Evictions and Out-of-Area Rehousing of Council Tenants affected by Welfare Reform

Information about the potential impact of central government welfare reform policies on eviction rates and geographical displacement of households with council housing tenancies. My information request relates to three welfare reform policies: 

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

2.  The Benefit Cap 

3.  Universal Credit roll-out 

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. 

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  

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? 

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.  

Devon County Council is not a housing authority and therefore does not hold the information requested. Evictions and Out-of-Area Rehousing of Council Tenants is a District and Unitary Councils function, please contact them directly using the information on the links provided.