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Freedom of information request response - 05186

FOI request

FOI ID number
05186
Regarding
Homelessness Reduction Act
Request
  1. Details of extra funding provided to your authority by government to support new HRA duties.
    How is your council allocating that funding?
    How many extra staff will your council engage for these purposes?

  2. What assistance will your council offer homeless households to fulfil extended duties to help secure accommodation?

  3. Will the council outsource such services, or work in partnership with other partners?

  4. Please send an example/template of a personalised housing plan if you have one available.

  5. Will your council enhance or create deposit and rent support schemes to help homeless households secure tenancies (NOT counting help available through DHPs).

  6. Will your council offer financial incentives to private sector landlords to encourage PRS landlords to accept homeless households?

  7. How much is the average such incentive for landlords (please give a range of figures if figures vary)?

  8. Does your council plan to acquire extra housing stock/extend arrangements with existing social or private housing providers to increase the number of temporary and permanent properties available to homeless households which are owed new or extended duties?

  9. How does the council plan to extend homelessness prevention advisory services to meet new and extended advisory duties in the act?

  10. Is your homelessness service/function contracted out in full or in part to another organisation. If Yes, please give details.

  11. Please send examples of staff Homelessness Reduction Act staff training documents if they are available.

Our response

Response
  1. Details of extra funding provided to your authority by government to support new HRA duties.
    New Burdens Grant - £6,085.
    Overhauling Data Grant - £9,202.
    Flexible Homeless Support Grant - £40K pa 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020

    How is your council allocating that funding?
    The purchase of Locata IT software, and the recruitment of a Housing Options Manager and 2 Housing Options Officers.

    How many extra staff will your council engage for these purposes?
    3 (see above).

  2. What assistance will your council offer homeless households to fulfil extended duties to help secure accommodation?
    Advice and information, rent deposits, 1 month’s rent in advance, support with CBL scheme applications, referrals to specialist legal advice where required.  

  3. Will the council outsource such services, or work in partnership with other partners?
    The homelessness service is carried out by Eden HA via an agency agreement.

  4. Please send an example/template of a personalised housing plan if you have one available.
    N/A – these are completed electronically on the Locata IT system.

  5. Will your council enhance or create deposit and rent support schemes to help homeless households secure tenancies (NOT counting help available through DHPs).
    Yes, we have a scheme in operation.

  6. Will your council offer financial incentives to private sector landlords to encourage PRS landlords to accept homeless households?
    We intend to develop a scheme in due course.

  7. How much is the average such incentive for landlords (please give a range of figures if figures vary)?
    To be decided.

  8. Does your council plan to acquire extra housing stock/extend arrangements with existing social or private housing providers to increase the number of temporary and permanent properties available to homeless households which are owed new or extended duties?
    Yes.

  9. How does the council plan to extend homelessness prevention advisory services to meet new and extended advisory duties in the act?
    Via the new colleagues employed at EHA.

  10. Is your homelessness service/function contracted out in full or in part to another organisation. If Yes, please give details.
    Homelessness & Housing Advice services are carried out by Eden Housing Association.

  11. Please send examples of staff Homelessness Reduction Act staff training documents if they are available.
    None available – training has been carried out by a range of external consultants.

Response date
25 April 2018