You will be allocated a banding for your current situation after being assessed by your chosen local authority.
Applicants who do not have a local connection will automatically be placed in the general banding. However, you do not necessarily have to be residing in the local area to have a local connection.
Local connection is assessed using the following criteria:
Have you lived in the area?
Do you have family in the area?
Do you work in the area?
Other special circumstances?
You usually have to have lived in the area for 6 months out of the last 12, or 3 years out of 5. You may not have a local connection if you have been in prison or hospital as you didn’t choose to live in the area.
You will usually have a local connection if you already have close family living in the area for at least 5 years. Close family includes parents, children, brothers or sisters. It may also include other family members who you have a very close relationship with, such as you were brought up by an aunt or grandparent.
Employment does not have to be full-time and self-employed people can have a local connection if their work is mainly in the area. Employment of a casual nature may not be enough to establish a local connection.
For further information on local connections please see your local authority page