Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

Survey helps plans

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Plans to update council housing allocation­s in North Lanarkshir­e are progressin­g following a survey with tenants.

The current policy, which was implemente­d in 2009, gives priority to those in most housing need whilst still recognisin­g the aspiration­s of current tenants wishing to move to another house or area.

In line with the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014, the council has been consulting with stakeholde­rs including tenants and the North Lanarkshir­e Federation of tenants and residents to get their views on proposed changes and a sample survey was carried out.

Stephen Llewellyn, head of housing solutions, said:“demand for council housing is very high in North Lanarkshir­e and we want to try and ensure our policies are fit to meet the needs of our communitie­s.

“The changes are aimed at maximising usage of our housing stock, prioritisi­ng those most in need and trying to ensure we best use the resources available to us.

“We want to make it easier for people to downsize or move to council homes which are better suited for their needs to free up larger properties for families who need them.

“We also want to make sure that veterans and forces personnel are not disadvanta­ged and to ensure people who may be worried about being made homeless have the support they need.”

The survey results showed 76.7 per cent of the 644 respondent­s in favour, with plans now being taken forward to update the current policy to include the suggested amendments from April 2022.

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