Temporary and Emergency Accommodation

Dom Wallace made this Freedom of Information request to Hillingdon Borough Council

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Dear Hillingdon Borough Council,
Can you please provide me with information on the following category of service (a category of service would be classed as an area of business within the Council, for example Transport or Social Care):
1) Does the Council currently operate any form of supplier framework (a supplier framework would classed as a list of enrolled and accredited companies or individuals that provide goods or services to the Local Authority) for :-
a. Temporary Accommodation-
b. Emergency Accommodation-
2) If the Council does operate a supplier framework, when do these frameworks run out? :-
a. Temporary Accommodation-
b. Emergency Accommodation-
3) If the Council does operate a supplier framework, how many suppliers are listed on the framework?:-
a. Temporary Accommodation –
b. Emergency Accommodation -
4) During the financial year of 2014/15, what has been the actual spend of:-
a. Temporary Accommodation –
b. Emergency Accommodation -
5) During the financial year of 2014/15, what has been the actual spend of “spot purchases” or housing placements that were not purchased on the supplier framework (if one does exist):-
a. Temporary Accommodation –
b. Emergency Accommodation -
6) What has been the number of placements in the financial year of 2014/15 broken down into temporary and emergency accommodation?
a. Temporary Accommodation-
b. Emergency Accommodation-
7) During the financial year of 2014/15 how many placements were above the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate and what was the value of the net losses?
a. Temporary Accommodation –
b. Emergency Accommodation –
8) Does the Council utilise a technology (this could be either a piece of software or computer programme) to help commission Temporary/Emergency Accommodation for a citizen or to management the current stock of social housing?
9) If so, when does the contract for these services expire and what has been the cost for the contract?
a. Expiration date –
b. Cost -
10) What is the size of the team that works within the Housing Department of the Council?
11) Please can you provide me with a hierarchy of the team that comprises the Housing Department with names and job roles?

Yours faithfully,

Dom Wallace

AF FOI, Hillingdon Borough Council

Dear Mr Wallace
I am writing in response to your request for information under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we have 20 working days to
respond to your request. Therefore the deadline for our response is 6 May
2015, but Hillingdon Council will do their best to respond prior to this
date.

Your request has been allocated the following reference FOI/4319532. 
Please remember to include this reference in any future correspondence on
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Yours sincerely

Jane Menzies

A&F Business Support - 3E/02 

London Borough of Hillingdon

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FOI, Hillingdon Borough Council

Re:  FOI 4319632

 

Dear Mr. Wallace

 

I am writing in response to your recent request.

 

I understand you are seeking the following information:

 

1.    Does the Council currently operate any form of supplier framework (a
supplier framework would classed as a list of enrolled and accredited
companies or individuals that provide goods or services to the Local
Authority) for :-

 

a.      Temporary Accommodation - A framework is currently in operation on
one scheme, known as PMA (Privately Managed Accommodation).

b.      Emergency Accommodation - No

 

2.    If the Council does operate a supplier framework, when do these
frameworks run out? :-

 

a.      Temporary Accommodation - July 2015.

b.      Emergency Accommodation - N/A

 

3.    If the Council does operate a supplier framework, how many suppliers
are listed on the framework?:-

 

a.      Temporary Accommodation – 17

b.      Emergency Accommodation - N/A

 

4.    During the financial year of 2014/15, what has been the actual spend
of:-

 

a.      Temporary Accommodation – £82,958

b.      Emergency Accommodation - £1,602,720

 

5.    During the financial year of 2014/15, what has been the actual spend
of “spot purchases” or housing placements that were not purchased on the
supplier framework (if one does exist):-

 

a.      Temporary Accommodation – £2,409

b.      Emergency Accommodation - £1,602,720

 

6.    What has been the number of placements in the financial year of
2014/15 broken down into temporary and emergency accommodation?

 

a.      Temporary Accommodation-

b.      Emergency Accommodation-

 

S21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides that information is
exempt if it is already publicly available.  In this instance please refer
to the published statistics available from the link below.

 

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistica...

 

7.    During the financial year of 2014/15 how many placements were above
the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate and what was the value of the net
losses?

 

a.      Temporary Accommodation –

b.      Emergency Accommodation –

 

This information is not currently available.

 

8.    Does the Council utilise a technology (this could be either a piece
of software or computer programme) to help commission Temporary/Emergency
Accommodation for a citizen or to management the current stock of social
housing?

 

Asset Management Software - Keystone

Housing Management Software - Northgate Housing

 

9.    If so, when does the contract for these services expire and what has
been the cost for the contract?

 

a.      Expiration date – KeyStone - annually

 Northgate - September 2016

 

10.  What is the size of the team that works within the Housing Department
of the Council?

11.  Please can you provide me with a hierarchy of the team that comprises
the Housing Department with names and job roles?

 

This information is not available at this time due to an ongoing
restructuring exercise.

 

If you have any queries regarding this matter please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

If you wish to request an internal review of our response you should
write, within 2 months, to:

 

Office Managing Partner, Legal Services, Civic Centre, High St, Uxbridge,
UB8 1UW (or via email to [2][Hillingdon Borough Council request email] marked for the attention
of the Office Managing Partner).

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
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If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Christine Bliss-Johnson

Assistant to the Freedom of Information Officer

Legal Services (3E 04)

London Borough of Hillingdon

Civic Centre

High Street

Uxbridge

UB8 1UW

01895 55(6923)

 

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