Information on gang association in social housing in Lambeth

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Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

Multiple public sources indicate that borough-level gang strategies involve information-sharing processes between the police, multi-agency Gangs Units and the council or agencies managing social housing in a borough.

Could you please provide me with information regarding the following:

1. Which agencies have management and oversight of social housing in Lambeth?
2. How do borough social housing agencies flag or otherwise mark the addresses of gang-associated individuals in social housing in the borough?
3. How many addresses are currently flagged or otherwise marked in the borough as housing gang-associated individuals?
4. Please list any sources of information that are used when flagging/marking an address as housing an individual who is gang-associated (e.g. The MPS Gangs Matrix, information provided by local Integrated Gangs Unit, etc.)
5. Is the family or individuals concerned provided with any form of notification that their address has been flagged or otherwise marked as gang-associated?
6. Is this information shared with other boroughs?
7. In what way is an individual's 'gang association' factored into decisions about social housing allocation, relocation or eviction?
8. Please share any guidance or documents that assist Housing Officers in making determinations about when to relocate or evict a family based on concerns about public safety.

Yours faithfully,

A Bacciarelli

Merrily Rodriguez, Lambeth Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: IR213183

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Merrily Rodriguez, Lambeth Borough Council

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‎A Bacciarelli‏  
‎ 12 October 2017
   Our ref: IR213183

 
Dear ‎Sir/Madam‏
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 14 September 2017 .
 
This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
 
Your request

1.Which agencies have management and oversight of social housing in
Lambeth?
2.How do borough social housing agencies flag or otherwise mark the
addresses of gang-associated individuals in social housing in the borough?
3.How many addresses are currently flagged or otherwise marked in the
borough as housing gang-associated individuals?
4.Please list any sources of information that are used when
flagging/marking an address as housing an individual who is
gang-associated (e.g. The MPS Gangs Matrix, information provided by local
Integrated Gangs Unit, etc.)
5.Is the family or individuals concerned provided with any form of
notification that their address has been flagged or otherwise marked as
gang-associated?
6.Is this information shared with other boroughs?
7.In what way is an individual's 'gang association' factored into
decisions about social housing allocation, relocation or eviction?
8.Please share any guidance or documents that assist Housing Officers in
making determinations about when to relocate or evict a family based on
concerns about public safety.

Our response

1.Which agencies have management and oversight of social housing in
Lambeth?

Social housing in Lambeth is provided by Lambeth Council and by a number
of Housing Associations.  Lambeth Council social housing is managed
in-house as part of the Council’s Neighbourhood and Growth Department. 
Housing Associations are independent charities, who work within a
regulatory framework.   A guide to Housing Association regulation is here:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

2.How do borough social housing agencies flag or otherwise mark the
addresses of gang-associated individuals in social housing in the borough?

Lambeth Council does not flag gang activity in its social housing.

3.How many addresses are currently flagged or otherwise marked in the
borough as housing gang-associated individuals?

N/A

4.Please list any sources of information that are used when
flagging/marking an address as housing an individual who is
gang-associated (e.g. The MPS Gangs Matrix, information provided by local
Integrated Gangs Unit, etc.)

N/A

5.Is the family or individuals concerned provided with any form of
notification that their address has been flagged or otherwise marked as
gang-associated?

N/A

6.Is this information shared with other boroughs?

N/A

7.In what way is an individual's 'gang association' factored into
decisions about social housing allocation, relocation or eviction?

If a tenant is guilty of unacceptable behaviour (whether gang-related or
not) this can result in their eviction.

Household who have been guilty of unacceptable behaviour may not qualify
for allocation of social housing.  "Unacceptable behaviour" is defined on
p.9 of the Lambeth Housing Allocation Scheme 2013, a copy of which is
here:
[2]https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/sites/default...

This includes

* Failure to pay rent
* Breaching the conditions of the tenancy agreement
* Causing nuisance to neighbours
* Being convicted of an arrestable offence committed in or in the
vicinity of their home
* Causing the condition of the property to deteriorate by a deliberate
act or by neglect
* Making a false statement to obtain a tenancy

8.Please share any guidance or documents that assist Housing Officers in
making determinations about when to relocate or evict a family based on
concerns about public safety.

Each case is considered on its merits. If a move is requested and
appropriate we will assist and advise gathering supporting evidence /
information from all involved agencies. A move, especially out of borough,
cannot be guaranteed.
Thank you for your interest in Lambeth Council.

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Yours faithfully
 
 
 
Merrily Rodriguez
Complaints & Information Officer
FOI team
London Borough of Lambeth
 
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