I am writing to you to request some information under the Freedom of Information Act:
1. How many households has you local authority identified as being subject to the under –occupation housing benefit reduction?
a) How many of these households have registered or requested for a transfer to smaller accommodation and how many are projected to have transferred before April, and during 2013/14?
b) How many households will move to private sector accommodation, and what is the projected change in housing benefit expenditure as a result of these changes?
c) What projections have been made of rent arrears arising from the under-occupation housing benefit reduction?
d) What assessment has been made of the impact of Housing Association tenants in the area?
2. What assessment has been made of the availability and possible shortfall of suitable accommodation in the social sector for tenants requesting to downsize as a consequence of the under-occupation housing benefit reduction?
3. What assessment has been made of the impact of the projected rent arrears on your councils ability to build additional council homes?
Please see attached reply to your freedom of information act request relating to the impact of the under-occupation housing benefit reduction.