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Dear Bradford City Council,

1. Over the past twelve months, how many people have made a homeless application at Bradford City Council?
2. Over the past twelve months how many people have been provided with interim accommodation pursuant to s.188 (1) of the Housing Act 1996?
3. Over the past twelve months, how many people have been provided with interim accommodation pursuant to s.189 (b) of the Housing Act 1996?
4. Over the past twelve months, how many homeless applicants have had their personal property protected by the local authority?
5. Please state the average length of time that the homeless applicant’s personal property is stored by the local authority?
6. Please provide details of the average cost of storing a homeless applicant’s personal property?
7. Under what circumstances do the local authority protect the personal property of homeless applicants?
8. As part of the homeless application process does the local authority expressly ask the homeless applicant, whether they need their personal property protected?
9. If not, please state the reasons why not?
10. Please provide copies of the local authorities’ policies regarding homeless applications?
11. Please provide a copy of the local authorities policy regarding protecting the personal property of homeless applicants?
12. Please disclose a copy of the council's homeless procedures manual or policy document followed by housing solutions officer at its homeless service centres/ homeless persons offices?
13. Please detail over the past three years, the number of complaints that have been made by homeless applicants because of the Council’s failure to protect their personal property?

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Boyle

Freedom of Information, Bradford City Council

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Mark Dewar, Bradford City Council

Dear Jonathan

 

Thank you for your request submitted under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. This matter is now receiving our attention and we
aim to have a response out to you by 7 November 2019 within the period of
20 working days allowed for disclosure.  

 

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contact us at [1][Bradford City Council request email] quoting the reference no: Oct-45.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Mark
Dewar                                                                          
 

Service Coordination Officer

Economy & Development

 

8th Floor,

Margaret McMillan Tower,

Bradford, BD1 1NN

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Department of Place

 

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Mark Dewar, Bradford City Council

Dear Jonathan

 

I refer to the freedom of information request submitted to Bradford
Council on 10 October 2019.  Your request, and the Council’s response, are
both detailed below.

 

REQUEST

 

1. Over the past twelve months, how many people have made a homeless
application at Bradford City Council?

2. Over the past twelve months how many people have been provided with
interim accommodation pursuant to s.188 (1) of the Housing Act 1996?

3. Over the past twelve months, how many people have been provided with
interim accommodation pursuant to s.189 (b) of the Housing Act 1996?

4. Over the past twelve months, how many homeless applicants have had
their personal property protected by the local authority?

5. Please state the average length of time that the homeless applicant’s
personal property is stored by the local authority?

6. Please provide details of the average cost of storing a homeless
applicant’s personal property?

7. Under what circumstances do the local authority protect the personal
property of homeless applicants?

8. As part of the homeless application process does the local authority
expressly ask the homeless applicant, whether they need their personal
property protected?

9. If not, please state the reasons why not?

10. Please provide copies of the local authorities’ policies regarding
homeless applications?

11. Please provide a copy of the local authorities policy regarding
protecting the personal property of homeless applicants?

12. Please disclose a copy of the council's homeless procedures manual or
policy document followed by housing solutions officer at its homeless
service centres/ homeless persons offices?

13. Please detail over the past three years, the number of complaints that
have been made by homeless applicants because of the Council’s failure to
protect their personal property?

 

COUNCIL’S RESPONSE

 

In response to your request dated 10/10/19, we have made an assumption
that you require data for the previous financial year rather than 12
months year to date. As such, for Q1 – 3 2019/20, please see our published
statistics at: 
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistica...
which offers a wealth of data and information into local authority
statistics.  This data should provide you with sufficient information for
Q1-3 of your request.

 

4)            71

5)            4 weeks

6)            £351.86 (including cost for removal and return of
belongings)

7)            Personal property is protected in accordance with Chapter
20.2 of the Homelessness Code of Guidance.

8)            Yes

9)            N/A

10 -12)  We work under the stipulations of the Homelessness Reduction Act
which determines our policy and procedures and are available from MHCLG. 
In addition, there are a number of policies and strategies the Council has
in effect and they are available to view on our external website here: 
[2]https://www.bradford.gov.uk/housing/poli...

13)          None

 

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and should be addressed to Freedom of Information Officer, 1st Floor
Britannia House, Hall Ings, Bradford BD1 1HX or by e-mail
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have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner who can be
contacted at : Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Mark
Dewar                                                                          
 

Service Coordination Officer

Economy & Development

 

8th Floor,

Margaret McMillan Tower,

Bradford, BD1 1NN

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Department of Place

 

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