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

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Dear Babergh District Council,

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

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,

William Barnett

BMSDC Data Protection,

Dear Mr Barnett,

Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations request: BF870-1718

Thank you for your request dated 23 January 2018. Your request will be answered within 20 working days.

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Data Protection
Tel: 0300 1234000
Email: [email address]
www.babergh.gov.uk www.midsuffolk.gov.uk
Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils - Working Together
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich
Suffolk IP1 2BX

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BMSDC Data Protection,

Dear Mr Barnett,

YOUR REQUEST FOR INFORMATION BF870-1718

Thank you for your recent request for information. Unfortunately it is taking us longer than anticipated to collate the required information and therefore we are asking for an extension of a further 20 working days in order for us to comply with your request.

We anticipate being able to supply a response to you no later than 16/03/2017. We apologise for this delay and look forward to your confirmation that the above request is in order. Please note that you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner about the delay in receiving a response to your request. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF www.ico.org.uk.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact the Data Protection Team. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communication.

Yours sincerely,

Data Protection
Tel: 0300 1234000
Email: [email address]

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Lee Crowdell,

Dear William Barnett

 

I refer to your request for information dated 23 January 2018.

 

Request:

Evictions and Out-of-Area Rehousing of Council Tenants affected by Welfare
Reform (Babergh District Council)

 

Response:

 

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

 

U/Occ U/Occ/Ben
no and Cap and
Tenancy No in of Benefit UC Roll
Tenancy End Date Period household beds Underoccupancy Cap out
Sole
Tenancy 05/09/2010 2010/11 3 2 N/A N/A N/A
Sole
Tenancy 12/10/2010 2010/11 3 1 N/A N/A N/A
Sole
Tenancy 03/04/2011 2011/12 1 1 N/A N/A N/A
Sole
Tenancy 04/05/2011 2011/12 1 2 N/A N/A N/A
Sole
Tenancy 20/06/2011 2011/12 2 2 N/A N/A N/A
Joint
Tenancy 05/09/2011 2011/12 2 3 N/A N/A N/A
Sole
Tenancy 23/10/2011 2011/12 1 3 N/A N/A N/A
Sole
Tenancy 06/11/2011 2011/12 1 1 N/A N/A N/A
Sole
Tenancy 04/12/2011 2011/12 1 2 N/A N/A N/A
Sole
Tenancy 18/12/2011 2011/12 1 2 N/A N/A N/A
Joint
Tenancy 19/04/2012 2012/13 2 0 N/A N/A N/A
Sole
Tenancy 24/04/2012 2012/13 2 2 N/A N/A N/A
Sole
Tenancy 15/01/2013 2012/13 1 0 N/A N/A N/A
Joint
Tenancy 29/04/2013 2013/14 2 2 No No No
Sole
Tenancy 08/05/2013 2013/14 1 1 No No No
Sole
Tenancy 02/06/2013 2013/14 1 2 No No No
Sole
Tenancy 05/01/2014 2013/14 1 2 No No No
Sole
Tenancy 27/01/2014 2013/14 1 2 No No No
Sole
Tenancy 27/05/2014 2014/15 1 1 No No No
Sole
Tenancy 22/09/2014 2014/15 1 1 No No No
Sole
Tenancy 28/09/2014 2014/15 3 3 No No No
Joint
Tenancy 05/10/2014 2014/15 2 3 Yes No No
Sole
Tenancy 19/01/2015 2014/15 1 3 No No No
Joint
Tenancy 02/09/2015 2015/16 2 1 No No No
Joint
Tenancy 23/11/2015 2015/16 2 3 Yes No No
Sole
Tenancy 20/03/2016 2015/16 2 2 No No No
Sole
Tenancy 25/05/2016 2016/17 2 2 No No No
Sole
Tenancy 23/06/2016 2016/17 2 2 No No No
Sole
Tenancy 07/07/2016 2016/17 1 2 Yes No No
Sole
Tenancy 16/10/2016 2016/17 2 2 Yes No No
Sole
Tenancy 27/11/2016 2016/17 1 1 No No No
Sole
Tenancy 20/10/2017 2017/18 8 4 Yes No No
Joint
Tenancy 22/10/2017 2017/18 2 3 No No No
Sole
Tenancy 14/01/2018 2017/18 5 3 No No No

 

 

 

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?

 

None

 

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. 

 

N/A

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

Data Protection

Tel: 0300 1234000

Email: [email address]

www.babergh.gov.uk  [2]www.midsuffolk.gov.uk

Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils - Working Together

Endeavour House

8 Russell Road

Ipswich

Suffolk IP1 2BX

 

 

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