FOI Request Wheelchair Accessible Council Housing

Request 101001526423

1. How many council owned wheelchair accessible properties are there in total your local authority area? i.e. combined number of properties that are occupied and unoccupied.
a. What standard is your local authority using for determining if the property is wheelchair accessible?
2.  What is your area’s policy for providing temporary accommodation for applicants who require wheelchair accessible accommodation?
a. If there is no written policy, could you please provide information as to what your area might do in these types of situations?  
3. How many applicants requiring a wheelchair accessible property are on your waiting list?
4. How many unoccupied wheelchair accessible properties are there currently available for bidding in your local authority area?        
5. Does your local authority operate a policy whereby people registering on your Housing Register must have lived within the local authority area for a minimum period of time?
a. If yes, how long is this period?
6. How many people were registered as homeless or required homelessness prevention in your local authority area in the past 3 years, and of those how many were disabled people with a long term health condition? (please break down by year).

Response 06-07-2017 

1-We have 35 wheelchair accessible properties as at 31/03/2017.

1a-Scottish Government-Housing for Varying Needs

2.  There is no Council policy to provide therefore this information is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002- Information Not Held. 

a. We have 2 fully adapted wheelchair accessible properties within our temporary homeless accommodation stock and 4 partially adapted (ground floor with walk in showers). If we accommodate people in these properties that do not need the facilities they are informed at sign up that they will have to move if we get someone with disabilities that needs the use of that property. As a last resort, we will use hotels/bed and breakfast establishments with wheelchair accessible rooms until we are able to secure something in our own stock.

3.Source-Housing List as at 01/06/2017

 

Property size required Total on list
1 bed WC

2

2 bed WC

5

3 bed WC

3

4 bed WC

2

 

12

 

4. None.    We do not operate a bidding system.     Moray Council Allocations Policy and the Points System

5. No, see link at Q4

a. N/A see 5

6. We are unable to answer Q6 exactly so this inforamtion is exempt under Sec tion 17 of the Freedom of Inforamtion (Scotland) Act 2002- Information Not Held  This question not being asked for in the technical specification of our returns.  I have included 3 tables showing what I can provide & links to the full Scottish Government published statistics.

6-Source: PREVENT 1 report for Moray 16/17 from Scottish Government (Housing Options Team)

Reason for Approach      
  Financial year of Approach
  2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
General housing options advice

3

7

2

Benefit issues (excluding Welfare Reform)

1

1

0

Welfare Reform – Under-occupancy penalty

0

1

0

Property condition - disrepair

16

5

10

Property condition – lacking amenities

1

2

2

Property condition – fire/flood

1

0

0

Accommodation unsuitable - Overcrowded

34

29

18

Accommodation unsuitable – Mobility/ Adaptation Issues

9

8

8

Accommodation unsuitable – Location

8

8

7

Household experiencing anti-social behaviour / neighbour problems

16

8

13

Household experiencing hate crime

0

0

1

Household member needing care

2

2

1

Personal issues – affordability / financial difficulties

34

31

25

Risk of losing accommodation - eviction/ repossession

172

138

135

Risk of losing accommodation - tied/ service tenancy

18

8

10

Risk of losing accommodation - asked to leave - parents

87

83

78

Risk of losing accommodation - asked to leave – other family

22

22

25

Risk of losing accommodation - asked to leave – friends

16

19

15

Landlord issue - Harassment from private sector landlord

4

0

2

Landlord issue - Illegal eviction – private sector landlord

7

7

2

Other

6

0

0

All

457

379

354

 

 

Source: HL1 Report for Moray 31/03/2017 from Scottish Government (Homelessness Team)

Applications by technical reason for application      
  Financial year of Approach
  2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
Termination of tenancy / mortgage due to rent arrears / default on payments

30

41

22

Other action by landlord resulting in the termination of the tenancy

59

59

37

Applicant terminated secure accommodation

10

9

10

Loss of service / tied accommodation

13

5

13

Discharge from prison / hospital / care / other institution

24

20

17

Emergency (fire, flood, storm, closing order from Environmental Health etc.)

10

2

10

Forced division and sale of matrimonial home

14

7

9

Other reason for loss of accommodation

3

1

6

Dispute within household: violent or abusive

67

63

62

Dispute within household / relationship breakdown: non-violent

82

76

68

Fleeing non-domestic violence

6

7

6

Harassment

12

9

14

Overcrowding

22

22

18

Asked to leave

190

212

225

Other reason for leaving accommodation / household

22

19

37

All

564

552

554

       
Reasons for failing to maintain accommodation      
Financial difficulties/ debt/ unemployment

129

154

134

Welfare Reform – Under occupancy penalty/RSRS

5

2

3

Welfare Reform – Benefit Cap

2

2

5

Welfare Reform – Other

6

1

4

Physical health reasons

29

23

25

Mental health reasons

70

52

59

Unmet need for support from housing/ social work/ health services

7

10

14

Lack of support from friends/ family

66

27

40

Difficulties managing on own

37

31

32

Drug/ alcohol dependency

33

22

22

Criminal/ antisocial behaviour

22

16

15

Not to do with applicant household

69

35

29

Refused

14

16

4

NB-Multiple responses allowed      

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