Sherrelle Collman

Dear Braintree District Council,

Please can you kindly provide me with the following information.

a) How many homeless persons have approached the Council homeless after being evicted as a result of rent arrears due to issues with a Housing Benefit claim
b) How many homeless persons have approached the Council homeless after being evicted as a result of rent arrears due to issues with Universal Credit
c) How many homeless persons are now on Universal Credit within the Borough
d) How many homeless persons are on Housing Benefit within the Borough
e) How many homeless persons present themselves as homeless to the HPU
(I) weekly
(ii) monthly
(iii)annually
f) How many of those homeless persons that present themselves are assisted in finding accommodation
g) What provisions are provided for those single homeless persons that present themselves homeless.
h) What is your need for housing stock for single homeless persons

Yours faithfully,

Sherrelle Collman

Braintree District Council

Dear Sherrelle Collman

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request received on the
08/08/2017.

Reference 1259 has been applied to your request which will be looked into
and a response provided within 20 working days.

Should you have any queries in the meantime, please contact the Freedom of
Information Team at [1][Braintree District Council request email]

Kind Regards

 

Mike Gosling

Performance & Information Officer

Braintree District Council | Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, CM7
9HB

 01376 552525| [2]www.braintree.gov.uk

 

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2. http://www.braintree.gov.uk/

Braintree District Council

Dear Sherrelle Collman

 

 

I am writing regarding your Freedom of Information request received by the
department on the 8 August 2017

 

The Freedom of Information Act enables access to information held by the
Council, subject to the exemptions contained within the Act. The Act does
not require the Council to create information to respond to a request if
the requested information is not held, nor to give an opinion or comment.

 

Please find our response to your Freedom of Information request below:

 

a)How many homeless persons have approached the Council homeless after
being evicted as a result of rent arrears due to issues with a Housing
Benefit claim

 

Below is information recording those households in 2016/17 who made a
homelessness application and where their homeless reason was either

“07a. Rent arrears on: Local authority or other public sector dwellings”
or

“07c. Rent arrears on: Private sector dwellings”.

Data is not routinely recorded whether these arrears were because of
issues to do with Housing Benefit claims.

 

2016/17

 

Homelessness Reason

 

Rent arrears on: Local authority or other public sector dwellings - 3

Rent arrears on: Private sector dwellings - 4

 

 

b)How many homeless persons have approached the Council homeless after
being evicted as a result of rent arrears due to issues with Universal
Credit

 

Braintree District Council does not record or produce information
regarding Universal Credit claimants.

 

c)How many homeless persons are now on Universal Credit within the Borough

 

Braintree District Council does not record or produce information
regarding Universal Credit claimants.

 

d)How many homeless persons are on Housing Benefit within the Borough

 

This information is not recorded as generally there would need to be a
rent payable for any housing benefit claim to be administered. The only
separate Housing Benefit category routinely recorded that is linked to
homelessness is for those who are placed in emergency unsupported
temporary accommodation. It is not possible to easily separate out those
who are on housing benefit and in temporary supported accommodation from
all other persons receiving housing benefit.

 

In 2016/17 there 0 applicants who were placed in unsupported temporary
accommodation and awarded housing benefit.

 

 

e)    How many homeless persons present themselves as homeless to the HPU

        (I) weekly

         (ii) monthly

           (iii)annually

 

In 2016/17 Braintree District Council received 99 homelessness
applications.

This is roughly 8 per month or 2 per week on average.

 

 

e)How many of those homeless persons that present themselves are assisted
in finding accommodation.

 

Please find below pages detailing what the Councils duties are regarding
homelessness and providing emergency temporary accommodation.

 

https://www.braintree.gov.uk/info/200622...

 

 

f)What provisions are provided for those single homeless persons that
present themselves homeless.

 

Please find below pages detailing what the Councils duties are regarding
homelessness and providing emergency temporary accommodation.

 

https://www.braintree.gov.uk/info/200622...

 

 

h) What is your need for housing stock for single homeless persons

 

As at 01.08.2017 on our housing register we have 1 active applicant who is
a single person household and who is owed a homelessness duty by the
Council.

As at 08/07/2016 there were are 1,483 1 bed social housing properties in
the Braintree District (472 of which are bungalows). As at 08.07.2016 the
average number of lets per year in the Braintree District of 1 bed houses
and flats through the Council’s housing register was 113. The average
waiting time to be housed if the applicant is a single household and
awarded a homeless duty is roughly 6 months.

 

 

If you disagree with the Council’s decision in respect of your freedom of
information request or are otherwise unhappy with how the Council has
dealt with your request in the first instance you may approach Emma Wisbey
Governance and Member Manager in writing at the following address:
Braintree District Council, Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, Essex,
CM7 9HB.

 

Should you remain dissatisfied with the outcome you have a right of appeal
under S50 of the Freedom of Information Act to appeal against the decision
by contacting the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow SK9 5AF, [1][email address]

 

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

Mike Gosling

Performance & Information Officer

 

Braintree District Council | Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, CM7
9HB

 01376 552525| [2]www.braintree.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

References

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1. mailto:[email address]
2. http://www.braintree.gov.uk/

Braintree District Council

Dear Sherrelle Collman

 

 

I am writing regarding your Freedom of Information request received by the
department on the 8 August 2017

 

The Freedom of Information Act enables access to information held by the
Council, subject to the exemptions contained within the Act. The Act does
not require the Council to create information to respond to a request if
the requested information is not held, nor to give an opinion or comment.

 

Please find our response to your Freedom of Information request below:

 

a)How many homeless persons have approached the Council homeless after
being evicted as a result of rent arrears due to issues with a Housing
Benefit claim

 

Below is information recording those households in 2016/17 who made a
homelessness application and where their homeless reason was either

“07a. Rent arrears on: Local authority or other public sector dwellings”
or

“07c. Rent arrears on: Private sector dwellings”.

Data is not routinely recorded whether these arrears were because of
issues to do with Housing Benefit claims.

 

2016/17

 

Homelessness Reason

 

Rent arrears on: Local authority or other public sector dwellings - 3

Rent arrears on: Private sector dwellings - 4

 

 

b)How many homeless persons have approached the Council homeless after
being evicted as a result of rent arrears due to issues with Universal
Credit

 

Braintree District Council does not record or produce information
regarding Universal Credit claimants.

 

c)How many homeless persons are now on Universal Credit within the Borough

 

Braintree District Council does not record or produce information
regarding Universal Credit claimants.

 

d)How many homeless persons are on Housing Benefit within the Borough

 

This information is not recorded as generally there would need to be a
rent payable for any housing benefit claim to be administered. The only
separate Housing Benefit category routinely recorded that is linked to
homelessness is for those who are placed in emergency unsupported
temporary accommodation. It is not possible to easily separate out those
who are on housing benefit and in temporary supported accommodation from
all other persons receiving housing benefit.

 

In 2016/17 there 0 applicants who were placed in unsupported temporary
accommodation and awarded housing benefit.

 

 

e)    How many homeless persons present themselves as homeless to the HPU

        (I) weekly

         (ii) monthly

           (iii)annually

 

In 2016/17 Braintree District Council received 99 homelessness
applications.

This is roughly 8 per month or 2 per week on average.

 

 

e)How many of those homeless persons that present themselves are assisted
in finding accommodation.

 

Please find below pages detailing what the Councils duties are regarding
homelessness and providing emergency temporary accommodation.

 

https://www.braintree.gov.uk/info/200622...

 

 

f)What provisions are provided for those single homeless persons that
present themselves homeless.

 

Please find below pages detailing what the Councils duties are regarding
homelessness and providing emergency temporary accommodation.

 

https://www.braintree.gov.uk/info/200622...

 

 

h) What is your need for housing stock for single homeless persons

 

As at 01.08.2017 on our housing register we have 1 active applicant who is
a single person household and who is owed a homelessness duty by the
Council.

As at 08/07/2016 there were are 1,483 1 bed social housing properties in
the Braintree District (472 of which are bungalows). As at 08.07.2016 the
average number of lets per year in the Braintree District of 1 bed houses
and flats through the Council’s housing register was 113. The average
waiting time to be housed if the applicant is a single household and
awarded a homeless duty is roughly 6 months.

 

 

If you disagree with the Council’s decision in respect of your freedom of
information request or are otherwise unhappy with how the Council has
dealt with your request in the first instance you may approach Emma Wisbey
Governance and Member Manager in writing at the following address:
Braintree District Council, Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, Essex,
CM7 9HB.

 

Should you remain dissatisfied with the outcome you have a right of appeal
under S50 of the Freedom of Information Act to appeal against the decision
by contacting the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow SK9 5AF, [1][email address]

 

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

Mike Gosling

Performance & Information Officer

 

Braintree District Council | Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, CM7
9HB

 01376 552525| [2]www.braintree.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

References

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2. http://www.braintree.gov.uk/

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