FOI Request - Social Housing and Translators

Request 101000420387

1. Name of your authority and the area you cover?

2. How many households are currently on your waiting list for social housing?

3. How many of those households from Question 2 on your waiting list are made up of one or more EU Nationals? Please list the nationalities and the number waiting.

4. How many of those households from Question 2 on your waiting list are are made up of one or more non-EU Nationals (not including UK residents)? Please list the nationalities and the number waiting.

5. Do you have a residency requirement as part of the qualification criteria for social housing which would require the applicant (or member of the applicant's household) to have lived within the area for a specific period of time? If yes, please give details of the requirement e.g/ residency for at least two years  

6. In the following years how many households made up of one or more EU Nationals were granted social housing in your area who had not been residence in the authority's district for at least two years?
a) 2014
b) 2015
c) So far 2016

7. In the following years how many households made up of one or more non-EU Nationals were granted social housing in your area who had not been residence in the authority's district for at least two years?
a) 2014
b) 2015
c) So far 2016

8. What is the cost of language interpreter and translation services the council has used in the following financial years?
a) 2013/14
b) 2014/15
c) 2015/16?

9. How many languages do you translate information into as of 1 March 2016? Please list the languages in order of the most popular.

Response 29-03-2016

1. The Moray Council

2. 2806 households as at 08/03/2016

3. The equal opportunities questions within our apply4homes on-line application do not form part of the assessment process, are not mandatory and are only used for statistical purposes. 

This is to ensure each partner houses those in need, regardless of their race, national origin, culture, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Of the 2806 households on the waiting list on 08/03/2016 we can provide the following ethnic group details.

African, African Scottish or African British

4

Chinese, Chinese Scottish or Chinese  British

1

Gypsies/Travellers

1

Irish

5

Mixed or multiple ethnic group

6

None

54

Not known

3454

Other Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British

1

Other British

263

Other Caribbean or Black

2

Other ethnic group

43

Other White ethnic group

101

Pakistani, Pakistani Scottish or Pakistani British

2

Polish

45

Refused

50

White

17

White Scottish

1339

Blank

1763

Total breakdown of the 2806 Households as at 08/03/2016

7151

 

4. This information is not held on our recording system and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

5. In accordance with the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, The Moray Council operates an ‘open’ housing list.  Eligibility for accessing a housing list only takes into account the age of the applicant.  Anyone aged 16 years and over is entitled to be admitted to the Housing List.  The right to be admitted to the list is not a right to be allocated a house.

The rights of non-UK nationals to housing and homeless provisions are a complex area.  The council will ensure that applications received from Non-UK nationals are processed in accordance with legislation.

In accordance with Section 20 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (as amended), when allocating housing, the Council will take no account of whether an applicant is resident in the area if the applicant:

  • is employed, or has been offered employment in the area; or
  • wishes to move into the area to seek employment and the Council is satisfied that this is the applicant’s intention; or
  • wishes to move to the area to be near a relative or carer; or
  • has special social or medical reasons for requiring to be housed within the area; or
  • wishes to move into the area because he or she runs the risk of domestic abuse.

Full details of our allocations policy is available at www.moray.gov.uk -links 

Housing and Homelessness/Housing Strategies, Policies and Performance/Housing Policies.

6. This information is not held on our recording system and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

7. This information is not held on our recording system and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

8. 

Year Written translation Phone

Face to face

(foreign language)

Face to face

(British sign language)

Total
2013/14

1991.36

743.75

10,373.74

629.20

13,738.03

2014/15

2628.47

2097.34

10,387.95

1395.69

16,509.45

2015 to date

780.00

1341.64

7161.97

1877.00

11.160.61

 

9. As of 1 March 2016 we have access to translation into 280 languages.

Using translation requests for 2015, the most commonly requested languages (in order):-

  • Arabic
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Latvian/Lithuanian/Punjabi/Urdu
  • Chinese
  • Russian

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