FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

27 July 2018

I am requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1. The number of applications for Discretionary Housing Payments that were rejected by the council during 2017/18 (including where the application was rejected because the DHP budget had been exhausted)

2. The total combined value of the DHPs unsuccessfully applied for in the applications referred to in response to question 1

3. Any breakdown of the reasons for the rejection of the applications referred to in response to question 1.



East Herts Council Response

03 August 2018

I am writing to acknowledge your written request for information.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

The Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an assessment of your request and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released.  You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you.  You will be informed if this is the case.

There may be a fee payable for this information, this will be considered and you will be informed if any fees are payable.  In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released.  The 20 working day time limit for the response is suspended until receipt of payment.

If you have any queries about the processing of your request then please do not hesitate to contact me.

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

Your personal details will be held within out Information Request case management system, and only used for the purposes of evaluating and processing your request.

While details of your information request may be published on the council website, your personal details will never be published or released to anyone outside the council unless it is required by the Information Commissioners Office.

Thank you for your request.

 



East Herts Council Response

06 August 2018

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

FOI    No of cases   
Total Number of unsuccessful claims  131    
Value of DHP"s unsuccessfully applied  N/A - we do not measure this     
Breakdown of reasons  the criteria for this award is not met  91  
  already receive maximum HB  26  
  you are not entitled to Housing Benefit  7  
  your income is too high 7  
       
We did not exceed our target - fully spend our Government contribution this year  

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 01625 545 700

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.