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

Jessica Swain made this Freedom of Information request to Torbay Borough Council

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Dear Torbay 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,

Jessica Swain

Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

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Dear Ms Swain

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 23
January 2018. We are currently processing your request and will contact
you within 20 working days.

 

If you have any queries regarding your request, please do not hesitate to
contact us, quoting the reference number above in all communications.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Bee Laithwaite

Information Compliance Support Officer

Torbay Council

Torquay Town Hall

Castle Circus

Torquay

TQ1 3DR

01803 207177

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Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

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Dear Ms Swain

 

Further to your request received on 23 January 2018 I confirm that Torbay
Council has now considered your request under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

 

Our response is attached.

 

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own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
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Information Compliance

Torbay Council

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Torquay

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