Dear Forest Heath District Council,
I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information.
Please could you provide me with information on the following:
1. What percentage of all new homelessness applications are being collected and reported in accordance with the new H-CLIC data requirement (Homelessness Case Level Collection) since 3rd April 2018?
a. If not all requirements are being met, what information is being collected on homelessness applications and how is this being reported to MHCLG?
b. What percentage of legacy cases are being reported through H-CLIC since 3rd April 2018?
2. What percentage of homelessness prevention spending is spent on:
a. Advice and information
b. Early identification
c. Pre-crisis intervention
d. Preventing recurring homelessness
f. Total spend
3. Does the local authority monitor adherence to and judge the effectiveness of its homelessness strategy?
a. If so, how?
4. Has any training, or advice, been provided to other public services with a duty to refer following the Homelessness Reduction Act?
a. If so, what?
b. Is there different advice for different services?
c. If not, are there plans in place to provide training or advice?
5. Are there any data sharing agreements within the local authority, or with other local authorities, that aim to prevent homelessness?
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will be very happy to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request. I would prefer to receive the information electronically.
I would be grateful if you could acknowledge receipt of this request. Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.
Thank you for your request for information.
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Dear Ms Farhan
I refer to your email received on 26 November 2018 requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act. As you may be aware Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council are working together under the banner West Suffolk to provide a shared service across the boundaries of both authorities. This response is sent on behalf of the West Suffolk councils.
1.What percentage of all new homelessness applications are being collected and reported in accordance with the new H-CLIC data requirement (Homelessness Case Level Collection) since 3rd April 2018?
a.If not all requirements are being met, what information is being collected on homelessness applications and how is this being reported to MHCLG?
b.What percentage of legacy cases are being reported through H-CLIC since 3rd April 2018?
2.What percentage of homelessness prevention spending is spent on:
a.Advice and information
d.Preventing recurring homelessness
3.Does the local authority monitor adherence to and judge the effectiveness of its homelessness strategy?
a.If so, how?
4.Has any training, or advice, been provided to other public services with a duty to refer following the Homelessness Reduction Act?
a.If so, what?
b.Is there different advice for different services?
c.If not, are there plans in place to provide training or advice?
5.Are there any data sharing agreements within the local authority, or with other local authorities, that aim to prevent homelessness?
1bLegacy cases were reported through Inform until 30 September 2018. Any remaining cases at the end of Quarter 3 will be reported on Delta.
2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f - These items are not recorded separately.
3 and 3a - We regularly review the Strategy and have a working Action Plan in place.
4aSeveral sessions have been provided to public sector partners, including the legal position and the ways to refer.
5.We have data sharing agreements in place with all partner agencies - though these do not specifically aim to prevent homelessness. They are in place to provide effective working partnerships and open lines of communication.
If you are unhappy with this response you may request an internal review of this matter via the Council’s corporate complaints procedure.
If, after an internal review, you are still unhappy with the decision, you have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at the following address:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Tel: 01625 545 745 Fax: 01625 524 510 Email: [email address]
PA to Davina Howes, Assistant Director (Families & Communities)
My working days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Direct dial01284 757301
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