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.

Susan Kaewchaluay, Burnley Borough Council

Hello

 

Please find below the response to your Freedom of Information request:

 

“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. N/A

2) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than two people
have lived in a
home with one room N/A

3) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than three
people have lived in a
home with two rooms N/A

4) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than five
people have lived in a
home with three rooms N/A
5) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than 7.5 people
have lived in a
home with four rooms N/A
6) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than 10 people
have lived in a
home with five rooms N/A

7) For breaches of the room standard, the maximum number of people
sleeping in one room as
recorded by the council N/A

8) How many households who have applied for council housing are living in
temporary
accommodation – 23 people

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).- Council managed Self-contained
accommodation and B&B.

 

 

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Regards

Susan Kaewchaluay

Freedom of Information

Link Officer

 

Susan Kaewchaluay
Team Support Officer
Housing & Dev Control

Ext 3196
01282 425011

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