Bidding? What the?!!!
Don't understand that! No bidding up here!
Up here you are on the housing list and are given points according to your situation. You get points for a variety of things including medical reasons, ages of kids, years on the list etc etc.
Once you are at the top of the list for a house in your criteria (for you Em that would be a two bed house as your girls are still young) you are offered a house when it becomes available. You have a choice of accepting it or not. If you don't accept it you will be offered up to 2 more houses. If you don't accept any of them you move down the list.
I'm at a total loss with the bidding thing tho!!
That is how it was here until last year when they changed the system to bidding. It's silly! It meant del would have been in a 1bed flat with her baby until the baby was 10yrs old before they would consider moving her!! disgusting!