Project Details


The development of choice-based lettings as an alternative to bureaucratic allocation policies was a core element of Quality and Choice - the government’s 2000 Housing Green Paper. Increasing choice in social housing is seen as desirable for a number of reasons and is seen as one of the key mechanisms by which the problems facing social housing could be addressed. The ODPM is providing resources to enable a range of new approaches to lettings in social housing to be introduced in 27 pilot schemes covering 40 local authority areas. The schemes have been selected to provide a broad range of types of local authority in terms of urban and rural, first and second tier, LSVT authorities and areas of high and low demand.

The main aim is to give tenants a greater choice over where they live within the constraints set by the availability of appropriate dwellings and the requirement to ensure that priority in social housing will generally go to those in the greatest need. A further important aspect of the pilots is to test the scope for increased movement within and across local authority boundaries, which would make it easier for tenants in high demand areas to move into lower demand areas. The 27 pilot schemes are to be closely monitored and evaluated over the next two years. This research will be conducted jointly by the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge. It will examine both processes and impacts during the development and early implementation phases of the pilots. As well as examining impacts upon the landlord organisations, the analysis of the schemes will focus on the main aspects that relate to the experience of tenants.
Effective start/end date1/07/01 → 1/10/03

Structured keywords

  • SPS Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research


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