Families in emergency housing ‘may be gaming the system’

Housing chief says families may be declaring themselves homeless to jump up waiting list

Housing Agency’s outgoing head, Conor Skehan, has said the Government may have ‘unwittingly’ encouraged people to exploit the housing allocations system. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Housing Agency’s outgoing head, Conor Skehan, has said the Government may have ‘unwittingly’ encouraged people to exploit the housing allocations system. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Families living in hotels and other emergency accommodation may be “gaming the system” by declaring themselves homeless to jump up the housing waiting list, according to the outgoing head of the Government’s Housing Agency, Conor Skehan.

The Government may have “unwittingly” encouraged people to exploit the housing allocations system by prioritising “self-declared homelessness” in the allocation of social housing, Mr Skehan said.

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