Julia Richardson

Dear Bexley Borough Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek access to documents detailing the following information about council housing and homelessness:
1. The number of people on the council’s housing waiting list at
 present.
2. The number of people who have applied for council accommodation for the calendar years of 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 (or financial year if 
appropriate). Please break down by the number of one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom, five bedroom properties.
3. The council’s criteria for prioritizing council housing waiting list applications.
4. The number of people on the council’s housing waiting list who are declared homeless in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.
5. Total number of homeless people given accommodation by the council in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, broken down by gender, age and ethnic background.
6. The council’s annual budget allocated to tackle homelessness in years 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.
7. The council’s criteria for someone to be declared homeless.
8. The council’s most recent headcount of street sleepers.
9. The number of council run hostels for homeless people in the borough.
10. Total annual spending on building new council housing accommodation in the last three years.

I would prefer to receive this information electronically, preferably as a data set, eg. in Excel, NOT as a PDF.
If the decision is made to withhold some of this data using exemptions in the Data Protection Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.
If some parts of this request are easier to answer than others, I would ask that you release the available data as soon as possible.
If you need any clarification then please do not hesitate to contact me. Under Section 16 it is your duty to provide advice and assistance and so I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.
I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.

Yours faithfully,

Julia Richardson

Wendy Bishop, Bexley Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: 1045164

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Dear Julia
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 6 May 2014
concerning

1. The number of people on the council's housing waiting list at
 present.
2. The number of people who have applied for council accommodation for the
calendar years of 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 (or financial year if

appropriate). Please break down by the number of one bedroom, two
bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom, five bedroom properties.
3. The council's criteria for prioritizing council housing waiting list
applications.
4. The number of people on the council's housing waiting list who are
declared homeless in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.
5. Total number of homeless people given accommodation by the council in
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, broken down by gender, age and ethnic background.
6. The council's annual budget allocated to tackle homelessness in years
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.
7. The council's criteria for someone to be declared homeless.
8. The council's most recent headcount of street sleepers.
9. The number of council run hostels for homeless people in the borough.
10. Total annual spending on building new council housing accommodation in
the last three years.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we aim to send a response by 4 June 2014 (which is 20 working days
beginning on the first working day after the date we received your
request).
 
In some cases, a fee may be payable. If we decide a fee is payable, we
will send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
proceeding with your request.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal review and
to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
Regards,

Ola Sunmonu
Complaints and Freedom of Information Support Officer
Civic Offices, Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7LB
Tel: 0203 045 4333
Email: [email address]
www.bexley.gov.uk

Wendy Bishop, Bexley Borough Council

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Our reference: 1045164

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Dear ‎Sir/Madam‏
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 6 May 2014.
 
 Please find attached our response to your request.
  

Regards,

Wendy Bishop
Allocations Manager
Bexley Civic Offices 14
Tel: 02030454864
Email: [email address]
www.bexley.gov.uk

Joanne Songer, Bexley Borough Council

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Dear ‎Sir/Madam‏
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 6 May 2014.
 
 Please find our response to your request detailed below
  

Regards,

Joanne Songer
Housing Service Manager
Bexley Civic Offices 14
Tel: 02030453166
Email: [email address]
www.bexley.gov.uk

 

 

‎Housing Services‏  
‎Bexley Civic Offices

 

[1]www.bexley.gov.uk

 

m/r 1045164 Direct Dial ‎02030454864‏
y/r   Date 22 May 2014

 

‎wendy[email address].uk‏
The person dealing with this matter is:  ‎Wendy Bishop‏

‎Julia Richardson‏
‎What Do They Know‏

 

Dear ‎Sir/Madam‏

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 6 May 2014. This
request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

I can confirm that the information requested is held by London Borough of
Bexley. I have detailed below the information that is being released to
you. Please note that responses to questions 4 and 6-10 will be provided
under separate cover at a later date.

 

 1. The number of people on the council's housing waiting list at present.

 

3607 on the Housing Regsiter.

2. The number of people who have applied for council accommodation for the
calendar years of 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 (or financial year if

appropriate). Please break down by the number of one bedroom, two
bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom, five bedroom properties.

 

Bedsize 2011 2012 2013 2014
0 0 0 0  
1 1298 888 651 39
2 1416 1102 888 28
3 1197 759 390 6
4 344 236 188 8
5 60 30 25  
6 18 12 6 6
7        
Grand Total 4333 3027 2148 87

 

Please note these figures are from 1^st April for each year.

 

3. The council's criteria for prioritizing council housing waiting list
applications.

 

Please see link below to the Council’s Allocation Scheme.

 

[2]http://www.bexleyhomechoice.org.uk/NovaW...

5. Total number of homeless people given accommodation by the council in
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, broken down by gender, age and ethnic background.

 

           
Gender 2011 2012 2013 2014 Total
Female 152 151 191 32 526
Male 48 52 55 8 163
Grand Total 200 203 246 40 689
           
           
Age range 2011 2012 2013 2014 Total
18-19   2 7 2 11
20-24 42 44 43 8 137
25-29 36 39 36 10 121
30-34 27 35 48 3 113
35-39 20 31 30 6 87
40-44 28 22 40 6 96
45-49 14 6 18 2 40
50-54 13 3 10 2 28
55-59 5 3 6   14
60-64 3 7 4   14
65-69 1 5 1   7
70-79 7 4 1 1 13
80-89 4 1 2   7
90+   1     1
Grand Total 200 203 246 40 689
           
           
Ethnicity 2011 2012 2013 2014 Total
AB - ASIAN/ASIAN BRIT. BANGLAD     2 1 3
AI - ASIAN/ASIAN BRITISH INDIA 1 2 2   5
AO - ASIAN//ASIAN BRITISH OTHE 2 3     5
AP - ASIAN/ASIAN BRIT. PAKISTA     3   3
BA - BLACK/BLACK BRITISH AFRIC 38 39 59 7 143
BC - BLACK/BLACK BRITISH CARIB 6 2 2 2 12
BO - BLACK/BLACK BRITISH OTHER 1 2 3   6
C - CHINESE   2     2
MA - MIXED WHITE&BLACK AFRICAN 1       1
MC - MIXED WHITE&BLACK CARIBBE 3 2 2   7
MO - MIXED OTHER   2 2   4
MW - MIXED WHITE & ASIAN     3   3
O - OTHER 6 5 7   18
R - REFUSED TO ANSWER 2 3     5
WB 27 37 26 3 93
WB - WHITE BRITISH 103 97 124 24 348
WI - WHITE IRISH 2 1 2 1 6
WO - WHITE OTHER 8 6 9 2 25
Grand Total 200 203 246 40 689
           
           

 

6. The council's annual budget allocated to tackle homelessness in years
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

 
           
  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15  
EA          
Expenditure 1698 2060 2334 2328  
Income -669 -669 -775 -875  
Net Budget 1029 1391 1559 1453  
           
PSL          
Expenditure 1131 1193 2229 1914  
Income -1243 -1243 -2367 -2367  
Net Budget -112 -50 -138 -453  
           
Total 917 1341 1421 1000  

 

 

7. The council's criteria for someone to be declared homeless.

This is determined in line with homelessness legislation and with regard
to the code of guidance.

8. The council's most recent headcount of street sleepers.

Less than 10

9. The number of council run hostels for homeless people in the borough.

1
10. Total annual spending on building new council housing accommodation in
the last three years..

NA

 

If you are considering making use of this information, please consider
whether the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 apply.
Details of these regulations are available on Bexley Council's website at
this address, http://www.bexley.gov.uk/index.aspx?arti...

 

If you have any questions, please contact me on ‎02030454864‏ or
‎wendy[email address].uk‏.

 

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can make a complaint and request a review by writing to:

Complaint and Freedom of Information Officer
London Borough of Bexley
Civic Offices
Bexleyheath
Kent
DA6 7LB

 

Or by email to [Bexley Borough Council request email]

 

You also have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1133/01625 545 745

[3]www.ico.gov.uk

 

Yours faithfully

 

‎ ‏

‎Wendy Bishop‏
‎Allocations Manager‏
‎Development, Housing & Community Safety‏

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