Freedom of information response

Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO's)

Publication date: 
Thursday 2 July 2020
Request: 
  1. How many rooms in HMO's were booked by the Council for each full month from September 2019 up to and including January 2020? (Please note that I do not mean new bookings, but rather I mean the total number being used by the Council during each month.)
  2. What rate was being paid per night by the Council for each HMO room? If there was a range of rates charged for HMO rooms being used by the Council, please provide details of with the 3 lowest rates per night and 3 most expensive rates per night
  3. How many hotel and bed & breakfast rooms were booked by the Council to be used to house individuals who was owed a duty by the Council under homelessness legislation for each full month from September 2019 up to and including January 2020? (Please note that I do not mean new bookings, but rather I mean the total number being used by the Council during each month.)
  4. How many new applications did the Council receive for homelessness from 1st September 2019 up to and including 31st January 2020?
  5. Due to the Covid-19 Crisis the Government launch a scheme called "Everyone in" which sought to ensure all rough sleepers were taken off the streets and housed during the pandemic. How many rough sleepers did the council take off the street under this Scheme?
  6. Please provide the amount of emergency funding received by the Council under the "Everyone in" scheme?
Response: 
        1. If we are assuming that HMO’s are just in reference to temporary accommodation, our figures are as follows.

Sept

5

Oct

7

Nov

5

Dec

5

Jan 20

Fewer than 5

        1. £29
        1. We can confirm how many were placed in B& B by month for the period in question as below.

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan 20

Fewer than 5

10

10

Fewer than 5

5

        1. Please see above. The below is all new applications created in the corresponding months.  However, please can you provide further clarification as to what you mean by this question as ‘new application’ could also include those provided with advice and not necessarily placed into accommodation as we do not have a duty to do so.

Sep-19

181

Oct-19

188

Nov-19

195

Dec-19

104

Jan-20

175

        1. Since 19 March, the council has housed a total of 38 people. This includes those known to be rough sleeping prior to the Government's guidance and subsequent presentation of those at risk of rough sleeping.

The Council has incurred costs for the provision of accommodation and food distribution which is usually outside of the statutory duties.

We received £6k of the Government’s initial £3.2 million funding for rough sleepers. The allocation was based on the annual rough sleeper count which was reported to MHCLG. Following this, we received a further £4.3 million of the Covid 19 funding, which is expected to support the delivery of social care services including homelessness.

We are unable to provide an exact number for question 1 & 3 above 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 10028