FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

26 September 2018

I am writing to request information through the Freedom of Information Act (2000) regarding the Bed & Breakfast population within your local authority. My request covers the following:

 

The total number of households claiming Housing Benefit from a Bed and Breakfast*, and/or other accommodation with board and lodgings, in the following financial years (only include those not owed a statutory duty but living in a B&B i.e. NOT placed by Housing Options):

  1. 2016/2017
  2. 2017/2018

 

AND

 

The total number of households placed in Bed and Breakfast*, and/or other accommodation with board and lodgings, through homeless placement teams in the following financial years (those owed a statutory duty and were placed in a B&B by Housing Options):

 

  1. 2016/2017
  2. 2017/2018

 

(* We assume that these Bed and Breakfast properties are owned, and/or managed by private landlords)

 

If your response to the above questions is ‘0’ please clearly explain your reasoning for this.

 

Please clearly indicate in your response which numbers correspond to which group of B&B residents, i.e. if they are private households living in B&B or if the household has been placed by the local authority’s Housing Options team as part of homelessness. If you cannot differentiate between the two groups please indicate this in your response.



East Herts Council Response

26 September 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

22 October 2018

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

 

~~The total number of households claiming Housing Benefit from a Bed and Breakfast*, and/or other accommodation with board and lodgings, in the following financial years (only include those not owed a statutory duty but living in a B&B i.e. NOT placed by Housing Options):

 

a. 2016/2017 - 
b. 2017/2018 - 0

 

AND

 

The total number of households placed in Bed and Breakfast*, and/or other accommodation with board and lodgings, through homeless placement teams in the following financial years (those owed a statutory duty and were placed in a B&B by Housing Options):

 
a. 2016/2017 - 
b. 2017/2018 - 0

 

We have not placed anyone in B&B within our district.

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.