Successful pilot schemes have led to shared public sector housing lists being established in the east and the north of the Island.
The lists have succeeded in providing applicants with greater choice across a wider area, and strengthened the working partnership between the Department of Infrastructure and Local Authorities.
In addition to using shared lists, Local Authorities make allocations using a standardised process. This has resulted in vacant properties being filled faster and greater consistency with regard to allocations and lettings.
Julie Edge MHK, Department Member with responsibility for Public Estates and Housing, said:
‘I am delighted that another two regions are seeing the advantages that shared working brings both for the applicant and the administrator.
‘Shared lists are a tangible example of central and local government working together for the betterment of the Island.’
The move mirrors the decision last year to continue using shared lists in the south after a pilot scheme and fulfils an objective of the Programme for Government to support an inclusive and caring Island.