Housing Benefit Claims for Unsupported Temporary Accomodation

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Dear Plymouth City Council,

My name is Rachel Yates, Unit Project Officer of Unsupported Temporary Accommodation Unit. I work conducting research for the Justlife Foundation into residents of unsupported temporary accommodation, specifically those claiming housing benefit from private B&Bs or accommodation with Board and Lodging.

This request, through the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, is looking to collect the number of individuals living in unsupported temporary accommodation from 2010-2016. In order to assess this, I am requesting the following information:

1. Private tenants claiming housing benefit from a Bed and Breakfast and/or all other accommodation with board and lodgings
a. This information broken down by financial year (1st April – 31st March), i.e. the above number in 2010/2011; 2011/2012; 2012/2013; 2013/2014; 2014/2015; 2015/2016
AND

2. Private tenants claiming housing benefit from a Bed and Breakfast and/or all other accommodation with board and lodgings (as described above) on 1st January in each of the above years.

Please send the information in excel format via email

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Yates

FoI Corporate Services,

Dear Ms Yates
My Ref: 892739

Thank you for your request for information about number of individuals living in unsupported temporary accommodation from 2010-2016. Your request was received on 24 July 2017 and is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Council will seek to provide the information you have requested within 20 working days, that is by 21 August 2017 and it will be provided by email or hard copy, depending how you made your request and how the information is held.

Information is usually provided free of charge but in some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case I will inform you. A fees notice will be issued to you and you will be required to pay this before we proceed with your request.

Information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found on the Information Commissioners Office website: http://www.ico.gov.uk. Plymouth City Council also has information available on our website: http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/homepage/coun.... If you cannot find the information you require please contact me using the contact details below.

Yours sincerely,

Ms K Forsyth
Customer Advisor
Customer Service
Plymouth City Council

T +441752304834
F +441752305538
E [email address]
www.plymouth.gov.uk

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FoI Corporate Services,

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Dear Ms Yates

My Ref: 892739

Please find attached a reply to your request for information.

Kind regards

Kelly Forsyth
Customer Advisor
Customer Service
Plymouth City Council

T +441752668000
F +441752305538
E [email address]
www.plymouth.gov.uk

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Dear FoI Corporate Services,

Thank you for providing the FOI data requested.

We asked for 2 lots of data; numbers for the whole of the financial year and numbers of live cases on 1st Jan in each year. Only 1 set of data was received, would you be able to provide the other set of data please?

Yours sincerely,

Rachel Yates

FoI Corporate Services,

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Dear Ms Yates

My Ref: 892739

Please find attached revised data in reply to your request for information.
Please accept my apologies and thank you for highlighting our error. We did not retrieve the correct data from the system previously which I sent to you on 3 August 2017. This has now been rectified.

Thank you for your patience.

Kind regards

Kelly Forsyth
Customer Advisor
Customer Service
Plymouth City Council

T +441752304834
F +441752305538
E [email address]
www.plymouth.gov.uk

Dear FoI Corporate Services,

Thank you for providing the attached information, it is most useful.

I just wanted to clarify your data to ensure that my clarification doesn’t change the data you have provided. Can I clarify that you have provided information for the number of individuals who are claiming housing benefit in Bed and Breakfast/Board and Lodging private accommodation (i.e. not owned by the council, housing associations or supported accommodation) and who have not been placed there by the council under homelessness duties?

Yours sincerely,

Rachel Yates

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