Homelessness Placements

Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Reference
2015102827000075
Category
Request Date
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Response Date
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Question

I am seeking information about the homeless households that apply as homeless to the council and for which the council accepts a duty to house (acceptances). Please send me the following information: Questions:

1) How many homelessness households has your borough accepted a duty for in 2015 to date?
2) What were the five main reasons that households presented as homeless during that time (ie the five most common reasons for the loss of the last settled accommodation)? 3) How many of those households were placed in temporary accommodation in your borough?
4) What were the most common areas in which those homeless households were placed in temporary accommodation in your borough?
5) How many of those homeless households were placed in temporary accommodation outside of your borough?
6) What were the most common areas outside the borough in which those homeless households were placed?
7) How long on average have homeless households this year spent in temporary accommodation?
8) In what sector are homeless households in your borough most likely to be found settled accommodation (ie in the private rental sector or in social housing). How many were found settled accommodation this year in the private rental sector and how many in social housing?
9) Does your council provide a storage service for homeless households that are placed in temporary accommodation. If so, how long does the council provide that storage and how much does it cost?
10) Did housing benefit cover the full costs of temporary accommodation for homeless households this year or have some households had to pay costs towards that accommodation?
11) Does your council discharge its homelessness duty to the private sector?

 

Answer

Thank you for your recent request submitted under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please see our final response below.

1) How many homelessness households has your borough accepted a duty for in 2015 to date? 76
2) What were the five main reasons that households presented as homeless during that time (ie the five most common reasons for the loss of the last settled accommodation)?
1. Dispute with household/relationship breakdown; non-violent
2. Asked to leave
3. Other reason for leaving
4. Dispute with household: violent or abusive
5. Other action by landlord resulting in the termination of the tenancy

3) How many of those households were placed in temporary accommodation in your borough? 78
4) What were the most common areas in which those homeless households were placed in temporary accommodation in your borough? Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula
5) How many of those homeless households were placed in temporary accommodation outside of your borough? None
6) What were the most common areas outside the borough in which those homeless households were placed? N/A
7) How long on average have homeless households this year spent in temporary accommodation? 196 days
8) In what sector are homeless households in your borough most likely to be found settled accommodation (ie in the private rental sector or in social housing) Social housing. How many were found settled accommodation this year in the private rental sector and how many in social housing? Social housing 39 PRS 3
9) Does your council provide a storage service for homeless households that are placed in temporary accommodation Yes. If so, how long does the council provide that storage and how much does it cost? Until the applicant is permanently housed. Storage is between £15 and £35 per week per person.
10) Did housing benefit cover the full costs of temporary accommodation for homeless households this year or have some households had to pay costs towards that accommodation? It depends on whether or not they are employed and how that affects their housing benefit entitlement.
11) Does your council discharge its homelessness duty to the private sector? We haven’t to date.