Bracknell Forest Council's allocation policy works by assessing your application and placing it in one of four bands depending on your housing need and how quickly you need to move.

 

Band A - Emergency

Urgent need to move due to violence, harassment, protection issues

Severe or life threatening medical need
Statutory notices
3 or more categories of need from Band B
RSL Decants for major works or re-development (where scheme has been agreed with the Council)
RSL under-occupying successors

RSL Management Transfers - only on a like for like basis in line with the RSL Policy

 

Band B - Urgent

Overcrowded by 2 bedrooms or more as defined by the bedroom standard

Medical need has a severe impact on normal life and likely to deteriorate

Need for or releasing adapted social rented housing

Household has avoided homelessness 5 or more times since being on the Housing Register by securing alternative private rented accommodation

Need to move to a locality within the borough to give/receive support to maintain independent living. N/A for outside of the borough

Under occupying RSL tenants moving to smaller properties or older persons accommodation

Moving on from Supported Housing

3 or more categories of need from Band C

Approved Foster Carer in -BFC- borough only - approved by Chief Officer for Children Young People & Learning

 

Band C -High

Homeless* defined as:

  1. People owed the Section 193(2) main homelessness duty or
  2. People owed a section 189B (2) Relief duty and the applicant is, at the point of that 189B duty being accepted, considered likely to be in priority need and unintentionally homeless, whether a decision to that effect has been made or not, and the applicant is in temporary accommodation provided by the Council to meet a section 188 interim accommodation duty, or
  3. Homeless prevention meaning:
  4. If the applicant has been assessed as threatened with homelessness within 56 days and owed the section 195(2) prevention of homelessness duty, they will be eligible for a Band C for up to 56 days prior to losing their accommodation, and for 1 month afterwards which may, depending on the circumstances, be extended, but not for longer than a period of 6 months

Overcrowded by one bedroom as defined by the bedroom standard

Medical need is stable and has a significant impact on normal life

High social / welfare needs (identified by external agency)

Household has avoided homelessness 4 times since being on the Housing Register by securing alternative private rented accommodation

Need to move to a locality to be close to specialist facility

3 or more categories of need from Band D

Movement between bands for time waiting

Right to Move  
 

Band D - Medium

Homeless* defined as

  1. People that have been verified as rough sleeping in Bracknell Forest district regardless of whether they have made a homeless application with a Local Connection to the borough under Section 199 (1) Housing Act 1996 as amended. The Local Connection criteria under Part VII Housing Act 1996 as amended applies (6 out of the last 12 months rough sleeping in Bracknell or 3 out of the last 5 years.
  2. Applicants owed the ‘relief of homelessness duty under Section 189B(2) by Bracknell Forest Council only and do not meet the criteria to be awarded Band C. (Note: applicants owed a relief duty and are likely to be in priority need, unintentionally homeless and are in temporary accommodation will be placed in Band C)
  3. Applicants where the relief duty has been brought to an end and an applicant has been assessed at that point as not being in priority need or is intentionally homeless.
  4. Applicants owed the 193 C (4) main duty where the prevention or relief duty was ended by the Council due to their deliberate non-cooperation
  5. Applicants who were awarded Band C and have refused a suitable offer of accommodation under either the prevention or relief duties will be downgraded to Band D for a period of 12 months from the date of the decision.

Households with children under 10 years living in flat 1st floor or above with no lift

Household has avoided homelessness up to 3 times since being on the Housing Register by securing alternative private rented accommodation

Living with family / friends or other sharing arrangement

Medical need has an impact on normal life

Need to move to a locality to give/receive support to reduce social isolation. N/A for outside of the borough

Moving between bands time waiting