home swap direct
Rory has welcome the government’s launch of its HomeSwap Direct scheme, providing tenants of social housing with new opportunities to move anywhere in the UK.
HomeSwap Direct will mean that for the first time there will be a system in place across the whole of the UK, meaning that tenants looking to move, whether for a job, to be near family, or to a property better suited to their needs, will be able to see all the available homes across the whole of the UK, not just those on the website subscribed to by their current landlord.
Some councils, such as Kettering, already run localised schemes but Homeswap Direct will link them all together across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Rory said: “This is a great step forward, allowing people more choice in their moves. I have personal experience of constituents wishing to move to other parts of the country, to be nearer their loved ones, or perhaps to access family care that they would not necessarily receive here. Often a home that better suits their needs can be further away, and they would previously have been unable to access such properties. Government is doing all it can to make the move within social housing schemes as straightforward and stress-free as possible, and this is a very good start.”