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

Sophie Lee made this Freedom of Information request to New Forest District Council

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Dear New Forest 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,

Sophie Lee

New Forest District Council

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Dan Lacey, New Forest District Council

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Dear Sophie,

 

Please find attached the Freedom of Information response for your enquiry
relating to:-

 

Evictions and Out of area Rehousing of Council Tenants affected by Welfare
Reform.

 

Please let me know if you require any further information.

 

Kind regards

 

Daniel Lacey

 

Dan Lacey
Housing Income Manager
New Forest District Council
Tel: 023 8028 5222

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New Forest District Council

Dear Sophie Lee

Thank you for your request for information about :

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-out1. 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 Capc. 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.

Your request was received on 23/01/2018. and we are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

You will receive a response at the earliest opportunity and in any event within 20 working days of receipt.

Where possible the Council will endeavour to provide the information, however, please note that there may be legitimate reasons to withhold the information requested.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications

Thank you for your enquiry.
Yours sincerely

Vikas Gupta
Information Compliance and Complaints Officer
[New Forest District Council request email]

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