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Evictions and Personal Property

Jonathan Boyle made this Freedom of Information request to Wrexham County Borough Council

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Dear Wrexham County Borough Council,

1. Over the past twelve months, how many people have been evicted from local authority property?
2. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been licensees?
3. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been tenants?
4. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their personal property disposed of by the local authority?
5. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their personal property stored by the local authority?
6. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-licensees have had their personal property stored by the local authority?
7. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-Council licensees have had their personal property stored by the local authority?
8. Please provide details of the average cost of storing an evicted persons personal property?
9. Please provide details of the average length of time that evicted persons have their personal property stored by the local authority over the past twelve months?
10. Under what circumstances does the local authority protect the personal property of evicted persons?
11. Under what circumstances do the local authority dispose of the personal property of evicted persons?
12. Under what legal basis does the local authority dispose of the personal property of evicted persons?
13. Please detail when the local authority started disposing of evicted persons personal property seven days after eviction?
14. Please disclose any policy documents or guidance issued to housing officers regarding disposing of personal property left behind by ex-Council tenants in Council property?
15. Please disclose any policy regarding evictions?
16. Please provide copies of any Equality Impact Assessments which were carried out when formulating the policies in 14 and 15.
17. Please detail over the past three years, the number of complaints that have been made by evicted persons because of the Council’s disposal of their personal property?

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Boyle

foi, Wrexham County Borough Council

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Dear Mr Boyle

 

Request for information

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) dated 10/10/2019 which was received by Wrexham County Borough
Council on 11/10/2019.  Under the FOIA, we have 20 working days to comply
with your request and you should expect a full response by 07/11/2019.

 

The Council has a right to make a charge on all requests, to cover the
cost of disbursements, including photocopying and postage, and a list of
our charges are available on our website:
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We will make every effort to ensure you receive a response by the due
date.  However, we will notify you if there is a need to extend the time
limit and give you an estimate of when you can expect to receive a
response.

 

Yours sincerely

TÎm Gwybodaeth Corfforedig/ Corporate Information Team

Llywodraethu a Chwsmeriaid /Governance & Customer

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Wrecsam/ Wrexham County Borough Council

 

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foi, Wrexham County Borough Council

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Dear Mr Boyle

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Further to your recent request for information, I am writing to apologise
for the delay in responding to you.  I have been informed by the relevant
department that a response should be with you by 15/11/2019.  Please be
assured that I am following this up on your behalf and will continue to do
so until such time as you receive a response.

 

I apologise on behalf of the Council for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Regards

TÎm Gwybodaeth Corfforedig /Corporate Information Team

Llywodraethu a Chwsmeriaid / Governance & Customer

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Wrecsam /Wrexham County Borough Council

 

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foi, Wrexham County Borough Council

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Dear Mr Boyle

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Further to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act, please find attached the response from Wrexham County Borough
Council.  Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in responding
to you.

 

In relation to questions 14 and 15, the Council engaged an exemption under
Section 36(c) of the Act.

 

Section 36(2)(c) provides an exemption if disclosure would or would be
likely to otherwise prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs.

 

Section 36 is subject to the public interest test, which means that the
requested information can only be withheld if, in all the circumstances of
the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the
public interest in disclosure.

 

The information you have requested is an internal policy for staff on how
the local authority wishes to operate the policy and guidance. 

 

The Council considered that there is a public interest in openness and
transparency and the accountability of public bodies and those serving in
such public bodies.

 

The Council considered the arguments for applying the exemption in that
releasing internal staff policies into the public domain could prejudice
the Council’s conduct of public affairs.  There could be an adverse effect
on the local authority’s ability to offer an effective public service or
to meet its wider objectives or purpose.  Therefore, the Council concludes
that the balance of arguments is weighed in favour of withholding the
information and applying the exemption.

 

If you are unhappy with the way the Council has handled your request, you
may ask for an internal review.  Please contact [1][Wrexham Council request email]
01978 292000 if you require an internal review of your case.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at – Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AS, telephone 0303 123 1113,
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Yours sincerely

TÎm Gwybodaeth Corfforedig/ Corporate Information Team

Llywodraethu a Chwsmeriaid / Governance & Customer

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Wrecsam/ Wrexham County Borough Council

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