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Bedroom Tax

Requested on
Thu 31st January, 2013
Reference
FOI 2674
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1. How many households has you local authority identified as being subject to the under –occupation housing benefit reduction?

a) How many of these households have registered or requested for a transfer to smaller accommodation and how many are projected to have transferred before April, and during 2013/14?

b) How many households will move to private sector accommodation, and what is the projected change in housing benefit expenditure as a result of these changes?

c) What projections have been made of rent arrears arising from the under-occupation housing benefit reduction?

d) What assessment has been made of the impact of Housing Association tenants in the area?

2. What assessment has been made of the availability and possible shortfall of suitable accommodation in the social sector for tenants requesting to downsize as a consequence of the under-occupation housing benefit reduction?

3. What assessment has been made of the impact of the projected rent arrears on your councils ability to build additional council homes?

Answer

1.   How many households has you local authority identified as being subject to the under –occupation housing benefit reduction?  596

 a)            How many of these households have registered or requested for a transfer to smaller accommodation and how many are projected to have transferred before April, and during 2013/14? to date 30 - projection unknown at this stage 

 b)            How many households will move to private sector accommodation, and what is the projected change in housing benefit expenditure as a result of these changes?  no information held on move to private sector - expenditure for 1 bedroom £13 average per week - £25 for two or more bedrooms per week

 c)            What projections have been made of rent arrears arising from the under-occupation housing benefit reduction?  Total arrears expected to increase by 9%

 d)            What assessment has been made of the impact of Housing Association tenants in the area? 396 properties have been identified, with 90% in one bedroom under occupied group 

 2. What assessment has been made of the availability and possible shortfall of suitable accommodation in the social sector for tenants requesting to downsize as a consequence of the under-occupation housing benefit reduction?  Minimal properties are available 

 3. What assessment has been made of the impact of the projected rent arrears on your council’s ability to build additional council homes?  No impact

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