To whom it may concern,
Please can I request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
1a) In £, the total amount of Council Tax which was unpaid, by municipal year from 2012/13 and including any arrears in 2018/19 to date);
1b) The total amount of Council Tax, in £, which was owed but never paid by Universal Credit claimants since 2012/13 (broken down by municipal year and including any arrears in 2018/19 to date);
1c) The number of households in receipt of Universal Credit which are currently in arrears on their Council Tax;
2) Since the national introduction of Universal Credit from 2013 onwards, has your authority had to reduce the number of housing officers dealing with benefits queries because of a reduction in government funding? If so, please provide figures for government funding (in £) and staffing numbers (in Full Time Equivalents) before and after these reductions.
If my request cannot be met within cost limits, please can you provide me with advice on how I may refine my request,
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Dear Ms Wilde,
Further to your FOI request, and I do apologise for the delay that it has
taken us to process this request, I have now been asked to clarify with
you whether question 2 of your request should state 'Housing Benefit
Officers' rather than 'Housing Officers'.
If you could clarify this please and I will then pass your request to the
Data protection and systems team leader
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