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Dear King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council,

I am a researcher at the housing charity Shelter. We are seeking to understand the impact of the household benefit cap on local authorities in England. We would be incredibly grateful for your help.

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of information Act 2000.

1. Please provide the most recent data available for your local authority:

All households
• The number of households who have their benefits reduced by the Household Benefit Cap introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 in your area. (Please include both households who were already subject to the previous benefit cap of £26,000/£18,200, and those newly affected by the lowered cap).
• The average reduction in these households’ benefit award, and the number of these households who have a reduction of £100 or more a week.

Homeless households in temporary accommodation
• The number of homeless households accommodated by your authority in temporary accommodation who have their benefits reduced by the Household Benefit Cap.
• The average reduction in these households’ benefit award.

2. If you have carried out an assessment of the impact of lowering the cap in your local authority, please provide this document.

Many thanks - I look forward to receiving your reply in the next 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Jenny Pennington

Jenny Pennington

Dear Kirsty,

Thank you for your response.

The information you have provided does not include the number
of households who have faced a reduction of £100 or more a week.

Could you provide this as soon as possible?

Many thanks,

Jenny Pennington

Jason Lee, King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council

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Hello,

 

  Following on from my conversations with Kieran, please see the
attachment to replace the attachment previously found at
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

 

Kind Regards

Jason Lee

Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk

E: [2][email address]

 

From: Jason Lee
Sent: 15 November 2017 11:52
To: 'WhatDoTheyKnow Support' <[WhatDoTheyKnow contact email]>
Subject: RE: Urgent removal of attachment

 

Hello Kieran,

 

  Thank you for your swift action overnight and your email this morning
regarding DPA breach within the FOI request found at
[3]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

 

  I can confirm that we, the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk
reported the DPA breach to the Information Commissioner's Office
yesterday, the 14th November 2017.

 

  In respect of the above mentioned webpage, the textual content within
the webpage (excluding attachments) is accurate and fit for public
consumption.  The attachment
"180187%20Kings%20Lynn%20West%20Norfolk%20Aug16.xlsx" should be
permanently removed (or made inaccessible to the public) and replaced with
the "Benefit Cap.pdf" which I have attached.

 

  The section of the webpage which needs updating, would be the attachment
block immediately at the top of the section with the title "Kirsty Read
eastlaw.org.uk, 3 March 2017".  This is displayed with a red border below.

 

 

  If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact
me.

 

Kind Regards

Jason Lee

Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk

E: [4][email address]

 

 

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On 14th November, the Council informed administrators of whatdotheyknow.com that their response of 3rd March included significant personal data that should not have been disclosed. We removed this information from public view immediately, requested the authority provide a replacement response and suggested that the council refer the matter to the Information Commissioner.

We have been informed that the council have done so. We have therefore deleted the original response from our systems.

Their original response of 3rd March had an attachment "180187 Kings Lynn West Norfolk Aug16.xlsx", file size 51K, accompanied by the following message.

From: Ƹ Kirsty Read eastlaw.org.uk, 3 March 2017

Dear Ms Pennington

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 and/or ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION
REGULATIONS 2004 – INFORMATION REQUEST 007459 TO BOROUGH COUNCIL OF KINGS
LYNN AND WEST NORFOLK

Thank you for your request for information.

The information you requested is below/attached:

All households
• The number of households who have their benefits reduced by the
Household Benefit Cap introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016
in your area. (Please include both households who were already subject to
the previous benefit cap of £26,000/£18,200, and those newly affected by
the lowered cap). = 109
• The average reduction in these households’ benefit award, and the
number of these households who have a reduction of £100 or more a week. =
£59.39

Homeless households in temporary accommodation
• The number of homeless households accommodated by your authority
in temporary accommodation who have their benefits reduced by the
Household Benefit Cap. = 3
• The average reduction in these households’ benefit award. = £56.41

2. If you have carried out an assessment of the impact of lowering
the cap in your local authority, please provide this document.

Attached

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, you are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purposes of news reporting. Any other re-use would require the
permission of the copyright holder.

For information where the copyright is owned by the Council, details of
the conditions on re-use can be found on our website.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to me at the above address within 28 days of the date of
this letter.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you can also
complain to the Information Commissioner at www.ico.org.uk or Tel: 0303
123 1113

Yours sincerely

Kirsty Read

Legal Assistant

01263 516057

[email address]

007459 / 180189

Ƹ Kirsty Read eastlaw.org.uk
Administrative Assistant
+441263 516057

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Ƹ Emma Mason eastlaw.org.uk,

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Dear Doug,

 

Thank you for your email dated 10 December 2017 addressed to Jason Lee at
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

 

In relation to that email, please find attached the recorded information
held by the Borough Council in respect of the postcode breakdown and the
impact assessment relevant to the original request for information.

 

Kind regards

 

Emma Mason

On behalf of The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

Ƹ Emma Mason eastlaw.org.uk
Senior Legal Assistant
+441263 516014

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