FOI Request - Spare Room Subsidy

Request 101000226792

For the 2013/14 financial year
1. How much revenue are you due in the spare room subsidy

2. How much remains outstanding

3. How much has administering the spare room subsidy cost, please break this down to show how much it has cost in administration, chasing owed money, appeals against payments, and so on

Response 25-03-2014

1. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. As we are currently not able to calculate this figure.

2. We cannot identify exactly how much. A variety of factors can contribute to a tenants level of arrears, so we cannot be confident how much of their arrears is attributable to removal of the spare room subsidy rather than other factors. In our most recent return to the Scottish Housing Regulator we estimated the amount to be between £1.7k and £27.3k and more likely towards the lower end. This represents between 0.5% and 8.5% of all arrears.

3. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  To explain, from a housing services perspective there has been considerable time expended responding to the removal of the spare room subsidy by area housing managers, senior housing officers, area housing officers, housing assistants, administration officers, the overall service manager and the policy team. This has primarily involved planning for the change, raising awareness, offering advice to tenants about how to respond, promoting applications for Discretionary Housing Payments, seeking payment of arrears, monitoring the impacts and responding to numerous surveys and FOIs about the impacts. None of these operations are costed.

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