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 Enquiries, Gosport Borough Council

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Brooks, Anna, Gosport Borough Council

Dear Carly

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information

GBC Ref: FOI810

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 8^th July 2021.

 

This is currently being dealt with in accordance with the legislation and
the information you have requested will be sent to you within 20 working
days (5^th August 2021).

 

In the meantime if I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate
to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Anna Brooks

 

FOI Co-ordinator/Housing Services

Gosport Borough Council

Town Hall

Gosport

PO12 1EB

Telephone: 023 9254 5682

Our Council teams will endeavour to deal with your email as soon as
possible but due to work required as a result of the Covid pandemic, we
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Leadbeater, Linda, Gosport Borough Council

Dear Claire
       
Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information
GBC Ref: FOI810
 
Thank you for your information request dated 8/7/21.
 
Please find the information you have requested below:
 
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.  We
do not record this information
 
2) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than two people
have lived in a home with one room. We do not record this information
 
3) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than three
people have lived in a home with two rooms. We do not record this
information
 
4) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than five
people have lived in a home with three rooms. We do not record this
information
 
5) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than 7.5 people
have lived in a home with four rooms. We do not record this information
 
6) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than 10 people
have lived in a home with five rooms. We do not record this information
 
7) For breaches of the room standard, the maximum number of people
sleeping in one room as recorded by the council. We do not record this
information
 
8) How many households who have applied for council housing are living in
temporary accommodation
 
9 clients in B&B
60 clients in our hostels
9 clients in our contractual
98 in our RAPS scheme
 
 
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).
 
We use B&B, we have two of our own hostels and we did have for the
Everybody in directive 30 welfare cabins supplied by Bunkering, we also
use council accommodation on a contractual tenancy as well as place people
in our RAPS scheme - which is an in-house private rented scheme.
 
Please contact me again if you require any further assistance on this
matter and I will do my best to provide relevant help and advice.
 
If you are not content with the outcome of your request, you have the
right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:  Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF; or telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45; or at
[1]www.ico.org.uk There is no charge for making an appeal.  The Council
does not provide an internal review or complaints procedure relating to
the handling of requests for information.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Linda Leadbeater
 
FOI Co-ordinator/Housing Services
Gosport Borough Council
Town Hall
Gosport
PO12 1EB
Telephone: 023 9254 5682
 
 
 

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