Social Housing Given to EU Citizens

Thomas Blackhall made this Freedom of Information request to Folkestone & Hythe District Council

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Thomas Blackhall

Dear Shepway District Council,

How many of the social houses/council houses are currently lived in by EU Citizens . If you have a percentage that would be sufficient aswell.

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Blackhall

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Dear Thomas Blackhall,

Thank you for your request dated 26 June 2015. 

We will endeavour to supply the information you have requested within the requisite 20 working days. If we think that it will take longer, we will contact you.

Ayse Niazi on behalf of Rachel Neville
Information and Legal Officer
Tel: 01303 853437
Fax: 01303 853548
Shepway District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue,
Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QY
E-mail: [Shepway District Council request email]
Website: www.shepway.gov.uk
 
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Thomas Blackhall

Dear Shepway District Council,

It has been more than 20 working days. Shall I take it that it will be taking longer ?

Many Thanks

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Blackhall

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Dear Thomas Blackhall,

Please accept my apology on behalf of Rachel Neville Information and Legal Officer.

I will chase this up for you on Rachel's return on Thursday.

Ayse Niazi on behalf of Rachel Neville
Information and Legal Officer
Tel: 01303 853437
Fax: 01303 853548
Shepway District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue,
Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QY
E-mail: [Shepway District Council request email]
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Dear Thomas Blackhall,

 

I am writing in respect of your Freedom of Information enquiry dated 26
June 2015.   This request has been handled under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. 

 

Your request was -

 

“How many of the social houses/council houses are currently lived in by EU
Citizens . If you have a percentage that would be sufficient aswell.”

 

We are unable to assist you as we do not hold the information you have
requested.  We do not record this information.

 

Should you require any further information, or if you are not satisfied
with our response, please do not hesitate to contact me. You may also
request an internal review by writing to the following address:

 

Freedom of Information Appeals Officer
Legal Services
Shepway District Council
Castle Hill Avenue
Folkestone
Kent CT20 2QY

 

Alternatively you can use our Customer Comment Form which can be accessed
at our website [1]www.shepway.gov.uk

 

In addition, if you are not satisfied with our response you may apply to
the Information Commissioner for an independent review at the following
address:

 

The Information Commissioner
Wyncliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone 01625 545700
[2]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Rachel Neville

Information and Legal Officer

Tel: 01303 853437

Mob:  07802 720679

Fax: 01303 853548

Shepway District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue,

Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QY

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Thomas Blackhall

Dear Shepway District Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Shepway District Council's handling of my FOI request 'Social Housing Given to EU Citizens'.

It took 24 working days just for you to tell me that you don't hold that information. Even after the 20 days I had to email again to remind you of my enquiry despite being told that if it'll take longer I would be notified .

I'm pretty sure if you apply for social housing you would need to show identification which would show your nationality . Therefore for you to say you don't hold information would raise question marks on the application process .

I beleive the information is held but would require effort to go through each application .

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Blackhall

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

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Dear Thomas Blackhall,

 

Thank you for your application for an internal review of your Freedom of
Information Act request. Your request will be dealt with by Katharine
Holt, Solicitor, in accordance with Shepway District Council's policy on
such matters which is subject to guidance produced by the Information
Commissioner's Office in line with Section 45 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

Our aim is that the internal review will be completed within 20 working
days of your request, however in exceptional circumstances it may take
slightly longer. If this is the case with your enquiry, then I will
endeavour to notify you and explain why more time is needed.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Rachel Neville

Information and Legal Officer

Tel: 01303 853437

Mob:  07802 720679

Fax: 01303 853548

Shepway District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue,

Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QY

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Dear Shepway District Council,

I have been absolutely appalled by the way you handle freedom of information requests.

My initial question took over 28 days just to be told that you don't hold the information- in which after 20 days I had to email you to remind you that you hadn't notified me on an update.

Secondly you pass it on to be reviewed on the 30th July and it is now the 18th September and I still haven't heard anything. This 20 days policy of the person being notified you clearly don't apply.

What's the point of Shepway District Council paying for this department when you don't actually provide the service ?

,

Thomas Blackhall

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

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Dear Mr Blackhall,

 

I am writing in respect of your request for an internal review dated 14
August 2015.  Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay which has
occurred in respect of your request and for any inconvenience this has
caused you.

 

I have reviewed the matter and the council’s response of 30 July 2015. 
 Your original request was:

 

“How many of the social houses/council houses are currently lived in by EU
Citizens . If you have a percentage that would be sufficient as well.”

 

I can confirm that since September 2014 the council has received 326
applications for social housing.  All of these applications were from EU
citizens.  Prior to this date we do not hold data as it was not
information which applicants were required to provide.

As a consequence you will appreciate that the original response was
correct in that we do not hold the relevant information prior to such
date.

 

If you are not satisfied with this decision you may apply to the
Information Commissioner for an independent review at the following
address:

 

The information Commissioner
Wyncliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone 01625 545700
[1]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

David Kelly

Legal Services Manager

Direct dial:  01303 853208

Shepway District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue,

Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QY

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