Second homes and long-term unoccupied homes

Ally Tibbitt made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to North Lanarkshire Council as part of a batch sent to 24 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

Please treat this email as a Freedom of Information request.

I would like the following information.

With regards to second homes:

1. How many homes in the council area are second homes?

2. Of these, how many receive a discount to their council tax? Please break these figures down by council ward.

3. Additionally, how many second home owners are subject to a reduced rate of council tax discount? Please break these figures down by council ward.

4. I understand that the council is required to spend any additional income raised by reducing the rate of council tax discount on second homes locally, or via Registered Social Landords. How much additional income was raised through reducing the council tax discount rate for second homes in the last 24 months and what was this additional income spent on?

With regards to empty homes:

5. How many homes in the council area are empty?

6. How many empty homes in the council area currently receive a council tax discount? Please break this figures down by ward.

7. Additionally, how many empty home owners are subject to a reduced rate of council tax discount, or are subject to an increase in council tax? Please break these figures down by council ward.

8. What is the total additional income raised by the council by reducing the rate of council tax discount on empty homes, or increasing it in the last 24 months? What was this additional income spent on?

I would prefer not to receive the requested information in pdf format files. I would prefer to receive it in MS Excel format files.

I look forwards to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Ally Tibbitt

Kirkpatrick Angelene, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Ms Tibbitt

I acknowledge receipt of your request which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street
Motherwell
ML1 1AB

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Kirkpatrick Angelene, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Ms. Tibbett

 

Request for Information

 

I refer again to your e‑mail of 17 March 2018 seeking information in
relation to second homes and empty homes.

 

Having investigated, my response to your eight enquiries is as follows:-

 

(1)          79 homes in the North Lanarkshire area are second homes.

 

(2)/(3)    All 79 homes are in receipt of reduced 10% Council tax
discount.  The following table sets out the homes broken down by Council
Ward.

 

No of
2nd
Homes Ward
Ward 1
6 Kilsyth
Ward 2
Cumbernauld
5 North
Ward 3
Cumbernauld
4 South
Ward 4
Abronhill,
Kildrum and
6 the village
Ward 5
5 Strathkelvin
Ward 6
Coatbridge
North and
7 Glenboig
Ward 7
Airdrie
10 North
Ward 8
Airdrie
1 Central
Ward 9
Coatbridge
4 West
Ward 11
Airdrie
3 South
Ward 12
5 Fortissat
Ward 13
2 Thorniewood
Ward 15
Mossend and
3 Holytown
Ward 14
1 Bellshill
Ward 16
Motherwell
7 West
Ward 17
Motherwell
4 North
Ward 18
Motherwell
South East
and
5 Ravenscraig
Ward 20
1 Wishaw
79 Total

 

(4)/(8)    I regret to advise you that the information sought in relation
to second homes specifically is not held and in terms of Section 17 of the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 I must advise you of this.

 

£895,075.27 is the additional revenue collected for all empty properties
inclusive of second homes, by reducing the discount percentage from 50% to
10%.  The revenue forms part of the overall housing services budget but is
used for various initiatives eg. purchasing empty properties for North
Lanarkshire Council housing stock.

 

(5)           2,960 homes are empty in the North Lanarkshire area.

 

(6)           860 homes received a Council Tax discount.  The following
table sets out the number of homes broken down by Council Ward.

 

No of
Empty Ward
Properties
Ward 1
57 Kilsyth
Ward 2
Cumbernauld
38 North
Ward 3
Cumbernauld
61 South
Ward 4
Abronhill,
Kildrum and
34 the village
Ward 5
30 Strathkelvin
Ward 6
Coatbridge
North and
90 Glenboig
Ward 7
Airdrie
106 North
Ward 8
Airdrie
16 Central
Ward 9
Coatbridge
54 West
Ward 10
Coatbridge
16 South
Ward 11
Airdrie
33 South
Ward 12
43 Fortissat
Ward 13
34 Thorniewood
Ward 15
Mossend and
19 Holytown
Ward 14
27 Bellshill
Ward 16
Motherwell
58 West
Ward 17
Motherwell
30 North
Ward 18
Motherwell
South East
and
43 Ravenscraig
Ward 19
27 Murdostoun
Ward 20
44 Wishaw

 

(7)           1,155 empty home owners are subject to a reduced rate of
Council Tax discount.  The following table sets out the number of homes
broken down by Council Ward.

 

No of
Empty Ward
Properties
Ward 1
54 Kilsyth
Ward 2
Cumbernauld
53 North
Ward 3
Cumbernauld
74 South
Ward 4
Abronhill,
Kildrum and
47 the village
Ward 5
39 Strathkelvin
Ward 6
Coatbridge
North and
110 Glenboig
Ward 7
Airdrie
141 North
Ward 8
Airdrie
18 Central
Ward 9
Coatbridge
60 West
Ward 10
Coatbridge
18 South
Ward 11
Airdrie
36 South
Ward 12
89 Fortissat
Ward 13
45 Thorniewood
Ward 15
Mossend and
39 Holytown
Ward 14
27 Bellshill
Ward 16
Motherwell
77 West
Ward 17
Motherwell
44 North
Ward 18
Motherwell
South East
and
79 Ravenscraig
Ward 19
38 Murdostoun
Ward 20
67 Wishaw

 

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested
information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that
request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision
by writing to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions,
Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB.  Accordingly, if
you are dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write
to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions.

 

I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who
is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section
21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Act.  Such an application must be made within
six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form
which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for
subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the
applicant, and provide an address for correspondence. The application must
also specify the request for information to which the requirement for
review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s
dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the
matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the
decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local
authority to issue such a decision.  The Scottish Information Commissioner
can be contacted as follows:-

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

KY16  9DS

email: [1][email address]

 

Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online
via the following link: -

 

[2]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

 

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose.  If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Angelene Kirkpatrick

For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Civic Centre

Windmillhill Street

Motherwell

ML1 1AB

 

 

 

 

 

 

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