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Dear West Berkshire 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

foi, West Berkshire Council

FoI/2018/292

Dear Mr Adams

Request for information: Rehousing out of area

Thank you for your request received on 14th March 2018; we will seek to
respond within twenty working days.

Yours sincerely,

Jessica Bailiss
Policy Officer
Strategic Support West Berkshire Council Market Street Newbury RG14 5LD
(01635) 503124 | Ext 3124 | [1][email address]
[2]www.westberks.gov.uk

(Please note that I work Tuesday - Thursday)

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foi, West Berkshire Council

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FoI/2018/292

 

Dear Mr Adams

 

Request for information: Rehousing out of area

 

Please see below the Council’s response to your request for information.

 

You have asked for information relating to 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.

 

It is unclear from your request whether you are requesting information
solely in relation to the provision of accommodation to discharge the
homelessness duty or whether you are also requesting information relating
to interim accommodation.

 

However, to the best of our knowledge, the Council has not placed any
households out of area as a discharge of duty. We have also not
permanently rehomed any applicants from other areas although, we have
provided some with temporary accommodation.

 

We may record addresses where people have moved to but not in a format
which can be included in a report.  The result is that every single case
would need to be checked individually and would exceed the appropriate
limit of staff time (18 hours) allowed under Section 12 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. This information is therefore exempt and a copy of
the exemption annex is attached for your information.

 

Any information relating to interim accommodation and out of area
placements shows on the P1E report which is publically available here;

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you may ask
for an internal review. You should contact The FoI Reviewing Officer,
Strategic Support, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD, email
FoI[2]@westberks.gov.uk  if you wish to request a review. If you are not
content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Suzi Kenchington 

Information Access Compliance Officer

Strategic Support,

West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD

email:  [3][email address]

01635 519860 (external)  2860 (internal)      

 

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