Newport City Council: Housing and Homelessness

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Dear Newport City Council,

I am requesting the following information:

1. How many people are under Council’s Housing waiting list at present ?
Would you please specify the age group, gender and the number of minorities,BME community who are in the council's housing waiting list.

2. Would you please give specify how many people have applied for one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom,Five bedroom in year 2012-2013?

3.Please provide number of how many people you have accommodated following the statutory duty under housing act who have been declared themselves as homeless and sissified the homelessness assessment process. Please give number by year starting from January 2012 to December 2013.Please also specify their gender,age group and if possible ethnic identity.

4.Please provide number the people who are in current council waiting list who are homeless.

5.Please share what are the present council policy to address homelessness. And how council is allocating budget for that.

6.Please share the total number of council house and please specify the type of the house and number and area and how many are current empty.

7.Please provide how much council had spent yearly since January 2012 to December 2013,to build new council house/flat.

8.According to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002) all Local Authorities must have a Homelessness Strategy in place What are the homelessness strategy of the Council council.Please share the yearly the yearly of starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

10. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002) Council has certain responsibilities towards people who are homeless or threatened with
homelessness. Would you please provide number, age,gender to whom you provided service following the specific law.

11.How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to December 2013. Please provide number of each year.

12. How much council had spent to pay the employee who are working on homeless issues in council.Please give yearly details starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit fraud during year 2012 and 2013.

14.Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit fraud. If yes, Who is the company and how much council has paid them for the service.

Yours faithfully,

William Gomes

Info, Newport City Council

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Joanne M Whitehead, Newport City Council

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Dear Mr Gomes

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Thank you for your freedom of information request received by us on
20/01/2014

 

Please find below our response in red following your original question.

 

1. How many people are under Council’s Housing waiting list at present? 
Would you please specify the age group, gender and  the number of
minorities,BME community who are in the council's housing waiting list.

This information is contained in the attached tables.  This covers the
period ending 30^th September 2013.

 

2. Would you please give specify  how many people have applied for one
bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom, Five bedroom  in year
2012-2013?

This information cannot be provided as individuals have the ability to
apply and be considered for a range of properties through the Home Options
Scheme, which is the common housing register for Newport.  However, the
following link provides information properties advertised and let through
the scheme and this may provide some useful information on demand:

 

[1]http://www.homeoptionsnewport.co.uk/Data...

 

3.Please provide number of how many people you have accommodated following
the statutory duty under housing act who have been declared themselves as
homeless and sissified the homelessness assessment process. Please give
number by year starting from January 2012 to December 2013.  Please also
specify their gender, age group and if possible ethnic identity.

This information is collected on a quarterly basis and is published by the
Welsh Government.  Information can be found on the Welsh Governments web
pages.  Data is not as yet available for the final quarter of 2013
covering October – December.

 

4.Please provide number the people who are in current council waiting list
who are homeless.

As at today’s date (21/01/2014)  there are a total of 136 individual
households are currently on the housing register (Home Options Scheme) who
have been awarded additional priority as the Council has accepted a duty
to provide them with accommodation.

 

5.Please share what are the present council policy to address
homelessness. And how council is allocating budget for that.

The Council’s policy is in line with statutory provision and follows
relevant legislation, case law and guidance.

 

6.Please share the total number of council house and please specify the
type of the house and number and area and how many are current empty.

The Council does not hold any housing stock.  Properties were transferred
to Newport City Homes in March 2009. 

 

7.Please provide how much council had spent yearly since January 2012 to
December 2013,to build new council house/flat.

The Council no longer builds/develops accommodation directly.

 

8.According to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act
2002) all Local Authorities must have a Homelessness Strategy in place
What are the homelessness strategy of the Council. Please share the yearly
the yearly of starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

The Homelessness Strategy is contained within the Council’s overall
Housing Strategy which can be found on the Council’s webpages.

 

10. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness
Act 2002)  Council has certain responsibilities towards people who are
homeless or threatened with homelessness. Would you please provide number,
age, gender to whom you provided service following the specific law.

This information is collected on a quarterly basis and is published by the
Welsh Government.  Information can be found on the Welsh Governments web
pages.

 

11.How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing
benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to
December 2013. Please provide number of each year.

Housing Benefit claims were processed in 29.64 days (quarter 1 2013/14),
28.69 days (quarter 2 2013/14) 29.64 days (quarter 3 2013/14)

2447 benefit claims were processed between January and March 2012,

6912 benefit claims were processed between April 2012 and December 2012

2339 benefit claims were processed between January 2013 and March 2013

6445 benefit claims were processed between April 2013 and December 2013

 

12. How much council had spent to pay the employee who are working on
homeless issues in council. Please give yearly details starting from
January 2012 to December 2013.

This information is available from CIPFA through the following pages:

 

[2]http://www.cipfa.org/

 

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit fraud
during year 2012 and 2013.

10 people were successfully prosecuted for Housing Benefit fraud in
2012/13 and 3 for the first 3 quarters in 2013/14

 

14.Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit
fraud. If yes, Who is the company and how much council has paid them for
the service.

No.

 

I hope this provides the information you were looking for.  If there is
any further information that I can provide, or if you have any queries, or
if you are unhappy with the service you have received please do not
hesitate to contact me.

 

If you are not content with the subsequent outcome of your e-mail, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally,
the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the Councils
complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
The Information Commissioners Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Kind regards

 

Joanne Whitehead

 

Administrative Support Assistant

Regeneration and Regulatory Services

Environment and Regeneration

Newport City Council

 

 

From: William Gomes [mailto:[FOI #193849 email]]

Sent: 20 January 2014 09:44

To: Info

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Newport City Council: Housing
and Homelessness

 

Dear Newport City Council,

 

I am requesting the following information:

 

1. How many people are under Council’s Housing  waiting list at present ?

Would you please specify the age group, gender and  the number of
minorities,BME community who are in the council's housing waiting list.

 

2. Would you please give specify  how many people  have applied for one
bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom,Five bedroom  in year
2012-2013?

 

3.Please provide number of how many people you have accommodated following
the statutory duty under housing act who have  been declared themselves as
homeless and sissified the homelessness assessment process. Please give
number by year starting from January 2012 to December 2013.Please also
specify their gender,age group and if possible ethnic identity.

 

4.Please provide number the people who are in current council waiting list
who are homeless.

 

5.Please share what are the present council policy to address
homelessness. And how council is allocating budget for that.

 

6.Please share the total number of council house and please specify the
type of the house and number and area and how many are current empty.

 

7.Please provide how much council had spent yearly since January 2012 to
December 2013,to build new council house/flat.

 

8.According to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act
2002) all Local Authorities must have a Homelessness Strategy in place
What are the homelessness strategy of the Council council.Please share the
yearly the yearly of starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

 

10. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness
Act 2002)  Council has certain responsibilities towards people who are
homeless or threatened with homelessness. Would you please provide number,
age,gender to whom you provided service following the specific law.

 

11.How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing
benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to
December 2013. Please provide number of each year.

 

12. How much council had spent to pay the employee who are working on
homeless issues in council.Please give yearly details starting from
January 2012 to December 2013.

 

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit fraud
during year 2012 and 2013.

 

14.Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit
fraud. If yes, Who is the company and how much council has paid them for
the service.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

William Gomes

 

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