Freedom of Information Request - Long Term Empty Properties

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Dear Wakefield City Council,

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

freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear Jaya Ryall,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION 

 

Thank you for your email requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  It is our intention to have the response delivered
to you by 11 June 2019.

 

I would like to inform you that all requests submitted under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 might be subject to exemption(s), which the
Authority is entitled to apply to refuse the request.

 

Any future correspondence you may have in relation to this matter should
be marked Private & Confidential and sent to the Senior Information
Governance Officer, Information Management Team, County Hall, Wakefield
WF1 2QW or e-mailed to [1][Wakefield City Council request email].

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Information Governance Officer

Corporate Information Governance Team,

Legal and Governance

Wakefield Council, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW

Email: [2][Wakefield City Council request email]

Tel: 01924 306112

 

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freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear Jaya Ryall,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Please find the response to your request below.

 

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)

1,160

 

2)           What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to
undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?

Responding to all complaints about empty properties.  Using Council Tax
data to proactively identify all long term empty properties and then
contacting property owners, offering assistance with bringing them back
into use, taking enforcement action in respect of disrepair and general
poor state where necessary.

 

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?

A dedicated small team of roughly 1.2 FTE delivered the work described in
question 2 above.

 

4)           If yes is the answer to question three, did the council
review every single long term property

No, Council Tax information is used and then specific geographical areas
are targeted.

 

5)           Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form
part of your Housing strategy?

Yes

 

6)           Does the council have a budget in place to help support the
reduction of empty properties?

Yes

 

7)           How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation
during 2018?

This information is published to The Data Mill North and is available to
view online via the following link:

[1]https://datamillnorth.org/dataset/counci...

 

8)           Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term
Empty property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

Yes

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further queries
regarding this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Officer

Information Governance Team

Legal and Governance

Wakefield Council

Tel: 01924 306112

E-mail: [2][Wakefield City Council request email]

 

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