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Overcrowding

Requested on
Fri 20th September, 2013
Reference
FOI 3381
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1. The number on your housing register in overcrowded conditions as of
1/4/13 - as defined as one or more bedrooms below bedroom standards - and the current figure.
2. The number of your housing register in severely overcrowded conditions as of 1/4/13 - as defined as two or more bedrooms below bedroom standards - and the current figure.
3. The number of your properties vacated since 1/4/13 by those affacted by the under occupancy Housing Benefit penalty.
4. The number of cases in your area that were affected by the under occupancy charge as at 01 April 13 and that are no longer in receipt of Housing Benefit.

Answer

1. The number on your housing register in overcrowded conditions as of
1/4/13 - as defined as one or more bedrooms below bedroom standards - and the current figure.
1/4/13 = 499
Current = 463

2. The number of your housing register in severely overcrowded conditions as of 1/4/13 - as defined as two or more bedrooms below bedroom standards - and the current figure.
1/4/13 = 50
Current= 43

3. The number of your properties vacated since 1/4/13 by those affected by the under occupancy Housing Benefit penalty. 1

4. The number of cases in your area that were affected by the under occupancy charge as at 01 April 13 and that are no longer in receipt of Housing Benefit.
Cases are not classified for subsidy purposes in that way.  When benefit customers claims cease we are required to record the reason – ‘affected by under occupancy’ is not one of the reasons stipulated by the DWP. While the information requested is held by the Council in the form of individual claims records it is not held in a manner which enables the aggregated data you request to be collated easily.  The time required to locate and retrieve information regarding the reason a HB claim was cancelled 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. 

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