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Social housing allocation plans - Levelling Up Committee Chair presses Government Minister on proposed ‘UK connection test’

3 April 2024

Clive Betts, Chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee has written to Baroness Scott of Bybrook, Social Housing and Faith Minister, Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to press the Government for answers on their proposed reforms to how social housing is allocated in England.

The Chair’s letter (dated 25th March) asks a series of questions in relation to the Government’s proposed changes to who is eligible and who qualifies for social housing.

The Government’s proposals for six new tests, including a UK connection, income and terrorism tests, were open to a Government consultation which closed on 26 March.

The Committee’s correspondence presses the Government to set out when it expects to respond to its consultation and when and whether legislation will be brought forward to implement these reforms.

Chair's comment

Clive Betts, Chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee, said:

“The basic facts are that there is not enough social housing available and that more homes for social rent need to be built. There are understandable concerns that the Government’s proposed introduction of new qualification tests risks pushing people into homelessness. I hope the Minister will be able to respond to the Committee’s questions on the expected impact of the six tests”.

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