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

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Dear Tendring 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,

Phoebe Swaby

Claire Bryant, Tendring District Council

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Dear Phoebe

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which is receiving our
attention.

 

The Council will deal with your request for information in accordance with
the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Under normal circumstances you will receive a reply within 20 working days
following receipt of your request for information.  We will of course
notify you of any delay should it be necessary.

 

Regards

 

 

Claire Bryant

Customer Support Officer

 

Operational Services

Tendring District Council

Town Hall

Station Road

Clacton-on-Sea

Essex CO15 1SE

 

Tel: 01255 686943

 

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Claire Bryant, Tendring District Council

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Dear Phoebe

 

I apologise for the slight delay in responding.

 

Please see information attached in response to your recent FOI request. 

 

In relation to questions 3 & 4, the answer is zero.

 

I hope this information is of assistance to you.  However, if you feel
that the Council have failed to deal with your request for information
correctly, you can request that the matter is reviewed in accordance with
the Authority’s Complaints Procedure. Details of this procedure can be
obtained from all Council offices or our website (www.tendringdc.gov.uk ).

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

FOI Compliance Team (complaints), Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Regards

 

 

 

Claire Bryant

Customer Support Officer

 

Operational Services

Tendring District Council

Town Hall

Station Road

Clacton-on-Sea

Essex CO15 1SE

 

Tel: 01255 686943

 

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