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F16/157

Social sector homes and bedroom tax

Request Description

*How many social sector homes are in your local authority

*Under the under-occupancy charge (the "bedroom tax") how many social sector homes have been affected by housing benefits cuts?

*How many people have had to be rehomed?

*How many people have appealed cuts to their housing benefit?

*How many people have appealed being rehomed?

*How many people have successfully appealed cuts to their housing benefit?

*How many people have successfully appealed being rehomed?

*Under the government's plans to give 20,000 people from Syria refuge in the UK, how many have been allocated to your local authority so far, if any?

Request Date26 February 2016
Requested byIndividual
Replied

8 March 2016

Response

Q1: Aproximately 7,800 to 8,000 housing association properties.  The council does not keep an accurate record.

Q2: Currently 354

Q3: No one has to be rehomed.   The council's housing regisier policy can award additional priority to applicants in the social sector that are under occupying and also subject to the bedroom tax to effect a move and avoid hardship.  We have housed a total of 10 households that meet this criteria through choice based lettings.

Q4 As regards reduction in entitlement due to the spare room issue. We do not record appeals in this way

Q5 None

Q6 As regards a reduction in entitlement due to the spare room issue. We do not record appeals in this way

Q7 not applicable

Q8:  None.  the council has made a commitment to rehouse up to 10 individuals per year for 5 years as part of the resettlement programme.

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Refusal