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FOI 5277

Social Housing

Request

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 much social housing is there in the district?

How many people live in social housing in the district?

How many people are on social housing waiting lists in the district?

How many people have been on the waiting list for more than a year/ more than two years/ more than three years/ more than four years/ more than five years?

Of the people presently on the housing waiting list, how long has the person who has waited the longest been waiting?

What’s the average wait for people on the housing waiting list?

What action (if any) is the council taking to reduce the housing waiting list (for example, writing to some people on the waiting list suggesting other housing options)?

What plans are there for building new social housing in the district?

How many new homes does the council think is needed to be built every year to meet demand?

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm via e-mail that you have received this request. If obtaining the information I require is likely to incur a fee, then I would also be grateful if you could warn me about this before proceeding.



Response

Thank you for your email of 17th December 2012 where you requested information about Social Housing within the Borough, I would firstly like to apologise for the delay in a response.
Please find listed below response as requested.

1. How much social housing is there in the district?

2528 council Stock

2. How many people live in social housing in the district?

2528 council stock

3. How many people are on social housing waiting lists in the district?

994 active homeseeker applications
390 deferred homeseeker applications

We do not have access to the waiting lists of other social housing providers in the Borough. However, we retain the nomination rights to the majority of Housing Association stock within the Borough.

4. How many people have been on the waiting list for more than a year/ more than two years/ more than three years/ more than four years/ more than five years?

1 year

152 active homeseekers
175 deferred homeseekers

2 years

124 active homeseekers
116 deferred homeseekers

3 years

106 active homeseekers
18 deferrered homeseekers

4 years

96 active homeseekers
16 deferred homeseekers

5 years

217 active homeseekers
68 deferred homeseekers

Note: There is no average waiting time as homeseekers are allocated points in accordance with their housing circumstances and these figures do not reflect the numbers that are not actively participating in HomeOption.

5. Of the people presently on the housing waiting list, how long has the person who has waited the longest been waiting?

Active homeseeker application – 1995
However, the applicant wishes to consider only one particular area and is not actively participating in HomeOption

Deferred homeseeker application – 1975
However, the applicant is remains in tied accommodation and does not require accommodation currently. Therefore, is not actively participating in HomeOption.

6. What’s the average wait for people on the housing waiting list?

Sheltered accommodation 18 months
Studio/bedsit 18 months
1 bedroom flat/maisonette 35 months
2 bedroom flat/maisonette 34 months
3 bedroom flat/maisonette 4 years
2 bedroom house 4 years
3 bedroom house 3 years

All new housing applications are assessed in accordance to their current housing circumstances and are then given priority in accordance with their housing situation. It this then further dependant on homeseekers to be actively participating in HomeOption (CBL)


7. What action (if any) is the council taking to reduce the housing waiting list (for example, writing to some people on the waiting list suggesting other housing options)?

The Council is currently in the process of reviewing its Allocations Policy which is due to go to consultation


8. What plans are there for building new social housing in the district?

The Council is currently reviewing its Housing Strategy and Local Development Plan which will set out its plans for provision of new affordable housing. These documents will be published later in the year. The Council’s Housing Revenue Account Business Plan, recommended for approval at the special Policy Projects & Resources Board on 12 February 2013, sets out proposals to develop new homes as part of the Council’s own assets. Link to the agenda for the meeting is as follows: http://www.brentwood-council.gov.uk/minutesdocs/agendas/amdoc2681.pdf

9. How many new homes does the council think is needed to be built every year to meet demand?
This will form part of the Council’s strategic housing needs assessment, one of the supporting documents to the Local Development Plan, to be published later this year



If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: Complaints Coordinator, Brentwood Borough Council, Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AY.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.