Information regarding Housing Benefit claim numbers and amounts

The request was successful.

Dear Birmingham City Council,

I would like to recieve the following information:

1. Number of active Housing Benefit Claims on the first Monday of
April each year for as far back as your records allow.
2. Number of active Housing Benefit Claims on the first Monday of
April each year where either (or both of) the Claimant or their
Partner is recorded as having had "Earned Income" on that date, for
as far back as your records allow.
3. The Total amount of Housing Benefit paid for the week starting
on the first Monday of April each year for as far back as your
records allow.
4. The Total amount of Housing Benefit paid for the week starting
on the first Monday of April each year where either (or both of)
the Claimant or their Partner is recorded as having had "Earned
Income" on the first Monday of April, for as far back as your
records allow.

I would like to make it clear that I would consider income from
Self Employment to be "Earned Income"

For your convenience, the dates of the first Monday of April for
the last 15 years are below:
04/04/2011
05/04/2010
06/04/2009
07/04/2008
02/04/2007
03/04/2006
04/04/2005
05/04/2004
07/04/2003
01/04/2002
02/04/2001
03/04/2000
05/04/1999
06/04/1998
07/04/1997

Many thanks for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Mr J Chandler

Birmingham City Council

Dear Mr Chandler

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information
Thank you for your request received on 13 February 2012 for information
held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

You have requested historical data relating to the payment of Housing
Benefit and our specialist team will investigate this request on your
behalf.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we
will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

If you require any further information or are not happy with our response
please contact the Corporate Information Governance Team quoting the
reference number above.

Regards

Benefit Service Policy Team
Data Protection Act 1998
The information you have provided within your Freedom of Information
request will be held on our database and may also be held within manual
records for a period of 2 years from the date Birmingham City Council
received your request. Any personal data that you provide to Birmingham
City Council will be held in line with the requirements set out within the
Data Protection Act 1998.

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that may be released, re-use for personal, educational or non-commercial
purposes is permitted without further reference to the City Council. Where
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for re-use.

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Dear Mr Chandler

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for information
This response is in respect of your recent enquiry for information
regarding active Housing Benefit claims held by the Authority under the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please find herewith the following available data:

Yours sincerely
Birmingham City Council - Benefit Service

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

Thank you for the information that you have provided.

To aid other councils that are struggling with this request, please could you let me know what Benefits assessment software you use?

Yours faithfully,

Mr J Chandler

Birmingham City Council

Dear Mr Chandler

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that Birmingham
City Council uses the Revenues and Benefits Integrated Solution provided
by Northgate Public Services  for the assessment of Benefits and the
billing and collection of Council Tax and Business rates.

Regards
Strategy Development Team
Tel: 0121 303 3583/0121 464 2152
Fax: 0121 303 1338

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Mr J Chandler To [email address]
<[FOI #105730 email]> cc
Subject Re: Freedom Of Information Request 6744
18/03/2012 09:46

     Dear Birmingham City Council,
   
    Thank you for the information that you have provided.
   
    To aid other councils that are struggling with this request, please
    could you let me know what Benefits assessment software you use?
   
    Yours faithfully,
   
    Mr J Chandler
   
   

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