Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would like to request information on your policy towards ex-servicemen.
Specifically, I would like to know:
1. How many veterans do you house in temporary accommodation
2. How many homelessness applicants are made by veterans a) monthly b) yearly
3. How many applicants are made by veterans who you are unable to house?
4. Do you ask new applicants for housing whether they are a veteran?
5. If a veteran is applying without any local connection do you make any allowances?
a. If so, what?
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to recorded information via published data and public requests. The Act does not give people access to their own personal data. If such information is required a separate subject access request may be made under the Data Protection Act 1998. An Authority can refuse to provide information requested under the FOI Act 2000 if it relates to personal data and/or is vexatious. Information is limited to information already held in recorded form, there is no obligation to create new information.
Brentwood Borough Council is for the purposes of the FOI Act 2000 a public body under Schedule 1. The Council endeavours to follow the three relevant codes of practice, noting however that they are not directly legally binding. The FOI Act 2000 does not affect copyright and intellectual property rights and any relevant matters will be dealt with in accordance with primary and secondary legislation. Section 44 of the Act allows the Council to withhold information when its disclosure is prohibited under other legislation, and section 21 can exempt information that is accessible to an applicant using procedures in other legislation.
The Council would normally have 20 working days to respond to a request for information, unless one of the exceptions applies. A request for information is valid only if it is made in writing, includes the requesters real name, includes the requesters address for correspondence (including an email address) and adequately describes the information requested. The Council has the legal right not to respond fully to the request until adequate clarification has been received. If requested information is not held and adequate and properly directed searches have been undertaken then a no information return will be given. In addition if the request would pose an unreasonable burden on resources and exceed a set costs limit the Council may refuse the request and a written refusal notice will be provided. A charge can be levied to the requester to recover communications costs, such as photocopying, printing and postage. You will be informed in advance with a fees notice if any charge is to be levied.
We can confirm that your request has been deemed:
1. To relate to recorded information.
2. Is not data personal to yourself.
3. Does not require an obligation to create new information.
4. Is not related to prohibited and/or exempt information.
5. Is a valid request.
6. Does not place an unreasonable burden on resources and/or exceed the set costs limited.
7. Not to require a charge to be levied to the information requester.
Please see the information highlighted in red below which provides information relevant to your request.
1. How many veterans do you house in temporary accommodation – Currently zero
2. How many homelessness applicants are made by veterans a) monthly b) yearly – This information is accessible online at http://opendata.brentwood.gov.uk/ . Please view the P1E section which contains homeless statistics.
3. How many applicants are made by veterans who you are unable to house? As above
4. Do you ask new applicants for housing whether they are a veteran? Yes via application form
5. If a veteran is applying without any local connection do you make any allowances? Our policy in relation to Allocations, in particular Local Connection and veterans, is available online at: http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/index.php?cid=2526
a. If so, what? As above
I hope this information is of assistance to you.