2. Choice – how much choice a person is given with regard to the social rented housing they want.
  3. Additional Preference – which groups of people who should be given an extra priority.
  4. Priority – which people should be selected for an allocation.

The suggested changes will affect how social housing is allocated. If agreed, these changes will affect the entire local authority area. For more information on the proposed changes, view the Policy and Procedure Document.


When can people have their say?

The consultation will last for 12 weeks, between: Wednesday 18 November 2020 and Wednesday 10 February 2021.


How can I apply for housing in Sefton?

To apply and register for housing, you can visit the Property Pool Plus website or get in touch with One Vision Housing (OVH) who administer the PPP scheme in Sefton. They can be contacted by emailing [email protected] or by calling 0300 365 1111, between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.


How is the information you provide stored?

For full details on how we will manage and store your data please refer to the Housing and Investment Services Privacy Notice

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Last Updated on Sunday, January 3, 2021

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