I am writing to request information about households placed in temporary accommodation and/or offered rehousing in the private sector by your council, between April 2013 and Nov 2016 – see attached PDF for full request.
I would be grateful if you can supply the data in Excel format as far as possible.
While I’ve endeavoured to word the request as clearly as possible, if anything is uncertain please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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You have requested the following information:
Temporary accommodation placements
1. (i) The names of all local authority areas in which you have placed statutorily
homeless households into temporary accommodation; This information is available online at: www.brentwood.gov.uk/
(ii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, placed in (a)
2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November. This information is available online at: www.brentwood.gov.uk/
2. Details of any temporary accommodation leased (as opposed to spotpurchased)
by your council in other local authority areas since April 2013. None
How many units have been leased, from whom, from what date, for how long
and at what cost? None/not applicable
Private rented sector discharges of duty
3. (i) The names of all local authority areas into which you have discharged
homelessness duty via a private rented tenancy offer under Section 193 7AA
7AC of the 1996 Housing Act as amended by s.148 (5)-(7) Localism Act 2011;
One – Tendring DC
(ii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, who received an
offer in (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November; Only 1 in 2015/16 (Tendring DC)
(iii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, who declined an
offer in (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November. None
4. (i) The names of any local authority areas into which you have discharged
homelessness duty by way of a private rented tenancy, but not via a Section
193 7AA-7AC offer (so excluding the numbers in Q3); Brentwood BC
(ii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, rehoused in this way
during (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November. One in 2014/15 and two in 2015/16 (all in Brentwood BC)
Out-of-area financial assistance and homelessness prevention
5. (i) The names of all local authority areas to which you have supported
residents who were not owed a main homelessness duty to move; Zero
(ii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, supported in (a)
2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November.
(The term "supported" refers to assistance with deposits or other rental
costs; house removals arrangements; and council tax payments, as well as
any other support your council offers to residents to move out of the local
authority area.) Zero
6. The amount your local authority spent on providing support as defined in Q5
in (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November. NA
7. For each of the years (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to
30 November, what proportion of the people supported to move as per Q5
had, or would have, seen their income reduced because of:
(i) the overall benefit cap
(ii) the 'bedroom tax' and
(iii) other welfare reforms? Zero/Not applicable