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Children and adults removed by social services due to poor housing conditions

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Laerke Christensen

Dear Sir or Madam,

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to request the following information:
1) How many cases have been referred to or dealt with by the council's social services regarding concerns about a child or children living in poor/unsuitable housing conditions?

2) How many of these cases have resulted in the temporary or permanent removal of a child or children from those housing conditions?

3) How many cases have been referred to or dealt with by the council's social services regarding concerns about an elderly or vulnerable adult living in poor/unsuitable housing conditions?

4) How many of these cases have resulted in the temporary or permanent removal of an elderly or vulnerable adult from those housing conditions?

Can you please provide the data for Qs 1 - 4 from January 1st, 2016 up to and including the most recent data you hold for 2021. Please provide the data broken down year-by-year, eg:
2016:
2017:
2018:
2019
2020
2021 (so far):

Please provide the information in an electronic format via email to [email address] showing the number of cases, the date they were first raised with social services and the primary cause for the housing being deemed unsuitable for the child/children removed.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits, please provide advice and assistance as to how I can refine my request.

I look forward to receiving your response within 20 working days. If you need any further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks

Laerke Christensen
[email address]
07397 387546

Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Dear Laerke Christensen

Thank you for your request for information, below, which was received by the Council (08/09/2021) and we will answer your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The FOI Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly, and in any case no later than 20 working days (by 06/10/2021) unless it is necessary to consider the public interest, in which case a full response must be provided within such a time as is reasonable in the circumstances and I will write to you again if this occurs.

The Council is fully utilising its facilities in order to complete all freedom information requests and subject access requests within the statutory time scale. However, whilst we are making every effort to fulfil every request, it is acknowledged both by the Council and the ICO that sometimes other pressures will have to take priority during this difficult time and people may experience unavoidable delays to their FOI and SAR response times. We thank you for your patience in this challenging time.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future correspondence.

Yours sincerely

Information Compliance Team
Legal Services
Delivery
Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 352000
Email: [Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]
Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

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Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Our Ref:

FOI No. 408

Dear Laerke Christensen

Freedom of Information Act
Further Information is Required

I am writing regarding your request for information. In that request, you asked for 'poor/unsuitable housing conditions'. Could you please clarify unsuitable conditions in the context of squalid housing eg mould, damp, disrepair etc? Or do you mean situations such as someone no longer being able to live in their own home because they are old and frail and can't manage the stairs etc.
.

The Council reasonably requires further information in order to identify and locate the information you have asked for. I will not be able to take this matter further without this extra information from you.

If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Once you have clarified your request, I will be able to begin to process your request. The 20 day response period will not start until a satisfactory reply constituting a valid request is received. If I do not receive clarification within two months your request will be considered closed by the public authority.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to our handling of your request you can request an internal review.
Requests for an internal review must be made in writing, and within 40 working days from the date the authority issued an initial response to your request. Public authorities are not obliged to accept internal reviews after this date.

Requests for internal reviews should be acknowledged and the target date for responding will be advised usually within 20 working days. In the event that clarification of an internal review is required from the applicant the normal 20 working day time period will not begin until it has been received.

When requesting an internal review, please include your reference number, the date of your original request and your contact details. Please also include an explanation of why you are dissatisfied with our response. Requests for an internal review should be sent to: [Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]

If you are not content with the outcome of your review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by Bracknell Forest Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioners Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely
Information Compliance Team

Legal Services
Delivery
Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 352000
Email: [email address]
Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

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Hello,

For clarification, "unsuitable conditions" is meant in the context of squalid housing eg mould, damp, disrepair, not for example situations such as someone no longer being able to live in their own home because they are old and frail and can't manage the stairs etc.

I hope that clears things up at all?

Yours sincerely,
Laerke Christensen

Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Dear Laerke Christensen

Thank you for your clarification for information, below, which was received by the Council (20/09/2021) and we will answer your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The FOI Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly, and in any case no later than 20 working days (by 15/10/2021) unless it is necessary to consider the public interest, in which case a full response must be provided within such a time as is reasonable in the circumstances and I will write to you again if this occurs.

The Council is fully utilising its facilities in order to complete all freedom information requests and subject access requests within the statutory time scale. However, whilst we are making every effort to fulfil every request, it is acknowledged both by the Council and the ICO that sometimes other pressures will have to take priority during this difficult time and people may experience unavoidable delays to their FOI and SAR response times. We thank you for your patience in this challenging time.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future correspondence.

Yours sincerely

Information Compliance Team
Legal Services
Delivery
Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 352000
Email: [Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]
Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

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Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

 

Dear Laerke Christensen

 

 

 

I am writing to confirm that the council has completed the processing of
your request for information.

 

Please find below a copy of your request, followed by the Council’s
response.

 

 

 

REQUEST

 

 

I would like to request the following information:

 1. How many cases have been referred to or dealt with by the council's
social services regarding concerns about a child or children living in
poor/unsuitable housing conditions?

 

We do not record this information in a way that can be reported without
extensive manual work that would take more than 18 hours”. Whilst we do
not have the numbers, we do technically know on a case by case basis.

I am instructed that the cost of complying with your request would exceed
the appropriate limit of £450. The appropriate limit has been specified in
regulations and for local government it is £450. This represents the
estimated cost of one person spending 2.5 working days in locating,
retrieving and extracting the information. Under section 12 of the Freedom
of Information Act the Council  is not obliged to comply with your request
and will not be processing your request further.

 

 2. How many of these cases have resulted in the temporary or permanent
removal of a child or children from those housing conditions?

We do not record this information in a way that can be reported without
extensive manual work that would take more than 18 hours”. Whilst we do
not have the numbers, we do technically know on a case by case basis.

 

 

 3. How many cases have been referred to or dealt with by the council's
social services regarding concerns about an elderly or vulnerable
adult living in poor/unsuitable housing conditions?

We do not record this information in a way that can be reported without
extensive manual work that would take more than 18 hours”. Whilst we do
not have the numbers, we do technically know on a case by case basis.

 

 4. How many of these cases have resulted in the temporary or permanent
removal of an elderly or vulnerable adult from those housing
conditions?

We do not record this information in a way that can be reported without
extensive manual work that would take more than 18 hours”. Whilst we do
not have the numbers, we do technically know on a case by case basis.

 

 

 5. Can you please provide the data for Qs 1 - 4 from January 1st, 2016 up
to and including the most recent data you hold for 2021. Please
provide the data broken down year-by-year, eg:

We do not record this information in a way that can be reported without
extensive manual work that would take more than 18 hours”. Whilst we do
not have the numbers, we do technically know on a case by case basis.

 

 

 

You may also find it helpful to refer to our web page
[1]https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/busi...
which contains other helpful information as well.

 

 

If you have any queries about this matter please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

Please note that your request may itself be the subject of a FOI request
and will be disclosed in that event.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to our
handling of your request you can request an internal review.

Requests for an internal review must be made in writing, and within 40
working days from the date the authority issued an initial response to
your request. Public authorities are not obliged to accept internal
reviews after this date.

 

Requests for internal reviews should be acknowledged and the target date
for responding will be advised usually within 20 working days. In the
event that clarification of an internal review is required from the
applicant the normal 20 working day time period will not begin until it
has been received.

 

When requesting an internal review, please include your reference number,
the date of your original request and your contact details. Please also
include an explanation of why you are dissatisfied with our response.
Requests for an internal review should be sent to:
[2][Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]

 

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commission can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Yours
sincerely                                                                                       

 

Information Compliance Team

Legal
Services                                                                                                                

Delivery                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                

Bracknell Forest Council

Tel: 01344 352000

Email: [3][Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]

Web: [4]www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

           

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