Written questions and answers

Written questions allow Members of Parliament to ask government ministers for information on the work, policy and activities of government departments.

Historical written answers can be found in Hansard.

Find the latest written questions and answers for the 2017-19 session below. We welcome your feedback on this service.

Show
by:
Find by:
Close

UIN

Unique Identifying Number – Every written question in the House of Commons has a UIN per Parliament. In the House of Lords each written questions has a UIN per parliamentary session.
Showing 1-20 out of 36
Results per page
Results per page 20 | 50 | 100
Expand all answers
Print selected
Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Ministry of Justice
Grenfell Tower: Fires
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to create a dedicated fund for the legal needs of the affected community arising from the Grenfell Tower fire.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 18 October 2018

The Government is keen to ensure that the bereaved, survivors and affected residents of the Grenfell Tower tragedy can receive appropriate help and support in a timely manner. Legal aid is available for civil legal aid services as set out in Schedule 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, subject to means and merits tests. Additionally, legal aid may also be available under Exceptional Case Funding, where not providing it would breach or carry a serious risk of breaching the European Convention on Human Rights.

Ministers have met recently with representatives from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) and the Law Society, and understand that RBKC has put in place a comprehensive compensation and rehabilitation offer, which extends to all residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk. The Government will continue to work with bodies such as RBKC and the Law Society to assist people in claiming what they are entitled to.

Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2018 to Question 155402, if she will publish the written communication from the British Medical Association and Royal College of General Practitioners confirming that those organisations agreed to the revised wording of the ESA65B letters sent to claimants’ GPs when they fail the work capability assessment.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 17 October 2018

In accordance with the Answer of 3 July 2018 to Question 155402, the information is not available as there is no written minute of the meeting between officials from this Department and representatives from the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners on the revised wording of the ESA65B letter.

Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Independent Case Examiner
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2018 to Question 155403 on Independent Case Examiner: Complaints, if how much additional resource has been allocated to the Independent Case Examiner in 2018-19 to reduce the current 60 week waiting time for a decision.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 16 October 2018

The Independent Case Examiner’s Office has received funding to recruit thirteen addititonal staff in the 2018/19 reporting year.

Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Independent Case Examiner
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints have been (a) received and (b) determined by the Independent Case Examiner in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 16 October 2018

The table below details the number of complaints (a) received (including the number accepted for examination) and (b) determined by the Independent Case Examiner in each full reporting year since 2010.

Reporting Year

Received

Accepted for Examination

Resolved or Settled to the complainants satisfaction

Determined by the Independent Case Examiner

2010/11

3371

1333

746

641

2011/12

2672

1178

555

771

2012/13

2949

1001

360

899

2013/14

3233

1126

377

786

2014/15

3268

1149

229

888

2015/16

2628

1101

171

586

2016/17

2940

1137

211

660

2017/18

5857

2784

224

698

Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants affected by the Benefit Cap in each London borough are in receipt of (a) Job Seekers Allowance, (b) Employment Support Allowance, (c) Income Support, and (d) Universal Credit and (e) another benefit.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 16 October 2018

The number of households in each London borough that had their Housing Benefit capped in May 2018 in receipt of (a) Job Seekers Allowance, (b) Employment Support Allowance, (c) Income Support

London Borough

Total number of households that had their Housing Benefit capped

Number of households in receipt of:

a) Jobseeker's Allowance

b) Employment and Support Allowance (Work-Related Activity Group and awaiting assessment)

c) Income Support

Barking and Dagenham

323

62

32

167

Barnet

764

200

140

234

Bexley

221

26

24

129

Brent

1,200

420

205

309

Bromley

206

25

15

133

Camden

449

146

101

121

City of London

7

0

0

0

Croydon

300

36

26

180

Ealing

1,100

330

122

408

Enfield

968

133

139

500

Greenwich

287

43

22

180

Hackney

966

300

166

305

Hammersmith and Fulham

235

56

34

108

Haringey

631

111

108

276

Harrow

286

54

22

125

Havering

217

31

17

117

Hillingdon

365

66

34

195

Hounslow

183

22

8

97

Islington

355

109

50

148

Kensington and Chelsea

328

66

78

106

Kingston upon Thames

165

46

31

64

Lambeth

457

67

58

250

Lewisham

476

74

72

282

Merton

140

34

11

63

Newham

711

165

87

290

Redbridge

259

47

34

117

Richmond upon Thames

141

21

25

69

Southwark

301

22

36

189

Sutton

62

8

6

34

Tower Hamlets

608

145

68

283

Waltham Forest

415

90

38

203

Wandsworth

507

138

79

191

Westminster

477

129

109

125

The total number of households that have their Housing Benefit capped have been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data. This is consistent with published statistics. More information on this can be found in Stat-Xplore, DWP’s online interactive tabulation tool. Stat-Xplore can be accessed here: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

In the breakdowns by benefit figures less than 5 have been removed to avoid the release of confidential data.

The proportion of households in each London borough that had their Housing Benefit capped in May 2018 in receipt of (a) Job Seekers Allowance, (b) Employment Support Allowance, (c) Income Support

London Borough

Proportion of households in receipt of Housing Benefit that were in receipt of:

a) Jobseeker's Allowance

b) Employment and Support Allowance (Work-Related Activity Group and awaiting assessment)

c) Income Support

Barking and Dagenham

19%

10%

52%

Barnet

26%

18%

31%

Bexley

12%

11%

58%

Brent

35%

17%

26%

Bromley

12%

7%

65%

Camden

33%

22%

27%

City of London

0%

0%

0%

Croydon

12%

9%

60%

Ealing

30%

11%

37%

Enfield

14%

14%

52%

Greenwich

15%

8%

63%

Hackney

31%

17%

32%

Hammersmith and Fulham

24%

14%

46%

Haringey

18%

17%

44%

Harrow

19%

8%

44%

Havering

14%

8%

54%

Hillingdon

18%

9%

53%

Hounslow

12%

4%

53%

Islington

31%

14%

42%

Kensington and Chelsea

20%

24%

32%

Kingston upon Thames

28%

19%

39%

Lambeth

15%

13%

55%

Lewisham

16%

15%

59%

Merton

24%

8%

45%

Newham

23%

12%

41%

Redbridge

18%

13%

45%

Richmond upon Thames

15%

18%

49%

Southwark

7%

12%

63%

Sutton

13%

10%

55%

Tower Hamlets

24%

11%

47%

Waltham Forest

22%

9%

49%

Wandsworth

27%

16%

38%

Westminster

27%

23%

26%

The number of households in each London borough that had their Universal Credit capped in May 2018 in receipt of (d) Universal Credit

London Borough

d) Universal Credit

Barking and Dagenham

10

Barnet

20

Bexley

0

Brent

30

Bromley

0

Camden

10

City of London

0

Croydon

530

Ealing

110

Enfield

130

Greenwich

0

Hackney

10

Hammersmith and Fulham

310

Haringey

0

Harrow

0

Havering

0

Hillingdon

20

Hounslow

410

Islington

0

Kensington and Chelsea

160

Kingston upon Thames

10

Lambeth

70

Lewisham

50

Merton

70

Newham

0

Redbridge

0

Richmond upon Thames

30

Southwark

250

Sutton

130

Tower Hamlets

320

Waltham Forest

0

Wandsworth

70

Westminster

20

Figures for the number of households that had their Universal Credit capped have been rounded to the nearest 10 and figures less than 5 have been removed to avoid the release of confidential data. This is consistent with published statistics.

All households that had their Universal Credit capped in May 2018 were in receipt of Universal Credit.

(e) All households that had their Housing Benefit capped in May 2018 were in receipt of Housing Benefit.

Figures for households that had Housing Benefit capped are presented separately to those that had their Universal Credit capped in line with the Benefit Cap official statistics.

Figures for the total number of households that had their Housing Benefit capped are consistent with published figures on Stat Xplore.

Q
(Kensington)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

Asked on: 03 September 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Housing: Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 3.9 of the report to the leadership team of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Housing options and support for secure tenants of the Walkways, Treadgold House and Bramley House in temporary accommodation, published on 25 July 2018, what representations the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has made to his Department for additional funds to implement options (i) and (ii).
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 11 September 2018

To date, Government has spent over £46 million to support recovery following the Grenfell Tower fire, and has committed an additional £34 million, which includes re-housing costs, new mental health support services, investment in the Lancaster West Estate and a new community space.

With reference solely to options (i) and (ii) in paragraph 3.9 of the 'Housing options and support for secure tenants of the Walkways, Treadgold House and Bramley House in temporary accommodation leadership report' Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has not made any representations for funds specifically to implement those options.

Following the tragedy, the Department agreed that Government funding would be provided to support those made permanently homeless by the fire, RBKC would support other affected households.

We remain in regular and frequent discussion with RBKC on potential future financial pressures arising from the Grenfell tragedy.

Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 19 June 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date the Government’s Legal Service cleared the revised wording of the ESA65B letters to claimants’ doctors prior to the Cabinet Secretary’s decision to issue a Ministerial Requirement.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 03 July 2018

DWP’s Legal Service cleared the revised wording on 29 July 2016 and the then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions subsequently authorised the changes.

Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 19 June 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 30 May 2018 to Question 146987 on Employment and Support Allowance, who attened the meetings between officials in his Department and the (a) British Medical Association and (b) Royal College of General Practitioners on the revised wording of the ESA65B; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of those meetings.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 03 July 2018

The names of the participants representing the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners who attended the meetings referred to constitute their personal data and in accordance with data protection principles, they will not be disclosed without informed consent. DWP officials did not take minutes of these meetings.

Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 19 June 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Homes and Communities Agency: Public Appointments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason the Vice-Chair of the Regulation Committee at the Homes & Communities Agency was appointed as the Interim Chair for a period of 12 months instead of a permanent appointee being recruited.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 27 June 2018

The previous Chair, Julian Ashby, stepped down unexpectedly in January 2018 to take up another position which could have been perceived to be a conflict of interest. The decision was taken to appoint the deputy Chair into the role of Interim Chair for a period of 12 months to provide continuity as the Regulator of Social Housing becomes a stand alone organsiation. A campaign to recruit the permanent Chair will launch after the publication of the Social Housing Green Paper to ensure the job specification fully reflects the Government’s priorities for social housing.

Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 19 June 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Homes and Communities Agency: Public Appointments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) Job Description and (b) Person Specification for the role of Chair of the Regulation Committee of the Homes and Communities Agency.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 27 June 2018

A copy of the current job description will be placed in the Library. This will be refreshed, alongside the person specification, ahead of launching a campaign to recruit a permanent Chair later in the year. They will be posted on the Centre for Public Appointments website when the recruitment campaign launches. The appointment will be run in line with Civil Service Commissioners/Centre for Public Appointments guidance.

Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 19 June 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Independent Case Examiner: Complaints
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2018 to Question 146989 on Independent Case Examiner, whether his Department has performance measures for the time taken to conclude investigations into complaints escalated to the Independent Case Examiner (ICE); and what steps are being taken to reduce the time taken for the ICE to make a decision.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 26 June 2018

The performance measures for the Independent Case Examiner’s Office and their achievement against those measures are published on their Gov.UK webpage. In recognition of the demand-led nature of the service provided by the Office, there is no performance measure for the time complaints wait to be brought into investigation. The Office has been allocated additional resource for the 2018/19 reporting year which should improve overall waiting times.

Q
(Kensington)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant the Answer of 16 May 2018 to Question 142517, whether the change in wording to the ESA65B letter to claimants’ doctors was authorised by the Cabinet Secretary at the request of the then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 06 June 2018
Holding answer received on 04 June 2018

Officials from this Department engaged with the Cabinet Office on the development of new wording of the ESA65B letter, but changes were authorised by the then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who has responsibility.

Q
(Kensington)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Independent Case Examiner: Complaints
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to reach a determination on a complaint escalated to the Independent Case Examiner was in 2017-18.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 04 June 2018

The Independent Case Examiner’s Office provides a demand led service. Once a complaint has been accepted for examination it awaits allocation to an investigation case manager. The time complaints wait to be brought into investigation depends on the volume of referrals received, the complexity of the cases on hand and the available investigative resource. During the 2017/18 reporting year the average time taken to reach a determination on a complaint escalated to the Independent Case Examiner (from the point the complaint was accepted for examination to case closure) was 60.87 weeks, whilst the average time taken to conclude an investigation from the point it was allocated to an investigation case manager to case closure was 19 weeks (against a target of 20 weeks).

Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 22 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2018 to Question 132729, how the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners were engaged with on the wording of the ESA65B letters by officials of her Department; and if she will place copies of related written responses in the Library of the House.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 30 May 2018

Officials from this Department engaged with the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners on the development of the revised ESA65B letter via regular meetings that DWP holds with both organisations, during which their agreement on the final wording was obtained.

No other external stakeholders were consulted on the development of the revised ESA65B letter.

Grouped Questions: 146988
Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 22 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any external bodies apart from the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners were engaged by her Department to determine whether the adequacy of the revised wording of the ESA65B letter to welfare claimants’ GPs.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 30 May 2018

Officials from this Department engaged with the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners on the development of the revised ESA65B letter via regular meetings that DWP holds with both organisations, during which their agreement on the final wording was obtained.

No other external stakeholders were consulted on the development of the revised ESA65B letter.

Grouped Questions: 146987
Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 09 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2018 to Question 132726 on employment and support allowance, on what date the Cabinet Secretary issued the ministerial requirement that the wording of the ESA65B letters be revised.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 16 May 2018

The Cabinet Secretary first issued the requirement to revise the ESA65B letter in November 2014.

The wording of the ESA65B was changed to emphasise the benefits of work and to ask GPs to encourage their patients in their efforts to return to some form of work.

The wording of the revised version includes the following link to guidance for GPs on issuing fit notes: www.gov.uk/government/publications/fit-note-guidance-for-gps.

This includes a link to detailed guidance on the benefits system for GPs available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-short-guide-to-the-benefit-system-for-general-practitioners which includes guidance on when a claimant is appealing and where their condition worsens or they develop a new condition.

Claimants can be paid Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) whilst appealing a decision, the rate of which is equivalent to that of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). In order for someone to be paid ESA pending an appeal they need to provide the Department with fit notes in order to be treated as having Limited Capability for Work until the appeal is determined. However, this doesn’t apply where the claimant fails a second Work Capability Assessment. Where this is the case then ESA will not be paid pending the appeal and the claimant would need to claim JSA or Universal Credit (UC) (depending on where they lived).

If a claimant’s GP does not provide them with a fit note during the appeal period they cannot be paid ESA but are able to claim JSA or UC where eligible.

Grouped Questions: 142518 | 142519
Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 09 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2018 to Question 132726 on employment and support allowance, for what reasons the revised ESA65B letter no longer notifies doctors that they should continue to provide fit notes for claimants if they are appealing a decision or their condition worsens.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 16 May 2018

The Cabinet Secretary first issued the requirement to revise the ESA65B letter in November 2014.

The wording of the ESA65B was changed to emphasise the benefits of work and to ask GPs to encourage their patients in their efforts to return to some form of work.

The wording of the revised version includes the following link to guidance for GPs on issuing fit notes: www.gov.uk/government/publications/fit-note-guidance-for-gps.

This includes a link to detailed guidance on the benefits system for GPs available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-short-guide-to-the-benefit-system-for-general-practitioners which includes guidance on when a claimant is appealing and where their condition worsens or they develop a new condition.

Claimants can be paid Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) whilst appealing a decision, the rate of which is equivalent to that of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). In order for someone to be paid ESA pending an appeal they need to provide the Department with fit notes in order to be treated as having Limited Capability for Work until the appeal is determined. However, this doesn’t apply where the claimant fails a second Work Capability Assessment. Where this is the case then ESA will not be paid pending the appeal and the claimant would need to claim JSA or Universal Credit (UC) (depending on where they lived).

If a claimant’s GP does not provide them with a fit note during the appeal period they cannot be paid ESA but are able to claim JSA or UC where eligible.

Grouped Questions: 142517 | 142519
Q
(Kensington)
Asked on: 09 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 March 2018 to Question 132726 on employment and support allowance, if she will clarify whether an appellant will lose their entitlement to that allowance pending appeal if the appellant's GP stops signing fit notes.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 16 May 2018

The Cabinet Secretary first issued the requirement to revise the ESA65B letter in November 2014.

The wording of the ESA65B was changed to emphasise the benefits of work and to ask GPs to encourage their patients in their efforts to return to some form of work.

The wording of the revised version includes the following link to guidance for GPs on issuing fit notes: www.gov.uk/government/publications/fit-note-guidance-for-gps.

This includes a link to detailed guidance on the benefits system for GPs available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-short-guide-to-the-benefit-system-for-general-practitioners which includes guidance on when a claimant is appealing and where their condition worsens or they develop a new condition.

Claimants can be paid Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) whilst appealing a decision, the rate of which is equivalent to that of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). In order for someone to be paid ESA pending an appeal they need to provide the Department with fit notes in order to be treated as having Limited Capability for Work until the appeal is determined. However, this doesn’t apply where the claimant fails a second Work Capability Assessment. Where this is the case then ESA will not be paid pending the appeal and the claimant would need to claim JSA or Universal Credit (UC) (depending on where they lived).

If a claimant’s GP does not provide them with a fit note during the appeal period they cannot be paid ESA but are able to claim JSA or UC where eligible.

Grouped Questions: 142517 | 142518
Q
(Kensington)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 28 March 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Grenfell Tower: Fires
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason households in the area surrounding Grenfell Tower which were made homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire are excluded from statistics on the rehousing process for survivors of that fire.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 16 April 2018

Rehousing prioritises those from Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk, who lost their homes in the fire. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council regularly provides statistics on the rehousing process for households from the wider Estate who are also eligible for rehousing under the Wider Grenfell Rehousing Policy, as well as for those from Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk, and I have provided such statistics to Members previously.

Q
(Kensington)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 28 March 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Grenfell Tower: Fires
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will ensure that all households made homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire regardless of whether they lived in that tower are offered secure tenancies when they are rehoused.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 16 April 2018

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council made a commitment to rehouse in permanent social housing anyone who, immediately before the fire, was living at Grenfell Tower or Grenfell Walk as their main home; this includes council tenants, resident leaseholders, subtenants or lodgers and tenants of non-resident leaseholders.

Households from Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk who accept a council property will be offered a lifetime secure tenancy, and households from Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk who accept a housing association property will be offered a lifetime assured tenancy. The Council has guaranteed that those who held a council tenancy at Grenfell Tower or Grenfell Walk who move into a permanent housing association property will continue to have at least the same tenancy rights as they previously had.

Of the households from the wider Estate who moved into emergency accommodation after the fire, many have returned to their homes. I understand that some residents do not want to return home or do not yet feel ready to do so. For those who do not yet feel ready to return home, the Council is ensuring that suitable, good quality, self-contained interim accommodation is available, and is focusing on making refurbishments and repairs to accommodation on the Lancaster West Estate to enable people to return.

For those who do not wish to return home, the Council has published a permanent rehousing offer. This applies to council tenants from Barandon, Hurstway and Testerton Walks and Bramley and Treadgold Houses. Eligible households from those blocks who accept a council property will be offered a lifetime secure tenancy and eligible households from those blocks who accept a housing association property will be offered an assured tenancy. The Council will request that housing associations grant tenancies of at least the same length as that held by the tenant previously.

Expand all answers
Print selected
Showing 1-20 out of 36
Results per page
Results per page 20 | 50 | 100