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Changes to the way social housing is handled in Lichfield are set to be introduced.

Lichfield District Council and HomeZone Living are set to change the way local people access affordable housing by signing up to the UChoose scheme.

The UChoose partnership is made up of 11 councils and housing associations who have joined together to provide one point of access for homes in southern Staffordshire and northern Warwickshire.

Darrin Gamble, Assistant Director of Housing at HomeZone Living, said:

“This is a great example of housing organisations working together for the benefit of our customers. UChoose will enable us to provide a greater choice of homes, over a wider area, for people to choose from whilst continuing to ensure that our empty homes are let to those in the greatest housing need.”

From June 29, homes available across southern Staffordshire and northern Warwickshire will be advertised online each week. This means applicants will be able to see the adverts and express an interest in available properties, giving more choice to people about where they live.

Helen Spearey, Strategic Director of Community, Housing and Health for Lichfield District Council, added:

“UChoose will offer local people the chance to search for properties over a far larger area, allowing much more flexibility about where they can live. We’re pleased to be a part of the new partnership and know that local people will still be able to access good quality local housing.”

Lichfield District residents on the current Your Choice housing register, held by HomeZone Living, will be contacted and automatically transferred onto the new UChoose register.

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