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Allocations and Choice in Scotland - A Summary



Reforming allocations systems to enhance applicant choice is emerging as one of the most topical
issues in the housing world.

In England the DETR 2000 Housing Green Paper strongly encouraged social landlords to replace complex ‘needs-based’ allocations systems with simpler, more ‘customer-focused’ approaches of the type operated by social landlords in the Netherlands. Whilst not yet actively promoted by the Scottish Executive, interest in the issue has spilled across the border. Responding to the growing attention being attracted by this subject in Scotland, and to stimulate an informed debate on the issue, the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has published a discussion paper ‘Allocations and Choice in Scotland: A Discussion Paper’ by Hal Pawson, on which
this summary draws.

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