LHA/HB costs

Pamela Stoneman made this Freedom of Information request to North Somerset Council

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Dear North Somerset Council,

1. How much was spent on Housing Benefit payments for social housing
tenancies in financial years:

2010/2011
2011/2012
2012/2013

This should only relate to properties that are or could be affected
directly by what is known as the Bedroom Tax. Please do not include
figures for the homeless or B&B's in your reply etc.

2. How many households was the Housing Benefit amount in Q1 for? Please
quote for each year.

3. How much was spent on Local Housing Allowance payments for private
tenancies in financial years:

2010/2011
2011/2012
2012/2013

4. How many households was the Local Housing Allowance amount in Q3 for? Please quote for each year.

Yours faithfully,

Pamela Stoneman

FoI, North Somerset Council

Dear Pamela,

Thank you for your request under Freedom of Information Act.

Your request has been allocated reference FOI20130755 and we will try to respond by the 20th working day which is on 28 October 2013. Please quote this reference in any correspondence with us relating to this matter.

Yours sincerely

Amy Le-Milliere-Tinney
Information Governance Officer
North Somerset Council
Legal & Democratic Services
Tel: 01934 634647
Fax: 01934 634884
E Mail [email address]
Web: www.n-somerset.gov.uk

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Rachel Young, North Somerset Council

Dear Ms Stoneman,

Further to your recent FOI request, reference FOI/2013/0755, please see the following:-

1. How much was spent on Housing Benefit payments for social housing tenancies in financial years:

2010/2011 – 24,728,743
2011/2012 – 26,483,406
2012/2013 – 28,417,623

This should only relate to properties that are or could be affected directly by what is known as the Bedroom Tax. Please do not include figures for the homeless or B&B's in your reply etc.

2. How many households was the Housing Benefit amount in Q1 for? Please quote for each year.

NB figures taken as average monthly snapshot of caseload

2010/2011 – 12,949
2011/2012 – 13,173
2012/2013 – 13,526

3. How much was spent on Local Housing Allowance payments for private tenancies in financial years:

2010/2011 - £23,121,862
2011/2012 - £26,245,189
2012/2013 - £27,069,135

4. How many households was the Local Housing Allowance amount in Q3 for? Please quote for each year.

NB figures taken as average monthly snapshot of caseload.

2010/2011 – 4,407
2011/2012 – 5,444
2012/2013 – 5,571

North Somerset Council considers that it has now complied with your request. However, if you are dissatisfied with our response, you are entitled to request an internal review. The first step of this procedure is to write to:

Mr Nicholas Brain
Head of Legal and Democratic Services
North Somerset Council
Town Hall
Walliscote Grove Road
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1UJ

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the Council’s internal review, you can appeal our decision by contacting the independent Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Kind regards,

Rachel Young (nee Vincent)
Partnership Business Support Co-ordinator
Corporate Services
North Somerset Council

Normal working days: Mon, Tues, Weds and Thurs

Tel: 01275 884 256
Email: [email address]
Post: Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS23 1UJ
Web: www.n-somerset.gov.uk

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