A Conservative Council will ensure the availability of sufficient homes for rent, and prioritise Birmingham residents in the allocation of Council housing in a bid to ensure that no one from Birmingham goes without a place to call home. Currently people only have to have lived in Birmingham for one year to qualify for Council Housing. Some neighbouring authorities such as Sandwell have a five year rule. We would therefore extend the residency rule in Birmingham to at least 5 years so as to be in line with our neighbours and give those with a long term link to this City priority in the allocation of Council Housing.
We would also give priority to Armed Forces Veterans and to those who actively contribute to their local area through voluntary and community work, rewarding those who make personal sacrifices for others.