Stirling Council: Housing and Homelessness

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Dear Stirling Council,

I am requesting the following information:

1. How many people are under Council’s Housing waiting list at present ?
Would you please specify the age group, gender and the number of minorities,BME community who are in the council's housing waiting list.

2. Would you please give specify how many people have applied for one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom,Five bedroom in year 2012-2013?

3.Please provide number of how many people you have accommodated following the statutory duty under housing act who have been declared themselves as homeless and sissified the homelessness assessment process. Please give number by year starting from January 2012 to December 2013.Please also specify their gender,age group and if possible ethnic identity.

4.Please provide number the people who are in current council waiting list who are homeless.

5.Please share what are the present council policy to address homelessness. And how council is allocating budget for that.

6.Please share the total number of council house and please specify the type of the house and number and area and how many are current empty.

7.Please provide how much council had spent yearly since January 2012 to December 2013,to build new council house/flat.

8.According to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002) all Local Authorities must have a Homelessness Strategy in place What are the homelessness strategy of the Council council.Please share the yearly the yearly of starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

10. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002) Council has certain responsibilities towards people who are homeless or threatened with
homelessness. Would you please provide number, age,gender to whom you provided service following the specific law.

11.How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to December 2013. Please provide number of each year.

12. How much council had spent to pay the employee who are working on homeless issues in council.Please give yearly details starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit fraud during year 2012 and 2013.

14.Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit fraud. If yes, Who is the company and how much council has paid them for the service.

Yours faithfully,

William Gomes

FOI FOI, Stirling Council

Dear Mr Gomes,

Your request for information has been logged and a response will be
issued no later than 14 Feb 2014 . The request has been allocated
reference: FOI/5902.

Yours sincerely,

Barbara McMillan

Records & Information Compliance Team
Stirling Council
Viewforth, Stirling FK8 2ET
01786 233988
[Stirling Council request email]

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January 2014 10:43 >>>
Dear Stirling Council,

I am requesting the following information:

1. How many people are under Council’s Housing waiting list at
present ?
Would you please specify the age group, gender and the number of
minorities,BME community who are in the council's housing waiting list.

2. Would you please give specify how many people have applied for one
bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom,Five bedroom in year
2012-2013?

3.Please provide number of how many people you have accommodated
following the statutory duty under housing act who have been declared
themselves as homeless and sissified the homelessness assessment
process. Please give number by year starting from January 2012 to
December 2013.Please also specify their gender,age group and if possible
ethnic identity.

4.Please provide number the people who are in current council waiting
list who are homeless.

5.Please share what are the present council policy to address
homelessness. And how council is allocating budget for that.

6.Please share the total number of council house and please specify the
type of the house and number and area and how many are current empty.

7.Please provide how much council had spent yearly since January 2012
to December 2013,to build new council house/flat.

8.According to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act
2002) all Local Authorities must have a Homelessness Strategy in place
What are the homelessness strategy of the Council council.Please share
the yearly the yearly of starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

10. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the
Homelessness Act 2002) Council has certain responsibilities towards
people who are homeless or threatened with
homelessness. Would you please provide number, age,gender to whom you
provided service following the specific law.

11.How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing
benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to
December 2013. Please provide number of each year.

12. How much council had spent to pay the employee who are working on
homeless issues in council.Please give yearly details starting from
January 2012 to December 2013.

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit
fraud during year 2012 and 2013.

14.Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit
fraud. If yes, Who is the company and how much council has paid them for
the service.

Yours faithfully,

William Gomes

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FOI FOI, Stirling Council

Dear Mr Gomes,

I refer to your recent request under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 and can provide you with the following partial
response.

11.How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing
benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to
December 2013. Please provide number of each year.
Average year to date processing times for new claims is 15 days.
Number of benefit applications forms processed:
2012: 4513
2013: 4360

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit
fraud during year 2012 and 2013.
2012 - 8 successful prosecutions
2013 - 7 successful prosecutions

14. Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit
fraud. If yes, Who is the company and how much council has paid them for
the service.
No

We are unable to provide you information for questions 1 to 8, 10 and
12 by the statutory deadline of 14 February.

As the Council has been unable to provide you with a response to your
request within the statutory timescale, you are entitled to request a
review of the handling of your request. If you would like to request a
review, please let me know.

I have attached some information below about your right to request a
review, and after that to approach the Scottish Information Commissioner
to ask him to investigate.

Your request for review must be in writing or some other permanent form
stating your name and address for correspondence, and specifying the
request for information to which your request for review relates and why
you are dissatisfied with the response.

You must make your request for review not later than 40 working days
after the expiry of the 20 working day period of response to your
initial request by the Council or not later than 40 days after the
receipt by you of the information provided, any fees notice issued or
any notification of refusal or partial refusal.

Your request for review should be addressed in the first instance to:
Records & Information Compliance Manager, Stirling Council, Viewforth,
STIRLING FK8 2ET email: [Stirling Council request email]

The Records & Information Compliance Manager will then arrange for an
appropriate officer to undertake a review.

Please note that in any email you must state your name.

If you are dissatisfied with how your request for a review has been
dealt with, then you are entitled to ask the Scottish Information
Commissioner to investigate your case. You must ask the Scottish
Information Commissioner no later than 6 months after the date of
receipt by you of the notice or decision you are dissatisfied with or
within 6 months of the expiry of the period of 20 working days from
receipt by the Council of your request for review. You should write
to;

The Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes
Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS, Tel: 01334 464610 Email:
[email address]

Yours sincerely,

Barbara McMillan

Records & Information Compliance Team
Stirling Council
Viewforth, Stirling FK8 2ET
01786 233988
[Stirling Council request email]

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January 2014 10:43 >>>
Dear Stirling Council,

I am requesting the following information:

1. How many people are under Council’s Housing waiting list at
present ?
Would you please specify the age group, gender and the number of
minorities,BME community who are in the council's housing waiting list.

2. Would you please give specify how many people have applied for one
bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom,Five bedroom in year
2012-2013?

3.Please provide number of how many people you have accommodated
following the statutory duty under housing act who have been declared
themselves as homeless and sissified the homelessness assessment
process. Please give number by year starting from January 2012 to
December 2013.Please also specify their gender,age group and if possible
ethnic identity.

4.Please provide number the people who are in current council waiting
list who are homeless.

5.Please share what are the present council policy to address
homelessness. And how council is allocating budget for that.

6.Please share the total number of council house and please specify the
type of the house and number and area and how many are current empty.

7.Please provide how much council had spent yearly since January 2012
to December 2013,to build new council house/flat.

8.According to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act
2002) all Local Authorities must have a Homelessness Strategy in place
What are the homelessness strategy of the Council council.Please share
the yearly the yearly of starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

10. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the
Homelessness Act 2002) Council has certain responsibilities towards
people who are homeless or threatened with
homelessness. Would you please provide number, age,gender to whom you
provided service following the specific law.

11.How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing
benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to
December 2013. Please provide number of each year.

12. How much council had spent to pay the employee who are working on
homeless issues in council.Please give yearly details starting from
January 2012 to December 2013.

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit
fraud during year 2012 and 2013.

14.Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit
fraud. If yes, Who is the company and how much council has paid them for
the service.

Yours faithfully,

William Gomes

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FOI FOI, Stirling Council

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Dear Mr Gomes,

I refer to your recent request under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 and can provide you with the following information
to conclude our response.

1.How many people are under Council’s Housing waiting list at
present?
At present (17 March 2014) there are 2,509 applicants on the
Council’s waiting and transfer lists:

Would you please specify the age group, gender and the number of
minorities, BME community who are in the council's housing waiting
list.

The above figure breaks down as follows:

Age:
Under 25 388
25 – 49 1,293
50 – 64 520
65 and over 308

Gender:
Female 1,023
Male 1,485
Not answered 1

Ethnicity:
Asian Indian 3
Asian – other 6
Asian – other British 1
Asian – Pakistani 6
Asian – Scottish 6
Black - African 6
Black – Caribbean 1
Black – other 2
Black – Scottish 1
Chinese 5
Mixed or multiple ethnic background 1
Not known 140
Other not listed 3
Polish 12
Refused 7
White – Irish 6
White – other 61
White – other British 74
White Scottish 1,828
Not answered 340

2. Would you please give specify how many people have applied for one
bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom, five bedroom in year
2012-2013?
In the year, 2012-2013, the following applications were made:
1-bed list – 673 applications
2-bed list – 309 applications
3-bed list – 149 applications
4-bed list – 41 applications
5-bed list – 15 applications

3.Please provide number of how many people you have accommodated
following the statutory duty under housing act who have been declared
themselves as homeless and sissified the homelessness assessment
process. Please give number by year starting from January 2012 to
December 2013. Please also specify their gender, age group and if
possible ethnic identity.

Calendar year 2012:

Following the homelessness assessment process, 98 applicants were
accepted by the Council for permanent rehousing and placed in temporary
accommodation, as follows:
Age:
Under 25 38
25 – 49 52
50 – 64 6
65 and over 2

Gender:
Female 39
Male 57
Not recorded 2

Ethnicity:
White Scottish 65
White Other British 2
Not Known 1
Not recorded 30

Calendar year 2013:

Following the homelessness assessment process, 117 applicants were
accepted by the Council for permanent rehousing and placed in temporary
accommodation, as follows:
Age:
Under 25 40
25 – 49 65
50 – 64 12
65 and over 0

Gender:
Female 41
Male 75
Not recorded 1

Ethnicity:
White Scottish 66
White Other British 3
Not Known 9
Not recorded 39

Calendar year 2014 (to date):

Following the homelessness assessment process, 11 applicants were
accepted by the Council for permanent rehousing and placed in temporary
accommodation, as follows:

Age:
Under 25 5
25 – 49 4
50 – 64 2
65 and over 0

Gender:
Female 1
Male 10

Ethnicity:
White Scottish 5
White Other British 0
Not Known 1
Not recorded 5

4. Please provide number the people who are in current council waiting
list who are homeless.
Currently there are 256 people on the Council’s waiting list who are
homeless.

5. Please share what is the present council policy to address
homelessness.
Stirling Council has a legal duty to provide emergency accommodation,
advice and assistance to homeless people service, as set out in the
Housing (Scotland) Act 1987, as amended by the Housing (Scotland) Act
2001. The Code of Guidance on Homelessness, issued by the Scottish
Executive, provides clear guidelines on best practice on providing a
homelessness service. The Council provides a comprehensive homelessness
service at Springkerse House, Stirling, and access to emergency
accommodation is available on a 24-hour basis.

How Council is allocating budget for that?

Stirling Council’s homelessness service is funded from its General
Account and the Council has taken care to ensure that its funding is
separate from the Housing Revenue Account. All temporary accommodation
provided by the Council is funded through full cost recovery from
rents.

6. Please share the total number of council house and please specify
the type of the house and number and area and how many are current
empty.
Please see attached spreadsheet: FOI 5902 Question 6.xls

7. Please provide how much council had spent yearly since January 2012
to December 2013, to build new council houses/flats.
Expenditure on building new houses and flats in calendar year 2012 was
£3,018,804
Expenditure on building new houses and flats in calendar year 2013 was
£2,782,529

8. According to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness
Act 2002) all Local Authorities must have a Homelessness Strategy in
place. What is the homelessness strategy of the Council?
The Council’s homelessness strategy is set out in Section 4 of
Stirling’s Local Housing Strategy 2012. A copy of the strategy is
attached and is also available on the Council’s website.

10. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the
Homelessness Act 2002) Council has certain responsibilities towards
people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. Would you
please provide number, age, gender to whom you provided service
following the specific law.

The number of applicants who made homeless applications in calendar
year 2012 was 377, as follows:

Age:
Under 25 108
25 – 49 212
50 – 64 43
65 and over 14

Gender:
Female 177
Male 193
Not recorded 7

The number of applicants who made homeless applications in calendar
year 2013 was 332, as follows:

Age:
Under 25 104
25 – 49 189
50 – 64 31
65 and over 8

Gender:
Female 176
Male 156

The number of applicants who made homeless applications in calendar
year 2014 (to date) is 86, as follows:

Age:
Under 25 32
25 – 49 38
50 – 64 12
65 and over 4

Gender:
Female 52
Male 32
Not recorded 2

12. How much council had spent to pay the employee who are working on
homeless issues in council. Please give yearly details starting from
January 2012 to December 2013.
Homeless employee costs for calendar year 2012 were £686,368
Homeless employee costs for calendar year 2013 were £738,670

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which your request for
information has been dealt with you are entitled to request a review of
the actions and decisions made by the Council in relation to your
request. Your request for review must be in writing or some other
permanent form stating your name and address for correspondence, and
specifying the request for information to which your request for review
relates and why you are dissatisfied with the response.

You must make your request for review not later than 40 working days
after the expiry of the 20 working day period of response to your
initial request by the Council or not later than 40 days after the
receipt by you of the information provided, any fees notice issued or
any notification of refusal or partial refusal.

Your request for review should be addressed in the first instance to:
Records & Information Compliance Manager, Stirling Council, Viewforth,
STIRLING FK8 2ET email: [Stirling Council request email]

The Records & Information Compliance Manager will then arrange for an
appropriate officer to undertake a review.

Please note that in any email you must state your name.

If you are dissatisfied with how your request for a review has been
dealt with, then you are entitled to ask the Scottish Information
Commissioner to investigate your case. You must ask the Scottish
Information Commissioner no later than 6 months after the date of
receipt by you of the notice or decision you are dissatisfied with or
within 6 months of the expiry of the period of 20 working days from
receipt by the Council of your request for review. You should write
to;

The Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes
Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS, Tel: 01334 464610 Email:
[email address]

Yours sincerely,

Barbara McMillan

Records & Information Compliance Team
Stirling Council
Viewforth, Stirling FK8 2ET
01786 233988
[Stirling Council request email]

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Dear Mr Gomes,

I refer to your recent request under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 and can provide you with the following partial
response.

11.How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing
benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to
December 2013. Please provide number of each year.
Average year to date processing times for new claims is 15 days.
Number of benefit applications forms processed:
2012: 4513
2013: 4360

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit
fraud during year 2012 and 2013.
2012 - 8 successful prosecutions
2013 - 7 successful prosecutions

14. Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit
fraud. If yes, Who is the company and how much council has paid them for
the service.
No

We are unable to provide you information for questions 1 to 8, 10 and
12 by the statutory deadline of 14 February.

As the Council has been unable to provide you with a response to your
request within the statutory timescale, you are entitled to request a
review of the handling of your request. If you would like to request a
review, please let me know.

I have attached some information below about your right to request a
review, and after that to approach the Scottish Information Commissioner
to ask him to investigate.

Your request for review must be in writing or some other permanent form
stating your name and address for correspondence, and specifying the
request for information to which your request for review relates and why
you are dissatisfied with the response.

You must make your request for review not later than 40 working days
after the expiry of the 20 working day period of response to your
initial request by the Council or not later than 40 days after the
receipt by you of the information provided, any fees notice issued or
any notification of refusal or partial refusal.

Your request for review should be addressed in the first instance to:
Records & Information Compliance Manager, Stirling Council, Viewforth,
STIRLING FK8 2ET email: [Stirling Council request email]

The Records & Information Compliance Manager will then arrange for an
appropriate officer to undertake a review.

Please note that in any email you must state your name.

If you are dissatisfied with how your request for a review has been
dealt with, then you are entitled to ask the Scottish Information
Commissioner to investigate your case. You must ask the Scottish
Information Commissioner no later than 6 months after the date of
receipt by you of the notice or decision you are dissatisfied with or
within 6 months of the expiry of the period of 20 working days from
receipt by the Council of your request for review. You should write
to;

The Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes
Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS, Tel: 01334 464610 Email:
[email address]

Yours sincerely,

Barbara McMillan

Records & Information Compliance Team
Stirling Council
Viewforth, Stirling FK8 2ET
01786 233988
[Stirling Council request email]

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January 2014 10:43 >>>
Dear Stirling Council,

I am requesting the following information:

1. How many people are under Council’s Housing waiting list at
present ?
Would you please specify the age group, gender and the number of
minorities,BME community who are in the council's housing waiting list.

2. Would you please give specify how many people have applied for one
bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, four bedroom,Five bedroom in year
2012-2013?

3.Please provide number of how many people you have accommodated
following the statutory duty under housing act who have been declared
themselves as homeless and sissified the homelessness assessment
process. Please give number by year starting from January 2012 to
December 2013.Please also specify their gender,age group and if possible
ethnic identity.

4.Please provide number the people who are in current council waiting
list who are homeless.

5.Please share what are the present council policy to address
homelessness. And how council is allocating budget for that.

6.Please share the total number of council house and please specify the
type of the house and number and area and how many are current empty.

7.Please provide how much council had spent yearly since January 2012
to December 2013,to build new council house/flat.

8.According to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act
2002) all Local Authorities must have a Homelessness Strategy in place
What are the homelessness strategy of the Council council.Please share
the yearly the yearly of starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

10. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the
Homelessness Act 2002) Council has certain responsibilities towards
people who are homeless or threatened with
homelessness. Would you please provide number, age,gender to whom you
provided service following the specific law.

11.How long you take to process housing benefit claim. How many housing
benefit claim has been process by the council since January 2012 to
December 2013. Please provide number of each year.

12. How much council had spent to pay the employee who are working on
homeless issues in council.Please give yearly details starting from
January 2012 to December 2013.

13. How many people were successfully prosecuted for housing benefit
fraud during year 2012 and 2013.

14.Did council appointed any third party to find out or tackle benefit
fraud. If yes, Who is the company and how much council has paid them for
the service.

Yours faithfully,

William Gomes

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