Allocations and Choice in Scotland Discussion Paper
DescriptionMainly thanks to its promotion in the DETR 2000 Housing Green Paper, reforming social housing
allocations systems to enhance applicant choice has emerged as one of the most topical housing issues at the start of the new millennium. The 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 (DETR, 2000a). Although this policy pronouncement had no direct relevance to Scotland (formally, the Green Paper was applicable only to England), the debates sparked on this issue have had repercussions north of the border.