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Evictions and Out-of-Area Rehousing of Council Tenants affected by Welfare Reform

Isabel Marshall made this Freedom of Information request to North Hertfordshire District Council

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Dear North Hertfordshire District Council,

I am seeking information about the potential impact of central government welfare reform policies on eviction rates and geographical displacement of households with council housing tenancies. My information request relates to three welfare reform policies:

- Under-Occupancy (also known as Removal of Spare Room Subsidy / Bedroom Tax)

- The Benefit Cap

- Universal Credit roll-out

I understand that under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 there is a duty to assist and advise the requester. I would appreciate your advice if you think my request needs any clarification in order to get the information that I am looking for, or if it would exceed the cost limit in its present form.

1. Please provide an annual breakdown since April 2010 of the total number of unique council tenancies - including the total number of people recorded as living in them - that have been evicted due to the non-payment of rent arrears.

2. For each year of this annual breakdown since April 2013, please disclose how many of these evicted households - including the total number of people recorded as living in them - had at some point been affected by:

a. Under-occupancy

b. Under-occupancy and the Benefit Cap

c. Under-occupancy and the Benefit Cap and Universal Credit roll-out

3. How many of the evicted households affected by a, b, or c - including the total number of people recorded as living in them - went on to make a successful homelessness application to the local authority?

4. Of these successful homeless applications, please disclose how many households - including the total number of people recorded as living in them - were placed in temporary accommodation in a different local authority area and disclose the destination local authority area in each case.

Yours faithfully,

Isabel Marshall

services, North Hertfordshire District Council

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Yours sincerely
Customer Service
North Hertfordshire District Council
 
 

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Your Freedom of Information Act or Environmental Information Regulations
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Yours Sincerely

Information & Asset Team
North Hertfordshire District Council

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Ingrid Howard, North Hertfordshire District Council

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Dear Ms Marshall
 
Further to your request for information received 23/1/18 please see the
attached document for full details of our response.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Ingrid Howard
Information & Asset Officer
Direct Dial: 01462 474375
North Hertfordshire District Council
Town Lodge, Gernon Road
Letchworth Garden City
Hertfordshire
SG6 3HN
 
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