Social Housing

What is social Housing?  -  This is a form of housing which is owned and managed by the government. The aim of this scheme is to provide affordable and acceptable housing to the public who are eligible for it; mainly for those on low incomes. This is referred to in the UK as “council housing” or “council estates”.

Social housing is allocated on the basis of need, which includes;

  • Single parents
  • Older people
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Economically inactive
  • Unemployed
  • Disabled people
  • Household on low income levels

To apply:

  • The applicant must be eligible to apply. People will not be eligible for an allocation if they are subject to immigration control (i.e. they require permission to enter or remain in the UK) or they do have a right to live in the UK but have recently returned to the UK after spending a significant amount of time living abroad.
  • Most local authorities operate a points-based system, taking into account how long applicants have been on a waiting list for social housing (officially known as a housing register), their level of housing need and other designated priorities.
  • You can apply for council housing through your local council. [NOTE: That this is only available to those residing in England]
  • You will then be placed on waiting list.

You must be 18 or over (however, some local councils let you apply if you’re 16 or over)