Chesterfield residents are being urged to give their views on proposed changes to the way council houses are allocated to people in the borough.
Among the changes being proposed by the borough council is the introduction of a requirement that people have normally lived in the Chesterfield area for 12 months before they are considered for council properties.
This is intended to ensure Chesterfield residents get priority on available properties in the borough.
It is also proposed that applications will need to provide additional information when their housing applications are being assessed. This will help the council identify, for example, if an applicant needs additional help to maintain a tenancy or whether they will be able to afford to pay the rent due alongside other living expenses.
Councillor Jim McManus, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for housing, said: “As the town’s biggest landlord we have a responsibility to ensure that the rules under which houses are allocated are fair and meet the needs of our community.”
A borough council spokesman added: “We receive an average of 223 housing applications per month and have a waiting list of about 2,200 people.
“The number of people with complex housing needs, and those seeking housing advice, is increasing since the introduction of welfare reforms last year.
“To help deal with this extra demand for services, the council is also boosting its work to prevent and deal with issues of homelessness,” the added.
People can give their views on the proposed changes until Friday, March 14.
Full details can be seen at www.chesterfield.gov.uk/Allocations-and-transfer-policy-813.html