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FOI 7565

Under Occupancy First Tier Tribunal Appeals

Request

This is a Freedom of Information request regarding First tier Tribunal (FtT) decisions where the removal of the spare room subsidy (otherwise referred to as the under-occupancy policy or size criteria) is the main issue.

Please provide the following information, most probably held by your Housing Benefit staff:
1.) The number of appeals to FtT against decisions taken within your authority on a) housing benefit in general and b) where removal of the spare room subsidy was the main subject of appeal, since 1 April 2013, including those filed and withdrawn, and those not yet heard.

2.) The number of FtT decisions to date regarding appeals where the spare room subsidy was the main issue, and the number of those that resulted in the FtT a) upholding, b) overturning or c) amending the Benefit Authority's decision.

3.) The number of FtT decisions to date regarding appeals where the spare room subsidy was the main issue and that overturned or amended the Benefit Authority's decision, which you a) have appealed, and b) intend to appeal to the Upper Tribunal.

Response

1.) The number of appeals to FtT against decisions taken within your authority on a) housing benefit in general and b) where removal of the spare room subsidy was the main subject of appeal, since 1 April 2013, including those filed and withdrawn, and those not yet heard.

HB in General 11 Social Sector Size Criteria 1

2.) The number of FtT decisions to date regarding appeals where the spare room subsidy was the main issue, and the number of those that resulted in the FtT a) upholding, b) overturning or c) amending the Benefit Authority's decision.

Upheld = 0
Overturned = 0
Amending = 0

Awaiting hearing = 1

3.) The number of FtT decisions to date regarding appeals where the spare room subsidy was the main issue and that overturned or amended the Benefit Authority's decision, which you a) have appealed, and b) intend to appeal to the Upper Tribunal.

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