Allocations Policy


Allocations Policy

The Council is consulting on changes to its policy for allocating social housing to local residents. This consultation runs until 7 October 2019.

Social housing is in short supply in Rother and our allocations policy helps us decide who we can help and who we can help first.  It is time to make sure that our allocations policy is up to date and relevant to local housing needs.   To start, we have reviewed our old policy and drafted a new policy with changes we are thinking of making.  Now, we are asking you to tell us what you think.  What you tell us will be taken into account on the next draft and considered by our Councillors when they make their final decision on the new policy.

Please read our pdf icon Draft Housing Allocations Policy (revised) [1Mb].  

word icon Large print version [101kb]

This version has some changes following feedback received during the consultation period. The consultation is extended four weeks to 7 October 2019.

The main suggested change is to move from four priority groups: A, B, C and D down to two priority categories: Urgent Need category and Waiting List category (where the order will be by awarded points).  We think giving points in the Waiting List category makes it clearer to applicants about their priority and how it compares to other households and where they are on the list.  But there are a number of other changes.  

We would welcome your feedback, especially if these changes might affect you.  We would like to hear from housing register applicants, organisations that support or work with potential housing applicants and providers of social and affordable housing.  The public, businesses and other local charities, groups and organisations are welcome to respond if they have an interest.

Policies have to use use specific terms that can be difficult to understand.  If you have a question on the draft policy or there is something you don't understand please email us before responding to the consultation -   We may use your question and our answer to update this consultation article.

If you need another format or another language please email

To respond to this consultation use our online feedback form:
This questionnaire may take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. 

Or email or write to us at

Housing Allocations Policy Consultation
Programme Office & Policy Team
Rother District Council
Town Hall
TN39 3JX

or hand in your response at our offices at The Almonry, Battle, Bexhill Town Hall or in Rye Library.

Updates, answers to questions and any new information will be added to this consultation article. 

Update One - 26 July 2019

We have invited to consult:

  • All town and parish councils in the Rother district
  • Local branches of charities that support people with disabilities and long-term limiting health conditions or illnesses, including mental health and substance misuse.  Also NHS Hastings and Rother CCG.
  • Housing associations that operate in Rother and other landlords
  • Organisations that support the homeless and those at risk of homelessness and people on low incomes or in poverty,
  • Statutory bodies such as East Sussex Council Council - especially Adult Social Care, Mental Health, Traveller Team - and Sussex Police.
  • Organisations that represent or work with groups that are hard to reach in our community, including ethnic minorities.
  • Households on the housing register and housing applicants
  • Rother residents
Update Two - 9 September 2019

During the consultation period we received some feedback and have made a few changes to the draft policy.  This new version is available for further consultation.  The consultation is extended four weeks to 7 October to allow everyone to consider if the revisions make any difference to their response. 

We have notified all the organisations above.

To date, we have received over 100 individual responses from local residents and local organisations. 

Homeless at home - we have been asked to clarify the term homeless at home.  This is a term for people who are found to be homeless but have somewhere to stay, such as sofa surfing or staying with friends, and are not rough sleeping.

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