Freedom of information response

Homelessness Reduction Act

Publication date: 
Monday 20 May 2019
Request: 

I am writing to request statistics for the number of single households* who have approached your local authority since the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act and have:

1.    Presented at your Local Authority whose reason for loss of last settled home was:

Violent relationship breakdown with partner or associated persons

Other violence or harassment

2.    Number of single households* who presented at your Local Authority whose supports needs were:

At risk of/has experienced sexual abuse/exploitation

At risk of/has experienced domestic abuse

At risk of/has experienced sexual abuse/exploitation

 3. The number of these single households* cases from 1 and 2 whom went through both prevention and relief duty stages and then had a Main duty decision made and were found to be Homeless but Non-priority.

(*single households would include those applicants who could have non-dependent children still living at home)

Response: 

Please see attached document Appendix A.

We are unable to provide an exact number as:

·         There is a low number involved.

·         The release of this information could identify individuals which would constitute their personal data under the Data Protection Act

·         There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals that their personal information would be published in the wider public domain under the FOI Act

·         Personal data of any other person is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Data Protection Act.

However in the interests of transparency we are able to provide this information to you categorised as fewer than 5 to give you an indication of the figures

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Request reference:
FOI 9000