FOIs - August 2017

2884 - Housing adaptations

Details:

Reference Number: 2884
Request Date: 01/08/2017

Question:

1. What was your council’s budget for housing adaptations for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

2. What was your council’s total spend on housing adaptations for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

3. What was your council's total spend on Disabled Facilities Grants for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17

4. What was your council's total spend on Disabled Facilities Grants for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

5. How many applications for Disabled Facilities Grants did your council receive in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

6. How many applications for Disabled Facilities Grants were accepted by your council, and how many were rejected, in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

7. How many requests for housing adaptations did your council receive in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

8. How many requests for housing adaptations did your council grant, and how many were rejected, in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

 

Response:

1.

Housing adaptation budget

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

£300,000

£474,000

£784,364

£671,393

£539,000

Note
We have interpreted your request for information about housing adaptations as referring to the work funded from the council’s Housing Revenue Account under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act rather than work funded from DFGs which is included in the questions below.

 

2.

Housing adaptation spend

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

£300,000

£474,000

£627,971

£646,604

£486,090

Note
This table shows information relating to housing adaptations funded from the council’s Housing Revenue Account under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act.

 

3.

Disabled Facilities Grant spend

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

£1,413,558

£1,812,887

£1,635,948

£1,739,584

£1,708,990

Note
We have not answered the duplicated question that follows this one in your original request.

4. Duplicate of Q.3 above.

 

5.

DFG applications (referrals) received

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

See note 1

385 (see note 2)

618

591

706

Notes
1. We do not hold this information for 2009/10. Prior to August 2010 different organisational arrangements dealt with DFGs and information relating to them is not now separately identifiable.
2. This figure records applications received September 2010-March 2011.

 

6.  

DFG applications completed

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

See note 1

328 (see note 2)

363

297

507

Notes
1. We do not hold this information for 2009/10. Prior to August 2010 different organisational arrangements dealt with DFGs and information relating to them is not now separately identifiable.
2. This figure records applications completed September 2010-March 2011.

 

DFG applications not completed

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Budget

See note 1

93 (see note 2)

455

294

507

Notes
1. We cannot provide a meaningful answer to your request for the number of applications “rejected” as it is not a feature of the formal process for DFG application. The table above shows how many applications did not proceed to completion in the years to which your request relates. Applicants may decide not to proceed for a range of reasons related to their personal circumstances (e.g. they may not want to share their financial data, they may not want the physical disruption of the adaptation, their needs may change or they may no longer live at home). We do not hold this information for 2009/10 . In these years different organisational arrangements dealt with DFGs and information relating to them is not now separately identifiable.
2. This figure records applications not completed September 2010-March 2011.

7.

Housing adaptations requests

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Applications received

265

464

896

779

878

  Note

This table shows Housing adaptations funded from the council’s Housing Revenue Account under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act.


8.

Housing adaptations completed

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Ordered

265

464

682

511

878

Note
This table shows Housing adaptations funded from the council’s Housing Revenue Account under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act. Housing adaptation requests are not rejected.



2885 - Broadband for schools

Details:

Reference Number: 2885
Request Date: 01/08/2017

Question:

1. How many schools do you currently provide a central Internet service to?

2. Contract renewal date for these establishments?  

3. Services retender date?  
 
4. Notice period a school has to give to change to an alternative provider  

5. Are there any plans to step away from delivering central connectivity service to schools  
in the next 3 years?   

6. Broadband provider e.g. Virgin Media/BT  
a. Connection type e.g. ADSL, FTTC, EFM  
b. Bandwidth e.g. 100Mbps, 10Mbps  

7. What are the different elements that comprise the central connectivity service?  

8. Do you provide access to central systems independent of who the school uses as their
broadband supplier?   

9. How many of your schools are converting to academies or trusts?  

10. If you do not offer a central service do you have any approved partners that you use?  
If so please list the approved partners?

Response:

1. 170

2. The contract runs annually from 1/4 - 31/3, the schools signed up to a 3 year contract on 01/04/2016 but if they don't opt out by 31/03/2019 then it will continue to be renewed annually.

3. BT contract runs to October 2020 with provision for additional 2 years

4. 1 year

5. Not within next 3 years

6. BT
a. FTTC
b. 8 - 20Mbps depends on site

7. BT connectivity for Admin, BT connectivity school internet filtering, Other IT services provided under SLA (DTR)

8. Yes

9. 5

10. Not applicable


2887 - Fleet and its Manager

Details:

Reference Number: 2887
Request Date: 01/08/2017

Question:

1. The pay grade for the Fleet Manager/person in charge of your fleet of vehicles

2. The number of immediate people reporting to that person

3. The job description for the Fleet Manager/person in charge of your fleet of vehicles

4. The number of vehicles within your fleet and the breakdown between HCV, LCV, Cars, agricultural.

 

Response:

1. BAND 10, £38,042 - £41,616

2. 2

3. Attachment 1

4. Attachment 2

 


2888 - Business rates relief scheme

Details:

Reference Number: 2888
Request Date: 01/08/2017

Question:

I would like to submit an FOI request regarding the Business Rates Relief Scheme announced in the March 2017 Budget, which allocates £300 million to local authorities over four years from 2017-18.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/discretionary-business-rates-relief-scheme

Regarding the Scheme, I would like to know:

a. whether your council has already begun distributing to local businesses the funding made available for 2017-18 as part of the Relief Scheme?

b. If the answer to (a) is yes, how much (in £s) has already been allocated to local businesses?

Response:

Northumberland County Council has not yet begun distributing relief to local businesses as it is still in the process of drafting a scheme that will be approved as soon as possible.

 


2889 - Risk Assessments of HMO's

Details:

Reference Number: 2889
Request Date: 02/08/2017

Question:

Please provide information for 1/4/2016 to 31/03/2017 that relates to your risk assessments of HMOs in your local authority area (including those based on the Housing Health and Safety Rating System {HHSRS} pursuant to Housing Act 2004), specifying:

(a) how many assessments you conducted;

(b) how many of these identified fire hazards (as per no.24 of the HHSRS);

(c) how many of these resulted in enforcement action (specifying if possible what type of action); and

(d) to the extent known, how many of the HMOs at (b) and (c) above were used fully or in part for the purpose of asylum accommodation pursuant to the Home office's 'Compass' contract with G4S for asylum accommodation?

Response:

a) We believe this information is exempt from disclosure under Section 12 (1) of the Act. Section 12 provides an exemption from Northumberland County Council’s obligation to comply with a request for information where the cost of compliance is estimated to exceed the appropriate limit.

The appropriate limit is defined in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Fees and Limits) Regulations 2000. The Fees Regulation state that the appropriate cost limit is £600 for central government, legislative bodies and the armed forces and £450 for all other public authorities.


In estimating whether complying with a request would exceed the appropriate limit, Regulation 4 (3) provides a public authority can only take into account the costs it reasonably expects to incur in:

determining whether it holds the information;
locating the information, or a document containing it;
retrieving the information, or a document containing it; and
extracting the information from a document containing it.

The four activities are sequential, covering the retrieval process of the information held by Northumberland County Council. The Council can take into account the costs attributable to the time that its staff are expected to spend on these activities. Such costs are calculated at £25 per hour per person for all public authorities regardless of the actual cost or rate of pay, which means that the limit will be exceeded if these activities exceed 18 hours.

Section 12 provides that we do not have to make a precise calculation of the costs of complying with a request. Only an estimate is required. The estimate must, though, be reasonable and can only be based on the four activities listed above.

Guidance published by the Information Commissioner suggests where a reasonable estimate has been made that the appropriate limit would be exceeded, there is no requirement for a public authority to undertake work up to the limit

In relation to this part of your request we would need to identify and examine each individual record we hold in relation to the question. We estimate this would take approximately 3 mins per record. As we hold 476 relevant records this would require over 23 hours of work.

This time is required because our computer records are not organised according to type of property. Therefore to enable us to determine whether a particular complaint relates to a HMO, as your request requires, it is necessary for an officer to log onto each complaint individually and read through the text and actions taken.

b) 2016/17 - A total of 7 category 1/2 for fire hazard. None of those properties were HMO's.

c) 5 Improvement Notices, 1 Hazard Awareness Notice and 1 Emergency Prohibition Order. None of which were asylum accommodation.


2890 - Training cost for fire and rescue service

Details:

Reference Number: 2890
Request Date: 02/08/2017

Question:

Q1 What is the fire brigade overall training budget in the last three years?

Q2 What is the annual budget for purchasing equipment for training for fire and rescue service on average?

Q3 What immersive training tool does the fire brigade use currently? (For example, Hydra System)

Response:

Q1 2015/16 - £1,160,640, 2016/17 - £1,130,320, 2017/18 - £1,027,560

Figures represent the full budget allocated to Learning and Development and include Salaries, NI, Pensions etc.

Q2 Allocated annual budget for equipment for training is £3,260.

This only equates to the specific equipment budget held by Learning and Development. There are additional service budgets for operational equipment which can be drawn on subject to bespoke business cases being approved.

Q3 Fire Studio for Incident Command training/assessment.


XVR currently being trialled as part of a Wildfire project for potential Incident Command training/assessment.

 


2892 - Taxi and Private Hire licences

Details:

Reference Number: 2892
Request Date: 02/08/2017

Question:

Since 1st August 2015:

1. The number of new and renewed taxi (Hackney Carriage) licenses you have granted.

2. The number of new and renewed Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) licenses you have granted.

3. The number of taxi licences granted to drivers with criminal convictions.

4. The number of PHV licences granted to drivers with criminal convictions.

In the cases of those convicted:

3.i. The nature and date of conviction.
ii. Whether said driver’s conviction was known at the time of the licence being approved.
iii. In each case, the current licence status of the driver.

4. The criteria/policy that is applied when deciding on an application from a driver with a current/spent conviction.

 

Response:

1. New licences granted from 01/08/2016 - 31/07/2017    25
Renewed licences granted from 01/08/2016 - 31/07/2017    406
*Combined number of new licences and renewed licences 01/8/2015 - 31/07/2016     630

 

2. New licences granted from 01/08/2016 - 31/07/2017    121
Renewed licences granted from 01/08/2016 - 31/07/2017    231
*Combined number of new licences and renewed licences 01/8/2015 - 31/07/2016       400

*Figures extracted from computer system. Unable to distinguish between new and renewed licences without going through all files individually.  This would take a minimum of 5 minutes per file and would take in excess of 85 hours.


3 & 4. The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold certain information relating to taxi licences granted to drivers with criminal convictions.

However, the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. It would take approximately 223 hours to get this information together because we currently have 2680 licences and to collect this information we would have to check each individual file at approximately 10 minutes per file.


Exemptions

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to this request is exempt under the following provisions.

• Section 12(1) Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit

Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.


2893 - Public Health functions

Details:

Reference Number: 2893
Request Date: 02/08/2017

Question:

1. For the financial year 2015/16, please list methods for assessing the efficacy of the following non-statutory public health functions of the Director of Public Health, including cost-effectiveness, for each of:

Smoking and tobacco – Stop smoking services and interventions
Physical activity – adults
Obesity – adults
Substance misuse - Alcohol misuse

2. Each of these should specify:

Smoking and tobacco – Stop smoking services and interventions – net current expenditure by the local authority on public health interventions whose intention is to reduce or stop smoking. As part of this, please list:

Net current expenditure on the intervention
Number of people who accessed the services
Number of people who reduced their smoking or stopped smoking as a result of the intervention

3. Physical activity – adults – net current expenditure by the local authority on public health interventions whose intention is to lead to the taking up of sport on a regular basis. As part of this, please list:

Net current expenditure on the intervention
Number of people who accessed the services
Number of people who took up sport on a regular basis as a result of the intervention

4. Obesity – adults – net current expenditure by the local authority on public health interventions whose intention is to lead to weight loss. As part of this, please list:

Net current expenditure on the intervention
Number of people who accessed the services
Number of people who have lost weight as a result of the intervention

5. Substance misuse - Alcohol misuse – adults – net current expenditure by the local authority on public health interventions whose intention is to diminish alcohol consumption. As part of this, please list:

Net current expenditure on the intervention
Number of people who accessed the services
Number of people who have reduced their alcohol intake as a result of the intervention

6. Please also list the metric used to determine cost-effectiveness for each of the above four interventions. If a cost-effectiveness metric is not used, please list any alternative methods for each of the above four interventions.

 

Response:

See attachment.


Attachments:

2894 - Firefighter rescues

Details:

Reference Number: 2894
Request Date: 02/08/2017

Question:

The FBU are collecting information about rescues made by firefighters in your fire and rescue service. Below is the information we would like to obtain from you under the Freedom of Information Act. The data is likely to be found in returns to government using the electronic incident recording system.

We would like to receive data relating to rescues made by your fire and rescue service between 01 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 at (a) all fires and (b) all other incidents:

1) How many people were rescued with an injury with the assistance of FRS personnel at fires?

2) How many people were rescued uninjured (unharmed) with the assistance of FRS personnel at fires?

3) How many people were rescued with the assistance of FRS personnel at fires (sum of Q1 and Q2)?

4) How many people were rescued with an injury with the assistance of FRS personnel at all other non-fire incidents e.g. floods?

5) How many people were rescued uninjured (unharmed) with the assistance of FRS personnel at all other non-fire incidents e.g. floods?

6) How many people were rescued with the assistance of FRS personnel at all non-fire incidents (sum of Q4 and Q5)?

7) Total rescues from all incidents attended (sum of Q3 and Q6)?

 

Response:

1)  4


2)  2


3)  6


4)  87


5)  83


6)  170


7)  176

 


2895 - Net current expenditure on children's social care in FY14/15

Details:

Reference Number: 2895
Request Date: 02/08/2017

Question:

I am trying to retrieve spending data for the 2014/15 financial year.

Would it be possible to see the net current expenditure on children's social care in FY14/15?

Response:

£35.091m

 


2897 - Children’s residential care homes outsourced to private providers

Details:

Reference Number: 2897
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

1. I am requesting figures for the number of children’s residential care homes outsourced to private providers in the area under the Council’s Authority.

2. In addition to this I would like to request figures for the number of children in the Local Authority’s jurisdiction at residential care homes which are currently deemed as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ under Ofsted guidelines.

 

Response:

1. None

2. None

 


2898 - Use of Airbnb

Details:

Reference Number: 2898
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

1. A list of all Airbnb rentals made by your authority so far in 2017, and for 2016

For each record please provide:

a) the first half of the postcode (e.g. BS1, M4)
b) the dates rented
c) the cost, including any extra charges
d) the purpose of the stay

2. How many Airbnb rentals do you currently have on a retainer?

If you have any, for each one please provide the reason(s) why you have them on retainer.

3. How many reports have you received of Airbnb landlords allegedly letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016?

4. How many fines or other penalties have you levied to Airbnb landlords for letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016?

 

Response:

We do not use Airbnb rentals.


2899 - SEND and High Needs specialist services

Details:

Reference Number: 2899
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act; it relates to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) / High Needs specialist support services for children and young people funded by your local authority (i.e. Speech and Language, Physical and Sensory Support, Autism Outreach).

For each financial year (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17), please provide:

1. A list of each individual SEND / High Needs service provided by your local authority

2. The number of children/young people supported by each service

3. The total local authority spend on each service

4. If a service closed/reformed during the course of the specified year, please state how it changed (i.e. closed, amalgamated with another service, contract handed to private sector) and the date of closure/reform.

 

Response:

1.  Behaviour Support
Education Psychology
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Speech,Language and Communication
Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Social,Emotional and Mental Health
Pre-school Education
Sensory Support

 

 

2. The figures below represent the number of children on the caseloads of each LIST Team and from 2016/7 academic year SEND Support Teams. These figures are non-comparable as 2012-2015 do not provide breakdown within SEN Services and are simply a collective of all SEN referrals.

 

 

LIST TEAM

AREA TEAM TOTALS

ANNUAL SERVICE TOTALS

2012/13

LIST CENTRAL

305

1346

 

LIST NORTH

349

 

 

LIST SOUTH EAST

350

 

 

LIST WEST

342

 

 

 

 

 

2013/14

LIST CENTRAL

310

1473

 

LIST NORTH

461

 

 

LIST SOUTH EAST

351

 

 

LIST WEST

351

 

 

 

 

 

2014/15

LIST CENTRAL

464

1801

 

LIST NORTH

448

 

 

LIST SOUTH EAST

458

 

 

LIST WEST

431

 

 

 

 

 

2015/16

LIST CENTRAL

580

2136

 

LIST NORTH

456

 

 

LIST SOUTH EAST

530

 

 

LIST WEST

570

 

 

SEND SUPPORT TEAMS

2016/17

PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

 

 

ASD & SEND BEHAVIOUR SERVICE

 

 

 

SEND COMMUNICATION SUPPORT SERVICE

 

 

769

(314 Statutory/455 Other)

 

626

(281 ASD/331 BEHAVIOUR/14 ASD & BEHAVIOUR)

 

578

(18 EAL/241 LITERACY/319 SPEECH & LANGUAGE)

1973

 

Pre-School Special Education

 

2012-2013     47 children supported

2013-2014     66 children supported

2014-2015     65 children supported

2015-2016     74 children supported

2016-2017     98 children supported

 

Sensory Support  The team work term time only, this information will be forwarded on their return.

 

3. The total local authority spend on each service

 

 

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

 

£

£

£

£

£

Service

 

 

 

 

 

Behaviour Support

348,583

 

 

 

 

EAL

42,797

 

 

 

 

LIST Teams Funded By CC

539,680

 

 

 

 

Education Psychology

622,323

 

 

 

 

Communication

937,495

 

 

 

 

ASD & SEMH

590,852

 

 

 

 

LIST Teams

 

2,617,859

3,032,517

2,889,181

3,116,821

Pre-School Special Education

393,527

378,296

373,596

348,543

350,476

Sensory Support Service

978,365

880,979

857,946

871,840

876,334

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,453,622

3,877,134

4,264,060

4,109,564

4,343,631

         
 

4. On 1 September 2016 the Locality Inclusion Support Teams (LIST) were restructured into SEND Support Services which are now broken down into the following disciplines:-

 

·         SEND Communications Support Service

o    Supporting Literacy, Speech and Language and EAL (English as an Additional Language)

·         ASD & SEND Behaviour Services

·         Psychological Services


Inclusion Support Workers who were formerly based in the LIST Teams were re-aligned into the Virtual Schools Team.

 


2900 - Council Tax

Details:

Reference Number: 2900
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

How much council tax was outstanding at the end of the 2012/13 financial year?
How much council tax was outstanding at the end of the 2013/14 financial year?
How much council tax was outstanding at the end of the 2014/15 financial year?
How much council tax was outstanding at the end of the 2015/16 financial year?
How much council tax was outstanding at the end of the 2016/17 financial year?

For each of the questions, could it also include how much of the total has been collected, how much of the money still owed has been written off and how much from that financial is still owed.


Response:

 

Financial Year

Council Tax

Business rates

Housing Benefit Overpayments

Sundry Debt

2012/13

£690,525

£1,555,328

£171,044

£131,471

2013/14

£780,244

£1,037,315

£182,815

£149,143

2014/15

£918,557

£879,125

£283,184

£641,807

2015/16

£511,941

£626,310

£238,608

£66,451

2016/17

£847,797

£656,647

£163,041

£86,859



2901 - Social Work Leadership and Diversity on senior management board

Details:

Reference Number: 2901
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

The definitions in this request relate to the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970, in particular when referring to the Director of Adult Social Services or their senior management board (the board)

• The number of Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board Members

• The number that has a social work qualification and are currently registered with the HCPC

• Whether the Director of Adult Social Services has a social work qualification and is currently registered with the HCPC

• Is The Principal Social Worker a board member

• The gender split of the Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board.

• The ethnicity split as defined by UK Census categories of the Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board.

 

Response:

1. Northumberland County Council does not have an Adult Social Care Board.

2. Not applicable (see 1 above).

3. The Director of Adult Social Services does not have a social work qualification and is not currently registered with the HCPC.

4. Not applicable (see 1 above).

5. Not applicable (see 1 above).

6. Not applicable (see 1 above).


2902 - Debt

Details:

Reference Number: 2902
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

How much debt the council wrote off at the end of the 2012/13 financial year?
How much debt the council wrote off at the end of the 2013/14 financial year?
How much debt the council wrote off at the end of the 2014/15 financial year?
How much debt the council wrote off at the end of the 2015/16 financial year?
How much debt the council wrote off at the end of the 2016/17 financial year?

For each question, could the total be broken down into general categories of debt which has been written off ie business rates/housing benefit overpayment etc and a total for each category.

 

Response:

 

Financial Year

Council Tax

Business rates

Housing Benefit Overpayments

Sundry Debt

2012/13

£690,525

£1,555,328

£171,044

£131,471

2013/14

£780,244

£1,037,315

£182,815

£149,143

2014/15

£918,557

£879,125

£283,184

£641,807

2015/16

£511,941

£626,310

£238,608

£66,451

2016/17

£847,797

£656,647

£163,041

£86,859



2903 - Darras Hall County First School redevelopment

Details:

Reference Number: 2903
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

I would like to receive an up to date project directory and a list of sub-contractors, suppliers and consultants of all of the companies involved in the DARRAS HALL FIRST SCHOOL REDEVELOPMENT Darras Hall County First School, Broadway Darras Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE20 9PN. Scheme comprises Demolition of all existing school buildings and construction of a new two storey primary school. Works will include associated offices, kitchen, floodlit 3G pitch, car parking, sports fields and courts, a modular classroom and associated landscaping.

 

Response:

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information is exempt under section 43 on the basis that it is commercially sensitive. In this case the Authority relies on section 43(2).

Exemption

 

Section 43(2): Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it).
 

The reason why the public interest favours withholding the information (OR declining to confirm or deny that it is held) is that contracts have not been signed, no information can be provided.

 


2904 - Service standards - street lighting

Details:

Reference Number: 2904
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

Please can you let me know what standard of service I can expect when reporting a problem with street lighting in Northumberland. In particular, what is the expected response time to give a meaningful reply to an online form submission and are standards of service published on the Council's website?

 

Response:

Our standard response times to different types of fault can be found at
http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Highways/Roads/Lights.aspx

Online reports and telephone calls to our contact centre are not responded to individually as due to the number of calls and reports we receive we simply do not have the resource to respond to each caller. We expect with the current resource available that a specific request for a call back is dealt with within 10 working days.

 


2908 - Children in care accommodation

Details:

Reference Number: 2908
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

1. Between January 2016 and July 2017, how many children in the care of Northumberland County Council have been temporarily accommodated in a hotel, B&B or guesthouse?

2. Between January 2016 and July 2017, how much money has Northumberland County Council spent in putting children in its care up in hotels, B&Bs or guesthouses?

3. Can I have a list of all the hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses which Northumberland County Council has used as temporary accommodation for children in care between January 2016 and July 2017?

 

Response:

1. Less than 5 - due to low number(s) child(ren) could be identifiable.

2. N/A

3. N/A

 


2909 - School holiday absence

Details:

Reference Number: 2909
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

Please can you provide answers to the following questions in relation to children being taken out of school to go on holiday during term-time.

1) Are children allowed to be taken out of school in term time by a parent / guardian to go on holiday?

2) If a child is taken out of school to go on holiday and it is marked as an unauthorised absence will a fine be issued?

3) What is the structure of fine. Eg £x per day/week per parent? Please clarify if the fine is per child or per parent.

4) Who decides if a fine should be issued – the LA / school?

5) How many fines for unauthorised absences have been issued by your local authority in each of the following academic years.

2013/2014
2014/2015
2015/2016
2016/2017

6) In each of the following academic years how many of these fines led to a prosecution?

2013/2014
2014/2015
2015/2016
2016/2017

 

Response:

1) The discretion to authorise leave if there are “exceptional circumstances” is made by the head teacher. Parents do not have an automatic right to withdraw their child from school.

2) Whether to make an application to the Local Authority for a fixed penalty notice (FPN) following a period of unauthorised leave of absence (LOA) to be issued is at the discretion of the headteacher.

3) The Fines are for the holiday as a whole as within the DfE guidelines. Fixed Penalty Notices are issued to each parent for each child.

4) It is at the Headteacher’s discretion as to whether a case should be referred to the Local Authority for an FPN to be issued.

 

On receipt of a referral the Local Authority will consider the application and, if appropriate, issue the FPN taking into account current case law and guidance and will apply the code of the conduct. However, if the Local Authority are of the opinion that a FPN should not be issued then the school will be informed accordingly.

5)
2013/2014 218
2014/2015 283
2015/2016 248
2016/2017 232

6)
2013/2014 14
2014/2015 51
2015/2016 41
2016/2017 20

 


2910 - Fire risk assessments

Details:

Reference Number: 2910
Request Date: 03/08/2017

Question:

1. How much the council has spent on fire risk assessments in each year from 2007/08 to 2017/18

2. Who has carried out your fire risk assessments in each year from 2007/08 to 2017/18 - name of company/individual

3. If you own any tower blocks of 6 storeys or higher what was the date of the last fire risk assessment

4. Please provide of a copy of the last fire risk assessment for each tower block

5. Please tell me the date of the last refurbishment of each tower block

Response:

This request only refers to residential tower blocks owned by the Council.

We can confirm Northumberland County Council don't have any residential tower blocks.

 


2914 - Food health and safety offences

Details:

Reference Number: 2914
Request Date: 04/08/2017

Question:

Following the introduction of the Definitive Guideline for Health and Safety offences, Corporate Manslaughter, and Food Safety and Hygiene offences (the "Guideline"), introduced in February of last year, we would be most grateful if the Council could confirm the following information for the year 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2017:

In respect of each of the requests below, please note we require information only in respect of food safety and hygiene offences prosecuted by the Council.

1. What has been the highest fine imposed under the Guideline?

2. What has been the highest fine imposed for a fatal food incident under the Guideline?

3. What has been the highest fine imposed under the Guideline for a non-fatal food incident?

4. How many fines over £1 million have been imposed?

5. What have been the top 10 highest fines imposed under the Guideline?

6. What is the total sum which has been imposed in fines?

7. How does that compare to the total sum for the equivalent period in the preceding year, i.e. February 2015 to February 2016?

8. Please break down the total sum imposed by sector e.g leisure, retail, etc

9. How many of the fines imposed under the Guideline have been subject to appeal?

10. How many of those appeals have been successful?

11. What proportion of the fines imposed have been imposed on organisations and what proportion have been on individuals?

12. How many custodial sentences have there been for individuals under the Guideline? Please confirm the numbers for both suspended and immediate custodial sentences.

13. What has been the longest custodial sentence imposed under the Guideline? Please confirm the numbers for both suspended and immediate custodial sentences.

14. What has been the average custodial sentence imposed under the Guideline? Please confirm the numbers for both suspended and immediate custodial sentences.

15. How many disqualification orders have been imposed?

16. What proportion of fines imposed have been following a guilty plea and what proportion have been imposed following conviction after a trial?

17. What proportion of the custodial sentences (including suspended sentences) imposed have been following a guilty plea and what proportion have been following a conviction after trial?

18. Have there been any cases subject to the Guideline in which the Court has expressly stated that it has taken into account the financial position of any related group entities?

 

Response:

We have carried out no prosecutions for food safety and hygiene offences between 1 February 2016 and 31 January 2017.

 


2915 - Trafficking in human beings 'modern slavery'

Details:

Reference Number: 2915
Request Date: 04/08/2017

Question:

1. Budgets/funding or any other resources directly allocated by the Council towards anti-trafficking activities and/or activities to combat ‘modern slavery' in 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years (i.e. dedicated projects, anti-trafficking operations, members of staff, information campaigns etc.) and what these activities are.

2. If available, a copy of the organisational strategy or any other document which sets out what actions are to be taken by the Council to combat trafficking in human beings and/or ‘modern slavery’ as mandated by the UK Government Human trafficking Strategy (2011), Modern Slavery Act (2015) and Modern slavery strategy (2014)

 

Response:

1. There was no specific budget for anti-trafficking in the years to which your request relates.

 

2. A multi-agency protocol dealing with modern slavery/ human trafficking is being finalised to ensure that all agencies in Northumberland (e.g. Northumbria Police, Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland Local Authorities, the United Kingdom Borders Agency and safeguarding partners) are clear about their roles and responsibilities. We hope to publish this shortly.

 


2916 - Dirty needles

Details:

Reference Number: 2916
Request Date: 04/08/2017

Question:

How many times Northumberland County Council has been called out to dispose of used and dirty needles since 2010?

I would like the following data to be provided in an Excel spreadsheet and broken down in to the following columns:

Column A: The years from 2010 up until 2017
Column B: The number times the council were called out to dispose of used and dirty needles for that year

On the same spreadsheet, could I have a breakdown for each year by electoral ward where the council was called out to dispose of used and dirty needles?

I would like the following data to be provided in an Excel spreadsheet and broken down into the following columns:

Column A: The list of electoral wards
Column B: The number of callouts for that ward in 2010
Column C: The number of callouts for that ward in 2011
Column D: The number of callouts for that ward in 2012
Column E: The number of callouts for that ward in 2013
Column F: The number of callouts for that ward in 2014
Column G: The number of callouts for that ward in 2015
Column H: The number of callouts for that ward in 2016
Column I: The number of callouts for that ward so far in 2017

 

Response:

See attachment.



Attachments:

2917 - Naloxone provision

Details:

Reference Number: 2917
Request Date: 04/08/2017

Question:

I submit this request for specific information regarding Naloxone provision in the Northumberland Health and Wellbeing Board area of responsibility. Given the tragic increase of opioid and fentanyl related deaths in the United Kingdom, we are seeking this specific information to map out Naloxone provision in England and to facilitate overdose prevention initiatives. This information is sought under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA 2000).

1. According to the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) data, how many opiate clients were in treatment between 31st March 2016 and 1st April 2017?

2. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and/or Coroners statistics, how many deaths related to drug poisoning (as defined by the International Classification of Diseases, ICD-9 and ICD-10) were registered in 2015 where any opioid was mentioned on the death certificate?

3. Is Take-home Naloxone (THN) currently provided? If THN is currently provided, please proceed to respond to

Questions 4-14.

4. Was the term ‘Naloxone’ specifically included in the most recent tender document when commissioning for any drug and/or alcohol services?

5. Who is responsible for purchasing Naloxone?

6. How many Naloxone kits were purchased by responsible persons/bodies (see Question 5) in each financial year since 2014/15?

7. Are there any concrete plans to repurchase Naloxone in the next financial year (between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018)?

8. Who is currently directly providing Take-home Naloxone (THN) kits?

9. Have THN providers received training on how to train THN recipients to administer Naloxone? If such training has been provided, please proceed to respond to sub-questions a-b.
a. Which groups received such training?
b. Which organisation(s) and/or individual(s) delivered such training?

10. Who is currently provided with THN kits?

11. Do individuals eligible to receive THN kits (see Question 11) have to fulfil any requirements in order to receive THN kits?

12. What is the maximum number of THN kits an individual can receive at the point of access, if any?

13. How many THN kits were dispensed in the community in each financial year since 2014/15?

14. What recording and/or monitoring practices have been put in place regarding Naloxone, if any?

Response:

See attachment


Attachments:

2918 - Care assessments

Details:

Reference Number: 2918
Request Date: 07/08/2017

Question:

1. What is the average length of time between a referral being received and a social care assessment being completed for older people aged 65 and over a) in hospitals awaiting discharge and b) living in the community in each of the following years:
a) 2012/13
b) 2013/14
c) 2014/15
d) 2015/16
e) 2016/17
f) 2017/18 to 01/08/17

2. How many older people aged 65 and over in hospitals awaiting discharge waited more than 72 hours for a social care assessment to be completed, breaking the government’s deadline, in each of the following years:
a) 2015/16
b) 2016/17
c) 2017/18 to 01/08/2017

Please also express this as a percentage of all older people receiving assessments

3. What are the five longest waits by older people aged 65 and over for a social care assessment once they’ve been referred to the council, and why, for the period 1st January 2016 – 1 August 2017?

4. What is the average length of time between the completion of a social care assessment for older people aged 65 and over and the implementation of a care package for each of the following years:
A. 2012/13
B. 2013/14
C. 2014/15
D. 2015/16
E. 2016/17
F. 2017/18 to 01/08/2017

5. What are the five longest waits by older people aged 65 and over from the time their social care assessment was completed and a care package was put in place, and why, from 1st January 2016 and 1 August 2017?

6. What is the total number of social care assessments for older people aged 65 and over that were completed by your local authority in each of the following years:
A. 2012/13
B. 2013/14
C. 2014/15
D. 2015/16
E. 2016/17
F. 2017/18 to 01/08/2017

 

Response:

1. We do not hold the information that would enable us to answer this question. The requirement to record the length of time from first contact to completed assessment was ended in 2012/13, and we have taken the view that this is not a meaningful way to measure the timeliness of our response, because of the variety of different ways in which people make contact with social care and related health services, and the variety of forms of assessment which take place.

 

2. a) 2015/16 - 0

(We have taken this question to refer to breaches of the requirements of the Care and Support (Discharge of Hospital Patients) Regulations 2014.)

b) 2016/17 - 0
c) 2017/18 to 01/08/2017 - 0

Percentage of all older people receiving assessments - 0%.

 

3. As explained in our response to Question 1, we do not now record assessments in the manner assumed by the question. We are confident that we respond rapidly to requests for social care assessments.

 

4. We do not hold the information that would enable us to answer this question. The requirement to record the length of time between the completion of a social care assessment for older people aged 65 and over and the implementation of a care package ended in 2010/11, and we have taken the view that this is not a useful measure, because of the variety of reasons why there may be a gap in time between an assessment and the care arrangements resulting from it. There are also many cases where urgent care arrangements are put in place before a full assessment has been completed.

 

5. Not applicable – see the answer to question 4 above.

 

6. A. 2012/13 - 3,210
B. 2013/14 - 2,811
C. 2014/15 - 3,062
D. 2015/16 - 3,101
E. 2016/17 - 3,219
F. 2017/18 to 01/08/2017 - 902

Notes
1. The statutory definition of an assessment changed from April 2015, as a result of the implementation of the Care Act 2014. The statistics above aim to achieve as much consistency as possible between years in what is counted, but they are not wholly comparable. We are also continuing to make changes to our arrangements based on our experience of the new framework created by the Care Act, aiming to reduce the number of cases in which we carry out full needs assessments under the Act in circumstances where other responses would meet a person's needs equally well. For example the Act provides that urgent needs, including support during a terminal illness, can be met without carrying out the full assessment process designed to enable people to make long-term plans for living well with a disability.
2. The figures given above exclude referrals which were closed within 28 days of being received.

 


2919 - Office print data

Details:

Reference Number: 2919
Request Date: 07/08/2017

Question:

Information request: 2016 office print summary data (i.e. excluding print from the central print room and print produced outside of the council) including:

a) total volume of Print produced in 2016 on the office printers, photocopiers, multi functional devices, fax and scan devices,

b) the percentage of this volume that is colour,

c) the number of active users generating this annual volume,

d) the cost of generating this print including the cost of the devices, Consumables, maintenance, servicing, spare parts and other MPS contacts,

e) the number of Print, copy, scan and fax devices that are generating this print volume

i.e. the response for 2016 could be as simple as a) 5,000,000 printed pages, b) 25% colour, c) 2,000 active users, d) £500,000 spend, e) 300 devices. If any of the information is unknown, please could this be confirmed?

 

Response:

a) ​Mono: 10.7million, Colour: 5.4 million

b) ​34%​

c) 5000 active users​.

d) Please see the table below:

Month

Invoice Type

Net Total

Tax

Gross Total

January

Monthly

£44,370.78

£8,874.16

£53,244.94

February

Monthly

£46,514.09

£9,302.82

£55,816.91

March

Monthly

£42,132.70

£8,426.54

£50,559.24

April

Monthly

£35,469.41

£7,093.88

£42,563.29

May

Monthly

£39,876.26

£7,975.25

£47,851.51

June

Monthly

£38,231.49

£7,646.30

£45,877.79

July

Monthly

£35,153.98

£7,030.80

£42,184.78

August

Monthly

£28,791.59

£5,758.32

£34,549.91

September

Monthly

£40,812.22

£8,162.44

£48,974.66

October

Monthly

£27,291.30

£5,458.26

£32,749.56

November

Monthly

£50,789.42

£10,157.88

£60,947.30

December

Monthly

£28,516.26

£5,702.65

£34,218.91

 

Total

£457,949.50

£91,589.30

£549,538.80


e) 195 printers​ and ​295 MFD's.

 


2920 - Proposed county hall site in Ashington

Details:

Reference Number: 2920
Request Date: 07/08/2017

Question:

How much money NCC have agreed or already pays the contractors working on the proposed county hall site in ashington. Which is now delightfully being turned into a car park.

 

Response:

The new Council headquarters building in Ashington is part of a wider development project at Portland Park being undertaken by Arch. As such, the Council do not directly pay the contractor, but make stage payments to Arch.

One payment has been made to Arch with respect to the construction of the new headquarters building in May 2017 for site accommodation and set up, site clearance, excavations and piling in the net amount of £402,546.26. VAT on payments has been excluded as this is recoverable by the Council.

Negotiations are continuing with the contractor regarding the final cost of stopping works to the new headquarters building.

 


2921 - Community Infrastructure Levy

Details:

Reference Number: 2921
Request Date: 07/08/2017

Question:

1a) If your Council is a local planning authority, has your Council adopted the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging powers for development?

1b) If so, when was this adopted?

2ai) If you adopted the powers, how much has your council collected since its adoption as a GROSS figure (including CIL amount due, if applicable paid to parish/town councils)?

2aii) If you adopted the powers, how much has your council collected since its adoption as a NET figure (minus CIL amount due, if applicable paid to parish/town councils)?

2b) If you adopted the powers, how much has your council spent in CIL since the adoption?

2c) If you adopted the powers, how many formal meetings of a Community Infrastructure Board (or an equivalent meeting of Councillors to determine CIL spending) have taken place since its adoption?

 

Response:

To date, Northumberland County Council has not adopted a Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule


2923 - Food Inspectors' full reports for the food hygiene rating

Details:

Reference Number: 2923
Request Date: 08/08/2017

Question:

Please would you provide me with all recent Food Inspectors' full reports for the food hygiene ratings in your area? Ideally, I would like every report from the past year.

 

Response:

The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold certain information relating to food hygiene ratings.

However, the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. It would take approximately 102 hours to get this information together because the only way to extract the 1225 inspections would be to access each individual premises record within our electronic system, find the appropriate record and then print the report. It is estimated that it will take a minimum of 5 mins per inspection report.

 

Therefore this is exempt under S12 of the Freedom of Information Act.

 


2924 - Charges for social care

Details:

Reference Number: 2924
Request Date: 08/08/2017

Question:

1. In your local authority, on the latest date for which figures were available, how many people paid charges for social care, including those who pay for:
- home care
- day care
- community alarms
- other non-residential community care services?
(please give separate figures for each category)

2. How people are currently in arrears of payment of their social care charges?

3. How many people currently have debt management procedures commenced against them by your authority for non payment of social care charges?

4. How many people have been taken to court to enforce non payment of social care changes in 2016/17 and 2015/16?

 

Response:

1. As at 31 March 2017 1,400 people paid charges for residential social care services.

As at 31 March 2017 1,544 people paid charges for non-residential social care services, including home care, day care and other non-residential community care services. A single means-tested charge is made for a package of care and support services provided to each person, so it is not possible to give separate figures for each type of service.

As at May 2017 there were 1,599 people who paid charges for community alarms supplied by the Council's telecare service. However in most cases these were not provided as a social care service (and there are a number of other providers of telecare services operating in Northumberland, often providing a similar service with similar charges).

 

2. 373 people were in arrears of payment of their social care charges (as at July 2017).

 

3. Debt management procedures had been commenced with an external agency for 7 people as at July 2017 (the same date as the information in the previous question). This number fluctuates over time and there are now (as at 4 September) 10 people who have been referred to external debt recovery procedures.
 

4. One person was taken to court in 2015/16, a case which has not yet concluded.

 


2925 - Pothole funding

Details:

Reference Number: 2925
Request Date: 08/08/2017

Question:

Please could you let me know if the new £500K local pothole funding is new external funding or if it has been taken out of another budget and if so which one.

Response:

The £500k of Local Pothole Fund is from the Government's National Productivity Investment Fund money that was allocated to Northumberland for 2017/18.


2926 - Electricity consumption

Details:

Reference Number: 2926
Request Date: 08/08/2017

Question:

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) into electrical consumption and public lighting in your authority.

I have broken down the request into four primary sections:

Part 1
a. Please provide a breakdown of the total amount of electricity consumed (in kWh) by your authority (for example, on local authority-owned buildings and services) for the year 2012 through to 2016 (or the most recently available five-year period).

Part 2
a. Please provide a breakdown of the total expenditure (in GBP) on electricity used by your authority (for example, on local authority-owned buildings and services) for the year 2012 through to 2016 (or the most recently available five-year period).
b. Please provide a breakdown of the total expenditure (in GBP) on all energy used by your authority (for example, on local authority-owned buildings and services) for the year 2012 through to 2016 (or the most recently available five-year period).

Part 3
a. Please provide the proportion of the public lighting in your authority that is LED-based? (Please provide as a percentage and, if possible, the total number of LED and non-LED lights across the authority).
b. Please provide the proportion of the public lighting in your authority that is connected LED lighting? By connected we mean lighting that is connected to allow features such as automated or remotely controlled adjustments to the lighting, data collection or integration with other systems in a building or town. (Please provide as a percentage and, if possible, the total number of connected LED lights across the authority).

Part 4
a. Please provide the proportion of the electricity consumed by your authority (for example, on local authority-owned buildings and services) that comes from renewable sources.

 

Response:

Part 1
a. Electricity Consumption last five years, as taken from CRC annual report.

 

Year

kWh

2012/13

52,615,328

2013/14

50,283,460

2014/15

51,404,590

2015/16

53,912,548

2016/17

47,098,169


This includes all NCC buildings, schools and streetlights.

Part 2
a. Please see the attached spreadsheet.

b. Please see the attached spreadsheet.

Part 3
a. Inventory position as at 30/08/2017:
Proportion of public lighting that is LED based = 68.27%.
Number of LED lights = 31,162.
Number of non-LED lights = 14,481.

b. Inventory position as at 30/08/2017:

Proportion of public lighting that is connected LED lighting = Nil.

Part 4
a. We will not be able to provide an answer to part 4 as the data does not exist. We know how much energy we have generated from council building assets however the only way to work out what was used by our assets is to measure how much energy is exported to the grid and minus that from the generation. We do not have any export meters installed, and hence the information does not exist.


2927 - Organisational Structure Chart for all of the Head of Educational psychology Department

Details:

Reference Number: 2927
Request Date: 08/08/2017

Question:

Please provide me with an up to date Organisational Structure chart for all Head of Educational Psychology Department including all manager NAMES, contact details and job titles.

 

Response:

The structure chart in September is as follows-

Paula Hesford (SEND Manager for Psychological Services)
Katinka Bryan (Senior Educational Psychologist)
8.3 FTE Maingrade Educational Psychologists.
1 Trainee Educational Psychologist.
Contact phone number: 01670 624813

 


2928 - Wheelchair accessible housing

Details:

Reference Number: 2928
Request Date: 08/08/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am submitting the following requests;

1. How many live applications does your Local Authority currently have on your housing list for wheelchair accessible housing?

2. How many wheelchair accessible homes were let to wheelchair users in the years of 2015 and 2017 inclusive in your locality through your general needs housing process?

 

Response:

We do not record this level of detail for our applications or on our properties.

 


2929 - National hate crime

Details:

Reference Number: 2929
Request Date: 09/08/2017

Question:

Hate Crime Policy

1a Is hate crime included in the council’s current community safety plan? Y/N

1b Does the council have a separate hate crime policy? Y/N

1c If no current plans are available - which year did the last plan end?

1d Can you send a PDF copy of the above documents? info@nationalhcaw.uk

Hate Crime Staffing

2a Does the council have a designated hate crime lead/team? Y/N

2b If 2a= yes, what is the name of the designated hate crime lead/team?

2c Does the council employ designated hate crime officer? Y/N

2d If 2c = yes, how can we contact them?

Hate Crime Reporting

3a Does the council facilitate hate crime reporting in its area? Y/N

3b What methods of reporting does the council support?

Hate Crime Resources

4a Does the council have a designated page on its website for hate crime information? Y/N

4b If 4a = yes - what is its URL website address?

4c Does the council produce any hate crime materials (Posters, Leaflets, Cards, Campaign materials, training resources etc)? Y/N

4d If 4c = Yes - can you send us PDF copies of any of these resources? info@nationalhcaw.uk

Hate Crime Advocacy

5a Does the council provide direct hate crime advocacy services to people affected by hate crime? Y/N

5b If 5a = yes - how many hate crime advocates does the council employ?

5c Does the council refer people affected by hate crime to external hate crime advocacy services? Y/N

5d If 5c = Yes, please can you provide a list of hate crime advocacy services that the council refers people to?

Hate Crime Funding

6a How much did the council budget to tackle hate crime in 2017/18?

6b How much did the council budget to tackle hate crime last year 2016/17?

6c How much did the council budget to tackle hate crime in 2015/16?

6d Can you provide a list of organisations funded by the council to tackle hate crime?

Working with Communities affected by hate crime

7a Does the council facilitate or participate in a hate crime forum? Y/N

7b If 7a = yes - what is the name of the hate crime forum?

7c if 7a = yes - how often does the hate crime forum meet?

7d if 7a = yes - what other local authorities attend the meetings?

7e If 7a = yes - what voluntary sector organisations are represented on the forum?

National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

8a Does the council intend to take part this year? (14th-21st October 2017) Y/N Maybe?

8b If 8a = yes - what is the council planning to do?

8c Which years has the council taken part in #NHCAW? 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. 2016 (please check each year participated)

8d If the council has not participated in #NHCAW before - can you give us a reason why?

 

Response:

1a Yes, although it should be noted the plans are not Council they are Community Safety Partnership Plans (only coordinated by Local Authorities).

1b No.

1c All plans are currently being refreshed.

1d info@nationalhcaw.uk Plans are currently being refreshed so currently unavailable.

Hate Crime Staffing

2a Yes the designated lead is the Strategic Community Safety Manager. However hate crime is a partnership responsibility and is dealt with as such.

2b As above.

2c No.

2d N/A.

Hate Crime Reporting

3a Yes although this is primarily on behalf of the Community Safety Partnership.

3b Online, in person, at safe reporting centres and through our hate crime reporting app.

Hate Crime Resources

4a Yes as part of the Safer Northumberland page and as part of the online reporting.

4b http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Partners/Safer/Safer-Northumberland-Priorities/Hate-crime.aspx

4c Online for public only all training resource is for Council / partners approved use only and is tailored to each session and is the property of each session developer / trainer.

4d info@nationalhcaw.uk please see above.

Hate Crime Advocacy

5a No.

5b N/A.

5c No all reported crimes are generally referred to Northumbria Police as a crime and long term support through Victim Support / Victims First services.

5d N/A.

Hate Crime Funding

6a There is no direct budget it is part of the core work of Strategic Community Safety and the Community Safety Partnership.

6b As 6a.

6c As 6a.

6d As 6a.

Working with Communities affected by hate crime

7a The work is part of our local Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) led by Northumbria Police and is also monitored through our quarterly CONTEST Business Group. It is envisaged that post partnership review in september 2017 a new quarterly forum will be devised specifically for Hate Crime.

7b N/A.

7c N/A.

7d N/A.

7e The IAGs area attended by community leaders and led by Northumbria Police they are a partnership group and not a Local Authority led group.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

8a Yes

8b Plans are not finalised.

8c All but not as NCC but as the Community Safety Partnership.

8d N/A

 


2930 - Council loans

Details:

Reference Number: 2930
Request Date: 09/08/2017

Question:

1) Please provide a list of all private loans the council is currently repaying with the following details:
Lender name (i.e. Depfa, now FMS)
Date loan agreed
Repayment period
Original loan amount (£)
Original interest rate %
Any agreed “step up” rate (if applicable) %
Date of agreed “step up” rate (if applicable)
Total repayment amount paid in 2016/2017 (£)
Interest rate paid in 2016/107 %
Total principal left on the loan (£)

By private loan, I refer to loans from banks and outside organisations. This does not include borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board.

2) Where Lender Option Borrower Loans the council may have were provided by Barclays, please state if these loans were restructured in the past two years and include any new interest rate percentage on the loans and when the council will begin to make these repayments.

 

Response:

1) See attached

 

2) We do not have any LOBO loans with Barclays that we have restructured.

 


Attachments:

2932 - Fire Safety Costs

Details:

Reference Number: 2932
Request Date: 09/08/2017

Question:

Q.1 I'd like to know the cost of all work undertaken to check buildings for fire safety, including testing of cladding components, following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14th June 2017.

Where possible, I'd like this to be broken down into costs by type - for example, costs incurred due to sending cladding for testing, costs incurred through inspections and costs incurred through remedial works.

Q.2 If any additional costs have been paid due to relocation of residents (in hotel rooms or other temporary accommodation), please include and specify this as well.

Q.3 In the case of ongoing works please simply include the budget set aside for the project(s).

Q.4 Please include all costs even if the money is to be paid back by or has already been reimbursed from central government (for example, the DCLG).

 

Response:

Q.1 Please see the table below.

 

No of Jobs

Total hours

Cost

RR2017

260

222.28

4062.16

Crew visuals

410

102.5

 

assisted living insp

76

57

 

The inspections have been broken down into the three areas, RR 2017 being those carried out by the FS inspection team, Crew visuals being the checks carried out by crews in the initial phase (worked on an average of 15 minutes per check) and the assisted living visits carried out by crews (worked on an average of 45 minutes per visit. We do not have the costs for the latter two categories as we cannot establish whether crews went out with the appliance or whether they were carried out with lesser numbers in the station van. The RR 2017 visits have been costed accurately by duration and officer pay scale.

No costs have been incurred by NFRS FS department through the testing of external cladding materials or remedial works.

Q.2 No costs have been incurred in this area

Q.3 No additional budget has been identified.

Q.4 We are not sure what the plan is at present regarding the possible claiming back of costs from Central Government.


2933 - Private Hire / Hackney Carriage licenses

Details:

Reference Number: 2933
Request Date: 09/08/2017

Question:

Private Hire Drivers, Vehicle Proprietors and Operators, and Hackney Carriage Drivers and Vehicle Proprietors are licensed by your authority, and the licenses held are a matter of public record.

Please can you help me to identify where in your public records I can access the details of each license, including the addresses for each?

Response:

Please see attached the registers we are required to retain.

 


2934 - Staff suspensions

Details:

Reference Number: 2934
Request Date: 10/08/2017

Question:

For the years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17, please provide:

1.The number of staff employed by the council to have been suspended, providing the date that each was suspended

a. Please provide the reason for the suspension
b. Please provide outcome of each suspension e.g. returned to work, dismissed or resigned
c. Please note whether the staff continued to receive pay and if so provide the pay bracket of their salary to the nearest £5000

 

Response:

The way that we have been able to recover data from prior to 2014 didn’t have exact dates so we have provided the information in calendar years rather than financial as requested

For point c. All staff who are suspended are done so without prejudice and on full pay. Due to a change in payroll systems we can't get the annual salary of those people who were suspended, at the point they were suspended, prior to 2014 easily.

 

Suspension date Summary of all years

Count of Outcome

Capability

10

Dismissal

6

Final Written Warning

3

No Further Action

1

Disciplinary

134

Contract not renewed

1

Dismissal

50

Final Written Warning

28

First Written Warning

10

No Further Action

19

Ongoing

17

Resigned

9

Grand Total

144

   
   

Suspension date 2017

Count of Outcome

Disciplinary

44

Dismissal

11

Final Written Warning

8

First Written Warning

3

No Further Action

4

Ongoing

17

Resigned

1

Grand Total

44



 

 

Suspension date 2016

Count of Outcome

Disciplinary

34

Contract not renewed

1

Dismissal

10

Final Written Warning

8

First Written Warning

3

No Further Action

6

Resigned

6

Grand Total

34

   
   

Suspension date 2015

Count of Outcome

Disciplinary

20

Dismissal

8

Final Written Warning

4

First Written Warning

2

No Further Action

4

Resigned

2

Grand Total

20

   
   

Suspension date 2014

Count of Outcome

Capability

3

Dismissal

2

Final Written Warning

1

Disciplinary

5

Dismissal

4

Final Written Warning

1

Grand Total

8

   
   

Suspension date 2013

Count of Outcome

Capability

3

Dismissal

2

Final Written Warning

1

Disciplinary

11

Dismissal

5

Final Written Warning

4

First Written Warning

1

NFA

1

Grand Total

14

   
   

Suspension date 2012

Count of Outcome

Capability

4

Dismissal

2

Final Written Warning

1

NFA

1

Disciplinary

20

Dismissal

12

Final Written Warning

3

First Written Warning

1

NFA

4

Grand Total

24



2937 - School staffing protocol

Details:

Reference Number: 2937
Request Date: 10/08/2017

Question:

Further to FoI 2859

I request to be sent the staffing protocol which was agreed across the affected schools and, secondly, as a total figure how many of the affected staff from the four middle schools have been able to secure employment in the continuing schools in the Alnwick Partnership?

 

Response:

28 employees from the 4 affected middle school have secured employment within schools in the Alnwick partnership.

See attachment.

 


2939 - Business rates

Details:

Reference Number: 2939
Request Date: 10/08/2017

Question:

This is a request for Business Rates information, to be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please provide the ratepayer’s name(s) and the rates payable (inclusive of any transitional phasing) for the below periods.

Address: SITE 2, COOPIES FIELD, COOPIES LANE, MORPETH, NORTHD;
Postcode: NE61 6JN;
Period Start: 01/04/2015;
Period End: 15/02/2017;
Property Reference: CMNN00040016107503

 

Response:

 

Period from

Period to

Rateable Value

Days

Liability

Small business rate relief

Exemption

Charge

01/04/15

31/03/16

£8,900

366

£4,272.00

-£2,207.23

 

£2,064.77

01/04/16

04/09/16

£8,900

157

£1,867.75

-£670.74

-£569.58

£627.43

05/09/16

15/02/17

£8,900

164

£1,935.46

-£1,000.00

 

£935.46



2941 - Over capacity Schools

Details:

Reference Number: 2941
Request Date: 10/08/2017

Question:

·How many primary schools in your area/authority are expected to be a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017?

·How many secondary schools in your area/authority are expected to be a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017?

 

Response:

See attachment.

 

Within the County the greatest pressure points in relation to school places are located in the south-east sector of the county; this is the most populated area of Northumberland. This pressure is arising because of an increase in population in some areas, such as Blyth, and/or an increase in new house building in other areas, such as Morpeth. Where genuine population is increasing, additional places will be needed on a permanent basis, whereas increases in housing such as in Morpeth are creating a more temporary pressures on places.
There is some evidence emerging that some schools have now reached their capacity and measures have been set in place to increase accommodation in those schools where the pressure is immediately apparent.

There is evidence that some partnerships , for example Berwick are feeling the impact of inward migration in both early years and first schools.

There is a continuing thrust within some school partnerships towards educational reorganisation from three tier (first, middle and high schools) to two tier (primary and secondary schools). This has, in certain partnerships, led to a situation where a partnership (of schools) may have a mixture of two or three tier schools.

Where schools are over their Published Admission Number (PAN) this can be due to the ability of the school at that time to admit above the PAN or through successful appeals to an independent appeal panel (whose decision to admit a child over the PAN is binding on all parties).

It should be noted that the local authority has a duty to meet parental preference wherever possible and if there are school places available, wherever they are available, then a place must be given at the school.

In Northumberland the number of applicants offered their first preference on national offers day for September 2017 was: Primary 97.2% and Secondary 97.6%

 


Attachments:

2942 - Pet policies re social housing and sheltered accommodation

Details:

Reference Number: 2942
Request Date: 10/08/2017

Question:

Local Authority-provided social housing


Including homes managed by ‘Arms Length Management Organisations’ or ‘Tenant Management Organisations’ but not including sheltered accommodation (dealt with in section 3) or homes provided through Housing Associations
 

Question One
Are the social homes your Local Authority provides (excluding sheltered accommodation or homes provided through Housing Associations)…

 

- Managed by one or more Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs)? ☐ All ☐ Some ☐ None
- In your ALMO-managed social homes, is the ALMO responsible for pet policy? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Managed by one or more Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs)? ☐ All ☐ Some ☐ None
- In your TMO-managed social homes, is the TMO responsible for pet policy? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A

 

Question Two
Does your Local Authority have a pet clause in standard tenancy agreements that apply to
social homes?  If yes, please return a copy or link of that agreement and pet clause with your completed FoI form.  If no, please include any guidelines or internal procedures on pet ownership you do give social tenants around owning and keepings pets.
☐ Yes ☐ No

 

Does this pet clause… (tick N/A below if your council does not have one)
- Allow cats to be kept as pets under certain conditions? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require specific written permission for pet cats? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require cats to have access to a garden or private entrance to the property? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Specify a maximum number of cats allowed per property? (If yes, how many?) Number: ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require pet cats to be neutered? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require pet cats to be microchipped? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
- Require pet cats to have up-to-date vaccinations? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Some Local Authorities keep registers of all pets living in their social homes.
- Does your Local Authority keep a pet register? ☐ Yes ☐ No

 

Question Three
Does your Local Authority have a policy / procedure for dealing with cats that have been
abandoned or left behind in one of your properties? ☐ Yes ☐ No
Does your Local Authority offer or promote any kind of low-cost neutering
scheme for cat owners, either yourselves or through an animal welfare charity?
☐ Yes, we offer a scheme
☐ Yes, we promote a charity scheme
☐ No
Multi-Cat households are households where multiple pet cats are causing problems such as noise and unsanitary
conditions (e.g. cat hoarders).
In the calendar year 2016, did your Local Authority intervene to provide help with any
multi-cat households? (Specifically in directly-provided social homes) ☐ Yes ☐ No
If yes, how many multi-cat households did you intervene in? (Specifically in directly provided
social homes) Number: ☐ N/A
Comment

 

Question Four
How many social homes does your Local Authority provide? (not including sheltered accommodation or homes
provided through Housing Associations)
If you don’t know, please provide an estimated or most-recent figure.
Number or Estimate: ☐ None
Comment

 

Section three: Local Authority-provided sheltered accommodation
Including sheltered accommodation managed by ‘Arms Length Management Organisations’ or ‘Tenant Management
Organisations’ but not including housing provided through Housing Associations
Question One
Is the sheltered accommodation your Local Authority provides (excluding sheltered accommodation provided
through Housing Associations)…
Managed by one or more Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs)? ☐ All ☐ Some ☐ None
In your ALMO-managed sheltered homes, is the ALMO responsible for pet policy? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Managed by one or more Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs)? ☐ All ☐ Some ☐ None
In your TMO-managed sheltered homes, is the TMO responsible for pet policy? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Comment

 

Question Two
Does your Local Authority have a pet clause in standard tenancy agreements that apply to
sheltered accommodation?
If yes, please return a copy or link of that agreement and pet clause with your completed
FoI form.
If no, please include any guidelines or internal procedures on pet ownership you do give
social tenants around owning and keepings pets.
☐ Yes ☐ No
Does this pet clause… (tick N/A below if your council does not have one)
Allow cats to be kept as pets under certain conditions? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require specific written permission for pet cats? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require cats to have access to a garden or private entrance to the property? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Specify a maximum number of cats allowed per property? (If yes, how many?) Number: ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require pet cats to be neutered? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require pet cats to be microchipped? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Require pet cats to have up-to-date vaccinations? ☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A
Some Local Authorities keep registers of all pets living in their sheltered homes.
Does your Local Authority keep a pet register? ☐ Yes ☐ No
Comment

 

Question Three
Multi-Cat households are households where multiple pet cats are causing problems such as noise and unsanitary
conditions (e.g. cat hoarders).
In the calendar year 2016, did your Local Authority intervene to provide help with any
multi-cat households? (Specifically in directly-provided sheltered accommodation) ☐ Yes ☐ No
If yes, how many multi-cat households did you intervene in? (Specifically in directly provided
sheltered accommodation) Number: ☐ N/A
Comment

 

Question Four
How much sheltered accommodation does your Local Authority provide? (not including sheltered accommodation
provided through Housing Associations)
If you don’t know, please provide an estimated or most-recent figure.
Number or Estimate: ☐ None
Comment

 

Response:

See attachment


Attachments:

2943 - Work carried out on "The Peth", Wooler

Details:

Reference Number: 2943
Request Date: 11/08/2017

Question:

At present Northumberland County Council are carrying out work on The Peth, Wooler.
I request the following information.

1. Why is this work being carried out?
2. What exactly is going to be done?
3. What is the cost of this whole project?

 

Response:

1. Due to an over steepened embankment the back of the footpath and railing were failing and becoming unstable.

 

2. New embankment constructed against existing embankment to stabilise the slope. At the top of the new slope the verge and footpath is to be widened and new railing installed.

 

3. The estimated cost for the scheme is between 140k and 150k.

 


2944 - Domestic Violence funding, MARAC assessments, Refuge Placements

Details:

Reference Number: 2944
Request Date: 11/08/2017

Question:

For the following questions I would like the figures for 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17.

1. Total expenditure on all/any domestic violence services, broken down by each year

2. Total expenditure on Women’s Refuges, broken down by each year

3. Total expenditure on Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA), broken down by each year

4. Total expenditure on Floating Support, broken down by each year

5. Total number of Housing Related Support Units for domestic violence victims for each year, and, if possible, broken down by accommodation type, e.g.: refuge, hostel, BnB place, council owned flat/house, private rented accommodation.

6. For each year:
a. Number of cases explored by the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference
b. Number of cases deemed “high risk” by the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference
c. Number of referrals to refuge accommodation from the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference

7. For each year, as at 1 January (or another marker point of your choice), how many people were employed Full-time equivalent as Independent Domestic Violence Advisors

If time is an issue when working on the response, please focus on questions 1-4.

Response:

1-4. The below table indicates expenditure per year from 2009 to date

Commissioning service

Amount (per annum)

End date

Service

NCC Housing

£77,515

September 2016

Outreach workers

NCC Adults Services

£160,886

January 2018

IDVA

NCC

£130,000

March 2017

Refuge provision

Total

£368,401

   
 

5. 2009/10 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total
 

2010/11 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total
 

2011/12 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 1 x 3 bedroom house and 1 x 2 bed flat 11 units in total (9 Refuge 2 x Social rented)
 

2012/13 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 1 x 3 bedroom house, 2 x 2 bed flat 12 units in total (9 Refuge 2 x Social rented)
 

2013/14 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 1 x 3 bedroom house and 2 x 2 bed flat 12 units in total (9 Refuge 3 x Social rented)
 

2014/15 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total
 

2015/16 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total
 

2016/17 3x2 bed bungalows (1 of which is fully DDA compliant) 2x2 bed flats 4x3 bedroom houses. 9 Refuge units in total

6. This information is held / owned by Northumbria Police as the MARAC lead.

 

7. Northumberland County Council do not employ directly IDVA. However, our commissioned service employ 2.5 Full Time Equivalent posts.

 


2947 - Tech Solutions

Details:

Reference Number: 2947
Request Date: 14/08/2017

Question:

Question 1a - Is your organisation developing/creating Tech solutions (e.g. Demonstrator projects/Accelerator projects)? To support future service delivery.

b. What is the value of this work?
c. What solutions are you working on?
d. When will these be complete?
e. Will these solutions be scalable to help other authorities and cities?
f. Are you developing this yourself or getting funded, if so who is doing the funding?

Question 2a - Digital Transformation

 

b. Have you started the journey?
c. What are your current successes?
d. What technologies are working best for you?

Question 3 - With reference to Innovator/Demonstrator/Accelerator projects or Digital Transformation, is there anything you are struggling with (resources, knowledge, expertise etc)?

Question 4 - Is there any specific piece of work you would like me to champion or use as an example of great practice or development done by your organisation at these events? If so please provide a summary.

Response:

1.a Yes.

b. TBC - we are unable to place a value on this work until the pilot has been concluded.

c. GDS Verify Pilot

d. Q3 17/18 (FY)

e. Yes, the solution(s) will be made available via GDS to other local authorities. More information is publicly available via GDS.

f. The solution is being developed collaboratively with GDS and a number of other Local Authorities involved in the pilots. Whilst there is some degree of local development / customisation required due to the different platforms in use across the Local Authorities, the overarching service patterns are being jointly developed and shared. As such the funding of the pilot is shared between GDS and the participating Local Authorities. No direct funding has been allocated to this pilot, instead our allocation of resources to the pilot could be considered our financial contribution.

2.a We have a number of current projects that would fall under the "Digital Transform" banner. These range from the digitisation of the significant volume of paper records held by the organisation to increasing collaborative working as part of the move the Google G Suite platform or the digitisation of grass cutting routes and associated resource allocation / performance reporting in addition to a number of other activities.

b. See above.

c. Whilst the digitisation of paper records is expected to take a considerable period we have already successfully transferred over 500,000 records / 4,500 large boxes (approx. 82,000 planning applications, etc). This has a number of benefits such as the ability to find records more quickly/ efficiently without the need for transfer of paper files between sites to the reduction in physical storage space needed and the potential savings this brings.

d. N/A - a range of different technologies are used dependent on the area of work.

3. As with any transformation process, the culture of the organisation is one of the key challenges. Often business areas are unable to devote the additional time needed in order to change processes whilst delivering their service, or are entrenched in their current working practices and don't immediately see the value in transforming their service delivery.

4. No.


2948 - Lindisfarne/Holy Island F&R provision

Details:

Reference Number: 2948
Request Date: 14/08/2017

Question:

Please can you provide the following information about the fire station / FRS resources on Lindisfarne / Holy Island.

(a) Number (by rank / roles) of person assigned the fire station. Are staff wholetime / retained / volunteer?

(b) A list of all Fire & Rescue Service equipment currently deployed to the island (including registration / make & model of any vehicles)

(c) The running costs of the fire station for each of the past five years (broken down by your budget heading if available)

(d) The number and type of incidents attended in each of the past five years

(e) Number of incidents that outside Fire & Rescue Service resources have been deployed to the island for the last five years.

 

Response:

(a) There are no personnel formally assigned to Holy Island as there is no fire station on the island and only a garage allocated with reduced operational equipment provision.  In the event of a requirement to mobilise to an incident on Holy Island resources are allocated from the closest available station. This would normally be Berwick, Seahouses or Belford or a combination of those stations.

(b) With specific reference to Holy Island, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service considers the provision of information detailing all FRS equipment currently deployed on the island (including registration / make and model of any vehicles) to be exempt under Section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which is outlined below.

 

(c) Running costs for utilities, statutory and reactive maintenance below:

 
 

Electricity

Statutory

Reactive

2012

£36.92

£1,621.64

 

2013

£53.82

£1,447.52

£1,518.38

2014

£54.40

£814.20

£441.53

2015

£554.18

£393.28

 

2016

£256.77

£335.00

 


(d) See attached spreadsheet.

(e) See attached spreadsheet

Exemptions

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information you have requested under part (b) is exempt under the following provisions of the Act;

38. Health and Safety
(1) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to— (a) endanger the physical or mental health of any individual, or (b) endanger the safety of any individual.
(2) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that, compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, have either of the effects mentioned in subsection (1).

 

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service considers the release of information into the public domain describing the type, make and model of fire fighting equipment deployed on the island (including vehicle registration numbers) would, or would be likely to, compromise the security of such equipment as it would make it a potential target for criminal activity. If essential fire fighting equipment were compromised, this would be detrimental to the emergency response service on the island, placing the health and safety of members of the public at significant risk.
 

Public Interest Test Considerations

Section 38 is a qualified exemption which means that the information falling within the exemption still has to be released unless the public interest in disclosure is outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the exemption.

Northumberland County Council recognises that there is a general public interest in information held by public authorities being made available and that it should take place at the earliest appropriate time. This helps towards ensuring the public accountability and transparency of public authorities and promotes public engagement in any debate about the delivery of public services and the use of public funds.

Conversely, it is not in the public domain to release information that would, or would be likely to, undermine the functioning and efficiency of the emergency services in times of need, which exist to protect, the health, safety and well being of the public.
On balance, and in all the circumstances of this particular case, we have concluded that the health, safety and wellbeing of members of the public is of paramount importance and therefore we consider the public interest test under section 2(2)(b) of the Act favours withholding the information requested under part (b) of the request.


Attachments:

2949 - Business Rates Pub Relief

Details:

Reference Number: 2949
Request Date: 14/08/2017

Question:

Regarding the Business Rates Relief for pubs announced in the March 2017 Budget, of £1000 for pubs with a rateable value under £100,000.

https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-business-rate-relief/pubs

Regarding the Scheme, I would like to know:

(a) Whether your council has already begun distributing to local pubs the funding made available for 2017-18 as part of the Scheme?

(b) If the answer to (a) is yes, how much (in £s) has already been allocated to local pubs?

(c) If the answer to (a) is yes, what are the names of the pubs that have received relief?

(d) If the answer to (a) is no, why not?

 

Response:

(a) No


(b) N/A


(c) N/A


(d) Addendums to the Council's discretionary rate relief policy are awaiting approval before the relief is awarded. We hope to be in a position to begin awarding the relief within the next 2 weeks.

 


2950 - Alternative Asset Holdings

Details:

Reference Number: 2950
Request Date: 14/08/2017

Question:

I am currently seeking updated quarterly performance data from your plan’s alternative asset holdings for the following date(s): Q1 2017. Interested asset classes include private equity, venture capital, real estate and real assets.

1. Names and vintage years of all private equity, venture capital, mezzanine, distressed, real estate/REIT, debt and infrastructure partnerships in Northumberland County Council’s portfolio.

2. Commitments made to each partnership.

3. Contributions drawn down since inception.

4. Distributions made to Northumberland County Council to date by each individual partnership.

5. Net Asset Value of each partnership.

6. Internal rates of return (IRRs) for each partnership. Please note if the IRRs are not net.

7. Investment multiple (TV/PI) for each individual partnership.

8. The dollar amount of “total management fees and costs paid” for each individual partnership.

9. Date as of which all the above data was calculated.

10. Names of all alternative asset partnerships partially and fully sold by Northumberland County Council, including date of sale.

 

Response:

1. NCCPF has investments in closed ended partnerships for private equity and infrastructure. Page 4 of the attached NCC Pension Fund accounts 2015-16 lists all names and addresses of external investment management firms NCC Pension Fund allocates capital to. Vintage years are shown in Note 21 (on page 86) of the attached NCC Pension Fund accounts 2015-16.

2. See attached spreadsheets.

3. See attached spreadsheets.

4. See attached spreadsheets.

5. See attached spreadsheets, also the latest available partners valuation for each holding is attached.

6. Where held, these are included in the latest available partners valuation for each holding (attached).

7. Where held, these are included in the latest available partners valuation for each holding (attached).

8. See attached spreadsheets, also, where further information has been provided by the managers covering management fees and costs paid, this information is also attached.

9. All information is up to the end of Q1 2017 (31 March 2017) as requested except for the three Morgan Stanley partners capital statements, where the final 31 December 2016 valuations are attached (because 31 March 2017 statements are not provided by the manager). One of the Morgan Stanley Funds (PMIV) is still a preliminary 31-12-16 document, the final version is still awaited.

10. No alternative asset partnership investments have been sold by NCC.

 


2952 - Fly tipping & waste collections

Details:

Reference Number: 2952
Request Date: 15/08/2017

Question:

1. How many fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping did the council issue from May 9, 2016 to May 8, 2017, under new powers brought in by the Government on Monday 9 May, 2016? https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-penalties-to-crack-down-on-fly-tipping

2. How much money was collected from the FPNs issued in the first year of the scheme (May 2016- May 2017)? I would like to know the total amount collected by the council, not the face value or discounted value of the FPNs.

3. Does the council charge for bulky waste collections from households? If so, what are the charges?

4. Does the council charge for garden waste collections from households? If so, what are the charges?

5. How frequently does the council collect residual (black bin) waste from households? If collections vary for different households, please specify.

 



2954 - Children in need 2016/17

Details:

Reference Number: 2954
Request Date: 15/08/2017

Question:

Children in need 16 and 17 and other vulnerabilities

 

1. In your local authority area how many children aged 16 and 17 were a) children in need (including children on child protection plan); b) looked after children on 31 March 2017?

 

2. In your local authority area how many children aged 16 and 17 were a) children in need (including children on child protection plan); b) looked after children at any point in the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017? a) Children in need b) Children on child protection plan c) Looked after children Aged 16 Aged 17

 

3. In your local authority area: How many children aged 16 and 17 on 31 March 2017 were in: Full time education Work based learning Employer funded training Other education and training Not in education or training – in employment Not in employment, education or training.

How many Children in need, including children on child protection plans aged 16 and 17 on 31 March 2017 were in: Full time education Work based learning Employer funded training Other education and training Not in education or training – in employment Not in employment, education or training.

How many looked after children children aged 16 and 17 on 31 March 2017 were in: Full time education Work based learning Employer funded training Other education and training Not in education or training – in employment Not in employment, education or training.

 

4. In your local authority area: On 31 March 2017 how many children aged 17 had achieved the following in GCSE or equivalent: No passes No passes above grade D No passes at any grade in at least one of English or Maths Not obtaining at least 5 passes at any grade including English and Math.

On 31 March 2017 how many children in need, including children on child protection plans aged 17 had achieved the following in GCSE or equivalent: No passes No passes above grade D No passes at any grade in at least one of English or Maths Not obtaining at least 5 passes at any grade including English and Math.

On 31 March 2017 how many looked after children aged 17 had achieved the following in GCSE or equivalent: No passes No passes above grade D No passes at any grade in at least one of English or Maths Not obtaining at least 5 passes at any grade including English and Math.

 

5. In your local authority area: How many of 16 and 17 year olds who were children in need, including children on child protection plans, at any point from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 were: Arrested at any point in their lives Received an Anti-social behavioural order (ASBO) at any point in their lives.
How many of 16 and 17 year olds who were looked after children at any point from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 were: Arrested at any point in their lives Received an Anti-social behavioural order (ASBO) at any point in their lives.

 

6. How many young adults currently aged 18 to 20 in your local authority area were:

A Child in Need when aged 16 or 17.

A child on Child Protection Plan when aged 16 or 17.

Looked after child when aged 16 or 17.

 

7. How many young adults aged 18-20 claimed housing benefit at any point from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

How many of these young adults were at any point:

i. Children in need, including children on child protection plans when they were 16 or 17?

ii. Looked after children when they were 16 or 17?

 

8. How many young adults aged 18-20 presented as homeless to the local authority at any point from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

How many of these were, at any point:

i. Children in need, including children on child protection plans when they were 16 or 17:

ii. Looked after children when they were 16 or 17:

 

9. How many of young adults aged 18-20 were NEET (not in education, employment or training) at any point from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

How many of these young adults were, at any point:

i. Children in need, including children on child protection plans when they were 16 or 17:

ii. Looked after children when they were 16 or 17:

 

Response:

​The time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. However we have been able to respond to question 4 within the timescale, please see attached.

On 31 March 2017 how many children aged 17 had achieved the following in GCSE or equivalent:
On 31 March 2017 how many children in need, including children on child protection plans aged 17 had achieved the following in GCSE or equivalent:
On 31 March 2017 how many looked after children aged 17 had achieved the following in GCSE or equivalent:

No passes

101 (out of 3218) (Taken from national pupil database 2016 NCC KS4 Cohort)
37 (out of 141 matched. Full Cohort - 233)
4 (out of 25 matched. Full Cohort - 69)
No passes above grade D

373 (out of 3218) (Taken from national pupil database 2016 NCC KS4 Cohort)
89 (out of 141 matched. Full Cohort - 233)
15 (out of 25 matched. Full Cohort - 69)

 

No passes at any grade in at least one of English or Maths

117 (out of 3218) (Taken from national pupil database 2016 NCC KS4 Cohort)
57 (out of 141 matched. Full Cohort - 233)
7 (out of 25 matched. Full Cohort - 69)

 

Not obtaining at least 5 passes at any grade including English and Math

276 (out of 3218) (Taken from national pupil database 2016 NCC KS4 Cohort)
78 (out of 141 matched. Full Cohort - 233)
14 (out of 25 matched. Full Cohort - 69)


2955 - Children in need 2016/17

Details:

Reference Number: 2955
Request Date: 15/08/2017

Question:

Scale of referrals and decisions on referrals
 

1. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 please provide the number of children by the age groups as in the table below who: a) were referred to your local authority’s children’s services; b) were referred to your local authority’s children’s services but after initial consideration no further action was taken c) were referred and proceeded to be assessed as children in need as specified in the Working together guidance; d) referred, assessed but closed after assessment with no further action
 

a) Total referred to social services
b) Total referred but after initial consideration no further action was taken
c) referred and assessed as children in need
d) referred, assessed and closed after assessment with no further action

 

Under 1
Age 1-4
Age 5-9
Age 10-13
Age 14
Age 15
Age 16
Age 17

 

16-17 year olds children in need
 

2. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 please provide a total number of children aged 16 and 17 who were children in need at any point during that period of time.
 

3. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 please provide a breakdown by gender and ethnicity of 16-17 year olds who were children in need at any point during that period of time.
 

Ethnicity

Females 16 and 17
Males 16 and 17
Total unknown gender 16 and 17
Total

 

White
Mixed
Asian or Asian British
Black or Black British
Other ethnic group

 

4. In a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide a total number of children aged 16 and 17 who were children in need at any point during that period of time by duration of their child in need plan.
16 year old

17 year old
 

a) Under 3 months
b) 3 to 6 months
c) 6 to 12 months
d) Over a year

 

5. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide a total number of children who ceased to be children in need at any point during that period of time and were:
Age 14
Age 15
Age 16 and 17

 

6. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide a breakdown of reasons for closure of CIN cases in relation to 16 and 17 year olds.
 

Description (CIN code)

16 year olds

17 year olds

Total 16 and 17
year olds

 

Adopted (RC1)
Died (RC2)
Child arrangement order (RC3)
Special guardianship order (RC4)
Transferred to services of another local authority (RC5)
Transferred to adult social services (RC6)
Services ceased for any other reason, incl child no longer in need (RC7)
Case closed after assessment, no further action (RC8)

 

7. Is there is a policy in your local authority on how children in need’s transition to adulthood is planned? Please share the policy document with us.
 

Children in need aged 16-17 year olds and their previous involvement with children’s services
 

8. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 please provide the number of children referred to social services who were a) re-referrals within the 12 months of previous referral; b) re-referrals within the 24 months of previous referral
 

a) Referrals that were within the 12 months of previous referral
b) Referrals that were within the 24 months of previous referral but not within the 12 month of current referral Total

 

Age 16
Age 17
Total 16-17

 

9. In the year from April 2016 to March 2017 please provide the number of children in need aged 16-17 who were looked after by local authority by less than 13 weeks prior from the age of 14 to their 16th birthday.
 

Children in need aged 16-17 year olds by source of referral
 

10. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide the number of children aged 16 and 17 who were referred to your local authority’s children’s services by source of referral codes as in the Children in Need Census.
 

CIN code for the source of referral
All children 0-117 (inclusive)
Children aged 16-17 only

 

1A ‘INDIVIDUAL (Family
member, relative or carer)
1B ‘INDIVIDUAL (Acquaintance)
1C ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Self - referred)
1D ‘INDIVIDUAL ’Other’
2A ‘SCHOOLS’
2B Education services
3A ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (GP)
3B ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (Health visitor)
3C ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (School nurse)
3D ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (Other primary health services)
3E ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (A&E)
3F ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (Other)
4 ‘HOUSING’ (local authority housing or housing association)
5A ‘LA SERVICES’ (social care)
5B ‘LA SERVICES’ (other internal)
5C ‘LA SERVICES’ (Other external)
6 POLICE
7 OTHER LEGAL AGENCY
8 OTHER
9. ANONYMOUS
10. UNKNOWN

 

11. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide the number of children aged 16 and 17 who were referred and assessed as children in need by source of referral codes as in the Children in Need Census.
 

CIN code for the source of referral
All children 0-18 Children aged 16-17 only

 

1A ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Family member, relative or carer)
1B ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Acquaintance)
1C ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Self - referred)
1D ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Other)
2A ‘SCHOOLS’
2B Education services
3A ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (GP)
3B ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (Health visitor)
3C ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (School nurse)
3D ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (Other primary health services)
3E ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (A&E)
3F ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (Other)
4 ‘HOUSING’ (local authority housing or housing association)
5A ‘LA SERVICES’ (social care)
5B ‘LA SERVICES’ (other internal)
5C ‘LA SERVICES’ (Other external)
6 POLICE
7 OTHER LEGAL AGENCY
8 OTHER
9. ANONYMOUS
10. UNKNOWN

 

Children in need aged 16-17 year olds primary category of need
 

12. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 please provide the number of children aged 16 and 17 by the primary need identified on assessments:
 

Number of children in need 16 and 17 year olds
 

N1. Abuse or neglect
N2. Child’s disability
N3. Parental Disability or Illness
N4. Family in acute stress
N5. Family dysfunction
N6. Socially unacceptable behaviour
N7. Low income
N8. Absent parenting
N9. Cases other than children in need
N10. Not stated

 

Children in need aged 16-17 year olds by factors identified in assessments
 

13. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 please provide the number of CIN assessments (of all children and children 16 and 17 year old separately) which have recorded information on the factors identified in assessments.
Number of CIN assessments of children 0 to 17 (inclusive) with recorded information on factors identified in assessments
Number of CIN assessments of children 16 and 17 with recorded information on factors identified in assessments

 

14. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please state how often the factors listed were identified in assessments – for all children (aged 0-17), and specifically for children aged 16-17.
a) Total number of factors identified in CIN assessment of children 0-18
b) Number of factors identified in assessments of 16-17 year olds:

 

1A. Alcohol misuse (by the child)
1B. Alcohol misuse (by parent or carer)
1C. Alcohol misuse (another person in household)
2A. Drug misuse (by the child)
2b. Drug misuse (by parent/carer)
2c. Drug misuse (by another person in household)
3a. Domestic violence (child the subject)
3b. Domestic violence (parent or carer the subject)
3c. Domestic violence (another person)
4a. Mental health (child’s)
4b. Mental health (parent’s)
4c.Mental health (other’s)
5a. Learning disability (child’s)
5b. Learning disability (parent’s)
5c. Learning disability (other’s)
6a. Physical disability or illness (child’s)
6b. Physical disability or illness (parent’s)
6c. Physical disability or illness (other’s)
7a. Young carer
8b and 8c. Privately fostered (overseas children)
8d-8e. Privately fostered (UK children).
9a. UASC
10A. Missing
11A. CSE
12A. Trafficking
13A. Gangs
14A. Socially unacceptable behaviour
15A. Self-harm
16A. Abuse or neglect - neglect
17A. Abuse or neglect – emotional abuse
18a. Abuse or neglect – physical abuse
19a. Abuse or neglect –sexual abuse
20. Other
21. No factors identified
22A.FGM
23A. Abuse linked to faith or belief

 

16 and 17 year olds Section 47 inquiries and Child Protection Plan
 

15. How many children aged 16 and 17 were subject to Section 47 Enquiries in a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?
 

16. How many children aged 16 and 17 were subject of an initial stage child protection conference in a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?
 

17. How many children aged 16 and 17:
Became the subject of a Child Protection plan at any point in a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?
Were subject of a Child Protection plan in the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

 

18. Of all children aged 16 and 17 who became a subject of a Child Protection plan in the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, how many have previously been subject of child in need plan or child protection plan?
 

16 and 17 year olds who became looked after
 

19. In the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide the number of children aged 16 and 17 who started to be looked after by local authority.
 

20. In a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide a breakdown by legal status for children aged 16 and 17 who started to be looked after by local authority in that year
Interim care order
Full care order
Placement order
Accommodated under Section 20
Detained on child protection grounds in LA
accommodation
Youth justice legal statuses

 

21. In a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, please provide the number children aged 16 and 17 whose application for care order was not successful.

 

Response:

1.

 

a) Total referred to social services

b) Total referred but after initial consideration no further action was taken

c) Referred and assessed as children in need

d) referred, assessed and closed after assessment with no further action

Under 1

420

3

416

48

Age 1-4

696

4

690

91

Age 5-9

851

4

843

110

Age 10-13

640

5

632

77

Age 14

175

0

175

21

Age 15

190

4

186

20

Age 16

182

2

178

28

Age 17

141

1

140

20

 

2. 649

 

3.

Ethnicity

Females 16 and 17

Males 16 and 17

Total unknown gender 16 and 17

Total

White

297

333

0

630

Mixed

6

4

0

10

Asian or Asian British

3

2

0

5

Black or Black British

0

1

0

1

Other ethnic group

0

3

0

3

 

4.

 

16 year old

17 year old

a) Under 3 months

127

126

b) 3 to 6 months

59

55

c) 6 to 12 months

42

22

d) Over a year

111

115

 

5.

Age 14

144

Age 15

189

Age 16 and 17

313

 

6.

Description (CIN code)

16 year olds

17 year olds

Total 16 and 17 year olds

Adopted (RC1)

0

0

0

Died (RC2)

0

0

0

Child arrangement order (RC3)

0

0

0

Special guardianship order (RC4)

0

0

0

Transferred to services of another local authority (RC5)

1

0

1

Transferred to adult social services RC6)

1

0

1

Services ceased for any other reason, incl child no longer in need (RC7)

128

109

237

Case closed after assessment, no further action (RC8)

51

60

111

 

7.  Not answered

 

8.

 

a) Referrals that were within the 12 months of previous referral

b) Referrals that were within the 24 months of previous referral but not within the 2 month of current referral

Total

Age 16

55

   

Age 17

46

   

Total 16-17

101

   

9. Not answered

 

10.

CIN code for the source of referral

All children 0-117 (inclusive)

Children aged 16-17 only

1A ‘INDIVIDUAL (Family
member, relative or carer)

513

88

1B ‘INDIVIDUAL (Acquaintance)

0

0

1C ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Self - referred)

3

2

1D ‘INDIVIDUAL ’Other’

263

31

2A ‘SCHOOLS’

946

130

2B Education services

19

3

3A ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (GP)

106

6

3B ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(Health visitor)

183

10

3C ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(School nurse)

39

6

3D ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(Other primary health services)

421

24

3E ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (A&E)

262

36

3F ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(Other)

85

7

4 ‘HOUSING’ (local authority
housing or housing association)

37

5

5A ‘LA SERVICES’ (social care)

804

82

5B ‘LA SERVICES’ (other
internal)

208

26

5C ‘LA SERVICES’ (Other
external)

0

0

6 POLICE

971

119

7 OTHER LEGAL AGENCY

133

14

8 OTHER

231

15

9. ANONYMOUS

135

10

10. UNKNOWN

   
 

11.

CIN code for the source of referral

All children 0-18

Children aged 16-17 only

1A ‘INDIVIDUAL (Family
member, relative or carer)

278

52

1B ‘INDIVIDUAL (Acquaintance)

0

0

1C ‘INDIVIDUAL’ (Self - referred)

0

0

1D ‘INDIVIDUAL ’Other’

143

17

2A ‘SCHOOLS’

637

76

2B Education services

13

2

3A ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (GP)

90

6

3B ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(Health visitor)

109

2

3C ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(School nurse)

23

3

3D ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(Other primary health services)

261

10

3E ‘HEALTH SERVICES’ (A&E)

186

29

3F ‘HEALTH SERVICES’
(Other)

64

4

4 ‘HOUSING’ (local authority
housing or housing association)

15

3

5A ‘LA SERVICES’ (social care)

503

58

5B ‘LA SERVICES’ (other
internal)

129

21

5C ‘LA SERVICES’ (Other
external)

0

0

6 POLICE

657

89

7 OTHER LEGAL AGENCY

99

13

8 OTHER

157

13

9. ANONYMOUS

94

7

10. UNKNOWN

0

0

 

12.

 

Number of children in need 16 and 17 years old

N1. Abuse or neglect

42

N2. Child’s disability

16

N3. Parental Disability or illness

2

N4. Family in acute stress

 

N5. Family dysfunction

 

N6. Socially unacceptable behaviour

47

N7. Low income

 

N8. Absent parenting

 

N9. Cases other than children in need

 

N10. Not stated

 
 

13.

Number of CIN assessments of children 0 to 17 (inclusive) with recorded information on factors identified in assessments

3482

Number of CIN assessments of children 16 and 17 with recorded information on factors identified in assessments

413

 

14.

 

a) Total number of factors identified in CIN assessment of children 0-18

b) Number of factors identified in assessments of 16-17 year olds

1A. Alcohol misuse (by the child)

22

10

1B. Alcohol misuse (by parent or carer)

302

33

1C. Alcohol misuse (another person in household)

13

4

2A. Drug misuse (by the child)

27

13

2b. Drug misuse (by parent/carer)

137

5

2c. Drug misuse (by another person in household)

21

3

3a. Domestic violence (child the subject)

125

19

3b. Domestic violence (parent or carer the subject)

220

15

3c. Domestic violence (another person)

6

0

4a. Mental health (child’s)

164

31

4b. Mental health (parent’s)

203

8

4c.Mental health (other’s)

15

2

5a. Learning disability (child’s)

129

14

5b. Learning disability (parent’s)

14

0

5c. Learning disability (other’s)

1

1

6a. Physical disability or illness (child’s)

23

2

6b. Physical disability or illness (parent’s)

17

2

6c. Physical disability or illness (other’s)

3

1

7a. Young carer

3

0

8b and 8c. Privately fostered (overseas children)

0

0

8d-8e. Privately fostered (UK children)

1

0

9a. UASC

0

0

10A. Missing

64

22

11A. CSE

101

27

12A. Trafficking

3

3

13A. Gangs

2

1

14A. Socially unacceptable behaviour

272

47

15A. Self-harm

146

44

16A. Abuse or neglect - neglect

374

14

17A. Abuse or neglect – emotional abuse

230

12

18a. Abuse or neglect – physical abuse

162

10

19a. Abuse or neglect –sexual abuse

93

6

20. Other

270

27

21. No factors identified

314

37

22A.FGM

0

0

23A. Abuse linked to faith or belief

3

0

 

15. 96

 

16. 26

 

17.

Became the subject of a Child Protection plan at any point in a year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

12

Were subject of a Child Protection plan in the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?

34

 

18. 3

 

19. 15

 

20.

Interim care order

 

Full care order

2

Placement order

 

Accommodated under Section 20

12

Detained on child protection grounds in LA accommodation

1

Youth justice legal statuses

 
 

21.  Not answered

 

However, the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450 hence the reason why some responses have been omitted.

 


2956 - Leaving Care Team

Details:

Reference Number: 2956
Request Date: 16/08/2017

Question:

I would be grateful if you would supply the following information, please, relating to your authority’s Leaving Care team.

1. What was the budget for your authority’s Leaving Care team for each of these financial years: 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17?
2. How many Personal Adviser FTE and PTE posts were there for each of the three above financial years?
3. How many individuals were employed by your authority as Personal Advisers during each of these three years?
4. Were any employment agencies used to fill these posts during each of these three years? If so, how many posts for each year? What was the total spend with agencies for these roles for each year?

 

Response:

1.
2014/15 budget: Leaving Care Payments £212,890 Leaving Care staffing £386,090
2015/16 budget: Leaving Care Payments £217,820 Leaving Care staffing £378,340
2016/17 budget: Leaving Care Payments £219,160 Leaving Care staffing £617,810

2.
Within Northumberland we do not use the term personal advisor. Young people are supported by social workers and social work support assistants

 

2014/2015 - FTE = 7 PTE = 3
2015/2016 - FTE = 7 PTE = 3
2016/2017 - FTE = 9 PTE = 1

 

However, please note that above staff work with young people who are LAC, child in need and new referrals that require assessment. Staff do not just hold a leaving care caseload.

3. Please see breakdown above

4.
2 in 2016/2017


2014/15 nil
2015/16 13,556
2016/17 52,996

 


2957 - Compensation claims made in schools

Details:

Reference Number: 2957
Request Date: 16/08/2017

Question:

I would like the total amount of compensation paid out to schools and teachers in 2016 and a separate figure for 2015.

Can you also list the total number of claims per year.

If possible in this format -

2015: £x paid out from xx claims

2016: £x paid out from xx claims

Additionally you also release the top five highest claims for the combined years including a brief summary of the incidents.

If possible I would like it in this format.

Eg -

£100,000 - Teacher trips over construction work at <insert school name> on <insert date>.

 

Response:

1. 2015 - 8 claims - £5098.00 paid out.
2016 - 1 claim - no payment made.

 

2. Accident date: 22.07.15
Amount paid to claimant: £5098.00
Description of incident: Claimant was closing window when the glass shattered sustaining cuts and bruises.
Type of school: First

The remaining claims are either closed with no payment made or being processed.

Under section 40 (2) withholding the actual school name is to protect identification of an individual.

 


2958 - Business credit rates

Details:

Reference Number: 2958
Request Date: 16/08/2017

Question:

Please be kind enough to provide under the Freedom Of Information Act a schedule of business rates credits held on account by you.

I would be grateful if you could provide me with the latest account credit schedule, preferably in excel format, to include: -

Name of Company / Occupier (not individuals)
Property Address
Financial year(s) that the credit relates to

 

Response:

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to your request is exempt under the following provisions;

Section 21 of the Act states that a public Authority does not need to provide information under section 1 of the Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means.

The information is available by accessing the following link:
https://data.gov.uk/dataset/national-non-domestic-rates-accounts-in-credit-northumberland


2960 - Temporary Accommodation

Details:

Reference Number: 2960
Request Date: 16/08/2017

Question:

1. Please state the amount of money spent by your local authority on temporary
accommodation in each of the following financial years: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16
and 2016/2017

 

2. Please state the number of households placed into temporary accommodation by your local authority into areas outside of your local authority area in each of the following financial years: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/2017

 

3. Please provide a breakdown of the local authority areas that households have been placed into temporary accommodation by your local authority other than your own. Please list the name of the local authority area, and the number of households placed in each, for each of the following financial years: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/2017

 

4. Please state the number of households who are living in Bed & Breakfast accommodation
arranged by your local authority at the time of this request (15/08/2017)


5. Please state the number of households who are living in Bed & Breakfast accommodation
arranged by your local authority at the time of this request (15/08/2017) AND who have been
living in Bed & Breakfast accommodation for six months or more (since 15/02/2017 or before)


6. For households that were living in temporary accommodation arranged by your local
authority at the time of this request (15/08/2017), please state the five longest times that they
had spent in temporary accommodation (including any moves between temporary
accommodation placements, if calculable under the cost limit)

 

Response:

1.

 

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Total

Amount of money spent on temporary accommodation

277,273

239,615

245,846

247,803

210,974

1,221,511

 

2.

 

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Total

Number of households placed into temporary accommodation outside your local authority area

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

3. N/A


4. 0


5. 0


6. 18 weeks, 17 weeks, 14 weeks, 9 weeks, 8 weeks

 


2961 - Business Rates

Details:

Reference Number: 2961
Request Date: 16/08/2017

Question:

Please can you send me a full and up to date list of companies and charities that have become liable for business rates between the 01/08/17-15/08/17.

Please include the business name, address, property type and the date they became liable.

 

Response:

See attachment

 


Attachments:

2962 - The Braid at Amble

Details:

Reference Number: 2962
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

Could you please tell me who owns the part of the braid to the front of the houses on Turner street

Response:

The majority of this land is own by NCC or is leased by NCC. There is a small proportion which is privately owned and you will need to contact the Land Registry for that information. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/business-e-services.

Please see map attached.


Attachments:

2963 - Deaths with no known next of kin

Details:

Reference Number: 2963
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known, from 1/5/17 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/5/17 but the case has only come to your attention since, could you please also include details, as follows:


1. Surnames and forenames or initials
2. Dates of death
3. Age at death or date of birth
4. Place of birth
5. Marital status
6. Maiden surnames of married or widowed women
7. Usual address at time of death
8. Approx. value of their estate if known
9. The date you sent information to the Government Legal Department (or, if in Lancashire, the Duchy of Lancaster, or, if in Cornwall, the Duchy of Cornwall), or confirmation that this action was not applicable.

 

If you have yet to send the information on, as per 9 above, or a decision has not yet been made whether or not to do so, please also advise of this.

Response:

 

Name

Date of birth

Marital status

Maiden name

Date of death

Value of estate

Info passed to Treasury Solicitor

Michael Cassidy

15/01/1953

Single

N/A

10/05/2017

N/A

Not to be referred.  Relatives located

William Patrick Hedley

01/01/1940

Divorced

N/A

12/05/2017

N/A

No to be referred

Shaun Rossin

27/07/1969

Single

N/A

14/06/2017

N/A

Not to be referred

Charles James Thompson

10/08/1949

Single

N/A

23/05/2017

N/A

Not to be referred.  Next of kin found

Christopher Mills

10/07/1959

Divorced

N/A

20/06/2017

N/A

Not to be referred.  Next of kin found

Keith Bunn

16/03/1942

Widower

N/A

21/06/2017

N/A

Not to be referred.  Next of kin found

James MacGilray Gilfillan

06/04/1948

Single

N/A

28/07/2017

More than £500

To be referred to Government Legal Department

Thomas Paul MacKenley

27/06/1966

Single

N/A

27/07/2017

N/A

Not to be referred.  Next of kin found

Ann Margaret Scott

07/03/1947

Single

N/A

04/08/2017

N/A

Not to be referred.  Next of kin found

Andrew John Bladon

16/09/1971

Divorced

N/A

07/08/2017

N/A

Not to be referred.  Next of kin found

 

The address have not been provided as they are exempt under S31 of the Act.

 

31 Law enforcement.

(1) Information which is not exempt information by virtue of section 30 is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice—

(a) the prevention or detection of crime,
(b) the apprehension or prosecution of offenders,
(c) the administration of justice,
(d) the assessment or collection of any tax or duty or of any imposition of a similar nature,
(e) the operation of the immigration controls,
(f) the maintenance of security and good order in prisons or in other institutions where persons are lawfully detained,
(g) the exercise by any public authority of its functions for any of the purposes specified in subsection (2),
(h) any civil proceedings which are brought by or on behalf of a public authority and arise out of an investigation conducted, for any of the purposes specified
in subsection (2), by or on behalf of the authority by virtue of Her Majesty’s prerogative or by virtue of powers conferred by or under an enactment, or
(i) any inquiry held under the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiries (Scotland) Act 1976 to the extent that the inquiry arises out of an investigation conducted, for any of the purposes specified in subsection (2), by or on behalf of the authority by virtue of Her Majesty’s prerogative or by virtue of powers conferred by or under an enactment.

 


2964 - Behavioural Assessment

Details:

Reference Number: 2964
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

Your SEND team conducted a behavioural assessment on a young person, at Bothal Upper School Ashington.  Following this report your team recommended several changes that should be adopted by Bothal School to assist the inclusion of the young person in mainstream schooling. Please forward a copy of any report either from your team or the school which includes any advised recommendations or actions that were recommended.

Also a copy of the minutes of the meeting where it was discussed that the young person would no longer be catered for in mainstream schooling.

 

Response:

Northumberland County Council neither confirms nor denies whether we hold information relating to your request. Any information that we may hold would be accessible under the right of access under the Data Protection Act. Our Subject Access Information Pack can be download from our website (via the Data Protection webpage) which provides details on how to make such an application.

Exemptions

 

In the present case the County Council takes the view that some information is exempt under section 40, on the basis that it is personal information. In this case the Authority relies on section 40.

Section 40 - Personal information .

(1) Any information to which a request for information relates is exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the data subject.

(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also exempt information if- (a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1), and (b) either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.

(3) The first condition is- (a) in a case where the information falls within any of paragraphs (a) to (d) of the definition of "data" in section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would
contravene- (i) any of the data protection principles, or (ii) section 10 of that Act (right to prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress), and (b) in any other case, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene any of the data protection principles if the exemptions in section 33A(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (which relate to manual data held by public authorities) were disregarded.

(4) The second condition is that by virtue of any provision of Part IV of the Data Protection Act 1998 the information is exempt from section 7(1)(c) of that Act (data subject's right of access to personal data).

(5) The duty to confirm or deny- (a) does not arise in relation to information which is (or if it were held by the public authority would be) exempt information by virtue of subsection (1), and (b) does not arise in relation to other information if or to the extent that either- (i) the
giving to a member of the public of the confirmation or denial that would have to be given to comply with section 1(1)(a) would (apart from this Act) contravene any of the data protection principles or section 10 of the Data Protection Act 1998 or would do so if the exemptions in section 33A(1) of that Act were disregarded, or (ii) by virtue of any provision of Part IV of the Data Protection Act 1998 the information is exempt from section 7(1)(a) of that Act (data subject's right to be informed whether personal data being processed).


2965 - Lost Property

Details:

Reference Number: 2965
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

1. What were the top 10 most frequently lost items handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?
libraries
leisure centres
children centres
housing offices
one stop shops
other council buildings

2. What were the top 10 most frequently lost children’s items handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?
libraries
leisure centres
children centres
housing offices
one stop shops
other council buildings

3. How many lost children items were handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?
libraries
leisure centres
children centres
housing offices
one stop shops
other council buildings

4. How many lost items were handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?
libraries
leisure centres
children centres
housing offices
one stop shops
other council buildings

5. Do you keep hold of lost items that have been handed in worth under £50?

6. How long do you keep hold of lost items that have been handed in before discarding?

 

Response:

1.

libraries

Memory sticks, glasses, library card, bookmark, umbrella, school cardigan, hats, gloves, coats and small toys.

leisure centres

Not our information, please contact:  http://www.activenorthumberland.org.uk/contact

children centres

Keys, Wallet, Phone, Umbrella, bottles, hats, soft toys, handbags    Clothing, toys, dummies

housing offices

We don't have Housing Offices as people now do everything at the Library or One Stop

one stop shops

​Bus passes, ​adult hat​s​, adult​ ​gloves, adult​ ​sunglasses​, keys, purse​, diary

other council buildings

umbrella, book, watch, glasses, glasses case, scarf, t-shirt, badge, hairband.

 

 

2.

libraries

Library card, school cardigan, small toys.

leisure centres

Please see Q.1

children centres

Bibs, dummies, bottles, coats, shoes, blankets, comforters. Hats,  gloves, toys

housing offices

Please see Q.1

one stop shops

​Not recorded​

other council buildings

​Not recorded​

 

3.

libraries

Not recorded.  We do not keep track of library cards as they are usually picked up at the next visit, small toys are usually claimed before or at the next visit. Memory cards and glasses are picked up by the next day we are open.Coats , gloves and hats are normally picked up quite quickly

leisure centres

Please see Q.1

children centres

on average x 2 per week

housing offices

Please see Q.1

one stop shops

Not recorded

other council buildings

​Not recorded​

 

4.

libraries

Not recorded.  ​We do not normally keep track of lost items as a whole, however staff are made aware of anything in their branch that has been found/handed in.

leisure centres

Please see Q.1

children centres

on average x 2 per week

housing offices

Please see Q.1

one stop shops

Not recorded

other council buildings

12

 

5. Yes

 

6. 12 months (Fire & Rescue) (Children’s Services)
At least 6 months or longer (Libraries and Info Centres)

 


2967 - Over capacity Schools

Details:

Reference Number: 2967
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

I am seeking information on the number of local authority run primary schools and secondary schools that will be operating at over capacity in September 2017 in terms of class sizes.

If available I would like information on both a) schools in general and B) entry years e.g. Year 7 and reception.

If possible I would also like this same information for the two previous school years.

-How many primary schools as a whole in your area/authority are expected to be operating a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017? Please could you provide this information for the start of the school years 2016/2017 and 2015/16?

-How many at primary schools at the year of entry, e.g. reception, in your area/authority are expected to be a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017? Please could you provide this information for the start of the school years 2016/2017 and 2015/16?

·How many secondary schools as a whole in your area/authority are expected to be operating a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017? Please could you provide this information for the start of the school years 2016/17 and 2015/16?

·How many secondary schools at the year of entry, e.g. Year 7, in your area/authority are expected to be operating a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017? Please could you provide this information for the start of the school years 2016/17 and 2015/16?

 

Response:

See attachment.

Within the County the greatest pressure points in relation to school places are located in the south-east sector of the county; this is the most populated area of Northumberland. This pressure is arising because of an increase in population in some areas, such as Blyth, and/or an increase in new house building in other areas, such as Morpeth. Where genuine population is increasing, additional places will be needed on a permanent basis, whereas increases in housing such as in Morpeth are creating a more temporary pressures on places.

There is some evidence emerging that some schools have now reached their capacity and measures have been set in place to increase accommodation in those schools where the pressure is immediately apparent.

There is evidence that some partnerships , for example Berwick are feeling the impact of inward migration in both early years and first schools.

There is a continuing thrust within some school partnerships towards educational reorganisation from three tier (first, middle and high schools) to two tier (primary and secondary schools). This has, in certain partnerships, led to a situation where a partnership (of schools) may have a mixture of two or three tier schools.

Where schools are over their Published Admission Number (PAN) this can be due to the ability of the school at that time to admit above the PAN or through successful appeals to an independent appeal panel (whose decision to admit a child over the PAN is binding on all parties).

It should be noted that the local authority has a duty to meet parental preference wherever possible and if there are school places available, wherever they are available, then a place must be given at the school.

In Northumberland the number of applicants offered their first preference on national offers day for September 2017 was: Primary 97.2% and Secondary 97.6%

 


2968 - Retail Premises

Details:

Reference Number: 2968
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

1.1 Please confirm how many retail premises have been inspected by you for health and safety compliance within the last three years.

1.2 In respect of the retail premises inspected, in how many did you undertake inspection of these premises of your own volition and how many at the request of other authorities?

1.3 In how many of the retail premises inspected were there found to be a problem regarding the manner in which stock was stored and managed? For example, improperly stacked stock, boxes blocking aisles or fire exits etc.

1.4 In respect of those retail premises for which there were found to be problems regarding the manner in which stock was stored, in how many was formal enforcement action taken? For example, warning letters and statutory improvement and prohibition notices.

1.5 In respect of those retail premises for which enforcement action was taken regarding the manner in which stock is stored, to your knowledge, how many of those retail premises were multi-outlet organisations?

1.6 Of those multi-outlet organisations, how many were subject to enforcement action across multiple outlets in the area for which you are responsible?

1.7 In respect of those retail premises for which enforcement action was taken regarding the manner in which stock is stored, how many criminal prosecutions for that and other offences were undertaken?

1.8 Of those criminal prosecutions, how many senior officials were prosecuted as well as the relevant organisations?

1.9 How many of those criminal prosecutions resulted in a conviction?

 

Response:

 

1.1 21


1.2 Own Volition - 0 / Request from others - 21


1.3 5


1.4 0


1.5 0


1.6 0


1.7 N/A


1.8 N/A


1.9 N/A

 


2969 - Noise Complaints

Details:

Reference Number: 2969
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

1. Please could you provide the full list of noise complaints made to the Council from 1st Jan 2015 up to, and including, August 2017, broken down into the following categories:

Number of complaints during the specified period of time, broken down by category and month e.g 60 x Out of Hours noise - music from club/pub/restaurant in July 2016

 

2. List of, and quantity of, all action that has been taken as a result of the noise complaint e.g 10 x warning, 5 x noise abatement order issued, 20 x no action taken
 

3. Full list of fines issued due to breaks of a ‘noise abatement order’ (broken down by number of fines and monetary value of each fine)

 

Response:

1. See attachment.

 

2. I need to seek clarification as to what actions your question is referring to. Are these the specific actions taken by the authority to actually gather the information in order to conduct an investigation or do mean the final action or outcome?

There are very few cases when no action is taken at all, as the officers are required to adhere to the authority's written Noise Investigation Procedure.

With regards to a noise investigation, if the local authority establishes a statutory nuisance from evidence obtained through incident logs, officer witness, noise recordings etc. The authority has a legal duty to serve an Abatement Notice under Section 80 of The Environmental Protection Act 1990. There is no scope to deviate from this to send a Warning letter, once a statutory nuisance is confirmed. However, in the event that no statutory nuisance is proven the authority will then inform both parties of the findings and offer relevant advice where appropriate.

 

Between the 1st January 2015 to date 37 Abatement Notices were served under Section 80 of The Environmental Protection Act by this authority for statutory noise nuisance

 

3. Only one prosecution was taken within the stated time period for barking dogs where the two defendants were fined £145 each for the first breach of the Abatement Notice, no charge each for the second breach, £75 each for costs and £20 each as a surcharge; giving a total of £480 for two breaches.

 


Attachments:

2970 - Business Rates

Details:

Reference Number: 2970
Request Date: 17/08/2017

Question:

Please provide the ratepayers name(s) and the rates payable (inclusive of any transitional phasing) for the below periods.


Address  PERCY ARMS HOTEL, OTTERBURN, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Postcode  NE19 1NR
Period Start  01/04/2011
Period End  14/05/2015
Property Reference  TYNN0005802620340

 

Response:

01.04.11 - 31.03.12 - Pride Hotels Ltd £19,918.00
01.04.12 - 30.01.13 - Pride Hotels Ltd £15,873.15
31.01.13 - 31.03.13 - Pride Hotels Ltd (in liquidation) - £0.00
01.04.13 - 31.03.14 - Pride Hotels Ltd (in liquidation) - £0.00
01.04.14 - 31.03.15 - Pride Hotels Ltd (in liquidation) - £0.00
01.04.15 - 14.05.15 - Pride Hotels Ltd (in liquidation) - £0.00

 


2971 - Charitable business rates

Details:

Reference Number: 2971
Request Date: 18/08/2017

Question:

Could you please supply me with an excel spreadsheet of charities receiving mandatory and discretionary rate relief.

If possible please include name, address, rateable value, percentage of relief, property description, property reference number and rates payable amount.

 

Response:

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to your request is exempt under the following provisions;

Section 21 of the Act states that a public Authority does not need to provide information under section 1 of the Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means.

The information is available by accessing the link below. Unfortunately on this spreadsheet we are not able to provide the relief amounts as the software is unable to compute too many different options at one time, however, the ratepayers annual liability can be determined from the full listing.

 

https://data.gov.uk/dataset/national-non-domestic-rates-all-reliefs-northumberland

 


2972 - Cost of Administering Elections

Details:

Reference Number: 2972
Request Date: 18/08/2017

Question:

Can you please provide me with the estimated or actual amount of money spent by the local authority on the following items when administering i) the 2016 EU referendum and ii) the 2017 UK General Election?

Printing ballot papers
Distributing postal votes within the UK
Distributing postal votes abroad
Staff time for
manning polling stations
counting ballot papers
administering postal votes and proxy vote applications
processing received postal votes
Promotional material highlighting the date of the vote across the local authority
Pencils at polling stations
Polling booths
Ballot boxes
Tactile voting devices
Training staff (both counting staff and staff manning polling stations)
Signs directing voters to the polling station
Polling station signs
Hiring polling stations
Transporting ballot papers from polling stations to count centres
Storing completed ballot papers after the election
Provision of disabled access at polling stations

 

Response:

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities.

It does this in two ways:

• public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their activities; and
• members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities.

The Act covers any recorded information that is held by a public authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and by UK-wide public authorities based in Scotland. ‘Public Authorities’ are defined in Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information Act and include, inter alia, government departments, local authorities, the NHS, state schools and police forces. The offices of the Returning Officer and of the Electoral Registration Officer are separate to the functions of Northumberland County Council. Information held by the County Council on behalf of these two officers is not covered by the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, and therefore the Returning Officer is not under any duty to comply with such requests.

The information covered by your request relates to information held by the offices of the Returning Officer and the Electoral Registration Officer and is therefore outside the remit of the FOI legislation.

Where information is requested the Returning Officer’s policy is to comply as a matter of good customer service and transparency providing that this data is not of a sensitive nature, and is not onerous to compile. Unfortunately having considered your request it has been concluded that it would involve a significant amount of officer time to provide a response in respect of this matter, and therefore we are unable to provide you with the information you have requested.

 


2974 - Agency Workers & EU staff

Details:

Reference Number: 2974
Request Date: 18/08/2017

Question:

I am requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act. In the following request, if information cannot be provided based on EU citizenship, please provide figures based on nationality (i.e. EU member state nationality) and state this to be the case.

Children's social workers:

1. Please state the total expenditure by the council on agency children's social workers in 2016/17

2. For each of the following months (and using the spreadsheet provided), please state the number of EU citizens (excluding UK/Republic of Ireland citizens) who worked for the council as qualified children's social workers - please provide headcount and FTE figures if possible
· end of March 2016

· end of June 2016

· end of March 2017

· end of June 2017 (or most recent data available; please state date)

3. For each of the following months (and using the spreadsheet provided), please state the total number of people (including EU citizens, UK/RoI citizens, and non-EU citizens) who worked for the council as qualified children's social workers - please provide headcount and FTE figures if possible
· end of March 2016

· end of June 2016

· end of March 2017

· end of June 2017 (or most recent data available; please state date)

4. For each of the following months (and using the spreadsheet provided), please state the total number of qualified children's social worker posts that were vacant - please provide the number of posts and FTE figures if possible
· end of March 2016

· end of June 2016

· end of March 2017

· end of June 2017 (or most recent data available; please state date)

5. Please state the number of EU citizens (excluding UK/Republic of Ireland citizens) working as qualified children's social workers who have (a) joined, and (b) left the council since the start of July 2016 - please provide headcount figures if possible

Adult social care workers:

In this section of the request, 'adult social care workers' includes people working for the council in adult care or personal assistant functions in residential/nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, and/or clients' own homes. If the council has a specific adult care department or directorate, it should simply use staffing figures for that department / directorate, excluding purely administrative roles if possible.

6. Please state (using the spreadsheet provided) the total expenditure by the council on agency adult social care workers during each of the following years:
· 2012/13

· 2013/14

· 2014/15

· 2015/16

· 2016/17

7. For each of the following months (and using the spreadsheet provided), please state the number of EU citizens (excluding UK/Republic of Ireland citizens) who worked for the council as adult social care workers - please provide headcount and FTE figures if possible
· end of March 2016

· end of June 2016

· end of March 2017

· end of June 2017 (or most recent data available; please state date)

8. For each of the following months (and using the spreadsheet provided), please state the total number of people (including EU citizens, UK/RoI citizens, and non-EU citizens) who worked for the council as adult social care workers - please provide headcount and FTE figures if possible
· end of March 2016

· end of June 2016

·