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FOI 9225

Housing Benefit Payments

Request


I would like to request the following information in relation to housing benefits, paid by the council to letting agencies.



More specifically, I would like to know:



For each calendar year since January 1, 2009 :

1.) In total, for each of the past five calendar years, how much has the council paid to letting agencies in housing benefits?



2.a) How many complaints has the authority had from landlords about private letting agencies not passing on housing benefit payments from the council?

b) Please provide a case-by-case breakdown, stating the value of housing benefits payments the landlords claim to be owed by letting agencies, the calendar year of the complaint and the trading name of the letting agency complained about



Name of agency complained about

Amount of housing benefit payments owed

Calendar year of complaint


John's Letting Agency

£12,450

2014


A Letting Agency

£1,450

2014


Property Agency Ltd

£8,700

2014



3.a) How many complaints has the authority received from tenants about private letting agencies not passing on housing benefit payments from the council to their landlords?

b) In each case, please state the value of payments the tenants say their landlords are owed in housing benefits from the council, through private letting agencies, the calendar year of the complaint and the trading name of the letting agency complained about



I would like the information for both parts of question 3 in the same format as question 2, but in a separate table.


Response

For each calendar year since January 1, 2009 : I can only provide this information based on years from April to March

1.) In total, for each of the past five calendar years, how much has the council paid to letting agencies in housing benefits?

2009/10 £236479
2010/11 £168829
2011/12 £199440
2012/13 £203551
2013/14 £209014


2.a) How many complaints has the authority had from landlords about private letting agencies not passing on housing benefit payments from the council?

None


b) Please provide a case-by-case breakdown, stating the value of housing benefits payments the landlords claim to be owed by letting agencies, the calendar year of the complaint and the trading name of the letting agency complained about

N/A see 2a above