Government announces more housing choice for tenants

The schemes offer tenants greater mobility, choice and flexibility when looking at their housing options enabling them to move across different local authority areas, for example if they were looking to move for a job opportunity.

Since the programme began in 2005 more than £6.5million has been given to councils to work with housing associations to provide increased choice and mobility for thousands of new and existing social housing tenants.

More than 80% of local authorities across England now have a scheme in place or in development and Healey said the Government remained on target to ensure choice-based lettings were rolled out across the whole of the country by the end of this year.

"Thanks to this funding more councils and housing associations will be able to offer their tenants more choice in where they want to live beyond the traditional boundaries," he said. "These schemes mean that local authorities have another tool to manage their waiting lists more effectively, by ensuring each home is matched to tenants more suited to the property.

"This is not just a good deal for local authorities but a good deal for tenants too, enabling those who need to move, perhaps for work, to do so."

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