Priority Need

You or someone who normally lives with you may be in priority need due to:

  • Pregnancy
  • Being 16 or 17 years old
  • Dependent Children
  • Experience of a disaster, such as flood or fire
  • Disability including mental and/or physical
  • Being a Care Leaver
  • Leaving an institution
  • Fleeing violence or being threatened with violence
  • Other vulnerabilities

It is the duty of the officer to determine that the legal definition of a priority group is met, as outlined in the Housing Act 1996 (as amended). Proof of pregnancy, residency of children, or medical confirmation of a condition may be requested at interview.

The need for emergency accommodation may be considered at this point in the investigations. If emergency accommodation is required, it may be necessary to consider options outside Cheshire East if accommodation is not available locally.