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Freedom of Information Request

Council Tax and Homelessness

Received: 23 June 2020

am requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.
This is a lengthy request; however, all but question 9 are for statistical data.
Please note this request has no questions 1-4 or 10-14.
Council tax
The council may have introduced waivers or deferrals of council tax bills for households during the coronavirus pandemic. My preference is for the council to exclude from questions 5 -8 those households whose council tax for the relevant months has been waived (i.e. cancelled) during the pandemic, but to include those households whose council tax for the relevant months has been deferred (i.e. delayed).
However, while this is my preference, it is not a requirement, and if it is not possible please just provide the data for the whole council tax cohort (or the CTS cohort for questions 7 and 8).
5. How many households (i.e. council tax accounts) are eligible to pay council tax in 2020/21?
6. How many households still owe council tax for April 2020 (i.e. they have not fully paid their council tax bill for April)?
7. How many working age households are in receipt of Council Tax Support?
8. How many working age households in receipt of Council Tax Support still owe council tax for April 2020 (i.e. they have not fully paid their council tax bill for April)?
9. Please outline any council tax deferral or waiver policy the council has introduced during the coronavirus pandemic (e.g. the council cancelling Ctax bills for April to June for Council Tax Support recipients). Please state whether the council tax bills for the beneficiaries of these policies are included or excluded from the data for questions 1-8
Discretionary Housing Payments
15. What is the council's Discretionary Housing Payment budget for 2020/21 (comprising both funds sourced from central government and any top-ups by the council)?
16. How much has the council awarded in Discretionary Housing Payments so far in 2020/21?
Homelessness assistance
17. Since 1st April 2020, how many people have approached the council for help with homelessness or the threat of homelessness under the Homelessness Reduction Act?
18. How many of the people who approached the council since 1st April 2020 for help with homelessness or the threat of homelessness under the Homelessness Reduction Act (i.e. the question 17 figure) have been assessed by the council to be 'threatened with homelessness'?
19. How many of the people who approached the council since 1st April 2020 for help with homelessness or the threat of homelessness under the Homelessness Reduction Act (i.e. the question 17 figure) have been assessed by the council to be legally homeless?
If any question would take longer than the statutory cost limit to process, please exclude that question and process the remainder of this request.
Please email the information in the attached spreadsheet.

Outcome / Documents

  • Council Tax and Homlessness 6382954.xlsx - application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet - Download
  • Response (some not held) - application/pdf - Download

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