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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.

Shropshire Council

Dear Claire Wilde,
 
Your request for information regarding the following has been
received: Data on statutory overcrowding.
 
Many Thanks,
Information Governance Team
Shropshire Council
Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
SHREWSBURY
SY2 6ND
 
Tel:                  01743 252179 or 252774
Email:             [Shropshire Council request email]
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Information.Request, Shropshire Council

Dear Ms Wilde

 

Further to your request for information, please find the response to
Questions 8 and 9 below.

 

8) How many households who have applied for council housing are living in
temporary accommodation
As of 18.08.2021 the total amount of households living in temporary
accommodation are: 245

Information for previous years can be found here:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistica...

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
accommodation). B&B’s, Caravans, Houses, Flats, Bungalows.

 

Shropshire Council does not hold information relating to Questions 1-7.
Shropshire Towns and Rural (STAR) Housing Ltd took responsibility for the
management of all 4200 Shropshire Council owned homes in the Oswestry &
Bridgnorth areas on 1 April 2013. Your request has therefore been
transferred to them and they will respond to you directly with regard to
questions 1-7.

 

If you need to contact them directly, their email address is
[2][email address].

 

Yours sincerely  

 

 

 

 

Heather Jones

Information Governance Team

Shropshire Council

Shirehall

Abbey Foregate

SHREWSBURY

SY2 6ND

 

Telephone: 01743 252179

Email: [3][Shropshire Council request email]

 

 

 

 

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Claire Wilde [4][FOI #772337 email] Due Date:
05/08/2021
Data on statutory overcrowding

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