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FOI Request 25/07/2022 Housing

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Alessandra Berti

Dear Plymouth City Council,

I am writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Q. 1. i.) Please state the local authority’s expenditure (including use of Government grants) on clearing the arrears of tenants in the following financial years.

a.   2017/2018
b.   2018/2019
c.   2019/2020
d.   2020/2021
e.   2021/2022

ii.) For each of the above years, please provide a breakdown of expenditure on clearing the arrears of council housing tenants, housing association tenants and private rental sector tenants.

Q. 2.   i.) Please state the local authority’s expenditure (including use of Government grants) on discretionary housing payments to assist ongoing renting costs of tenants in the following years.

a.   2017/2018
b.   2018/2019
c.   2019/2020
d.   2020/2021
e.   2021/2022
 
ii.) For each of the above years, please provide a breakdown of expenditure on assisting the ongoing renting costs of council housing tenants, housing association tenants and private rental sector tenants.

Yours faithfully,
Alessandra Berti

FOI People, Plymouth City Council

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alessandra Berti

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference: 939749

 

Thank you for your request for information about clearing the arrears of
tenants. Your request was received on 26 July 2022 and is being dealt with
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We will aim to provide a response to your request within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days, by 23 August 2022, however, we would ask for
your understanding, where this is not possible at the present time.

 

Our response will be sent by email or hard copy depending on how you made
your request and how the information is held. 

 

If we’re unable to gather the information you’ve asked for within the cost
limit set by the government, which is 18 hours of staff time or £450, we
will contact you to discuss how we can meet your information needs within
this limit.

 

Information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found on the
Information Commissioners Office website:
[1]https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/off...

 

We also have information available on our website:
[2]https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/aboutcouncil...

 

Please contact me if you’re not able to find the information you’re
looking for.

 

For information about how Plymouth City Council will use the information
you supply when making a request and the information rights you have
please see our [3]Privacy Notice:  Information Access – Freedom of
Information/Environmental Information Regulations.

 

Yours sincerely

Jim

 

James Guy
FOI Representative  
People Directorate
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House

West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

T +441752398500
E [4][email address]

[5]www.plymouth.gov.uk

 

 

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FOI People, Plymouth City Council

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alessandra Berti

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference: 939749

 

To help us to identify the information you would like please could you
clarify the following:

 

Q2) ii) Please can you clarify what you are asking from us in this
question, as there is no mention of Housing Benefit, Household Support
Fund, etc.

 

We will aim to provide a response to your request within 20 working days
of receiving this information from you. Unfortunately, we will be unable
to progress your request without this.

 

If we haven’t received a response from you within two months of the date
of this email we will consider your request to be withdrawn.

 

Yours sincerely

Jim

 

James Guy
FOI Representative  
People Directorate
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House

West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

T +441752398500
E [1][email address]

[2]www.plymouth.gov.uk

 

 

 

From: FOI People
Sent: 29 July 2022 10:12
To: [FOI #881774 email]
Subject: Freedom of Information Request Reference: 939749 -
Acknowledgement - Clearing the arrears of tenants

 

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alessandra Berti

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference: 939749

 

Thank you for your request for information about clearing the arrears of
tenants. Your request was received on 26 July 2022 and is being dealt with
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We will aim to provide a response to your request within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days, by 23 August 2022, however, we would ask for
your understanding, where this is not possible at the present time.

 

Our response will be sent by email or hard copy depending on how you made
your request and how the information is held. 

 

If we’re unable to gather the information you’ve asked for within the cost
limit set by the government, which is 18 hours of staff time or £450, we
will contact you to discuss how we can meet your information needs within
this limit.

 

Information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found on the
Information Commissioners Office website:
[3]https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/off...

 

We also have information available on our website:
[4]https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/aboutcouncil...

 

Please contact me if you’re not able to find the information you’re
looking for.

 

For information about how Plymouth City Council will use the information
you supply when making a request and the information rights you have
please see our [5]Privacy Notice:  Information Access – Freedom of
Information/Environmental Information Regulations.

 

Yours sincerely

Jim

 

James Guy
FOI Representative  
People Directorate
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House

West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

T +441752398500
E [6][email address]

[7]www.plymouth.gov.uk

 

 

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Alessandra Berti

Dear Jim,

Freedom of Information Request Reference: 939749

Thanks for your response.

In regards to your request for clarification on Q2 ii., if Plymouth City Council has been using government grants to make discretionary housing payments to assist tenants with ongoing rent costs (such as paying for a deposit, or providing rent in advance for a new tenancy or plugging a rent shortfall) then I would be interested in knowing the breakdown of the tenants who have benefitted from this by tenant type for example: £20,000 on housing association tenants, £13,000 on council tenants, and £0 on private sector tenants.

Yours sincerely,
Alessandra Berti

FOI People, Plymouth City Council

OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alessandra Berti

 

Many thanks for your clarification on Q2) ii) from your Freedom of
Information Request. Please note our new timescale of 30 August 2022
(which is the statutory timescale of 20 working days from your
clarification) and new FOI reference – 939792.

 

Best regards

Jim

 

James Guy
FOI Representative  
People Directorate
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House

West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

T +441752398500
E [1][email address]

[2]www.plymouth.gov.uk

 

 

 

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FOI People, Plymouth City Council

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Alessandra Berti

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference: 939792

Clearing the arrears of tenants

 

Following our email of 29 July 2022 and 01 August 2022, I can confirm that
the Council does hold the information you requested, however we are
withholding some of the information under Section 12 and Section 31(10) of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please see attached/enclosed response
to your request.

 

Please note that the information supplied can be re-used in accordance
with the Open Government Licence. For further details please see:
[1]http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o....

 

If you wish to discuss this letter please contact me. If you disagree with
the way your request has been dealt with you can request a review by
writing to me within 40 working days of the date of this letter. Please
state the reasons for your dissatisfaction. Following a review, if you are
still not satisfied with the way your request has been dealt with you can
complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office via their website:
[2]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/ or by writing to: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

 

Information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found on the
Information Commissioners Office website: [3]http://www.ico.org.uk.

 

We also have information available on our website:

[4]https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/aboutcouncil...

 

Yours sincerely

 

Matthew Garrett
Service Director (Community Connections)

Community Connections
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House, West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

T +441752398500
E [5][email address]

[6]www.plymouth.gov.uk

 

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