Dear Cheshire West and Chester Council,
Please could you tell me the following, relating to those wards that fall within Ellesmere Port & Neston parliamentary constituency.
1) How many people have been adversely affected by the Bedroom Tax?
2) How many people are on the housing waiting lsit?
3) How many empty properties are there? (Both private and local authority/housing association)
4)How many people have been adversely affected by the changes to Council Tax
5)How many 1,2,3,bedroom properties are avialble for those who are now losing some portion of Housing Benefit?

Yours faithfully,
Russell Kennedy

Dear Cheshire West and Chester Council,

You have failed to respond to my FOI request by the alloted time. 13th January.
Please action asap.

Yours faithfully,

Russell Kennedy

Gadawodd N.Siddle anodiad ()

Not that it answers your questions, but the response to another FOI may be of interest. CWAC answered :-
1)How many households in the CWaC area currently in temporary accommodation? Answer - 39

2) How many households in the CWaC area are currently classed as homeless? Answer - 19

3)How many people are currently on the housing register? Answer - 6333

See log 1720655 for full request. The housing register figures appear high in relation to the other figures but there may be a rational explanation.

You should formally request an internal review - otherwise they will procrastinate even more before replying

FOI West, Cheshire West and Chester Council

Dear Mr Kennedy

 

Thank you for your email of 16 January 2014 advising that we have failed
to respond to your FOI request.  I am sorry but we have no record of
receiving it but will action urgently and forward a response asap.  For
your information you would have received an acknowledgement advising of
the log number and your rights as follows:

 

‘Thank you for your request for information of ….  It will be treated as a
request within the meaning of the Act: this means that we will send you a
full response within 20 working days, either supplying you with the
information which you want, or explaining to you why we cannot supply it. 

 

If we need any further clarification or there is any problem we will be in
touch.

 

In the meantime if you wish to discuss this further please contact me.  It
would be helpful if you could quote the log number.’

 

 

I have in the meantime located your request on ‘What do they know’:

 

REQUEST:

 

Dear Cheshire West and Chester Council,

Please could you tell me the following, relating to those wards that fall
within Ellesmere Port & Neston parliamentary constituency.

1) How many people have been adversely affected by the Bedroom Tax?

2) How many people are on the housing waiting list?

3) How many empty properties are there? (Both private and local
authority/housing association) 4)How many people have been adversely
affected by the changes to Council Tax 5)How many 1,2,3,bedroom properties
are available for those who are now losing some portion of Housing
Benefit?

 

Yours sincerely

 

Ruth Winson

Cheshire West and Chester Council

 

 

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Gadawodd Ray McHale anodiad ()

You probably need to be aware of this - if you are no already: http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/c...

FOI West, Cheshire West and Chester Council

Dear Mr Kennedy

 

Thank you for your request for information of 17 January 2014 which has
been logged as 1767168.  and has been dealt with under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  I confirm that Cheshire West and Chester Council
hold information relating to your request.

 

For the purpose of clarity,  I have reproduced your request and append the
answers beneath each question:

 

Please could you tell me the following, relating to those wards that fall
within Ellesmere Port & Neston parliamentary constituency.

 

We are not able to extract data by constituency ward so we have instead
extracted data using the former Ellesmere Port & Neston Borough Council
boundary.

1) How many people have been adversely affected by the Bedroom Tax?

 

There were 766 impacted council tenants (now managed by Plus Dane)
identified by June 13.  By January 2014 this had reduced to 709. 

 

In addition to Council tenants we believe that there are 101 other Social
Landlord tenants affected in this area.

 

A number of these impacted tenants have been awarded Discretionary Housing
Payments so they may not all have been adversely affected financially.  We
are also currently investigating individual cases to establish whether
they qualify for exemption from under-occupancy reductions having lived in
their properties since before 1 January 1996 and being continuously
claiming Housing Benefit.

 

2) How many people are on the housing waiting list?

 

1578 in the former Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council (EP&NBC)
area.

 

3) How many empty properties are there? (Both private and local
authority/housing association)

 

921

 

Note: We have used the council tax data base to extract the number of
empty properties registered in the former EP&NBC area. However it should
be noted that we have no information to determine which of these may be
available for let.

 

See also response to Q5 below.

 

4) How many people have been adversely affected by the changes to Council
Tax

 

Using the council tax database we have identified 2,728 households in the
former EP&NBC area. This figure includes both households who had nothing
to pay last year because they received 100% council tax benefit last year
and also households that have to pay more this year as a result of the
changes. The maximum council tax reduction a household can receive in
Chester West and Chester Council is 75%.

 

5) How many 1,2,3,bedroom properties are available for those who are now
losing some portion of Housing Benefit?

 

It is important to note here that when responding to this question we can
only provide information in relation to our own housing stock now managed
by Plus Dane.  The numbers provided will therefore be understated as there
will be additional available accommodation from other social housing
landlords and within the private rented sector.

 

Plus Dane(only) property available as at 24 January 2014:

 

There are  84:

 

17        1 bedroom apartments

2          1 bedroom bungalow

24        2 bedroom flats

10        2 bedroom houses

1          2 bedroom bungalow

8          3 bedroom flats

20        3 bedroom house / maisonette

1          3 bedroom bungalow

1          4 bedroom house

 

I trust this answers your enquiry.

 

The Council considers that your request has been answered in full by
either confirming that information is not held, providing you with the
information requested, or explaining why any information has been withheld
and the reasons for any redaction.    Where applicable, the Council has
also told you the reasons for the delay in responding to your request.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled you can request a review by writing to the Solutions Team within
40 working days from the date of the Council’s response.  You are entitled
to a review by the Council if:

·         You are dissatisfied with the Council’s explanation of why the
application was not dealt with within the 20 working day time limit.

·         All the information requested is not being disclosed and you
have not received an explanation why some information is not being
disclosed.

·         A reason for the disclosures under the request being refused is
not received.

·         You consider that exemptions have been wrongly applied, and/or

·         You consider that a fee has been wrongly applied.

Please set out your grounds for seeking a review together with what
specific part of your request those grounds apply to and the outcome you
are seeking.  The Council reserves the right to ask you for clarification
of the grounds for your review request if the grounds are not clear, and
to delay commencing the review if such grounds are not provided.

 

The Solutions Team can be contacted by email via: 
[1][Cheshire West and Chester Council request email] or at the following address:

 

Solutions Team

Cheshire West and Chester Council

HQ

58 Nicholas Street

Chester

CH1 2NP

 

The Solutions Team will acknowledge a request for an internal review
within 5 working days and complete the review as soon as possible and no
later than 40 working days from receipt of the request.

 

More information about the Council’s internal review process can be found
via:
[2]http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk...

 

If you remain dissatisfied following the outcome of your review, you have
a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

The Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45

Website: [3]www.ico.gov.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Ruth Winson

Solutions Team

 

 

 

 

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Gadawodd geoff kelly anodiad ()

They have just cleared the housing waiting lists hence the numbers..

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