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Homeswap

Requested on
Tue 25th February, 2014
Reference
FOI 3996
Resolution
Information provided

Question

Please could you tell me the following:
1. Is the Council signed up to the Government’s HomeSwap Direct mutual exchange swap scheme?
2. Is the Council signed up to any other mutual exchange swap schemes? (e.g. a council-run or an independent swap scheme)
3. What are the names of these schemes?
4. In 2012/13, how many tenancies do you contribute housing benefit towards in social housing and the private rented sector? (please separate if possible)
5. In 2012/13, how many of your tenancies in social housing or in the private rented sector have (please separate if possible):
a) Signed up to a mutual exchange swap scheme?
b) Completed a successful swap?
6. Have you taken any steps to encourage your tenancies to make use of mutual exchange swap schemes? If yes, could you describe these steps?

Answer

.      Is the Council signed up to the Government’s HomeSwap Direct mutual exchange swap scheme? No
2.      Is the Council signed up to any other mutual exchange swap schemes? (e.g. a council-run or an independent swap scheme) Yes
3.      What are the names of these schemes?  Homeswapper
4.     In 2012/13, how many tenancies do you contribute housing benefit towards in social housing and the private rented sector? (please separate if possible) 5600

5.      In 2012/13, how many of your tenancies in social housing or in the private rented sector have (please separate if possible):
a)      Signed up to a mutual exchange swap scheme? Not held.
b)      Completed a successful swap? 66
6.      Have you taken any steps to encourage your tenancies to make use of mutual exchange swap schemes? If yes, could you describe these steps? Speed dating event, discussed when visit for a transfer request, item on the council’s web site and in tenants newsletter

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