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A council, housing association or housing cooperative's allocation policy is the set of rules they use to decide how to give out their housing. Each council and registered social landlord (RSL) has its own rules for allocating housing. Some of the rules are based on the law, and others are up to the individual council or RSL to decide.
Some councils used a points based system, whereby applicants are awarded points depending on their circumstances. For example, you may get more points if you are homeless or disabled. Other councils may use a choice based letting system, or a mix of both. You can find out more about allocation policies here.