Stoke on Trent City Council: Housing and Homelessness

William Gomes made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Stoke on Trent City Council

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Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

I am requesting the following information:

1. How many people are under Council’s Housing waiting list at present ?
Would you please specify the age group, gender and the number of minorities,BME community who are in the council's housing waiting list.

2. Would you please give specify how many people have applied for one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom,Five bedroom in year 2012-2013?

3.Please provide number of how many people you have accommodated following the statutory duty under housing act who have been declared themselves as homeless and sissified the homelessness assessment process. Please give number by year starting from January 2012 to December 2013.Please also specify their gender,age group and if possible ethnic identity.

4.Please provide number the people who are in current council waiting list who are homeless.

5.Please share what are the present council policy to address homelessness. And how council is allocating budget for that.

6.Please share the total number of council house and please specify the type of the house and number and area and how many are current empty.

7.Please provide how much council had spent yearly since January 2012 to December 2013,to build new council house/flat.

8.According to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002) all Local Authorities must have a Homelessness Strategy in place What are the homelessness strategy of the Council council.Please share the yearly the yearly of starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

10. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002) Council has certain responsibilities towards people who are homeless or threatened with
homelessness. Would you please provide number, age,gender to whom you provided service following the specific law.

11.How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to December 2013. Please provide number of each year.

12. How much council had spent to pay the employee who are working on homeless issues in council.Please give yearly details starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit fraud during year 2012 and 2013.

14.Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit fraud. If yes, Who is the company and how much council has paid them for the service.

Yours faithfully,

William Gomes

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Gomes

Your request for information ref. SOT30372

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FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

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Dear Mr Gomes

 

Your request for information ref. SOT30372 about council housing

 

We have now considered your request and a copy of the information is
attached below.

 

The information supplied may be used for domestic or journalistic
purposes.  Its use for commercial gain including issuing to the public,
social media or computer blogs may be subject to the issue of a licence
under the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005.

 

1. How many people are under Council’s Housing  waiting list at present ?

 

Would you please specify the age group, gender and  the number of
minorities, BME community who are in the council's housing waiting list.

 

Response:

 

Sex Count
FEMALE 2998
MALE 2707
UNSPECIFIED 35
Sum: 5740

 

 

Age Group Count
UNDER 18 3
19 - 29 1666
30-39 1194
40-49 889
50-59 833
60+ 1155
Sum: 5740

 

Ethnicity Count
ASIAN - ANY OTHER ASIAN BACKGROUND 124
ASIAN - BANGLADESHI 22
ASIAN - INDIAN 12
ASIAN - PAKISTANI 122
BLACK - AFRICAN 112
BLACK - ANY OTHER BLACK BACKGROUND 32
BLACK - CARIBBEAN 25
CHINESE 7
NO LONGER USED (ASIAN) 8
NO LONGER USED (BRITISH EUROPEAN) 130
NO LONGER USED (SOUTH EAST ASIAN) 1
DO NOT WISH TO COMPLETE 36
GYPSY/ROMA 2
MIXED - ANY OTHER MIXED BACKGROUND 15
MIXED - WHITE AND ASIAN 28
MIXED - WHITE AND BLACK AFRICAN 5
MIXED - WHITE AND BLACK CARIBBEAN 21
OTHER 170
TRAVELLER OF IRISH HERITAGE 1
WHITE - ANY OTHER WHITE BACKGROUND 146
WHITE - BRITISH 4658
WHITE EUROPEAN 2
WHITE - IRISH 16
Unspecified 45
Sum: 5740

 

 

2. Would you please give specify  how many people  have applied for one
bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom, five bedroom  in year
2012-2013?

 

Response:

 

House Size Required Count
1 3353
2 1843
3 754
4 103
5 22
6 3
7 1

 

 

 

3. Please provide number of how many people you have accommodated
following the statutory duty under housing act who have  been declared
themselves as homeless and sissified the homelessness assessment process.
Please give number by year starting from January 2012 to December
2013.Please also specify their gender, age group and if possible ethnic
identity.

 

Response:

 

  2012 2013
FEMALE 121 124
MALE 62 66
  1 4
Sum: 184 194

 

  2012 2013
UNDER 18   1
19 - 29 86 87
30-39 51 50
40-49 22 34
50-59 20 12
60+ 5 10
Sum: 184 194

 

  2012 2013
ASIAN - ANY OTHER ASIAN BACKGROUND 4 4
ASIAN - BANGLADESHI 1 2
ASIAN - INDIAN   1
ASIAN - PAKISTANI 5 8
BLACK - AFRICAN 10 11
BLACK - ANY OTHER BLACK BACKGROUND 4 4
CHINESE 3 2
NO LONGER USED (ASIAN)   1
NO LONGER USED (BRITISH EUROPEAN) 5  
DO NOT WISH TO COMPLETE 1 2
MIXED - WHITE AND ASIAN 1  
MIXED - WHITE AND BLACK AFRICAN   1
MIXED - WHITE AND BLACK CARIBBEAN 1 1
OTHER 9 4
TRAVELLER OF IRISH HERITAGE   2
WHITE - ANY OTHER WHITE BACKGROUND 5 5
WHITE - BRITISH 135 143
WHITE - IRISH   3
Sum: 184 194

 

 

 

4. Please provide number the people who are in current council waiting
list who are homeless.

 

Response: 29

 

 

5. Please share what are the present council policy to address
homelessness. And how council is allocating budget for that.

 

Response:

Current allocations policy attached.  Homeless grant budget allocation
attached.

 

 

6. Please share the total number of council house and please specify the
type of the house and number and area and how many are current empty.

 

Non-Self Non-Self
Ward Flat Flat House House Contained Contained
Bungalow Bungalow - - - - Flat - Flat -
- OCCP - VOID OCCP VOID OCCP VOID OCCP VOID
Abbey Hulton &
Townsend 201 2 86 4 1251 7    
Baddeley 185   278 4 770 10    
Bentilee &
Ubberley 239 2     1387 20    
Birches Head &
Central Forest
Park 178 4 196 19 162 3    
Blurton East 73   52 1 365 4    
Blurton West &
Newstead 109 2 511 19 610 5    
Boothen &
Oakhill 53 2 9   106 2    
Bradeley &
Chell Heath 67 2 16   614 6    
Broadway &
Longton East 95       71 2    
Burslem
Central 154 1 19 2 185 1    
Burslem Park     70 2 47 1    
Dresden &
Florence 133 3     110 2    
Eaton Park 12   42   102 2    
Etruria &
Hanley 154 3 146 15 184 2    
Fenton East 52 3 54 2 215 4    
Fenton West &
Mount Pleasant 109 1 99 2 158 1    
Ford Green &
Smallthorne 252 3 43   336 2 18 3
Goldenhill &
Sandyford 174 3     297 3    
Great Chell &
Packmoor 124 1 68   499 3    
Hanford &
Trentham 55 2 16 2 177 3    
Hanley Park &
Shelton 11 1 35 29 1      
Hartshill &
Basford 5 1 13   83 2    
Hollybush &
Longton West 264 7 59 4 434 4    
Joiner'S
Square 88 1 204 23 67      
Lightwood
North &
Normacot 8       15      
Little Chell &
Stanfield 79   43   630 10    
Meir Hay 30       121      
Meir North 96 3 275 20 665 12    
Meir South 86 1 46   815 11 18 1
Moorcroft 30   71   193      
Penkhull &
Stoke 83   154 6 158 2    
Sandford Hill 169 1 92 4 262 5    
Sneyd Green 76   66 2 280 1    
Springfields &
Trent Vale 19 1 57 1 389 8    
Tunstall 45 1 113 4 230 2    
Weston Coyney 26   8   86 1    

 

 

7. Please provide how much council had spent yearly since January 2012 to
December 2013,to build new council house/flat.

 

Response:

There was one new build council scheme with a Start on Site date of May
2011 and Practical Completion date of March 2012.   Total scheme costs
were c£1.6m of which the spend falling into the January 2012 to March 2012
period was c£330,000.   There has been no further spend on new build
council housing from April 2012 to December 2013.

 

 

8. According to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act
2002) all Local Authorities must have a Homelessness Strategy in place
What are the homelessness strategy of the Council council.Please share the
yearly the yearly of starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

 

Response:

Homelessness strategy attached.

 

10. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness
Act 2002)  Council has certain responsibilities towards people who are
homeless or threatened with homelessness. Would you please provide number,
age, gender to whom you provided service following the specific law.

 

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11. How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing
benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to
December 2013. Please provide number of each year.

 

Response:

2012  processing time per claim 16.2 days total claims for the year Jan –
Dec   9,163

2013 processing time per claim 17.3 days total claims for the year Jan –
Dec    8,111

 

 

12. How much council had spent to pay the employee who are working on
homeless issues in council.  Please give yearly details starting from
January 2012 to December 2013.

 

Response:

Employees that work on homelessness are generic working officers. The
salary amount is the yearly allocation for the housing service that is
responsible for homelessness provision. This is therefore not purely based
on how much the council spends on salaries for homelessness. The salary
budgets for the last two financial years are:

 

2012/13:£ 1,008,770.    2013/14:£ 1,014,200

 

 

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit fraud
during year 2012 and 2013.  

 

Response:

82 in 2012

80 in 2013

 

 

14. Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit
fraud. If yes, Who is the company and how much council has paid them for
the service.

 

Response:

No

 

 

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Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

 

I am requesting the following information:

 

1. How many people are under Council’s Housing  waiting list at present ?

Would you please specify the age group, gender and  the number of
minorities,BME community who are in the council's housing waiting list.

 

2. Would you please give specify  how many people  have applied for one
bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom,Five bedroom  in year
2012-2013?

 

3.Please provide number of how many people you have accommodated following
the statutory duty under housing act who have  been declared themselves as
homeless and sissified the homelessness assessment process. Please give
number by year starting from January 2012 to December 2013.Please also
specify their gender,age group and if possible ethnic identity.

 

4.Please provide number the people who are in current council waiting list
who are homeless.

 

5.Please share what are the present council policy to address
homelessness. And how council is allocating budget for that.

 

6.Please share the total number of council house and please specify the
type of the house and number and area and how many are current empty.

 

7.Please provide how much council had spent yearly since January 2012 to
December 2013,to build new council house/flat.

 

8.According to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act
2002) all Local Authorities must have a Homelessness Strategy in place
What are the homelessness strategy of the Council council.Please share the
yearly the yearly of starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

 

10. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness
Act 2002)  Council has certain responsibilities towards people who are
homeless or threatened with homelessness. Would you please provide number,
age,gender to whom you provided service following the specific law.

 

11.How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing
benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to
December 2013. Please provide number of each year.

 

12. How much council had spent to pay the employee who are working on
homeless issues in council.Please give yearly details starting from
January 2012 to December 2013.

 

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit fraud
during year 2012 and 2013.

 

14.Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit
fraud. If yes, Who is the company and how much council has paid them for
the service.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

William Gomes

 

 

 

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