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Choice-Based Lettings

The Centre has played a significant role in the development of choice-based lettings in the UK over the last two decades. 

  • The Centre worked with Harborough District Council and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation between 1998 and 2002 on the first district-wide choice-based lettings (CBL) scheme in the UK. This involved the policy transfer of the Delft Model from the Netherlands to the UK.
  • This research was highlighted by the Labour Government in its Green Paper on Housing in 2000 and CBL was subsequently adopted as national policy with a target that all councils and their partners should be using this type of scheme by 2010. Over 95% of local authorities met this requirement.
  • The Centre was involved on a major research project with the University of Cambridge and Bristol University from 2001 to 2005 on evaluating 27 pilot CBL schemes and disseminating best practice. The Centre produced two good practice guides for the government.
  • Over the last decade, the Centre has been involved in developing and evaluating CBL schemes for over 25 consortiums of housing associations and local authorities including in recent years:
  • Glasgow Housing Association (with Heriot-Watt University)
  • District Councils in Leicestershire
  • North East Derbyshire District Council
  • Shropshire

  • Regular briefing papers on social housing and allocations published by Housing Quality Network

The Centre works closely with Home Connections, which is a social enterprise that specialises in choice-based lettings and mobility in the social rented sector - see http://www.home-connections.co.uk|

For more information, contact Tim Brown on 0116 257 7422 or by email at tjb@dmu.ac.uk| 

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