Freedom of information response

Waiting list for council housing

Publication date: 
Friday 24 March 2023

1. The total number of women currently (as of 24/01/23) on your waiting list for council housing who are living in a refuge/ supported living facility for women fleeing domestic abuse. 

2. Of this number, please can you provide the total number of women who have been on the list for i) up to six months ii) up to one year iii) up to two years iii) more than two years. 


The below figures are what applicants have inputted on the applications themselves, at the time of submitting the housing application.  It doesn’t include applicants who’s circumstances changed and they then moved into a refuge, as that would require checking 6,911 housing applications for details in case notes, address history and support documents.  This can take up to 5 minutes per application.

So the below figures are what has been submitted by applicants at the time of applying to join the housing register:

There are fewer than 5 women living in a refuge fleeing DA.  We are unable to provide an exact number for questions 1 & 2 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 12621