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Rehousing Out of Area

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Dear West Somerset District Council,

I would like information about the numbers of homeless households being moved both out of and into the local authority area and where they are being moved to and from. I am aware from your reporting requirements to central government that you hold this information but only part of it is released through DCLG statistical updates.

I understand that under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 there is a duty to assist and advise the requester and would appreciate your advice if you think my questions need any clarification in order to get the information that I am looking for.

Please disclose the following information:

1. For each year since 2010, please provide a month by month breakdown of the total number of homeless households the local authority has rehoused in another local authority area. For each household rehoused, please indicate:

- the total number of people rehoused

- the local authority area they were moved to

- whether this was temporary or settled accommodation

- whether they were allocated either council / social housing or a private rental tenancy

2. For each year since 2010, please provide a month by month breakdown of the total number of homeless households the local authority has agreed to rehouse from another local authority area. For each household rehoused, please indicate:

- the total number of people rehoused

- the local authority area they were received

- whether this was temporary or settled accommodation

- whether they were allocated either council / social housing or a private rental tenancy.

Yours faithfully,

David Adams

Customer Services, West Somerset District Council

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Stewart, Heather,

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Dear Mr Adams

 

Thank you for your email.

 

W Somerset District council does not house people out of area as a
practise. The only time we would use an out of area placement would be in
the following circumstances:

·         Emergency B&B accommodation which would be in W Som, Taunton or
Bridgwater but this would be for a short period pending homeless
investigation stage only and even then rare that we use the neighbouring
boroughs.

·         In cases of violence when it is unsafe for a client to remain in
the W Som area

·         When a client wishes to be resettled back in an area where they
have family  or agency support and it’s their choice.

 

Clients of course can move freely around the Homefinder Somerset Lettings
area and so many do cross borough moves

 

The figures are minimum over the past 8 years and I am unable to break it
down in specific number.

 

Many local authorities in cities have adopted a procedure where they will
move homeless people to other parts of the country however we do not take
that approach. We use local accommodation and work with the YMCA in W Som
area with single homeless clients.

 

Thanks you

 

Regards

Heather

 

Heather Stewart

Housing Options, Advice and Homeless Manager

Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council

01823 356581

 

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