Dear Slough Borough Council,
Housing Services
Freedom of Information Request 2000
Hello
I would like to know SBC Policy of carrying out
Occupation Checks
And when the last occupation check was carried in Slough Borough what areas it was carried out and what the results of the check revealed
And a Special request to Housing Manager (East)
Mr Paul Brady
To inform me as to when the last housing tenant occupation checks were carried out and the relevant
Data from such checks particularly in Wexham Ward.
Thanks

Yours faithfully,

Rob Phillips

FOI, Slough Borough Council

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_Freedom of Information, Slough Borough Council

Mr Phillips

Can you please explain what you mean by occupation checks?
Are you asking for information on the occupations of the residents of Slough?

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

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Dear _Freedom of Information,
Most councils in England carry out occupancy checks
The ensure that the person occuping the council property
Is the actual tenant that the Council offered the Tenancy to
I can understand your confusion as is appears that SBC
Carries out none of the above Hosing Audits that most other authorities carry out
I hope this clarifies the question

Yours sincerely,

Rob Phillips

_Freedom of Information, Slough Borough Council

Mr Phillips

Thank you for your clarification.
I will forward your request to housing.
My confusion was in the term you used "occupation" - I took that to mean occupation as in job role.
Now you have clarified with the term "occupancy" I understand what you are asking for.

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

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_Freedom of Information, Slough Borough Council

Mr Phillips

I have been informed by Mr Brady that the policy is to carry out across the Borough, on average, 3 tenancy audits per Neighbourhood Housing Officer (NHOs) per week.

There are nine NHOs operating across the Borough. Therefore housing would expect, on average, to have c.27 audit visits carried out each week.

There is one NHO for the Wexham area and therefore they aim for 3 tenancy audit visits to be carried out in Wexham each week.

The data collected about households on a tenancy audit is confidential and therefore under S40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act cannot be shared with you.

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

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Dear _Freedom of Information,

Tell Mr Brady that's all well and good having a scheduled
Plan to make 3 checks per week per NHO
But the amount of ghost residents in Slough is rising
And to me points to Electoral Fraud
That can be the only explanation of why SBC Continues
To allow these fraudulent ghost residents to be unchallenged
And therefore release much needed housing stock

Yours sincerely,

Rob Phillips

Brian Sanders left an annotation ()

Section 40(2) of the data protection act is a protection for personal data; this means it is lawful for the council to withhold personal data pertaining to individuals involved in these checks e.g. names & addresses; however the number of checks, amount of fraudulent tenancies found, and the actual counts per week/month/year rather than averages are all permitted by law and are not covered by Section 40(2) should you request them, but requests are subject to a cost limit (which shouldn't be exceeded for data they must already have).By law the council has a duty to provide reasonable advice and assistance to applicants so if there is any doubt they can help you frame the request in a way it can be successfully fulfilled.

_Freedom of Information, Slough Borough Council

Mr Phillips

You have entitled this email "Internal Review of Information Request"

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request the council can carry out an internal review of your reply.

However when submitting your review request you must be clear about which aspects of your reply you remain dissatisfied with.

You have not yet done so, therefore an internal review cannot take place.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesters are entitled to ask the council to carry out an internal review if they:

Think that the application was not dealt with within the 20 working day time limit.
Didn’t receive all the information they requested
Didn’t receive a reason for the request being refused
Feel that exemptions have been wrongly applied
Feel that a fee has been wrongly applied

If you would like to reword your request for an internal review this will then be considered.

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

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Slough Witch left an annotation ()

I don't think SBC has properly answered the question.

Paul Brady has said the aim is for each housing officer to carry out three tenancy checks a week. He conspicuously avoided confirming this target is reached. He could easily run a report from the Capita system to show the number of tenancy audits carried out in each area over any period of time.

DCLG has published a document 'Protecting the Public Purse 2010' which is a housing tenancy fraud guide produced by the National Fraud Authority and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

It would be reasonable to ask SBC to confirm and demonstrate that they comply with these guidelines.

Lets-improve Slough left an annotation ()

Rob Philips wrote ............

"Most councils in England carry out occupancy checks The ensure that the person occuping the council property
Is the actual tenant that the Council offered the Tenancy to I can understand your confusion as is appears that SBC
Carries out none of the above Hosing Audits that most other authorities carry out "

This results in more corruption like the tenant visiting the house twice a week for 3 years, then buying the council home at a discount and putting lodgers in it - meanwhile the now ex-council tenant continues living with her husband up the road.

Don't know why Slough Council does not care. It has no robust anti-fraud policy or procedures. Its motto seems to be "We don't care". Slovenliness galore.

Welcome to Slough.

Slough Times 01753-511911 left an annotation ()

Hi Slough Witch,

Your cooking smells marvellous. I'm hungry for more.

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Slough Witch left an annotation ()

The original requester could ask SBC to review their response. He wouldn't need to make a new request, nor would he have to wait 20 days for a response, bearing in mind that the statutory deadline has already been and gone.

SBC hasn't complied with the law on FOI when administratively it would be a simple matter for them to do so.

It would therefore be reasonable, in my opinion, to allow them a further 7 days to respond before he complains to the Information Commissioner's Office.

Slough Witch left an annotation ()

The status if this request should be changed to overdue.

The authority response does not comply with the law, because they have failed to disclose the requested information which they hold.

Furthermore, they have not adequately responded to Mr Philip's review request.

Mustafa Khan left an annotation ()

I am told that the best place to report a council that does not comply with the law is to the department of communities and local government. The more complaints the more likely the council will be investigated.

Slough Witch left an annotation ()

The authority has given Mr Philips false information to avoid disclosure.

It would be a simple matter to run a report from Capita to show the information he has requested.

Slough Witch left an annotation ()

They are definitely trying to hide something.

This is the second time they have avoided answering this question:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

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