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Housing benefit element

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Dear Greenwich Borough Council,

How many people have their housing benefit paid directly to their landlord? In last year?
What is the Council criteria for having the housing benefit element paid directly to a landlord? Eg private tenant

Yours faithfully,

John Brown

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Brown

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-36747

 

Thank you for your request dated 03 February 2020

 

Your request will be answered by 02 March 2020

 

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   3^rd Floor, The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London, SE18
6HQ

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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Brown,

 

Freedom of Information request: FOI-36747

 

Thank you for your request dated 3 February 2020.

 

In the order that you raise your questions our response is as follows:

 

 1. How many people have their housing benefit paid directly to their
landlord? In last year?

 

Currently as at 5 February 8,615 claimants have their Housing Benefit (HB)
paid to their landlord. This figure is for tenants living in private
properties, including Housing Associations, but excludes Council Tenants.
(All Council Tenants have their Housing Benefit paid direct to the
landlord).

 

In the last year, 9318 claimants living in private properties have had
their Housing Benefit paid direct to the landlord.

 

 2. What is the Council criteria for having the housing benefit element
paid directly to a landlord? Eg private tenant

 

Criteria as follows, in line with the Housing Benefit Regulations:

 

 a. Criteria when we must pay the landlord

 

All rent allowances cases where,

 

o Claimant has eight weeks arrears or more, unless it is in the
overriding interests not to pay the landlord.
o Part of the claimant’s Jobseekers allowance, Employment Support
Allowance, Income Support or state Pension Credit is being paid to the
landlord
o Rent remains due to the landlord should the claimant die.

 

 b. Criteria when we may pay the landlord

 

LHA Cases

 

o HB has previously been paid to the landlord under (a) above
o Payment to the landlord would help the claimant to secure or retain
their tenancy
o Claimant likely to have difficulty maintaining their finances eg Debt
problems, Illiteracy or learning difficulties, Ill health, fleeing
domestic violence, language difficulties, mental health issues
o It is improbable that the claimant will pay their rent
o While considering who to pay

 

Other Rent Allowance cases

 

o At the claimant’s request or with their consent
o It is in the claimant’s and their families interests.

 

All Rent Allowance cases.

 

o First payment after a claim or change
o Claimant has left the home and rent remains due to the landlord

 

If you have any queries about this correspondence, please contact me,
quoting the reference number above.

 

If you are not satisfied with our response to your request, you can ask
for an Internal Review. Internal review requests should be submitted
within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original
request. If you wish to do this, please contact us, setting out why you
are dissatisfied.

 

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Internal Review, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision.
Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the
Internal Review procedure provided by the Council. You can contact the ICO
by emailing [1][email address], or by post at Customer Contact,
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

* 3^rd Floor, The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London, SE18 6HQ

8 [2]www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

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From: foi
Sent: 04 February 2020 14:26
To: 'John Brown' <[FOI #641100 email]>
Cc: foi <[Greenwich Borough Council request email]>
Subject: FOI-36747: Freedom of Information request - Housing benefit
element

 

Dear Mr Brown

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-36747

 

Thank you for your request dated 03 February 2020

 

Your request will be answered by 02 March 2020

 

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   3^rd Floor, The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London, SE18
6HQ

8 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

ü Please consider the environment before printing this email

 

 

 

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