FOI Request Bedroom Tax

Request 101000118548

1. The total number of households in the council area that are known or believed to be under-occupying their properties by one bedroom, under the terms of the ‘bedroom tax’

2. The total number of households in the council area that are known or believed to be under-occupying their properties by two or more bedrooms, under the terms of the ‘bedroom tax’

3. The number of households currently occupying council houses or housing association social and affordable houses in the council area, that are known or believed to be under-occupying their properties by one bedroom, under the terms of the ‘bedroom tax’

4. The number of households currently occupying council houses or housing association social and affordable houses in the council area, that are known or believed to be under-occupying their properties by two or more bedroom, under the terms of the ‘bedroom tax’

5. The forecast average weekly loss in Housing Benefit for tenants who are under-occupying by one bed, due to the ‘bedroom tax’

6. The forecast average weekly loss in Housing Benefit for tenants under-occupying by two or more bedrooms, due to the ‘bedroom tax’

7. Any steps the council has taken, is taking or intends to take to assist affected tenants.

8. The number of housing tenants the council has transferred to smaller homes so far during 2012/13

9. Any data on the number of affected tenants who have informed the council that they plan to move home, or alternatively that they plan to remain in their current abode.

10. Any estimate of how many vacant one-bedroom properties currently exist (or are likely to exist in April 2013) (a) in the local council housing stock and (b) in the social and affordable housing stock of local housing associations

11. Any demographic breakdown of the figures provided in response to questions 1) and 2) held by the council – i.e. number of households with a disabled occupant, number of pension-age households etc. The council should provide any demographic breakdown it holds with regard to the figures in question 1) and 2), regardless of the precise demographic parameters.

Response 30-01-2013

1. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 (1b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

2. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 (1b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. 

3. 577

4. 125

5. £8.03

6. £14.23

7. The Council has a downsizing scheme available to tenants.

8. So far, 21 tenants have transferred to smaller homes (4 of these transferred through our downsizing incentive scheme). 

9. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 (1b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

10. As at 24 January 2013, we have 35 x 1 bedroom properties available for offer.  We do not hold this information for other social landlords but this may be available from the Scottish Housing Regulator as registered social landlords submit an Annual Statistical Performance Return (APSR). 

11. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 (1b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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