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Freedom of Information Request

Data on statutory overcrowding

Received: 8 July 2021

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 - related to council houses that are in breach of statutory overcrowding rules.

This request refers to statutory overcrowding by both the 'space standard' (determining how many people may occupy a dwelling with regard to the number of sleeping accommodation rooms in the dwelling and floor area of the rooms) and the 'room standard' (determining how many non-cohabiting people aged 10 and over of the opposite sex may share sleeping accommodation) as defined by the Housing Act 1985.

For the calendar years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 (separately), please tell me:

1) How many statutory overcrowding breaches did the council record for households housed by the council in each year? Please provide a breakdown of breaches by a) space standard and b) room standard, and specify whether households may be captured as both a room and a space standard breach.

2) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than two people have lived in a home with one room

3) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than three people have lived in a home with two rooms

4) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than five people have lived in a home with three rooms

5) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than 7.5 people have lived in a home with four rooms

6) The number of breaches of the space standard where more than 10 people have lived in a home with five rooms

7) For breaches of the room standard, the maximum number of people sleeping in one room as recorded by the council

8) How many households who have applied for council housing are living in temporary accommodation

9) Please list all the types of temporary accommodation the council has placed households in (including but not limited to: shipping containers, caravans, B&Bs, converted office buildings, and any other kind of accomodation).

Please provide the requested data in a spreadsheet format.

Outcome / Documents

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