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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

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Ms Thomas,
 
Thank you for your email below.  Your request was received on 20th
September 2019 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of
receipt) in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000/
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), subject to the
information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 
 
Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council |
Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address]
| T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
 
 

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freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

 
Dear Ms Thomas,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference: 8654
 
Further to the acknowledgement below, I can respond to your Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA) request received on 20th September 2019 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?

Year Number
2010 11
2011 8
2012 12
2013 19
2014 26
2015 39
2016 33
2017 61
2018 45

The above figures are taken from the official Street Count (2010-2018)
conducted in November each year. This follows a methodology developed by
Homeless Link; further information is available on their [1]website
Homeless Link defines a street count as “a snapshot of the number of
people seen sleeping rough in a local authority area on a particular
night.”
This snapshot figure allows for long term comparisons of the growth or
decline in the number of rough sleepers.
It is not intended to be a complete picture of current rough sleepers in
Oxford.
A street count will not record everyone in the area with a history of
rough sleeping, but it is effective in:

* gauging the scale of the rough sleeping problem in Oxford
* monitoring progress over time

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government funds Homeless
Link, which supports councils in England to undertake either a count or an
intelligence-led estimate of the number of people sleeping rough.
 
 
I refer to your question below requesting information about:
 
•       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?
 
I will deal with this part of your request under s. 1 (3) of the
FOIA.       
 
“Where a public authority-
 

 a. reasonable requires further information in order to identify and
locate the information requested, and
 a. has informed the applicant of that requirement

 
You have described the information you seek, but the description is not
sufficient to enable the Authority to locate the correct details.
 
The Authority informs you that it requires further information, under s 1.
(3) (a) of the FOIA
 
 
Could you define what you mean by "homeless"
 
Households accepted as statutory homeless by the Council, or something
else?
 
The 20 working days will not continue from  14^th October 2019 until the
Authority has been supplied with further information. Should the Council
not receive a response to this email by Friday 18^th October 2019, this
part of your request will be closed accordingly.
 
How much was spent by the council on schemes aimed at tackling
homelessness in each of the years between 2010 and 2018?
 
Under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Council is
not required to respond to requests where the information sought is
reasonably accessible by other means.   Information in respect of how much
was spent by the council on schemes aimed at tackling homelessness can be
found on the Council’s website  via the following link:
The Council publishes Budget Book which is a plan of all income and
expenditure for the financial year, as approved by councillors. You can
download these from our [2]website for the years 2010 to 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?

Year £
2010/11 0
2011/12 0
2012/13 £0
2013/14 £47,850
2014/15 £47,850
2015/16 £95,700
2016/17 £95,700
2017/18 £95,700
2018/19 £95,700

There are two ‘Housing First’ programmes currently commissioned by Oxford
City Council.
Acacia is a project for those with complex needs that have a presentation
of mental health issues. Similar to Housing First, it uses an intensive
and assertive support model. The service provides five spaces.
Housing First is for those with entrenched rough sleeping patterns and
complex needs who do not do well through the usual homeless pathway. The
service currently provides five independent units of accommodation – flats
or studio flats.
 
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?
Oxford City Council has not received any funding directly from Government
to deliver ‘Housing First’
 
 
If you disagree with any part of the response to your request, you are
entitled to ask the Council for an internal review of the decision(s)
made.  You may do this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either
email – [3][email address] – or by post to Monitoring Officer,
Oxford City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS. 
After the result of the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you
may ask the Information Commissioner to intervene on your behalf.  You may
do this by writing to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 
 
Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council |
Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email:
[4][email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
 
 
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