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To whom this may concern,

I am seeking information from your local authority under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), regarding the topic of homelessness in your area. My questions are as follows:

• What was the number of people found to be rough sleeping in the area administered by the council in each of the years from 2010 – 2018?
• What was the number of people found to be homeless in the area administered by the council in each of the years from 2010 to 2018?
• How much was spent by the council on schemes aimed at tackling homelessness in each of the years between 2010 and 2018?
• How much was spent by the council on ‘Housing First’ style schemes aimed at tackling homelessness in each of the years between 2010 and 2018?
• How much was spent by the council from Government grants on ‘Housing First’ style schemes aimed at tackling homelessness in each of the years between 2010-2018?

If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined, I would be grateful for any further advice and assistance.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me via email and I will be pleased to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request.

Thank you very much for your help regarding this topic, I look forward to you reply in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Emily Thomas

Legal Services, North Devon Council

Dear Ms Thomas

Thank you for your request received this morning, for which I acknowledge receipt.

Your request is now being dealt with in accordance with the Act and will be processed and responded to no later than 18 October 2019, in accordance with the statutory time limit of 20 working days.

The Council has an adopted charging policy for dealing with requests for information under FOIA and EIR, which is published on the Council's website: https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/council/ch..., however I will write to you in advance should the processing of your request require a fee, or if we should require further any information/clarification from you.

Yours sincerely

Vicky Eagle
Administrator – FOI and EIR
Legal Services
North Devon Council
PO Box 379, Barnstaple, EX32 2GR
[North Devon Council request email]

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Legal Services, North Devon Council

Dear Ms Thomas

I write with regard to your request for information that is currently with the Council's Housing team.

They have contacted me this afternoon as clarification is required with regards to the following:

• What was the number of people found to be homeless in the area administered by the council in each of the years from 2010 to 2018?

• How much was spent by the council on schemes aimed at tackling homelessness in each of the years between 2010 and 2018?

Can you provide any further information as to what you mean by people found homeless, is this relating to those in priority need, non-priority, rough sleepers only etc.?

Also with regards to the second question, they also seek the same clarification - do you mean tackling homelessness as a whole or do you mean rough sleepers, those in priority need etc.?

Your request will now be placed on hold whilst we await your reply.

Yours sincerely

Vicky Eagle
Administrator – FOI & EIR
Legal Services
North Devon Council
PO Box 379, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 2GR
[North Devon Council request email]

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Dear Vicky,

Thank you for your response. The term 'found to be homeless' relates to the total number of people within the area who are homeless.

Thank you for your help on this issue. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Emily Thomas

Legal Services, North Devon Council

Dear Ms Thomas

Thank you for your e-mail received this morning, in response to my e-mail requesting clarification, 24 September 2019. As I did not hear from you, the file for your request under FOI 6731 was closed and no further action taken.

I have now logged your request under FOI 6943 and will shortly be referring your e-mail back to the responding officer in the Housing team who requested the clarification/further information.

Should any further information be required, I will come back to you; otherwise your request will be responded to no later than 10 February, in accordance with the Act.

Yours sincerely

Vicky Eagle
Administrator – FOI & EIR
Legal Services
North Devon Council
PO BOX 379
Barnstaple, EX32 2GR
[email address]

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Legal Services, North Devon Council

Dear Ms Thomas

I write in response to your request for information received 13 January 2020.

Section 1(1)(a) of the Act requires the Council to inform you whether it holds information of the description specified in your request. I confirm that the Council does hold some of this information. In discharge of its obligation under section 1(1)(b) I can provide you with the following response:

• What was the number of people found to be rough sleeping in the area administered by the council in each of the years from 2010 – 2018?

2010 - 2015 = This information is not recorded

2016 = Data only captured as of 25.11.16 - 12 Rough Sleepers were physically located whilst rough sleeping by the Council's Outreach team.

2017 = 85 Rough Sleepers were physically located whilst rough sleeping by the Council's Outreach team.

2018 = 79 Rough Sleepers were physically located whilst rough sleeping by the Council's Outreach team.

2019 = 88 Rough Sleepers were physically located whilst rough sleeping by the Council's Outreach team.

• What was the number of people found to be homeless in the area administered by the council in each of the years from 2010 to 2018?

2010 - 31.03.2018 = This information is no longer held due to changes in IT systems.

01.04.2018 - 31.03.2019 = 1,790 approaches to Housing Options. Of these approaches;

- 457 passed into the relief carriage of HRA
- 139 went into main duty

• How much was spent by the council on schemes aimed at tackling homelessness in each of the years between 2010 and 2018?

Council spend is published in dataset format via the following link: https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/.... This dataset is updated annually, with the next update due in September 2020.

The Council also spent £10,000 in 2018/19 for Young Person Support Accommodation in addition to the prevention budget.

• How much was spent by the council on ‘Housing First’ style schemes aimed at tackling homelessness in each of the years between 2010 and 2018?

2010 - 2017 = £0
2018 = The Council contributed £1,365 towards a Housing First pilot

• How much was spent by the council from Government grants on ‘Housing First’ style schemes aimed at tackling homelessness in each of the years between 2010-2018?

2010 - 2017 = £0
2018 = £22,050 was spent utilising Government grants

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to request an internal review which should be received within two months from the date of this response email and should be sent to;

Solicitor & Data Protection Officer
Legal Services
North Devon Council
PO Box 379, Barnstaple, EX32 2GR
[North Devon Council request email]

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545 745
Fax: 01625 524 510
Email: [email address]

Yours sincerely

Vicky Eagle
Administrator, FOI & EIR
Legal Services
North Devon Council
PO Box 379, Barnstaple, EX32 2GR
[North Devon Council request email]

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