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Application and bidding changes

Published: Friday 19 July 2019

Select Move System Changes

Select Move’s application and bidding arrangements are being upgraded with some important changes coming into effect later this year.

Online application form

Some questions will be removed and a postcode look up will be installed to make applying easier and quicker.

Bidding cycle

The 5 day cycle from Saturday to Wednesday is being replaced. The new system will allow properties to be added any on day of the week . This will mean that empty homes can be advertised and let quicker than at present. Properties will still be advertised for 5 days

Newsletter

The weekly newsletter of properties to let will no longer be published as properties can be added daily.

Number of bids.

Currently you can place up to 5 bids per cycle. Under the new system, you will be able to bid on as many eligible properties as you wish. Further details to follow housing@preston.gov.uk


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Published: Friday 25 May 2018

 GDPR comes into effect on 25 May 2018 and its purpose is  to allow individuals to have better control of their personal data.  It replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 to cover the way data is collected and processed, and introduces new obligations about data retention and protection. For further information please see the Select Move Privacy Notice  which can  be  viewed  through  this link on the home page 


Immediately Available Homes

Published: Monday 20 February 2017

If your looking to move more quickly keep your eye on the new section of Immediatley Available Homes.  We have created this so we can advertise more readily available accommodation for provisional or formal offers however, it does not mean that these properties are always available to let immediately.  These adverts will run continously until a suitable applicant is identified and therefore can be seen at any time not just within the cycle times of Saturday to Wednesday.


Benefit Changes

Published: Tuesday 5 July 2016

Welfare Reform Update

Removal of Family Premium for HB

From the 1st of May 2016 the family premium will be removed for new HB claims. This will also apply to people who have a break in their claim, and have to make a fresh claim.

This will not have an impact for changes such as change of address or where income has changed for a claimant.

Backdating of Housing Benefit Claims

From the 1st of April 2016 the maximum backdate for Housing Benefit will be reduced from 6 months to 1 month. As previously continuous good cause will need to be shown to receive the backdate (Pensioners remain at three months).

Temporary Absence from Great Britain

From the 30th of May 2016 the period of time that people who are temporarily absent from outside Great Britain can claim Housing Benefit will be amended. In the main the current 13 weeks has been reduced to 4 weeks, however for different circumstances there are different timescales.

Working Age Benefit Freeze

From April 2016 there has been a four year freeze in working age benefits and tax credits, including LHA rates.

Universal Credit Work Allowance

From April 2016 the amount that you can earn before your UC is impacted is changing. For non-disabled claimants without children then every pound of income will reduce the UC award. Similarly for those with childcare costs the amount you can earn without losing UC will be £192 per month.

JSA Sanctions

Where a claimant has had their JSA claim sanctioned there has been reiteration that this should not cancel the Housing Benefit claim. There is no need for a new claim as a sanction is not treated as a disallowance.

Benefit Cap

In Autumn 2016 the Benefit Cap will be reduced from £500 to £385 per week for families and couples, and from £350 to £258 for singles. While this will not impact as many households as the under occupancy changes the impact on these households could be much more significant with some losing all their Housing Benefit. The DWP are currently writing to all households who may be affected, and are going to pass on a list to each Local Authority so that the effects can be mitigated.

Future Changes

Restrictions for families with 2 or more children

For any children born after the 6th of April 2017, for households where there are two or more children there will be restrictions in dependant premiums in Housing Benefit, Universal Credit as well as Child Benefit.

UC Housing Support Restrictions

From April 2017 new claimants who are under 21 and unemployed will not be automatically entitled to the Housing Element of Universal Credit. They would not be entitled to claim DHP as a result of this. It is envisaged that UC claimants in specified accommodation would still be able to claim Housing Benefit.

LHA rates in the Social Sector

From April 2018, the LHA rules will be extended and Housing Benefit will be capped at the LHA rate for social sector tenancies when there is a change after April 2018. This will include those subject to the under 35 shared room rate.

 


Survey Results 2015

Published: Wednesday 4 May 2016

Please click on the link to see the results from our Survey Results 2015.pdf.  We thank you for taking the time to complete this.