Long Term Empty Properties

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Dear Blackpool Borough Council,
I am writing to you to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic properties which have been empty for six months or older)
2) What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?
3) During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long Term Empty Properties. If you did was this done using internal resource or a third party?
4) If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every single long term property
5) Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your Housing strategy?
6) Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction of empty properties?
7) How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018?
8) Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

Yours faithfully,

Harriet Bell

FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

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FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Ms Bell

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST

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FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Harriet Bell,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST

 

I am writing to confirm that we have now completed our search for the
information you requested on Long Term Empty Properties.

 

A copy of the information you requested is shown below against the
questions you raised.

 

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty
Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic properties which have been
empty for six months or older) 1179

 

2) What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake
around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019? We are
delivering investment in high quality conversions within inner Blackpool
through the work of My Blackpool Home (Housing Company) to buy up failing
HMO’s/guest houses and undertake refurbishment work with the aim of
improving quality and reducing density.

 

3) During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long Term
Empty Properties. If you did was this done using internal resource or a
third party? We held a series of multi-agency meetings with Police, Fire,
Community Safety, Housing Enforcement and other partners to identify the
top problematic empty properties, and where appropriate devise a strategy
to either tackle the issues or bring them back into use.

 

4) If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every
single long term property No.

 

5) Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your
Housing strategy? Yes.

 

6) Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction
of empty properties? No.

 

7) How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018?
£0.

 

8) Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty
property owners to help them bring properties back into use? No.

  

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Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Team

Governance and Partnerships | Blackpool Council |Number One| Bickerstaffe
Square |Talbot Road |Blackpool |FY1 3AH

 

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Dear Blackpool Borough Council,

I am writing to you to request the following information under the Freedom
of Information Act:

 

1)      Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty
Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic properties which have been
empty for six months or older)

2)      What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to
undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?

3)      During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long
Term Empty Properties. If you did was this done using internal resource or
a third party?

4)      If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review
every single long term property

5)      Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of
your Housing strategy?

6)      Does the council have a budget in place to help support the
reduction of empty properties?

7)      How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during
2018?

8)      Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty
property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Harriet Bell

 

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