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

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Dear Clackmannanshire 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,

[name removed] [name removed]

Dylan Easton, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Ms. [name removed] [name removed] Contact: Dylan Easton
Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: HOU059D045
Date: 23/01/2018

Dear Ms. [name removed]

Freedom of Information : HOU059D045

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information which was received
on 23/01/2018 about Evictions and out of area rehousing of council
tennants affected by welfare refrom .   It will be forwarded to the
appropriate Council Service for action and you should receive a response,
or a request for clarification by 20/02/2018. If there is a need to
clarify anything relating to your request, colleagues will contact you.  

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.  

Yours sincerely

Dylan Easton

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Pearl McMenemy, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Ms. [name removed] [name removed] Contact: Pearl McMenemy
  Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: HOU059D045
Date: 19/02/2018

Dear Ms. [name removed]

Freedom of Information : HOU059D045

I am writing regarding your request for information which I received on
23/01/2018.   In that request you asked for Evictions and out of area
rehousing of council tennants affected by welfare refrom .

In order to identify whether or not the information requested is held, and
to locate it if it is, I require some further clarification of your
request. In particular, could you please confirm/explain Whilst we
appreciate this request and there is no reasonable grounds for us to
refuse to provide the information or the time taken to do so might not be
wholly unreasonable in terms of the FOI regulations. At this time of year
our The service is working to ensure that we correctly apply benefit
upratings and bill correctly for Council Tax. When Council set the new
Band D Council Tax rate for 2018/19 then we are required to take down the
live system for processing, This will enable us to have sufficient
staffing to then complete this task without any impact on any customers or
other business activity. Could we there update you when we can carry this
out? NB Council must set a Band D rate by 11th March..

If I do not hear from you within 20 days, I will assume that you  no
longer wish to pursue this request.

Yours sincerely,

Pearl McMenemy

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| request. within 40 working days of receiving the response (the |
| address is: Clackmannanshire Council, Kilncraigs, Alloa FK10 1EB. |
| (Email address: [email address]). If you are not satisfied with |
| the outcome of the review you have the right to appeal directly to |
| The Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes |
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To:
Ms. [name removed] [name removed] Contact: Pearl McMenemy
  Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: HOU059D045
Date: 16/03/2018

Dear Ms. [name removed]

Freedom of Information Enquiry: HOU059D045

I refer to my letter to you of 19/02/2018 in which I asked you for
clarification/further information to allow me to process your request for
information.  As I have not received a response, I have assumed that you
no longer require the information and have closed the enquiry.

This outcome does not prevent you from making a fresh application should
you wish to do so.  

Yours sincerely

Pearl McMenemy

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| If you are not satisfied with this response, you may contact the |
| Council’s Head of Resources and Governance seeking a review of your |
| request. within 40 working days of receiving the response (the |
| address is: Clackmannanshire Council, Kilncraigs, Alloa FK10 1EB. |
| (Email address: [email address]). If you are not satisfied with |
| the outcome of the review you have the right to appeal directly to |
| The Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes |
| Road, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS. |
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