FOI request: Number of families accommodated under section 17 of the 1989 Children's Act

Jenny Pennington made this Freedom of Information request to London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

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Dear Barking and Dagenham Borough Council,

I am a researcher at the housing charity Shelter. We are publishing a report on homelessness in England and would like to understand how many families are being provided with accommodation under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s Act.

We would like to collect information on the number of families that are currently in housing provided under section 17 of the children’s act and the number of families placed into housing provided under section 17 of the Children’s Act in the last twelve months.

We would be incredibly grateful for your help.

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of information Act 2000.

1. a) The number of households currently living in accommodation provided by the local authority under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s act at the end of April 2016

b) Of which, the number of families currently provided with accommodation under section 17 because:
 They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts because they were not eligible for assistance
 They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts because they were eligible for assistance but were found to be intentionally homeless

2. a) The number of households provided with accommodation by the local authority under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s act, in the 12 months to April 2016

b) Of which, the number of families provided with accommodation under section 17 as:
 They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts because they were not eligible for assistance
 They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts because they were eligible for assistance but were found to be intentionally homeless

Many thanks

Jenny Pennington

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham,

Information request
Our reference: 2012234

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 22 August
2016.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and we aim to send a response by 18 September 2016.
  
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal review and
to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
Yours faithfully
 
 
Veronica Finn
Children's Services Complaints and Information Officer
Children's Services
020 8227 2405
[email address]
 
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London Borough of Barking and Dagenham,

Information request
Our reference: 2012234

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Dear Sir/Madam

Freedom of Information Act 2000

This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

1. a) The number of households currently living in accommodation provided
by the local authority under section 17 of the 1989 Children's act at the
end of April 2016 

b) Of which, the number of families currently provided with accommodation
under section 17 because: 

- They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing
Acts because they were not eligible for assistance 

- They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing
Acts because they were eligible for assistance but were found to be
intentionally homeless 

2. a) The number of households provided with accommodation by the local
authority under section 17 of the 1989 Children's act, in the 12 months to
April 2016 

b) Of which, the number of families provided with accommodation under
section 17 as: 

- They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing
Acts because they were not eligible for assistance 

- They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing
Acts because they were eligible for assistance but were found to be
intentionally homeless 

Please be advised that we are unable to provide the information you have
requested as this is not information that can be pulled from our social
care database.  As such in order to comply with this request the maximum
charge for dealing with FOI requests of £450 per request (which equates to
18 hours work at £25 per hour) would be exceeded.

Section 12 of FOIA allows a public authority to refuse to deal with a
request where it estimates that it would exceed the appropriate limit to:
- either comply with the request in its entirety or; - confirm or deny
whether the requested information is held.

Please quote the reference number 2012234 in any future communications?.

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I will now close your request as of this date.

 
Yours faithfully
 
 
Veronica Finn
Children's Services Complaints and Information Officer
Children's Services
020 8227 2405
[email address]
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.

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