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Empty Homes Officers

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The Ferret Media Ltd

Dear Argyll and Bute Council,

Please provide the following data in spreadsheet form for each financial year from 2018/19 to 2022/23 inclusive.

Please break down the results for each question by year and provide any explanatory commentary where you consider this necessary/helpful.

1) How many Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Empty Homes Officers were employed.

When assessing FTE, please only include time spent specifically on tackling the issue of empty homes (i.e. please specify when an the role of an Empty Homes Officer is a full time role, or it encompasses multiple roles with empty homes as only one element of a broader remit.

When an officer's role is not purely empty homes-related, please provide an estimate of the proportion of time each individual spends on such work (e.g. 25%, 50%, etc).

Thanks for your help,

Jamie Mann

foi, Argyll and Bute Council

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Dear Jamie Mann

Request for information: Freedom of Information request - Empty Homes
Officers

Thank you for your information request which we have logged as reference
argyllbuteir:15561.

It has been passed to the relevant service(s) for attention and you should
receive a response under either the Freedom of Information (Scot) Act 2002
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Dear Mr Mann

 

Request for information: Empty Homes Officers

Reference: argyllbuteir:15561.

 

I refer to your request for information which was dealt with in terms of
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

 

I have provided below the information in fulfilment of your request:

 

1) How many Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Empty Homes Officers were employed:
1FTE over the past 5 years

 

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The Ferret Media Ltd

Dear Moinard, Christine,

Please can you advise whether the 1FTE over the past 5 years has dedicated 100% of their role to being a full time Empty Homes Officer?

Yours sincerely,

The Ferret Media Ltd

HRdevelopment, Argyll and Bute Council

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Good afternoon,

Please see below answer to your question just received from the service.

"Our full time Empty Homes Officer sits within the Local Housing Strategy team and the role covers many aspects of the housing service with a key focus on bringing empty homes back into use".

Best
Christine

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The Ferret Media Ltd

Hi Christine,

As requested, please can you provide an estimate of what percentage of the me Empty Homes Officer's time is spent on bringing empty homes back into use?

Yours sincerely,

The Ferret Media Ltd

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The Ferret Media Ltd

Dear Argyll and Bute Council,

Please can you respond to this overdue request?

Yours faithfully,

The Ferret Media Ltd

foi, Argyll and Bute Council

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Good morning,

Thank you for your e-mail. Can you please provide a copy of your request or a reference number so we can look into your request?

Our reference numbers usually start argyllbuteir:

Regards,

David Sinclair
Compliance and Regulatory Assistant
Legal and Regulatory Services
01546 604352

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The Ferret Media Ltd

Hi David,

It was argyllbuteir:15561

Yours sincerely,

The Ferret Media Ltd

foi, Argyll and Bute Council

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Good morning,

Having checked our system I can see a follow on response dated 20th April (copy attached) if there is anything else outstanding could you please provide a copy of it so we can look into it?

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David Sinclair
Compliance and Regulatory Assistant
Legal and Regulatory Services
01546 604352

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The Ferret Media Ltd

Hi David,

Please can you provide an estimate of what percentage of the me Empty Homes Officer's time is spent on bringing empty homes back into use?

Yours sincerely,

The Ferret Media Ltd

foi, Argyll and Bute Council

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Good afternoon,

I am advised 100% of the post time was spent on bringing empty homes back into use

Regards,

David Sinclair
Compliance and Regulatory Assistant
Legal and Regulatory Services
01546 604352

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The Ferret Media Ltd

Thanks David,

Yours sincerely,

The Ferret Media Ltd

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