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Young People Housing

Requested on
Fri 19th September, 2014
Reference
FOI 4986
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1. Within your local authority, and for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 what was the number of 16-17 year olds who:

a) presented themselves as homeless or at risk of homelessness to your local authority housing services
and
a1) the assessment of the young person’s need was conducted by your housing services and a referral was made to county council children’s services

a2) the assessment of the young person’s need was conducted jointly by your local authority housing services and your county council’s children’s services

a3) the assessment of the young person’s need was conducted by your housing services and no referral was made to county council children’s services

2. Within your local authority, and for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 what was the number of 16-17 year olds who:

a) were assessed as not owed a homelessness duty and not provided with housing b) were offered accommodation by your local authority under the Housing Act 1996

3. Within your local authority, and for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 what was the number of 18-20 year olds who:

a) presented themselves as homeless, or at risk of homelessness?

b) were found to be eligible for homelessness support under the Housing Act 1996?

4. Within your local authority, for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, how many 18- 20 year olds, eligible under the homelessness provisions of the Housing Act 1996 were accommodated in:

a) supported accommodation

b) returned to live with parents or other family members (that may include moving-in with partners)
c) hostels

d) Bed and Breakfasts

e) Private rented accommodation f) Local Authority accommodation
g) Registered provider, such as a housing association.

h) university accommodation or accommodation connected to an educational establishment i) not known

Answer

However while the information requested is held by the Council in the form of individual case files it is not held in a manner which enables the aggregated data you requested to be collated easily.  The time required to locate and retrieve information regarding young people presenting as homeless with the level of breakdown requested would exceed the appropriate limit for dealing with requests set out in section 12 of the Act and the Appropriate Limit and Fees Regulations.
The Council would normally wish to offer suggestions as to how some of the information could be provided or how a differently worded request could result in information being provided within the terms of the Act and the Regulations.  However due to the complexity of the information requested in this case in relation to the way in which the Council holds information this does not appear possible in this case. 

We can provide the overall figures for young people presenting as homeless (question1 a), which I hope is of use to you:
2010 – 5
2011 – 4
2012 – 7
2013 – 8

With regards to the questions raised in point 5 of your request, we can confirm that Charnwood works with The Bridge, a housing advice charity, which offers a single acess point for young people in partnership with the council.
Regarding policies, Charnwood does not have any specific housing policies relating to young people; we adhere to all relevant Homelessness legislation for anybody accessing our services.  Our Allocations policy is similarly used in all cases,  there is no specific areas which only apply to young people.

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