Decision details

Rehousing of vulnerable people following Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Guidance

Decision Maker: Assistant Director Housing and Building Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in consultation with Public Health have confirmed non-essential house moves should be avoided but provided a list of vulnerable people who we should move to new homes:
Supporting victims of domestic abuse a people fleeing other forms of violence;
Prevent severe overcrowding;
Facilitate move on from temporary accommodation;
Facilitate discharge from hospital to free up bed spaces;
Accommodate those living in unsafe accommodation or without settled accommodation which pose a risk to health.

Offers of accommodation should be direct and not by the usual method of advertising in accordance with Choice Based Lettings.

Financial/staffing/health & safety (incl virus transmission risks)/service delivery impacts/other risks and impacts considered:
Will reduce the impacts on the Heath Service and Social Services. Safe working practices and effective risk assessments are in place. Will help ease the current pressures on temporary accommodation.

Equality Impacts:
Positive impacts on domestic abuse and rough sleeping cases.
Improved mental health and wellbeing affected from living in overcrowded accommodation.


Rehousing of vulnerable people following MHCLG Guidance to be implemented in May 2020.

Reason - Protection of public interest and impact on various services. Whilst the MHCLG guidance is non-statutory there is an expectation that all social landlords comply.

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 20/11/2020

Date of decision: 30/04/2020