Data on statutory overcrowding
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.
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 / ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS 2004
Thank you for your email requesting information from Wakefield Council.
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Wakefield Council publish a number of Data Sets in relation to different topics. You may wish to access the following links to check whether the information you require is already published.
Data Mill North
Any queries or concerns in relation to this matter should be sent to the Senior Information Governance Officer, Information Management Team, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW or e-mailed to [Wakefield City Council request email]<mailto:[Wakefield City Council request email]>.
Corporate Information Governance Team,
Wakefield Council, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW
Email: [Wakefield City Council request email]<mailto:[Wakefield City Council request email]>
Tel: 01924 306112
The WMDC Disclaimer can be found at:
Dear Ms Roberts,
Thank you for your e-mail.
In order that we may accept and process your request, we would
respectfully ask you for clarification with regard to the following;
Could you please confirm whether you have in mind properties which have
come to be known generically as “Council houses”?
We ask because Wakefield Council has no properties of this nature, having
transferred all our housing stock in 2005 to Wakefield District Housing.
Please find contact details for Wakefield District Housing below:
Wakefield District Housing
Head Office - Merefield House,
OneCALL 0345 8 507 507
It may be, however, that you wish to submit an amended request to the
Council in relation to information that you require.
If this is the case, please note that the request will be placed “on hold”
until we receive a response from you.
Thank you for your kind co-operation.
Senior Information Governance Officer
Information Governance Team
Legal and Governance
Tel: 01924 306112
E-mail: [email address]
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