Welcome to Barrow Borough Council's Housing Service
These pages on Barrow Borough Council's
website should provide you with all the information you need
to know about the Housing Service and the services we
offer. They contain a comprehensive range of details on many
subjects that matter to you.
The pages have been designed for
tenants, prospective tenants and leaseholders
of Barrow Borough Council and have information on,
amongst many things: how to contact us; how to pay rent; getting
repairs done; applying for Council accommodation and tenant
involvement. We provide information on things that are
important to us and we hope will be important to you.
For further information on any of our services, please click on
the relevant link below.
Please let us know what you think about our pages, for example what
is needed or how they can be improved. Your comments - good
or bad - are always welcome and will help us to provide the service
you want. Please email your comments back to us on email@example.com or
write to us at the address given the bottom of the
Office opening hours
- The Housing Department office is open: Monday to
Friday 9am - 4pm
- Telephone enquiries: Monday to Thursday: 8.30am -
5pm & Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
- 24-hour Emergency No. for homelessness or repairs :
Important information for tenants in receipt of housing
The Government has recently agreed
changes to the Welfare Benefit and Housing Benefit
If you claim Housing Benefit to help pay
your rent you may be affected by the changes from April 2013.
The changes mean some tenants will get less Housing Benefit than
they did before.
For further details, please read our
What you need to know about changes to housing
New Downsizing Scheme
The Housing Service has launched its ‘downsizing’
scheme to help tenants who may be adversely affected by the
Government’s planned welfare reforms.
- Is your home too
big for you?
- Are you struggling to
pay the bills or maintain your property?
How do I apply?
If you are interested in the scheme, you
should apply in writing by filing out the Downsizing Scheme
Application Form on the back of the Downsizing Leaflet which
also gives more information on the Downsizing Scheme and the Terms
Once your application has been accepted in
line with the terms and conditions the scheme offers:
- A higher priority for re-housing in
areas of your choice
- A home visit to assess your needs and
- A grant towards expenses and towards
the cost of fittings in your new home
- For tenants assessed as being in
special need, practical advice to assist with the move will be
If you have any queries regarding this scheme
or need assistance with the application form please call into our
housing office or ring (01229) 876577 / 876302 or 876550.
Cumbria Choice - Choice-based Lettings Scheme
Barrow Borough Council Housing Service has joined with the
main housing associations and six local councils in
Cumbria to form a county-wide choice-based lettings scheme called
Cumbria Choice. This means that anyone who
applies to the scheme is able to apply for property owned by all
the associations/councils in the scheme. All property
available for letting is listed in the Cumbria Choice Newsletter
which is available to view in the reception area of the Housing
Service or on the Cumbria Choice website www.cumbriachoice.org.uk
For more information on Cumbria Choice and
details of how to register on the scheme link to Applying for Accommodation
Council Housing services in the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness