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

Daniella Bradley made this Freedom of Information request to Caerphilly County Borough Council

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Dear Caerphilly County Borough 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,

Daniella Bradley

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Dear Daniella Bradley
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 23^rd January 2018.
We have considered your request and enclose the following information:
 
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
 a. Under occupancy and the Benefit Cap
 a. Under occupancy and the Benefit Cap and Universal Credit roll-out

  
Please see attached. Note that in relation to point 2 in all the cases
that were recorded as evictions the arrears that had accrued were not
solely due to the Benefit Cap and under-occupancy
 
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?
 
None
 
4. Of these successful homeless applications, please disclose how many
households – including the total number of people recorded as living in
them – were place in temporary accommodation in a different local
authority area and disclose the destination area in each case.
 
n/a
 
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Yours sincerely
 
GARETH GRIFFITHS
Corporate Information Governance Unit
 
 
 

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