Dear Mr Kirby
Thank you for your email dated 1 April 2019; we have treated this as a Freedom of Information request.
You have asked for the following information; please see our responses below in red:
1a) The number of Universal Credit claimants currently in rent arrears on their local authority-owned home; 536
1b) The combined value of all these arrears. – To clarify the response £12,113.10 owed following Universal Credit application. This group of customers have arrears in total of £542,522.27
2a) The number of Housing Benefit claimants currently in rent arrears on their local authority-owned home; Assuming this is number of people on HB – Those on full Housing Benefit – 4,580 and those on partial Housing Benefit – 637
2b) The combined value of all these arrears. There is currently no report detailing this so currently no information available on this, although we are working on one for the future.
3) The total amount of rent, in £, which was owed but never paid by claimants of Universal Credit for local authority-owned dwellings since January 1 2013 – Universal Credit went into full service in Barnet on 16 May 2018. Our performance with pure Universal Credit debt stands at 12K
4) For each municipal year since 2013/14 and including 2018/19 to date, the number of evictions per year of households in receipt of Housing Benefit (separate figures by year please);
5) For each municipal year since 2013/14 and including 2018/19 to date, the number of evictions per year of households in receipt of Universal Credit (separate figures by year please).
|Year||Number of evictions carried out||No. of those in receipt HB||No. of those in receipt of UC|
|2014/15||13||Not Available||Not Available|
|2015/16||17||Not Available||Not Available|
We have collected the data on 2016/17 to date by carrying out a manual exercise on those evictions who were in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit. Moving forward this will be captured and reported onto our Business Intelligence system. We cannot breakdown the evictions where Housing Benefit/Universal Credit is in payment for 2014/15 & 2015/16.
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Complaints and Information Manager