Housing needs panel

The Housing Needs Panel considers applications from a range of individuals including those with: 

  • Physical and mental health issues    
  • Learning disabilities
  • Complex care needs
  • Young people transitioning from car   
  • Planned move on from supported housing 

If your application meets the criteria, the panel may grant you extra priority for housing on Homesearch.

Medical priority will only be considered if there is a substantial improvement in the individual's health and well-being. This must be supported by healthcare professionals and other relevant experts.

The Housing Needs Panel, led by Wakefield Council, includes representatives from partner agencies such as WDH and NHS. The key objectives of the panel are:

  • award housing priority for people in need
  • nominate to Registered Providers in the district
  • refer cases for Housing Options Advice
  • refer cases for Housing Related Support

How to refer

You cannot refer yourself to the Housing Needs Panel.

Referrals need to be made by a social worker or other professional working with you. There is a standard report, obtained from the panel coordinator, that must be completed.

Reports must be sent to:

Housing Needs Panel Coordinator
Housing Needs Service
Queens House
Queen Street
Wakefield WF1 1DF

Tel: 01924 304505
Email: housingneedspanel@wakefield.gov.uk

Professionals who want to refer someone will be required to submit evidence of the applicants housing needs including assessment and care planning documents.

Emergency referrals receive prompt attention, and in specific situations, applications can be fast-tracked. The Chair of the Housing Needs Panel has the power to agree cases that can be fast-tracked.


The Housing Needs Panel will consider the most suitable accommodation to meet the needs of the applicant and make recommendations.

Applicants will be informed of a decision within 28 days of the panel meeting.

Reviews and Appeals

If unhappy with the decision of the Housing Needs Panel you have 28 days to request a review or appeal. This can be in writing by email or over the phone.


If able to provide further information to support your application, you may request a review. You must provide additional information with your review request. Your review request will be considered at the next available panel meeting. You will be informed of the panel's review decision within 28 days of the panel meeting.


If unhappy with the Housing Needs Panel's original or review decision you may request an appeal. You must outline the grounds for your appeal and provide evidence to support your request where appropriate. All appeals will be investigated, and a response made in writing.

To request a review or appeal the applicant or their representative should contact the Housing Needs Service.​

Contact Us

Queens House Queens Street Wakefield WF1 1JR

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