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Empty Homes into Decent Homes Initial Equality Impact Assessment

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					Equality Impact Initial Assessment form
    Directorate                Section                                      Person responsible for the
    REGENERATION               HOUSING IMPLEMENTATION                       assessment                 PHIL BROWN
   Name of the Policy to    Empty Homes into     Date of Assessment         Sep 2007                               Is this a new       New Policy
   be assessed              Decent Homes                                                                           or existing
                                                                                                                   policy
   1. Describe the aims, objectives and          To bring long term (6 months and over) empty homes in the private sector back into occupation, by taking a
   purpose of the policy                         proactive approach, including the use of compulsory powers where necessary. To prioritise the targeting of empty
                                                 properties.
   2. Are there any associated objectives of     No
   the policy, please explain
   3. Who is intended to benefit from the        Residents affected by demolition proposals, and others who wish to purchase a previously empty home or to rent
   policy and in what way                        it. It is intended to market some homes with preference to 1st time buyers, and to create initiatives to enable these
                                                 homes to be affordable.
   4. What outcomes are wanted from this         To tackle problematic properties on the basis of their length of being empty and their strategic importance in terms
   policy?                                       of location. To provide affordable homes and attempt to reduce overcrowding together with reducing the number
                                                 of long term empty houses across the borough.
   5. What factors/forces could                  The lack of resources and targeted funding in specific strategic areas.
   contribute/detract from the outcomes?
   6. Who are the main stakeholders in           RSL’s, private landlords,          7. Who implements the             The Surveying Support Team (Housing
   relation to the policy                        owners of empty private sector     policy and who is                 Implementation Section) – part of the
                                                 homes                              responsible for the               Regeneration Directorate
                                                                                    policy?




    8. Are there concerns that the policy                    No. Any differential impact would be positive e.g. tackling overcrowding, promoting affordability.
    could have a differential impact on racial   Y     N
    groups.                                                  A positive aspect would be where the Strategy enabled properties to be acquired and offered to
                                                             adjacent owners for extending their existing home to alleviate overcrowding, or to provide a home in
                                                             an area where family support existed. Bringing empty homes back into use would have a positive
                                                             impact in neighbourhoods and help make them more attractive places in which to live.
                                                             The delivery of the Strategy will take time and the legal processes for compulsory acquisition where
                                                             owners are unknown or belligerent can be viewed as negative.
                                                             The Strategy provides limited options to access private sector housing, due to the relatively small
                                                             number of properties that the Council will acquire year on year by this process, and this could be
                                                             viewed as being a negative. However it encourages owners to take positive action themselves to sell
                                                             or let the property and as landlords assist in providing extra lettable accommodation.
                                                             The Strategy will be subject to local publicity via the newspapers, the Oldhamer, OMBC website,
                                                             posters in public buildings etc. The Strategy will be straplined in accordance with Council practice
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    What existing evidence (either presumed or   An analysis of the 100 active empty property files revealed 20% to be located in mainly ethnic communities. It
    otherwise) do you have for this?             was unreliable to use known ownerships as 68% were unknown, and 5% were company based. In determining
                                                 using compulsory purchase powers the property would have exhibited signs of being problematic to adjacent
                                                 properties, the streetscape, or the neighbourhood.
    9. Are there concerns that the policy                    Homes would be available to all applicants regardless of gender (i.e. property based).
    could have a differential impact due to      Y     N
    gender
    What existing evidence (either presumed or
    otherwise) do you have for this?
    10. Are there concerns that the policy                   The policy does not specifically bring back empty homes into occupation for disabled persons
    could have a differential impact due to      Y     N     although it does not preclude them either. Whether a property is suitable or not depends on individual
    disability                                               requirements. Some homes offered may have better access /layout. If not, then assistance via
                                                             disabled Facilities grant to provide better facilities and access would be an option.

    What existing evidence (either presumed or
    otherwise) do you have for this?
    11. Are there concerns that the policy                   Homes would be available to all applicants regardless of sexual orientation (i.e. property based).
    could have a differential impact on people   Y     N
    due to sexual orientation
    What existing evidence (either presumed or
    otherwise) do you have for this?
    12. Are there concerns that the policy                   Homes would be available to all applicants regardless of age (i.e. property based).
    could have a differential impact on people   Y     N
    due to their age
    What existing evidence (either presumed or
    otherwise) do you have for this?


    13. Are there concerns that the policy                   Homes would be available to all applicants regardless of religious beliefs (i.e. property based).
    could have a differential impact on people   Y     N
    due to their religious belief
    What existing evidence (either presumed or
    otherwise) do you have for this?
    14. Are there concerns that the policy                   Any differential impact would be positive e.g. for those caring for people with disabilities who have
    could have a differential impact on people   Y     N     problems with access to and around their home, could apply for assistance to adapt the property to
    due to them having dependants/caring                     suit their needs..
    responsibilities
    What existing evidence (either presumed or
    otherwise) do you have for this?
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    15. Are there concerns that the policy                         Homes would be available to all applicants regardless (i.e. property based).
    could have a differential impact on people         Y    N
    due to their offending past
    What existing evidence (either presumed or
    otherwise) do you have for this?
    16. Are there concerns that the policy                         Homes would be available to all applicants regardless (i.e. property based).
    could have a differential impact on people         Y    N
    due to them being transgendered or
    transsexual
    What existing evidence (either presumed or
    otherwise) do you have for this?
    17. Are there concerns that the policy                         Elements of assistance are aimed at reducing fuel poverty and aiding vulnerable households. The
    could have a differential impact on people         Y    N      Strategy will aim to support the provision of affordable homes and offer options for relocating
    due to issues surrounding poverty                              households displaced by clearance activity by using ‘Property Exchange’ route.

    What existing evidence (either presumed or otherwise) do you
    have for this?
    18. Could the differential impact                              Could have a positive impact on those households who take up relocation assistance and provide an
    identified in 8-17 amount to there           YES       NO      impetus to uplifting streetscapes and neighbourhoods by reducing the blight effect that can result
    being the potential for adverse                                from long term empty properties.
    impact in this policy
    19. Can this adverse impact be                                 There would be no adverse impact on any one group by adopting this Strategy
    justified on the grounds of
    promoting equality of                        YES       NO
    opportunity for one group? Or
    any other reason
    20. Should the policy proceed to a                             21. If Yes, is there enough evidence to proceed to a full
    partial impact assessment                    YES       NO      EIA                                                                  YES                NO
                                                                   22. Date on which Partial or Full impact assessment to be completed by

   Signed (completing officer)__PB________________________             Signed (Lead Officer) __NC_______________________

				
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