Details:

Reference Number: 3298
Request Date: 01/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act, how much is the Council (i) spending in 2017/18 and (ii) planning to spend in 2018/19 to offset the impact of the Universal Credit roll out in the Council’s area.

This includes money spent to prevent tenants from being evicted due to rent arrears caused by Universal Credit.

Response:

The Council has received £35,249 in funding from the Department of Work & Pensions to assist with the rollout and ongoing support for claimants to Universal Credit in 2017/18. The funding for 2018/19 is not yet known.

The Council also receives funding for its Discretionary Housing Payment Scheme of £692,086 for 2017/18 and an amount of this will be used to assist those in rent arrears and receiving Universal Credit. The amount spent for this reason will not be known until April 2018.

Funding for Discretionary Housing Payments in 2018/19 will not be notified to the Council until February/March 2018.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3299
Request Date: 01/11/2017

Question:

Can you please provide the following information drawn from the UKFSS database for 2015 and 2016:

i) Details of all meat and meat products, game and poultry that were submitted for sampling analysis by you (the local authority).

Please include at the minimum:

- The date of the test
- The premises type
- The level 4 category description
- The food description
- The nature of the product (raw, processed, ready to eat, etc)
- The type of hazard tested for
- Whether it passed
- Any enforcement action
- Any post-enforcement follow up action and its findings

ii) Details of all meat and meat products, game and poultry that were subject to food labeling checks by you (the local authority).

Please include at the minimum:

- The date of the test
- The premises type
- The level 4 category description
- The food description
- The nature of the product (raw, processed, ready to eat, etc)
- Whether the product was compliant with labeling rules
- If non-compliant, the specific labeling fault (eg nutritional declaration, allergen declaration etc)
- Any enforcement action
- Any post-enforcement follow up action and its findings

 

Response:

Please see the attached excel spreadsheet which includes information requested in section i) however, we are unable to provide 'enforcement action' or 'post enforcement follow up' as this information is not recorded on UKFSS.  Please note that for the information requested in section i) we have listed all the tests carried out, this includes where multiple tests have been carried out on the same sample.

We are unable to provide the information requested in section ii), this information is not recorded on UKFSS.


Details:

Reference Number: 3300
Request Date: 01/11/2017

Question:

1. The software used by the Media/Communications team to manage press enquiries, send press releases, monitor the media and maintain a press contacts database.

2. The software used by the Media/Communications team to manage and store interactions with stakeholders (e.g. the media, regulators, government agencies, the community, the public)

3. The software used by the Public Affairs or any other relevant team to monitor the political environment and Parliament and log interactions with politicians, civil servants, lobbying bodies, trade unions, etc.

 

Response:

1. Vuelio

2. Vuelio

3. N/A


Details:

Reference Number: 3301
Request Date: 01/11/2017

Question:

1. In 2016-17, how many applications for in-year admissions to mainstream schools did the local authority make on behalf of its looked-after children?

2. How many of these were to (a) maintained schools and (b) academies/non-maintained schools?

3. How many of these applications were successful, within the timescale of 20 school days? Please provide this figure for (a) maintained schools and (b) academies/non-maintained schools.

4. How many of the applications were successful beyond 20 school days? Please provide this figure for (a) academies and (b) academies/non-maintained schools.

5. What were the reasons for any delays beyond the 20 day limit? Please say in how many cases each of the below reasons applied:

- Bureaucracy
- Communication difficulties
- Response not provided within timescale
- Initial refusal being challenged through appeal process
- Initial refusal lead to threat to direct
- Initial refusal lead to request to direct
- Other

6. How many applications were unsuccessful? Please provide this figure for (a) academies and (b) academies/non-maintained schools.

7. What reasons were given for rejecting applications? Please say in how many cases each of the below reasons applied:

- That by admitting a looked after child it would ‘seriously prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources’.
- Already over PAN
- Unable to meet needs of pupil
- Other

8. How many cases resulted in a direction to another admissions authority?

9. How many cases were referred to the Department for Education/ESFA?

10. How many of these referrals resulted in the school/academy being directed to take the pupil onto its roll?

11. What was the longest length of time it took from the point of applying in-year to a mainstream school/academy, to a pupil being accepted onto its roll?

Response:

1. 9
2. 5 to maintained and 4 to academies
3. All of these were successful
4. See 3.
5. See 3.
6. See 3
7. See 3
8. See 3
9. See 3
10. See 3

11. All within 20 days


Details:

Reference Number: 3302
Request Date: 02/11/2017

Question:

The number of applications received for school admissions 2018/19 for each of the middle and high/secondary schools in the Ponteland, Prudhoe and Hexham Partnership of Schools. Please break this down by individual school and then as follows:

1. The number of applications for each school by 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice

2. For 1st choice school, the selected reason for choice e.g. SEN, catchment, sibling etc.

Response:

Hexham Partnership
Corbridge Middle
75 - First
16 - Second
21 - Third
0- Fourth

Of those:
1- LAC
49- Catchment
3- Greater Catchment
5- Sibling
3- Feeder
14- Distance only

Hexham Middle
92 - First
39 - Second
8 - Third
1 - Fourth

Of those:
2 - LAC
74 - Catchment
1 - Greater Catchment SIbling
5 - Sibling
1 - Feeder
9 - Distance only

St Joseph's
71- First
40 - Second
3 - Third
0 - Fourth
St Joseph's rank their own criteria

Queen Elizabeth High School
300 - First
26 - Second
7 - Third
0 - Fourth

Of those:
4 - SEN
6 - LAC
205 - Catchment
26 - Sibling
59 - Feeder

Ponteland Pyramid
Ponteland Middle:
Northumberland Residents:
92 - First
3- Second
10 - Third
5 - Fourth

Newcastle Residents:
24 - First
7 - Second
2 - Third
8 - Fourth

Ponteland Middle now rank their own criteria.

Richard Coates School:
3 - First
3 - Second
1 - Third
0 - Fourth

(They will carry over the 15 in current Year 4)
Richard Coates School rank their own criteria

Ponteland High:
Northumberland Residents:
180 - First
13 - Second
11 - Third
3 - Fourth

Of those:
144 - Catchment
10 - Sibling
20 - Feeder
6 - Distance only

Newcastle Residents:
102 - First
11 - Second
1 - Third
0 - Fourth

We do not have the criteria for the Newcastle children yet, we will get this when we cross-cordinate

Prudhoe Pyramid
Highfield Middle:
87 - First
10 - Second
0 -Third
0- Fourth

Of those:
1 - LAC
79 - Catchment
1 - Greater Catchment Sibling
1 - Greater Catchment
3 - Feeder
2 - Distance only

Ovingham Middle:
72 - First
28 - Second
0 - Third
0 - Fourth

Of those:
1 - LAC
50 - Catchment
2 - Greater Catchment Sibling
16 - Greater Catchment
3 - Feeder

Prudhoe Community High:
174 - First
22 - 2nd
5 - Third
2 - Fourth

Of those:
170 - Catchment
2 - Sibling
2 - Distance only

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3303
Request Date: 02/11/2017

Question:

Question 1: For the Looked After Children team

1. How many of the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) in the care of your Local Authority identify as Afghan?

Questions 2 - 3: For the Leaving Care team

2. How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 in the care of your Local Authority identify as Afghan?

3. How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 who identify as Afghan in the care of your Local Authority have either Refugee Status, Indefinite Leave to Remain or Humanitarian Protection?

Questions 4 - 6: For the Virtual School

4. a) How many of the UASC who identify as Afghan in the care of your Local Authority were out of education at the date of their last review?
b) How many of the care leavers up to the age of 21 who identify as Afghan in the care of your Local Authority were out of education at the date of their last review?

5. a) How many of the UASC who identify as Afghan in the care of your Local Authority had achieved qualifications at i) entry level, ii) Level 1 or 2, iii) Level 3 at the date of their last review?
b) How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 who identify as Afghan in the care of your Local Authority had achieved qualifications at i) entry level, ii) Level 1 or 2, iii) Level 3, iv) Levels 4-6 at the date of their last review?

6. a) How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 in the care of your Local Authority have entered university in the last three years?
b) How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 who identify as Afghan in the care of your Local Authority have entered university in the last three years?

 

Response:

1. None

2. None

3. N/A

4.
a) None

b) None

5.
a) None

b) None

6.
a) None

b) None

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3305
Request Date: 02/11/2017

Question:

In view of the proposed move to new premises in Ashington please advise:

1 Telephone System
1.1 Will the existing system be transferred?
1.2 The existing Brand.
1.2 When does the maintenance contract expire?
1.3 Who supplied the system?
1.4 If the Council is considering replacing the current system please advise of the procurement path
1.4 Total number of extension of all types?

2 Exchange Lines
2.1 Total number of ISDN30e channels?
2.2 Total number of ISDN2e channels?
2.3 Total number of Analogue Lines?
2.4 Total number of SIP Trunks?

3 Networking
3.1 How many different sites does the system serve?
3.2 How many DPNSS private circuits are in use?
3.3 How many QSIG 931 private circuits are in use?
3.4 If none of the above are used does the University Network via the WAN/
3.5 How much WAN bandwidth is used?
3.6 How much is the Private Circuit annual rental?

4 Extensions
4.1 How many analogue extensions?
4.2 How many digital extensions?
4.3 How many IP extensions?
4.4 How many SIP extensions.

5 Operator
5.1 How many Operator Consoles are there?
5.2 How many Screen Based Consoles are there/

6 Call Centre
6.1 Is there a Call Centre?
6.2 How many Agents?

7 IP Desktop
71. How many desktop pc, laptop, tablet devices in use across the estate?

8 Mandatory Dynamic Lock Down
8.1 In the redevelopment will Administration be deploying the Government's new Policy. Notification to desktop devices

Response:

As previously announced, Northumberland County Council is no longer moving its headquarters to Ashington. We are therefore unable to answer your request.


Details:

Reference Number: 3307
Request Date: 03/11/2017

Question:

See attached questions and their responses.

Response:

See attached questions and their responses.


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3308
Request Date: 03/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information for public health funerals (for 1 March 2017 to 3 November 2017):

1) Name of the deceased
2) Date of birth
3) Date of death
4) Last residential address
5) Have the next of kin/ family members been traced?
6) What date has the details been transferred to the QLTR, Bona Vacantia, Treasury Solicitor, Government Legal Department, National Ultimus Haeres or Duchy?

 

Response:

 

Name

Date of birth

Marital status

Maiden name

Date of death

Value of estate

Info passed to Treasury Solicitor

Valerie Jeffrey

05/01/1944

Divorced

Stemp

17/03/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Relatives located.

Mary Jean Moffat

14/08/1937

Widow

Not known

24/03/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Next of kin found.

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

Less than £500

Not being referred

Charles James Thompson

10/08/1949

Single

N/A

23/05/2017

Less than £500

Not being referred

Shaun Rossin

27/07/1969

Single

N/A

14/06/2017

Less than £500

Not being referred

Christopher Mills

11/07/1959

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.

Thomas Paul MacKenley

27/07/1966

Single

N/A

27/07/2017

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

Referred 06/10/2017

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

07/09/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Next of kin found.

Jennifer Petrie

19/09/1947

Widow

Moss

19/08/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Next of kin found.

William Barr

05/10/1940

Single

N/A

13/06/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Next of kin found.

Christopher Sandgren

22/03/1973

Single

N/A

27/09/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Next of kin found.

John Gebbie

23/05/1950

Single

N/A

11/10/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Next of kin found.


We are refusing the address information since we consider that the exemption under Section 31(1)(a) applies.

We consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

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: 3310
Request Date: 03/11/2017

Question:

1. If you possess CCTV cameras, do you charge for copies of footage? If so, what is the charge?

2. The job title(s) of the person most involved in detailing with CCTV requests and a copy of their job description (including salary band)

3. The job title(s) of the person most involved in detailing with FOI requests and a copy of their job description (including salary band)

Q,3 clarification: I mean the person (or people) who acknowledge receipt of request, record request onto any systems, monitor progress, prepare the final response that is issued and apply any exemption or exceptions appropriate

 

Response:

1. We do possess CCTV cameras, however any footage would only be released to the Police if linked to a criminal investigation.

2. There are a number of different officers/post with responsibility for different aspects of CCTV provision and policy, but there are no officers where CCTV forms the substantive or sole designated role. Salary bands start at Band 4 starting salary £18070.

3. The Information Governance Team is responsible for logging requests then multiple people across the Council who are involved in collating and responding to their services responses, this is an addition to their posts and would not be shown in their job descriptions.

The job descriptions for the Information Governance Team are currently being reviewed as part of a service restructure. The Salary bands are Band 6 and Band 4.


Details:

Reference Number: 3311
Request Date: 03/11/2017

Question:

Under the FOI act, please provide a response to the following questions with regards to the councils spend on social care agency staff.

1. Total spend on agency staff in 16/17

2. Total spend on social care agency staff in 16/17

3. Please provide a breakdown of all the agency/contractors used to supply social care agency staff in 16/17. Providing the associated spend for each provider. If possible, please provide the list ranked by cost (highest spend to lowest spend)

 

Response:

1. £3,763,160.76

2.

Adult Services    - £250,003.35
Adult Social Care Admin - £1,794.62
Childrens Services - £1,802,044.54

3. DePol

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3312
Request Date: 06/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please can I ask for the following information on faulty street lights reported in your area.

1 -How many streetlights have been reported as faulty in your area in each of the financial years 2016/17, 2015/16 and 2014/15?

2 -What was the average amount of time taken between the reporting of a fault with a streetlight and its resolution in each of the financial years 2016/17, 2015/16 and 2014/15?

3 -What was the longest delay between the reporting of a streetlight problem and its resolution in each of the financial years 2016/17, 2015/16 and 2014/15?

4 -What is the most recent estimate of the number of streetlights in your area that are currently not functioning or partly functioning?

 

Response:

1.
2016/17 - 5,212.
2015/16 - 8,372.
2014/15 - 8,972

2.

2016/17 - 6.41 calendar days.
2015/16 - 4.96 calendar days.
2014/15 - unable to provide as measured on time taken to attend only rather than attendance to resolution.

3.
2016/17 - 333 calendar days.
2015/16 - 285 calendar days.
2014/15 - unable to provide as measured on time taken to attend only rather than attendance to resolution

4.

181.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3313
Request Date: 06/11/2017

Question:

1) The Government guidance states: "Whilst LAs are under no specific legal obligation to maintain a list under section 167, the Government recommends strongly that they do so. Without such a list the requirements of section 165 of the Act do not apply, and drivers may continue to refuse the carriage of wheelchair users, fail to provide them with assistance, or to charge them extra."
Please can you indicate whether you do now have a list of wheelchair accessible taxis under your powers set out in Section 167 of the Equality Act 2010, and/or a list of wheelchair accessible private hire vehicles?

2) If you do now have such a list, please provide information in response to the following questions 2a) to 2j):
2a) On what date was it put in place?
2b) The statutory guidance states "The Government therefore recommends that a vehicle should only be included in the authority’s (S167) list if it would be possible for the user of a “reference wheelchair” to enter, leave and travel in the passenger compartment in safety and reasonable comfort whilst seated in their wheelchair."
Is this the definition you have used for a taxi or PHV to be considered wheelchair accessible for the purposes of the list?

2c) The statutory guidance states: "Before drivers can be subject to the duties under section 165 of the Act, the LA must first publish their list of designated vehicles, and clearly mark it as ‘designated for the purposes of section 165 of the Act’. LAs should ensure that their designated lists are made easily available to passengers, and that vehicle owners and drivers are made aware. Lists should set out the details of the make and model of the vehicle, together with specifying whether the vehicle is a taxi or private hire vehicle, and stating the name of operator."
Have you published your list? Is it marked "designated for the purposes of Section 165 of the Act"? Is the make and model of each vehicle listed? Is each vehicle identified as a taxi or a private hire vehicle? Is the name of the operator of each vehicle given in the list? Have you made owners and drivers of vehicles on the list aware that their vehicle has been listed?

2d) The guidance states: "it would also be helpful to include information about the size and weight of wheelchair that can be accommodated, and whether wheelchairs that are larger than a “reference wheelchair” can be accommodated."
Does your list include information on each vehicle as to the size and weight of wheelchair that can be accommodated, and whether wheelchairs larger than a "reference wheelchair" can be accommodated?

2e) The guidance states: "We encourage LAs to provide drivers of taxis and PHVs who are not exempt from the duties with clear guidance on their duties with respect to the carriage of passengers in wheelchairs, either as part of existing driver-facing guidance, or as supplementary communication."
Have you provided non-exempt taxi/PHV drivers with such guidance?

2f) The guidance states: "We recommend that licensing authority rules for drivers are updated to make clear when a meter can and cannot be left running".
Have you updated such rules to make this clear?

2g) The guidance states: "Section 172 of the Act enables vehicle owners to appeal against the decision of a LA to include their vehicles on the designated list. That appeal should be made to the Magistrate’s Court, or in Scotland the sheriff, and must be made within 28 days of the vehicle in question being included on the LA’s published list."
Please tell me how many such applications have been made to the Magistrates Court, and how many have been successful.

2h) How many drivers has the authority prosecuted for discriminatory behaviour contrary to S165 of the Act? How many such prosecutions were successful? What were the sentences?

2i) How many drivers licensed by yourselves have been prosecuted by other people or bodies for failure to comply with S165 of the Act? How many such prosecutions were successful? What were the sentences?

2j) Where drivers have been prosecuted under S165 of the Act, thus affecting their standing as a "fit and proper person", what resultant disciplinary action have you taken in respect of their taxi or private hire vehicle drivers' licenses?

3) If you do not have a S167 list or lists now, please indicate if you still intend to produce such a list.

4) If you don't have a S167 list but do intend to produce one, please provide information in response to questions 4a) and 4b) below.
4a) Please indicate when you intend to have the list in place.
4b) Where you have already made relevant decisions, please indicate whether you intend to comply with the elements of the statutory guidance set out in 2b) to 2f) above.

5) Irrespective of whether you have created a list or not or indeed whether you intend to create such a list, since 2010 you have been obliged to process applications under Section 166 of the Equality Act for driver medical exemptions from the duty to transport and not discriminate against wheelchair users. The Guidance states; "the Act allows LAs to grant exemptions from the duties to individual drivers. These provisions are contained in section 166, and were commenced on 1st October 2010."

5a) How many exemptions have you granted under S166 of the Equality Act 2010?

5b) The guidance states: "We understand that some licensing authorities have already put in place procedures for accessing and exempting drivers, and as an absolute minimum, we think that the evidence provided should be in the form of a letter or report from a general practitioner."
Do you accept or require a letter or report from a GP to process applications for driver exemption under S166?

5c) The guidance states: "The Government’s view is that decisions on exemptions will be fairer and more objective if medical assessments are undertaken by professionals who have been specifically trained and who are independent of the applicant. We would recommend that independent medical assessors are used where a long-term exemption is to be issued, and that LAs use assessors who hold appropriate professional qualifications and who are not open to bias because of a personal or commercial connection to the applicant"
Have you appointed independent medical assessors to determine applications for medical exemption under S166?

5d) Please provide a copy of your application form for driver exemption under S166.

5e) The guidance states: "Section 172 of the Act enables drivers to appeal against the decision of a LA not to issue an exemption certificate. That appeal should be made to the Magistrate’s Court, or a sheriff in Scotland, and must be made within 28 days beginning with the date of the refusal."
How many appeals against refusal to issue S166 exemptions have been heard?

5f) How many appeals against refusal to issue S166 exemptions were successful?

6) The guidance states: "We would therefore recommend that LAs also publish a list of vehicles that are accessible to passengers in wheelchairs who are able to transfer from their wheelchair into a seat within the vehicle. It should be made clear however that this list of vehicles has not been published for the purposes of section 165 of the Act and drivers of those vehicles are therefore not subject to the legal duties to provide assistance."
Do you currently publish a list of vehicles that are accessible to passengers in wheelchairs who are able to transfer from their wheelchairs into a seat within the vehicle?

 

Response:

1) No

2) N/A

3) Yes

4)
4a) 14 December 2017
4b) Yes

5)
5a) 0
5b) Yes
5c) No
5d) Attached
5e) 0
5f) 0

6) No


Details:

Reference Number: 3315
Request Date: 06/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am looking for information on the fire safety of your high-rise buildings and schools.

1. Please detail when the last three fire risk assessments were completed for each of your high-rise buildings and schools.

2. Please provide a copy of the most recent fire risk assessment completed for each of your high-rise buildings and schools.

3. Please detail whether each of your high-rise buildings and schools has sprinklers installed.

If it is not possible to provide all of the information within the time limits, then please explain why - but provide that which is available within the time limits, focusing on high-rise buildings first, then schools.

Response:

1 & 2.  Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service as an enforcing agent of the Local Fire Authority do not carry out the fire risk assessment for premises in the Service area. The Fire Risk Assessment should be carried out by the premises responsible person or a person appointed by the responsible person. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service assess whether this Fire Risk Assessment is suitable and sufficient and if not take action to rectify this.

Northumberland County does not contain any residential premises that qualify under the definition of a highrise premises (over 18m or 6 storeys).

3. High rise - N/A
A list of the schools that have sprinklers installed is detailed in the attached PDF document.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3316
Request Date: 06/11/2017

Question:

1. How many people, have viewed number 7 Bowburn Cottages since the last occupant gave up the tenancy ?
 

2. How many times has this property been advertised since the last occupant gave up the tenancy?
 

3. Has the tenancy of this property now been accepted by someone?

4. Since 24 May 2017 how many one bedroom bungalows and houses in the town of Alnwick have been let by Direct let; Management let; Advertised on Northumberland Homefinder; or by any other means?

 

5. Please give me the dates these properties were advertised and the dates these properties were let?
 

6. Please give me the Street names of these properties?

7. How many homes does NCC/HFN have in total to rent out?

 

8. How many of these properties are at present unoccupied/void?

 

Response:

1. Two people viewed this property.

2. Once

3. Yes

4. No direct/management lets, see details of advertised properties below.

 

5 See below
 

6. See below

11 Augur Place, Alnwick, NE66 1RA - Advert Cycle 21/09 to 25/09. Property let from 06/11

13 Augur Place, Alnwick, NE66 1RA - Advert Cycle 12/10 to 16/10. Property let from 06/11

1 Bowburn Cottages, Alnwick, NE66 1JS - Advert Cycle 02/11 to 06/11, still void, applicant matched during advert cycle and is waiting repairs to be completed

7. total stock 8583

8. Voids to date 149

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3317
Request Date: 03/11/2017

Question:

Pool car usage data for the period 2015/16 and 2016/17

1. How many pool cars, either leased or owned, does your council have?

2. What is the total annual spend on pool cars?

3. What is the total annual miles of pool cars?

4. How many regular pool car users are there?

5. How many casual pool car users are there?

6. What is the overall cost per mile of pool cars?

Staff car for work usage data

We understand local authorities can maintain and attribute data to more than one category of pool car user. For example, essential pool car users in receipt of a lump sum for mileage, pool car users, and casual users. For the period 2015/16 and 2016/17, in each of your local authority’s defined categories:

7. How many council staff use their own car during the course of the day to carry out council work?

8. How many miles were travelled by staff in their own car on council activity?

9. What was the average cost per mile reimbursed to users?

10. What was the target cost per mile?

11. How much did your council spend in 2015/16 and 2016/17 on reimbursing staff for miles travelled for council activity in their own cars?

Operational policies

12. Please provide the name and/or job title of the person responsible for developing and monitoring policies on employee car usage in your council.

13. What policies, working documents or plans does your council have in place to reduce volume and/or cost per mile of usage by pool and/or staff cars?

14. What policy documents does the council hold on general car usage policy and associated targets and metrics?

15. Is your local authority pursuing new methods to address major issues or needs around car usage in your local authority? If yes, please provide the supporting documentation.

Commuting

16. What is the average number of staff arriving to work in offices or other shared places of work of the council on a weekday?

17. Of that number, how many staff on average drive their own car to that office?

18. Does your council have any carpool or similar commuting schemes in place?

19. If so, what incentives or compensation is offered to encourage staff to take advantage of these?


Response:

See attachments


Details:

Reference Number: 3318
Request Date: 06/11/2017

Question:

Please provide me with the following information for commercial premises that are;
Currently vacant, and
Where the rateable value of the property exceeds £10,000, and
The account holder is liable for EMPTY property rates

Please provide the following information;
The full address including postcode
Property reference number
The name of the account holder where it is not an individual (if it is, please leave it blank)
The rateable value of the property
The date on which the premises first became vacant
The type of property

 

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 Northumberland data sets at the following link:
data.gov.uk


Details:

Reference Number: 3319
Request Date: 06/11/2017

Question:

1) The number of residential properties (houses, flats, maisonettes) where the council owns the freehold but is no longer the leaseholder, i.e. the number of properties sold under the Right to Buy.

(2) The number of properties in the answer to (1) where the leaseholder registered address for correspondence is different to the leasehold address (an away address)

(3) If available, the number of these homes (answer to (2)) where the leasehold was sold after April 2012.

Response:

1) 257

(2) 99

(3) 0


Details:

Reference Number: 3320
Request Date: 06/11/2017

Question:

For each of the financial years 14/15, 15/16, 16/17 and 17/18 to November 1, what was the total number of safeguarding alerts your council received concerning people who are residents of sheltered housing or other supported living schemes?
For each of the financial years please include the age of the alleged victim within 10-year time-frames so as to preserve anonymity ie 0-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 ,50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90-99, 100-109.
*Please state the nature of the alleged abuse. Was it:
Physical abuse
Domestic violence or abuse
Sexual abuse
Psychological or emotional abuse
Financial or material abuse
Modern slavery
Discriminatory abuse
Organisational or institutional abuse
Neglect or acts of omission
Self-neglect
Other please state

*Was the alert substantiated or unsubstantiated?
*If substantiated, please state the action taken.
*Were police called?
*Was a prosecution brought?
For clarity I don’t want data for residents of care homes. I am specifically looking for data on people who live in sheltered housing, supported living and any other similar schemes which assist people to live independently.
Your response should include all referrals you’ve received, including all council-run services and those provided by the independent/private sector.

 

Response:

Q1.    This information is set out in the table below.

Safeguarding referrals, where alleged victim was a sheltered housing/supported living scheme resident

Age of alleged victim

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18 (to 30/09/17)

0-9

0

0

0

0

10-19

Less than 5

Less than 5

0

0

20-29

0

Less than 5

6

0

30-39

Less than 5

Less than 5

Less than 5

0

40-49

5

5

6

Less than 5

50-59

Less than 5

Less than 5

Less than 5

Less than 5

60-69

0

Less than 5

Less than 5

0

70-79

Less than 5

Less than 5

 

Less than 5

80-89

0

0

Less than 5

Less than 5

TOTAL

12

21

21

Less than 5

Notes:

1.    The table above shows safeguarding referrals where the alleged victim is recorded as a resident of sheltered housing, supported accommodation or extra care sheltered housing.  Numbers less than 5 have not been given as they may be personally identifiable.

2.    The information summarises only the type of accommodation where an alleged victim was resident – the alleged abuse may have occurred at a different location.

 

Q2.    This information is set out in the table below.

The nature of alleged abuse

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18 (to 30/09/17)

Physical

6

7

7

Less than 5

Domestic

0

Less than 5

Less than 5

0

Sexual

Less than 5

Less than 5

Less than 5

0

Emotional/Psychological

Less than 5

5

9

Less than 5

Financial

Less than 5

Less than 5

Less than 5

0

Modern Slavery

0

0

0

0

Discriminatory

0

0

0

0

Organisational

Less than 5

0

0

0

Neglect

Less than 5

8

Less than 5

Less than 5

Self-neglect

0

Less than 5

Less than 5

Less than 5

Other - Sexual exploitation

0

Less than 5

0

0

TOTAL

18

28

28

7

Notes

1.    As in the previous table, numbers less than 5 have not been given as they may be personally identifiable.

2.    More than one type of abuse can be recorded in relation to each referral.

 

Q3.    This information is set out in the table below.

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18 (to 30/09/17)

Abuse Substantiated

5

5

12

Less than 5

Abuse Partly Substantiated

Less than 5

6

Less than 5

0

Abuse Not Substantiated

Less than 5

5

Less than 5

0

Abuse Not Determined/Inconclusive

0

5

Less than 5

0

TOTAL

12

21

21

Less than 5

Note:

1.    As in the previous table, numbers less than 5 have not been given as they may be personally identifiable.

 

Q4, 5 & 6.   Our records are not structured in a way that would enable us easily to answer these questions.  The manual examination of case files that would be necessary would exceed the statutory limit for answering Freedom of Information Act requests.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3322
Request Date: 07/11/2017

Question:

Can you let me know how many children in your local authority were being home schooled during the following three years please:

Between March 2014 and March 2015, March 2015- 2016 and March 2016- 2017.

If there has been a significant increase or decrease between 2015 and 2017, any explanation would be welcome.

Response:

Elective Home Education numbers:
March 2014-15 - 68
March 2016-16 - 127
March 2016-17 - 194

Academies suggesting to parents EHE might be a good option rather than exclusion or attendance is a concern.  Parents not able to get school of choice.


Details:

Reference Number: 3323
Request Date: 07/11/2017

Question:

Please can you advise the overall spend on disability equipment (for example seating and standing) for children with special needs within the following periods;

2015/2016 - Actual spend
2016/2017 - Actual spend
2017/2018 – Budgeted

 

Response:

2015/2016 - Actual spend
Education: £79200.72
Social Care: Exp £178,596

2016/2017 - Actual spend
Education: £75,045.65
Social Care: Exp £131,480

2017/2018 – Budgeted - As of 7/11/17
Education: spent £52,274.36. Overall committed budget £82k
Social Care: Budget £128,350

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3324
Request Date: 07/11/2017

Question:

1. Are you using any software to manage your incoming communication channels (phone, email, live chat etc) from constituents (e.g. Zendesk, Desk.com, Intercom, RightNow, Service Cloud, Freshdesk etc.)?
If so, what is the software called?

2. When does the contract with this current software provider end?

3. How much does your current software cost annually?

4. What is your annual budget for this type of software?

5. When will you be looking to review your current software?

Response:

1. Hornbill

2. 21st Feb 2018

3. £33505

4. £34000

5. 2020


Details:

Reference Number: 3325
Request Date: 07/11/2017

Question:

1. Has Northumberland County Council ever requested, facilitated, organised or accessed 'respite care beds' for people, at Rothbury Hospital?


2. If NCC has done, how many people have accessed respite care at RCH, organised or facilitated in any way, by NCC?


3. Has NCC funded respite care beds at Rothbury Hospital? If so, how many beds have been funded by NCC in this way since 2010?


4. Has NCC received payment for private social care/respite care from people admitted for respite care at Rothbury Hospital?


5. If NCC has received such payments, how much money have they received annually since 2010?


6. If NCC has received payment for social care/respite care, how many people have accessed this at Rothbury Hospital since 2010?


7. If NCC has organised or facilitated respite care for people at Rothbury Hospital what is the legal basis for doing this? Was there a formal agreement?


8. If NCC has organised or facilitated respite care for people at Rothbury Hospital, what was the charge per bed, per night?


9. Did NCC ever have reserved beds at Rothbury Hospital for respite care ?


10. If NCC had reserved beds for respite care, how many? and for how long?


11. Please tell me who did the invoicing for respite beds? NHS? NCC? CCG?

 

Response:

1. During the period since the opening of the current Rothbury hospital, we have a record of only one occasion when we had some direct involvement in respite care provided at the hospital. This appears to have been a privately-arranged respite stay which was subsequently paid for by the Council because the person had been assessed as qualifying for NHS-funded Continuing Health Care. This payment was recharged to the CCG in error, and that payment is being refunded.


Apart from this, there are no records in our contractual or payment systems which suggest that the Council has requested, facilitated, organised or accessed respite care at the Hospital. We have not checked all case recording for clients living in the Rothbury area, since this would involve manual scrutiny of a large number of records, substantially exceeding both our statutory duty under the FOI legislation and our realistic practical capacity to do so, so we are not able to confirm definitively whether there have been any other occasions when Council staff, or staff acting on behalf of the Council, have assisted in any way with other private respite care arrangements made with the hospital. Any such assistance would have been to fulfil our general duty to offer information and advice to people with disabilities/care and support needs, rather than our specific duties to arrange services.

2. See the previous response.

3. See the response to question 1.

4. No.

5. N/A

6. N/A

7. On the occasion referred to in the response to Question 1, this appears to have been a consequence of unusual circumstances relating to someone who had a privately-funded short break during a period for which they were entitled to NHS Continuing Health Care.

8. On the occasion referred to in the response to Question 1, the charge to the Council was £73.50. There was no charge to the person.

9. NCC has at no time had such an arrangement with the current Rothbury Hospital. We do not know of any such arrangement with the previous hospital.

10. N/A

11. The Council was invoiced by Northumbria Healthcare for the respite stay mentioned in the response to Question 1.


Details:

Reference Number: 3326
Request Date: 07/11/2017

Question:

For each ward in your local authority: the total number of people on the electoral register broken down by individual ward for the following time points:


At the time of the European referendum (23/06/2016)
At the end of 2016 (01/12/2016)
At the time of the 2017 general election (08/06/2017)
At the time of most recent records you hold

 

Response:

We do not have "Wards" but "County Divisions".  We also do not have the information available in "County Divisions" as this report information is only used at our County elections. Instead the reports are produced by Polling Districts. If you wish to ascertain the electorate by County Division this can easily be done be using the report named "Polling Districts in County Divisions" you will be able to identify which polling district belongs to which County Division.​

 

See attachments

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3328
Request Date: 08/11/2017

Question:

1. How many staff at Northumberland County Council have been suspended since the review of ARCH was launched in May 2017?


2. Can you provide the reasons why each staff member has been suspended?


3. Can you also state whether each staff member remains suspended, if it has been lifted, or if they are no longer employed by the council?

 

Response:

1. None

2. N/A

3. N/A


Details:

Reference Number: 3329
Request Date: 08/11/2017

Question:

As a Public Contracting Authority, Northumberland Council has a Regulation 113 (7) reporting obligation.

Please therefore confirm the relevant details for the financial year 2016/17 by completing the table including:

Financial Year
%age invoices paid within 30 days
Interest (£’s) paid to suppliers
Interest (£’s),whether or not claimed, liable to be paid to suppliers
*Number of invoices not paid within 30 days

Response:

 

Financial Year

%age invoices paid within 30 days

Interest (£’s) paid to suppliers

Interest (£’s),whether or not claimed, liable to be paid to suppliers

*Number of invoices not paid within 30 days

2016/17

97.2%

Not recorded, from experience such claims are very rare.

£53,333.63

3,192



Details:

Reference Number: 3330
Request Date: 08/11/2017

Question:

Could you please supply me a list of businesses not claiming small business rate relief with a rateable value between 0 and 50,000. Please include rateable value, property description, company name, address.

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 to our published Northumberland business rates data sets:

data.gov.uk

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3331
Request Date: 08/11/2017

Question:

1. Are you currently implementing a new Children’s Social Care Case Management Software – Yes/No

2. If yes you are implementing a system then please provide what Children’s Social Care Case Management Software are you implementing and when is the planned go-live date of all functionality as per the tender?
Is this the same with the dates on the tender documents? If not what is the difference
Have there been any additional costs outside the original contract for the implementation? If yes, please specify

3. If No you are not currently implementing a Children’s Social Care Case Management Software, with regard to the last system you implemented how long in months from contract award date did the software to go live and the previous case management to be switched off?

 

Response:

1. No


2. N/A


3. 9 months - contract signed in September 2007, software live and previous case management switched off May 2008

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3332
Request Date: 08/11/2017

Question:

I am interested in the numbers of children being housed by the local authority in temporary accommodation.

In answering all these requests, please include children housed by your local authority within your borough AND in other boroughs. Please DO NOT include children housed by other local authorities within your borough.

Please do not include households where a woman is pregnant but does not yet have dependent children. If it is not possible to separate these cases, please indicate that they have been included and quantify them if possible.

Please give figures as at November 8 (the date of this request). If this is not possible please give figures for the nearest possible date and specify what that date is.

Questions:

(1) Please could you tell me how many children under 5 (i.e. aged 0-4) are currently housed in temporary accommodation by the local authority?

(2) Please could you also tell me how many of these children aged 0-4 are housed in B&Bs (bed and breakfasts)?

(3) Please could you tell me how many children of all ages are currently housed in temporary accommodation by the local authority (with the definition of children being anyone aged under 18)?

Response:

1. 8

2. 0

3. 23


Details:

Reference Number: 3333
Request Date: 08/11/2017

Question:

1. Please can you tell me which electronic management system you use to manage your EHC plans?

2. Please can you tell me what percentage of new EHC plans, excluding exception cases, were issued within 26 weeks and within 52 weeks?

Please can you tell me the actual number of plans issued within 26 weeks and the total number of plans. (eg. 80%: 8 plans out of 10)
Please can you tell me the actual number of plans issued within 52 weeks and the total number of plans. (eg. 100%: 10 plans out of 10)

3. Please can you tell me what percentage of new EHC plans, including exception cases, were issued within 26 weeks and within 52 weeks?

Please can you tell me the actual number of plans issued within 26 weeks and the total number of plans.

Please can you tell me the actual number of plans issued within 52 weeks and the total number of plans.

Response:

1. EMS (Capita One)

2.
95.3% - 161 out of 169 - 26 weeks

4.7% - 8 out of 169 - 52 weeks

3. 8.2% - 15 out of 184 (which is the "no" exception and the exception cases totalled).


Details:

Reference Number: 3335
Request Date: 09/11/2017

Question:

1. Can you please tell me if you are using Office365 or have any plans of purchasing it in the next 6 months?

2. Also how many users will be using it in total?

Response:

1. We do not use Office365 and we do not have any plans on purchasing it.

 

2. None

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3336
Request Date: 10/11/2017

Question:

Can you provide me with a list of the top five roadworks which have received the most complaints between January 1 2017 and November 9 2017.

Can the information be broken down into the roadworks and how many complaints were made.

Response:

We have interrogated our corporate complaint data and can confirm we have received 29 complaints regarding roadworks, which are broken down by location as follows:
 

Location

No

Cowpen Road, Blyth

2

A1 into Morpeth (northbound carriageway)

1

Factory Bridge

1

Road from Wylam to the A69    

1

Holeyn Hall Road and Bluebell Lane, Wylam

1

Stakeford Lane, Choppington    

1

B6342    

1

Wheatfield Close, Ovingham

1

Allerburn Lea

1

A69 (East and West of hexham)

1

Stobhill Grange

1

Road leading into Eshott

1

Morpeth Bypass

1

Chollerford Bridge

1

Alexandra Way, Cramlington

1

First Avenue, Blyth

1

Hartford Bridge

1

Road between Rotary Way and Middle Drive

1

Tyne Valley Retail Park

1

Third Avenue, Morpeth

1

Stobhill Grange, Morpeth

1

A68/A695 Broomhaugh Roundabout    

1

Southlands, Hexham    

1

Station Road, Ashington

1

Mini Roundabout at Lidl, Bedlington

1

North Seaton, Ashington

1

Barnston, North Seaton, Ashington

1

Chapel Lands, Alnwick

1

 

Please note, a stage one corporate complaint is defined as 'An expression of dissatisfaction by one or more members of the public about the council’s action or lack of action or about the standard of a service, whether the action was taken or the service provided by the council itself or a person or body acting on behalf of the council'. Therefore, this information does not include general queries/requests regarding roadworks.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3337
Request Date: 10/11/2017

Question:

How many money has the council spent on temporary accommodation for the homeless in the 2016/17 financial year?

Can the information be broken down into the accommodation and how much money was spent on each.

Response:

The cost of Temporary Accommodation in 2016/17 is £210,974. Unfortunately this cannot be broken down.


Details:

Reference Number: 3339
Request Date: 10/11/2017

Question:

I would like to request data, as detailed below, for the 12 month period 01-01- 2016 to 31-12- 2016 (the first full year that Contracts Finder was in operation).


1. What is the value threshold above which contract opportunities are advertised by your organisation?


2. Please provide the following details for each medium sized opportunity (£25,000 - or figure stated in question 1 - to £164,000) that has been advertised during the period:
I. What is the date of publication and product / service category?
II. How many expressions of interest were received?
III. How many expressions of interest were made by SMEs (please provide number or state ‘not known’)?
IV. How many bids were received?
V. How many of the bids were from SMEs (please provide number or state ‘not known’)?
VI. What is the estimated contract value?
VII. Was the successful supplier an SME? (please state if ‘not known’)?
VIII. Has a contract awards notice been published on Contracts Finder?

 

Response:

1. The information requested can be found on the below link
https://procontract.due-north.com/ContractsRegister

 

2.

I. The information requested can be found on the below link
https://procontract.due-north.com/ContractsRegister

 

II. The information requested can be found on the below link
https://procontract.due-north.com/ContractsRegister

 

III. The information requested can be found on the below link
https://procontract.due-north.com/ContractsRegister

 

IV. See attached spreadsheet

 

V. See attached spreadsheet

 

VI. The information requested can be found on the below link
https://procontract.due-north.com/ContractsRegister

 

VII. The information requested can be found on the below link
https://procontract.due-north.com/ContractsRegister

 

VIII. The information requested can be found on the below link
https://procontract.due-north.com/ContractsRegister

 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3341
Request Date: 10/11/2017

Question:

We believe your authority will facilitate a visit by the "Coca-Cola Christmas Truck" between November 11th 2017 and December 17th 2017.

Under the Freedom of Information Act we therefore request the following information:

1) Who decided to approve this visit? Please provide a brief summary of the decision making process?

2) A total and breakdown of costs to your authority of facilitating this visit (to include, but not limited to, staff time and wages, security, extra street-cleaning, marketing (including social media))

3) Details of any gifts/free items given to WCC staff or councillors including beverages.

4) Did/will the authority give anything 'in kind' to Coca-Cola employees or its agents (including parking) and what would have been the cost of this?

5) Did/will the authority pass on any charges etc to Coca-Cola or its agents.

6) Please provide copies of any marketing materials / press releases used to promote the visit including on social media.

7) Please confirm if your authority is responsible for public health in your area and, if so, what does it spend on campaigns promoting healthy lifestyles per annum.

Response:

1) The 'Coca-Cola Christmas Truck' event in Morpeth was organised by Morpeth Town Team, event organiser Medi Parry-Williams, Morpeth Town Team, Management Suite, Lumley House, Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1NS. The County Council did not organise the event and was not part of the decision making process for the event.

2) Northumberland County Council has waived the £500 administration charge to Morpeth Town Team for putting in place the road closure, but recharged £440 in relation to actual costs incurred for traffic management.

3) None

4) The Council has allowed the event organisers to put in place park and ride arrangements for the event from the Council headquarters at County Hall, Morpeth. These arrangements are standard practice for any community events taking place in the town centre and no costs are incurred by the Council.

5) See response to 2) above.

6) Not applicable

7) Yes, Northumberland County Council has a responsibility for public health within Northumberland. Within the PH ring-fenced grant, there is no specific budget for campaigns to promote healthy lifestyles. The promotion of healthy lifestyles is incorporated into a number of larger service specifications such as the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme and commissioned sexual health service; we do not stipulate as part of those commissioning arrangements how much should be spent on this particular aspect of the service and so do not hold that information.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3342
Request Date: 10/11/2017

Question:

Earlier this year a traveller child from a family known to me was removed and taken into care on the basis of false information, with no investigation or proper enquiry. The child was returned to his family when it went to court and the truth became clear, but it took a lot of effort and anxiety to make that happen.

This case and others have caused some anxiety and resentment among Gypsy and Traveller people across the country. In order to establish the facts and identify recent trends, can you please provide the following information:

In your local authority area, for each year for the last 5 years:

1. How many Gypsy / Traveller children have been removed from their families

2. How many of these children have later been returned to their birth families?

3. How many of these children have been placed for adoption or fostering by Gypsy or Traveller families?

4. How many of these children have been placed for adoption or fostering by non-Gypsy or Traveller families?

 

Response:

1. ​​Less than 5

2. 0

3. 0

4. Less than 5


Details:

Reference Number: 3343
Request Date: 10/11/2017

Question:

Please can you tell me whether foster carers are given extra money for the items/occasions below on top of their regular allowance or whether these things have to be paid for out of their regular allowance. Can you tell me the situation this year and on each of the last five years.
If extra payments are given, please also tell me how much is paid for these items? If the amount varies, please let me know what the minimum and maximum payment is for each of the items.


On mileage. As well as the payment per mile please also tell me if carers can claim all mileage. If not please tell me the number of miles a foster carer has to drive before they can claim mileage if such an arrangement is in place. Please also tell me what type of journeys carers can claim for ie travel without the child to training; travel without the child to meetings; travel to contact meetings with birth parents; travel with the child to meetings with social services etc).

 

Response:

A breakdown of local authority carer allowances and what is included and excluded is available on the council’s website.

 

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Children/Looked-after/Fostering.aspx#supportforfostercarers

 

Foster Carers Allowances Year 2012 - 2014

AGE RANGE

FOSTERING ALLOWANCE

0-4

125.09 per wk                

17.87 per day

5-10

142.52 per wk               

20.36 per day

11-15

177.38 per wk          

25.34 per day

16+

215.74 per wk

30.82 per day

 

Foster Carers Allowances Year 2014 - Present

AGE RANGE

FOSTERING ALLOWANCE

0-4

126.98 per wk

18.14 per day

5-10

144.69 per wk

20.67 per day

11-15

180.04 per wk

25.72 per day

16+

219.03 per wk

31.29 per day

 

Foster carers receive 1 weeks extra allowance for the child’s birthday and 1 weeks extra allowance for Christmas/cultural celebration.

 

Foster carers receive 2 weeks extra allowance for the summer holiday break.  Foster carers can claim mileage that is above and beyond day to day costs.

 

Allowances are calculated to cover, for example:

 
  • General maintenance including food, accommodation and related costs

  • Normal replacement of clothing

  • Normal transport associated with any child living within a family including transport to/from local schools

  • Involvement in clubs and activities



Details:

Reference Number: 3345
Request Date: 10/11/2017

Question:

How many IT users in total are there working for the Council?

How many of the following devices are currently in use at the Council, and what is their approximate Age?

 

Response:

See attachment.


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3346
Request Date: 13/11/2017

Question:

Can you provide me with a list of the costs incurred for cancelling internal and external contracts regarding the cancellation of plans to build a new council headquarters in Ashington.

Please can the information be broken down into the list of internal and external contractors / businesses / organisations that the council has signed agreements with and how much the council paid to cancel those contracts after the plans were scrapped.

Response:

Northumberland County Council can confirm nothing has been paid to date to any contractors for the cancellation of the scheme in question.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3347
Request Date: 13/11/2017

Question:

Enquiry to North and South Northumberland Coroner’s Offices
Section 28 reports issued to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Please can you advise, for the period between 1 July 2013 and 31 July 2017:

1) If the information is retrievable within the cost limits, how many inquests conducted by your office involved Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust?

2) How many Section 28 warning reports on action to prevent future deaths have you issued to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, as a named respondent?

Please give relevant the coroner’s identifying case numbers, date of issue and names of the deceased.

3) To how many of these Section 28 warning reports Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provide a written response?

4) How many of the Section 28 reports sent to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and how many of the written responses by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to Section 28, were forwarded to the Chief Coroner by your office?

5) What is your department’s procedure for ensuring that all Section 28 reports and responses to Section 28 reports are forwarded to the Chief Coroner? If there is a written protocol or policy governing this, please provide a copy.

 

Response:

1. The Coroner is an independent judicial officer who is not covered by the FOI Act. The Chief Coroner receives all Section 28 reports throughout the Country therefore you should direct this part of your request to the Chief Coroners Office directly. Their contact details are:

Office of the Chief Coroner
11th Floor – Thomas More Building
Royal Courts of Justice
London
WC2A 2LL

2. 0

3. 0

4. 0

5. It is mandatory that all Section 28 reports are sent to the Chief Coroner.


Details:

Reference Number: 3349
Request Date: 13/11/2017

Question:

Please can you send me a list of privately owned residential tower blocks (6 storeys and above) in your council area.


Please also include information on any cladding that is on the buildings and if this is made of aluminium composite material, if you have this information.

 

Response:

We do not have any residential tower blocks in Northumberland.


Details:

Reference Number: 3352
Request Date: 13/11/2017

Question:

I request the following information on the use of funding panels within the council’s adults’ services department. For the purpose of this request, we define a funding panel as a panel to which social workers present cases, in order to get agreement and funding for the care and support package a person may need.

1. Does the council use a funding panel to make any personal budget allocation decisions for adult social care?

2. Does the council have separate funding panels for different service user groups e.g. older people, learning disability? If yes, please list.

3. What panels were in place on 1 November 2010, 1 November 2011, 1 November 2012, 1 November 2013, 1 November 2014, 1 November 2015, 1 November 2016?

4. Does the funding panel consider residential care packages, domiciliary care packages, supported living packages, any other types of care? (Please list).

5. What is the financial threshold i.e. above what level of expenditure that requires a case to be considered by the panel? Please specify for each type of care.

6. Has this changed since the panel was set up? If so, when and from how much?

7. Does the panel consider new cases only, or reviews of existing care packages as well?

8. Does the council operate any funding panels in conjunction with other agencies e.g. the NHS? If yes, please list these agencies and the remit of these funding panels.

 

Response:

1. The council does not use funding panels of this sort.

2. No.

3. None.

4. Not applicable.

5. Not applicable.

6. Not applicable.

7. Not applicable.

8. No.


Details:

Reference Number: 3353
Request Date: 14/11/2017

Question:

Please provide details of the the number of students in schools in Northumberland, (both secondary and high) that are funded in year 14 through the normal funding mechanisms (for both academy and LEA schools). For comparison and ratios please provide the total number of students funded in year 13.

Response:

Currently (October 2017 census) we do not have any Year 14 pupils in any of our secondary or high schools. This includes both LA maintained schools and academies.

Post 16 pupils are not funded by the LA they are funded direct by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). Post 16 funding within schools/academies generally relates to a specific 2 year course of study in Year 12 and 13 respectively. Year 14 is not routinely funded by the EFA.

At the October 2017 census there are 1214 pupils in Year 13 in both LA maintained schools and academies.


Details:

Reference Number: 3354
Request Date: 14/11/2017

Question:

For the academic year 2016, so from September 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017,

1. Number of people aged 18 and under reported to be in possession of a knife on school premises (bladed article or pointed weapon), with a breakdown by age and district

2. Number of crimes reported related to knives on school grounds and a breakdown of each by description of crime, by district

3. Number of assaults or injuries reported on schools grounds related to knives by district

4. Please detail number of incidents reported on school premises where a weapon was seized, including age of child involved and description of weapon, ie such as bottles of acid discovered or assault by blunt weapon

Please could this also be broken down into;
To date from September 1, 2017 to October 11, 2017;
For the academic year 2015, and back to 2012

Response:

Schools will need to be contacted individually as these details are not recorded centrally.
 

Please see the schools contact details via the following link:

 

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

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3355
Request Date: 14/11/2017

Question:

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

2. How many sexual harassment complaints/allegations have been made by members of the public about council staff/contractors to your council in the last five financial years - 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

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

4. 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.

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

Response:

1.
2016-17 - one ​
2015-16 - none
2014-15 - one
2013-14 - none
2012-13 - none

​2. Nil. ​

3.​ ​
​2016-17 - one complaint was made against one man.​
2​014-15 - one complaint was made against one man​

4. Two men.

5.

​2016-17 - employee issued with a written warning.​
​2014-15 - employee was dismissed


Details:

Reference Number: 3356
Request Date: 15/11/2017

Question:

1. Please confirm:
a. The mean hourly ‘base rate’ of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2017/18 (i.e. total base rate spending divided by number of hours)

b. the mean hourly ‘average rate’ (i.e. factoring in supplements) of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2017/18 (i.e. total spending divided by total hours).

c. the planned mean hourly ‘base rate’ of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2018/19 (i.e. total base rate spending divided by number of hours)

d. the mean hourly ‘average rate’ (i.e. factoring in supplements) of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2018/19 (i.e. total spending divided by total hours).

e. The early years funding supplements available to providers in 2017/18 (e.g. quality, flexibility etc).

f. The early years funding supplements that will be available to providers in 2018/19.

2. Have you informed local providers of their 3- and 4-year old funding rates for 2018/19? If yes, when did you do so? If no, when do you intend to do so?

3. How many 30 hours codes have been:
a. issued
b. validated
in your local authority (as of the date of responding to this FoI)?

4. Have you received any formal parental complaints about the 30 hours? If so, please confirm how many were many in total, the general complaint categories (e.g. ‘inability to find a place’, ‘providers charging top-ups’ etc), and how many complaints fell under each category.

Response:

1. £4
b. £4.10
c. £4 (to be confirmed by School Forum Feb 18)
d. £4.10 (to be confirmed by School Forum Feb 18)
e. Deprivation
f. Deprivation

2. No - consultation will take place before the School forum meeting

3. a. 1720
b. 1411

4. There have been no formal complaints regarding 30 hours


Details:

Reference Number: 3357
Request Date: 15/11/2017

Question:

1. Over the last five years, how many social housing dwellings has your local authority demolished? Please can your provide an overall figure for each financial year from the 2012/2013 financial year, including this financial year to date?

2. Over the last five years, how many social housing dwellings have been disposed of by your local authority? Please can your provide an overall figure for each financial year from the 2012/2013 financial year, including this financial year to date?

Response:

1. Over the last 5 years we have only demolished d 4 properties 48,49,50 and 51 Alderley Way, Cramlington. and this was in 2014/15

2. Other than through RTB we have not disposed of any properties

2012/13 - 31 - RTB
2013/14 - 46-RTB
2014/15 - 53-RTB
2015/16 - 50 - 48 RTB and 5 demolished
2016/17 - 55-RTB
2017/18 to date - 23-RTB


Details:

Reference Number: 3358
Request Date: 15/11/2017

Question:

I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known, from 1/9/17 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/9/17 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.
10 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:

Northumberland County Council can confirm we have had two Public Health Funerals since 01/09/2017 and both had known relatives.


Details:

Reference Number: 3359
Request Date: 16/11/2017

Question:

I am writing to make a formal Freedom of Information request to see the minutes of the AGM held by board members of the Hexham BID program, of which three councillors are a member.

I believe this information is in the public interest due to several businesses who pay into the BID but were not present at the meeting as they were unaware it was taking place.

Response:

Northumberland County Council confirms that the information you have requested is available via the following the following link:
http://hexhambid.co.uk/end-of-year-accounts-2017/

The FOI request states that 'three councillors are a member', this information is incorrect, please note that the County Council is not on the Board of Directors of Hexham BID Company Ltd. The County Council is a member of the BID Company as a levy payer and has one membership registered.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3361
Request Date: 16/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am looking for information relating to the future of Haydon Bridge High School and its proposed sponsorship by Bright Tribe.

Please provide me with the correspondence that has been exchanged between the local authority, government, Bright Tribe and Interim Executive Board at Haydon Bridge regarding the school's future.

I am looking particularly for the most up-to-date correspondence, so please provide that which has been exchanged within the last year, up until the date this request is received, as a priority. If it is possible within the time limits, please provide correspondence from the present time back to December 2014.

Response:

Please see link to a report that was recently released, it covers the information requested in this FOI,

http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meeting.aspx?MeetID=9036


Details:

Reference Number: 3362
Request Date: 16/11/2017

Question:

Please could you send me information for nurseries, primary and secondary schools within the Northumberland LEA.

Please could you let me know energy supplier, annual consumption, annual spend and contract end dates for all schools involved within the report.

Please could you also include information of whether the contracts are organised via the LEA

Response:

Please see attached.

Please note - All contracts end on 31st March 2020.


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3363
Request Date: 16/11/2017

Question:

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from the local authority regarding the commissioning of smoking cessation services in your area:

Please provide the information asked for in the following questions:

1· If a smoking cessation service were to be commissioned in your area would it be your responsibility. If not, whose?

 

2· Do you currently commission smoking cessation services from community pharmacies in your area?

If yes:
· How many individual community pharmacies do you commission a smoking cessation service from in your area?
· What is the annual value of the commissioning contracts with community pharmacies in your area? 2015/16 & 2016/17
· What was the value of the contracts with community pharmacies in your area in 2013/14 & 2014/15?

 

3· Are there any plans to decommission, or reduce, smoking cessation services in your area in the next 12 months?

If no:
· In the last three years have smoking cessation services been decommissioned from community pharmacies in your area? If so, when and why?
· Do you commission the service to be delivered from another provider (other than a community pharmacy)? If so, which type of organisation?

Response:

1. Yes

 

2.  All pharmacies are offered the opportunity to deliver stop smoking in Northumberland. At time of writing, 64 are signed up to deliver a Stop Smoking Service, NRT voucher redemption service, or both.

 

. In 2015/16, £172,907 was spent on intermediate stop smoking advice and NRT and £169,793 in 2016/17.

. In 2013/14, £203,151 was spent on intermediate stop smoking advice and NRT and £162,742 in 2014/15.

 

3.  There are no plans to reduce or decommission stop smoking services in pharmacies in the next 12 months.

 

.  We commission stop smoking services from the local NHS Trust and GP practices.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3364
Request Date: 17/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide me with the gross cost of


a. bed and breakfast hotels and


b. all other temporary accommodation used to accommodate households that the council has a statutory responsibility to house, in 2016/17.

 

Response:

The figure cannot be broken down into the separate elements, so the overall figure for 2016/17 is £247,800


Details:

Reference Number: 3365
Request Date: 17/11/2017

Question:

Please send me for each of the financial years listed below:

- 2015-16
-2016-17
-2017-18 (Year to Date (YTD))

1. The total number of senior / executive roles recruited in your authority. For the purposes of this request senior / executive roles are defined as :
a. Chief Executive
b. Director / Service Director
c. Assistant Director
d. Head of Service

2. For the roles defined at 1. the number of
a. Permanent / FTC appointments
b. Interim / temporary appointments

3. For the roles defined at 1. the source of the appointed candidate being either
a. Directly sourced by your authority or
b. Sourced via your agency / managed service supply chain

4. The total spend associated with recruiting the total number of posts defined at 1.
a. For permanent / FTC appointments (spend is defined as spend on external agency search or search & selection fees, recruitment advertising costs and external assessor fees)
b. For interim / temporary appointments (spend is defined as the total spend on interim fees including day rate plus agency margin)

If it is not possible to break out spend by a. and b. above please provide total spend.

Response:

2015-16

1. The total number of senior / executive roles recruited in your authority. For the purposes of this request senior / executive roles are defined as :
a. Chief Executive
b. Director / Service Director
c. Assistant Director
d. Head of Service - 1

2. For the roles defined at 1. the number of
a. Permanent / FTC appointments - 1 appointment of the above head of service post was a 3 month FTC which was then advertised on a permanent basis within the next financial year.
b. Interim / temporary appointments

3. For the roles defined at 1. the source of the appointed candidate being either
a. Directly sourced by your authority or - role was directly sourced
b. Sourced via your agency / managed service supply chain

4. The total spend associated with recruiting the total number of posts defined at 1. Unknown
a. For permanent / FTC appointments (spend is defined as spend on external agency search or search & selection fees, recruitment advertising costs and external assessor fees)
b. For interim / temporary appointments (spend is defined as the total spend on interim fees including day rate plus agency margin)

2016-17

1. The total number of senior / executive roles recruited in your authority. For the purposes of this request senior / executive roles are defined as :
a. Chief Executive
b. Director / Service Director - 1
c. Assistant Director
d. Head of Service - 1

2. For the roles defined at 1. the number of
a. Permanent / FTC appointments - Head of service appointment was a 6 fixed term contract. Service Director was permanent
b. Interim / temporary appointments

3. For the roles defined at 1. the source of the appointed candidate being either
a. Directly sourced by your authority or - the roles were directly sourced
b. Sourced via your agency / managed service supply chain

4. The total spend associated with recruiting the total number of posts defined at 1. Unknown
a. For permanent / FTC appointments (spend is defined as spend on external agency search or search & selection fees, recruitment advertising costs and external assessor fees)
b. For interim / temporary appointments (spend is defined as the total spend on interim fees including day rate plus agency margin)

2017-18 - Following the departure of the Chief Executive, the Deputy Chief Executive become Interim Chief Executive and then was appointed on a permanent basis following a recruitment and restructure process of the organisations senior management team.

1. The total number of senior / executive roles recruited in your authority. For the purposes of this request senior / executive roles are defined as :
a. Chief Executive
b. Director / Service Director -
c. Assistant Director
d. Head of Service

2. For the roles defined at 1. the number of
a. Permanent / FTC appointments
b. Interim / temporary appointments

3. For the roles defined at 1. the source of the appointed candidate being either
a. Directly sourced by your authority or
b. Sourced via your agency / managed service supply chain

4. The total spend associated with recruiting the total number of posts defined at 1.
a. For permanent / FTC appointments (spend is defined as spend on external agency search or search & selection fees, recruitment advertising costs and external assessor fees)
b. For interim / temporary appointments (spend is defined as the total spend on interim fees including day rate plus agency margin)


Details:

Reference Number: 3366
Request Date: 17/11/2017

Question:

I am interested in the numbers of young children being accommodated by the local authority's social services under section 17 of the Children Act 1989.

In answering all these requests, please include children accommodated by your local authority both within your local authority area AND in other local authority areas, if applicable. Please DO NOT include children accommodated by other local authorities within your local authority area.

Please do not include households where a woman is pregnant but does not yet have dependent children.

Please give figures as at November 16 (the date of this request). If this is not possible please give figures for the nearest possible date and specify what that date is.

Please note these questions do not refer to looked after children, but to children accommodated by social services with their own families – for example the children of adults with no recourse to public funds.

Please could you tell me:

(1) How many children under 5 (i.e. aged 0-4) are currently accommodated with their families by the local authority's social services, on the grounds of support for a child in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989?

(2) How many of these children aged 0-4 are housed in B&Bs (bed and breakfasts) or hostel-style accommodation?

(3) How many children of all ages are currently accommodated with their families by the local authority's social services on the grounds described in (1), with the definition of children being anyone aged under 18?

Response:

(1) Less than 5

(2) 0 children

(3) Less than 5


Details:

Reference Number: 3367
Request Date: 17/11/2017

Question:

Please find below a number of questions in relation to the delivery of youth service at the East Centre. Prudhoe.

On 30/11/2016 Northumberland Youth Service submitted a request for grant funding to Prudhoe Town Council, this freedom of information request relates to that grant funding application, along with the delivery of youth services at the East Centre in Prudhoe.

“Northumberland Youth Service West Area are asking that the Town Council will part-fund detached/outreach sessions on Thursday and Friday evenings to a level of 50%, with the balance of the cost to be met by the Youth Charity Shop. The work will involve a three-hour detached/outreach session on each night, provided by two members of staff, with all on costs included in the cost indicated. During particularly inclement weather Prudhoe East Centre might be used on a Friday evening rather than working on the street but duration / staffing levels will remain unchanged”.

Q. How many sessions have been delivered since April 2017?

Q. How many members of staff have delivered sessions on each of the required nights?

Q. How many young people have been engaged as part of the detached sessions since April 2017?

Q. How are the young people identified for detached sessions? (i.e walkabout, referral from police or other body?)

Q. How many requests from other bodies have been received for detached work? (i.e how many calls from police or other bodies for detached intervention).

Q. If all sessions have not been delivered, why not?

Extract from the Grant Funding Request of 30/11/16 to PTC;

“Request is made to The Town Council to fund a single three hour Junior / Project Night session each week. This will take place on Thursday evenings”.

Q. How many sessions have been delivered since April 2017?

Q. How many young people have attended Junior/Project Night sessions on average each session?

Q. How many members of staff deliver Junior/Project Night sessions?

Q. What does the centre to do ensure inclusion and differentiation for young people attending these sessions?

Extract from the Grant Funding Request of 30/11/16 to PTC;

“The continued funding by the Town Council offering 10 hours work per week of additional Youth Worker support”.

Q. Have the additional 10 hours per week been utilised?

Q. If not, why not?

Q. If not, how many hours have been utilised each week?

Q. What have the additional hours been used for?

Q. How many young people have received support by way of these additional hours?

Extract from the Grant Funding Request of 30/11/16 to PTC;

“This post includes the responsibility of servicing the Town Council’s Young People’s Forum”.

Q. The Young Peoples Forum meets bi-monthly. Forums should have been held in May, July, September, with further planned sessions in November and January. How many young people’s forums have been held in this funding period?

Q. If not all forums have been held, why not?

Q. How many young people have attended the forums? (Any young person between the ages of 9-19 who lives in the Prudhoe Area is welcome to attend the Youth Forum).

Q. Who else and from what organisation have attended the forums? Please specify who ‘should’ attend to who ‘actually’ has attended.

Q. What issues have been identified as part of the young people’s forum?

Q. What action has been taken to resolve or implement any changes or recommendations made by people at the young people’s forum?

Extract from the Grant Funding Request of 30/11/16 to PTC;

‘Discretionary Funding’

“Summer + Holiday Programme – additional finance to ensure that the East Centre can offer holiday opening (as with the previous year) and can resource an exciting and varied programme”.

Q. What programmes have been delivered over school holiday periods, (Easter 7th April to 24th April, 1⁄2 term 26th May to 5th June, Summer 21st July to 5th September, 1⁄2 term 20th October to 30th October) ?

Q. How many young people have attended sessions during these programmes? How are these programmes promoted?

“Boxing Club – To ensure appropriately qualified staff can continue to provide a safe and
developmental environment for an increasingly popular club”.

Q. How many members does the Boxing Club have?

Q. How many sessions have been held this funding period?

Contribution to the Prudhoe Young People’s “Wish List”, enabling Young People to apply for small grants for a range of activities/resources”

Q. How is the Young People’s Wish List publicised?

Q. How many ‘wishes’ have been applied for this funding period?

Q. How many ‘wishes’ have been successful in this funding period?

Q. What kinds of ‘wishes’ are your people applying for funding for?

“Trips/Visits – Ensuring an additional trip/visit is available to each group (senior/junior) which can be used outside the holiday periods”

Q. How many trips/visits have been carried out this funding period? Q. How many young people have attended each trip/visit?

Q. What kind of trips/visits have been carried out?

“Project Work – Specifically targeted work in response to a defined need. This may for example be relating to the motor project initiative (trip to a motoring event), skaters, C-Card, Arts, Community Workshop Projects”.

Q. How many projects have been carried out?

Q. What projects have been successfully completed?

Q. How do you identify a ‘defined need’ for a project?

Q. How many young people have undertaken projects?

Q. How are ‘projects’ publicised to a wider audience of young people, not just those attending the centre?

“Contribution to Tynedale Youth Forum. This includes the activity residential, bringing together young people from Prudhoe to access various activities including a summer residential, The World at Work event and Tynedale Youth Awards. Each young person is awarded a voucher at the Award events for their efforts”.

Q. How many young people from Prudhoe have undertaken activities or worked as part of the Tynedale Youth Forum?

General Questions

Q. How many hours per week is the East Centre accessible to young people?

Q. How is the programme, events and services of the East Centre publicised?

Q. Does the East Centre have a website or facebook page? If not why not?

Q. How do members of staff ensure inclusion within the sessions that they run?

Q. How do members of staff ensure that the sessions provided either events or drop in are accessible for all young people?

Q. Are members of staff trained to deal with children/young people with special educational needs (SEN)?

Q. How many children/young people attend the centre who have SEN requirements?

Q. Does the centre provide any specialist events for children/young people with SEN requirements?

Q. How does the centre support children/young people with mental health problems?

Q. What training have staff received to provide support for children/young people with mental health problems?

Q. How do and where do staff refer or signpost children/young people with mental health problems?

Q. Does the centre have a safeguarding policy? If so, please provide a copy.

Q. What training/development have members of staff received on safeguarding?

Q. Who would lead on safeguarding issues at the centre?

Q. Does the centre and youth provision fall within the requirements of the PREVENT duty
under Part 5 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015? (Part 5 Risk of being drawn into terrorism, Chapter 1 Preventing people being drawn into terrorism, Chapter 2 Support etc for people vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism).

Q. If so, have staff been trained on PREVENT?

Q. If so, how is this implemented within the centre and monitored?

Q. How does the service provided at the centre meet the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010 in respect of the three aims of the general equality duty;
(a) Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act?
(b) Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not?
(c) Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not?

Q. How does the service provided at the centre meet the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010 in respect of the activities or services offered at the centre with the aim of;
(a) Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics?
(b) Taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people?
(c) Encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low?

 

Response:

See attachment


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3368
Request Date: 17/11/2017

Question:

1. does your local authority use a bespoke IT software system to record/manage social care activities i.e. case management system for adult & children services ?

2. if no, is there ongoing planning to purchase a bespoke software system or develop in house system in the near future?

3. Describe the brief information of the current software system in use ?

4. what is the name of the software system (product name) and which company is it purchased from?

5. is this software system purchased outrightly or on contractual basis ? specify details.

6. what was the total capital cost of purchasing or developing this software system ?

7. What are the ongoing development and maintenance costs since purchase (annually)?

8. what is the structure of technical team managing this software system ?

Response:

1. Yes, in both children's and adult social care services, we use IT systems designed to support these specific statutory functions.

2. Not applicable.

3. Current software systems provide an electronic record system to assist case and information management for adults and children’s social work.

4. ICS, purchased from Liquid Logic (Children’s Services); and Swift, now supported by OLM (Adult Services)

5. Both software systems are purchased on a contractual basis.

6. Purchasing and development of Swift cost £252,000 in 2002.

The initial cost of ICS in 2007, covering implementation, software and the first year’s maintenance was £144,000.

7. The ongoing annual licensing and support fees cost £35,776 (Children’s services) and £85,850 (Adult Services).

8. There is no dedicated technical team for the support of ICS or Swift.


Details:

Reference Number: 3370
Request Date: 17/11/2017

Question:

Mencap wants to find out more about the employment support commissioned by local authorities. By employment support, we mean to prepare for work and to find employment. We are interested in the provision of employment support for disabled people, and in particular that for people with a learning disability.

The information we would like to get is:

Employment support commissioned and/ or provided by the local authority

1. What employment support services does your local authority provide for people with a learning disability? Please include both provision that is run directly by your local authority or a provider commissioned by your local authority.

a. For each of these employment support services, what criteria does a person need to fulfil to access that provision? For example:
(i) Do they need to be known to social services?
(ii) Do they need to be receiving adult social care services?
(iii) Is eligibility informed by whether a person has had an EHCP or legacy statement in the past?
(iv) Do they need to be of a certain age group? If so, please specify.
(v) Do they need to be in receipt of ESA?
(vi) Do they need to have a particular disability, such as a learning disability?
(vii) Do they need to meet a number of different criteria to access the provision?
(viii) Do they have to meet any other eligibility criteria?

Please send us a full list of any criteria used to determine who is able to access employment services, and which support services provided or commissioned by your local authority this applies to.

2. Have any of the criteria for any of the provisions changed – comparing the years 2010/2011 or 2012/2013 and 2016/2017?

 

Response:

1.    Northumberland County Council (NCC) provides a range of employment support for unemployed people with disabilities and long term health conditions, including those with learning disabilities, e.g. apprenticeships; study programmes; job clubs for the unemployed; and support to people experiencing a range of mental health conditions.  We have summarised below services for people with disabilities and long term health conditions, such as learning disabilities, as we understand this to be the focus of your request.

 

DWP Work Programme

 

The Learning and Skills Service delivers the DWP "Work Programme" contract in Northumberland as a sub-contractor to People Plus. The programme provides one to one coaching and support for clients who are mandated to the programme from the Job Centre. The service accepts referrals for all clients, regardless of their circumstances or disability or learning disability status.  Clients will be claimants of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group. For any clients who enter work, employment support from the team continues: usually up to a maximum of an additional one year or 18 months for clients in harder to help groups e.g. those with disability or learning disability.

 

Generation North East

 

The Learning and Skills Service also delivers  "Generation North East" which is a local programme of employment support, coaching and introductions to local businesses funded by the Cabinet Office.  Participants need to be 16-24 and claiming JSA or Universal Credit (UC).

 

Supported Employment and Education Service

 

Under a partnership arrangement with the council Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust operates a Supported Employment and Education Service (“SEEdS”) for people with disabilities, including learning disabilities.

 

Participants either self-refer or are referred by a care manager, social worker, Disability Employment Officer or others who may be involved with the person to help them to prepare for employment.  The service offers

·         a work placement or volunteering as preparation for paid work, (particularly where there is limited understanding of what paid work entails or low confidence)

·         short-term support with travel and in the workplace followed by regular meetings and telephone contact as required or as necessary to sustain the placement after this

·         support to compile/update CVs, to look for and apply for paid work and interview support if needed

·         in-work support when an individual secures paid employment.

 

Skills courses and other employment support

 

The Learning and Skills Service also offers a programme of skills courses, Job Clubs and intensive Employability Skills Training for unemployed people aged 16+. If the learner is 16-18, and does not have A*-C passes in English and Maths at GCSE they will also be required to undertake English and Maths training in addition to their skills course, job club or employability training.

 

a.   This information is set out in the table below.

Question

Work Programme

Generation North East

Seeds

Skills courses, etc.

Do they need to be known to social services?

No

No

No

No

Do they need to be receiving adult social care services?

No

No

No

No

Is eligibility informed by whether a person has had an EHCP or legacy statement in the past?

No

(Eligibility is determined by the DWP)

No

(Eligibility is determined by the Cabinet Office)

No

No

(Eligibility is determined by the ESFA)

Do they need to be of a certain age group?

18+

16-24

16+

16+

Do they need to be in receipt of ESA

Yes or JSA

No

No

No

Do they need to have a particular disability, such as a learning disability?

No

No

No

No

Do they need to meet a number of different criteria to access the provision? Do they have to meet any other eligibility criteria?

Yes – eligibility is determined by the DWP

Yes – eligibility is determined according to Cabinet Office requirements

 

No

Yes – eligibility is determined according to ESFA requirements

 

 

More information about eligibility criteria for the above programmes is available on the following links:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/work-programme-dwp-provider-guidance

https://generationne.co.uk/customer/about-us

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/654194/2017-18_Adult_education_budget_funding_and_performance_management_rules_.._.pdf

 

2.    The Work Programme contracts are ending nationally and DWP /Job Centres will not make further new referrals to this programme.  The programme will be replaced in 2018 with the new Work and Health Programme. Eligibility and support in this programme will be different to current and past years.

 

Generation North East, the skills courses, Job Clubs and intensive employability skills training were not delivered by the service prior to 2015/16.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3371
Request Date: 17/11/2017

Question:

1. Has the Council conducted any ‘Public Health Act Funerals since 16/10/17 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

John Gebbie

23/05/1950

Single

N/A

11/10/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Next of kin found.

Monica Mary Fullen

24/03/1965

Single

N/A

21/10/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Next of kin found.

Graham Peter Beale

17/12/1947

Single

N/A

20/10/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Next of kin found.

Janos Balazs

17/05/1958

Married

N/A

12/11/2017

N/A

Not to be referred. Next of kin found.

 

3.  Northumberland County Council have dealt with 6 other similar Freedom of Information requests since the time scale outlined in Q1.

4.  We have not 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.


We are refusing the address information since we consider that the exemption under Section 31(1)(a) applies.

We consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Exemptions

31 Law enforcement.

(1) Information which is not exempt information by virtue of section 31 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: 3372
Request Date: 17/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act I request the following information relating to allegations of child sexual abuse by staff members at boarding schools, that were reported to your local authority since the introduction of the Local Authority Designated Officer role in 2007.

If this request will take longer than the approved number of research hours to complete an FOI request, then please amend this request to only provide details relating to allegations that have been reported to you since Jan 1st 2012.

For ease I have included the list of boarding schools (and their addresses) that fall under the jurisdiction of your Local Authority.

For clarity, I can confirm the information you provide will be only used to provide national statistics, and the specific information provided by your local authority will not be examined or broadcast in isolation.

1) How many school staff have been accused of the sexual abuse of a pupil from the boarding schools listed below since the introduction of the Local Authority Designated Officer role in 2007?

This figure will relate only to incidents which were reported to your local authority/ LADO, and ‘since 2007’ refers to when reported to you, rather than when the alleged incident took place

2) This information should be broken down by case and should include:

a) The year the alleged incident was reported to the Local Authority/LADO (calendar year)

b) The year the alleged incident took place (calendar year(s)

c) The job title of the accused staff member, to be limited to ‘teacher’ or ‘non-teacher’

d) What was the judgment made during the allegation management meeting? Options include unfounded, unsubstantiated or substantiated, or add another as needed (NB: specific details of further actions followed are included in questions below)

e) During the investigation into the allegation, or following its conclusion, did the council/LADO or school report the alleged incident to the police (answers should be ‘yes’ or ‘no’).

f) Was the staff member suspended as a result of the incident (answers should be ‘yes’ ‘no’ or 'don't know').

g) Was the staff member disciplined or given a written warning as a result of the incident (answers should be 'no', 'disciplined', 'written warning' or 'don't know').

h) Was the staff member given further training as a result of the incident (answers should be ‘yes’ , ‘no’ or don't know').

i) Was the staff member dismissed as a result of the incident (answers should be ‘yes’ , ‘no’ or 'don't know').

j) Did the Local Authority/LADO or school send a referral to the Disclosure and barring service about this incident (answers should be ‘yes’ , ‘no’ or 'don't know').

For ease I have attached an excel spreadsheet which can be used, or used as a guide example of how best to clearly provide the information requested in question 2.

List of Boarding schools within Local Authority:
Longridge Towers School,Cornhill Road, Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom, TD15 2XQ
Mowden Hall School, Newton Stocksfield, Northumberland, United Kingdom, NE43 7TP

 

Response:

Less than 5 - unable to provide further information as it could be identifiable.


Details:

Reference Number: 3373
Request Date: 17/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information from your authority on the number of empty homes:

1. How many private sector homes are currently deemed as long-term vacant in your local authority i.e. have been empty for over six months?

2. How many of these properties have been vacant for over a) two years b) five years and c) ten years?

3. In the year 2016-2017 how many empty homes have been brought into use? (By that I mean are now occupied)

4. How many Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOS) has your authority used in 2017 to date; 2016; 2015; 2014 and 2013? Please could I have this information broken down by calendar year?

 

Response:

1. Empty Homes from November 2017 (this does not include furnished empties or exemption properties or those removed from valuation):
1765 (6 months +).

2. 563 of these are + 2 years. Housing Services do not hold specific data to enable us to breakdown this information any further. We have therefore passed this part of your request onto our Council Tax Department, who will provide the further information when available in a separate response.

3. 178.

4. There have been no EDMO's in 2013-2016. In 2017 to date we have 10 Interim EDMO.


Details:

Reference Number: 3375
Request Date: 17/11/2017

Question:

Forced marriage:

For each of the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, please can you disclose:

1a. The number of reports received by the local authority relating to forced marriages or suspected forced marriages.

2a. The age of the youngest victim of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage.

3a. The number of victims of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage who were aged 15 or under.

4a. The number of victims of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage who were pregnant or had any children when they were aged 15 or under.

5a. The number of victims of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage who were pregnant or had any children when they were aged 17 or under.

6a. The number of care proceedings undertaken by the local authority relating to forced marriages.

7a. The number of care proceedings undertaken by the local authority relating to victims of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage who were pregnant or had any children when they were aged 15 or under.

8a. The number of care proceedings undertaken by the local authority relating to the children had by victims of forced marriage.

9a. The number of times the local authority reported to the police the father of the children had by victims of forced marriage.

Risk of forced marriage:

For each of the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, please can you disclose:

1b. The number of reports received by the local authority relating to those at risk of forced marriages.

2b. The number of care proceedings undertaken by the local authority relating to those at risk of forced marriages.

3b. The age of the youngest victim at risk of a forced marriage.

4b. The number of victims at risk of a forced marriages who were aged 15 or under.

5b. The number of victims at risk of a forced marriages who were aged 17 or under.

Response:

Forced marriage:
 

1a. Reports relating to forced marriage or suspected false marriage
 

2012/13 - Less than five*
2013/14 - None
2014/15 - None
2015/16 - None
2016/17 - None

*We have not given numbers less than 5 as they may be personally identifiable.

2a. We have not given this information as it may be personally identifiable.

3a. See 2a

4a. Not known

5a. Not known

6a. Not known

7a. Not known

8a. Not known

9a. Not known

Risk of forced marriage:

1b. Reports relating to people at risk of forced marriage

2012/13 - None
2013/14 - None
2014/15 - None
2015/16 - Less than five*
2016/17 - None

*We have not given numbers less than 5 as they may be personally identifiable.
2b. None.

3b. Over 18.


4b. None.

5b. None.


Details:

Reference Number: 3376
Request Date: 17/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information:

Does your council currently provide a meals on wheels service? If not but your council did used to provide one, in what year was the service axed?

How many meals on wheels were distributed by your council in 2016/17, and each of the last five financial years?

How many users of your meals on wheels service were registered in 2012/13 and how many are registered now in 2016/17?

What was the cost of a meal to users in 2012 and what is the cost now in 2017?

Response:

1. The local authority has not operated a "meals on wheels" service since the council came into existence in its current form as a unitary authority in 2009.

2. The council did not itself distribute meals on wheels after 2009 (see the response to question 1 above). However it did until 2011/12 subsidise through grant aid two schemes provided by local voluntary organisations. This subsidy ended in 2012/13. The number of people receiving a subsidised service in each year is shown in the table below; it had been falling over the period before the subsidy ended and it had become increasingly common for people to receive support with meals in different ways, using a number of different partnership arrangements, including direct arrangements with small local providers and other arrangements supported through personal budgets..

 

The number of meals delivered

2009/10

38,500

2010/11

28,900

2011/12

12,200

2012/13

0

2013/14

0

2014/15

0


3.

People receiving meal services

2009/10

370

2010/11

240

2011/12

155

2012/13

10

2013/14

0

2014/15

0


During 2012/13 and 2016/17 the council did not have a meals on wheel service (see 1 and 2 above). The figures in this table above show the number of people who received meal services from the voluntary sector provider schemes which were grant-aided by the Council. There are now an increasing range of meals services arranged independently of the Council for the usage of which we do not have figures.

4. In the years before 2012/13 when the Council grant-aided voluntary sector meals services, it had an agreement with the organisations concerned about the charge made to recipients of the meals, which in the years 2009/10 – 2012/13 was set at £2.50 per meal. Charges for all other meal services are arranged between individual consumers and their chosen provider.


Details:

Reference Number: 3377
Request Date: 20/11/2017

Question:

We are conducting a short piece of research for a new public relations and marketing client that is interested in bidding for public sector contracts.

Part 1

1. Does your department currently use a private company to undertake any of the following services:
• Public Relations
• Social Media Communications
• External Stakeholder Communications
• Internal Stakeholder Communications.

2. If yes, can you please confirm:
• When the current contract was last let
• When the current contract expires
• Whether the current contract has options to extend its length
• When you expect to re-tender the contract.

3. If no (to question 1 above), are you considering letting such a contract in the future and if so, do you have an approximate timetable for engaging the market?

Part 2

4. Have you used a private company to help you with any other marketing or public information campaigns in the past 2 years?

5. If so, could you please provide a brief overview of what those campaigns were about and approximately how long your contract with the company was for to support the campaign(s)?

Response:

Part 1

1. No
2. N/A
3. No

Part 2

4. Yes
5. Advertorials promoting the work/success of the council in Northumberland based newspapers. Length of contract approx three months.


Details:

Reference Number: 3378
Request Date: 20/11/2017

Question:

Local authorities are in the process of transferring all children and young people with statements of special educational need (SSEN) over to the new SEND system.

I would like to request the following information:

• As of 10th November 2017, how many SSEN transfers had yet to be completed in your local authority?

o “Completed” here means either that an EHCP is now in place, or that a decision not to produce an EHCP has been communicated to the family.

o If you have already collected this information for an earlier cut-off date within the last month (for example, 31st October 2017 rather than 10th November 2017), please use that cut-off date if it is more efficient for you to do so - but in your response, please specify the cut-off date you used.

Response:

Number to be COMPLETED at 10th November 2017 - 200


Details:

Reference Number: 3379
Request Date: 20/11/2017

Question:

I am interested in doing a cross council survey on "Analyst" jobs and also jobs involving a spatial component (GIS) and how much value council's put on them in the North East, as compared to other parts of the country.

Accordingly may I have copies of job descriptions for the following, and salary ranges for the posts. I am happy to receive electronic copies in any common format:

Officers with the following roles either in their jobs, or as part of a team. e.g. A GIS officer, or a reseracher in the GIS team for example:

GIS
Intelligence
Research
Analyst
Spatial Analysts
Investigation
Gazetteer Custodians
LLPG Officers
LSG

Response:

We have one role with GIS in the title

GIS & Land Ownership Officer - Band 5 (£20,456 - £22,434)
Intelligence Officer - Band 8 (£30,480 - £34,196)
Senior Research Officer - Band 7 (£26,556 - £29,854)

See attached job descriptions.


Details:

Reference Number: 3381
Request Date: 20/11/2017

Question:

I would like to request the following information:

Operational Delivery Area 2 Fires - 2014/15 total and 2016/2017 total.

I would also like to ask for information on 2nd pump and 3rd pump attendance times within area 2.

 

Response:

Operational Delivery Area 2 Fires - 2014/15 = 677
Operational Delivery Area 2 Fires - 2016/17 = 769

All Fires (hh:mm:ss)

Second    Third    
2014/15    00:13:22    00:15:49    
2016/17    00:13:37    00:17:23


Details:

Reference Number: 3382
Request Date: 20/11/2017

Question:

UNICEF are attempting to get a clearer picture of refugee children’s access to education across England, Scotland and Wales, and to understand the barriers children face in accessing education. They have commissioned Refugee Support Network to conduct a study to this end. The study will also document examples of good practice in helping children access education, sometimes in the most difficult of circumstances, across a variety of Local Authorities, Schools and voluntary sector organisations. Alongside these FOI requests, we will also be conducting expert interviews with key stakeholders from across the UK, and carrying out focus group discussions with unaccompanied refugee children.

Priority 1:
If, due to the cost threshold, it is not possible to provide responses to all questions, questions 1-4 are the priority questions.

1) a) How many UASC entered into care in your Local Authority in the last academic year (2016-17)? b) Of these, how many were in education at the end of the school year 2016-17?

2) Of the UASC who entered into care in the last academic year and entered into education in the last academic year (i.e. response to Q1b), how many:

Started education within 20 days
Started education between 21 days - 3 months
Started education after 3 months or more

Entering education at primary level
Entering education at secondary level
Entering education at FE or sixth form level

3) How many UASC in the care of your LA are currently out of education?

4) Of the UASC in the care of your LA currently out of education, how many have been waiting for an education placement for more than 20 days?

Priority 2:
If within the cost threshold, answers to the following questions would also be much appreciated:

1. How many of the UASC in the care of your Local Authority are currently in education, in a) primary school; b) secondary school; c) School Sixth Form; d) Further Education up to the end of Key Stage 4; e) Further Education Key Stage 5 and beyond; f) Pupil Referral Unit, f) alternate provision?

2. What is the total number of a) primary schools; b) secondary schools; c) school sixth forms; d) FE colleges; e) PRUs are there in your LA?

3. How many a) primary schools; b) secondary schools; c) school sixth forms; d) FE colleges; e) PRUs in your LA are providing places for refugee and asylum seeking children?

 

Response:

Priority 1

1) 4
b) 4 (3 in tuition, 1 in school)

2)
3
1
0
0
1
3

3) 0

4) 0

Priority 2

1.
a) 0
b) 0
c) 0
d) 0
e) 0 4
f) 0
f) 0

2.
a) 126
b) 35
c) 15
d) 1
e) 1


3. 3 in College in Newcastle, 1 in 6th form in Scotland

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3383
Request Date: 20/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information on teaching staff and social care workers taking sick leave due to mental health-related illnesses (such as stress, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc.)

By teaching staff I am referring to teaching staff at local authority-run primary and secondary schools in your area. I would like the information for all teachers and teaching assistance staff. This includes: teaching assistants, NQTs, teachers, middle management, senior management and head teachers.

By social care staff I am referring to staff employed by your council working in adult social care.

Please could I have information on:

1.
a) The total number of teaching staff employed at local-authority run schools in your area in the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17?

b) The number of calendar days teaching staff have taken off due to mental health-related illnesses in the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17?

c) The number of teaching staff who have taken a period of leave due to mental health-related illnesses of one month or more in the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17

2.
a) The number of social care staff employed by your council in the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17

b) The total number of calendar days that social care staff have taken off due to mental health-related illnesses in the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17

c) The number of social care staff who have taken a period of leave due to mental health-related illnesses of one month or more in the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17

 

Response:

1.
a) Each school keeps their own information.

b) Each school keeps their own information.

c) Each school keeps their own information.

2.
a) As at 31 March:
2013/14 - 1,161
2014/15 - 1,147
2015/16 - 1,080
2016/17 - 1,150

b) Unable to provide figures prior to 1 April 2014 due to changes in payroll system.
2014/15 - 8190
2015/16 - 7457
2016/17 - 8845

c)

2015/16 and 2016/17
2013/14 - 32
2014/15 - 51
2015/16 - 62
2016/17 - 67

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3384
Request Date: 20/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information from your authority on homelessness amongst 18-24 year olds.

I possible, please could you provide information using the template spreadsheet attached.

I would like to request the information in questions 1-3 for the last two years, broken down into quarters:

1st October – 31st December 2015
1st January – 31st March 2016
1st April – 30th June 2016
1st July – 30th September 2016
1st October – 31st December 2016
1st January – 31st March 2017
1st April – 30th June 2017
1st July – 30th September 2017

Within your local authority, how many 18-24 year olds:

1. Presented themselves as homeless, or at risk of homelessness

2. Were subsequently assessed under the Housing Act 1996

3. Were subsequently accepted as statutorily homeless and owed a duty

Response:

See attachment


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3385
Request Date: 20/11/2017

Question:

I am writing to make a request for all the information that I am entitled to under the Freedom of Information Act (2000). Please send me the following information held in relation to the implementation of the Zoo Licensing Act by your authority:

For all licensed premises, a copy of the current zoo license, showing all conditions.

For all licensed premises, a copy of all zoo inspectors’ reports (Formal, informal and special) produced since 2011, with dates completed.

For all premises a copy of all reports produced by your officers since 2011 during their annual zoo inspections, and dates completed.

For all exempted premises (as approved under 14.1.a of the zoo licensing act) a copy of their most recent inspection report, with date, by your officer and a copy of the original letter submitted requesting their exemption under 14.1.a.

Response:

1-3 The documents are available upon request.

4.  We currently do not have any zoo’s with an exemption.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3387
Request Date: 21/11/2017

Question:

The amount of compensation that has been paid to motorists for road accidents over the last four financial years? (2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15, 2013/14)

How much of that is for pothole-related damage? Ideally can I have that data year on year.

How many claims have been made? How many claims are still open and how many have the council admitted fault/liability?

 

Response:

Motorists Highways    

Year

Amount Paid Out (£)

No of Claims

No of Open Claims

Repudiated

Fault Admitted

2013/14

179,145.00

401

0

137

264

2014/15

80,577.00

240

4

105

131

2015/16

65,429.00

405

13

221

171

2016/17

43,721.00

233

37

131

65

Totals

368,872.00

1279

54

594

631


Motorists Highways Potholes    

Year

Amount Paid Out (£)

No of Claims

No of Open Claims

Repudiated

Fault Admitted

2013/14

174,171.00

361

0

112

249

2014/15

32,160.00

181

4

74

103

2015/16

49,076.00

353

12

185

156

2016/17

30,445.00

177

26

92

59

Totals

285,852.00

1072

42

463

567



Details:

Reference Number: 3389
Request Date: 21/11/2017

Question:

I am making this request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Given the rise in homelessness recorded since 2010 and the corresponding increase in reliance on services such as those Emmaus provide, I believe this request is firmly in the public interest.

Could I please be provided with:

1. A spreadsheet of details of all contracts between your local authority and Emmaus UK or any of its individual branches in your area that were signed after 6 April 2013. Those details should include:
a. Date contract signed
b. Total value of contract
c. Summary of services rendered by contract

2. A copy of each of the contracts included in point 1.

 

Response:

Northumberland County Council do not have any contracts in place with Emmaus Uk.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3390
Request Date: 21/11/2017

Question:

1) how many people have paid money prior to the next financial year

2) how many people have been threat on with a court summons when they only have a months payment left. That's well before the end date which is February

3) how many payments do people have left to pay when you sent these letters out. How many months are left of the year

4) mine is 1 month left to pay like I said that's 3 month before end of year

5) how much has the council lost in revenue council tax that has been wrote off

6) how many people have been taken to court over the last 10 years for owing 1 months tax left to pay with 3 months of the still left of the tax year

7) how many people has received interest or been offered interest on advance payments

8) how many people have not paid had their council tax wrote off how much have they not paid

9) will this money ever get paid from these people or do the likes of us bear the cost

 

Response:

1) Some taxpayers do make Council Tax payments prior to start of the financial year to which they relate. Information about the number of taxpayers involved is not held.

 

2) That's well before the end date which is February. Court summonses are issued in accordance with the provisions of the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992. The timing of their issue and the amount for which they are issued (the amount left to pay) will vary from taxpayer to taxpayer depending on when the non-payment occurs and information about taxpayers who have been issued with a summons for the equivalent of 1 month’s Council Tax is not held.

 

3) Court summonses are issued in accordance with the provisions of the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992. The timing of their issue and the amount for which they are issued (the amount left to pay) will vary from taxpayer to taxpayer depending on when the non-payment occurs.

 

4) This is answered at 7) below.

 

5) Court summonses are issued in accordance with the provisions of the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992. The timing of their issue and the amount for which they are issued (the amount left to pay) will vary from taxpayer to taxpayer depending on when the non-payment occurs. Information about taxpayers who have been issued with a summons for the equivalent of 1 month’s Council Tax is not held.

 

6) No taxpayers have received interest or been offered interest on advance payments.

 

7) Individual taxpayers may have more than one Council Tax account so the number of individual taxpayers who have had their Council Tax written off is not held. During the period from 1 April 2017 to 31 October 2017 the sum of £103,859 has been written off for various reasons. Those reasons are outlined at 8) below.

 

8) The Council makes every effort to recover outstanding Council Tax in accordance with relevant legislation but debts may be written off for various reasons. Those reasons and details of recovery action that may be taken are listed below. Absconded When a taxpayer who has absconded has been traced then recovery action will be taken to ensure outstanding debts are paid. Statute Barred Recovery action may not be taken to recover debts that are statute barred. Uneconomical to pursue These are small value debts where it would not be cost effective to take recovery action. Debt remitted by the Magistrates’ Court The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 do not allow further enforcement action to be taken to recover debts remitted by the Magistrates’ Court. Insolvency Following an insolvency event, with the exception of the making of a Debt Relief Order where there will usually be no recovery, payments will be received in the form of a dividend via an insolvency practitioner depending on the outcome of the case.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3391
Request Date: 21/11/2017

Question:

I am interested in the amounts paid by each school within your LEA to third parties in relation to temporary staffing cover. My hope is to receive an electronic breakdown of amounts paid through the department's purchase ledger by school.

The information I require for each school is: School Name; Supplier name and total amount paid.

I would like the information to cover June 17 – October 2017

Response:

See attachment.


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Reference Number: 3392
Request Date: 21/11/2017

Question:

The number of pupils at Ponteland Middle School living outside of catchment in Years 5, 6, 7, 8.

I would appreciate it if these figures could be presented separately for each year group and expressed as both % figures and raw numbers.

 

Response:

Year 5- total number of students 152 of these 67 are from outside catchment that gives 56% in catchment 44% outside catchment
 

Year 6- total number of students 155 of these 37 are from outside catchment that gives 76% in catchment 24% outside catchment
 

Year 7 - total number of students 156 of these 55 are from outside catchment that gives 65% in catchment 35% outside catchment
 

Year 8- total number of students 156 of these 48 are from outside catchment that gives 69% in catchment 31% outside catchment

 


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Reference Number: 3394
Request Date: 21/11/2017

Question:

I would be grateful if you could provide the following information with regard to your IT estate and IT procurement:

1) Do you have a procurement policy which supports the use of the GCloud IT procurement framework?

2) Has your organisation adopted a strategy or IT policy guidance for using:
- Cloud infrastructure
- Software as a service
- One policy for both
(please indicate yes or no for each)

3) How many data centres do you have on council premises (secure processing centres which host shared systems)?

4) How many third party data centres do you use?

5) Do you use cloud hosting for your data?

6) Expressed in percentage terms, approximately what proportion of your data is held in:
- An on premise data centre
- A third party data centre
- Hyperscale public cloud ie (provided by AWS/Azure/Google)
- Private cloud
- Other public cloud (eg UK Cloud)

7) Is your IT primarily managed in house or outsourced?

 

Response:

1) Yes.

2)
- Cloud infrastructure - Yes
- Software as a service - Yes
- One policy for both - No

3) 2

4) We don't have any specific third party data centres but use Cloud services for a number of our key applications.

5) Yes.

6)

- An on premise data centre - 50%
- A third party data centre- 0%
- Hyperscale public cloud ie (provided by AWS/Azure/Google) - 30%
- Private cloud - 0%
- Other public cloud (eg UK Cloud) - 20%

7) In house.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3396
Request Date: 21/11/2017

Question:

I'd like to request all information held by the council relating to the future of Haydon Bridge High School.

Specifically:

* All internal and external correspondence involving the council featuring Haydon Bridge High School since December 1, 2014.

* All correspondence and records of any meetings which have taken place on the subject of Haydon Bridge High School between; Bright Tribe; members of Haydon Bridge High School's Interim Executive Board (IEB); the Regional Schools Commissioner Janet Renou, the Department for Education and Hexham's MP Guy Opperman.

* All correspondence relating to the proposal by Northumberland County Council to merge Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham and Haydon Bridge High School into one new "super school", including who proposed the scheme and the rationale and costings behind the project.

 

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 the link below to a report which was recently published should cover aspects of your FOI.

http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meeting.aspx?MeetID=9036

 


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Reference Number: 3397
Request Date: 21/11/2017

Question:

1. How many pigeons have you have rescued in the last five years? This number may also include other wild birds such as ravens, pigeons and magpies.

2. Where have the birds been rescued from?

3. How much has been spent in total on the rescue of pigeons or other wild birds?

 

Response:

1.

Number of Wild Birds Rescued
2012 to 2016 = 21
2017 as at 28/11/2017 = 4

2.

Descriptions 2012 to 2016
Starling stuck in chimney.
Young gull stuck in gutter.
Seagull stuck in netting on shop roof.
Crow stuck on ariel.
Seagull caught on television ariel on roof.
Injured seagull stuck on roof.
Seagull stuck by wing on ariel on roof.
Seagull removed from caravan roof.
Seagull rescued from rooftop.
Pigeon stuck in netting above shop.
Bird trapped on telegraph pole.
Seagull trapped at height.
Small gull trapped.
Seagull stuck on chimney spike.
Bird stuck in netting outside second floor of shop.
Bird rescued from net.
Swan on water's edge.
Land owner clearing pond and swans stuck in mud (3).
Seagull rescued from wire on side of building.

Descriptions 2017
Swan with broken wing rescued from water.
Pigeon trapped in netting.
Seagull released from netting roof.
Dove stuck in netting on roof

3. Estimated Cost
2012 to 2016 = £9609.00
2017 as at 28/11/2017 = £2400.00


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Reference Number: 3399
Request Date: 22/11/2017

Question:

I would like to request answers to the below questions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The questions concern the Windows 7 operating system and its ‘end of life’.

Q1) How many of your PCs run on the following? (Please type numbers)
Windows 10 =
Windows 7 =
Windows XP =
Other (Please state) =

Q2) Are you aware of Window 7’s end of life date? (Delete as appropriate)
Yes
No
Unsure

Q3) Do you have an active project to deal with Window 7’s end of life? (Delete as appropriate)
Yes
No
Don’t know

Q4) If so, is it due to complete before EOL date? (Delete as appropriate)
Yes
No
Don’t know

Q5) What is your biggest challenge when it comes to migrating to a new operating system? (Delete as appropriate)
Cost/budget
Skills shortage
Inability to move apps

Q6) If you have previously migrated apps to newer versions of Windows, how long did this take? (Delete as appropriate)
Under 1 year
1-2 years
2-3 years
3-4 years
Other (Please state) =

Q7) How many computers do you have in your environment? (Type number or delete as appropriate)
Please state =
Don’t know

Response:

Q1)

Windows 10 = 0
Windows 7 = 3804
Windows XP = 0
Other (Please state) = ChromeOS 752

Q2) Yes

Q3) Yes

Q4) Yes

Q5) Cost/budget

Q6) 1-2 years

Q7) 4557


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Reference Number: 3404
Request Date: 22/11/2017

Question:

I'd like to request copies of all documentation held by the council relating to the departure of the former chief executive of the authority, Steven Mason.

Specifically:

* Copies of all correspondence and meetings held between council members and officers relating to the departure of Steven Mason - which was officially announced on May 25, 2017.

* Records of meetings and documentation relating to the financial package Steven Mason received for leaving his post as chief executive "by mutual consent".

* Records of discussions and meetings held to consider the future of Mrs Helen Mason's post as manager of Ponteland Leisure Centre, and any financial package she received.

Response:

The information can clearly be related to the former Chief Executive and therefore represents the individual's personal data. The Council considers that disclosure relates to the individual's departure from the Council and forms part of their personnel record, which is separate from information about the individual's duties as the former Chief Executive. There would be an expectation that this would be held in confidence.

There would be an expectation that personnel records would not be released into the public domain as it would have an unjustified adverse effect of the individual and would breach Principle 1 of the Data Protection Act.

Information that will be available to the public will be financial information. This information will be published in our Annual Accounts.

 

With regards to Mrs Helen Mason, Mrs Mason was employed by Active Northumberland who would be the data controller of their records and therefore should redirect that element of the request to Active Northumberland.

 


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Reference Number: 3405
Request Date: 22/11/2017

Question:

It is my understanding that the Council employ staff to process payments, correspondence and appeals relating to parking penalty charge notices. In many cases these staff are allocated the job title of Correspondence and Appeals Officer but you may use another job title for those employed in the post.

1. Please provide information confirming the number of staff employed by the Council to process payments, correspondence and appeals relating to parking penalty charge notices.

2. Please provide information confirming the pay grade range for those staff employed by the Council to process payments, correspondence and appeals relating to parking penalty charge notices. For example: Grade 4 to 6 or Grade B to E.

3. Please provide information confirming the pay scale for each of the grades given in answer to the above. For example: £18,000 - £19, 500.

4. For each pay grade given in answer to 2. above, please provide a copy of the job evaluation that shows how the pay grade for those staff employed by the Council to process payments, correspondence and appeals relating to parking penalty charge notices was scored.

For the avoidance of doubt this request for information is not seeking any personal information such as staff names. I only require information relevant to the job post.

 

Response:

1. There are 6.51 * FTE employed as Parking and Processing Assistants and 1 * FTE Level 2 Business Administration Apprentice. Please note each team member carries out other duties in addition to the processing of payments, correspondence and appeals relating to PCNs.

2. Grade 4 - SCP 18 - 21

3. £18,070 to £20,138

4. Please find attached a copy of Parking & Processing Assistant Job Description and NJC National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service.


Details:

Reference Number: 3407
Request Date: 23/11/2017

Question:

Please find attached my FOI request on the topic of "Community care provision for working age adults (18-64 years) with learning disability".

See the attached excel sheet.

Response:

See attachment


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 3411
Request Date: 24/11/2017

Question:

Children and adult social services
Direct payment rates under the Care Act 2014 and the Children Act 1989

I’d be most grateful if you could supply answers to the following questions. The aim of the questions is to ascertain the standard hourly rate paid by your authority for a direct payment under the Care Act 2014 and the Children Act 1989 and the process by which this rate can be varied (if at all).

If your authority considers that complying with this request in its entirety will exceed the statutory cost of compliance limit (specified in The Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004) then I ask that you respond to the following questions in the order they appear until that limit is reached.

The questions that comprise this Freedom of Information request are as follows:

1, What is the standard hourly rate paid by your local authority for a direct payment for disabled child assessed as requiring personal care support under the Children Act 1989 Part 3?

2, Is the figure stated in answer to question 1 a net figure or a gross figure? A net figure means that the council will make additional payments to cover the costs of employing the personal care worker (ie Employers National Insurance liability, employers’ liability insurance costs, holiday and sickness pay etc). A gross figure means that the recipient of the direct payment must pay all the costs of employing the personal care worker from the figure stated in answer to question 1:

3, Does your council have a policy for increasing the sum specified in answer 1 above in cases where the cost of meeting the disabled child’s assessed needs cannot reasonably be met by a payment at the hourly rate specified in answer to question 1?

4, If the answer to question 3 is yes, please provide a copy of that policy or explain why providing a copy of the policy is not possible.

5, What is the standard hourly rate for a direct payment for an adult in need assessed as requiring personal care support under the Care Act 2014?

6, Is the figure stated in answer to question 5 a net figure or a gross figure. The meaning of a net figure and a gross figure is the same as stated in question 2 above.

7, Does your council have a policy for increasing the sum specified in answer 5 above in cases where the cost of meeting the adults assessed needs cannot reasonably be met by a payment at the hourly rate specified in answer to question 5?

8, If the answer to question 7 is yes, please provide a copy of that policy or explain why providing a copy of the policy is not possible.

 

Response:

1. £10.40 if the recipient plans to employ care workers directly; otherwise we would base the rate paid on what we would usually pay for an agency to provide the kind of support required.

2. The figure given in 1 above is a gross figure.

3. We do not have a policy. However we do consider increasing the sum specified in question 1 if there is no other practicable arrangement to meet a disabled client’s assessed need.

Examples of circumstances in which we have done this include:

· The service user lives in an isolated rural location and it is difficult to recruit a personal assistant due to the costs of travel

· Specific skills or training are required which make it necessary to offer a higher rate of pay to recruit appropriate personal assistants

· One of the personal assistants will have additional responsibilities such as arranging rotas, booking appointments, and managing holiday and sickness cover

4. See the response to 3 above.

5. £10.40

6. The figure given in answer to question 5 above is a gross figure.

7. The answer given in response to question 3 above applies to both adult and children’s services.

8. The answer given in response to question 3 above applies to both adult and children’s services.

 


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Reference Number: 3412
Request Date: 24/11/2017

Question:

I request a list of the councils suppliers and contractors , under the freedom of information act. I would like to know the names and details of any organisation/business that the council uses to carry out work on a regular basis.

Response:

Current supply arrangements can be reviewed via the Council's Contract Register which is publicly available.

Future supply arrangements are subject to the Council SFI's requiring a competitive quote or tender to be undertaken depending upon value.

Quotes and tenders are advertised through the Council's e-procurement portal - ProContract.
All contracts over £20k are visible on the Governments Contract Finder portal.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3413
Request Date: 21/11/2017

Question:

1) How much funding Northumberland council receives from the government per year for the free child places for 3-4 year olds, dating back to 2013.ow much of that funding is retained by the council as admin costs for:
o Private nurseries

o Local authority maintained nurseries

· The council’s justification of the difference between the amount of money retained as admin costs for the 2 types of nursery. How are these costs worked out?

Response:

The annual funding received by Northumberland for the funding of free child places for 3-4 year olds is as follows:
 

2013/14 £8.793m
2014/15 £8.954m
2015/16 £9.021m
2016/17 £9.343m
2017/18 £10.402m Please note the figure for 2017/18 is provisional only and will be adjusted once the census figures for January 2018 are known.

No funds are kept back specifically for admin costs and there is no difference in costs or support for any different provider type.


Details:

Reference Number: 3414
Request Date: 24/11/2017

Question:

1. For all the cases in the 2016/17 academic year where a child in Years Reception through to Year 6 inclusive was given either a fixed-period or permanent exclusion for an offence at school that was categorised under the heading "Sexual Misconduct" please provide me with the following information. (i) the sex of the child who was excluded, (ii) the age or year group of the child, (iii) if the exclusion was for a fixed period or permanent and (iv) a brief description of what the misconduct was.

2. For all the cases in the 2016/17 academic year where a child in Years Reception through to Year 6 inclusive was given either a fixed-period or permanent exclusion for an offence at school that was categorised under the heading "Racist Abuse" please provide me with the following information. (i) the sex of the child who was excluded, (ii) the age or year group of the child, (iii) if the exclusion was for a fixed period or permanent and (iv) a brief description of what the misconduct was including the exact details of any racist phrases or words used.

 

Response:

1. 0

2. 4 male students (1=Yr 3, 3=Yr 5) from the Primary phase were excluded for a fixed period for racist abuse. All exclusions were for a period of one day. We do not have specific information relating to the exclusion e.g. phrases/words


Details:

Reference Number: 3415
Request Date: 24/11/2017

Question:

I’m interested in obtaining specific information regarding the public health expenditure of Northumberland County Council for the period 2013-2016.

1. Please provide a summary breakdown of the public health spend for Northumberland County Council in each of the last 5 years (2013-2017 inclusive).

· I’m interested in receiving a detailed account of the public health spend of Northumberland County Council, and more specifically how the public health spend was distributed across the different services it covers for the period indicated above.
 

2. Please provide a summary breakdown of the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) spend of Northumberland County Council was distributed in each of the last 5 years (2013-2017 inclusive).
· My understanding is that SRH spend covers a range of services including, but not exclusively, contraception provision and advice, sexual health treatment and advice, pregnancy related care, abortion related care, cervical screening, psychosexual therapy, PMS treatment, colposcopy services, fertility treatment and care and gynaecological treatment and care. I’m interested in receiving detailed outline of the spend of Northumberland County Council for each of these services for the period indicated above.

 

3. Please provide a breakdown of the spend for sexual health treatment and advice in each of the last five years (2013-2017 inclusive).
· I would like to receive a detailed account of the spend of Northumberland County Council within the sexual health treatment and advice service area specifically. I’m looking for an outline of the specific services provided and the associated spend for each service.
4. What was the total spend on chlamydia screening in Northumberland County Council in each of the last 5 years (2013-2017 inclusive)?

 

5. To the best of your knowledge, are you budgeting more or less spending on chlamydia testing for future years?
 

6. Has Northumberland County Council met the PHE recommendation of an annual diagnosis rate of at least 2,300 per 100,000 15-24 year olds per year in each of the last 5 years (2013-2017 inclusive)?
 

7. Has Northumberland County Council met the PHE recommendation for providing integrated services by ensuring 70% of all chlamydia tests are delivered via primary care services (GP surgeries, community pharmacies), SRH services (including abortion providers) or GUM services?
 

8. What have been the biggest challenges for Northumberland County Council in reaching the National Chlamydia Screening Target? (e.g. budget, marketing)
 

9. Thinking about chlamydia screening and treatment specifically, what resources does Northumberland County Council needs the most to effectively control chlamydia through early detection and treatment of the infection? (e.g. budget, technical resources, staff, marketing)

 

Response:

See attachment


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Reference Number: 3416
Request Date: 27/11/2017

Question:

On November 16-17 if this year 2017, the Coca Cola Tour caused huge disruptions to the people of Morpeth when they closed off one the main streets (Bridge Street) for two days.
Please can you clarify the nature of the transaction between Coca Cola and Northumberland County Council (Chamber of Trade?).

 

Were NCC funds used to secure the Coca Cola Tour Truck or, conversely,did Coca Cola pay for the permission to cause the disruptions to the people of Morpeth?
Either way please clarify the amount involved.

Response:

The 'Coca-Cola Christmas Truck' event in Morpeth was organised by Morpeth Town Team , event organiser Medi Parry-Williams, Morpeth Town Team, Management Suite, Lumley House, Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1NS. The County Council did not organise the event and was not part of the decision making process for the event.

Northumberland County Council has waived the £500 administration charge to Morpeth Town Team for putting in place the road closure, but recharged £440 in relation to actual costs incurred for traffic management.


The Council has allowed the event organisers to put in place park and ride arrangements for the event from the Council headquarters at County Hall, Morpeth. These arrangements are standard practice for any community events taking place in the town centre and no costs are incurred by the Council.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3417
Request Date: 27/11/2017

Question:

1, I’d like a full up to date structure chart of the adult social care remit, with names and contact details.


2, I’d also like a break down of the number of interims in adult social care, there cost to the authority and the approach of obtaining the interims whether through a framework or an agency.

 

Response:

1. See the structure chart attached. We can be contacted for all enquiries on SocialCare@northumbria-healthcare.nhs.uk.

2. We do not employ any interim managers in adult social care.


Details:

Reference Number: 3418
Request Date: 27/11/2017

Question:

Can you tell me how many complaints of alleged sexual harassment/abuse by a councillor your authority received between 1 January 2014 and 27 November 2017?

For each complaint received please can you provide details of;

1) The nature of the allegation/s
2) When it was made
3) Who made the complaint*
4) Where it was said to have taken place
5) Whether it was investigated
6) The result of the investigation

*Re point 3 I only ask that you specify whether the complaint was lodged by an elected official, council employee or member of the public.

 

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.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3419
Request Date: 27/11/2017

Question:

1.a. How many children became looked-after in your local authority in 2016?
1.b. Of the children from 1.a. how many were in a group of siblings of two or more?
1.c. How many of the above children were initially placed in Kinship Care/Family and Friends care/Connected Persons care in 2016?

2. How many looked-after children are currently placed following care proceedings:
a. With long-term local authority foster carers
b. In kinship care foster placements

3.a. How many applications to be a kinship carer did you receive in 2016 in respect of children subject to Care Proceedings?
3.b. Of the above (3.a.), how many applications were the subject of Viability Assessments?
3.c. Of the applications subject of Viability Assessments in 2016, how many were successful and how many were unsuccessful?

4. How many prospective Kinship Carers failed to be approved as family and friends Carers after a full assessment in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively?

5. How many children in your local authority in 2016 have been made the subject of a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) following Care Proceedings?

6. How many foster carers in your local authority are currently prepared for and approved to be long-term foster carers of sibling groups of:
a) 2
b) 3 or more

Response:

1.a. 263
1.b. 151
1.c. 129

 

2. a. 38
b. 73

 

3.a. 336
3.b. 260
3.c. 167

 

4. Less than 5
 

5. 40 (incl. Supervision Order/SGO)
 

6.a. Less than 5
b. 0

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3420
Request Date: 27/11/2017

Question:

* Please disclose the amount paid in compensation in the financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17 for personal injuries to firefighters and civilian staff;
* Please disclose how many individual claims this represented;
* Please disclose in each case whether the claimant was a firefighter or civilian staff member;
* In each case please disclose the amount paid in compensation;
* In each case please disclose the total known cost of legal fees paid and the total overall (for all successful claims);
* In each case please disclose the nature of the claim - for example: slipped on wet floor, dog bite etc.

Response:

See attachment


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Reference Number: 3421
Request Date: 27/11/2017

Question:

My query relates to abuses of a position of trust by adults in relation to 16 and 17 year olds in their care.

It is a criminal offence (s16 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003) for adults working in education and care settings; clinics; hospitals; voluntary children’s homes; residential family centres; criminal justice settings to have sexual relations with 16 and 17 year old children in their care.

I am interested in complaints against adults who work outside of those settings.

1. Please tell me the number of complaints or reports about sexual activity between an adult and children aged 16 or 17 in their care made to the Local Authority Designated Officer in the last three years (April 1st to March 31st) in relation to:

Please exclude from this request any complaints made about adults working in education and care settings; clinics; hospitals; voluntary children’s homes; residential family centres; criminal justice settings.

2. Please tell me how many complaints of this nature led to a referral being made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

3. Please tell me what fields the adults complained about were working in.

Response:

We have no recorded incidents that meet the criteria over the stated period.


Details:

Reference Number: 3422
Request Date: 27/11/2017

Question:

How much did your authority spend on trading standards during trading years 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, what is the expected allocation for authority spending on trading standards for 2017-2018, and how many FTE members of staff have been working on trading standards over the same period?

Response:

For 2010/2011 the cost includes Animal  Health and can not be separated.

 

Year

FTE

Trading Standards only

2010/11

18.92

£1,044,206

2011/12

18.82

£802,245

2012/13

14.00

£721,484

2013/14

13.26

£605,208

2014/15

13.18

£669,284

2015/16

11.18

£469,406

2016/17

10.18

£391,184

2017/18

9.78

£377,213



Details:

Reference Number: 3423
Request Date: 28/11/2017

Question:

I’m hoping to get some information on CCTV cars being used by councils under the Freedom of Information Act.

My inquiry concerns CCTV cars that have to keep their engines running so their camera equipment can work.

I am approaching a number of councils to get a scope of the issue. So if you do not use CCTV cars in your area, please ignore this request.

There is a lot of concern from people across the country, particularly in urban areas, about the adverse effects idling vehicles have on people’s health.

 

1. As such, can you please confirm if your CCTV cars have to keep their engines on to run the cameras.  For example, if a council officer was on patrol in a CCTV car, but had parked the car. If the officer turned the engine off, would the cameras stop working?
 

2. How often are your CCTV cars parked when they are in the process of monitoring other drivers.

 

3. Does most of the CCTV recording happen when the cars are parked or when they’re on the move.

4.. Can you also confirm what you use the CCTV cars for.

5. Is it just for parking infractions? Or do you use them to patrol parents dropping off their kids at the school gates?

 

6. Can you please provide a full list of how CCTV cars are being used to monitor your area.
Are there any other reasons why CCTV cars must have keep engines running? For example, is it for the health and safety of the officers inside?

 

Response:

1. The Council use an enforcement vehicle for the enforcement of School Keep Clear restrictions and enforcement is carried out in ‘unattended’ mode. This means that the car is continually moving during enforcement.

Although not used currently by NCC, the enforcement vehicle does have an ‘attended’ mode and to clarify the engine does not need to be idling for this functionality to be operational.

2, Never.

3.The car is always moving when carrying out enforcement activity.

4. The council has an enforcement vehicle which is used to increase road safety outside of schools within Northumberland. The vehicle monitors school keep clear restrictions and the camera is used to capture vehicles breaking parking regulations.


Details:

Reference Number: 3427
Request Date: 28/11/2017

Question:

Statistics : Cost to council of dealing with individual planning applications
Cost to council of dealing with individual planning appeals
Cost to council of dealing with consideration of planning application at committee meeting if not included in above.

Response:

Information not held

 


Details:

Reference Number: 3429
Request Date: 28/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information:

1. How many households are currently on your Council’s waiting list for social housing?

2. How many households have been on a waiting list for social housing for a) over 5 years or b) over 10 years c) over 15 years?

3. What was the average waiting time for social housing for your Council in each of the five last financial years? (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15. 2015/16, 2016/17)

4. How many under-24s (individuals or families where the oldest individual is 24 or under) were awarded social housing in each of the five last financial years? (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15. 2015/16, 2016/17)

 

Response:

The council operates a choice based lettings system and does not operate a waiting list for social housing. All information is therefore drawn from what is known as Homefinder which holds a record of all persons registered on that system but it does not differentiate from those actively looking for social housing or otherwise.

1. As of todays date (06/12/2017 number of households registered on Choice Based Lettings System is 9104

2. 5 Years = 8177 - 10 Years = 526 - 15 years 218

3. The council does not hold data which would enable it to answer this question"

4. 2012/13 = 158 - 2013/14 = 217 - 2014/15 = 288 - 2015/16 = 334 - 2016/17 = 415.


Details:

Reference Number: 3430
Request Date: 28/11/2017

Question:

1) How much money is spent by the council, or by contracted caterers, on disposable plastic-lined coffee cups, and how much did these purchases cost? I would like this information broken down by year for the past three financial years (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17).

2) How much money is spent by the council, or by contracted caterers, on disposable plastic cutlery, and how much did these purchases cost? I would like this information broken down by year for the past three financial years (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17).

3) Does the council intend to continue purchasing disposable coffee cups and plastic cutlery?

4) Does the council have recycling facilities in its district that have the capability to recycle the specific coffee cups and plastic cutlery purchased?

Response:

We are unable to answer questions 1 and 2 of this request for the Council as a whole as to enable us to retrieve this information would take well in excess of 18 hours. This is because there is no single code that would identify plastic cups and plastic cutlery and there is no purchasing category for these items.

Therefore we would have to do a manual trawl of all our invoices back to 2014/15 which involves 100,000s of invoices to check to see if they included plastic cups or cutlery.

Our Fire & Rescue Service have been able to identify the following:

 

Units

Cost

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

               

Plastic Forks

0

1000

1000

 

£0.00

£6.05

£6.05

Plastic Knives

0

0

1000

 

£0.00

£0.00

£6.05

Plastic Spoons

0

1000

0

 

£0.00

£6.05

£0.00

               

9oz premium water cups

0

8 pk

0

 

£0.00

£318.80

£0.00


3) Our restaurant and Fire & Rescue service have changed to disposable paper coffee cups rather than plastic. We also have biodegradable takeaway boxes. Our Fire & Rescue Service have advised that they have priced biodegradable cutlery for consideration once existing stocks are finished.

4) Our waste is separated into general waste and paper, cardboard and plastic for recycling


Details:

Reference Number: 3431
Request Date: 29/11/2017

Question:

1] A list of council buildings that are laying empty and/or unused as at the date of this FOI request?

2] A list of your council buildings that are for sale as at the date of this FOI request?

3] A list of your council buildings that will be coming up for sale within the next 12 months starting from the date of this FOI request?

4] Copies of the official council minutes relating to the last four meetings of your council’s property committee.

Response:

We hold the information you requested. However we are withholding some of that information since we consider that the exemption under Section 31(1)(a) applies.

We consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

1] A list of council buildings that are laying empty and/or unused as at the date of this FOI request?

For security reasons the County Council is not able to release information relating to vacant buildings. Therefore we have applied Section 31 Exemption.

2] A list of your council buildings that are for sale as at the date of this FOI request?

The list of buildings below are those which are currently for sale with no identified purchaser.

247 Alexandra Road, Ashington
77 Ilford Road, Cramlington
Wallace Green Council Building, Berwick

3] A list of your council buildings that will be coming up for sale within the next 12 months starting from the date of this FOI request?

Buildings Identified and Approved for Open Market Disposal within the next 12 months

Eric Tolhurst Centre, Blyth
62-64 Main Street, Seahouses

4] Copies of the official council minutes relating to the last four meetings of your council’s property committee (appropriately redacted to avoid unnecessary refusal of this FOI

The Council does not have a Property Committee

Exemptions

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

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

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: 3432
Request Date: 29/11/2017

Question:

Please can you send me and up to date Organisational Structure Chart for the Special Educational Needs department - including names



Details:

Reference Number: 3433
Request Date: 29/11/2017

Question:

I would like to have data on the number of fires your forces attended where the ignition source of the fire is recorded as 'white goods'.

I need to have the table in an excel format and broken down by Local authority and figures covering the last two financial years.

Response:

The number of fires Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS) attended where the ignition source of the fire is recorded as ‘white goods’ in 2016/17 and 2015/15 is outlined below;

2016/17
92 incidents
10 injuries
0 fatalities

2015/16
88 incidents
8 injuries
0 fatalities


Details:

Reference Number: 3434
Request Date: 30/11/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request the following information on Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) working for your local authority.

1. How many Approved Mental Health Professionals did the council have warranted to carry out Mental Health Act duties on its behalf on (or the nearest possible date - please specify): 1 April 2016, 1 April 2017, and 30 September 2017. Please note, I am asking for the actual number of AMHPs warranted, not a full-time equivalent number.

2. Please specify how many AMHPs currently undertake the role on a full-time basis.

3. If possible, please provide a breakdown of how