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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

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Thomas

 

Request for Information RFI-0290-19

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to Homelessness which
was received on 20 September 2019.

 

In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
the council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

If, for any reason, we cannot provide you with the information, we will
tell you why.

If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you again.

 

In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your request, please do
so quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely,

Fakhara Qanwal

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Tel: 0800 0856 018

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [1]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

Website:  [2]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

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Laurie Andrews, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Thomas,

 

Freedom of Information Request

 

Please accept my sincerest apologies for the delay you have experienced in
receiving a response to your Freedom of Information Request. As you know,
the council is required to respond to all requests for information under
the Freedom of Information Act within 20 working days, unless a ‘qualified
exception’ applies.

 

I am however happy to provide the information you requested below. I hope
this information is still of use to you. Please note that the information
given in this response is as at the date of your request.

If you do have any queries or additional questions regarding the
information that has been provided please do not hesitate to contact me
direct on the details at the bottom of this email.

 

Further to your request for information about Homelessness, I can tell you
the following:

 

•       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?
Annual data available on
[1]www.gov.uk/government/statistics/rough-sleeping-in-england-autumn-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? Data
available at [2]www.gov.uk

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

Temporary Accommodation

  2016/17 2015/16 2014/15 2013/14 2012/13 2011/12
Expenditure 295’148 277’563 368’050 345’485 348’773 295’047

Youth Homelessness Provision  (please note the service commenced September
2014)

  2016/17 2015/16 2014/15
Expenditure 230,380 125’843 63’942

 

 

•       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?
Housing first funding came on line for Walsall via WMCA April 2019

•       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? Housing first funding came on line for
Walsall via WMCA April 2019

 

 

Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of
Information Act 2000 requests will be subject to copyright protection.  In
most cases the copyright will be owned by Walsall Council. The copyright
in respect of other information may be owned by another person or
     organisation, as indicated.

 

You are free to use any information supplied to you in response to this
request for your own non-commercial research or private study purposes.
The information may also be used for any other purpose allowed by a
limitation or exception in copyright law, such as news reporting.
 However, any other type of re-use, for example by publishing the
information in analogue or digital form, including on the internet, will
require the permission of the copyright owner.

 

I hope that the information provided is useful to you. However, if you are
dissatisfied, you should set out in writing your grounds for complaint and
send to: Lead Assurance Officer, Business Change, Civic Centre, Darwall
Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a decision.
Please remember that, generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you
have first exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

Again I would like to offer my apologies for any inconvenience the delay
to your request may have caused you

 

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Andrews

 

Laurie Andrews

Assurance Officer

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

3rd Floor (HR Suite), Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1DG

Tel: 01922 65 5978

Email: [3][email address]

Web: [4]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

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RESPECT THAT AND DO NOT FORWARD IT TO ANYONE ELSE WITHOUT THE EXPRESS
PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR. The information in this message should be
regarded as confidential and is intended for the addressee only unless
explicitly stated.  If you have received this message in error it must be
deleted and the sender notified.  The views expressed in this message are
personal and not necessarily those of Walsall MBC unless explicitly
stated.  E-mails sent or received from Walsall MBC may be intercepted and
read by the Council.  Interception will only occur to ensure compliance
with Council policies or procedures or regulatory obligations, to prevent
or deter crime, or for the purposes of essential maintenance or support of
the e-mail system. You should also be aware that any email may be subject
of a request under Data Protection, Freedom of Information or
Environmental Information legislation and therefore could be disclosed to
third parties.

 

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can be intercepted and read by someone else. Therefore we strongly advise
you not to email any information, which if disclosed to unrelated third
parties would be likely to cause you distress. If you have an enquiry of
this nature please provide a postal address to allow us to communicate
with you in a more secure way. If you want us to respond by email you must
realise that there can be no guarantee of privacy.

 

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