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This consultation is now closed. If you have any queries please get in touch with the Housing Register Team.

A consultation by the Single East Ayrshire Register for Community Housing (SEARCH) partners, namely Atrium Homes, Cunninghame Housing Association, East Ayrshire Council, Riverside Scotland Housing Association and Shire Housing Association, on proposed changes to the Common Allocation Policy is now open.

The Common Allocation Policy is designed by the partners to make the process of applying for housing easier, to address housing needs and make best use of the available housing stock while maximising access and choice for applicants.


There are six proposed changes:

  • extenuating circumstances points awards will be reviewed every six months
  • strategic needs grouping for Armed Forces personnel awards will be extended from three to six months
  • priority two health and disability points will be increased from 20 to 21 points
  • applicants with a life limiting terminal diagnosis will be awarded the highest health and disability priority, where their current home is unsuitable for their current or future needs
  • applicants assessed as eligible for care and support points will be moved into the strategic needs group
  • preserved waiting list points will be removed.

The proposed changes will be presented to tenants, applicants on the housing list, registered tenant organisations, stakeholders and a number of national charities, seeking their views. 


The consultation will be open from Monday 13 March until Monday 24 April 2023 inclusive. 

How to comment

Have your say by:

  • completing the common allocation policy consultation online survey
  • if you don’t have internet access you can contact our Housing Register team for assistance
  • paper copies can be returned to: Customer Liaison Team, FREEPOST RSEY-XHST-JHGL, Johnnie Walker Bond, Strand Street, KILMARNOCK, KA1 1HU (a stamp is not required).

How findings will be used

We will gather the information provided from the consultation and this will form part of a paper to be presented to Cabinet later in 2023. 

Further information

If you would like more information about the proposed changes or you require a paper copy, larger font or translated version of the consultation, please get in touch:

  • Atrium Homes, Telephone 01563 528816
  • Cunninghame Housing Association, Telephone 01294 607553 or email
  • Housing Register Team, Telephone 01563 554400 or email
  • Riverside Scotland, Telephone 0345 112 6600
  • Shire Housing Association, Telephone 01290 421130

Contact Information

Housing Register Team
Opera House
8 John Finnie Street
Telephone: 01563 554400 (Option 5)