FOI Request - Prisoner Tenancies
1. The number of tenants ejected from council housing because they received a prison sentence, in each of the past five years. Please include any information you have about the length of time the tenant was absent, the gender of the displaced tenant, and whether family members were also ejected.
2. A copy of any policies maintained by your local authority to deal with prisoners’ tenancies, and specifically how their personal belongings are managed.
1.The number of tenants ejected from council housing because they received a prison sentence, in each of the past five years:
2014, 2015 and 2016 - The numbers are so few that disclosure could risk identifying individuals. This information is therefore exempt under section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002; personal information.
2017 - 10
All displaced tenants were single people with no dependants.
In accordance with section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 we can confirm that the length of time the tenant was absent is not recorded.
Due to the low numbers involved, disclosing the gender breakdown could lead to the identification of individuals and is therefore exempt under Section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002; personal information.
Please find a link to the Housing Policy web page here. As the Prison Referral Protocol is published on this page it is therefore exempt under section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002; information otherwise accessible. Section 7, 8 and 9 particularly deal with Council tenancies.
As per the protocol, where the housing service is notified that the tenant has gone into prison, every attempt would be made by Council Housing Support Team and prison staff to discuss the situation at the earliest possible opportunity to identify what actions need to be taken regarding any tenancy or belongings. Where they do have a Council tenancy, housing and prison staff would work together to try and sustain the tenancy for their release but this would depend on the length of sentence which can vary hugely. This will also depend on how long any housing payments are made to cover the rent for the tenancy. Where there is a longer sentence the staff will organise the termination of the tenancy and storage of property and possessions where possible. Staff will then work together again in the period of time leading up to the prisoner's release to consider the housing options available to them.