I am writing to you to request the following information:

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Properties as of the 13th May (those domestic properties which have been empty for six months or older)
2) What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?
3) Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your Housing strategy?
4) Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction of empty properties?
5) How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018

Thank you very much,

Rhys

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Leather, Mark,

1 Atodiad

Ref No: 2019/313

 

11 June 2019

 

Dear Mr Thomas,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information

 

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Thank you for the information. Could I just confirm the number of long term empty properties which is very low and suggest that these are just showing the publicly-owned properties. The request is to know the total number of long term empty properties within the West Lancashire area so will be publicly and privately-owned properties.

Thank you very much

Rhys

Leather, Mark,

1 Atodiad

Dear Rhys,

 

Further to your enquiry below and seeking further clarification,

I can confirm that the Revenues department holds the information you are
seeking in relation to question 1, although Section 22 of the Freedom of
Information Act exempts this information. This is because the information
is intended for publication at a future date at: [1]www.gov.uk on the
Calculation of Council Tax Base.

 

If you require any further information let me know.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mark Leather

Freedom of Information Officer

West Lancashire Borough Council

 

Tel: 01695 585031

Fax: 01695 585050

West Lancashire Borough Council

52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, L39 2DF

 

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personal data for the purpose for which it was provided and ensure that
it  is destroyed when no longer required. For further information about
your privacy, please see our [4]website.  If you would like to discuss
your privacy in more detail, you can contact the Officer whose details are
above this notice.

 

Thank you for the information.  Could I just confirm the number of long
term empty properties which is very low and suggest that these are just
showing the publicly-owned properties.  The request is to know the total
number of long term empty properties within the West Lancashire area so
will be publicly and privately-owned properties.

 

Thank you very much

 

Rhys

 

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