Freedom of Information Request - Long Term Empty Properties

Jaya Ryall made this Freedom of Information request to Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was successful.

Dear Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council,

I am writing to you to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic properties which have been empty for six months or older)
2) What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?
3) During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long Term Empty Properties. If you did was this done using internal resource or a third party?
4) If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every single long term property
5) Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your Housing strategy?
6) Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction of empty properties?
7) How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018?
8) Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

Yours faithfully,

Jaya Ryall

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Please quote ID 8646 on all correspondence
Dear Sir  / Madam 
I am emailing to confirm the receipt of your recent request for
information to Wigan Council. This has been logged and will be forwarded
to the relevant department for action.
We will respond as soon as possible and in most cases no later than 20
working days after the receipt of your request ie 14th June 2019.
If you have any comments or questions in the meantime, please direct them
to [1][Wigan Council request email], or to Freedom of Information, Resources
Directorate, Wigan Council, PO Box 100, WN1 3DS
The Council does not charge for most FOI requests, but charges may be made
for actual disbursements incurred such as photocopying, printing, postage
and packaging, and only if these charges amount to more than £20.00. If a
charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before
the information is provided and payment may be requested prior to the
provision of the information.
Your contact is Kath Peace
Freedom of Information
Legal Service - Resources Directorate
Wigan Council, PO Box 100
Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan WN1 3DS
As a public body, the Council may be required to disclose this email or
any response to it under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 unless the
information in it is covered by one of the exemptions in the Act.
>>Corporate Logo<<
>>Corporate Disclaimer<<
This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and
intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom
they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please
notify the system manager.

Email may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded
for legal purposes.

As a public body, the Council may be required to disclose this
email or any response to it under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 unless the information in it is covered by one of the
exemptions in the Act.

This footnote also confirms that this email has been swept for
the presence of computer viruses.
This email has been scanned by the Symantec Email service.
For more information please visit


Visible links
1. mailto:[Wigan Council request email]
2. file:///tmp/outbind:/98/
3. file:///tmp/outbind:/98/

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Ryall,

Unfortunately we are unable to identify the information you have requested. In order that your request can be progressed, can you please provide additional details to assist us in identifying, locating and providing you with the information that you have requested.

The clarification required is as follows:-

Are you referring to all empty properties in the borough or just the Council owned ones?

In accordance with ICO Guidance, please note that the time for compliance will not begin until we have received the necessary clarification to enable us to answer your request. Under Section 1(3) of the Freedom of Information Act, if no clarification is received within two months of this e-mail, it will be assumed that you have decided not to pursue this request for information and this enquiry will be closed.

Kind regards

Graham Donelan
Information Governance Officer
Legal Services,
Town Hall,
Library Street,
01942 827639

show quoted sections

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

1 Attachment

Dear Ms Ryall,

I am writing to respond to your recent request for information. This request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The response to your request is attached.

If you are unhappy with any aspect of this response, an independent senior officer will review this decision. If you are not satisfied with our response you must put your complaint in writing within 40 working days of receipt of this response giving the reasons for your complaint. You can either email [Wigan Council request email] or write to Freedom of Information at the address below.

You can also complain to the Information Commissioner, who is the regulator for Freedom of Information. Her website is and her helpline number is 0303 1231113.

Her staff may ask you to exhaust our internal complaints procedure if you choose to complain to her office now.

Kind regards

Graham Donelan
Information Governance Officer
Legal Services,
Wigan Council,
Town Hall,
Library Street,

show quoted sections