Braintree district: Shake up in housing policy could see siblings share until 10 (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Braintree district: Shake up in housing policy could see siblings share until 10
6:00pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 in News
Brothers and sisters will be forced to share a bedroom until the age of ten in a shake up of the district’s social housing allocations policy.
It is to bring Braintree Council ’s policy in line with new national rules for housing benefit, which come into force from April.
Currently, siblings share a room until they are five and those with an age gap of more than eight years are eligible for separate rooms.
Lady Patricia Newton, cabinet member for housing, said: “New housing benefit rules say that two children of the opposite sex should share rooms to the age of ten.
“Currently the policy allows allocation of extra rooms at the age of five. We have done this historically because we felt it allows families to plan for their needs.”
Other changes will also see housing priority given to foster carers and those who have served in the Armed Forces.
And tenants in overcrowded private accommodation will be given the same priority as social housing tenants.
See this week's Times for the full story.
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