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Bedroom Tax

Requested on
Thu 16th January, 2014
Reference
FOI 3806
Resolution
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Question

This is a Freedom of Information request for information on bedroom tax (or “spare room subsidy”) appeals.

I would like to know:

1. The number of appeals against the council’s bedroom tax decisions that have been made directly to the council
2. The number of the appeals referred to in response to question 1) that have been accepted by the council (i.e. the number of decisions that have been wholly or partly reversed by the council on appeal)
3. The number of appeals regarding bedroom tax decisions that have thus far been lodged against the council at First tier Tribunal (FtT) level that the council is aware of
4. The number of the appeals referred to in response to question 3) that have been decided upon by the FtT
5. The FtT decision notice for each case referred to in response to question 4) – that is, each bedroom tax-related appeal upon which the FtT has reached a decision
6. Any statement of reasons provided by the FtT to the council for each decided case
7. For each decided case, please state whether the council is appealing (or has appealed) to the Upper tier Tribunal – and if the appeal has also been ruled upon, please provide the relevant decision notice and (if held) statement of reasons

My request covers all bedroom tax appeals, whether they relate to RSL housing, ALMO housing or council housing. A bedroom tax “decision” is a decision taken by the council on whether a household is under-occupying a property under the terms of the bedroom tax (under-occupation charge/spare-room subsidy), including where that decision was reached entirely on the basis of information provided by a third party (e.g. Housing Association).

Answer

1.       The number of appeals against the council’s bedroom tax decisions that have been made directly to the council 2
2.       The number of the appeals referred to in response to question 1) that have been accepted by the council (i.e. the number of decisions that have been wholly or partly reversed by the council on appeal) 2
3.       The number of appeals regarding bedroom tax decisions that have thus far been lodged against the council at First tier Tribunal (FtT) level that the council is aware of 0
4.       The number of the appeals referred to in response to question 3) that have been decided upon by the FtT 0
5.       The FtT decision notice for each case referred to in response to question 4) – that is, each bedroom tax-related appeal upon which the FtT has reached a decision 0
6.       Any statement of reasons provided by the FtT to the council for each decided case 0
7.       For each decided case, please state whether the council is appealing (or has appealed) to the Upper tier Tribunal – and if the appeal has also been ruled upon, please provide the relevant decision notice and (if held) statement of reasons 0

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