Wycombe District Council: Housing and Homelessness

William Gomes made this Freedom of Information request to Wycombe District Council

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Dear Wycombe District 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

Brian Daly, Wycombe District Council

Dear Mr Gomes

I am writing in connection with your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental Information Regulations for information on homelessness and housing which I received on 18th January.

I will be responding to your request and will contact you shortly if I require any additional information in order to respond to your request appropriately. I will also contact you if I feel your request may fall under a requirement for a fee to be levied regarding the request for information this fee will need to be paid prior to the request for information being answered.

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In the meantime, if you have any further comments relating to your request, please contact me quoting reference number above.

I would also be grateful if you could clarify a few of your questions which are unclear as follows:

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.

Can you explain what is meant by sissified?

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

Can you confirm your definition of homeless- as in households accepted a homelessness duty under homelessness legislation, households/persons who consider themselves to be homeless, households/persons in temporary accommodation pending an outcome of enquiries into homelessness, rough sleepers or any other definition not noted?

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.

Not sure what you mean by this- our homelessness strategy is available on our website should you wish to see a copy.

9. There is no question 9 below- have I missed something or was this a typo as I do not wish to miss a question?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Your sincerely

Brian Daly
Brian Daly
Housing Service Manager
Wycombe District Council
01494 421601

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Dear Brian Daly,

3.classified
4.as in households accepted a homelessness duty under homelessness legislation, households/persons who consider themselves to be homeless, households/persons in temporary accommodation pending an outcome of enquiries into homelessness,
8.Please share the link of the strategy

Yours sincerely,

William Gomes

Brian Daly, Wycombe District Council

Dear Mr Gomes

Thank you for your request for information received on 18th January concerning housing and homelessness.

This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I can confirm that Wycombe District Council does hold information falling within the description specified in your request. Please find the relevant details

1. Total number of households on the housing waiting list 3667

age range

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25-29 490
30-39 1070
40-49 741
50-54 252
55-59 182
60-64 135
65+ 444
3667

BME total 1096

2. Bedroom sizes required.

1 1792
2 1066
3 659
4 126
5 11

3. Homeless Households provided with permanent accommodation as per the relevant housing acts (Part Vii offers)

homeless housed 2013
total 83

age ranges

>25 21
25-29 15
30-39 22
40-49 16
50-54 3
55-59 3
60-64 0
65+ 3

Ethnicity

White British 63
White Irish 1
White Other 2
Mixed white and black carribean 2
Asian or British Asian Pakistani 4
Asian or British Asian- other 1
Black or Black British Carribean 2
Black or Black British African 4
Black or Black British other 1
Not stated 3

4. 51

5. Please follow the link to our homelessness strategy- http://www.wycombe.gov.uk/Core/DownloadD...

6. Zero- we do not have any council housing stock.

7. Zero - we do not have any council housing stock.

8. please see answer to question 5.

9. There is no question nine listed.

10. see answer to question 3

11. I do not have this information.

12. I do not have this information.

13. I do not have this information

14. I do not have this information.

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Yours sincerely

Brian Daly
Brian Daly
Housing Service Manager
Wycombe District Council
01494 421601

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