Homeless and Asylum seekers statistics

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Dear Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,

The following information is requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and under the act, you are required to respond to me within 28 days.

1. How many homeless are you currently housing?
2. Total number, Of which:
a. How many are families?
i. How many are Single parents?
ii. How many Single parents have 1 child?
iii. How many Single parents have 2 children?
iv. How many Single parents have more than 2 children?

b. How many two parent families?
i. How many two parent families have 1 child?
ii. How many two parent families have 2 children?
iii. How many two parent families have more than 2 children?

c. How many are individuals?
i. How many Male?
ii. How many Female?

3. How many Asylum Seekers are you currently housing?
4. Total number Of which:
a. How many are families?
i. How many are Single parents?
ii. How many Single parents have 1 child?
iii. How many Single parents have 2 children?
iv. How many Single parents have more than 2 children?

b. How many two parent families?
i. How many two parent families have 1 child?
ii. How many two parent families have 2 children?
iii. How many two parent families have more than 2 children?

c. How many are individuals?
i. How many Male?
ii. How many Female?

5. By what percentage increase in year from the year previous 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013 for homeless, please provide total number
a. For families
i. Single parent
ii. Two parent families
b. For individuals
i. Male
ii. Female
6. By what percentage increase in year from the previous 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013 for Asylum seekers, please provide total number
a. For families
i. Single parent
ii. Two parent families
b. For individuals
i. Male
ii. Female
7. What is your budget for homeless 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013
a. For families
i. Single parent
ii. Two parent family
b. For individuals
i. Male
ii. Female

8. What is your budget for Asylum seekers 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013
a. For families
i. Single parent
ii. Two parent family
b. For individuals?
i. Male
ii. Female

9. What is the furthest distance outside the borough, you would relocate in miles?
a. Homeless families
i. Single parent
ii. Two parent family
b. Homeless individuals
i. Male
ii. Female
c. Asylum Seekers
i. Single parent
ii. Two parent family
d. Individuals
i. Male
ii. Female

10. What is the minimum and maximum number of days you would house outside your borough :
a. Homeless families
i. Single parent
ii. Two parent families
b. Individuals
i. Male
ii. Female
c. Asylum Seekers
i. Single parent
ii. Two parent families
d. Asylum Seekers - individuals
i. Male
ii. Female

11. When housed, do the homeless need to report to the council on a daily, weekly or monthly basis?

12. When housed, do Asylum Seekers need to report to the council on a daily, weekly or monthly basis?

13. Are food vouchers or any other type of support provided to the homeless? Please provide details of support given.

14. Are food vouchers or any other type of support provided to Asylum Seekers? Please provide details of support given.

15. What happens to homeless who exceed the maximum period of housing, in borough or out of borough?

16. What happens to Asylum Seekers who exceed the maximum period of housing, in borough or out of borough?

17. Would the homeless eventually be given a council property, if so in what time frame?

18. Would Asylum Seekers eventually be given a council property, if so in what time frame?
I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Yours faithfully,

Jaspal

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear Jaspal

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF: 2013-1093

 

I am writing to confirm that we received your information request on 11
November 2013. For your information and future communications your request
has been allocated the reference number FOI2013-1093. Please quote this
reference in any future correspondence. 

 

We will consider your request and respond in accordance with the
requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our duty is to
respond promptly or at least within 20 working days.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Protection Assistant

Information Governance Team

Information Systems Division (ISD)

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Web: [1]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

 

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Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear Jaspal,

 

Thank you for your request.

 

Could you clarify what you mean by ‘Asylum Seekers’? It’s likely that we
do not hold this information. We might have a certain number of
housing/homeless applicants who are awaiting decisions about whether or
not they have leave to remain in the UK but asylum seekers were generally
dealt with through National Asylum Support Service (now disbanded and
dealt with by the UK Border Agency). Housing only has an obligation to
assist those who are ‘eligible’ by virtue of having leave to remain and
access to public funds. You could contact the UK Border Agency for this
information:

 

[1]http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/naviga...

 

Do you still want the rest of the information without the asylum seekers
information?

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Protection Assistant

Information Governance Team

Information Systems Division (ISD)

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Web: [2]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

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Dear Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,

I would like the details requested for Homeless.

Yours faithfully,

Jaspal

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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Dear Jaspal

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF: 2013-1093

 

I am responding to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
which we received on 11 November 2013, for information held by the
Council. You requested:

 

1.            How many homeless are you currently housing? As at 30
November 2013 there were

 

1796 households placed in temporary accommodation.

 

2.       Total number, Of which:

a.       How many are families? 1435

i.        How many are Single parents? 933

ii.       How many Single parents have 1 child? 548

iii.       How many Single parents have 2 children? 262

iv.      How many Single parents have more than 2 children? 123

 

b.       How many two parent families? 343

i.        How many two parent families have 1 child? 140

ii.       How many two parent families have 2 children? 111

iii.       How many two parent families have more than 2 children? 92

 

c.       How many are individuals? 361

i.        How many Male? 215

ii.       How many Female? 146

 

There are also 159 families not included in the above figures without
dependent children which are made up of childless couples, elderly couples
and other households with non-dependent children.

 

5.       By what percentage increase in year from the year previous
2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013 for homeless, please provide total number

Please find data for all households in temporary accommodation during each
financial year requested in the tables below. They differ to the figures
provided for questions 1 and 2 which only provide a snapshot of households
in temporary accommodation as at 30 November 2013.:

 

a.       For families

 

Increase against Percentage
YEAR Families previous year increase %
2010 - 2011 1135    
2011 - 2012 1306 171 15
2012 - 2013 1562 256 20

 

i.        Single parent

 

Single Increase against Percentage
YEAR parents previous year increase %
2010 - 2011 757    
2011 - 2012 889 132 17
2012 - 2013 1051 162 18

 

ii.       Two parent families

 

Two parent Increase against previous Percentage
YEAR families year increase %
2010 - 2011 311    
2011 - 2012 339 28 9
2012 - 2013 411 72 21

 

b.       For individuals

 

Increase against
YEAR Singles previous year Percentage increase
2010 - 2011 544    
2011 - 2012 616 72 13.24
2012 - 2013 667 51 8.28

 

i.              Male

 

Increase against Percentage
YEAR Single Males previous year increase
2010 - 2011 296    
2011 - 2012 342 46 15.54
2012 - 2013 361 19 5.56

 

ii.       Female

 

Single Increase against Percentage
YEAR Females previous year increase
2010 - 2011 248    
2011 - 2012 274 26 10
2012 - 2013 306 32 12

 

7.       What is your budget for homeless 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013

a.       For families

i.        Single parent

ii.       Two parent family

b.       For individuals

i.        Male

ii.       Female

 

The budget for the temporary accommodation element of the Council’s
homeless budget is shown below:

 

2010/11           11,719k

2011/12           11,401k

2012/13           14,860k

 

9.       What is the furthest distance outside the borough, you would
relocate in miles?

a.       Homeless families

i.        Single parent

ii.       Two parent family

b.       Homeless individuals

i.        Male

ii.       Female

c.       Asylum Seekers

i.        Single parent

ii.       Two parent family

d.       Individuals

i.        Male

ii.       Female

 

The Temporary Accommodation policy is attached and  provides  details on
the applicants the Council considers to be a priority for temporary
accommodation in Kensington and Chelsea and the local surrounding areas.
The second part details how applicants are considered for temporary
accommodation in the wider London area and outside London. All placements
of households are subject to a suitability assessment to determine the
type and location of temporary accommodation that should be offered and
this is based on individual circumstances rather than household
composition.

10.     What is the minimum and maximum number of days you would house
outside your borough :

a.       Homeless families

i.        Single parent

ii.       Two parent families

b.       Individuals

i.        Male

ii.       Female

c.       Asylum Seekers

i.        Single parent

ii.       Two parent families

i.        Male

ii.       Female

 

The Council has a statutory duty to provide temporary accommodation to
homeless applicants in certain circumstances.  This is governed by
legislation. Guidance in how to perform the duty can be found in the Code
of Guidance. There is no time limit on the number of days homeless
households are placed in temporary accommodation in borough or otherwise .
The length of time spent a homeless household spends in temporary
accommodation in or out of borough depends on the outcome of homeless
application and individual circumstances.

11.     When housed, do the homeless need to report to the council on a
daily, weekly or monthly basis?

 

Only households placed in bed and breakfast accommodation are expected to
sign a register each day. The Housing Department has an arrangement with
other providers of temporary accommodation to ensure that they carry out
monthly inspections of the properties in which we place homeless
households.

 

13.     Are food vouchers or any other type of support provided to the
homeless?  Please provide details of support given.

 

The Council’s Housing Department does not supply food vouchers but do
 offer referrals to the Local Support Fund should households be eligible
(they have to be in receipt of a qualifying benefit and not employed) and
/or refer them to the Council’s Tenancy Support Service should they
require additional assistance in maintaining their tenancy.

 

15.     What happens to homeless who exceed the maximum period of housing,
in borough or out of borough?

There is  no maximum period for  housing homeless households in borough or
otherwise.

 

17.     Would the homeless eventually be given a council property, if so
in what time frame?

 

For some homeless households the Council has accepted a duty under Section
193(2) of the Housing Act 1996 to arrange, or continue to arrange,
temporary accommodation for them until they receive a suitable offer of
housing or our duty to them under this section is otherwise discharged.
These households are placed on the Common Housing Register, and assessed
for longer-term housing with the Council (managed by the TMO) or a
registered provider of social housing.  Each household placed on the
register is assessed using a points scheme.  Households can bid for
properties using the points they have been given or the Council may make a
direct offer of accommodation as permitted by its Allocation Policy.

 

Of the duty accepted households rehoused in 2012-13 the waiting times are
shown in the table below:

 

Number of bedrooms in rehoused property

   
Years to be
rehoused* 0 1 2 3 4 5  Overall
5 Years 3 Years 7 Years
11 1 Years 2 Years 10 12 6 2 Years
Average Months 6 Months 5 Months Months Months Months 3 Months
8 Years 7 Years
4 Years 12 Years 8 Years 11 7 Years 6 12 Years
Maximum 5 Months 8 Months 4 Months Months 9 Months Months 8 Months
 Number of
Properties 63 91 81 32 7 1 275

 

*waiting time from date of homeless application

 

For those households who applied as homeless after 8 November 2012 the
Council may also arrange for a private landlord to make them an offer of
an assured short-hold tenancy in the private rented sector for a period of
at least 12 months (“a private rented sector offer”).  In this case this
means that under powers given to the Council by the Localism Act 2011 the
Council can make these households a private sector offer at any time,
although it is not obliged to do so. 

 

If duty accepted households do not participate in Choice Based Lettings,
or refuse a suitable offer of housing made under our Allocation Policy, or
refuse a suitable private sector offer, the Council may decide that it has
discharged its duty to them. If they are living in temporary
accommodation, they will be required to leave and make their own
arrangements.

 

There is a chronic shortage of properties available to us.  This coupled
with the large number of applications we receive for housing, means that
the demand by far outstrips the supply of properties that is available to
us. Although we may have accepted that a household is homeless, in reality
it may be many years before they are re-housed into longer-term
accommodation, if at all.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Protection Assistant

Information Governance Team

Information Systems Division (ISD)

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Web: [2]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

 

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