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

Sophie Lee made this Freedom of Information request to Moray Council

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Dear Moray 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,

Sophie Lee

Moray Council

Reference: 101001723589

Dear Ms Lee

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

Thank you for your information request dated 2018-01-23. This is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

In order to co-ordinate your request, I am acting as your central point of contact and can be contacted on the telephone on 01343 563110 or by email at [Moray Council request email]

We have 20 working days to deal with your request from the date that we received it, but we will provide you with the information you are looking for at an earlier date where possible. Your request and our response will be posted on our disclosure log within the FOI section on our website. No personal information will be included.

Please note that The Moray Council owns copyright in the material supplied in response to your enquiry unless otherwise stated. The supply of documents and information by the Council does not give the person or organisation who receives them the right to re-use the documents in a way which would infringe copyright under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Such material is not to be used commercially without permission from the copyright holder.

Should this information be reused for commercial purposes the information will be subject to the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. Under these regulations the Council is entitled to charge a fee for the re-use of information.

If you are dissatisfied in any way with the manner in which the Council has dealt with your request for information, you are entitled to ask the Council to review within 40 working days its actions and decisions. If you would like a review of the decision please write to the Records and Heritage Manager, Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin, IV30 1HS. A review panel will convene and has 20 working days to consider and respond to your appeal. All appeal requests must be made in writing.

If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome of this review, then you may appeal within 6 months by writing to the Scottish Information Commissioner via their online appeal service at www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal or to Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS.

Further information on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 can be obtained by visiting www.moray.gov.uk or the Scottish Information Commissioner's website, www.itspublicknowledge.info.

Yours sincerely

Victoria Phillips

Information Co-ordinator

01343 563110

The Moray Council

[Moray Council request email]

Moray Council

Reference: 101001723589

Dear Ms Lee

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

Thank you for your information request concerning Impact of Welfare Reform dated 2018-01-24. This is being dealt with under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

The response to your information request can be found on the Council's website http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/p... (please note that it can take up to 1 hour for the website to update). We trust this satisfies your information request. It is the council's practice to publish all requests and responses on its website. If you have any queries about this email please contact Alison Morris on 01343 562633 or email [Moray Council request email] quoting the reference number given above.

Please note that The Moray Council owns copyright in the material supplied in response to your enquiry unless otherwise stated. The supply of documents and information by the Council does not give the person or organisation who receives them the right to re-use the documents in a way which would infringe copyright under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Such material is not to be used commercially without permission from the copyright holder.

Should this information be reused for commercial purposes the information will be subject to the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. Under these regulations the Council is entitled to charge a fee for the re-use of information.

If you are dissatisfied in any way with the manner in which the Council has dealt with your request for information, you are entitled to ask the Council to review its actions and decisions. If you would like a review of the decision please write to the Records and Heritage Manager, Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin, IV30 1HS. A review panel will convene and has 20 working days to consider and respond to your appeal. All appeal requests must be made in writing.

If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome of this review, then you may appeal within 6 months by writing to the Scottish Information Commissioner via their online appeal service at www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal or to Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS.

Further information on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 can be obtained by visiting www.moray.gov.uk or the Scottish Information Commissioner's website, www.itspublicknowledge.info.

Yours sincerely

Victoria Phillips
Information Co-ordinator
01343 563110

The Moray Council
[Moray Council request email]

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