Information on gang association in social housing in Westminster

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Dear Westminster City 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 Westminster?
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

GPH - Housing Operations, Westminster City Council

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 14
September 2017.
 
Request summary
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
Westminster?

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.
 
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Ian Clarke
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