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Dear Common Council of the City of London,

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

COL-EB-InformationOfficer, Common Council of the City of London

Dear Jonathan Boyle,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 (FOIA) – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

The City of London (CoL) acknowledges receipt of your request for information of 11 October 2019.

Public authorities are required to respond to requests within the statutory timescale of 20 working days beginning from the first working day after they receive a request. The Act does not always require public authorities to disclose the information which they hold.

The FOIA applies to the CoL as a local authority, police authority and port health authority. The CoL is the local and police authority for the “Square Mile”, ie the historic City of London, and not for London as a whole. Please see the following page containing a link to a map (‘Explore the City’), which shows the local authority area covered by the CoL:
https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/maps/Pag....

The CoL does have some functions, including Port Health Authority functions, which extend beyond the City boundary. For further information please see: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Information Officer
Comptroller & City Solicitor’s Department
City of London
Tel: 020-7332 1243
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

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DCS FOI, Common Council of the City of London

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Dear Jonathan Boyle

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Following receipt of your request for information on 11 October 2019 and
our acknowledgement of the same date, the City of London (CoL) responds as
follows:

 

1. Over the past twelve months, how many people have made a homeless
application at the Council?  97

 

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?  16

 

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?  N/A

 

4. Over the past twelve months, how many homeless applicants have had
their personal property protected by the local authority?  1

 

5. Please state the average length of time that the homeless applicant’s
personal property is stored by the local authority?  12 months (ongoing -
see response to Q4)

 

6. Please provide details of the average cost of storing a homeless
applicant’s personal property?  £106 per quarter

 

7. Under what circumstances do the local authority protect the personal
property of homeless applicants?  When applicants are homeless and have
nowhere to store their belongings, including in temporary accommodation.

 

8. As part of the homeless application process does the local authority
expressly ask the homeless applicant, whether they need their personal
property protected?  Yes, if the applicant is to be homeless and
belongings cannot go into the temporary accommodation.

 

9. If not, please state the reasons why not?  N/A

 

10. Please provide copies of the local authorities’ policies regarding
homeless applications?  Homelessness Strategy is available on the website:
[1]https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services...

 

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

 

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?  N/A

 

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?  0

 

Please note that the City (the "Square Mile") has a resident population of
about 8,706* which includes approximately 1,580 children aged up to 19
years old.

 

*Office of National Statistics 2019

 

We hope that this response is of assistance.

 

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enquiry, please use the following link to the CoL’s FOI complaints
procedure : [2]www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Feedback, at the end of which is
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Complaints Procedure, you are still dissatisfied, you may request the
Information Commissioner to investigate. Please contact: Information
Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
Telephone: (01625) 545700.  Website: [3]http://www.ico.org.uk/.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

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