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Use of Temporary HOUSING by the Council

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,
Please answer the following under the Freedom Of information Act relating to the use of temporary housing by the Council:-
1. How many people (individuals) were housed in temporary accommodation by Brighton and Hove Council in the following years: 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18; 2018/19; 2019/20; and 2020/21?
2. How many people (individuals) were housed in the following forms of accommodation:-
(a) Bed and Breakfast/Hotels?
(b) Private Rented accommodation?
(c) Under the Council's rent/lease scheme or in similar privately owned housing sub-managed by the Council?
(d) Other types of temporary accommodation?
3. How many people (individuals) are currently housed outside the Brighton and Hove area?
4. Are those people in temporary accommodation included in the Housing Waiting List?

Yours faithfully,

Rob Heale

Freedom Of Information, Brighton and Hove City Council

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Freedom of Information request
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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,
Please note that I haven't yet received a response to my questions about "Use of temporary Housing by the Council" within the usual time frame. Please could you reply as soon as possible. Thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Heale

 
 
 
 
 
Freedom of Information request
Our reference: 9874297

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Our reference: 9874297

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,
Further to your Response to my F.O.I. Request (Ref: 9874297) and titled "Use of Temporary Housing by the Council", I am reluctantly prepared to narrow the terms of my Request to the Years 2018/19; 2019/20 and 2020/21.

I feel that the Council should be able to list the NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE on the Waiting List and those who are in different categories of Temporary Housing.

The number of Individuals on the list gives a better idea of the situation because household numbers can vary enormously from one upwards.

Also, it should be relatively easy to get the numbers of individuals in each category and the Council surely knows the number in each household in order to re-house people.

I am therefore asking that you answer the questions in my original F.O.I. Request narrowed down to the years stated above.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Heale

 
 
 
 
 
Freedom of Information request
Our reference: 10385177

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Dear Mr Heale
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information to Brighton & Hove City Council
('the council') that was received on 11 March 2022. Your Information
Request has been logged as;
 
From: Rob Heale
Sent: 02 March 2022 20:10
To: Brighton and Hove City Council
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request (ref: 9874297)
Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,
Further to your Response to my F.O.I. Request (Ref: 9874297) and titled
"Use of Temporary Housing by the Council", I am reluctantly prepared to
narrow the terms of my Request to the Years 2018/19; 2019/20 and 2020/21.
I feel that the Council should be able to list the NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL
PEOPLE on the Waiting List and those who are in different categories of
Temporary Housing.
The number of Individuals on the list gives a better idea of the situation
because household numbers can vary enormously from one upwards.
Also, it should be relatively easy to get the numbers of individuals in
each category and the Council surely knows the number in each household in
order to re-house people.
I am therefore asking that you answer the questions in my original F.O.I.
Request narrowed down to the years stated above.
Yours sincerely,
Rob Heale

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Freedom of Information request
Our reference: 10385177

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Dear Mr Heale
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 11 March 2022.
 
Please find attached our response to your request. 
 
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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,
You have said that my request for information under the Freedom Of Information Act is exempt and have used "cost" reasons. I therefore narrowed my request down to meet this demand. You again refused my request.

It is very important for the people of Brighton and Hove to know what the situation is regarding Temporary Housing in the City. There is a long waiting list for housing and also there were also serious concerns about the health and safety of people in some of the Council's temporary accommodation. Council Tax payers and the general population have a right to know these details. These details shouldn't be too expensive to gather and are useful to know for the Council also.

I note also that you did not include a calculation or explanation of the costs involved in providing the information. It would be useful if you could do so, to allow me to understand how best to re-frame my request and not exceed the cost limit.

As I am sure you are aware, the F.O.I. Act states that it is "the duty of a public authority to provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so", and the I.C.O. consider it best practice to provide "arguments or evidence" when applying this exemption.

I have already reduced the scope of my request for this important information. If it won't be provided I will be contacting the Information Commissioners Office.

Yours faithfully,

Rob Heale

Freedom Of Information, Brighton and Hove City Council

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Dear Mr Heale,
 
The council has explained several times that our Housing system records
information on households and not individuals, and that to calculate the
number of individuals we would need to cross reference the approximately
2000 temporary accommodation files against the approximately 9000
households on the waiting list and extract and collate the information to
calculate the figures you have requested.
 
The council can provide the number of households on the Housing waiting
lists.
 
The council publishes an annual report which is publicly available via
[1]Annual report to council tenants and leaseholders
(brighton-hove.gov.uk)
 
Kind regards,
  Information Rights Team

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,
You have said that my request for information under the Freedom Of
Information Act is exempt and have used "cost" reasons. I therefore
narrowed my request down to meet this demand. You again refused my
request.

It is very important for the people of Brighton and Hove to know what the
situation is regarding Temporary Housing in the City. There is a long
waiting list for housing and also there were also serious concerns about
the health and safety of people in some of the Council's temporary
accommodation. Council Tax payers and the general population have a right
to know these details. These details shouldn't be too expensive to gather
and are useful to know for the Council also.

I note also that you did not include a calculation or explanation of the
costs involved in providing the information. It would be useful if you
could do so, to allow me to understand how best to re-frame my request and
not exceed the cost limit.

As I am sure you are aware, the F.O.I. Act states that it is "the duty of
a public authority to provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be
reasonable to expect the authority to do so", and the I.C.O. consider it
best practice to provide "arguments or evidence" when applying this
exemption.

I have already reduced the scope of my request for this important
information. If it won't be provided I will be contacting the Information
Commissioners Office.

Yours faithfully,

Rob Heale

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