Stockton on Tees Council: Housing and Homelessness

William Gomes made this Freedom of Information request to Stockton on Tees Council

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Dear Stockton on Tees 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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Wow William, you have asked for a tone of info, don't be surprised if you get it knocked back.

FOI Requests, Stockton on Tees Council

Dear William Gomes

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE – SBC1386

Thank you for your email dated 20 January 2014 outlining your request for information.

Your request is being considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days; therefore you can expect to receive a reply no later than 17 February 2014.

However, please note the Act defines a number of exemptions that may prevent release of the requested information. There will therefore be an assessment of your request to determine if any exemptions apply to the information requested. If the information cannot be released, or only released in part you will be informed of the reasons why, together with any rights of appeal.

If the information requested refers to a third party, they may be consulted before deciding whether it can be released.

Yours sincerely,
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LD
(01642) 528554
[Stockton on Tees Council request email]
www.stockton.gov.uk
 

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FOI Requests, Stockton on Tees Council

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Dear William Gomes,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE – SBC1386

 

Thank you for your email that we received on 18 January 2014, requesting
information relating to housing and homelessness.

 

Please note that in response to questions 7,11,13 and 14 I can confirm
that Stockton Borough Council no longer owns any housing stock and
therefore do not hold any information in relation to these questions.
Should you wish to pursue this part of your request please contact Vela
Homes on 0300 111 1000, alternatively you can submit your request in
writing to Vela Homes, Green Bank, Stranton, Hartlepool, TS24 7QS.

 

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.

Please see attached table(word file).

 

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?

Please see attached table(word file).

 

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.

This information is available on the communities and local government
website.
 [1]https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...

 

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

Please see attached table(word file).

 

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

Please find attached Stockton Borough Council’s Housing Strategy (PDF).

 

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 table(word file).

 

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

N/A

 

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. Please share the yearly
the yearly of starting from January 2012 to December 2013.

Please find attached Stockton Borough Council’s Housing Strategy (PDF).

 

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.

This information is available on the communities and local government
website.
 [2]https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...

 

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.

N/A

 

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

£43,227, As part of their duties, all of the Housing Options Team deal
with some elements of homeless issues.

 

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

N/A

 

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.

N/A

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can submit a complaint in writing to:

DANS Complaints, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Municipal Buildings,
Church Road, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LD

 

Or via email at [3][email address]

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Wycliffe House, Water Lane,

Wilmslow, Cheshire,SK9 5AF.  Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Website: [4]www.ico.gov.uk. 

 

The ICO does not make a charge for an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Becky Rowbotham
Business Support Officer

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Direct Line 01642 527260
Email [5][Stockton on Tees Council request email]
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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Municipal Buildings
Church Road
Stockton-on-Tees
TS18 1LD
Main switchboard 01642 393939
[6]www.stockton.gov.uk
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