Changes to the Homesearch policy

Published 3 June 2014


Following consultation with WDH tenants, Homesearch members and non-members, our Homesearch policy is changing.

The changes will be made from June 18 2014 to allow WDH to react to the impact of Welfare Reform.

The main changes include:

  • Joining Homesearch – WDH now have wider powers to prevent or restrict membership based on the behaviour/criminality of the applicant or members of their household.
  • Local connection – members of most A to C bands will be required to have a local connection to the Wakefield district, including living, working, or having close family in the district for prescribed lengths of time.
  • Band D – this new Band will be introduced for members with no local connection or social housing tenants with no ‘housing need’, including WDH tenants.
  • Reviews – a whole section has been added on applicants/members rights to ask for information on their application, and to ask for a formal review of any decision which affects their application.
  • Band B Lodgers - this priority will only be awarded to those lodging with children or where the lodger is due to have a baby in the next 12 weeks.
  • Bypassing on a shortlist - a whole section has been added to list the various reasons WDH may not offer you a property.

All members whose band changes will be written to and advised of this and notified of the review process.

For more information on the changes and how they might affect you, contact Homesearch on 0844 9 02 02 02 or email homesearch@wdh.co.uk.

The full policy is available to view online.


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WDH is making life easier with Get Online Week


WDH is making life easier with Get Online Week

Published 8 October 2015

WDH is coming to the heart of Wakefield’s communities as part of Get Online Week (12-16 October), aiming to help even more people use the internet so they can enjoy a better quality of life.

The internet can make life easier in ways both big and small - and it can be much simpler than people think. From staying healthy or finding work, to saving money and having fun, there are lots of ways people can benefit of being online. 

WDH’ Digital Angels are joining Get Online Week and going out to different locations across the district throughout the week to help the people of Wakefield get started. 

If you’ve never touched a computer or tablet before, or you just need some pointers to make the most of being online, these Get Online Week events are for you.

Monday 12 October

Service Access Point, Exchange Street South Elmsall, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Tuesday 13 October 

Mobile -Tesco Car Park, Market Street Hemsworth, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Wednesday 14 October

Service Access Point, Stansfield Road, Airedale, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Mobile unit- Asda Store Car Park, Dewsbury Road, Wakefield, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Mobile unit- Lisheen Avenue Castleford, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Thursday 15 October

Mobile unit- Asda Store Car Park, Asdale Road, Durkar, Wakefield, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Mobile unit -Queens Ave, Barracks Estate., Pontefract, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Friday 16 October 

The Job Club St Swithuns Centre, Eastmoor, Wakefield, 9.00- 12.00pm

Mobile unit - Co-operative Car Park Dale Street Ossett, 9.00pm-12.00pm

Mobile unit - Moor Road, Victoria Estate Featherstone, 2.00pm -4.00pm

Gerard Maguire, WDH’s Customer Excellence Manager, says:  “It doesn’t matter if you’ve never even touched a computer before or if you already know a bit - this is your chance to give computers and the internet a go. It’s fun, it’s free, and it could change how you do your favourite things - and your everyday chores - forever! Come along to one of our events and see what you could do with technology, and what technology could do for you.”

For more information or to arrange a one-to-one discussion with one of our Digital Angels, contact our Engagement Team on 0345 8 507 507.


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