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Guide to housing priority bands

This is how housing priority bands for households are decided. The band you are given depends on your circumstances.

Band one

  1. People with a care plan who need to be discharged from hospital, a rehabilitation unit or residential care who do not have access to suitable accommodation.
  2. People whose situation is such that admission to hospital or similar would be inevitable if not rehoused quickly.
  3. People subject to harassment or abuse or violence (or where the threat exists) and where the safety and well being of the victim(s) is at serious risk of harm and there is an urgent need for alternative accommodation.
  4. Witness/es giving evidence where the police have recommended that the person be urgently rehoused.
  5. A household unable to occupy their property due to enforced closure (confirmed by a Sandwell Council officer).
  6. Households who are over-crowded and require two or more further bedrooms as per the the Department for Work and Pensions bedroom standard.
  7. Council or housing association tenants currently under-occupying a property by at least two bedrooms.
  8. Council or housing association tenants currently under-occupying a house and who wish to transfer to a council or housing association property with fewer bedrooms.
  9. Households living in public or private sector properties directly affected by clearance and CPO clearance programmes who need urgent re-housing, particularly where the household is vulnerable (eg a household isolated and surrounded by void units).
  10. Children and their families/carers where the children are the subject of care proceedings and where the local authority has requested assistance with the provision of appropriate housing in the exercise of their functions under Section (27) Children Act and the council's corporate parenting responsibilities.
  11. Members of the Armed Forces and their families who qualify under section E/6 Allocations Policy.

Band two

  1. Council or housing association tenants directly affected by the Welfare Reform Act, currently under-occupying a property by one bedroom that was let prior to 17 April 2013, and who wish to transfer to a property to which they are eligible with fewer bedrooms.
  2. Households living in public or private sector properties directly affected by clearance and CPO clearance programmes.
  3. Non-successor households and joint tenancy termination households moving under the guidance outlined in section F/3 Allocations Policy.
  4. Council or housing association tenants who currently occupy an adapted property where the adaptations are no longer in use by any of the household members.
  5. Council or housing association tenants who currently occupy an Intermediate or Advanced Level Sanctuary Scheme property who wish to vacate the property.
  6. Children leaving care under Section 23 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by the Children Leaving Care Act 2000.
  7. People awarded a medical priority (where current housing conditions are having a major adverse affect on the medical condition of either the applicant or a member of their household). This includes people with a physical disability who have been assessed by an occupational therapist as needing an adapted property to meet their housing need.
  8. Homeless people who are eligible and unintentionally homeless including those not in priority need.
  9. People in supported housing seeking a move to settled accommodation under our 'move-on' protocol.

Band three

  1. Households in a service tenancy with Sandwell Council which is due to terminate within six months.
  2. Council and housing association tenants who fall outside band one/G and H and band two/A) currently under-occupying by one bedroom, who wish to transfer to a property for which they are eligible with fewer bedrooms.
  3. People who need to move on welfare grounds.
  4. Households who are over-crowded and require a further bedroom as per the DWP standard.
  5. Households identified by the Housing Options Team that need urgent re-housing to prevent homelessness and where there is a strong likelihood of full homelessness duty being accepted in the near future.
  6. Households who have dependant children (where at least one of the  children is aged 16 or below and are in receipt of Child Benefit) and whose main and principle home is a flat or maisonette.

Band four

  1. Council or housing association tenants who wish to release a ground floor flat and transfer to a property to which they are eligible with the same number or fewer bedrooms.
  2. Homeless people who are eligible and intentionally homeless.
  3. Homeless people who are eligible and unintentionally homeless who have refused an offer of accommodation.

Band five

  1. All other households who do not fall into any of the types of housing need referred to in bands one, two, three or four.
For further information about housing allocation please see our housing allocations policy.