Evictions and Out-of-Area Rehousing of Council Tenants affected by Welfare Reform

Ffion Weaver made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to West Devon Borough Council

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Dear West Devon Borough Council,

I am seeking information about the potential impact of central government welfare reform policies on eviction rates and geographical displacement of households with council housing tenancies. My information request relates to three welfare reform policies:

- Under-Occupancy (also known as Removal of Spare Room Subsidy / Bedroom Tax)

- The Benefit Cap

- Universal Credit roll-out

I understand that under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 there is a duty to assist and advise the requester. I would appreciate your advice if you think my request needs any clarification in order to get the information that I am looking for, or if it would exceed the cost limit in its present form.

1. Please provide an annual breakdown since April 2010 of the total number of unique council tenancies - including the total number of people recorded as living in them - that have been evicted due to the non-payment of rent arrears.

2. For each year of this annual breakdown since April 2013, please disclose how many of these evicted households - including the total number of people recorded as living in them - had at some point been affected by:

a. Under-occupancy

b. Under-occupancy and the Benefit Cap

c. Under-occupancy and the Benefit Cap and Universal Credit roll-out

3. How many of the evicted households affected by a, b, or c - including the total number of people recorded as living in them - went on to make a successful homelessness application to the local authority?

4. Of these successful homeless applications, please disclose how many households - including the total number of people recorded as living in them - were placed in temporary accommodation in a different local authority area and disclose the destination local authority area in each case.

Yours faithfully,

Ffion Weaver

FOI Requests Auto, West Devon Borough Council

Dear  Ms Weaver
Freedom of Information request - Ref: 661370
Thank you for your request for information on 24/01/2018 15:03:40.
I can confirm that the Council holds/does not hold the information you
have requested.
I note from my records that it would appear you did not receive a response
to your request.  Please accept my sincere apologies for this error.
I appreciate this response may be too late for your purposes, however
should you still require this information please do not hesitate to
contact me again and I will arrange for the data to be provided.
Once again please accept my apologies.
Yours sincerely
Freedom of Information Officer
West Devon Borough Council
PO Box 237
01803 861234
Email: [email address]
Web: [1]www.westdevon.gov.uk


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Sarah Hunt, West Devon Borough Council

No response has been received by Ffion Weaver, therefore please consider this request completed.