Lettings under the Bucks Home Choice scheme, 2020-21

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Dear Buckinghamshire Council,

Please provide details of lettings under the Bucks Home Choice scheme, broken down by:

*The four previous district council areas
*Landlord name (provider)
*General Needs or Sheltered
*Number of bedrooms
*Rent regime (Social/Affordable/Flexible etc).

Please provide the information for:

*2020/21
*2021/22 - year to date.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Burnham

Freedom of Information, Buckinghamshire Council

Dear Mr Burnham

 

FOI 31113

 

Thank you for contacting Buckinghamshire Council and your request for
information below regarding Bucks Home Choice.

 

This request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Request:

Please provide details of lettings under the Bucks Home Choice scheme,
broken down by:

 

*The four previous district council areas *Landlord name (provider)
*General Needs or Sheltered *Number of bedrooms *Rent regime
(Social/Affordable/Flexible etc).

 

Please provide the information for:

 

*2020/21

*2021/22 - year to date.

Please refer to our response below:

Please note that Buckinghamshire Council does not own any social housing
stock.

 

Social housing is provided by various housing associations operating
across the county.

 

As background information, the former District Councils transferred their
housing stock as follows:

 

Area Transferred to: Date
Aylesbury Vale Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust July 2006
Chiltern Chiltern Hundreds Housing subsequently named 1988
Paradigm Housing
South Bucks Beacon Housing (which then merged with L&Q) 1991
Wycombe Red Kite December 2011

 

Please note that the above Housing Associations are completely separate
organisations from the Council i.e. they do not operate as an Arm’s Length
Management Organisation (ALMO) on behalf of the Council.

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With kind regards
Freedom of Information Team

Deputy Chief Executive Directorate

Buckinghamshire Council
New County Offices, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UA
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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your response to my request.

I am aware that Buckinghamshire Council does not own or manage any social housing stock, as outlined in your reply.

However, Buckinghamshire Council is a Local Housing Authority with homelessness responsibilities under the Housing Acts, and these responsibilities are discharged via the Bucks Home Choice scheme, in partnership with those social landlords which own local housing stock.

In June 2020, I requested under reference FOI 12711 similar information to that which I am now requesting, but relating to a past period (from 2018/19 up to the date of that request in June 2020). The reply was, ‘I can confirm that Buckinghamshire Council does hold information falling within the description specified in your request. Please find the relevant details attached.’ This provided in full the data which I had requested.

I am therefore requesting an internal review of your response.

I hope that you can reconsider this matter, and provide an update of the Bucks Home Choice scheme as requested.

With thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Burnham

Freedom of Information, Buckinghamshire Council

Dear Mr Burnham

 

Please accept my sincere apologies that you were sent the incorrect
response.  Your request should have been allocated to the Housing team to
gather the data – I am very sorry that did not happen.

 

Your request has now been correctly allocated to the Housing team.  We
will send you a response as soon as possible and no later than 13 January
2022.  We are sorry for this delay and for any inconvenience caused.

 

Kind regards

 

Francisca Harpur

Senior Information Request Officer

Deputy Chief Executive Directorate

Buckinghamshire Council

 

01296 585771

[1][Buckinghamshire Council request email]

 

The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8FF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reply no later than 13 January 2022.

Buckinghamshire Council

Dear Paul Burnham

 

Thank you for your request for information  concerning Lettings under the
Bucks Home Choice scheme, 2020-21.

 

This request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
I can confirm that Buckinghamshire Council does hold information falling
within the description specified in your request.  Please find the
relevant details below:

 

Request:

Please provide details of lettings under the Bucks Home Choice scheme,
broken down by:

*The four previous district council areas *Landlord name (provider)
*General Needs or Sheltered *Number of bedrooms *Rent regime
(Social/Affordable/Flexible etc).

Please provide the information for:

*2020/21

*2021/22 - year to date.

Response: 

Pre Unitary 

2020-2021

Chiltern

Number of Lets           204

By Provider                 Catalyst 5, Hightown 8, L&Q 2, Paradigm 189

General Needs            158

Sheltered                    46

Number of bedrooms 1 bed 85, 2 bed 96, 3 beds 23, 4 beds 0

Rent regime                Affordable 53, Social 113, unknown 38

 

 

South Bucks

Number of Lets           107

By Provider                 Thrive 14, L&Q 93

General Needs            74

Sheltered                    33

Number of bedrooms 1 bed 51 , 2 bed 42, 3 beds 14

Rent regime                Affordable 12, Social 57, Intermediate 7,
Unknown 31

 

Wycombe

Number of Lets           366     

By Provider                 Metropolitan Thames valley 2, Guiness 13, Home
Group 4, Hightown 19, Twenty 11 18, Red Kite 283 , Paradigm 1, Housing
Solutions 8, L&Q 3, Clarion 1, Bucks Housing Association 6, Catalyst 6,
Extra Care Charitable Trust 1, Hastoe 1

General Needs            234

Sheltered                    132

Number of bedrooms Studio 7,1 bed 174 , 2 bed 136 , 3 beds 49, 4 bed 0

Rent regime                Affordable 40 , Social 244, Intermediate 24,
Flexible 33, Unknown 25

 

 

Aylesbury

Number of Lets           627     

By Provider                 British Pilgrim Housing Association 9,
Bromford Housing 15, Catalyst 21, Clarion 1, Hastoe 10, Hightown 45,
Metropolitan Thames Valley 13, Sage Housing 10, Sanctuary Housing 4,
            Guinness 18, Thrive 2, The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust
479.

General Needs             517

Sheltered                    110

Number of bedrooms Studio 3, 1 bed 183, 2 bed 289 , 3 beds 127, 4 beds 25

Rent regime                Affordable 234, Social 300, Unknown 93

 

Buckinghamshire Council

2021 – date

 

Chiltern

Number of Lets           267

By Provider                 Catalyst 4, Hightown 41, Paradigm 219, Housing
Solutions 1, Hastoe 2

General Needs             208

Sheltered                    59

Number of bedrooms Studio 6, 1 bed 109, 2 bed 115 , 3 beds 36 , 4 beds 1

Rent regime                Affordable 102, Social 151, unknown 14

 

South Bucks

Number of Lets           89

By Provider                 Hundred Houses Society 1, Holtspur HA 1, L&Q
87

General Needs            59

Sheltered                    30

Number of bedrooms Studio 1, 1 bed 54, 2 bed 29, 3 beds 5, 4 beds 0

Rent regime                Affordable 6  , Social 68, Unknown 15

  

Wycombe

Number of Lets           263

By Provider                 Abri 15, Bucks Housing Association 5, Catalyst
20, Clarion 1, Hightown 2, Home Group 6, Housing Solutions 2, Metropolitan
Thames Valley 9, Paardigm 1, Thrive 1, Red Kite, Twenty 11 22,

General Needs            159

Sheltered                    104

Number of bedrooms Studio 13, 1 bed 115, 2 bed 84 , 3 beds 41, 4 beds 9

Rent regime                Affordable 38, Social 192, Intermediate 21,
Flexible 2, Unknown 10

 

Aylesbury

Number of Lets           468

By Provider                 British Pilgrims Housing Association 4,
Bromford 27, Catalyst 13, Hastoe 13, Hightown 24, Metropolitan Thames
Valley 12, Places for People 12, Sage Housing 4, Sanctuary 1, Guinness 15,
Thrive 2, Twenty 11 1, The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust 340.

General Needs            375

Sheltered                    93

Number of bedrooms Studio 6, 1 bed 136 , 2 bed 208 , 3 beds 107, 4 beds 11

Rent regime                Affordable 202, Social 241, Intermediate 1,
Unknown 24

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
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If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
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writing to us at Information Governance, Buckinghamshire Council, The
Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF.

 

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directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
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them at Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.  Alternatively, you can phone them on 0303
123 1113.

 

Yours sincerely,

Stephanie Wallis

Information & Complaint Case Officer

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