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The Bournemouth Banding Scheme

Eligibility – who can apply for the register?

Immigration Status
The following applicants will not be able to join the housing register:
• Applicants from abroad
• Applicants from abroad who are subject to immigration control (there are however some exceptions)
• Applicants who are not habitually resident

Unacceptable Behaviour
The following applicants will not be able to join the housing register:
• Applicants with a history of rent arrears
• Applicants with a history of anti-social behaviour
• Applicants with a poor standard of tenancy

Housing Need
Applicants must have a housing need (i.e. they meet one or more of the statutory reasonable preference groups) to join the housing register

Financial Means
Applicants with the financial means to find their own accommodation will not be accepted, I.e.:
• Homeowners whose home is not suitable for their needs but they have sufficient equity to secure alternative accommodation
• Applicants with a household income more than 6 times the LHA level
• Applications considered on a case by case basis (note AA and DLA disregarded)


Local Connection• Applicants must be resident in Bournemouth for at least 3 years or
• Applicant must be employed (for at least 16 hours a week) or have a firm offer of employment in Bournemouth and a permanent contract or
• Applicants must have a close family associate (parents, grandparents, siblings and adult children) living in Bournemouth continuously for at least 5 years.

Members of the Armed and Reserve Forces

Members of the Armed and Reserve Forces who have a housing need do not have to meet the local connection criteria. These applications will be placed on Gold Band. This includes
• Serving members of the regular forces or former personnel who have left the service within 5 years prior to making an application
• Bereaved spouses and civil partners who need to leave Service Accommodation following the death of their spouse or civil partner.
• Serving or former members of the Reserve Forces who need to move because of a serious injury, medical condition or disability sustained as a result of their service.

HM Forces applicants who have notice to leave their current accommodation will not be considered to have a reasonable preference on the ground of homelessness until 28 days before the expiry of the notice.

Applicants with no local connection but with a housing need will be accepted on to the register but only into Bronze band

Bournemouth Bands – What do they mean?

There are three main bands:
Gold Band
Applicants in this band will have a very high to urgent need housing need. This band is also used enable the Council to provide effective management of the social housing stock. The following categories qualify for Gold Band:
• Where high medical priority is awarded
• Severe overcrowding (lacking two bedrooms or more)
• Severe and/or persistent harassment, violence (including racial harassment)
• Disrepair – where the Council has identified Category I hazards in the property that cannot be resolved or reduced to Category II hazards within 6 months
• Cumulative Need – 4 housing needs from the Silver Band
• Under-occupying of social housing
• Members of the Armed and Reserve Forces
• Care Leavers ready to move on into independent accommodation
• Social housing tenants whose current property is subject to re-development
• Tenancy succession – where a social housing tenant dies and the person left in the property is unable to succeed to the tenancy. In these instances the Council want to help them move to alternative accommodation.

Silver Band
Applicants in this band will have a moderate housing need. If 4 or more of these housing need categories apply, the application will be moved to Gold Band.
• Applicants who are homeless or are threatened with homelessness
• Applicants awarded a ‘medium’ medical priority
• Disrepair – where the Council has identified Category I hazards in the property that can be resolved or reduced to Category II hazards within 6 months
• Lacking one bedroom
• Sharing facilities with other people not on the applicant’s housing application. This housing need will take precedence over any lack of bedroom requirements
• Lacking facilities – this includes, kitchen, bathroom, inside toilet, lacking water supplies, electricity, gas or adequate heating
• Poor internal or external arrangements
• Split families – Applicants who, not by choice, are living in separate households due to lack of suitable accommodation
• Relationship breakdown – applicants who wish to live separately but still reside with their ex partner/spouse following a relationship breakdown
• Work/support – applicants who are able to demonstrate the need to move nearer their place of work within Bournemouth because they have secured permanent employment. Also applicants who are able to demonstrate the need to move nearer local facilities or relatives to give or receive support.

Bronze Band
Bronze Band applicants will include the following:

• Have a housing need but no local connection
• Have substantial rent arrears
• Engaging in anti social behaviour
• Households who have deliberately worsened their housing circumstances by moving into unsuitable accommodation.

Reviews
Applicants can request a review of their banding/acceptance on to the register. Requests must be in writing and within 21 days of the date of the decision being appealed.

Bedroom size eligibility under the Bournemouth Borough Council Allocation Policy

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