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Monmouthshire launches CBL

Monmouthshire launched a county-wide Choice Based Lettings scheme in January 2011 using LHS products and services.

Monmouthshire Homesearch is a partnership of Monmouthshire County Council, Monmouthshire Housing Association, Melin Homes and Charter Housing.

The scheme will have a common Housing Register with the ability to accept on-line applications that will that will act as a single point of application for social housing applicants.

Monmouthshire is the first county to take LHS products and services in Wales. It is also the first in the UK to use the new Housing Register Review Module that was first developed by LHS for West Berkshire.

The Review Module performs Annual Reviews (and other reviews) in a managed process that complements the Housing Register and creates significant savings for the scheme.

The Monmouthshire Homesearch website launched in November 2010, to allow all applicants to re-register. Its choice based lettings service came on-line in January 2011.

The scheme will have a common assessment policy and is moving from a points system to a banding allocations system.

Monmouthshire Homesearch will also be the first to use a new “rural connection” icon to help advertise properties where a specific local connection is required.

The icon will save Housing Officers considerable time as applicants can be filtered on the shortlist based on their connections to specific rural areas.

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