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

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Dear Plymouth City 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,

Alex Morison

Community Connections, Plymouth City Council

Dear Alex,

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 23 January 2018
concerning  Evictions and Out-of-Area Rehousing of Council Tenants
affected by Welfare Reform. This request is being handled under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

This letter is a full response to that application.

 

Your request was to be supplied with information relating to three welfare
reform policies:

 

- Under-Occupancy (also known as Removal of Spare Room Subsidy / Bedroom
Tax)

 

- The Benefit Cap

 

- Universal Credit roll-out

 

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. 

 

Plymouth City Council does not own, manage or run any residential
properties.  Prior to 2009 Plymouth City Council did own and manage social
housing stock however all stock ‚Äď including sheltered housing units - was
transferred to Plymouth Community Homes (a new housing association
constituted for the purpose of this stock transfer) in October 2009. 
Since that time, all available social housing in Plymouth has been owned
and let by independent Housing Associations. Housing Associations are
required to provide information about the number of housing units they
own/let to the Homes and Communities Agency and this is publically
available (and can be searched by Local Authority area/by individual
housing association) through the following link: 
[1]http://www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/our...

 

Please note that the information supplied can mostly be re-used in
accordance with the Open Government Licence. The council should be
acknowledged as the source of the information, but copyright is maintained
for all photographs and third party contributions to the information
supplied. For further details see
[2]http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o...

 

I hope that we have supplied the information that you expected to receive.
If you wish to discuss this letter or the information that is supplied
then please contact me.

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review by writing to me stating the reason for
your dissatisfaction.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at: Information
Commissioner's Office,

Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Telephone: 0303 123 1113. Website: www.ico.gov.uk

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Mel Hayward
Community Connections Support Co-ordinator
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House, West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

T +441752398500

E [3][email address]

[4]www.plymouth.gov.uk

 

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