FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

31 December 2021

  • Does the Council use the power under s206(2) Housing Act 1996 to charge homeless people for temporary accommodation? 
  • Does the Council hold any policies or internal guidance documents relating to charges for temporary accommodation, including on what constitutes a ‘reasonable’ charge in relation to s206(2) Housing Act 1996. If so, what is the content of the policies of guidance?
  • If the Council has charged homeless people for temporary accommodation, please provide information on the following for the past calendar year:
  • The number of people charged.
  • The total income received by the Council from any charges.
  • How many people paid such charges directly to the Council, rather than via charges taken directly from Universal Credit or other social security entitlements.
  • What, if any, is the total outstanding debt owed to the Council for temporary accommodation charges currently owed? 


East Herts Council Response

21 January 2022

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

Does the Council use the power under s206(2) Housing Act 1996 to charge homeless people for temporary accommodation?  yes

  • Does the Council hold any policies or internal guidance documents relating to charges for temporary accommodation, including on what constitutes a ‘reasonable’ charge in relation to s206(2) Housing Act 1996. If so, what is the content of the policies of guidance? No
  • If the Council has charged homeless people for temporary accommodation, please provide information on the following for the past calendar year:
  • The number of people charged. 185 households
  • The total income received by the Council from any charges. Gross income received by 31/12/2021 from the household and welfare benefits £417,102
  • How many people paid such charges directly to the Council, rather than via charges taken directly from Universal Credit or other social security entitlements. Total charges direct from household with no support welfare benefits estimate 3
  • What, if any, is the total outstanding debt owed to the Council for temporary accommodation charges currently owed? As at the end of March 2021 (the last time this was calculated) £111,000

 

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https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/about-east-herts-0/information-requests/re-use-council-information

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 0303 123 1113

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.