Request for information regarding shortage of band H houses in Wirral.

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

In a recent cabinet meeting Cllr George Davis spoke about a shortage of band H houses on Wirral. The meeting took place on Monday 18th December 2018.
Could you please provide me with the supporting evidence for these comments.
This may be in the form of a brief or email provided to Cllr Davies or a website reference detailing the evidence or a survey or research undertaken by the Council.
Whatever evidence the Council has to support this statement would be most helpful.

Yours faithfully,

Timothy Watson

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr. Watson,

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom Of Information request detailed below in
which you asked:-

 

“In a recent cabinet meeting Cllr George Davis spoke about a shortage of
band H houses on Wirral. The meeting took place on Monday 18th December
2018.  Could you please provide me with the supporting evidence for these
comments.  This may be in the form of a brief or email provided to Cllr
Davies or a website reference detailing the evidence or a survey or
research undertaken by the Council.  Whatever evidence the Council has to
support this statement would be most helpful.”

 

Wirral Council can advise that this information is already available in
the public domain.  It is part of the agenda reports pack that accompanied
the meeting on Monday 18th December 2018 -  Report 7 - Council Tax 2018/19
at 3.5/6. , please see the following links:

[1]http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/documents....

[2]http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/ieListDoc...

 

We trust you find this information of assistance.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management Officer

Business Services - Digital

Treasury Building

Cleveland Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

[3]Tel:0151 691 8397

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

I have studied the documents that you referred me to and can find no evidence to support Cllr George Davis's comments that there is a shortage of band H houses on Wirral.
Further I have examined the data held by the Office of National Statistics and this reveals that Wirral as a borough has the most band H houses in Merseyside (on a par with Sefton). Wirral has 0.176% band H houses compared to the average for Merseyside as a whole of 0.111%.
Indeed looking at all the comparable boroughs in the Northwest with total housing stock in the range of 50 to 70,000 houses, Wirral has the highest number of band H houses.
Looking at Yorkshire and The Humber where average house prices are similar to the North West, the North West as a region has twice as many band H houses.
Allowing for house prices the North West has a comparable number of band H houses as in the East of England. In all other areas except the South and South East, allowing for houses prices, the North West has more band H houses.
What is also missing from the documents you sent to me is any proof or evidence identifying need. There can be no shortage of band H houses as Cllr Davis described without this need.
I ask that you review your response,

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Watson

Corrin, Jane, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr. Watson,

 

Thank you for your further email in which you requested an Internal review
of your Freedom of Information request.  Please take the contents of this
email as Council’s response to that request.   

 

Your original request asked:  “In a recent cabinet meeting Cllr George
Davis spoke about a shortage of band H houses on Wirral. The meeting took
place on Monday 18th December  2018.  Could you please provide me with the
supporting evidence for these  comments.  This may be in the form of a
brief or email provided to Cllr  Davies or a website reference detailing
the evidence or a survey or  research undertaken by the Council.  Whatever
evidence the Council has to support this statement would be most helpful.”

 

 The Council advised that the information was already available in the
public domain and links were provided to the information in question. 

 

You have responded and advised the Council that “….I have studied the
documents that you referred me to and can find no evidence to support Cllr
George Davis's comments that there is a shortage of band H houses on
Wirral……”

You ended your email by stating that “……What is also missing from the
documents you sent to me is any proof or evidence identifying need. There
can be no shortage of band H houses as Cllr Davis described without this
need….”

 

I have conducted a thorough review and can advise that the information the
Councillor used, to speak about a shortage of Band H houses on Wirral, was
contained within the documentation which was sent to you, via hyperlinks
on your original request.  The Council does not hold any additional
recorded information to provide to you.  I therefore concur and uphold the
original response you received. 

If you remain dissatisfied with this response then you have the right to
complain to the Information Commissioner - contact details
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Yours sincerely

 

Jane Corrin

Records and Information Manager

Business Services - Digital

Wirral Council

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Timothy Watson left an annotation ()

The Council say they have provided the information.

ScarletPimpernel left an annotation ()

I think Wirral Council have interpreted your request as how many band H residential properties in Wirral does Wirral Council predict that there will be?

As the table also has details of changes, I think they're trying to make the point that as the numbers of properties in bands A, B, C, D, E, F and G are predicted to go up, band H properties are predicted to stay the same.

So therefore the proportion of band H properties compared to the total number of properties goes down.

The way council tax is charged is it is all relative to band D (based on how much council tax you want to collect). Therefore it doesn't really matter how many band H properties you have (which are 0.2% of properties anyway), it's more the total number of properties, the total amount of council tax you ask for and how it's distributed between the bands.

Timothy Watson left an annotation ()

Cllr George Davis said in a meeting that there was a shortage of band H houses in Wirral. The Council have presented no evidence to support this statement and my research suggests that this is not the case. There should be a demonstrated (unmet) need before there could possibly be a shortage.

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