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

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Dear Welwyn Hatfield 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,

Ffion Weaver

Ian Colyer, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

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Dear Ms Weaver,

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 23^rd January 2018.

 

The Council’s policy is to release information unless an exemption can be
reasonably applied. The Council will respond within 20 working days by
either releasing the information or letting you know why it cannot release
the information. If for any reason it is not possible to respond within
the 20 days, we will let you know as soon as possible with the date by
which we anticipate we are able to respond.  

 

For your information, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 defines a number
of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have
requested. There will be an assessment of your request and if any of the
exemption categories apply then the information may not be released. You
will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal
against the refusal to disclose the information.

 

If the information you request concerns a third party then they may be
consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the
information to you. You will be informed if this is the case.

 

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact Ian Colyer,
Freedom of Information Officer, Welwyn Hatfield Council, Council Offices,
The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Herts. AL8 6LA, Tel: 01707 357413, Email:
[1][Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council request email]

 

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane

Wilmslow,

Cheshire,

SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545 700

[2]http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Ian Colyer,

Freedom of Information Officer

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Telephone: 01707 357413

Email: [3][email address]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ian Colyer, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

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Dear Ms Weaver,

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 23^rd January 2018.
Please see the response attached.

 

Please accept my apologies for the slight delay in responding.  As you
will note sourcing this information has proved difficult and some
information is nor recorded or able to be retrieved.

 

I hope this satisfies your request but if you have any queries or concerns
then please contact Ian Colyer, Freedom of Information Officer, Welwyn
Hatfield Council, Council Offices, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City,
Hertfordshire AL8 6LA, Telephone: 01707 357413,
Email:[Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council request email]. I attach a copy of the Freedom of Information
complaint procedure.

 

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545 700

[1]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Ian Colyer

Freedom of Information Officer

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Telephone: 01707 357413

Email: [2][email address]

[3]www.welhat.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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of Information Act 2000. Unless the information is legally exempt from
disclosure, the confidentiality of this email and your reply cannot be
guaranteed. This email and any attachments may contain confidential
information and intellectual property (including copyright material). It
is only for the use of the addressee(s) in accordance with any
instructions contained within it. Please treat any personal and
sensitivity data that may be contained within this email in accordance
with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act). Such data
should only be processed and retained where there is a legitimate need to
do so. Should you have a legitimate need to share this information please
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prohibited from copying, forwarding, disclosing, saving or otherwise using
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