Details:

Reference Number: 3442
Request Date: 01/12/2017

Question:

1- The number of looked after children

2- The number of care leavers

3- The number of care leavers in higher education

4- The number of care leavers NEET (Not in employment, education or training)

5- The number of participation workers employed by the authority to work directly with looked after children and care leavers

6- Do you have a children in care council

7- The number of participation workers employed to work with the children in care council

8- What if any, budget do the children in care council have

9- Do you have a looked after or former looked after child who sits on the Corporate Parenting Advisory Committee committee or equivalent.

10- How much money has been cut from services for looked after children and care leavers since 2010. Please include children’s social care figures also.

Response:

1- 394

2- 121

3- 13

4- 51

5- There is a 1 band 7 - 37 hr worker and 1 band 9 - 37 hr Manager employed to work directly with looked after children and care leavers.

6- Yes, we have a Children in Care Council that meets monthly with additional activities taking place in addition to the formal meetings.

7- 2 full time posts

8- £107,500 allocated Looked After Children' Participation Team Budget

9- Young people regularly present at corporate parenting meetings. The elected members and other senior officers also regularly attend Children in Care Council Events through the year.

10- No funding has been cut from the LAC Participation Budget since 2010

 


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Reference Number: 3444
Request Date: 04/12/2017

Question:

Regarding commercial property investments made by your organisation. By this I mean property that has been invested in to produce an income and/or capital growth rather than for the delivery of services or housing.

· Has your organisation invested in commercial property as outlined above since 2010 or has it the intention of doing so in the next 3 years?

· If yes:

· can you please send me an electronic copy of the decision(s) taken to approve this policy, or a link to it via a public website?

· how big in monetary terms is the fund available for this activity and how much has been invested to date?

· what is the percentage allocation of the investment between market sectors: offices, retail, industrial, hotel & leisure, other?

· was the investment funded from borrowing or from existing reserves? Please provide the percentage split, where relevant.

· If you did/will borrow money to invest, where did/will you borrow the money from?

· what is the percentage split of investments between those inside and those outside of your geographical/administrative area?

Response:

The County Council has not undertaken any investment in commercial property since 2010 and there is no current plan to do so in the next three years.


Details:

Reference Number: 3447
Request Date: 04/12/2017

Question:

Enforcement/ Debt Collection Contracts – For Parking Fines, Council Tax, Business Rates, Commercial Rents, High Court Writs

The details we require are:

Your current suppliers used to collect the above debts?
Number of cases issued to each enforcement agent for the immediate past 2 financial years, and year to date?

Enforcement/ Debt Collection contract start dates and end dates, and any contract extension provisions?

Type of the most recent procurement process for enforcement services eg Tender, Concession etc?
Whether your Revenue and Benefits and/or Parking Service is outsourced and if so, to whom?
The name and job title of the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this contract?

*For clarity, the details of the successful and unsuccessful suppliers are kept in the strictest confidence. These details are used only to contact and support suppliers regarding their bidding activity for the relevant contracts.

Response:

See attachment.


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3449
Request Date: 05/12/2017

Question:

Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold relating to 'public health act' or 'welfare' or 'contract' or 'paupers' funerals having taken place or due to take place, and/or persons who have died with no known next of kin since 1/10/17 to the day of your reply. Please include:

1. full names of deceased persons,
2. dates of death,
3. marital status,
4. maiden surnames of married or widowed females,
5. dates of birth or ages at death,
6. last known addresses,
7. estimated value of estates,
8. date(s) when the information was passed (or information that is about to be or likely to be passed) to the Government Legal Department (formerly Treasury Solicitor) or the Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or any other 3rd party, or, confirmation that this will not be happening and the reason why.

Response:

Whilst Northumberland County Council have had a number of cases since the period mentioned above, all were cases which involved the next of kin.


Details:

Reference Number: 3450
Request Date: 05/12/2017

Question:

1. How many sexual harassment complaints/allegations have been made about councillors to your council in the last five financial years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

2. Of these complaints, how many were made against men and how many against women. Please give this figure for each individual financial year above.

3. Please provide a total figure of how many individual men and how many individual women have had complaints about them in the above five financial years.

4. What was the overall outcome of each of the complaints detailed in questions 1 & 2 e.g. disciplinary, sacking, warning etc.

Response:

Northumberland County Council can confirm there have been no complaints of sexual harassment by a councillor during the period mentioned above or any other period in recent years.

 


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Reference Number: 3451
Request Date: 05/12/2017

Question:

a. How many domestic emergencies have you responded to in the past year which have been caused by an electrical fire.
 

b. How many domestic emergencies have you responded to in which a gas leak has been reported.
 

c. How many domestic emergencies have you responded to which have been caused by a faulty gas appliance

Response:

a. There have been 29 domestic fires involving electricity, 1 of which involved an electric fire.

b. There has been 1 incident.

c. There have been no incidents.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3453
Request Date: 06/12/2017

Question:

I would like to make a request under the federation of information act to obtain information regarding school cluster groups and/or federations of schools within the local authority. I would like the following information please:

Number of clusters and or federations in the authority.
Which schools are in each cluster/federation.
The name of the cluster or federation lead and the name of the school in which they work.

Response:

Please find document attached - we have no Clusters but do have some schools working in collaboration.


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3454
Request Date: 06/12/2017

Question:

1· How many (LAC) looked after children are at risk of or involved in Radicalisation?

2· How many (LAC) looked after children are at risk of or involved in Gangs?

3· How many (LAC) looked after children are at risk of or involved in harmful sexual behaviours?


· For each of the 3 categories could you please confirm where the children are currently placed? (e.g. Mental Health / Secure settings / Residential care / Fostering)
· For each of the 3 categories could you please provide this information for children aged between 8 and 17 years.

Response:

1. ​0

​2. 0

​3.

Less than 5 - own home placement
​Less than 5 - children's home
Less than 5 - foster placement
Less than 5 - relative foster placement

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3455
Request Date: 07/12/2017

Question:

Can I get a copy of the report published following the strategic review of Arch.

Response:

Northumberland County Council confirms that we hold information relevant to your request.

A disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act is a release of information to the world at large and not an individual requester. In this case information held is prohibited from disclosure under the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, Part 1.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3456
Request Date: 07/12/2017

Question:

What steps do you employ to prevent the payment of fraudulent invoices that have been raised in the name of existing suppliers (i.e. where a fraudster raises an invoice in the name of a company that is already a supplier but with the fraudster’s own bank details)?

Response:

All invoices need to quote a valid purchase order that has been receipted before payment is made or bank details changed.


Details:

Reference Number: 3457
Request Date: 07/12/2017

Question:

The following questions pertain to schemes OTHER than the Government's free entitlements for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. For example, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has over the past few years offered full-time nursery places for 80 per cent of all disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds and all those identified with SEND.

We are interested in all schemes dating from April 2015 onwards, which provide early education and childcare for disadvantaged children aged under 5 years, offered over and above statutory free entitlement requirements.

1. Please state which local authority your answers pertain to

2. Do you offer, or have you offered at any time since April 2015, any scheme providing early childhood education and childcare places specifically targeted at the most disadvantaged 3 and 4-year-olds in your borough, ASIDE from the national free entitlement?
*    Yes
*    No (please scroll down to bottom of page and click NEXT)

3.    In which year and month did the scheme start?

4.    What is the name of the scheme?

5.    What are/were the eligibility criteria at the start?

6.    Up to how many hours per week were children able to access provision under this scheme, at its start?

7.    How many places were provided under the scheme at the start?

8.    Have you had to cut this provision, or are there any plans to cut this provision?
    Yes
    No (please scroll down to bottom of page and click NEXT)

9.    When did/will this reduction take place and by what proportion of originally eligible children? Please give details for each stage of scheme reduction, if there are several e.g. The scheme was reduced to 60% of all originally eligible 3-4 year olds from Sept '17 and to 40% by Sept '18

10.    When the final scheme reductions are in place, how many places will be offered?

11.    When the final scheme reductions are in place, how many hours will each child receive?

12.    Where have the funds that were spent on the scheme been re-allocated?
    To finance 30 hours
    To finance 30 hours + other areas of early years activity
    To finance other areas of education activity aside from early years
    To finance other areas of council activity aside from education
    To finance other areas of early years activity (if so please state what)

Impact of 30 hours on disadvantaged children: all pre-school ages (0-5 inclusive)

13. Do you offer, or have you offered since April 2015, any other scheme providing early childhood education and childcare places specifically targeted at the most disadvantaged 0-5-year-olds in your borough, ASIDE from the national free entitlements?
    Yes
    No (please go to 17)

14.    If so, please give details: who was eligible for the scheme, the number of hours provided, and the number of places available.

15.    Have you had to cut this provision, or are there any plans to do so?
    Yes
    No (please go to 17)

16.    Where have the funds that were spent on the scheme been re-allocated?
    To finance 30 hours
    To finance 30 hours + other areas of early years activity
    To finance other areas of education activity aside from early years
    To finance other areas of council activity aside from education
    To finance other areas of early years activity (if so please state what)

Response:

1. Northumberland County Council

2. No

3. N/A

4. N/A

5. N/A

6. N/A

7. N/A

8. N/A

9. N/A

10. N/A

11. N/A

12. N/A

13.  No

14. N/A

15. N/A

16.N/A

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3458
Request Date: 07/12/2017

Question:

I am looking for information about schools or colleges which have hosted talks to pupils by the charity, Narconon (UK charity number 1159334). Please could you provide me with the following:

1) Has the council received any complaints about Narconon talks to pupils hosted by schools or colleges over the past two calendar years (January 2016 – December 2017)? If so, please can you provide details of the nature of the complaint, which school/college the talk was hosted at and whether any action was taken.

2) Does the council offer any advice or guidance to schools or colleges who are approached by Narconon to host talks to pupils?

3) Is the council aware of any schools or colleges which have hosted Narconon talks to pupils over the past two calendar years (January 2016 – December 2017)? If so, please can you provide details including which school/college hosted the talk and the date. In cases where Narconon talks have been hosted by schools/colleges in that period, please can you detail whether any publicity or campaign material was handed out to pupils or the school/college by the charity.

Response:

1) No

2) No

3) ISchools/colleges would need to be contacted individually.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3461
Request Date: 08/12/2017

Question:

Re: DoLS - Extra Funding

As reported in March 2017, local authorities were provided an extra £25 million due to the Cheshire West outcome of the Supreme Court ruling. I would like to know the following as an freedom of information act request please.

1. How much did each local authority receive from this amount?

2. How much is left that has not been used?

3. Was some of the money to different team budgets due to not being used?

4. If yes, how much was moved to another team budget.

5. As this was a one time emergency deal, how are local authorities funding DoLS year on year?

Response:

1. Northumberland received a grant of £162,000 in 2015/16.

2. None.

3. Not applicable.

4. Not applicable.

5. Funding for DoLS is met from the general adult social care budget and from the Better Care Fund. Like many other local authorities, we have raised with the Department of Health the pressure which the high costs of the DoLS process place on the funding available for providing care and support services.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3462
Request Date: 08/12/2017

Question:

I would like to obtain recent information, from the Council, relating to unclaimed business rate credit balances. Please also indicate when requested information (spreadsheet or website) has been updated.

I am aware that all Billing Authorities hold on account sums of money that are due to be returned to ratepayers and for a variety of reasons have not been repaid and maybe considered untraceable by the Council.

I therefore request a breakdown of credit balances accrued since your earliest records, for the amounts owing to all incorporated companies within the authorities billing area including the following information:

A) The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rate credit balances remain payable.
B) The value of over payment in each case which remains unclaimed.
C) The years(s) in which over payment was made and the hereditament address.
D) The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rate credit balances has been written back on to the NDR account.
E) The value of write back in each case which remains unclaimed.
F) The years(s) in which write back was made (if available) and the hereditament address that the write back relates to.



Details:

Reference Number: 3463
Request Date: 08/12/2017

Question:

I am trying to understand the number of suppliers the Fire Service purchases from so please can you send me a list of all suppliers you purchase goods or services from and the annual value you bought from them in your last financial year.

Response:

The attached Excel spreadsheet outlines the number of suppliers, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) purchased goods and services from including the annual value in the last financial year (2016/17).


Details:

Reference Number: 3464
Request Date: 18/12/2017

Question:

Services 267 & 464: Border Buses: Berwick – Wooler

Please forward copies of correspondence / representations relating to the award of the above tender and its revised operating schedule.

Response:

See attachments



Details:

Reference Number: 3465
Request Date: 08/12/2017

Question:

The movement away from paper to digital processes has been on-going for some time now. One part of a comprehensive digitisation strategy is the use of scanners to create digital versions of paper documents. Below is my freedom of information request regards your use of scanners. Not multi-functional devices, but paper document Scanners, DM systems and EPR systems.

1. How many employees do you currently have?
2. How many scanners (not multifunctional devices) do you currently have to scan paper based documents?
3. Which brand do you use (i.e. Brother, Canon, Fujitsu, Kodak Alaris etc)?
4. Which scanner model do you mainly use?
5. Who supplies these scanners?
6. Do you have a contract for these scanners?
7. If so, when does this expire?
8. What Document Management system(s) do you use?
9. What Electronic Patient Record (EPR)/Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) do you currently use?
10. What is the name, job title, and email address of the person responsible for your scanner fleet?

Response:

1. Around 10 - 12K.

2. Information not readily available as desktop scanners are purchased by individual departments.

3. Information not readily available as desktop scanners are purchased by individual departments.

4. Information not readily available as desktop scanners are purchased by individual departments.

5. Purchased through Procurement.

6. Normally a one off purchase by individual departments.

7. Not Applicable.

8.
- Therefore
- Idox DMS
- IKEN
- Info@Work
- eBusiness
- CFRMIS
- Google Drive / AODocs

9. Not Applicable.

10. Individual Departments are responsible for their own scanner fleet.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3467
Request Date: 11/12/2017

Question:

The number of incidents you have responded to where "YouTube", "You Tube" or "utube" was mentioned on the callout record as part of the incident, in each calendar year from 2013 to 2016 inclusive, broken down by calendar year.

Response:

2013 = 0
2014 = 0
2015 = 0
2016 = 0
Year To Date 2017 = 0

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3468
Request Date: 11/12/2017

Question:

1.) the number of applications for the upgrade of heritage windows (listed and conservation) to double-glazing in the UK
2.The number of these that succeed
3.The number of these that fail

Minimum dataset to include the following:
1.) Date of application
2.) Building address
3.) Description of application
4.) Application Decision
5) Approving Authority
6.) Conditions if approved

Application Date Range (submission date): From Nov-07 to Nov-17

Response:

This information can be found on the system by searching on a keyword "window". This will retrieve all applications with this keyword in it between the specified time period, whether they are in the Conservation area or not. The list will and does include listed building applications.

With regards to the conditions for each application the decision notices from 2009 onwards have been uploaded on to Public Access for customers to view, you will need to search for the reference number of interest to view the decision notice for conditions. Anything older than this might not be on Public Access I.E. 2007 and 08 applications. If you make a list of application reference numbers of the applications you are interested in we can pass this to our planning file request team to get the decisions uploaded making them available on Public Access.

 

Please see the link below:​

https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3469
Request Date: 08/12/2017

Question:

Under Freedom of Information etc, I should be obliged if I could also have the following information-

1. Schedules of related party transactions for Members and Officers to March 2017. Can these be sent via email or do I need to arrange to Inspect the records. Am I able to copy or take information away?

2. The NCC accounts have been Qualified by the Auditors, regarding Arch, that the Council’s Internal Auditors discovered “some significant weaknesses in proper arrangements for acting in the public interest and that there was evidence that the principles and values of sound governance were not appropriately applied for decisions taken for the year ended 31 March 2017”. I should be grateful for a copy of the report.

3. The Annual Governance Statement advised Daljit Lally is to undertake a review of the Council’s governance arrangements in relation to The Arch Group’s activities as an arm’s length company, by December 2017. I should be grateful for a copy of this report.

4. It was agreed by the Arch Board on 17th November to dissolve the Company (I presume this is the Holding Company/Group). When is this to be considered by the Council? Can the Public attend?

5. What is the present situation re Arch? Are Employees suspended on full pay? Have employed Directors resigned, taken Redundancy in the last 6 months?

Response:

1. In the present case the Council takes the view that certain information contained within elected Member and Officer Related Party Returns for the financial year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 is exempt from disclosure under Section 40(2)(a) and (3)(a)(i) of the Act as it comprises the personal data of family members of elected Members and Officers respectively, and the release of this personal data into the public domain would contravene a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 ('the DPA').

The term “personal data” is defined in the DPA and means any personal information held in a filing system that relates to a living individual who can be identified from the data, whether by name or otherwise. The information must not only name or refer to an individual, but must also be biographical in a significant extent and have the data subject as its focus. For the information to constitute personal data it must relate in some way to information affecting the individual's privacy, whether in their personal or family life or professional capacity.

The information contained within the Related Party Returns would enable elected Members and Officers and their respective family members to be identified either directly from the information concerned or in conjunction with other information that may already be in the public domain.

To determine whether or not it may disclose personal data under the Act, the Council has considered the relevant provisions of the DPA. If the personal data is about someone other than the applicant there is an exemption if disclosure would breach any of the Data Protection Principles defined in Part I of Schedule 1 to the DPA. The relevant Data Protection Principles in this particular case is the first one, which states:

Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and, in particular, shall not be processed unless-

(a) at least one of the conditions in Schedule 2 is met, and

(b) in the case of sensitive personal data, at least one of the conditions in Schedule 3 is also met

Where disclosure by a public authority of the personal data held would contravene the First Data Protection Principle, it is absolutely exempt from disclosure under the Act.

We have carefully considered whether it would be fair to disclose the personal information of elected Members, Council officers and their respective family members in all the circumstances. In assessing whether the disclosure of the personal information would be fair to all the individuals considered we have taken into account the following factors:

- whether the information is sensitive personal data;
- the possible consequences of disclosure on the individuals concerned;
- the reasonable expectations of the individual, taking into account: their expectations both at the time the information was collected and at the time of your request, the nature of the information itself; the circumstances in which the information was obtained; whether the information is already in the public domain; the freedom of information principles of transparency and accountability;
- any legitimate interests in the public having access to the personal data held by the Council and the balance between these and the rights of privacy of the individuals who are the data subjects

Save for the disclosure of the personal data of elected Members and Officers enclosed herewith, we have concluded that disclosing the identities of individual family members of elected Members and Officers respectively would be unfair to the individuals concerned. The Related Party Returns, including the third party personal data contained within the Declarations, are required for internal accounting and auditing purposes only. The withheld third party personal information is not publicly available information and the Council is of the view that family members (of elected Members and officers respectively) would have a reasonable expectation that their personal information would remain confidential and would not be released by the Council under access to information legislation. We acknowledge that the expectation of the individual is not paramount. Those in public office cannot have the same expectations as to their data as others. However, in this particular case we do not consider individual family members can have the same expectations as public officials regarding the disclosure of their personal data.

Furthermore, the Council does not have the consent of the data subjects to release their personal information to you, or to the public at large.

We have also considered the potential consequences of disclosure of the third party personal information on the individuals concerned. We are mindful that once personal information is released into the public domain it is particularly difficult for an individual to exert influence and control over how their personal information may be used. Whilst we acknowledge that there is a legitimate public interest in members of the public seeking information about a public authority, including personal information about elected members and senior public officials, we consider the disclosure of certain third party personal data into the public domain would, or would be likely to, cause unnecessary or unjustified damage or distress to the persons the information is about.

Moreover, the Council does not consider the legitimate public interest in disclosure of the information in this particular case overrides the individual’s right to privacy.

In summary, we are withholding only the names of family members of elected Members and officers as disclosure of the same would, in our view, contravene a breach of fair processing under the First Data Protection Principle. The withheld personal data is thereby exempt from disclosure under section 40(2) and (3)(a)(i) of the Act.

If you wish to view the redacted related party returns please contact Shirley Hall on 01670 622875 or shirleyhall02@northumberland.gov.uk who will arrange a date and time for you to visit.

2. The External Auditor's report is contained within the Council's Statement of Accounts​ which can be found via the following link:

 

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Finance/Statement-of-accounts.aspx#statementofaccounts

3. In accordance with Section 1(a) of the Act, Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you requested.

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to your request is exempt under Section 30 of the Act. The full text of the exemption is covered below.

 

Public Interest Test Considerations


Section 30 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.
 

The reasons why the public interest favours disclosing the information:
Promote transparency and build public confidence in Northumberland CC’s investigative process;
Secure the health and safety of employees and others;

The reasons why the public interest favours withholding the information:
Impede an ongoing investigations by hampering the gathering of information and evidence;
Inhibit authorities ability to conduct future investigations effectively because, for example, third parties may be less willing to volunteer information to the authority if information is disclosed inappropriately;
Reduce the chances of a successful prosecution should the investigation conclude that this course of action is appropriate;
Be unfair in cases where a decision is taken not to proceed to prosecution or in cases where no material breach is found.
The Council has considered the above and has determined that the public interest in withholding the information in this matter outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

4. The Council​​ will be considering this matter ​in the new year but the precise date has not yet been decided. Also, we are unable to say at this point in time whether or not the public will be allowed to attend the meeting in relation to this matter. Once the report has been written, and the content considered it may be deemed appropriate to consider the report in private session.

5. This is exempt from disclosure under Section 40(2)(a) and (3)(a)(i) of the Act as it comprises the personal data which would identify specific Officers, and the release of this personal data into the public domain would contravene a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 ('the DPA').

Exemptions


The Freedom of Information Act sets out various exemptions to the right of access.
 

Section 30 – Investigations and proceedings conducted by public authorities.


(1)Information held by a public authority is exempt information if it has at any time been held by the authority for the purposes of—
(a)any investigation which the public authority has a duty to conduct with a view to it being ascertained—
(i)whether a person should be charged with an offence, or
(ii)whether a person charged with an offence is guilty of it,
(b)any investigation which is conducted by the authority and in the circumstances may lead to a decision by the authority to institute criminal proceedings which the authority has power to conduct, or
(c)any criminal proceedings which the authority has power to conduct.

(2) Information held by a public authority is exempt information if:

(a) it was obtained or recorded by the authority for the purposes of its functions relating to:
(i) investigations falling within subsection (1)(a) or (b),
(ii) criminal proceedings which the authority has power to conduct,
(iii) investigations (other than investigations falling within subsection (1)(a) or (b)) which are conducted by the authority for any of the purposes specified in section 31(2) and either by virtue of Her Majesty’s prerogative or by virtue of powers conferred by or under any enactment, or
(iv) civil proceedings which are brought by or on behalf of the authority and arise out of such investigations, and
(b) it relates to the obtaining of information from confidential sources.

 

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).


Details:

Reference Number: 3470
Request Date: 12/12/2017

Question:

Please can you provide me with the figures below:

1· The number of tanning salons which have been inspected, detailing if the inspections were (i) in response to a complaint; or (ii) from proactive compliance checks for the financial years:
a. 2014-15
b. 2015-16
c. 2016-17

2· The number of complaints against tanning salons received for the financial years:
a. 2014-15
b. 2015-16
c. 2016-17

3· The number of tanning salons found to be operating with sunbeds operating above the maximum UV output of 0.3W/m2 for the financial years:
a. 2014-15
b. 2015-16
c. 2016-17

4· The number of tanning salons found to have allowed entry to customers under the age of 18 for the financial years:
a. 2014-15
b. 2015-16
c. 2016-17

5· The number of times ‘test purchasing’ (secret shoppers) has been used to test entry to customers under the age of 18 in tanning salons for the financial years:
a. 2014-15
b. 2015-16
c. 2016-17

Response:

a. 2014-15- 0
b. 2015-16- 35
c. 2016-17- 0

All visits from proactive compliance checks

a. 2014-15- 3
b. 2015-16- 1
c. 2016-17- 0


a. 2014-15- 0
b. 2015-16- 16
c. 2016-17- 0

a. 2014-15- 0
b. 2015-16- 0
c. 2016-17- 0

a. 2014-15- 0
b. 2015-16- 0
c. 2016-17- 0

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3471
Request Date: 12/12/2017

Question:

1. How many employees of the County Council have been approved for flexible retirement which have put a strain on the budget since the financial year of 2013?

I am particularly interested in those that have 30 Years service and are aged between 55 and 59 yrs of age and have been employed since 1987 and have reduced their work pattern to 3 days per week.

2. What were their circumstances and why were they approved?

Of those not approved what were the reasons given for them being turned down?

Response:

1. Four employees have been approved for flexible retirement.
 

2. Reasons for approval are:
 

Flexible retirement will facilitate a staffing restructure, business needs of the service and employee wished to move to a post without staffing responsibilities due to health reasons.
 

3. There is not a central record held of requests which are turned down.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3473
Request Date: 12/12/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act can you provide me with the following information:

1. How many teacher vacancies are there currently in your local authority? Could I have this information for both primary and secondary schools please? For secondary schools, is it possible to advise how many of these vacancies are for maths, science, technology and English teachers separately.

2. How many supply teachers are there in your local authority? Do you have any vacancies for supply teachers? Could you please advise whether you have a shortage of supply teachers? Could I have this information for both primary and secondary schools please?

3. Have there been any cases in your local authority where schools have had to cancel lessons or full school days because of a lack of teachers? If so, how many cases have there been in this current school year? Could I please have this information for the last 5 years?

4. How many teachers in your local authority are currently off on long term sickness? Could you advise how many of these are off with stress or stress related illnesses? Could I please have this information for the last 5 years?

5. What is your current sickness rate?

6. How many teachers in the last academic year have taken early retirement due to ill health? Could I please have these figures for the last 5 years?

7. How much is your local authority budget for schools? Could I please have these figures for the last 5 years?

8. How much is your local authority capital budget for schools? Could I please have these figures for the last 5 years?

9. How much have you spend on a) advertising and b) Re-advertising teaching posts

Response:

1. Below is a link to the Council’s vacancies which include teachers.

https://www.northeastjobs.org.uk/default.aspx?page=orghome&orgid=87

2. The Council does not hold this information. You will need to contact each school directly. You can find their contact details via the following link:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Schools/Contact.aspx

3. The Council does not hold this information. You will need to contact each school directly. You can find their contact details via the following link:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Schools/Contact.aspx

4. The Council does not hold this information. You will need to contact each school directly. You can find their contact details via the following link:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Schools/Contact.aspx

5. The Council does not hold this information. You will need to contact each school directly. You can find their contact details via the following link:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Schools/Contact.aspx

6. Nil

7. Local authority budget for schools for the last 5 years

2017/18  £128,803,920
2016/17  £135,097,790
2015/16  £140,795,880
2014/15  £139,772,490
2013/14  £146,801,810

8. The following figures identify actual capital spend for 2013-14 through to 2016-17, plus the current budget for 2017-18

2013-14  £8,074,152 (actual)
2014-15  £12,752,301 (actual)
2015-16  £15,815,640 (actual)
2016-17  £10,759,211 (actual)
2017-18  £52,077,659 (budget)

9. The Council does not hold this information. You will need to contact each school directly. You can find their contact details via the following link:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Schools/Contact.aspx

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3474
Request Date: 12/12/2017

Question:

Please send me:

i. Name and Contact details for your Fleet Manager, Head of Waste Operations, and Head of Streetscene Services (or equivalent job titles where relevant)

ii. How many Refuse Collection Vehicles do you have in operation, of what type and specification (i.e. chassis, body and bin lift) and who operates them ?

iii. How many Trade Waste Collection vehicles do you have in operation, of what type and specification (i.e chassis, body and bin lift)? and who operates them?

iv. Does the council have any Bin Lifters on vehicles mechanically prepared for Bin weighing Systems?

v. Do you operate and charge for Green Waste or Garden collection, if no, do you have any plans to charge in the future?

vi. Are you currently using vehicle mounted weighing systems on your Fleet, if so, what type and specification are you using?

vii. How does the Council provide/record weights of individual bins per bin collection?

viii. Does the Council use Bin RFID technology?

ix. How does the Council archive and report on bin weight data?

x. How do you optimise your Urban Management Services ? (e.g. Streetscene Services - Bin level sensors, Street Cleaning, Route Optimisation, Asset Tracking)

Response:

i. Davey Robertson, Fleet Manager (davey.robertson@northumberland.gov.uk)
Greg Gavin, Head of Neighbourhood Services (greg.gavin@northumberland.gov.uk)

ii. The majority of the fleet are Dennis Eagle 24ton fitted with Olympus Elite Bodies, Terberg OmniDel Hyd. Bin Lifts (See attached list for locations and details).

iii. 5 vehicles. Operated in-house.

iv. No.

v. £31 per annum for garden waste collections, increasing to £36 per annum in 2018.

vi. No.

vii. Not recorded - Bins are not weighed individually.

viii. No.

ix. Bins are not weighed individually.

x. We don't have bin level sensors, we use route optimisation software and vehicle tracking.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3475
Request Date: 13/12/2017

Question:

1. Could you please tell me if any halal/kosher meat supplied to schools by the Council is from animals that have not been stunned before slaughter?

2. If the Council does supply unstunned halal/kosher meat, could you please indicate how many schools receive un-stunned meat?

If the Council has a specific policy document regarding halal and/or kosher, I would be very grateful if you could please send me this.

Response:

1. ​No halal or kosher meat is provided by any schools managed by Northumberland County Council School Meals. A full list of school is available on the NCC website. Any school that manages their own service you would need to contact directly for a response. ​

2. ​None​

N​o specific document available. ​

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3476
Request Date: 14/12/2017

Question:

1. What payment methods do you accept for the payment of council tax at present?

2. What payment methods will you accept for payment of Council tax from 13 January 2018?

3. How much do/did you charge residents to pay council tax by debit card before 13 January 2018?

4. How much do/ did you charge residents to pay council tax by credit card before 13 January 2018?

5. How much will you charge residents to pay council tax by debit card from 13 January 2018?

6. How much will you charge residents to pay council tax by credit card from 13 January 2018?

Response:

1. Cash, cheque, Direct Debit, debit card, credit card and postal order.

2. As number 1

3. £0.00

4. £0.00

5. £0.00

6. £0.00

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3477
Request Date: 14/12/2017

Question:

1. Can you confirm the name of the person who looks after the FOI process (including FOI, EIR and DPA) requests at the Council

2. Can you confirm the name of the person who will look after the GDPR processes at the Council from next year (e.g. in the role of Data Protection Officer)

3. How are you planning to manage the incoming GDPR requests (including Subject Access Requests and Right to be Forgotten)

4. For the following information please complete the table below. Dates are for the last three full calendar years (January to December) :

2016
2015
2014

a Total number of information requests received
b Total number of information requests handled under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)
c What % of requests met the statutory targets for response under EIR? i.e resolved within 20 working days
d Total number of information requests handled under the Data Protection Act 1998
e What % of requests met the statutory targets for response under DPA? i.e resolved within 40 calendar days
h Total number of information requests processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
i What % of requests met the statutory targets for response under FOI? i.e resolved within 20 working days

Response:

1. Fay Cooper, Strategic Programmes Manager

2. Fay Cooper, Strategic Programmes Manager

3. We are currently revising our existing DPA policies and procedures to reflect any changes required under GDPR in readiness for the 25th May when the new requirements come into force.

4. Please see attached.

 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3478
Request Date: 14/12/2017

Question:

Please provide a list:

a.) the number of drivers currently holding a taxi/PH licence

b.) the number of drivers who hold a licence who hold a criminal conviction. Please detail the offence, and the date of the offence. Please detail whether the licence was awarded at original application, or on appeal.

c.) please provide the number of drivers who were refused licences due to criminal convictions in 2017. please detail the type of offence, and whether this was a new application or a renewal.

(The drivers do not need to be named or identified in any of these cases.)

Response:

a.) 1567
b.) See below
c.) 0

Duty to confirm or deny

The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold certain information relating to  the number of drivers who hold a licence who hold a criminal conviction and details of the offence and date of the offence and whether this was awarded at original application or on appeal.

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 130 hours to get this information together because we would have to manually look through 1567 files at 5 minutes per file.

Exemptions

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to your 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.


Details:

Reference Number: 3480
Request Date: 15/12/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I'm looking for statistics on the number of violent incidents recorded in schools in your local authority area.

If possible within the given time limits, could you break down incidents by perpetrator / victim - ie. violence by pupil towards staff, violence by pupil towards pupil, violence by staff towards staff, violence by staff towards pupil.

If possible within the time limits, please break down the incidents by school

Please provide the figures broken down over the last three years - ie. how many per year (whether calendar / financial year is most appropriate)

Response:

2014/15 - Physical Violence - Pupil assaulting staff        

 

Y

Grand Total

First School

11

11

Middle School

4

4

Primary School

5

5

Grand total

20

20

 

2014/15 - Physical Violence - Pupil assaulting pupil        

 

Y

Grand Total

High School

3

3

Middle School

1

1

Secondary School

2

2

Grand total

6

6

 

2015/16 - Physical Violence - Pupil assaulting staff        

 

Y

Grand Total

First School

14

14

High School

2

2

Middle School

8

8

Primary School

3

3

Grand total

27

27

 

2015/16 - Physical Violence - Pupil assaulting pupil        

 

Y

Grand Total

First School

2

2

High School

2

2

Middle School

1

1

Secondary School

1

1

Grand total

6

6

 

2016/17 - Physical Violence - Pupil assaulting staff        

 

Y

Grand Total

First School

3

3

Middle School

9

9

Primary School

13

13

Grand total

25

25

 

2016/17 - Physical Violence - Pupil assaulting pupil        

 

Y

Grand Total

Middle School

1

1

Primary School

2

2

Grand total

3

3



Details:

Reference Number: 3487
Request Date: 15/12/2017

Question:

1. How much has the council recovered in unpaid Council Tax for the financial year 2016 - 2017 ?

2. How much has the council recovered in any other outstanding payments such as rent arrears or fines?

3. Which bailiff companies were used to recover monies for the council?

4. Which debt collection companies were used to recover monies owed to the council?

5. How much did the council spend on bailiff services during 2016-17?

Response:

1. £1,039,787 was recovered by enforcement agents.

2.
Parking - £17,952.83 in penalty charge notice payments
Housing - £62,753.23 in former rent arrears
Revs & Bens - Enforcement agents recovered £409,419 in unpaid business rates and £3,140 in unpaid commercial rent. Debt collection agents recovered the following debts: Sundry Debt: £6,691, Former Tenant Arrears: £2,454, Housing Benefit Overpayments: £19,647

3. Rossendales, Thoburns Enforcement Services

4. Empress, Rossendales

5. £95,325 was spent on enforcement agent services.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3488
Request Date: 18/12/2017

Question:

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information, with regards to the Alternative Provision Census, 2018:

1. The total number of individuals (children) whom you expect to submit these data for, as reflected on December 31, 2017 (Estimated total number = )

2. Confirm whether these data are from only children in Alternative Provision on 18 Jan 2018, or if it is a total retrospective in the year 2017-18 (Confirm: on census date or retrospective)

3. Please provide the information in the wording provided to parents and children about what data you collect and how those data are used after your submission to the Department for Education.
a. for example a copy of the privacy notice given to each child and / or parents of child for whom you will submit data on January 18, 2018 to the Department for Education (in AP on January 18, and retrospective 2017-18 as per answer (1))
b. An outline (no more than a sentence or two if it is not an official document, link to your website with the explanation, or a ready document if you have one) the method of the distribution of the answer to (3)(a) how the LEA carries out your fair processing duty of the Data Protection Act 1998, pre-data submission to the Department for Education.

4. Confirm whether any data you provide to the Department for Education are optional, and if so, how that option is presented to children and parents, or if everything is required.

Response:

1. This will not be available until mid-February. The DfE changed the scope of the census for 2018 to include all students who attended an alternative provision placement since the last census date (21 January 2017) rather than just those who are currently in an alternative provision placement as of census day.

2.As above.

3. Attached is a copy of the Privacy Notice suggested text that is provided to schools. The school will include this in their induction packs to explain how we use and store their child's information. Schools will amend this accordingly based on their particular school phase type, etc.

4. The only optional data is the 'Post Looked After Arrangements' indicator. We take this from our own records we have the information available.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3491
Request Date: 18/12/2017

Question:

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request information relating to agreements made pursuant to s75 of the National Health Services Act 2006.

1. Have you been at any point in the last 2 years or are you currently a party to any agreement(s) made pursuant to s75 of the national Health Services Act 2006.

2. If the answer to (1) is no, has any other local government body been party to a s75 agreement covering your locality in the last two years? If so, what is the name of the local government body?

3. For each s75 agreement you have been (in the last 2 years) or are a party to, please provide the details request in the attached table.

Response:

1. The Council is a party to two Section 75 agreements:

 

2. N/A

3. Answering the questions in the FOI using your template would be likely to be misleading, since that template requires yes/no answers to questions where neither response would give a satisfactory understanding of the position in Northumberland. We have therefore answered in text.

 

An agreement with Northumberland CCG, under which the Council commissions and arranges case management for NHS Continuing Health Care (CHC) and Funded Nursing Care (FNC) services. These include mental health services funded through CHC or FNC. The agreement has been in place since April 2013.

An agreement with Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT, under which the Council has delegated responsibility for almost all of its statutory operational functions under social care legislation to the FT. This does not include the strategic commissioning of mental health services, but does include the call-off for individuals of contracts for mental health services, and the arrangement of services under spot contracts agreed by the Council's strategic commissioning function. This agreement has been in place since April 2011; it was subsequently modified to confirm the removal of a previous exclusion of mental health care management for working age adults, which had until April 2013 been provided through a separate partnership with Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Mental Health Trust.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3492
Request Date: 18/12/2017

Question:

Can you please supply me with data for the last three years where Northumberland County Council raised parking fees for

1. On street parking-average revenue received per space per annum
2. Permit parking-average revenue received per space per annum

 

Follow-up :

 

Can you provide figures in respect of paid parking from when the Council last raised a charge.
 

As regards permit parking you should have current figures for the cost of a permit per annum.


You should be able to provide both this figure and an apportioned amount which would represent the daily charge for the permit.


I am seeking to establish the potential revenue stream if the council were to retain the current informal car park off Cottingwood Lane leading to the former Register of Marriage Office.

 

Response:

1. When parking charges were in place throughout Northumberland the average income received per car parking space in an Off-Street car park was £2 - £3 per day.
 

Given the location of the current informal car park it would be likely that it would between 75 -100% full to capacity, Monday to Saturday.
 

2. The council currently have a Northumberland Countywide Pay and Display permit for use in off-street pay and display car parks.
 

The cost of the Northumberland Pay and Display permit is:
three-month permit - £48
six-month permit - £70
12-month permit - £130

 

Resident parking permits are also issued for use in some on-street parking areas where a resident permit scheme exists.
 

Resident permit schemes aim to preserve high demand town centre parking for residents, and new schemes are requested directly by the local councillor for the area.
 

Properties within a resident scheme are entitled to two annual permits each costing £15

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3494
Request Date: 18/12/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would like to request the following information.

1. The name of the company currently supplying energy to your premises, for electricity and gas.
2. The name of the tariff that the electricity and gas are supplied by.
3. Your annual energy bill cost for the past financial year.

 

Response:

1.

Electricity to our sites is currently supplied by Opus Energy and Smartest Energy.
Gas is supplied by Corona Energy.

2. The tariff names are Flexible Pricing (Opus), Customer Flexi (Smartest) and NEPO contract (Corona).

3.

Electricity - £6,565,001
Gas - £2,410,243


Details:

Reference Number: 3497
Request Date: 19/12/2017

Question:

We would like to request the following information regarding all Tier 3 Adult Drug Treatment Services (that can prescribe Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) commissioned by Northumberland County Council:

Drug Treatment Service Name
Address
Telephone Number

Response:

The information that you require is already publicly available via the following link
https://www.ntw.nhs.uk/services/northumberland-recovery-partnership/ therefore permission to reuse this information is not required.


Details:

Reference Number: 3498
Request Date: 19/12/2017

Question:

At Spring Budget 2017, the Government announced 3 business rates relief schemes, one of which is ‘discretionary relief’ for which a total of £175m has been allocated in aggregate to billing authorities in England in respect of 2017/18.

Please confirm how much of this ‘discretionary relief’ your authority has thus far granted to its non-domestic ratepayers in relation to the 2017/18 rate year.

Response:

The amount of relief granted thus far to ratepayers stands at £607k, however, work is an ongoing process to ensure that the Councils distributes its allocation.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3500
Request Date: 20/12/2017

Question:

I would like to know how many dangerous animal licenses you have issued under the Dangerous Wild Animal Act 1976 between 2006 and 2016. Including the species, the licenses is issued to would also be incredibly useful.

Response:

2007 - 1 Licence for a Malamute/Wolf Hybrid.
2008 - 1 Licence for a Malamute/Wolf Hybrid.
2009 to 2013 - 0
2014 - 1 Licence for a Dwarf Cayman Crocodile
2015 - 1 Licence for a Dwarf Cayman Crocodile
2016 - 2 Licenses 1 for a Dwarf Cayman Crocodile, & 1 for a f1 Serval.


Details:

Reference Number: 3501
Request Date: 20/12/2017

Question:

1) Name of your existing software product for processing of Council Tax?
e.g. Capita, Northgate, Civica or other, please give Company and or product name.

2) Date of the next software licence renewal?
if a perpetual licence then the date of maintenance renewal please?

3) Annual cost of software (Council Tax)?
i.e. software licence and or maintenance (if not separated from Housing Benefit and or NNDR, then total cost please)

4) Are the printing of Council tax bills produced in-house or by external provider?

5) The average cost to the Authority per bill produced? (To calculate cost I do not require staffing costs, so Information Technology cost, printing, postage, collating and any other direct costs, divided by the number of bills produced, please do not deduct revenue from advertisers, that may sponsor bill production).

Response:

1) Northgate

2) We have a perpetual licence. The date of maintenance renewal is 31/3/2021

3) The Council Tax maintenance cost is not separately identified. The combined cost with the Benefits system is £86,000 per annum

4) External provider

5) The average cost to produce a council tax bill is 53p


Details:

Reference Number: 3502
Request Date: 20/12/2017

Question:

1. Does the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service use the Vision system in the Control Room to assist staff with mobilising fire appliances?

2. If so, for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017, how many faults with the Vision system have occurred, that affected mobilising a fire appliance? Please could you provide separate data sets for the three years.

3. For the years 2015, 2016 and 2017, how many times have crews raised a query or debrief, saying that the wrong appliance was sent to an incident as a result of the Vision system. (for example, that the closest available fire engine was not sent, or anything else that went wrong as a result of Vision). Please could you provide separate data sets for the three years.

Response:

1. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service does not use the Vision system and have never had this system.

 

2. N/A

 

3. N/A

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3503
Request Date: 22/12/2017

Question:

All reports of, and supporting documents or files regarding, safeguarding concerns in unregistered schools since January 1st 2014.

Please detail

a/ the nature of the safeguarding concern (e.g. sexual abuse, sexual abuse non-referral, corporal punishment, neglect etc.),
b/ the month and year it was received,
c/ the name and address of the premises,
d/ the type of person reporting (e.g. member of public, Fire Service, parent etc.,
e/ and the outcome of the report (i.e. investigation launched, school closure, flagged to Ofsted or DfE etc.).

This includes emails from other bodies and agencies such as the police, written concerns raised by whistleblowers, and any notes the council produced themselves regarding the incident.

Please also provide any correspondence the authority has had with Ofsted and the Department for Education as a result of concerns raised.

Response:

We have no unregistered schools in Northumberland.


Details:

Reference Number: 3504
Request Date: 22/12/2017

Question:

All callouts to unregistered schools since January 1st 2014. These sites are premises which are not formally registered as a school. Please detail:

a/ the type or nature of the callout (e.g. oven fire etc.),

b/ the month and year the callout occurred,

c/ the name and address of the premises,

d/ details of any injuries sustained where known,

e/ and the deployment for the callout (i.e. two fire engines etc.).

Response:

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) are not aware of any unregistered schools in the Northumberland area.


Details:

Reference Number: 3506
Request Date: 22/12/2017

Question:

1. Has the Council conducted any ‘Public Health Act Funerals since 17/11/17 to the present (the day you respond to this request)?

2. If the answer to this question is yes, please disclose:
a. The full names of the deceased
b. The date of birth of the deceased
c. The date of death of the deceased
d. The last known address of the deceased
e. Whether the details of the deceased, have been/will be or are likely to be referred to the Government Legal Department (if you are not sure then can you just answer that field ‘unsure, or unknown’ or words to that effect).

3. Have there been any similar FOI requests as this within the time scale outlined in question 1?

4. Has the Council given this information away to any other individual or organisation outside the parameters of FOI (other than the Government Legal Department or internally) within the time scale outlined in question 1?

Response:

1. Yes

 

2.

Name

Date of birth

Marital status

Maiden name

Date of death

Value of estate

Info passed to Treasury Solicitor

Arthur Amery

Not known

Widower

N/A

21/11/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Next of kin found.

Joyce Thompson

30/03/1941

Widow

N/A

28/11/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Next of kin found.

Benedict Martin McKeown

11/09/1982

Divorced

N/A

06/12/2017

More than £500

To be referred.

William Fredrick Brian

12/10/2042

Widower

N/A

11/12/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Next of kin found.


Northumberland County Council do not provide details of last known addresses pursuant to Section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act. Please see guidance below.

3. Yes, we have had 3 requests (including this one) for this information since 17/11/17.

4. No

Exemptions

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.


Details:

Reference Number: 3507
Request Date: 27/12/2017

Question:

I would like to know the amount of money that each primary school in Northumberland has spent on supply from 1st November - 22nd January 2018.

I would like this broken down per school and with which supplier they have spent this.

Response:

Please find attached response. Where the supplier is listed as NULL the school will have details as they will have been paid via their own bank account and not the Council's ledger.


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3509
Request Date: 27/12/2017

Question:

1. the amount of money the local authority gave to domestic violence refuges in each financial year since 2010/11;

2. the total number of domestic violence refuges or any other form of accommodation-based support located within the local authority, as at the end of each financial year since 2010/11;

3. the total number of domestic violence refuges located within the local authority that have been closed since 2010/11; and

4. whether the local authority bid for funding from the VAWG Service Transformation Fund and, if it did, when the bid was successful and confirmation of whether the Government released the funds yet.

In relation to the requests above, domestic violence refuges includes any other accommodation-based support for victims of domestic violence. The total amount of money should include any funding provided by the local authority to domestic violence refuges, where such places are commissioned through multi-agency working.

Response:

1.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

   
 

2.

Refuge:
2009 - to date: 1 Refuge 9 bed spaces

Other:
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
(Information as supplied by NCC Housing)

3. Nil.

4. No bid was submitted.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3530
Request Date: 15/12/2017

Question:

Unfounded allegations of carrying out training at Atheys Moor Airfield. Please supply a copy of all letters/emails of allegations made by this person/persons and also past complaints.

Response:

Third party details are exempt but outlined are the details of the complaints in response:

We received a report of an alleged breach on 5 December 2017. The report stated that training and commercial flights we offered for the Airfield at Atheys Moor. It mentions that the website is advertising the experiences which are available to book online. The complainant asked for the Council to investigate so the activities are stopped and the planning conditions are complied with.

A response was sent to the complainant on 18 December 2017 from the Planning Enforcement Team to confirm that they had contacted the Airfield and were informed that although equipment is stored at Atheys Moor no training is carried out there. It was suggested that the Airfield amend their website so this is clear to people viewing their website. The Enforcement Officer confirmed that without any evidence of training at the Airfield they would be unable to progress with the matter.

We can confirm that a report of an alleged breach was received on 20 February 2012 in relation to the failure to comply with condition 11 of the planning permission. The Airfield were contacted and asked to comply with the condition. It was also raised that a hot air balloon had been flown from the Airfield. The enforcement team contacted the Airfield and it was confirmed that the balloon was stored at the Airfield but was not flown from there. The case was closed on 20 June 2012.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3553
Request Date: 27/12/2017

Question:

In accordance with the above Act could I put you to the trouble of providing details of the credits held on your records for ratepayers in respect of payment of Business Rates.

The information I require would be the Ratepayers name, address, credit amount, the property reference number and the financial year the credit sits in. This would only be for Limited Companies (corporate) and Government Bodies and not for individuals (sole traders, partnerships).

Response:

The information is available by accessing the following link;

https://data.gov.uk/dataset/national-non-domestic-rates-accounts-in-credit-northumberland