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

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Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

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,

Sarah Cashon

CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Dear Sarah Cashon

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CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Dear Ms Cashon,

Re: help desk request (ticket ref 2018012327000283)
Thank you for your request submitted under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002.  I can confirm a nil return from
the Comhairle.  Comhairle nan Eilean Siar does not have Housing Department
as all stock was transferred to Hebridean Housing Partnership, registered
social landlord, on 12th September 2006, therefore we do not hold the
information requested. You may wish to contact HHP and request the
information as held by them. The following contact details are as provided
on their website.

[1]http://www.hebrideanhousing.co.uk/
HHP Offices
Hebridean Housing Partnership
Creed Court
Gleann Seileach Business Park
Willowglen Road
Stornoway
HS1 2QP
Tel:      0300 123 0773
Fax:     01851 707 949
E-mail:[2][email address]

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Kind regards
Rebecca Macleod - CE

FOI Team
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar | Sandwick Road | Stornoway | Isle of Lewis |
HS1 2BW
Email: [Comhairle nan Eilean Siar request email]
Web: [5]http://www..cne-siar.gov.uk
Tel: 0845 600 70 90 (Extension 211222)

- Sarah Cashon wrote:
Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

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,

Sarah Cashon

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