FOI Request Impact of Welfare Reform

Request 101001723589

My information request relates to three welfare reform policies:

- Under-Occupancy (also known as Removal of Spare Room Subsidy / Bedroom Tax)

- The Benefit Cap

- Universal Credit roll-out

1. Please provide an annual breakdown since April 2010 of the total number of unique council tenancies - including the total number of people recorded as living in them - that have been evicted due to the non-payment of rent arrears.

2. For each year of this annual breakdown since April 2013, please disclose how many of these evicted households - including the total number of people recorded as living in them - had at some point been affected by:

a. Under-occupancy

b. Under-occupancy and the Benefit Cap

c. Under-occupancy and the Benefit Cap and Universal Credit roll-out

3. How many of the evicted households affected by a, b, or c - including the total number of people recorded as living in them - went on to make a successful homelessness application to the local authority?

4. Of these successful homeless applications, please disclose how many households - including the total number of people recorded as living in them - were placed in temporary accommodation in a different local authority area and disclose the destination local authority area in each case.  

Response 16-02-2018

1. We are unable to provide the total number of people living in our council tenancies that have been evicted due to rent arrears, however we can provide you with an annual breakdown of the total number of council tenancies, and how many tenancies have been ended each reporting year due to non-payment of rent arrears: (JF)

As at 31 March

Number of council tenancies

Number of tenancies evicted due to rent arrears only – these figures may not match those on the Scottish Gov. website as they include evictions for other reasons also.

2010

5759

5

2011

5743

5

2012

5756

7

2013

5884

9

2014

5909

4

2015

5957

9

2016

6019

6

2017

5981

9

 

Statistics are available on the Scottish Government website: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration

We are unable to match details from Question 1 to answer Question 2, 3 & 4.

 

I have provided the following tables giving totals as follows:

 

  • Table 1: All reasons for approach to our Housing Options Team (PREVENT1 reported to the Scottish Government)
  • Table 2: Outcomes of cases closed from Table 1.
  • Table 3: Reasons for approach to our Housing Options Team from those stating they are from a Local Authority dwelling (Moray)
  • Table 4: Outcomes of Table 3.
  • Table 5: Reason for approach to our Homelessness Team for those stating they are from a Local Authority dwelling (Moray)
  • Table 6: Outcomes of those who presented as homeless (Table 5) with reason for approach “Arrears”.

 

Table 1-From Scottish Government PREVENT1 Quarterly Report for Moray (to last data published 30/09/2017)

Reason for Approach (All reasons)

2014/

15

2015/

16

2016/

17

1 April-30 Sep 2017

Termination of tenancy / mortgage due to rent arrears / default on payments

22

18

16

11

Other action by landlord resulting in the termination of the tenancy

8

7

10

3

Applicant terminated secure accommodation

103

75

74

46

Loss of service / tied accommodation

15

11

10

4

Discharge from prison / hospital / care / other institution

11

8

8

9

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

7

1

3

7

Forced division and sale of matrimonial home

7

9

10

4

Other reason for loss of accommodation

5

2

5

2

Dispute within household: violent or abusive

130

139

130

62

Dispute within household / relationship breakdown: non-violent

284

272

305

109

Fleeing non-domestic violence

1

3

2

1

Harassment

5

5

3

5

Overcrowding

21

10

12

4

Asked to leave

150

145

131

67

Other reason for leaving accommodation / household

11

15

10

11

General housing options advice

3

7

2

7

Benefit issues (excluding Welfare Reform)

1

1

0

0

Welfare Reform – Under-occupancy penalty

0

1

0

0

Property condition - disrepair

16

5

10

3

Property condition – lacking amenities

1

2

2

4

Property condition – fire/flood

1

0

0

0

Accommodation unsuitable - Overcrowded

34

29

19

16

Accommodation unsuitable – Mobility/ Adaptation Issues

9

8

8

7

Accommodation unsuitable – Location

8

8

7

4

Household experiencing anti-social behaviour / neighbour problems

16

8

13

8

Household experiencing hate crime

0

0

1

0

Household member needing care

2

2

1

1

Personal issues – affordability / financial difficulties

34

31

24

19

Risk of losing accommodation - eviction/ repossession

172

138

138

66

Risk of losing accommodation - tied/ service tenancy

18

8

10

3

Risk of losing accommodation - asked to leave - parents

88

83

76

43

Risk of losing accommodation - asked to leave – other family

22

22

26

17

Risk of losing accommodation - asked to leave – friends

16

19

14

8

Landlord issue - Harassment from private sector landlord

4

0

2

0

Landlord issue - Illegal eviction – private sector landlord

7

7

2

3

Other

6

0

0

2

Total

1238

1099

1084

556

 

 

Table 2: From Scottish Government PREVENT1 Quarterly Report for Moray (to last data published 30/09/2017)

Outcomes (Number)

2014/

15

2015/

16

2016/

17

1 April-30 Sep 2017

LA tenancy

34

48

30

15

Private rented - assured tenancy

10

3

2

0

Moved-in with friends/ relatives

76

104

121

52

Tenancy with voluntary organisation other than above

1

0

1

0

Other (known)

12

13

10

7

Not known

35

20

17

11

RSL (Housing Association) tenancy

13

4

13

7

Private rented - short assured tenancy

66

65

97

40

Women's refuge

0

0

1

0

Home Ownership - Shared Ownership

0

0

1

0

Home Ownership - Bought own home via other means

3

3

5

3

Supported accommodation or Support Housing

0

1

1

1

Sheltered Accommodation

1

3

3

2

Shared Property - LA

0

0

2

2

Shared Property - Private Rented Sector

0

1

2

1

Lodger

8

16

4

3

Prison

0

0

2

1

Hospital

0

0

1

0

Lost contact with applicant

99

99

77

45

Remained in current accommodation

209

248

238

129

Made homelessness application to local authority

450

493

466

218

All

1017

1121

1094

537

 

 

Table 3: From Moray Council Business Objects system- Applicants stating from Local Authority dwelling presenting to Housing Options Team.

Primary Reason for Approach

2014/

15

2015/

16

2016/

17

01/04/17-

26/01/18

Accommodation unsuitable-Mobility/Adaptation issues

 

1

2

 

Accommodation unsuitable-Location

 

 

1

1

Accommodation unsuitable-Overcrowded

2

   

1

Applicant terminated secure accommodation

5

7

5

7

Discharge from prison/hospital/care/other institution

1

 

1

 

Dispute within household/relationship breakdown: non-violent

10

1

2

1

Dispute within household: violent or abusive

6

4

4

10

Emergency (fire/flood/storm/closing order from EH etc.)

4

 

1

 

Fleeing non-domestic violence

 

1

1

1

Harassment

2

   

1

Household experiencing anti-social behaviour/neighbour problems

4

3

3

6

Household member needing care

 

 

1

 

Loss of service/tied accommodation

1

     

Other action by landlord resulting in termination of tenancy

 

1

2

 

Other reason for leaving accommodation/household

1

   

2

Property condition-disrepair

 

2

1

 

Risk of losing accommodation-asked to leave-parents

1

     

Risk of losing accommodation-eviction/repossession

1

 

2

 

Termination of Tenancy/Mortgage due to arrears

6

2

2

8

Grand Total

44

22

28

38

 

 

 

Table 4: Outcome description of those who presented from LA tenancy (Table 3)

Outcome description of Table 3

2014/

15

2015/

16

2016/

17

01/04/17-

26/01/18

11 Moved in with Friends/Relatives

2

 

3

6

13 Other (Known)

2

     

14 Not Known

2

   

1

15 RSL(Housing Association) tenancy

 

1

   

16 Private Rented - Short Assured Tenancy

 

1

2

 

30 Lost Contact Prior to Final Outcome

3

1

 

2

98 Remained in Current accommodation

15

8

8

12

99 Made homeless application to local authority

19

11

12

16

Grand Total

44

22

28

38

 

 

Table 5: From Moray Council Business Objects system- Homeless applicants stating from Local Authority dwelling.

Reason for Homelessness

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

01/04/17-

26/01/18

APP TERMINATED SECURE ACCOMMODATION

 

2

1

3

1

ASKED TO LEAVE

5

 

1

2

3

DISPUTE IN H/HOLD:  NON-VIOLENT

8

11

9

16

9

DISPUTE IN H/HOLD: VIOLENT/ABUSIVE

6

8

14

17

10

EMERGENCY - FIRE/FLOOD ETC.

4

6

1

5

1

FLEEING NON-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 

1

3

2

 

HARASSMENT

2

4

3

5

6

OTHER REASON FOR LEAVING ACCOMMODATION

3

5

3

6

1

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS OF ACCOMMODATION

 

1

     

OVERCROWDING

 

1

     

TERM TCY - OTHER LANDLORD ACTION

1

3

3

2

 

*TERM TCY/MORTGAGE ARREARS/PAYMNT DEFAULT*

2

8

1

5

4

Grand Total

31

50

39

63

35

 

 

Table 6: Outcomes of Table 4 -*TERM TCY/MORTGAGE ARREARS/PAYMENT DEFAULT*

 HL1 Q23

2013/

14

2014/

15

2015/

16

2016/

17

01/04/17-

26/01/18

LA TENANCY

 

2

 

 

1

MOVED IN WITH FRIENDS/RELATIVES

 

1

 

2

1

NOT KNOWN

1

1

1

3

2

OTHER (KNOWN)

 

1

     

RETURNED TO PREVIOUS/PRESENT ACCOMM

1

2

     

RSL TENANCY

 

1

     

Grand Total

2

8

1

5

4

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