Local authorities are reacting to high demand for council houses by giving priority to those in work and insisting that would-be tenants must have lived in an area for up to five years before they become eligible, according to the Sunday Times. The latest to consider the introduction of such measures is Waltham Forest Council in east London where proposals are in place to double the locally-based requirement of prospective tenants from two to four years. It is also proposing to move into a "higher priority group" those who work more than 16 hours a week or applicants who have been involved in volunteering for at least six months. Other councils that now give extra priority to those in employment include Westminster, Havering, Wandsworth and Kensington & Chelsea in London; as well as Manchester, Derby and Stoke-on-Trent, outside the capital. Some councils such as Birmingham and Southampton, have rejected the idea partly because of concerns that it might penalise sick and disabled people.
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