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THE Housing Executive is carrying out a consultation on a review of certain aspects of the Housing Selection Scheme.

The Housing Selection Scheme is the basis for the allocation of all social housing in Northern Ireland by either the Housing Executive or the Housing Associations. It assesses and ranks the need of individual households who apply for social housing through the award of points. The existing Housing Selection Scheme has been in operation since November 2000.

Gerry Flynn, Director of Housing and Regeneration explained:

“The Housing Executive is carrying out a consultation into a review of the Housing Selection Scheme in relation to welfare reform proposals. The proposals aim to:

*  Make sure new tenants do not under occupy properties;

*  Support tenants who wish to downsize their property.

“The consultation sets out proposals which have come from an analysis of the Housing Selection Scheme and the impacts of Welfare Reform and sets out main points and recommendations for change. The consultation period will close on 24 January 2013.”

The consultation paper may be downloaded from the Housing Executive’s website at www.nihe.gov.uk/index/consultations