Advising council tenants in prison

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Dear Clackmannanshire Council,

I understand that it is generally the practice that sentenced prisoners who are likely to spend more than 13 weeks in prison are advised to give up their council tenancies in order to prevent the build up of rent arrears and/or to avoid the need to take court action to evict them, but I would like to know if there are any policies/protocols in place regarding how and when this information is communicated to prisoners and/or their families, for example, are there time limits within which this advice must be provided to prisoners, is this done verbally or in writing, are prisoners referred/signposted to any sources of advice/support within prisons regarding their housing rights/options.

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Freedom of Information Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter.

Yours faithfully,

Justin Boyes

Pearl McMenemy, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Mr. Justin Boyes Contact: Pearl McMenemy
Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: HOU043782A
Date: 15/05/2018

Dear Mr. Boyes

Freedom of Information : HOU043782A

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information which was received
on 15/05/2018 about Advising council tenants in prison.   It will be
forwarded to the appropriate Council Service for action and you should
receive a response, or a request for clarification by 13/06/2018. If there
is a need to clarify anything relating to your request, colleagues will
contact you.  

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.  

Yours sincerely

Pearl McMenemy

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Pearl McMenemy, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Mr. Justin Boyes Contact: Pearl McMenemy
  Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: HOU043782A
Date: 18/05/2018

Dear Mr. Boyes

Freedom of Information Enquiry: HOU043782A

Thank you for your information request dated 15/05/2018.

I am happy to supply you with the information you requested.

There is not a policy for tenants who are incarcerated.  Housing Officers
will look at each case on their individual basis.  The length of the
sentence is important, usually if there is a lengthy sentence (normally 6
months or more), the Housing Officer would make contact with the prison
that the tenant is in.  Different approaches will be made with tenants
dependant on their circumstance.  Housing Officers can either make contact
with tenants through the prison's social work service or Housing Officers
could visit the prison.  When contact is made all options would be made
clear to the tenant.  For example if someone had a 2 years sentence, with
no means to pay their rent the best option would be to give up their
tenancy and apply when they are released.  Otherwise if they do not do
this Clackmannanshire Council would need to follow the recovery process
and the tenant would be evicted for rent arrears.  However it is the
tenants choice on what they do.  

There has been occasions where tenants have been given a lengthy sentence
and they have been able to keep their tenancy as a family member have been
able to pay their ongoing rent.  

You would need to contact the prison for more information on the
advice/support services that they provide.
 

Yours sincerely

Pearl McMenemy

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