Levels of rent and service charges for exempt accommodation in your local authority area

James Stuart made this Freedom of Information request to Middlesbrough Council

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Dear Middlesbrough Council,

I would be most grateful if you could provide the following information in respect of providers of exempt accommodation (regardless of whether they are registered as providers of social housing with the HCA) covering the period of the last 3 financial years (i.e. 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18):

1. details of the lowest awarded eligible core rent;

2. details of the highest awarded eligible core rent;

3. details of the lowest awarded gross eligible rent (i.e. inclusive of the core rent and the eligible service charges);

4. details of the highest awarded gross eligible rent (i.e. inclusive of the core rent and the eligible service charges);and

5. details of any core rents and gross eligible rents where the claimed amount is higher than the highest awarded amounts AND has been subject to an appeal to the first-tier tribunal social entitlement chamber.

Yours faithfully,

James Stuart

foi, Middlesbrough Council

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Dear Mr Stuart

 

REF NO: 012265

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry, received on 18/01/2018, in relation
to renting and service charges.  I can confirm that your enquiry is
receiving attention and a response will be provided within 20 working days
following receipt of your enquiry as allowed under the Freedom of
Information Act legislation.

 

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me direct on (01642) 729696/729698 or
email [2][Middlesbrough Council request email] should you require any further advice or
assistance with this or any other matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Assistant

Organisation and Governance

Performance and Partnerships

Middlesbrough Council

TS1 9FX

 

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foi, Middlesbrough Council

 

Dear Mr Stuart

 

REF NO: 012265

 

I am writing regarding your request for information, which I received on
18 January 2018.  In that request, you asked us for:

 

I would be most grateful if you could provide the following information in
respect of providers of exempt accommodation (regardless of whether they
are registered as providers of social housing with the HCA) covering the
period of the last 3 financial years (i.e. 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18):

 

1. details of the lowest awarded eligible core rent;

 

2. details of the highest awarded eligible core rent;

 

3. details of the lowest awarded gross eligible rent (i.e. inclusive of
the core rent and the eligible service charges);

 

4. details of the highest awarded gross eligible rent (i.e. inclusive of
the core rent and the eligible service charges);and

 

5. details of any core rents and gross eligible rents where the claimed
amount is higher than the highest awarded amounts AND has been subject to
an appeal to the first-tier tribunal social entitlement chamber.

 

Middlesbrough Council is unable to proceed with your request without
clarification of the information you wish to receive.  To help us do so,
we would like you to be more specific and advise what you mean by
providers of exempt accommodation. Exempt from what? What do you mean by
Lowest awarded eligible core rent? What do you mean by highest awarded
eligible core rent? What do you  mean by details of any core rents and
gross eligible rents where the claim amount is higher than the highest
awarded amounts And subject to an appeal to the first tier tribunal social
entitlement chamber?

 

Please note that if we do not receive appropriate clarification of your
information requirements within three months from the date of this letter,
then Middlesbrough Council will consider your request closed.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me direct on (01642) 729696/729698 or
email foi@middlesbrough. gov.uk should you require any further advice or
assistance with this or any other matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Steph Robson

Information & Compliance Officer

 

 

(   01642 729696

+ Finance, Governance & Support, Middlesbrough Council, PO Box 500, Civic
Centre, Middlesbrough, TS1 9RH

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Website: [2]www.middlesbrough.gov.uk

 

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Dear foi,

(1)

The definition of “exempt accommodation” can be found in paragraph 4(10) of Schedule 3 to the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/217) (“the Consequential Provisions Regulations”). The definition says:

“Exempt accommodation” means accommodation which is -

(a) a resettlement place provided by persons to whom the Secretary of State has given assistance by way of grant pursuant to section 30 of the Jobseekers Act 1995 (grants for resettlement places); and for this purpose “resettlement place” shall have the same meaning as it has in that section; or
(b) provided by a non-metropolitan county council in England within the meaning of section 1 of the Local Government Act 1972, a housing association, a registered charity or voluntary organisation where that body or a person acting on its behalf also provides the claimant with care, support or supervision;
How does this definition apply to Housing Benefit and Universal Credit claims?

Housing Benefit: Eligible Rent

The calculation of Housing Benefit relies on “eligible rent”. Regulation 2 of both the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 and the Housing Benefit (persons who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit) Regulations 2006 says “eligible rent” means an amount determined in accordance with:

a) … or
b) regulations 12 (rent) and 13 (restrictions on unreasonable payments) as set out in paragraph 5 of Schedule 3 to the Consequential Provisions Regulations in a case to which paragraph 4 of that Schedule applies;
Paragraph 4 of Schedule 3 to the Consequential Provisions Regulations begins as follows:

4(1) Subject to the following provisions of this paragraph, the eligible rent of a person -
a) who was entitled to housing benefit on both the first date and the second date; or*
b) who is liable to make payments in respect of a dwelling occupied by him as his home, which is exempt accommodation, shall be determined in accordance with:
i) regulations 12 (rent) and 13 (maximum rent) of the Housing Benefit Regulations, or, as the case may be,
ii) regulations 12 (rent) and 13 (maximum rent) of the Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit) Regulations, as set out in paragraph 5.
Exempt accommodation is then defined in subparagraph (10) as noted above.

(2)
In respect of my request regarding Eligible rent and service charges, it may be easier to find the highest paid weekly housing benefit claim amount.

Yours sincerely,

James Stuart

foi, Middlesbrough Council

Dear Mr Stuart

Thank you for your email providing clarification in relation to your request for information. I have advised the finance department of your requirements and a response will be provided within 20 working days as allowed under the FOIA.

Yours sincerely

Janette Anderson
Freedom of Information Officer

Finance, Governance & Support
Performance and Partnerships
P.O. Box 503
Ground Floor
Town Hall
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FX

Tel.  01642 729696
Email:   [Middlesbrough Council request email]
 

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Dear Mr Stuart

 

Thank you for your email providing clarification in relation to your
request for information.  I have advised the finance department of your
requirements and a response will be provided within 20 working days as
allowed under the FOIA.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Janette Anderson

Freedom of Information Officer

 

Finance, Governance & Support

Performance and Partnerships

P.O. Box 503

Ground Floor

Town Hall

Middlesbrough

TS1 9FX

 

Tel.  01642 729696

Email:   [1][Middlesbrough Council request email]

 

 

All intellectual property rights are reserved.  Trademarks, brand names,
company names, and logos are the property of Middlesbrough Council, or of
their respective owners.  Reproduction, alterations, modification,
distribution, or re-publication in any format, without prior written
permission from the property owner is forbidden.

 

The Council's copyright and other intellectual property rights are
protected by UK laws and by international treaties.

 

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Dear Mr Stuart

 

REF NO: 012265

 

I am writing to confirm that Middlesbrough Council has now completed its
search for the information you clarified on 27 January 2018.

 

In your request you asked for the following information:

 

Providers of exempt accommodation (regardless of whether they are
registered as providers of social housing with the HCA) covering the
period of the last 3 financial years (i.e. 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18):

 

1.    details of the lowest awarded eligible core rent;

 

Response:   

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| 2015 | 2016 | 2017 |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| £73.40 | £74.14 | £73.42 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

 

2.    details of the highest awarded eligible core rent;

 

Response:   

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| 2015 | 2016 | 2017 |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| £343.13 | £346.22 | £346.22 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

 

3.    details of the lowest awarded gross eligible rent (i.e. inclusive of
the core rent and the eligible service charges);

 

Response:   

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| 2015 | 2016 | 2017 |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| £101.55 | £111.70 | £105.75 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

4.    details of the highest awarded gross eligible rent (i.e. inclusive
of the core rent and the eligible service charges);and

 

Response:   

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| 2015 | 2016 | 2017 |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| £436.48 | £440.84 | £427.26 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

 

5.    details of any core rents and gross eligible rents where the claimed
amount is higher than the highest awarded amounts AND has been subject to
an appeal to the first-tier tribunal social entitlement chamber.

 

Response:  None  

 

If you have any queries about this response, please do not hesitate to
contact me direct on (01642) 729696/729698 or email
[1][Middlesbrough Council request email]. Please remember to quote the reference number
shown above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled you may ask
for an internal review within 40 days of receipt of the response. You
should write to:-

Ann-Marie Johnstone

Corporate Strategy Manager

P.O. Box 500,

Civic Centre,

Middlesbrough.

TS1 9FT

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for an
independent review. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: -

 

Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

 

Steph Robson

Information & Compliance Officer

 

Finance, Governance & Support

P.O. Box 500,

Civic Centre,

Middlesbrough.

TS1 9FT

Tel. 01642 729696

 

Email: [2][Middlesbrough Council request email]

 

All intellectual property rights are reserved. Trademarks, brand names,
company names, and logos are the property of Middlesbrough Council, or of
their respective owners. Reproduction, alterations, modification,
distribution, or re-publication in any format, without prior written
permission from the property owner is forbidden.

 

The Council's copyright and other intellectual property rights are
protected by UK laws and by international treaties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Stuart

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST - REF NO: 012265

 

I am writing to confirm that Middlesbrough Council has now completed its
search for the information you requested on 18/01/2018 regarding levels of
rent.

 

In your request you asked for the following information:

 

I would be most grateful if you could provide the following information in
respect of providers of exempt accommodation (regardless of whether they
are registered as providers of social housing with the HCA) covering the
period of the last 3 financial years (i.e. 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18):

 

1. details of the lowest awarded eligible core rent;

 

2. details of the highest awarded eligible core rent;

 

3. details of the lowest awarded gross eligible rent (i.e. inclusive of
the core rent and the eligible service charges);

 

4. details of the highest awarded gross eligible rent (i.e. inclusive of
the core rent and the eligible service charges);and

 

5. details of any core rents and gross eligible rents where the claimed
amount is higher than the highest awarded amounts AND has been subject to
an appeal to the first-tier tribunal social entitlement chamber.

 

Response:

 

A response to the request is attached. 

 

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Public Information Officer

 

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