Lambeth Council Housing benefit statistics for residents paying about the government's new threshold

Tri Porteur made this Freedom of Information request to Lambeth Borough Council

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From: Tri Porteur

25 June 2010

Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

Please could you provide figures as follows:

* The total number of Lambeth Council households who are renting
property from Lambeth Council or an affiliated Housing association

* The number of Lambeth Council households who are renting property
privately through a Lambeth affiliated scheme eg. Lettings First.

* The number of Lambeth council households who are renting property
from Lambeth Council or an affiliated Housing association who claim
Housing benefit which amounts to £230.01 per week (and over) for a
one bedroom property, £290.01 (and over) for a two bedroom
property, £340.01 (and over) for a three bedroom property or
£400.01 (and over) for a four (or more) bedroom property? Please
provide a breakdown per category, if possible.

* The number of Lambeth council households that are renting
property privately through a Lambeth affiliated scheme eg. Lettings
First, who claim Housing benefit which amounts to £230.01 per week
(and over) for a one bedroom property, £290.01 (and over) for a two
bedroom property, £340.01 (and over) for a three bedroom property
or £400.01 (and over) for a four (or more) bedroom property? Please
provide a breakdown per category, if possible.

Yours faithfully,

Tri Porteur

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Quote-marks This request has been written as a result of a blog post on how the new Conservative / Lib Dem budget will affect Lambeth residents at:

http://southeasteleven.blogspot.com/2010...

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From: Gardner1,Richard
Lambeth Borough Council

25 June 2010

Dear Tri Porteur

FOI Acknowledgement

Thank you for your FOI Request, as below. Please quote our ref 131661 in
any further correspondence about this request. We anticipate responding
within the statutory period of 20 working days following the date of
receipt, in this case by 23/07/10.

Please note that our preferred email address to receive Freedom of
Information requests is [Lambeth Borough Council request email]  Thank you for your interest
in Lambeth Council.

Richard Gardner

Information Compliance Adviser

Legal Services

Finance & Resources

London Borough of Lambeth

tel: 020 79267741

www.lambeth.gov.uk

Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RW

Lambeth - Making a difference

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From: Gardner1,Richard
Lambeth Borough Council

23 July 2010

 Dear Tri Porteur   

FOI 131661 Response

Question 1

The total number of Lambeth Council households who are renting property
from Lambeth Council or an affiliated Housing association:-

Answer 1

The total number of rental properties as at week 15 in financial year
2010/11 was 24,378 properties. We have two tenancy management
organisations:-

· Lambeth Living (the majority of the total), and

· United Residents Housing  

Question 2

The number of Lambeth Council households who are renting property
privately through a Lambeth affiliated scheme e.g. Lettings First.

Answer 2

None.

Question 3

The number of Lambeth council households who are renting property from
Lambeth Council or an affiliated Housing association who claim Housing
benefit which amounts to £230.01 per week (and over) for a one bedroom
property, £290.01 (and over) for a two bedroom property, £340.01 (and
over) for a three bedroom property or £400.01 (and over) for a four (or
more) bedroom property? Please provide a breakdown per category, if
possible.

Answer 3

0-1 bedrooms where rent >£230 94
2 bedrooms where rent >£290 12
3 bedrooms where rent >£340 5
4 bedrooms where rent >£400 39

Question 4

The number of Lambeth council households that are renting property
privately through a Lambeth affiliated scheme eg. Lettings First, who
claim Housing benefit which amounts to £230.01 per week (and over) for a
one bedroom property, £290.01 (and over) for a two bedroom property,
£340.01 (and over) for a three bedroom property or £400.01 (and over)
for a four (or more) bedroom property? Please provide a breakdown per
category, if possible.

Answer 4

None.

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Finance & Resources

London Borough of Lambeth

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Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RW

Lambeth - Making a difference

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From: Gardner1,Richard
Sent: 25 June 2010 16:02
To: 'Tri Porteur'
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request131661 - Lambeth Council
Housing benefit statistics for residents paying about the government's new
threshold

Dear Tri Porteur

FOI Acknowledgement

Thank you for your FOI Request, as below. Please quote our ref 131661 in
any further correspondence about this request. We anticipate responding
within the statutory period of 20 working days following the date of
receipt, in this case by 23/07/10.

Please note that our preferred email address to receive Freedom of
Information requests is [Lambeth Borough Council request email] Thank you for your interest in
Lambeth Council.

Richard Gardner

Information Compliance Adviser

Legal Services

Finance & Resources

London Borough of Lambeth

tel: 020 79267741

www.lambeth.gov.uk

Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RW

Lambeth - Making a difference

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From: Tri Porteur

23 July 2010

Dear Mr Gardner,

I believe that you've failed to actually provide an answer to
question 3. You've written the categories as though you intended to
fill in an answer, but it seems as though there's no data here
listing the number of households that fit the categories.

Would you be able to respond to that point as soon as possible?

Yours sincerely,

Tri Porteur

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From: Gardner1,Richard
Lambeth Borough Council

23 July 2010

The answers were there although not clearly stated so I have changed the format:-

94 properties for 0-1 bedrooms where rent over £230
12 properties for 2 bedrooms where rent over £290
5 properties for 3 bedrooms over £340
39 properties for 4 bedrooms where rent over £400

Richard Gardner
Information Compliance Adviser
Legal Services
Finance & Resources
London Borough of Lambeth
tel: 020 79267741
www.lambeth.gov.uk
Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RW
Lambeth - Making a difference

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From: Tri Porteur

23 July 2010

Dear Mr Gardner,

I apologise as I've just spotted the data in answer to question 3
on your first email. Thank you for improving the layout, which
makes the figures much easier to read.

Could you confirm whether the figures you gave me in answers 1 and
3 include the numbers of households who rent property privately,
but receive housing benefit through Lambeth Council? I've assumed,
in question 3, that you've only given me the number of households
who receive housing benefit over the new cap where they actually
rent Lambeth Council properties, but I'd like to confirm.

Yours sincerely,

Tri Porteur

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From: Gardner1,Richard
Lambeth Borough Council

26 July 2010

Dear Tri Porteur

The figures supplied in answer to question 1 are for those for who rent council owned properties managed by either Lambeth Living (LL) or United Residents Housing (URH). These figures have been supplied by our Housing Regeneration and Environment department who supervise LL and URH as semi-outsourced contractors. They do not include any privately rented houses for whom we are not the landlord.

Housing Benefit is administered by our Revenues and Benefits service who are part of our Finance and Resources department and they have answered question 3. They pay benefits to eligible tenants in both council and private sectors and I believe the figures supplied include both categories.

We do not know how many private sector tenants there are who do not claim benefit.

Richard Gardner
Information Compliance Adviser
Legal Services
Finance & Resources
London Borough of Lambeth
tel: 020 79267741
www.lambeth.gov.uk
Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RW
Lambeth - Making a difference

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Ann Brown left an annotation (18 December 2010)

Quote-marks Please note all social rental payments via the benefit system comes for DWP not from lambeth council budget Lambeth Council are the administrator of the payments for social rental payments

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