Freedom of Information Request - Long Term Empty Properties

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

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Dear Walsall 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

InformationRights, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Jaya Ryall,

 

Request for Information RFI0709/19

 

Thank you for your request for information about Long Term Empty
Properties, which was received on 13 May 2019.

 

In accordance with provisions within Freedom of Information Act 2000, the
council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

If, for any reason, we cannot provide you with the information, we will
tell you why. If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you
again.

 

In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your request, please do
so quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Julie Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

InformationRights, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Good Afternoon,

 

Freedom of Information Request RFI0709/19

 

Please accept my sincerest apologies for the delay in responding to your
Freedom of Information Request, I hope this information is still of use to
you. Please note that the information given in this response is as at the
date of your request. If you do have any queries or additional questions
regarding the information that has been provided please do not hesitate to
contact me direct on the details at the bottom of this email.

 

Further to your request for information about Long Term Empty Properties,
I can tell you the following:

 

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)

 

The number of properties as of 19/06/2019 is 933

 

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

 

The council will be updating the Housing Strategy in 2019 and bringing
empty homes back into use will form part of the strategy.

 

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?

 

Yes - The council implemented the council tax premium on empty properties
at the maximum rate

 

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

 

No

 

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

 

The reduction of empty homes in Walsall forms part of the Housing strategy
2012-2016. The council will be updating the Housing Strategy in 2019 and
bringing empty homes back into use will form part of the strategy.

 

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

 

No

 

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

 

Area                                                                Expenditure

Temp Accom Services                                    £384,128

B&B                                                                £61,185

Young Persons Homeless Service                 £522,274

TOTAL                                                            £967,587

 

These figures relate to period 2018/19 (we do not collect data by calendar
year). The totals include all costs related to temporary Accommodation
including staffing, overheads etc.

 

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

 

No

 

 

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I hope that the information provided is useful to you. However, if you are
dissatisfied, you should set out in writing your grounds for complaint and
send to: Lead Assurance Officer, Business Change, Civic Centre, Darwall
Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP.

 

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have first exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

Again I would like to offer my apologies for any inconvenience the delay
to your request may have caused you

 

 

Regards

 

James Sparrock

Lead Assurance Officer

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

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From: Julie Noble On Behalf Of InformationRights
Sent: 14 May 2019 10:04
To: '[FOI #576131 email]'
Subject: YOUR FOI REQUEST - RFI0709/19 - RE: LONG TERM EMPTY PROPERTIES

 

Dear Jaya Ryall,

 

Request for Information RFI0709/19

 

Thank you for your request for information about Long Term Empty
Properties, which was received on 13 May 2019.

 

In accordance with provisions within Freedom of Information Act 2000, the
council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

If, for any reason, we cannot provide you with the information, we will
tell you why. If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you
again.

 

In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your request, please do
so quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Julie Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

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