Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

Please provide the following information:

1) How many hostels and other temporary / emergency accomodation buildings does Lewisham Council own and/or manage (either directly or via a third party)?

2) How many of these buildings have policies restricting the possession and usage of major appliances (eg. washing machines, fridges and freezers)? In particular, do any of these buildings have these policies in place for the purpose of fire safety? I have been informed that at least one hostel does not allow residents above the ground floor to own a washing machine, and wish to confirm this.

3) If these policies are in place for fire safety reasons, were they decided upon by a fire safety team? If they weren't, then who?

4) If these policies are in place for fire safety reasons, are there any planned works to improve the fire safety of these buildings, or to transfer residents to safer accomodation?

5) If there are no such policies restricting the ownership and use of major appliances in Lewisham Council hostels, what is the appropriate route to file an official complaint about the managers of a hostel?

Yours faithfully,
Abigail Smith

Foi, Customer, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Ms Smith
 
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 431418
 
Thank you for your recent request for information from the London Borough
of Lewisham. Your request is being handled under either the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
 
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Kind Regards,
 
Corporate Complaints and Casework Team
 

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Rahman, Davina, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Ms Smith

 

You have contacted the Council regarding the Foi outlined  below.

 

1) How many hostels and other temporary / emergency accomodation buildings
does Lewisham Council own and/or manage (either directly or via a third
party)?

2) How many of these buildings have policies restricting the possession
and usage of major appliances (eg. washing machines, fridges and
freezers)? In particular, do any of these buildings have these policies in
place for the purpose of fire safety? I have been informed that at least
one hostel does not allow residents above the ground floor to own a
washing machine, and wish to confirm this.

3) If these policies are in place for fire safety reasons, were they
decided upon by a fire safety team? If they weren't, then who?

4) If these policies are in place for fire safety reasons, are there any
planned works to improve the fire safety of these buildings, or to
transfer residents to safer accomodation?

5) If there are no such policies restricting the ownership and use of
major appliances in Lewisham Council hostels, what is the appropriate
route to file an official complaint about the managers of a hostel?

I regret to inform you that we have consulted the Council’s Housing Team
and they have advised that Lewisham Council do not hold these documents.
Instead Lewisham Homes hold information regarding hostel management.
Therefore, you are advised to contact Lewisham Homes directly, in order to
request this information.

 

Please accept the Council’s sincere apologies for the delay in making you
aware of this.

 

Lewisham Homes email:  [1][email address]

 

 

Kind regards

 

Davina

 

Corporate Complaints

 

 

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