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CENTRAL LONDON CONSORTIUM APPOINTS ANITE FOR 'CHOICE-BASED LETTING' PILOTS

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The Central London consortium led by Camden LBC has appointed software and IT solutions supplier Anite Public Secto...
The Central London consortium led by Camden LBC has appointed software and IT solutions supplier Anite Public Sector to implement a 'Home Connections' pilot.

This will provide tenants, homeless families and individuals and others

looking for a new home with greater choice in selecting housing.

The pilot will invest in excess of£300,000 to support the future direction of

social housing selection across the consortium, which comprises the London

local authorities in Camden, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Islington,

Barnet and two housing associations Ujima and St Pancras. The focus will be

on extending home-seekers choice in the selection of properties to rent

across boroughs and across different housing providers. Tenants and

potential tenants will access the system using telephony with interactive

voice recognition and creative, web-based technology.

Using systems developed by Anite Public Sector and partner company,

Anite.net, the 'Home Connections' pilot will allow clients to be assessed

on-line and to seek and view properties prior to final assessment. The pilot

will also enable councils to promote housing outside London by linking to

systems in other major cities, such as Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle. Home

Connections is a direct response to initiatives by the government in the

housing green paper, 'Quality & Choice: A Decent Home for All'.

Michael Scorer, director of the Central London consortium: 'This

project aims to put ordinary people looking for a home in the driving seat

when it comes to assessing their options and prospects. The 'Home

Connection' pilot conforms to the e-government framework, supports existing

and emerging technologies and offers clients and councils alike a swift and

easy to use solution to housing both in the Borough and outside of London.

'The pilot will be funded by DTLR for the next 12 months, after which we are

hopeful that its success will mean choice-based letting becomes the way in

which all properties are let.'

Iain Daws, business development manager at Anite Public Sector said:

'We are delighted to be working on such an innovative project and one that

will dramatically enhance the provision of housing in London.'

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