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Dear Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,

Would you please provide the following information as soon as possible on housing, temporary accommodation and domestic violence.

1. i) In the past five years, what is the total number of reviews and appeals of Part 7 homelessness decisions in which the applicant has cited domestic violence as a reason for homelessness?
ii) Of this number, how many were then granted duty/ access to housing as a result of the review/appeal process?

2. How much money has the council paid in costs for
i) appeals
ii) judicial reviews
about Part 7 homelessness decisions (either regarding refusing duty or unsuitable accommodation) against the council in financial years
a) 2010/2011
b) 2011/2012
c) 2012/2013
d) 2013/2014
e) 2014/2015
f) 2015/2016 (including projected costs for q4)

3. How much money in total per financial year does the council spend on temporary accommodation for those assessed as homeless?
a) 2010/2011
b) 2011/2012
c) 2012/2013
d) 2013/2014
e) 2014/2015
f) 2015/2016 (including projected costs for q4)

4. Of the above, how much money was spent on i) B&Bs and how much on ii) hostels?
a) 2010/2011
b) 2011/2012
c) 2012/2013
d) 2013/2014
e) 2014/2015
f) 2015/2016 (including projected costs for q4)

5. How much money per financial year does the council spend on additional non-housing related costs for people staying in out-of-borough temporary accommodation (such as travel expenses for children’s schooling)?
a) 2010/2011
b) 2011/2012
c) 2012/2013
d) 2013/2014
e) 2014/2015
f) 2015/2016 (including projected costs for q4)

6. What is the current average monthly cost paid by the Council in rent (inclusive of Housing Benefit contributions) for a room in:
a) temporary accomodation
b) permanent private accommodation
c) socially rented/ housing association owned accommodation

Yours faithfully,

Morgan Green

Freedom of Information: CP-ICT: RBKC, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear Mr. Green

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST REF: 2016-1560

                                                                                                

I am writing to confirm that we received your information request on 20
December 2016. For your information and future communications your request
has been allocated the reference number FOI2016-1560. Please quote this
reference in any future correspondence.

 

We will consider your request and respond in accordance with the
requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our duty is to
respond promptly or at least within 20 working days.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Governance and Management Officer

Shared ICT Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Email: [1][email address] | Website: [2]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

 

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Yu, Robin: CP-ICT: RBKC, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear Mr. Green,

 

Thank you for your request. Could you assist us by clarifying one of your
questions please?

 

6.       What is the current average monthly cost paid by the Council in
rent (inclusive of Housing Benefit contributions) for a room in:

a) temporary accomodation

b) permanent private accommodation

c) socially rented/ housing association owned accommodation

 

We’re not clear what you mean here. The Council does not pay rent as is
suggested. Are you referring to Local Housing Allowance rates for Housing
benefit purposes?

 

Please note that we will not be able to answer this question until
clarification is received.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Governance and Management Officer

Shared ICT Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Email: [email address] | Website: [1]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

 

From: Freedom of Information: CP-ICT: RBKC
Sent: 21 December 2016 07:20
To: Morgan Green <[FOI #378282 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Housing, temporary
accommodation and domestic violence

 

Dear Mr. Green

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST REF: 2016-1560

                                                                                                

I am writing to confirm that we received your information request on 20
December 2016. For your information and future communications your request
has been allocated the reference number FOI2016-1560. Please quote this
reference in any future correspondence.

 

We will consider your request and respond in accordance with the
requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our duty is to
respond promptly or at least within 20 working days.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Governance and Management Officer

Shared ICT Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Email: [2][email address] | Website: [3]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

 

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Yu, Robin: CP-ICT: RBKC, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

1 Attachment

Dear Mr. Green

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF: 2016-1560

 

I am responding to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
which we received on 20 December 2016, for information held by the
Council. You requested:

 

1. i)        In the past five years, what is the total number of reviews
and appeals of Part 7 homelessness decisions in which the applicant has
cited domestic violence as a reason for homelessness?

 

Cause of Homelessness Number of Households  
Relationship Violence - Other 7  
Relationship Violence - Partner 61  
Total 68  
TABLE 1:Reviews and Appeals for Households Fleeing Domestic Violence
 

 

ii)    Of this number, how many were then granted duty/ access to housing
as a result of the review/appeal process?

 

Cause of Homelessness Number of households
Relationship Violence - Other 1
Relationship Violence - Partner 21
Total 22

TABLE 2: Number of Households Duty Accepted following a Review and/or an
Appeal

 

2.       How much money has the council paid in costs for

i) appeals

ii) judicial reviews

about Part 7 homelessness decisions (either regarding refusing duty or
unsuitable accommodation) against the council in financial years

a) 2010/2011

b) 2011/2012

c) 2012/2013

d) 2013/2014

e) 2014/2015

f) 2015/2016 (including projected costs for q4)                  

 

Information not held - it is not possible to quantify these figures

 

3.       How much money in total per financial year does the council spend
on temporary accommodation for those assessed as homeless?

a) 2010/2011

b) 2011/2012

c) 2012/2013

d) 2013/2014

e) 2014/2015

f) 2015/2016 (including projected costs for q4)

 

See attached

 

4.       Of the above, how much money was spent on i) B&Bs and how much on
ii) hostels?

a) 2010/2011

b) 2011/2012

c) 2012/2013

d) 2013/2014

e) 2014/2015

f) 2015/2016 (including projected costs for q4)

 

B&B figures are not coded separately to temporary accommodation so are
included in the figures for question 3 (see spreadsheet).

 

5.       How much money per financial year does the council spend on
additional non-housing related costs for people staying in out-of-borough
temporary accommodation (such as travel expenses for children’s
schooling)?

a) 2010/2011

b) 2011/2012

c) 2012/2013

d) 2013/2014

e) 2014/2015

f) 2015/2016 (including projected costs for q4)

 

Information not held - it is not possible to quantify these figures

 

6.       What is the current average monthly cost paid by the Council in
rent (inclusive of Housing Benefit contributions) for a room in:

a) temporary accomodation

b) permanent private accommodation

c) socially rented/ housing association owned accommodation

 

We asked for clarification for this question but have not received a
response.

 

Complaints

 

I trust this has satisfied your request. Should you be unhappy with the
handling of your request, the Council has an internal complaints process
for handling FOIA complaints. Complaints are reviewed by the Chief
Solicitor and Monitoring Officer or her nominee. A form is available from
our website to lodge your complaint
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Please contact us if you do not have website access and we can provide you
with a copy of the form. Following this review, should you still be
unhappy with how your information request has been handled, you have a
further right to appeal to the Information Commissioner who is responsible
for ensuring compliance with FOIA.  

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Governance and Management Officer

Shared ICT Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Email: [2][email address] | Website: [3]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

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