Data on statutory overcrowding

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To whom it may regard,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 - related to council houses that are in breach of statutory overcrowding rules.

This request refers to statutory overcrowding by both the ‘space standard’ (determining how many people may occupy a dwelling with regard to the number of sleeping accommodation rooms in the dwelling and floor area of the rooms) and the ‘room standard’ (determining how many non-cohabiting people aged 10 and over of the opposite sex may share sleeping accommodation) as defined by the Housing Act 1985.

For the calendar years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 (separately), please tell me:

1) How many statutory overcrowding breaches did the council record for households housed by the council in each year? Please provide a breakdown of breaches by a) space standard and b) room standard, and specify whether households may be captured as both a room and a space standard breach.
2) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than two people have lived in a home with one room
3) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than three people have lived in a home with two rooms
4) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than five people have lived in a home with three rooms
5) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than 7.5 people have lived in a home with four rooms
6) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than 10 people have lived in a home with five rooms
7) For breaches of the room standard, the maximum number of people sleeping in one room as recorded by the council
8) How many households who have applied for council housing are living in temporary accommodation
9) Please list all the types of temporary accommodation the council has placed households in (including but not limited to: shipping containers, caravans, B&Bs, converted office buildings, and any other kind of accomodation).

Please provide the requested data in a spreadsheet format.

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

For clarity - I am using a Whatdotheyknow account created by my colleagues Claire Wilde and Harriet Clugston - but my name is Carly Roberts.

Thanks,
Carly Roberts.

FOI People, Plymouth City Council

OFFICIAL

Dear Carly

 

FOI Reference: 931798

 

Thank you for your request for information about Overcrowding in Council
Housing. Your request was received on 8 July 2021 and is being dealt with
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We will aim to provide a response to your request within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days, by 5 August 2021, however, we would ask for
and would appreciate your understanding and patience, where this is not
possible at the present time.

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the Council’s resources have being
refocussed to prioritise protection and support of the people and
businesses of Plymouth, and the continuity of our essential services. This
means that in the meantime, there will be less staff available to assist
with your request. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Mel Hayward
Freedom of Information Representative
Community Connections

Plymouth City Council
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Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

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FOI People, Plymouth City Council

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Carly

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference: 931798

Council Housing in breach of statutory overcrowding rules

 

Following my email of 8 July 2021 I can confirm that the Council does hold
some of the information you requested. Please see the attached response to
your request.

 

Please note that the information supplied can be re-used in accordance
with the Open Government Licence. For further details please see:
[1]http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o....

 

If you wish to discuss this letter please contact me. If you disagree with
the way your request has been dealt with you can request a review by
writing to me within 40 working days of the date of this letter. Please
state the reasons for your dissatisfaction.

 

Following a review, if you are still not satisfied with the way your
request has been dealt with you can complain to the Information
Commissioner’s Office via their website:
[2]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/ or by writing to: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

 

Information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found on the
Information Commissioners Office website: [3]http://www.ico.org.uk.

 

We also have information available on our website:

[4]https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/aboutcouncil...

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Matthew Garrett
Service Director

Community Connections
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House, West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

T +441752398500

E [5][email address]

[6]www.plymouth.gov.uk

 

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