Housing Benefit

Details:

Reference Number: 5416
Request Date: 15/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit?
A.1  241 
 
Q.2 How many Specified General Supported Accommodation cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit?
A.2  18
 
Q.3 How many Specified Domestic Violence Hostel cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit?
A.3  6
 
Q.4 How many Specified Local Authority Hostel cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit?
A.4  12
 
Q.5 What is the highest eligible gross rent being paid for a Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation case by Housing Benefits?
A.5  448.08
 
Q.6 What is the lowest eligible gross rent being paid for a Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation case by Housing Benefits?
Q.6  117.03
 
Q.7 What is the lowest core rent being paid for a Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation case by Housing Benefits?
Q.7  91.13
 
Q.8 What is the highest core rent being paid for a Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation case by Housing Benefits?
Q.8  346.15
 
Q.9 How many Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit for the following eligible rent ranges:
A.9  £150.00 per week eligible gross - £250.00 per week eligible gross = 121
£251.00 per week eligible gross - £300.00 per week eligible gross = 43
£301.00 per week eligible gross - £400.00 per week eligible gross = 62
Greater than £400.00 per week eligible gross = 4
 
Q.10 How many Specified General or Exempt Supported Accommodation cases have been referred to the Rent Officer service (VOA)?
A.10  48
 
Q.11 How many Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation cases are being paid where the Local Authority is only receiving 60% subsidy?
Q.11  48
 
Q.12 How many Supported Accommodation claims have received an ‘unreasonably high’ rent decision?
A.12  48


Details:

Reference Number: 5468
Request Date: 24/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I am seeking information relating to accommodation that has been classed as 'exempt'. I am seeking the housing benefit paid for such accommodation, broken down into housing benefit, and to include service charges as outlined below.

Exempt accommodation is defined as:

"1) “Exempt accommodation” is a term used in Housing Benefit and Universal Credit to describe supported accommodation where the rules that normally limit the amount of rent covered by a benefit award do not apply.

The usual meaning of “exempt accommodation” is where the accommodation is provided by a landlord in the social or voluntary sector and the benefit claimant is provided with care, support or supervision by the landlord or by someone acting on the landlord’s behalf.

A claimant occupying exempt accommodation does not have their housing benefit restricted to local housing allowance."

Please can you disclose the following:

Q.1 details of the lowest awarded eligible core rent;

Q.2 details of the highest awarded eligible core rent;

Q.3 details of the lowest awarded gross eligible rent (i.e. inclusive of the core rent and the eligible service charges);

Q.4 details of the highest awarded gross eligible rent (i.e. inclusive of the core rent and the eligible service charges); and

Q.5 Please confirm the names of exempt accommodation providers in your area. Please name the providers/landlords who currently hold exempt accommodation status in respect of any of their residents.

A.1-A.5 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5606
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1.   What type of council are you – i.e. Unitary, District etc.

A.1.   Unitary

Q.2.   Do you have a corporate debt team 

A.2.   Yes

Q.3.   What categories of debt are collected 

A.3.   Council Tax, Business Rates, Housing Benefit Overpayments, Sundry Debt

Q.4.   Do you collect debt on behalf of other councils or 3rd parties such as housing associations etc. 

A.4.   No

Q.5.   What systems are used for each 

A.5.   Northgate Revs & Bens, Oracle Applications

Q.6.   Do you employ internal enforcement agents, if so, how many 

A.6.   Yes, one

Q.7.   Do you utilise external enforcement agents via a 3rd party, if so when does their current contract end and when it does are you considering using internal enforcement agents

A.7.   We utilise external enforcement agents and their engagement is reviewed annually.



Details:

Reference Number: 5611
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please could you tell me the number of claims made for Discretionary Housing Payments and the number of awards for the financial years below?

Name of Authority
Year
Number of claims
Number of awards
 
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17
2017/18

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached structure charts in response, accurate as of this date.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5819
Request Date: 25/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1a) The number of Universal Credit claimants currently in rent arrears on their local authority-owned home;

A.1a)   492

Q.1b) The combined value of all these arrears.

A.1b)   £40,000

Q.2a) The number of Housing Benefit claimants currently in rent arrears on their local authority-owned home;

A.2a)   1,206

Q.2b) The combined value of all these arrears.

A.2b)   £143,522.11

Q.3) The total amount of rent, in £, which was owed but never paid by claimants of Universal Credit for local authority-owned dwellings since January 1 2013;

A.3)   0.00

Q.4) For each municipal year since 2013/14 and including 2018/19 to date, the number of evictions per year of households in receipt of Housing Benefit (separate figures by year please);

A.4)   Not Known

Q.5)  For each municipal year since 2013/14 and including 2018/19 to date, the number of evictions per year of households in receipt of Universal Credit (separate figures by year please).

A.5)   0
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6021
Request Date: 03/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Re: Evictions and Universal Credit. The NLA would like to see an itemisation of:
 
Q.1   the number of private rented sector tenants on Local Housing Allowance and/or Universal Credit

A.1 LHA = 5169. We do not have records for Universal Credict as this is dealt with by DWP

Q.2   the total amount of rent arrears of private rented sector tenants receiving local housing allowance and/or Universal Credit

A.2 We don’t hold this information.

Q.3   A breakdown of the total number of section 21 evictions used by private landlords in your area
 
A.3 Financial year Households homeless due to loss of private rented property
  2010/11 13
  2011/12 22
  2012/13 45
  2013/14 36
  2014/15 49
  2015/16 37
  2016/17 35
  2017/18 39
  2018/19 20
 
The  figures for 2018/19 are lower due to changes in recording brought in with the HRA. In total there was 93 cases however, only 20 were made homeless the other 73 were prevented from becoming homeless
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6065
Request Date: 13/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

An itemisation of:

Q.1   the number of private rented sector tenants on Local Housing Allowance and/or Universal Credit

A.1    There are currently 5115 Housing Benefit claimants in receipt of Local Housing Allowance. The council does not administer Universal Credit so is unable to provide statistics on caseload.

Q.2    data on how many households presenting to their councils as homeless are on Universal Credit or housing benefit

A.2     A total of 59 households stated they were in receipt of universal credit.

Q.3    The types of tenancy those households presenting as homeless under Universal Credit or housing benefit are currently on

A.3     
Council tenant - 8

Living with family or friends - 22
Other - 6
Owner-occupier - 1
Private rented sector - 13
Registered Provider tenant - 2
Social rented or supported housing - 6
Tied accommodation - 1
 


Details:

Reference Number: 7026
Request Date: 22/11/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Please provide an estimate of the gross expenditure on Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation in 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2019 financial years by the Cell Number against which the expenditure has been reported in the Council’s Subsidy Claim for that year.

A.1    16/17 £486,209.69 cell 96
17/18 £499,547.95 cell 96
18/19 £542,928.07 cell 96
19/20 to date £363,080.10 cell 96
For all years there will also be expenditure in respect of Specified Exempt
Accommodation in cells 94 and 102 but to supply this would require manually interrogating each claim within those cells as we do not have custom reports that will extract this dataset. As there are approx. 11,000 accounts in cell 102 for each financial year this would exceed the resource cost of £450 therefore we are claiming an exemption under Section 12(1).

Q.2     In respect of the 2018/19 estimate of expenditure in Question 2 what is the name of each landlord in respect of which claims were paid and the total amount paid to each?

A.2      18/19 Cell 96 Expenditure as follows:
HF Trust = £112,435.08
Changing Lives = £159,209.93
Barnardo’s = £10,413.00
Stop Gap = £78,973.74
Horizons North East = £25,949.03
Berwick Youth Project = £25,612.03
Leonard Cheshire Disability = £101,095.54
Reside Housing = £2790.74
Golden Lane = £26,448.98
There will also be expenditure in respect of Specified Exempt Accommodation in cells 94 and 102 but to supply this would require manually interrogating each claim within those cells as we do not have custom reports that will extract this dataset. As there are 11494 accounts in cell 102 this would exceed the resource cost of £450 therefore we are claiming an exemption under Section 12(1).

Q.3     How many Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation cases were receiving Housing Benefit for the week commencing 30 September and how much was the weekly gross eligible rent, split by type of accommodation (eg exempt, specified temporary etc) and the category of support (eg homelessness, drug and alcohol, mental health learning disabilities etc)

A.3    We do not have custom reports that will extract this dataset and this would require manually interrogating each claim within cells 102 and 96. As there are 11494 accounts in cell 102 this would exceed the resource cost of £450 therefore we are claiming an exemption under Section 12(1).

Appendix 1

An FOI Question Answered by North Devon District Council on 2 October 2019 https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/council/data-protection-and-freedom-of-information/disclosure-log/october-2019/

Q.1    How many Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit?

A.1    247

Q.2    How many Specified General Supported Accommodation cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit?

A.2     1

Q.3     How many Specified Domestic Violence Hostel cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit?

A.3     8

Q.4     How many Specified Local Authority Hostel cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit?

A.4    0

Q.5    What is the highest eligible gross rent being paid for a Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation case by Housing Benefits?

A.5    Exemption under paragraph 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Q.6     What is the lowest eligible gross rent being paid for a Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation case by Housing Benefits?

A.6     Exemption under paragraph 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Q.7     What is the lowest core rent being paid for a Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation case by Housing Benefits?

A.7     Exemption under paragraph 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Q.8     What is the highest core rent being paid for a Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation case by Housing Benefits?

A.8      Exemption under paragraph 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000  

Q.9     How many Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit for the following eligible rent ranges: £150.00 per week eligible gross - £250.00 per week eligible?

£251.00 per week eligible gross - £300.00 per week eligible gross?

£301.00 per week eligible gross - £400.00 per week eligible gross?

Greater than £400.00 per week eligible gross?

A.9    Exemption under paragraph 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
  
Q.10   How many Specified General or Exempt Supported Accommodation cases have been referred to the Rent Officer service (VOA)?

A.10    65 since  April 2019  

Q.11   How many Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation cases are being paid where the Local Authority is only receiving 60% subsidy?

A.11   65 since  April 2019

Q.12   How many Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation claims have received an 'unreasonably high' rent decision?

A.12   Exemption under paragraph 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000