Housing Benefits Stopped Due To Evictions In Last Five Years

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I would like to know the following information under the freedom of information act.

Rationale:
If housing benefits are reduced by 10% in 2013 for the long-term employed and rents increase in that period, this may result in a short-fall of rents for people on housing benefits. The landlord can then evict them due to debt or non-payment of rent or rent arrears.

The local council in turn will not re-house people who are made intentionally homeless through rent arrears.

I therefore, would like to know many people had their housing benefit stopped due to eviction, repossession or loss of a home.

Question:
I would like to know how many people have had their Housing Benefits stopped due eviction, loss of property or became homeless in the last 5 years with a break down on each year, and parliamentary constituency they were in at that time.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Cook

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Dear DWP Adelphi Freedom-of-Information-Request,

The number of people who have had their Housing Benefits stopped due to eviction, loss of property or became homeless in the last 5 years with a break down on each year, and parliamentary constituency they were in at that time.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ho...

This is unacceptable that you do not have these figures.

I believe that figures like these are important to a whole range of people and if persistent could be found.

As the DWP is involved in these benefits there should be a way of finding out these figures as policies in the the past have resulted in a large impact upon these people. You paid the money and then didn't pay the money. And future policy says that you will be making changes due to employment and capping in certain area of housing benefit. There must be figures to suggest how they are going to do that? Also when people have their housing benefits stopped there must be a reason for it to being stopped and can thus be broken down in those made fact that I requested.

Wholly unacceptable reply. You do have the figures otherwise the people would not have their housing benefit stopped.
You can't say we paid housing benefit, it was stopped and we don't know why or break down of figures.

Without these figures you cannot determine the impact of any policy or past policy, ridiculous!

I would like all process of appeal available to find these impact people's lives as this answer is just banal, and humiliating to those that have lost their homes, if not insulting.

Regards,

Mr. Cook

PS:. The link to do with the complaint doesn't work, as it gives a blank email address in the email.

Yours sincerely,

Tim Cook

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Tim Cook left an annotation ()

This question makes me wonder what do the people who manage the housing benefits for the DWP do?

At the moment it just shows that the DWP is politically motivated. They should be ashamed. Figures likes these should be one of the main stays of the DWP.

Appalling that there is this lack of knowledge or data. No wonder the benefit system is in state with the basic figures and data not available.

I pay, then I don't pay, but I haven't got a clue.

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'Housing Benefits Stopped Due To Evictions In Last Five Years'.

If you stop housing benefit you must have a reason. As there is a reason the DWP will have codes of why housing benefits were stopped.This will be recorded. These figure can be extrapolated for the data I requested. I don't understand why the DWP cannot get these figures?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
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Yours faithfully,

Tim Cook

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Tim Cook left an annotation ()

I believe that this in now long over due, and I am concerned by the delay.