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Strategies and policies

Wiltshire Council is committed to providing excellent housing services. One of our key priorities is to ensure that we make best use of existing stock and that, working with our partners, we increase the supply of decent new affordable homes in Wiltshire.  

Wiltshire is a large rural authority and is part of several housing markets. It is on the whole an affluent area with high and rising property values. The aims and priorities for strategic housing in Wiltshire over the next five years have been developed through consultation with our customers, our community and our partners. These priorities complement and support wider national and regional priorities, including the Council's community plan. They are based on working in partnership with a range of individuals and agencies, including tenants' groups, and organisations in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

In this section, you can read about how the council's housing services are structured and find our strategic documents and overarching policies.

The community plan can be found in the download section.

Homelessness and housing options

The Homelessness Strategy sets out our commitment to the prevention and relief of homelessness in Wiltshire and describes the strategic direction of our homelessness services.

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More information on our Domestic abuse policy.

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The Wilts Let scheme provides financial assistance to secure privately rented property for homeless households who are eligible for assistance and, in the majority of cases, in priority need.

More information Wilts let procedures.

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The Homelessness Prevention Fix-It Fund has been developed to support Wiltshire Council’s preventative approach to homelessness. The fund allows officers to assess the household’s current situation and enable cost effective solutions to meet their housing needs. You can find more information in the download section.

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Aids and Adaptations Policy Consultation

The Council is proposing a change to its Adaptation Policy. This Policy sets out the context of when and how it agrees and delivers Disabled Adaptations to its Housing stock.

Currently, where the tenant is not fully passported through the Benefits system, the Housing team will have an independent Financial Assessment carried out on the tenant the works are proposed for. This is to align our service to the Disabled Facilities Grant system in the Private Sector. The proposal is to set an upper limit for Adaptations of £6,000. If the proposed works are in excess of this amount, and the tenant is not fully passported, then a Financial Assessment shall be carried out.

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The new Policy insertion shall read:

3.4 There is a financial cap of £6,000 for all Adaptations. Any works that are estimated in excess of this amount the Council will carry out financial assessments of the tenant on the excess amount. This financial assessment will be undertaken using the Disabled Facilities Grant test of resources methodology in accordance with the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. Where the financial assessment calculates an amount that the tenant would be liable for, then the tenant would either make this contribution towards the works or work with the Council to find more appropriate accommodation.
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The survey is of Wiltshire Council Housing residents only. We have sent an email to all our tenants with email addresses on the system with a link to the survey. If you have not received this email, please contact us on 03004560117 to request a survey email. Close

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Last updated: 23 April 2020 | Last reviewed: 23 April 2020