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FOI 11196

Homelessness

Request

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the freedom of information act. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

How many formal homeless declarations have there been in your local authority area so far this financial year? How many formal homeless declarations were there in your local authority area in the financial year 2014/15? How many formal homeless declarations were there in your local authority area each year for the past five years (back to 2011/12)?

 How many people contacted your housing team so far this financial year saying they were homeless and needed help but didn’t undertake the accommodation test? How many people contacted your housing team in 2014/15 saying they were homeless and needed help but didn’t undertake the accommodation test? How many people contacted your housing team each year for the past 5 years saying they were homeless and needed help but didn’t undertake the accommodation test (back to 2011/12)?

 How many people contacted your housing team so far this financial year and took the accommodation test? How many people contacted your housing team in 2014/15 and took the accommodation test? How many people contacted your housing team each year for the past five years and took the accommodation test (back to 2011/12)?

 How many people contacted your housing team so far this year and failed the accommodation test? How many people contacted your housing team in 2014/15 and failed the accommodation test? How many people contacted your housing team each year for the past five years and failed the accommodation test (back to 2011/12)? 

Response

I am answering the FOI below as per the updated requirements. The historical data is readily available online and as such is in the public domain already and accessible accordingly.

April 6th to July 27th 2015:

1. Number of Part VII Homeless applications = 22
2. Number of Housing Advice applications = 119
3. Number of concluded prevention & relief cases = 3
4. Number of Part VII Homeless refusals (including not homeless; not eligible; not priority need; intentionally homeless and local connection referrals) = 24