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Homeless Figures

Requested on
Mon 26th September, 2011
Reference
FOI 1465
Resolution
Information provided

Question

I would like to please make a request for information from your council under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) regarding homelessness and those people identified by the council as being at risk of losing their homes (eg: those fighting a losing battle to pay their rent/mortgage or those who may be forced out of their homes for other reasons):

How many residents in your council area have been identified by the council as currently being "at risk" of losing their homes? (eg: those in housing difficulty who have contacted the council for assistance in any of the above situations and those identified by the council as being at risk of becoming homeless), comparing figures September 2010 and September 2011.
Can you provide a breakdown of these residents by their tenure (privately renting, council tenants, private homeowners)?
Can you provide a breakdown of the reasons given by households in need of advice or assistance (eg: redundancy, family breakdown, domestic violence, financial difficulty etc)?
Does your council have an accurate figure or estimate for the number of people in the council area currently sleeping rough, as at your last rough sleeping count?
Does your council have an accurate figure or estimate for the number of people placed by the council and currently living in temporary accommodation? Comparing figures for September 2010 and September 2011.
What is the council's total budget for homelessness services in the 2011/12 financial year, and how does this compare to the budget for 2009/10 and 2010/11?
Has the council been forced to scale back its homelessness services/provision due to budget cuts in the past year?

Answer

1- How many residents in your council area have been identified by the council as currently being "at risk" of losing their homes? (eg: those in housing difficulty who have contacted the council for assistance in any of the above situations and those identified by the council as being at risk of becoming homeless), comparing figures September 2010 and September 2011.  
2010 = 53
2011 = 54

2- Can you provide a breakdown of these residents by their tenure (privately renting, council tenants, private homeowners)? 
Information not held

3- Can you provide a breakdown of the reasons given by households in need of advice or assistance (eg: redundancy, family breakdown, domestic violence, financial difficulty etc)?
Information not held

4- Does your council have an accurate figure or estimate for the number of people in the council area currently sleeping rough, as at your last rough sleeping count? 
Sleeping rough figure - 3

5- Does your council have an accurate figure or estimate for the number of people placed by the council and currently living in temporary accommodation? Comparing figures for September 2010 and September 2011.  
2010 = 36
2011 = 37

6- What is the council's total budget for homelessness services in the 2011/12 financial year, and how does this compare to the budget for 2009/10 and 2010/11?  
Budget for 2011/12 is £333,900    
Budget for 2009/10 was £272,684
Budget for 2010/11 was £290,245

7- Has the council been forced to scale back its homelessness services/provision due to budget cuts in the past year?
No

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