FOIs - September 2017

3024 - School Bus Service contracts

Details:

Reference Number: 3024
Request Date: 01/09/2017

Question:

Please can you provide me with the following information under the freedom of information act list of all school bus service contracts with contact number seating required and the current tender price for each contact and renewal date.

Response:

See attachment.


Attachments:

3025 - Taxpayers monies

Details:

Reference Number: 3025
Request Date: 01/09/2017

Question:

Kindly identify and provide copy of that authority which empowers your Council to fund by way of taxpayers monies the private [none Council] Civil legal actions taken by those of its officer's, employee's and Councillor's.

 

Response:

We have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council.

As far as we are concerned there is no such power or authority to fund any private legal actions taken by Councillors or employees. Under certain circumstances there is power for local authorities to identify those individuals in respect of actions taken against them in connection with their duties.

 


3026 - Adult Social Care

Details:

Reference Number: 3026
Request Date: 01/09/2017

Question:

1.    (a) In total, how many adults received domiciliary care commissioned by the local authority from external providers in 2016/17?

(b)    Of this total, how many were aged i) 18 -64 ii) 65+.

2.    In the past year (up to 29 July 2017), what percentage of domiciliary care visits commissioned from external providers were delivered in

a) 15 minutes or less
b) 16 – 30 minutes

3.    In total, how many adults who received domiciliary care commissioned by the local authority in the year 2016/17 received any visits lasting 15 minutes or less as part of their care package?

4.    In 2016/17 did the local authority commission any 15-minute visits for personal care? Please provide a copy of the local authority’s policy (or other relevant documents) on commissioning domiciliary care visits lasting 15 minutes or less.

5.    In total, how many hours of domiciliary care were commissioned by the local authority from external providers in the year 2016/17?

Response:

1.(a)  3,511
 

(b) i) 937
ii) 2,674.

2.(a) 6.5%*
* Our client information system does not at present enable us to distinguish clearly between standalone 15-minute visits and extra time allocations of 15 minutes added on specific days of the week to a regular daily visit to enable a less frequent extra task to be carried out. The figures given above and in answer to questions 2(b) and 3 are therefore estimates based on extrapolating from a random sample of recorded visits on our system which we have checked in detail.

(b) 64.3%**.
**See note to 2(a) above.

3. 793***.

*** **See note to 2(a) above.

4. We do not expect care managers to allow as little as 15 minutes for visits which involve carrying out personal care tasks. Short visits are appropriate for some purposes – such as making sure people take their medication.

We do not have a written policy document about this issue, but we ensure through monitoring arrangements that visit timings are appropriate.

5. 1,727,035.

 


3027 - Licences

Details:

Reference Number: 3027
Request Date: 01/09/2017

Question:

Could you please provide a list in excel format of all businesses within your coverage area that currently hold one or more of the following:

- Premises licence
- Caravan site licence

Within these results, please include as far as possible the following details:

1. Business name
2. Business type (hotel, restaurant, etc)
3. Mailing address
4. Business manager / representative
5. Email address

Response:

Please find attached spreadsheets containing the information you have asked for. We are not required to keep information relating to business type and business manager details.


3029 - Fitness Standard/Policy

Details:

Reference Number: 3029
Request Date: 01/09/2017

Question:

I wish to request the following information relating operational staff in the local Fire & Rescue under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1. How many of your Fire Stations have fitness/gym equipment on site?
2. Are your Wholetime Firefighters afforded time to access the fitness equipment whilst on duty as part of their contract?
3. Are your Retained Firefighters paid to undertake fitness activities similarly to their Wholetime colleagues?
4. What incentives does the service provide their Retained operational staff to maintain their fitness levels?
5. Please supply a copy of the service’s fitness policy.

Response:

1. All of them -15 stations

2. Yes - 1 hour per shift of duty

3. No.

4. None at present but there is currently a review of Firefighter fitness being planned and one area to be specifically covered is RDS fitness - including the possibility of discounted access to Northumberland County Council fitness centres in their areas.

5. Please see attached Physical Training Policy.


3031 - Supply Teachers

Details:

Reference Number: 3031
Request Date: 01/09/2017

Question:

1. Please can you confirm what your total spend on agency supply teachers was during the financial year 2015-16?

2. Please can you confirm the names of the organisation/s you procure supply teachers from?

 

Response:

1. Total spend on Agency Teachers for the period April 2015 to March 2016 is £3,871,852.05.

 

2. Agencies used:

Vision For Education
Protocol Education Ltd
Teaching Personnel Ltd
Apollo Teaching Services Limited
Education Network Ltd
Ruth Miskin Literacy Ltd
Premier Teachers Limited
Capita Education Resourcing
Education World Limited
Cashfriday Ltd
Itnmark Education
Academics Ltd
First Class Supply And Training Ltd
Bs Project Services Ltd
Supply Desk Ltd
M2 Education
Early Years And Primary Service
Pk Education
Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited
Manpower Uk Ltd
The Three Rivers Learning Trust
Teacher Active Ltd
Office Angels
Northern Recruitment Group Plc
Grace Office Supplies Ltd
Private Individual
Be Safe
One Day Creative Ltd
Private individual
Groundwork North East
Bigfoot Arts Education (North East) Ltd
Northern Stage
Reed Specialist Recruitment Ltd
North East Regional Employers Organisation
Eyps Ltd
Maxwells ( Sunderland ) Ltd
Private individual
Monarch Education Ltd
Adecco Uk Ltd
Maid To Butler
Celsian
Premier Sport
Northern Training Partnership
Newcastle City Council
Dolce Ltd
Capita Resourcing Ltd
Lucid Support Services
Teacher Supply North East Ltd
Sir Charles Parsons School

 


3032 - Off-street car parking provision

Details:

Reference Number: 3032
Request Date: 04/09/2017

Question:

In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000, I would like to make a formal request for the information set out below in relation to off-street car parking provision in your local authority area (Northumberland UA).

According to information published online by the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) in its local authority revenue expenditure and financing section, Northumberland Council generated a total income of £1657,000 from off-street parking in 2015-16 (the most recent figures available on gov.uk).

Please provide the following information:

1. Is this an accurate figure of the total income generated from off-street car parking in 2015-16?

2. Is a 2016-17 equivalent figure now available, and if so, what is it (as DCLG have not yet published this specific data)?

3. How many car parking spaces are currently provided by the local authority to generate this annual income?

4. Does the local authority have any plans to increase its number of off-street car parking spaces, and if so, by how many?

5. If the local authority holds any information regarding the number of off-street car parking spaces provided in the local authority area by other providers (such as private car parking operators) please advise how many spaces are provided, and by which operator.

6. Are the local authority’s off-street car parking operations run entirely in-house, or are these subject to alternative arrangements, such as a management contract or a partnership agreement with the private sector or another local authority, and if so:

a. What are the current arrangements – i.e. a management contract, a partnership / joint venture or other (please specify);

b. who provides the service to / partners with the local authority; and

c. When is this contract / partnership scheduled to end?

7. Has the local authority given any consideration (and / or made any decision) in the past two years to explore alternative managerial and operational arrangements for its off-street car parking provision (such as private sector involvement) and if so, what?

8. Does the local authority have an up-to-date Parking Strategy? If so, please provide a weblink.

9. Please provide a weblink to your latest Annual Parking Report.

10. As the local authority will have set its budget for the current financial year (and its Medium Term Financial Strategy), has it agreed for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20:
a. any savings to be delivered in the running costs of off-street car parking; and
b. any projected increase in income.
Please provide any figures of savings and income agreed for these years.

11. Likewise, has the local authority allocated any capital funding for expenditure on car parks during the next three years, or identified the need to allocate capital in due course? Please provide figures and details of proposed expenditure.

12. In particular, does the local authority have any plans (or ongoing considerations) about redeveloping, re-configuring and / or consolidating its car park provision, including through the provision of additional or enhanced multi-storey car parks? If so, please advise details.

Response:

1. No, the figure provided by DCLG is the total income generated by the parking service and this includes both on and off-street ticket machine income, penalty charge notices, trading concessions, parking disc sales, etc.

As a public-funded organisation, we have a duty to residents to be transparent in how council tax money is spent, our business operations and outcomes.

On our website there is a link to NCC Transparency information

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Transparency.aspx#transparency

In the section Council Parking we include information on our parking account showing a breakdown of income and expenditure on the authority's on-street and off-street parking accounts.

This contains the most up to date published information.

2. This information is currently published on our website on page 96 of the Council’s draft statement of accounts. It does not however split on and off-street income.

3. On our website there is a link to NCC Transparency information

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Transparency.aspx#transparency
 

In the section Council Parking we include information on parking spaces showing the number of marked out, controlled on and off-street parking spaces.

4. NCC is currently undertaking parking surveys/studies in Alnwick, Berwick, Hexham and Morpeth. These studies will help the authority to consider any requirements to increase parking capacity across the county.

5. The council does not hold this information for Northumberland.

6.

a. NCC off-street car parks are managed in-house.

b. Not applicable

c. Not applicable.

7. No.

8. The council does not have a current Parking Strategy. Following on from the change to the political administration we are in the process of reviewing the NCC Parking Strategy, when available this will be published on our parking web pages.

9. The council have not previously published an Annual Parking Report. We are however in the process of producing a report for 2016/17 and when available this will published on our website.

10. No savings and no projected increase in income have been identified in the running costs of NCC managed off-street car parks. The MTFP is currently under review.

11. The annual budget allocation is £100K.

12. As per response in question 4.


3033 - Non-payment of business rates

Details:

Reference Number: 3033
Request Date: 04/09/2017

Question:

Please confirm:-

1) in the financial years 2016-17 (full year) and separately 2017-18 (for the period of 1st April 2017 until 31st August 2017)

I) total number of summons issued in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates) rates.

II) total number of Liability Orders obtained in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates) rates.

III) total number of referrals made to Enforcement Officers (Bailiffs) to enforce Liability Orders for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates) rates.

Response:

See attachment


Attachments:

3034 - Street lighting swap outs/LED upgrades/retro fits

Details:

Reference Number: 3034
Request Date: 04/09/2017

Question:

I am contacting you to enquire about the activity within your borough in respect to street lighting swap outs/LED upgrades/retro fits.

I am carrying out some market research on behalf of the Lighting industry association

I was wondering if you would be able to supply me information about the LED refit going on within your borough.

The information I am after is as follows:

1. Has a refit been planned?
2. How much has been carried out
3. Time frame
4. Is this being done via a PFI maintenance contract?
5. Manufacturer of the new luminaires
6. Model of the luminaires
7. Who is dealing with your waste?
8. No. luminaires in your area

 

Response:

1.Yes, we are currently in the process of changing all our street lighting stock to LED.

2. We are broadly 65% through the planned works.

3. The works started in February 2015 and are due to be completed in August 2018.

4. No, it is a 3 year Design and Build Contract with a 12 month maintenance period, at the end all liability reverts back to Northumberland County Council.

5. Thorn ZG & Urbis Lighting.

6. Most luminaires are the Thorn ZG R2L2 and some main roads are being lit using the Urbis Ampera.

7. Galliford Try (as our main contractor)

8. circa 45,643.

 


3036 - Cautionary contacts list

Details:

Reference Number: 3036
Request Date: 04/09/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide me with details of the council's 'cautionary contacts list' (CCL) or similar database.

A CCL is a system or register which lists potentially aggressive or abusive customers or members of the public, in an effort to protect council staff from potentially harmful situations, including physical assault and verbal abuse.

Individual departments may have their own lists, such as an “Adults Integrated System”, or have a marker known as a Cautionary Contact Flag.

Under data protection laws, it is important that I do not receive the names or addresses of those people on the register. However, I do seek other details including the ages (if known), the length of time they have been on the list (if known), the reasons for their inclusion and the council department who may come into contact with the person (if known).

In all cases, the most recent data should be submitted (for example, data present on the date of this request). Unless stated otherwise, all data will be treated as correct on the date of making this request.

 

Response:

Northumberland County Council does not maintain a central list of cautionary contacts and it is therefore to share the information requested. Each department within the Council has a Staff Protection Officer and operates a flagging system for potentially problematic individuals or, more often, addresses using their own departmental systems. In cases where it is deemed an individual may pose a risk across a range of Departments, the Council's Staff Protection Team, comprising the Corporate Staff Protection Coordinator, a Health and Safety Adviser and the Departmental Staff Protection Officers will assess the risk and determine if there is a need to share information more widely. Where this occurs a detailed risk assessment and justification process for identifying someone as a cautionary contact is essential in determining:


· whether there is a need for the threat to be communicated
· who needs to know about the threat
· what information is shared

 

When the Authority has determined that a person is a cautionary contact, he/she will be informed of this decision unless there is clear evidence that doing so is likely to have an adverse effect or increase the risk of violence.

 


3037 - Council tax arrears

Details:

Reference Number: 3037
Request Date: 05/09/2017

Question:

I would like to know if any serving councillors have council tax arrears. For each serving councillor that has council tax arrears, please provide the following information:

- The name of the serving councillor
- The total amount that they owe [and then, if possible, please provide a breakdown of that figure of how much they owe by financial year]
- If held, the reasons why the serving councillor has council tax arrears
- The action taken by the council to pursue the individual and the outcome

 

Response:

There are no serving Councillors who have council tax arrears.

 


3038 - Fixed Penalty Notices

Details:

Reference Number: 3038
Request Date: 05/09/2017

Question:

Under the freedom of information act please could you tell me how many fixed penalty notices were issued for by the council for the following years -

2014
2015
2016

1. Please give a breakdown of what these fixed penalty notices were for by group i.e littering, anti-social behaviour, breach of a PSPO?

2. Does the council employ a private company to issue the fines?  If so what proportion of the fines were issued by the private company? Please state if the company was only employed for part of the period concerned in the FOI.

3. What is the financial arrangement with the private company? i.e paid hourly, get to keep a set proportion of the fine. Please include the hourly rate or proportion of fine paid.

Response:

1.
2014 - 330 (Dog Fouling/Control x 114; Littering x 216)

2015 - 457 (Dog Fouling/Control x 110; Littering x 347)
2016 - 285 (Dog Fouling/Control x 102; Littering x 179; Fly-Tipping x 4)

 

2. We do not employ any private companies to do enforcement.

 

3. We do not employ any private companies to do enforcement.

 


3039 - Public health funerals

Details:

Reference Number: 3039
Request Date: 04/09/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 could you please supply the details of any deceased persons you have dealt with which you were unable to find the next of kin from 1st April 2017 to the present time.

Could you also please provide the last known address, the date of death and the date of birth, the date the case was passed onto The Duchy Solicitor or TSOL or any pending and finally the value of the estate (if known).

 

Response:

 

Name

Date of birth

Marital status

Maiden name

Date of death

Value of estate

Info passed to Treasury Solicitor

James MacGilray Gilfillan

06/04/1948

Single

N/A

28/07/2017

More than £500

To be referred to Government Legal Department

 

*Please note the last known address is withheld under Section 31 of the FOI Act, please see guidance below.


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.


3040 - Community Protection Notice

Details:

Reference Number: 3040
Request Date: 05/09/2017

Question:

Please may I be provided with the following information:

1) The number of Community Protection Notice (CPN) Warnings issued by the local authority for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017;

2) The number of Community Protection Notices (CPNs) issued by the local authority for the time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017;

3) Brief details of the circumstances/reasons on why each of the CPNs and CPN warnings were issued;

4) The number of fixed penalty notices issued for breach of a CPN for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to September 2017 or the most recent statistics available;

5) The initial ‘fine’ amount of a fixed penalty notice issued for breach of a CPN.

If you are unable to provide details behind each individual CPN Warning and CPN due to exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, please place the circumstances of each CPN Warning and CPN issued under broad categories such as ‘allowing dog to escape/severely overgrown garden/fly tipping in garden,’ alongside the number issued for that offence.

 

Response:

1)
Community Safety:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 15
1 October 2016 to 12 September 2017 = 14

Environmental Enforcement:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = N/A did not start using them till Jan 2016
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 230
1 October 2016 to 12 September 2017 = 74

Housing:
​1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 0
1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 = CPW = 19

2)
Community Safety:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 4
1 October 2016 to 12 September 2017 = 3

Environmental Enforcement:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = N/A did not start using them till Jan 2016
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 14
1 October 2016 to 12 September 2017 = 8

Housing:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015. 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. 0
1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017. CPN = 3

3)

Community Safety:
CPN warnings:
Harassing & Intimidating Behaviour = 17
Alcohol related ASB = 3
Noise and alcohol related ASB =4
Waste/improper use of bins = 1
Feeding/harbouring feral cats = 1
Premises in a dilapidated condition = 1
Not keeping dog under control = 2

CPNs:
Harassing & intimidating behaviour = 2
Alcohol related ASB = 2
Noise and alcohol related ASB = 2
Feeding/harbouring feral cats = 1

Environmental Enforcement:
The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold certain information relating to the circumstances/reasons on why each of the CPNs and CPN warnings were issued.

However, the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. It would take approximately 22 - 28 hours to get this information together because the information requested is not held in a format that can be easily be retrieved. There are currently 336 records and to check each file would take a minimum of 4 -5 mins each to check.

Housing:
Brief details of the circumstances/reasons on why each of the CPNs and CPN warnings were issued;

CPW 1) Such conduct includes:
driving at speed particularly on the Estate including driving on footpath, swerving and targeting pedestrians on those footpaths
the unnecessary revving of engines and the screeching of tyres on the Estate
playing extremely loud music in your home
shouting and using foul, threatening and abusive language

CPW 2) Such conduct includes:
shouting and swearing in the street and in your property.
shouting hate related abuse.
fighting in the street.
indecent behaviour and shouting obscenities in the street.
banging on the dividing wall of your neighbours.
playing extremely loud music in your home.
making excessive noise in your home.

CPW 3) Such conduct includes:
Your premises has been advertised on social network as a venue for underage drinking and illegal drug usage.
Your premises has been the venue whereby large numbers of youths attend and engage in underage consumption of alcohol and taking of illegal drugs.
Your premises has been used to supply alcohol to persons under 18 years of age.
Your premises has been used to supply illegal drugs.
Playing extremely loud music in your home.
Shouting & swearing has been emanating out of your home.

CPW 4) Such conduct includes:
Your premises has been advertised on social network as a venue for underage drinking and illegal drug usage.
Your premises has been the venue whereby large numbers of youths attend and engage in underage consumption of alcohol and taking of illegal drugs.
Your premises has been used to supply alcohol to persons under 18 years of age.
Your premises has been used to supply illegal drugs.
Playing extremely loud music in your home.
Shouting & swearing has been emanating out of your home.

CPW 5) Such conduct includes:
You and your partner shout and swear in the street and in your property.
Insulting, foul, threatening and abusive language is shouted at neighbours. Namely; adult residents, juvenile residents and visitors to your neighbours’ homes.
Throwing eggs at property.
Throwing objects at a neighbour.
Intimidation towards neighbours.
Gesticulating in a foul and abusive manner towards neighbours and their children.
Shouting foul and abusive insults and comments about neighbours whilst in the street.
Encouraging your visitors to be abusive towards your neighbours.
Threats of assaults.
CPN for breach of CPW.

CPW 6) Such conduct is allowing household waste, old building material, cycle frames, cycles tyres, car tyres, gas cannister, broken/unused garden planters, mattresses, easy chair, paint tins, wood furniture etc., to be strewn around your rear garden. Also, your dogs enters your neighbours’ gardens and defecates.

CPW 7) Noise, ASB - CPN for breach of CPW.

CPW 8) ASB

CPW 9) Such conduct includes:
Playing extremely loud music in your home.
You shout and swear in the street and in your property.
Insulting, foul, threatening and abusive language is shouted at neighbours. Namely; adult residents.
Shouting abusive insults and comments about neighbours whilst in the street.
Assaults and threats of assaults.
Fighting in the street.
Damage to property not belonging to you. Namely a vehicle & property windows.
Demanding cigarettes and money from people waiting for buses in the bus station.
CPN for breach of CPW.

CPW 10) Such conduct includes:
Playing extremely loud music in your home.
You, members of your family and your visitors shout and swear in the street.
Members of your family and your visitors enter neighbours’ gardens without permission.
Shouting threatening and abusive words.
Assaults.
Your premises has been the venue whereby youths attend and engage in underage consumption of alcohol.

CPW 11) Such conduct includes:
You, members of your family and your visitors shout and swear in the street.
Members of your family and your visitors enter neighbours’ gardens without permission.
Members of your household and your visitors play football in the street whereby the ball enters people’s gardens and hits off your neighbours’ cars and houses.
Shouting threatening and abusive words.
Assault and threats of assault.
Threatening and abusive language is shouted at neighbours.
Shouting abusive insults and comments about neighbours whilst in the street.

CPW 12) Such conduct includes:
You, members of your family and your visitors shout and swear in the street.
Members of your family and your visitors enter neighbours’ gardens without permission.
Members of your household and your visitors play football in the street whereby the ball enters people’s gardens and hits off your neighbours’ cars and houses.
Shouting threatening and abusive words.
Assault and threats of assault.
Threatening and abusive language is shouted at neighbours.
Shouting abusive insults and comments about neighbours whilst in the street.

CPW 13) Such conduct includes:
Playing extremely loud music in your home. This is often late at night and into the early hours of the morning.
Singing loudly in your premises.
You and your visitors shout and swear in your premises and in the street.
You and your visitors fight in your premises and the street.
Assault.
Making excessive noise in your home.

CPW 14) Such conduct includes:
Playing extremely loud music in your home.
You, members of your family and your visitors shout and swear in the street.
Members of your family and your visitors are riding motorcycles at speed particularly on the estate and surrounding estates. This including driving on footpaths and swerving dangerously through traffic.
You, members of your family and your visitors shout threatening and abusive words.
Assault and threats of assault.
Your premises has been the venue whereby youths attend and engage in anti-social behaviour.
Members of your household and your visitors play football in the street whereby the ball enters people’s gardens and hits off your neighbours’ cars and houses.

CPW 15) Such conduct includes:
Playing extremely loud music in your home.
Members of your household and your visitors are shouting and screaming in your flat, in the communal stairwell and other areas.
Members of your household and your visitors are littering by leaving their empty alcohol cans and alcohol bottles in the car park.
Fighting in the communal areas.
Your premises has been the venue whereby youths attend and engage in anti-social behaviour.
Members of your household and your visitors are damaging Council property; namely, a door window and fire hose doors.
Members of your household and your visitors are smoking in the communal stairwells area of the block.
Members of your household and your visitors are slamming and banging your property doors and the communal block door.
Members of your household and your visitors are making excessive noise when going up and down the block’s communal stairs.

CPW 16) Such conduct includes:
You shout, swear and scream in your property.
You shout, swear and scream in the street.
Fighting in the street.
Your dog barks and howls for long periods of time during the day and night.
Having your television volume on high in your home.
You are slamming and banging your property internal and external doors.
You make excessive noise when going up and down your stairs.
You have provided your neighbours’ addresses to taxi drivers and have alighted the vehicle without paying.

CPW 17) Such conduct includes:
You shout, swear and scream in the premises.
You shout, swear and scream in the street.
Fighting in the street.
Your dog barks and howls for long periods of time during the day and night.
Having your television volume on high in the premises.
You are slamming and banging the premises internal and external doors.
You make excessive noise when going up and down the premises stairs.
You have provided your neighbours’ addresses to taxi drivers and have alighted the vehicle without paying.

CPW 18) Such conduct is allowing household waste to be stored in your garden, your dog defecates in your garden and it isn’t cleansed, wood is strewn around your garden and your garden is overgrown.

CPW 19) Such conduct includes:
Members of your household and your visitors are shouting, swearing and using foul and abusive language in your flat, in the communal stairwell and other areas.
Fighting in the communal areas.
Your visitors are damaging Council property; namely, a door and a wall.
Members of your household and your visitors are slamming and banging the communal block doors.
Members of your household and your visitors are smoking cannabis in your property.
Numerous visitors your property are disturbing your neighbours by shouting, swearing, fighting, threatening neighbours, banging on your neighbours’ windows, whistling loudly up to your flat, banging their bicycles off walls and stair railing. This behaviour can also be into the early hours of the mornings.

4)
Community Safety:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 0
1 October 2016 to 12 September 2017 = 0

Environmental Enforcement:
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 = N/A did not start using them till Jan 2016
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 = 1
1 October 2016 to 12 September 2017 = 1

Housing:
FPNs issued = 0

5)

Community Safety:  £100

Environmental Enforcement:  £100 is the amount for breach of a FPN reduced to £80 if paid within 7 days.

Housing:  Not applicable - please see Q.4

 


3041 - Vehicles registered as a hackney carriage or for private hire

Details:

Reference Number: 3041
Request Date: 06/09/2017

Question:

Please can I have as much of the following information:

Registration number
Make
Model
Licence to
Licence from

Of all vehicles registered as a hackney carriage or for private hire from 20/02/2017 to 4/09/2017.

Response:

See attachments.


3044 - Children removed from Foster Care

Details:

Reference Number: 3044
Request Date: 06/09/2017

Question:

1. Since 1.4.16 to the date of this e-mail how many times has the council taken action to take children away from foster parents because of concerns for the children's welfare? In each case provide a brief description as to what those concerns were.

2. Since 1.4.16 to the date of this e-mail how many times has the council taken action to place a child from a Christian background into a foster care family with a Muslim background?

3. Since 1.4.16 to the date of this e-mail how many times has the council taken action to place a child from a Muslim background into a foster care family with a Christian background?

 

Response:

1. 3 - cases are in regard to standards of care (fostering national minimum standards)

2. 0

3. 0

 


3045 - Business rates

Details:

Reference Number: 3045
Request Date: 06/09/2017

Question:

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

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

 

Response:

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the following information in response.

01.04.15 to 31.03.16 - £4,272.00 (£2,064.77 after SBRR)
01.04.16 to 04.09.16 - £1,867.76 (£627.44 after SBRR and Empty Exemption)

change of liable party
05.09.16 to 16.02.17 - £1,947.27 (£941.16 after SBRR)

In the present case the County Council takes the view that some information is exempt under section 40, on the basis that it is personal information. In this case the Authority relies on sections 40(2) & 40(3)(a) in line with the Information Commissioner's decision notices FS50628943 - https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-taken/decision-notices/2017/2013577/fs50628943.pdf, and FS50628978 - https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-taken/decision-notices/2017/2013576/fs50628978.pdf) dated 28 February 2017 finding that “the council should withhold information where it relates to a sole trader or a partnership.”.

Section 40 - Personal information .

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

(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also exempt information if-

(a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1), and

 

(b) either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.

(3) The first condition is-

(a) in a case where the information falls within any of paragraphs (a) to (d) of the definition of "data" in section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene-

(i) any of the data protection principles, or

(ii) section 10 of that Act (right to prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress), and

(b) in any other case, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene any of the data protection principles if the exemptions in section 33A(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (which relate to manual data held by public authorities) were disregarded.

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


3046 - Budget spend on Civil Enforcement Parking

Details:

Reference Number: 3046
Request Date: 05/09/2017

Question:

I have read through the most recent annual accounts,but I am having difficulty in finding information on the budget spent for Civil Enforcement Parking.

Could please inform me how this budget was spent in each of the main towns for example Corbridge, Hexham, and Prudhoe?

 

Response:

The 2016-17 net budget for Parking Administration and Operational budgets was £403,130.

Whilst both of these budgets relate to Civil Parking Enforcement income and expenditure, not all costs are associated solely with the Civil Parking Enforcement operation. E.g. the officers also enforce dog fouling and littering offences. It is therefore not possible for us to show this split within the budgets.

Furthermore Northumberland manages its civil enforcement budget at a County level rather than area level due to the manner in which the officers operate across the whole of the County and therefore cannot be split into individual locations.

 


3047 - Council tax credit accounts

Details:

Reference Number: 3047
Request Date: 04/09/2017

Question:

Please can you provide me with the following information under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000:-

1. A list of all properties that have any credit balance on their council tax account
2. The account number
3. The account holder
4. The property address including postcode
5. Billing Authority Reference Number
6. The current balance
7. Account Start Date
8. Account End Date

In reality we only require information on accounts that come under our instruction but as we have many different accounts/company names etc. it will be easier for you to provide a full list which we can filter.

 

Response:

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.

 


Attachments:

3048 - Public Space Protection Orders

Details:

Reference Number: 3048
Request Date: 06/09/2017

Question:

Please may I be provided with the following information:

1) Details of each Public Spaces Protection Order [PSPO] put forward for consultation by the local authority during the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of what was outlawed under the proposals);

2) Details of each Public Spaces Protection Order [PSPO] introduced by the local authority for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of each act outlawed under the order);

3) The number of fixed penalty notices issued for breach of a PSPO for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to September 2017 or the most recent statistics available;

4) The initial ‘fine’ amount for a fixed penalty notice issued for breach of a PSPO.

 

Response:

1. 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015;
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1

The proposed PSPO will have substantially the same effect as the existing Dog Control Orders, these effects being:

 

The fouling of land by dogs
To make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog which defecates on any land which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access to (with or without payment) including any land which is covered but which is open to the air on at least one side to fail to remove the faeces from the land forthwith.

The exclusion of dogs from land
To make it an offence for any person in charge of a dog to take or allow that dog into any area it is excluded from, namely:

all enclosed children’s play areas within the administrative county of Northumberland at any time;

The area of beach at Newbiggin by the Sea as shown hatched black on a plan annexed to the proposed PSPO at any time from 01 May to 30 September inclusive;

The area of beach at Blyth as shown hatched black on a plan annexed to the proposed PSPO at any time from 01 May to 30 September inclusive;

Dogs on leads
To make it an offence for any person in charge of a dog to fail to keep that dog on a lead of not more than 1.5 metres in length at all times on any land which is:

used as a memorial, burial ground, cemetery or garden of remembrance together with any forecourt, terrace, yard or walkway providing access, and together with adjoining verges, landscaped areas and gardens; or

a designated carriageway (A or B classified roads) together with the adjoining footpaths and verges of such carriageways.

Dogs on leads by direction
To make it an offence for any person in charge of a dog to fail to put and keep that dog on a lead of not more than 1.5 metres in length when directed to do so by an authorised officer or agent of the Council or by a police officer in respect of any land which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access to (with or without payment) including any land which is covered but which is open to the air on at least one side and

Any such direction may only be given if restraint of the dog is necessary to prevent a nuisance or behaviour by the dog likely to cause annoyance or disturbance to any other person on any land to which the PSPO applies or the worrying of any animal or bird.

The effect of the PSPO will further make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog and who appears to be in breach of any provision of the PSPO to:

fail to confirm their full name, address and date of birth when asked to do so by an authorised officer of the Council or by a Police officer; or knowingly make any misstatement to the officer requesting such information.

October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of what was outlawed under the proposals); 0

2) 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 0
1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of each act outlawed under the order); 1 (PSPO attached )

3) 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 0
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 0
1 October 2016 to September 2017 or the most recent statistics available; 55

4) Fine is £100 (reduced to £80 if paid within 7 days)

 


Attachments:

3051 - Service user / customer experience feedback surveys

Details:

Reference Number: 3051
Request Date: 07/09/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information, for any Service User and/or Customer Experience feedback surveys and contracts in place within the Authority.

1. Current supplier of service user/customer experience feedback surveys (This may be more than one. For example, one supplier may be providing a survey solution for community feedback whilst a different supplier may provide a survey solution for feedback within care homes and another supplier for contact centre surveys. Please provide details of supplier contracts for all).
2. Value of individual contract(s). Please specify whether “including VAT” or “plus VAT”.
3. Renewal date of current contract(s).
4. Contact details of officer(s) responsible for the contract(s).
5. Brief description of service provided by current supplier.
6. Where contracts have been renewed in the last 6 months, please can you also provide a shortlist of suppliers that bid for each contract.
7. Typical route to tender (i.e., what procurement portal or individual quote requests etc.).
8. Does the authority own and/or run Care Homes and if yes, how many.

 
 

Response:

1.
(a) The survey form that is provided as part of the google operating system/software package.
(b) Picker Institute Europe    
(c) National Highways and Transport Network

2.
(a) no charge
(b) £13,200 (including VAT)
(c) Annual fee = £8700.00

3.

(a) not applicable
(b) 2018
(c) No contract in place. Annual membership

4. Not applicable

5.

(a) & (b) Not applicable
(c) Annual Customer Service Satisfaction survey for Highways and Transport

6. Not applicable

7. Dependent upon value of term as to route. Any quotes or tenders would be published through ProContract. ProContract is widely used across the Public Sector. ProContract can be access using the following Council Link https://procontract.due-north.com/Login or Google.

8. The authority has two in–house care homes.

 


3052 - Cyber Security Suppliers and Vendors

Details:

Reference Number: 3052
Request Date: 07/09/2017

Question:

Under the freedom of information act 2000. I write to obtain the following details:

1) Name and role for IT Manager(s) / Officer(s) primarily responsible for cyber security

2) Names of all cyber security providers you work with and buy from

3) Names of all cyber security vendor(s) you use

3b) Renewal date for the above vendor(s)

3c) Cost and duration for the above contract(s)/license(s)

3d) For what purpose do you use the vendor
(E.g. Firewalls E.g.2 Anti-virus E.g.3 Vulnerability scanning E.g.4 PCI)

4) Number of websites the council is responsible for securing

 

Response:

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 M1Fatal 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.


(2) The purposes referred to in subsection (1)(g) to (i) are—

(a) the purpose of ascertaining whether any person has failed to comply with the law,
(b) the purpose of ascertaining whether any person is responsible for any conduct which is improper,
(c) the purpose of ascertaining whether circumstances which would justify regulatory action in pursuance of any enactment exist or may arise,
(d) the purpose of ascertaining a person’s fitness or competence in relation to the management of bodies corporate or in relation to any profession or other activity which he is, or seeks to become, authorised to carry on,
(e) the purpose of ascertaining the cause of an accident,
(f) the purpose of protecting charities against misconduct or mismanagement (whether by trustees or other persons) in their administration,
(g) the purpose of protecting the property of charities from loss or misapplication,
(h) the purpose of recovering the property of charities,
(i) the purpose of securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, and
(j) the purpose of protecting persons other than persons at work against risk to health or safety arising out of or in connection with the actions of persons at work.


(3)    The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that, compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, prejudice any of the matters mentioned in subsection (1).

Notice of Refusal

Please treat this letter as a Notice of Refusal as regards the information covered by the Section 31 Exemption.


3054 - Looked after Vietnamese Children

Details:

Reference Number: 3054
Request Date: 08/09/2017

Question:

I would like to know how many Looked After Vietnamese children (if possible, specifically Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking children) went missing a) permanently, b) temporarily, each month for 2016 and 2017 to date?

 

Response:

None

 


3055 - Business rates

Details:

Reference Number: 3055
Request Date: 08/09/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request the following non-domestic rating information regarding the hereditaments listed below in respect of the chargeable financial years 2004/5 to 2009/10:

- Liable ratepayers and their liability start and end dates
- Gross charges
- Empty periods
- Exemptions/reliefs/waivers

· Tower Garage and Coachworks, Regent Street, Blyth, Northd, NE24 1LL
Property Ref: BVNN00012070100135

· Wenade at Tower Garage, Regent Street, Blyth, Northd, NE24 1LL
Property Ref: BVNN0001207010014A

· R S Johnson Tower Garage, Regent Street, Blyth, Northd, NE24 1LL
Property Ref: BVNN00012070100111

· R S Johnson Tower Garage, Regent Street, Blyth, Northd, NE24 1LL
Property Ref: BVNN0001207010011R

· Mr Bush at Tower Garage, Regent Street, Blyth, Northd, NE24 1LL
Property Ref: BVNN0001207010022R

 

Response:

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the following information in response.


Tower Garage and Coachworks, Regent Street, Blyth, Northd, NE24 1LL
Property Ref: BVNN00012070100135
    R S Johnson Recovery Limited  -  01.04.04 to 31.03.05
    £7,296.00
    No Empty Periods
    No reliefs

 

· Wenade at Tower Garage, Regent Street, Blyth, Northd, NE24 1LL
Property Ref: BVNN0001207010014A
    No details to report. Properties created and then merged again on the 01.04.05 to create BVNN0001207010011R & BVNN0001207010022R

 

· R S Johnson Tower Garage, Regent Street, Blyth, Northd, NE24 1LL
Property Ref: BVNN00012070100111
    No details to report. Properties created and then merged again on the 01.04.05 to create BVNN0001207010011R & BVNN0001207010022R

 

· R S Johnson Tower Garage, Regent Street, Blyth, Northd, NE24 1LL
Property Ref: BVNN0001207010011R
    R S Johnson Recovery Limited  -  01.04.05 to 31.03.05
    £9,178.50 (2005/06), £9,417.75 (2006/07), £9,657.00 (2007/08), £10,048.50 (2008/09) and £10,548.75 (2009/10)
    No Empty Periods
    No reliefs

 

· Mr Bush at Tower Garage, Regent Street, Blyth, Northd, NE24 1LL
Property Ref: BVNN0001207010022R
    Individuals  -  01.04.05 to 31.03.10 (See below exempt information).
    £0.00 (2005/06), £0.00 (2006/07), £0.00 (2007/08), £0.00 (2008/09) and £0.00 (2009/10)
    Under De Minimis RV Level Exemption - 01.04.05 through to 31.03.10
    See Above

 

In the present case the County Council takes the view that some information is exempt under section 40, on the basis that it is personal information.  In this case the Authority relies on sections 40(2) & 40(3)(a) in line with the Information Commissioner's decision notices FS50628943 - https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-taken/decision-notices/2017/2013577/fs50628943.pdf, and FS50628978 - https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-taken/decision-notices/2017/2013576/fs50628978.pdf) dated 28 February 2017 finding that “the council should withhold information where it relates to a sole trader or a partnership.”.
 

Section 40 - Personal information .
 

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

(2)     Any information to which a request for information relates is also exempt information if-
 

(a)     it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1), and

 

(b)     either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.
 

(3)     The first condition is-
 

(a)     in a case where the information falls within any of paragraphs (a) to (d) of the definition of "data" in section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene-
 

(i)  any of the data protection principles, or
(ii) section 10 of that Act (right to prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress), and

 

(b)     in any other case, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene any of the data protection principles if the exemptions in section 33A(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (which relate to manual data held by public authorities) were disregarded.
 

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

(5)     The duty to confirm or deny-
 

(a)     does not arise in relation to information which is (or if it were held by the public authority would be) exempt information by virtue of subsection (1), and
 

(b)     does not arise in relation to other information if or to the extent that either-
 

(i)  the giving to a member of the public of the confirmation or denial that would have to be given to comply with section 1(1)(a) would (apart from this Act) contravene any of the data protection principles or section 10 of the Data Protection Act 1998 or would do so if the exemptions in section 33A(1) of that Act were disregarded, or
(ii) by virtue of any provision of Part IV of the Data Protection Act 1998 the information is exempt from section 7(1)(a) of that Act (data subject's right to be informed whether personal data being processed).


3058 - Managed Service Provider for temporary staffing

Details:

Reference Number: 3058
Request Date: 08/09/2017

Question:

Please can you advise the following information –

Do you currently have a contract(s) in place with a Managed Service Provider for temporary staffing requirements?
Can you confirm who this/these are with?
Please advise the start date of this/these?
Please advise the end date of this/these?
Please advise the duration (including possible extensions)?
Please advise the categories of staff this contract(s) covers?
What’s the annual spend via the contract(s)?
Please advise the breakdown per category of the spend via the contract?
Is there any off contract spend? If so how much?
Does this only cover temporary or does it include permanent staffing?
If both, please advise the temporary/permanent split?

 

Response:

All requested/captured information can be obtained from the Contracts Register on the below link:
http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Business/Suppliers/Working.aspx#howwework


3059 - Social work workforce costs

Details:

Reference Number: 3059
Request Date: 08/09/2017

Question:

I’m writing to request information about your local authority’s spending on children’s and adults’ social workers.

For Qs 1-3, I am aware that different councils use a range of job titles, but hopefully the employee types I have specified are generic enough to apply to your structures and capture all qualified social work staff and their managers.

1. What annual salary do you pay the following workers, when employed on staff contracts (if pay scales apply please provide the range) in your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services departments?
(i) NQSW/ASYE social worker
(ii) qualified social worker
(iii) advanced/senior practitioner (caseholder)
(iv) frontline team manager/practice lead/IRO
(v) service manager/assistant director
(vi) director
Please DO NOT include any employee benefits, bonuses etc in this answer.

2. What is the annual 'true employee cost', factoring in NICs, benefits and all other costs of the following workers, when employed on staff contracts (if pay scales apply please provide the range) in your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services departments?
(i) NQSW/ASYE social worker
(ii) qualified social worker
(iii) advanced/senior practitioner (caseholder)
(iv) frontline team manager/practice lead/IRO
(v) service manager/assistant director
(vi) director

3. How much per hour do you pay the following workers, when hiring them as locums in your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services departments?
(i) NQSW/ASYE social worker
(ii) qualified social worker
(iii) advanced/senior practitioner (caseholder)
(iv) frontline team manager/practice lead/IRO
(v) service manager/assistant director
(vi) director
Please quote the top-line pay rate, before any employer’s NICs etc have been deducted.

4. For the tax year 2016/17, what was your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services department's total spend on:
(i) Employed social work staff (salaries only)
(ii) Employed social work staff (true cost)
(iii) Locum social work staff (wages)
(iv) Locum social work staff (true cost, including but not limited to agency fees, travel/accommodation allowances etc)

5. How much of the 2016/17 spend on locums in your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services department was ‘off-framework’; i.e. outside your neutral vendor/PSL?

6. What was your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services department’s total annual budget for 2016/17?

7. For (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services, how much was this over- or under-spent by?

Response:

1. Annual salary
(i) NQSW/ASYE social worker
a) Children’s services - Northumberland County Council Band 8 first salary point (for this question and for others giving responses from Children’s Services, please see the attached Northumberland County Council pay scales for details of the range).

b) Adults services - NHS Agenda for Change Band 5, first salary point (for this question and for others giving responses for Adult Services, please see the attached NHS pay scales for details of the range).

(ii) qualified social worker
a) Children’s services - Northumberland County Council Band 8 (second point upwards)
b) Adult services - NHS Agenda for Change Band 5/6 (second point upwards)

(iii) advanced/senior practitioner (caseholder)
a) Children’s services - Northumberland County Council Band 9
b) Adult services - NHS Agenda for Change Band 7

(iv) frontline team manager/practice lead/IRO
a) Children’s services - Northumberland County Council Band 10
b) Adult services - NHS Agenda for Change Band 7. Note: IROs are not used in adult social care

(v) service manager/assistant director
a) Children’s Services - Northumberland County Council Band 13
b) Adult services - NHS Agenda for Change Band 8-9

(vi) director
a) Children’s services - Northumberland County Council Band 17
b) Adult services - c.£115,000.

2. True employee cost
This is available on the attached Northumberland County Council and NHS Agenda for Change payscales.

3. Agency hourly rates
The hourly rate paid by children’s services for locum social workers varies from £20.10 to £33.00. Our information on the pay of social workers employed through external agencies is not held in a way that enables us to distinguish between their different levels.
Adult services do not hire qualified social worker locums.

4. Social work staff spend
(i) Employed social work staff (salaries only)
a) Children’s Services - £2.9m (qualified social workers).
b) Adult services - £2.4m (qualified social workers, estimated figure).

(ii) Employed social work staff (true cost)
a) Children’s Services - £3.7m (qualified social workers).
b) Adult services - £3m (qualified social workers, estimated figure).

(iii) Locum social work staff (wages)
a) Children’s Services - We do not hold this information in a way which allows us to separate wages from the other costs in your request.
b) Adult Services - We do not hold this information in a way which allows us to separate wages from the other costs in your request.

(iv) Locum social work staff (true cost, including but not limited to agency fees, travel/accommodation allowances etc.)
a) Children’s Services - £618k (locum social workers)
b) Adult Services - We do not use locum staff in adult social services.

5. Agency spend
(a) Children’s Services - £82,643
(b) Adult Services - Not applicable.

6. Budget
a) Children’s Services - The net budget was £31,888,000.
b) Adult Services - The net budget was £85,221,000.

7. Over/underspend

a) Children’s Services - £5,894,000 overspent.
b) Adult services - £931,000 underspend.


3062 - Penalty charge notices

Details:

Reference Number: 3062
Request Date: 11/09/2017

Question:

1. The number of penalty charge notices issued in each of the following financial years – 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17
2. For each of the financial years above, the number of appeals against penalty charge notices issued within those years
3. For each of the financial years above, the number of the appeals in question 2 that you accepted/upheld (ie that resulted in the PCN being cancelled)
4. For each of the financial years above, the number of the appeals in question 2 that you rejected (ie that resulted in the PCN staying in force)
5. For each of the financial years above, the number of the PCNs in question 1 that you are still chasing for payment
6. For each of the financial years above, the number of the PCNs in question 1 that you have written off (ie that remain in force, but which you have given up chasing for payment)
7. For each of the financial years above, the total income from PCNs. Please provide gross figures and separate net figures, if available, once costs have been taken into consideration.
8. Please state the amount you charge for a PCN and what discount, if any, is applied for early payment and the terms of discount, eg £60, reduced to £30 if paid within two weeks

Response:

See table below for answers to questions 1 - 6 inclusive.

   

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

1

No PCNs Issued

20387

16885

23126

23016

17963

2

No of challenges (appeals) received

4865

4352

4844

4037

2910

3

Total no of PCNs cancelled as a result of a successful challenge (appeal)

2149

2255

961

890

791

4

No of challenges (appeals) rejected

2716

2097

3883

3147

2119

5

No of PCNs unpaid and still being chased

0

0

0

2951

2910

6

No of PCNs written off/unpaid not being chased

6696

4793

3411

561

499


7. As a public-funded organisation, we have a duty to residents to be transparent in how council tax money is spent, our business operations and outcomes.

On our website there is a link to NCC Transparency information (http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Transparency.aspx#transparency)

In the section Council Parking we include information on our parking account showing a breakdown of income and expenditure on the authority's on-street and off-street parking accounts.

This contains the most up to date published information.

8. Lower rate PCN’s are £50, with a 14 day 50% discounted rate of £25
HIgher rate PCNs are £70, with a 14 day 50% discounted rate of £35.


3063 - Car clocking

Details:

Reference Number: 3063
Request Date: 12/09/2017

Question:

Illegal car clocking/ vehicle mileage adjustment is in the news at the moment as such could you answer the following questions.

1) How many cases of car clocking has your council investigated in the last 5 years?

2) Of those cases, how many were dealt with by prosecuting the suspected offenders?

3) How many of those prosecutions were successful?

4) In total, how many vehicles were involved in the successfully prosecuted cases?

5) What is your council’s policy for alerting innocent members of the public and motor trade to vehicles the council has successfully proven have been "clocked"?

6) Can you provide confirmation in respect of question 5 of the type of action you have taken to warn people about the vehicles you have discovered to have been clocked?
For example, publishing ‎vehicle details, alerting Auto Trader or other specialist publications; registering data with HPI and other mileage data services.

7) Has the council or trading standards department seized any "clocked" vehicles ‎over the past five years and subsequently destroyed them?

 

Response:

1) 2 on-going

2) See 1 above

3) See 1 above

4) See 1 above

5) Press Releases are put out.

6) See 5 above

7) No


3064 - Public health funerals

Details:

Reference Number: 3064
Request Date: 12/09/2017

Question:

Has the Council conducted any ‘Public Health Act Funerals since 7/7/17 to the present (the day you respond to this request)?

If the answer to this question is yes, please disclose:
The full names of the deceased
The date of birth of the deceased
The date of death of the deceased
The last known address of the deceased
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).

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

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:

 

Name

Date of birth

Marital status

Maiden name

Date of death

Value of estate

Info passed to Treasury Solicitor

James MacGilray Gilfillan

06/04/1948

Single

N/A

28/07/2017

More than £500

To be referred to Government Legal Department

Thomas Paul MacKenley

27/06/1966

Single

N/A

27/07/2017

N/A

Not to be referred.  Next of kin found

Ann Margaret Scott

07/03/1947

Single

N/A

04/08/2017

N/A

Not to be referred.  Next of kin found

Andrew John Bladon

16/09/1971

Divorced

N/A

07/08/2017

N/A

Not to be referred.  Next of kin found

 

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

31 Law enforcement.

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

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


Northumberland County Council have dealt with 6 similar FOI requests within the time scale.

The Council has 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.


3067 - Child employment permits

Details:

Reference Number: 3067
Request Date: 12/09/2017

Question:

· If applicable to your council, how many 13-15 year-olds were licenced to work part-time in the area in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016?
· If data available, how many child employment permits were issued in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016?

 

Response:

Children who were licensed to work part-time and were issued with a child employment permit:
 

Child Employment Data Information September 2010 - July 2011
71 students

Child Employment Data September 2011 - July 2012
179 students

Child Employment Data Information September 2012 - July 2013
173 students

Child Employment Data Information September 2013 – July 2014
156 students

Child Employment Data Information 2014-15
101 students

Child Employment Data Information September 2015 – July 2016
90 students

 


3068 - Leased/financed/owned vehicles

Details:

Reference Number: 3068
Request Date: 12/09/2017

Question:

My questions relate to Northumberland Council &#40 Unitary&#41 (the council).

1) How many vehicles does the council currently lease? *
2) What is the council’s yearly budget for leased vehicles?
3) How many vehicles does the council currently have on Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)?
4) What is the council’s yearly budget for vehicles on PCP?
5) How many vehicles does the council currently have on Hire Purchase (HP)?
6) What is the council’s yearly budget for vehicles on HP?
7) How many vehicles does the council currently own on other types of finance (not leasing, PCP or HP)?
8) What is the council’s yearly budget for vehicles on other types of finance (not leasing, PCP or HP)?
9) How many vehicles does the council currently own outright?
10) What is the council’s vehicle purchase budget for the past 10 years?

* Leasing refers to personal contract hire or business contract hire

Response:

he Unitary Authority of Northumberland County Council came into existence on 1st April 2009, data prior to this date is not available, therefore the figures provided are for financial years 2009/2010 to 2017/2018:

1) Northumberland County Council has 203 leased vehicles as at 30th September 2017.

2) Each year the Council determines whether it is best value to lease or purchase vehicles based on: borrowing and lease rates; the length of time the vehicle is required; and the estimated residual value.

The Council’s budget for leased vehicles therefore varies each year, the budget for financial year 2017/2018 is £1,096,580.

Not all of the budget information for financial years 2009/2010 to 2017/2018 is available, but the actual vehicle lease costs for these financial years are shown in the table below:

 

Financial year

Vehicle lease costs (actuals)

2009/2010

£1,272,012

2010/2011

£1,644,247

2011/2012

£2,833,138

2012/2013

£2,068,610

2013/2014

£1,482,546

2014/2015

£1,258,444

2015/2016

£1,127,606

2016/2017

£992,428

2017/2018

£862,462 (estimated)


3) The Council has no vehicles on Personal Contract Purchase (PCP).

4) N/A.

5) The Council has no vehicles on Hire Purchase (HP).

6) N/A.

7) The Council has no vehicles on other types of finance (not leasing, PCP or HP).

8) N/A.

9) The Council holds information on assets which cost over £10,000. As at 30th September 2017 the number of vehicles currently owned outright over this amount is 605.

10) Not all of the budget information for financial years 2009/2010 to 2017/2018 is available, but the Council’s vehicle purchase costs for these financial years are shown in the table below:

 

Financial year

Vehicle purchase costs (actuals)

2009/2010

£1,468,040

2010/2011

£3,162,072

2011/2012

£2,362,332

2012/2013

£4,146,902

2013/2014

£6,637,758

2014/2015

£2,705,558

2015/2016

£3,492,275

2016/2017

£1,419,720

2017/2018

£4,741,300 (estimated)



3069 - Broadband in schools

Details:

Reference Number: 3069
Request Date: 13/09/2017

Question:

1. Who provides the broadband service to schools in your local authority?
2. If you/your local authority no longer provide broadband services to schools, at what date did this service cease?
3. If you do provide the broadband service to schools what date do the contracts end?
4. What notice period is required by the school?
5. What content filtering and firewalls do you use/schools use with regards to internet security/online safety?

Response:

1. Most schools have a broadband SLA supplied through the LA by BT.

2. N/A

3. March 2020.

4. 1 Year.

5. Northumberland County Council do not provide this information pursuant to Section 31(1)(a) Freedom of Information Act.

We are refusing this 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

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.

(2) The purposes referred to in subsection (1)(g) to (i) are—

(a) the purpose of ascertaining whether any person has failed to comply with the law,
(b) the purpose of ascertaining whether any person is responsible for any conduct which is improper,
(c) the purpose of ascertaining whether circumstances which would justify regulatory action in pursuance of any enactment exist or may arise,
(d) the purpose of ascertaining a person’s fitness or competence in relation to the management of bodies corporate or in relation to any profession or other activity which he is, or seeks to become, authorised to carry on,
(e) the purpose of ascertaining the cause of an accident,
(f) the purpose of protecting charities against misconduct or mismanagement (whether by trustees or other persons) in their administration,
(g) the purpose of protecting the property of charities from loss or misapplication,
(h) the purpose of recovering the property of charities,
(i) the purpose of securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, and
(j) the purpose of protecting persons other than persons at work against risk to health or safety arising out of or in connection with the actions of persons at work.


3074 - Services which trade to generate profit

Details:

Reference Number: 3074
Request Date: 11/09/2017

Question:

1. Which of your services trade to generate profit (please include services delivered through arms-length companies or similar bodies)?

2. How many staff are employed in each of the service areas listed in your answer to question 1 (please break you answer down into: senior managers [i.e. Head of Service or above], middle managers and supervisors, front line operatives including team leaders?

3. Of the staff listed for question 2, how many of them are subject to some form of performance related pay incentive?

4. What performance areas are targeted by the performance related pay incentives identified in your response to question 3?

5. How have the performance areas detailed in your answer to question 4 performed over the past 3 years (or since the performance related pay was introduced if it has been in place for less than 3 years)?

6. If your answer to question 5 identifies that the performance of any areas has not improved, has your authority identified any reasons why the performance related pay has not delivered the desired result?

Response:

1. Within Learning & Development, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service has two service areas generating profit;
Commercial Training
Driving School

2. Commercial Training x 1 full time staff member and Driving School x 1 full time member of staff

3. Neither are subject to performance related pay.

4. Not applicable.

5. Not applicable.

6. Not applicable.

 


3075 - Schools fitted with sprinkler systems

Details:

Reference Number: 3075
Request Date: 13/09/2017

Question:

The number of schools and sixth form colleges (both primary, secondary and further education) in the local authority that are currently fitted with fire sprinkler systems

The number of schools and sixth form colleges (both primary, secondary and further education) in the local authority that are currently NOT fitted with fire sprinkler systems

Please provide the information where you can e.g. if you only hold the information on maintained schools, then please add this caveat in.

Please provide any relevant detail where appropriate.

Response:

Of the schools we maintain, sprinkler systems are installed in the following 4 schools:

New Delaval Primary School
Newsham Primary School

Hexham Priory School
Atkinson House School (has its own specialist provider, however NCC check that it’s being maintained).

There are currently 129 schools within the local authority which do not have sprinklers fitted.

In addition the following two education buildings have sprinkler systems installed:

Fuse Media Centre (Prudhoe)
Kyloe House (Stannington)

It should be noted that academies or PFI buildings (Blyth Quays Trust ,Cramlington Learning Village, Josephine Butler, Bedlington High, Duchess High, Prudhoe High, for example) may have sprinklers, however NCC does not manage or their services.

 


3077 - Personal support provision

Details:

Reference Number: 3077
Request Date: 13/09/2017

Question:

I am doing some research into how business support is delivered for senior/executive leaders across your organisation. If possible, I would like to know how you deliver your personal support in relation to the below please?:

1. How much Personal / Executive support do the following officers receive (or equivalent roles in your organisation) in FTE?

• Chief Executive
• Cabinet Members
• Exec Directors
• Directors
• Heads of Service / other senior leaders

2. Can you provide the role profiles for support staff to the above officers including salary bands?

3. Have you got examples of the types of support activity provided e.g. diary management, inbox management, meeting arrangement, complaints tracking, forward planning, action tracking and minute taking etc.

4. Is policy support included in the support provided by the above roles? If policy support is provided, is this in addition to the above support roles?

Response:

1.
• Chief Executive​ - 1.00 FTE​
• Cabinet Members​ - 2.00 FTE​
• Exec Directors​ - n/a
• Directors​ - 6.67 FTE​​
• Heads of Service / other senior leaders 3.5 FTE

Please note a number of PAs provide support to one or more Directors or Heads of Service. The Chief Executive is supported by an Executive Assistant.

2. Please see attached job descriptions, salary band for the PA is £18,070-£20,138 and the Executive Assistant is £23,398-£25,951.

3. Please see attached job descriptions.

4. Please see attached job descriptions.

 


3078 - Council Tax & Empty Homes

Details:

Reference Number: 3078
Request Date: 13/09/2017

Question:

I am interested in finding out how the local authority distributes discounts for Council Tax on dwellings which are empty. I am also interested in finding ​​out how the Council has been applying the ‘empty home premium’ since the legislation was introduced in April 2013.

Consequently, I would be grateful if you could provide the following information:

1) The number of dwellings which have been in receipt of a Class C discount (vacant dwellings) to their Council Tax charge in each month since April 2013.

2) The number of dwellings which have been charged the additional 50% empty home premium in each month since April 2013.

3) The average time (mean and mode, if possible) for which a dwelling is

a) in receipt of a Class C discount, and
b) being charged the additional empty home premium.

4) The number of dwellings granted a Class C discount to their Council Tax because they were uninhabitable in each month since April 2013.

5) To give some idea of Council Tax revenue to the local authority, I would like to know

a) the sum total of Class C discounts,
b) the average (mean) amount of discount each property received, and
c) the average (mean) percentage of discount that each property received

in GBP for each month since April 2013.

As you can see, I have requested the information to be given for the period April 2013 to the present and by month. However, I understand if a monthly breakdown is not possible, in which case I would appreciate the closest approximation. I would also appreciate it if the information could be provided in a digital format.

Response:

1) 0, we do not offer a discount

2) We are unable to supply monthly figures, we currently have 618 properties being charged an empty homes premium.

 

Figures for previous years were:

2013/14 - 748

2014/15 - 696

2015/16 - 748

2016/17 - 698

3)

a) 0, we do not offer a discount
b) based on current figures the average number of days is 1779

4) 0, we do not offer a discount

5)

a) £0 for class C, £410,330 charged for empty homes premium so far this year.
b) £0.00
c) 0%

 


3079 - Funding to Schools re staff absence costs

Details:

Reference Number: 3079
Request Date: 14/09/2017

Question:

I would like to request a copy of the authority’ scheme which is made available to schools to fund their teacher and staff absence costs for the 2017/18 academic year. Kindly extend this request to include any separate provision, should the authority operate a stand-alone scheme funding the cost of school employees on maternity leave.

Response:

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

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 43(2): Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it).

Public Interest Test Considerations

Section 43 is a qualified exemption which means that the information falling within the exemption still has to be released unless the public interest in disclosure is outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the exemption.

The reasons why the public interest favours withholding the information are prejudicial to the commercial activities of the Local Authority.


3081 - Draft budget for 2018/19

Details:

Reference Number: 3081
Request Date: 14/09/2017

Question:

- When will the council publish the draft budget for the 2018/19 year?
- Where on it website will the budget documents be published?
- At what meeting and on what date will the draft budget be up for discussion/approval?
- Where on the council’s website will the final budget documents be published?

Response:

- It is likely that the draft budget will be presented to the Corporate Services and Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee in January 2018 and then Cabinet in February 2018.

- http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meetings.aspx . Select the relevant month and year and then click on; Corporate Services and Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee, then select the agenda item.

- The draft Budget will be submitted for approval at its full Council meeting on 21 February 2018.

- http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Finance/Budget-updates.aspx


3082 - Cost Code Descriptions

Details:

Reference Number: 3082
Request Date: 14/09/2017

Question:

I wish to receive a list of your organisation’s cost codes and a description of what each code stands for. I use the term “cost codes” to refer to codes used by the council relating to a specific area of spending. If the council uses a different term for such spending areas, I would like to be informed of such difference.

I would like this information to be presented as follows:

Cost code: xxxx Description: xxxx (what this cost code represents)

Response:

See attachment


Attachments:

3083 - Long Term Care

Details:

Reference Number: 3083
Request Date: 15/09/2017

Question:

Please respond to the questions with a definitive ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ – if your response requires qualification, then please do make this clear.

1. Does the council routinely include a long-term (more than three years into the future) planning component in their annual review and care planning process for people with care and support needs? Please respond Yes or No.

2. Does the council routinely support adults with long-term care and support needs to plan for their future care needs, beyond the next three years? Please answer Yes or No.

3. Of the adults in the council area with care and support needs whose primary carer is a parent, relative or friend, does the council routinely plan for a situation where that carer is no longer able (for whatever reason) to meet the support needs of the individual? Please answer Yes or No.

4. What percentage of adults with long-term care and support needs in the council area, have a friend or family member as a primary carer?

For the purpose of clarity, we are issuing the same request to every council in England under the Freedom of Information Act, and we intend to use the responses for media and campaigning purposes.

Response:

1. Long-term care plans reflect the personal requirements and preferences of different individuals and they will therefore vary from individual to individual, and the nature of their condition or disability. The binary “yes” or “no” response requested risks over-simplifying this approach.

2. We expect staff involved in assessment and care and support planning to adopt the approach which is appropriate to a person's situation. In some situations, such as when a young adult is in transition from children's services, long-term planning is essential; in other cases, such as when we are supporting someone whose condition means that they are unlikely to live for more than three years, it would clearly be inappropriate.

3. In the course of assessing a person's needs, we always take account of the support provided by carers, and consider what eligible needs the person has which do not immediately require services but which might do so if the person was not available to provide support. The extent to which detailed plans are required or would be useful depends on individual circumstances.

4. 44.1% of clients with long-term care and support needs (living in the community) have a friend or family member recorded as a primary carer (as at 1st September 2017).


3084 - Seagulls

Details:

Reference Number: 3084
Request Date: 15/09/2017

Question:

1. How many complaints did the council receive about seagulls in each of the following years – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?

2. In each of the years referred to in Question 1: (i) what measures, if any, were taken by the council directly against seagulls (for example, egg or nest removal or installation of roof spikes) and (ii) how much did each measure cost?

3. In each of the years referred to in Question 1, what measures, if any, were taken by the council either directly against members of the public in relation to feeding seagulls (for example, anti-social behavioural measures or fines) or to deter members of the public from feeding seagulls (for example, public education, such as leaflets or street signage about bird-feeding)?

4.
(i) What measures, if any, have been taken by the council so far this year (up to 31 July 2017) in relation to seagulls, and
(ii) how much has each measure cost?


5.
(i) Has the council introduced any Public Space Protection Orders relating to seagulls (for example, prohibiting people from feeding seagulls within a defined area) under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014? If so,
(ii) what is the specified offence relating to seagulls, and
(iii) how many fixed penalty notices have been issued in relation to it since its introduction?
(iv) If the council has not introduced any Public Space Protection Orders for this purpose, has it discussed and/or consulted on doing so?


6.
(i) Has the council introduced any Public Space Protection Orders relating to the feeding of any other birds (for example, pigeons) under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014?
(ii) If so, what is the specified offence, and
(iii) how many fixed penalty notices have been issued in relation to it since its introduction?


7.
(i) Has the council issued any Community Protection Notices under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 in relation to the feeding of seagulls or the feeding of any other birds?
(ii) If so, how many such Notices have been issued, and for what specific reason (with a breakdown please – in relation to seagulls/other birds)?

 

Response:

1.

2010 there was 2 seagull complaints
2011 there was 4 seagull complaints
2012 there was 8 seagull complaints
2013 there was 16 seagull complaints
2014 there was 11 seagull complaints
2015 there was 9 seagull complaints
2016 there was 7 seagull complaints
2017 to date have been 7 seagull complaints

2.

(i) In 2016 we took the following action:
Bird spikes on the roof were reinforced as the seagulls were taking them off and throwing them to the ground -
(ii) cost £2484
Gull Bird net was installed on the flat roof. This would prevent the gulls access to the roof in question and nesting in this area -
(ii) cost £1897.50

3. Informal letters are sent to persons feeding birds in their homes. No fines have been imposed or actions taken under The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 by this authority.

4.

(i) No measures have were taken against the seagulls but complainants have been advised in all cases either by telephone, an e-mail or a letter.
(ii) No cost incurred.

5.

(i) The Council has not introduced any Public Space Protection Orders for seagulls.
(ii) None.
(iii) None.
(iv) Not at present.

6.

(i) The Council has not introduced any Public Space Protection Orders for feeding of birds.
(ii) None.
(iii) None.

7.

(i) No Community Protection Notices have been issued in relation to feeding seagulls.
(ii) None.


3085 - Children of alcoholics

Details:

Reference Number: 3085
Request Date: 15/09/2017

Question:

1) Does the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health have an estimate for the number of:

a) Dependent drinkers within your local authority area?
b) Hazardous drinkers within your local authority area?

2) Does the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health have an estimate for the number of children in your local authority area in;
a) Families with a dependent drinker(s)
b) Families with a hazardous drinker(s)
3) Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with the estimates referenced in request 1 and 2?

4) Does the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health have in place a strategy of support for children of:

a) Dependent drinkers
b) Hazardous drinkers

5) If so can I;

a) Have a copy of the strategy referenced in request 4 and;
b) Have an estimate of the budget provision made for this support

6) Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with an estimate for the number of referrals in your area made for treatments for alcohol misuse in the last year for which data is available?

7) Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with an estimate for the amount spent on treatments for alcohol misuse in the last year for which data is available?

8) Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with an estimate for the amount your local authority area is forecast to spend on treatments for alcohol misuse in:

a) 2016/17
b) 2017/18
c) 2018/19

 

Response:

1)

a) The best available estimates of the number of people with an alcohol use disorder is based on the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014 (which asks questions of around 7500 adults in England). The model estimates prevalence based on rates of alcohol dependence and alcohol attributable hospital admissions for the area, as well as age, sex, IMD score, and ethnicity. This data would suggest that there could be 3236 dependent drinkers in Northumberland (confidence intervals between 2587 and 4282).

b) The number of hazardous drinkers has not been estimated for a number of years as the classifications of drinkers changed in 2009 to low risk, increasing risk and high risk. As these 2009 estimates are now quite old and therefore unreliable, they are not used currently. The best we have available to assess drinking behaviour are percentage of adults binge drinking and drinking over 14 units per week which can be found on the Local Alcohol Profiles for England. This estimate would suggest that 18%, or 46,264 people binge drink and 26% or 66,826 people drink over 14 units per week.

2) We do not hold this data.

3) We do not hold this data.

4) There isn’t a specific strategy for these groups of children. Their needs would be assessed against the local safeguarding children board multi agency thresholds of need and relevant services provided accordingly. This document can be found on the LSCB website.

5) As there is not a specific strategy for these groups of children, we do not have an estimate of the proportion of the total budget for support to children and families which is comprised of parental alcohol use.

6) The drug and alcohol treatment service received 1063 referrals for support for alcohol during 2016/2017. 332 people then went on to start structured treatment.

Further referrals for alcohol misuse were made to the alcohol liaison (Alcohol Care) team in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, but we do not hold data on the number of referrals.

7) There is a specialist substance misuse service who work with individuals misusing a range of substances including opiates, non opiates and alcohol and it is not possible to isolate the expenditure of the service on alcohol specifically. The total spent on substance misuse services for financial year 2016/17 was £2,248,510. This includes the specialist service (which covers both drug and alcohol).

 

Alcohol prevention is delivered as part of an Integrated Wellbeing Service which includes alcohol screening and brief intervention training and delivery, local campaigns, group and one to one support. As the service aims to promote health and wellbeing rather than individual single lifestyle factors and people present with multiple health risk factors is not possible to quantify how much of the overall funding and activity relates to alcohol only.

We are able however to identify that part of this service delivers 6,000 alcohol screens and brief interventions per annum.

As part of the 0-19 Integrated Public Health Service, there is the provision of SORTED. SORTED is a young people’s substance misuse service that operates throughout Northumberland. The service provides information, advice, treatment and care to young people who are under the age of 18 who are experiencing difficulties because of their use of substances, which includes alcohol. As this service is part of the wider 0-19 Integrated
Public Health Service, we are unable to provide the budget for SORTED.

8)

a) 2016/17    £2,982,816
b) 2017/18    £2,674,520
c) 2018/19    £2,674,520

Please note that this is for all substance misuse not just alcohol.


3089 - Data Protection Regulations

Details:

Reference Number: 3089
Request Date: 18/09/2017

Question:

1. What is the name & job-title of the your council's Caldicott Guardian(s)?

2. What is the name and job title of the manager(s) who has operational responsibility for information governance?

3. Does your local authority have a designated data protection officer? If so, what is their name & job-title?

4. What steps has your local authority taken to prepare for the implementation of General Data Protection Regulations in May 2018?

 

Response:

1. Elizabeth Morgan, Interim Director of Public Health.

2. Neil Arnold, Chief Information Officer and Fay Cooper, Strategic Programmes Manager.

3. The Data Protection Officer for Northumberland County Council is Fay Cooper, Strategic Programmes Manager.

4. The Council are currently designing a programme to detail our approach to GDPR. This will be signed off by our Senior Leadership Team in October 2017.

 


3094 - Supply cover in schools

Details:

Reference Number: 3094
Request Date: 18/09/2017

Question:

I am interested in the amounts paid by each school in your Local Authority directly on supply cover (as would be recorded for Consistent Financial Reporting purposes under code E02) and also to third parties in relation to agency supply staff (as would be recorded for Consistent Financial Reporting purposes under code E26).

I am looking for this data for the 2016/17 academic year (Sept 16 - Aug 17) and would like this supplied in an editable excel spreadsheet please detailing:
School URN
School DfE Number
School Name
E02 Direct Supply Spend Total
E26 Agency Supply Spend Total
Additional information:
If possible, please also provide the E26 Agency Spend broken down by individual supplier on a separate worksheet
Please sort the schools by type i.e. Primary, Secondary, SEN
If data is not available for this time period please can it be provided for the 2016/17 financial year (Apr 16 - Mar 17)

Response:

See attachment


Attachments:

3095 - Local Authority funding

Details:

Reference Number: 3095
Request Date: 18/09/2017

Question:

The information pertains to the financial assessment process undergone for local authority funding to cover care needs. This includes, but is not limited to, care support within the home, or in residential care homes.

The information I would like is;

1) The total number of people who have applied for local authority funding to cover care needs between 2013 – present (broken down by year)
2) The number of times the deliberate deprivation rule has been used since 2013 to deny funding (broken down by year)
3) The total value of assets involved in cases where the deliberate deprivation rule has been used to deny funding since 2013 (broken down by year)

Response:

1) People applying for funding for care*
2013/14 - 2,129
2014/15 - 2,155
2015/16 - 2,432
2016/17 - 2,659

*These figures show the number of new financial assessments conducted in each financial year. These assessments usually precede applications for local authority support with care costs.

2) This information is set out in the table below.

Uses of the deliberate deprivation rule

2013/14

Twice

2014/15

-

2015/16

-

2016/17

Once

2017/18

Twice


3) This information is set out in the table below.

Estimated value of assets “deliberately deprived”

2013/14

£340,000

2014/15

-

2015/16

-

2016/17

Not known

2017/18

£113,000



3096 - Children in care for assaulting family/carers

Details:

Reference Number: 3096
Request Date: 18/09/2017

Question:

1. How many children have been taken into care for assaulting or abusing their parents/siblings/carers in each of the following years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (in financial or calendar years, however this information is held)?

2. Of those children mentioned in question 1, how many have have been diagnosed with autism? Please could you provide a similar breakdown for each of the same years requested in question 1.

3. How many of these children attended any programmes aimed at perpetrators of domestic violence in those same years requested in question 1.

 

Response:

1.
2012 - 0
2013 - less than 5
2014 - 0
2015 - 0
2016 - 0
2017 - 0

2.
Nil

3.
N/A

 


3097 - Council Solicitors

Details:

Reference Number: 3097
Request Date: 19/09/2017

Question:

Kindly identify that authority which permits your council to provide to its officers, employees and councillors acting in their personal capacity free of charge the use of its legal services department/ solicitors.

Response:

Such services are not provided on any basis.


3099 - Museums

Details:

Reference Number: 3099
Request Date: 19/09/2017

Question:

1. The names and addresses of all museums owned and run by the Council, including those run through a Trust on the Council’s behalf.
2. Total annual opening hours for each museum in (1) for each year since 2010.

Response:

1.

Woodhorn Museum QEII Country Park Ashington Northumberland NE63 9YF
Berwick Museum and Art Gallery The Barracks Parade Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1DG
Hexham Old Gaol Hallgate Market Place Hexham Northumberland NE46 1XD
Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum Bridge Street Morpeth Northumberland NE61 1PJ

2. Total annual opening hours for each museum in (1) for each year since 2010.

Below is a breakdown of open hours for Woodhorn, Hexham, Berwick and Morpeth, we can only confirm information for Woodhorn – the other sites are estimates based on the standard opening hours across a given year (on current patterns) as we don’t have detailed enough information on individual years for those sites.

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

 

Woodhorn

1783

1843

1854

1824

1837

1905

1810

 

Hexham

946*

946*

946*

946*

946*

946*

946*

 

*Based on expected pattern of opening – not adjusted for seasonal variance (Easter timings) or unscheduled closures

Berwick

1066*

1066*

1066*

1066*

1066*

1066*

1066*

Morpeth

2142*

2142*

2142*

2142*

2142*

2142*

2142*



3101 - Blue Badge Scheme

Details:

Reference Number: 3101
Request Date: 19/09/2017

Question:

I would be obliged if you would kindly gather and provide the following information on the above:

i. What is the total number of blue badges issued to disabled people as at the latest date you hold records for, prior to the major reform dated 2012/2013?

ii. When the above badges expired, did your council apply the new, changed criteria for the issue of badges strictly according to Government guidelines?

iii. What is the total number of badges currently on issue to all those who are eligible 'automatically'?

iv. What is the total number of badges currently issued under the 'non-automatic/non-mandatory' regulations?

v. Has there ever been a significant number of badges denied to applicants in the 'non-automatic' category, on renewal under the post-2012/2013 criteria? If so, what were the specific grounds for this? [The word 'significant' here means more than one hundred.]

vi. How many blue badges, previously awarded under the existing scheme prior to 2013 reforms, has your council renewed since, even though applicants failed to satisfy the new criteria?

vii. How many prosecutions has your council made of persons, badge holder and others, for alleged abuse of the blue badge scheme?

Response:

i. ​Number on issue at 31 Mar 13 = 15517

Ii.​ Yes​

iii. 8585​

iv. 7823​

v. Yes as a result of new government guidelines​

vi. Total renewals issued under the non-automatic/non mandatory regulations ​for 13/14, 14/15 & 15/16 is 2635

vii. None ​

 


3103 - Social Care packages

Details:

Reference Number: 3103
Request Date: 19/09/2017

Question:

1. The number of people who have died while waiting for a social care package to commence, after an assessment has been made
 

2. The number of people who waited more than a year, or who have been waiting more than a year for a social care package to commence
 

3. In the week of August 28 to September 3, 2017, how many hours of agreed social care went unmet (i.e. hours contained on entire care plans which were not able to started or extra hours that were needed on existing care plans but were unable to be added).

 

Response:

1. We have not been able to identify from an examination of our records any clients who have died awaiting the start of a package of care.

2. We are not able to give a meaningful numerical answer to this question. We have arrangements for working with providers to ensure that support is in place as soon as possible, and we also have arrangements for bridging any delays, for instance by providing short-term support from staff in our reablement service. In cases where special arrangements like this are made, our information systems do not record the details in a way which readily permits statistical analysis. There are also situations in which services have been approved, but service users and family members wish to discuss details further before they start -- again, our systems are not designed to capture this information statistically.

3. We are confident that there are no long delays in commencing care services in situations where there is clear agreement about what support is needed and how it will be provided. In unusual situations where difficult issues need to be resolved about the best way to provide support to someone with particularly complex needs, this process can occasionally be quite lengthy, but people would never be left without safe and satisfactory support during that period.

 


3106 - Section 3 of the Protection from Harassment Act

Details:

Reference Number: 3106
Request Date: 20/09/2017

Question:

Kindly identify and provide me copy of that authority which empowers your Council to sue in the civil court under section 3 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 on behalf of all officer's, employee's and Councillor's of the Council.

 

Response:

We have looked into this and are not aware that the Council have taken any such action or indeed is contemplating this.


3107 - Replacement of vehicles tyres

Details:

Reference Number: 3107
Request Date: 20/09/2017

Question:

For Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and in respect of the policy your organisation has in relation to replacement of vehicle tyres.

This might be on fleets directly managed or fleets managed on behalf of the organisation by an external provider or relate to the guidance or instruction given to employees or contractors in the event of a personal vehicle being used for a work purpose.

Specifically I am interested to learn:

1. What is the number of vehicles is owned by your organisation (vehicle fleets both directly managed by the organisation or by an external organisation)?

2. What are the types of vehicle owned by your organisation (e.g. car, small delivery van, larger delivery vehicle, 4x4, special purpose vehicle etc.)?

3. Is there a minimum tread depth at which tyres must be replaced? This might be at a tread depth greater than the 1.6mm legal minimum or it might be that drivers are reminded of the legal minimum.

4. If an instruction is not in place, is there advice or guidance given and if so, what is that guidance?

5. If the organisation has vehicles that provide an emergency response and/or have to contend with specific conditions, e.g. sometimes operate off-road, as well as vehicles involved in routine journeys, please provide details if there a variance between the instruction and/or advice given.

6. If some or all of the vehicles used for a work purpose are managed by an external provider, please detail whether the policy on tyre replacement is that of your organisation or something in place from that provider.

7. Please provide details of any related instructions and/or guidance related to tyres - for example (though not exhaustive) how regularly tyre checks (tread, wear, inflation, damage) should happen? whether winter tyres and summer tyres are used during the appropriate seasons? and so on.

8. Please provide details if tyres used on vehicles for a work purpose have to be from an identified list of manufacturers or might be recommended to be from an identified list of manufacturers or whether there is more general guidance, e.g. 'only premium tyres should be fitted' or 'budget tyres are not advised'. Please provide this information covering vehicles that might be directly managed or managed by an external provider or in the circumstance of a private vehicle being used for a work purpose - identifying any variance on the requirement or advice in every instance.

Response:

1. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service have 89 vehicles which are owned by Northumberland County Council.

2. The type of vehicles and number in brackets owned by Northumberland County Council (Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service) are as follows;

Dennis Sabre appliance (12)
Volvo appliance (16)
MAN prime mover (2)
Vauxhall Corsa car (3)
Vauxhall Vivaro crew van (5)
Vauxhall Vivaro van (2)
Vauxhall Movano van (1)
Mercedes Benz Sprinter 4x4 van (5)
Ford Ranger 4x4 pickup (20)
Ford Transit minibus (1)
Kia Sportage car (1)
Nissan Qashqai car (2)
VW Tiguan car (1)
Kia Sportage KX1 car 4x4 (2)
Kia Sportage KX2 car 4x4 (1)
Kia Sportage KX4 car 4x4 (2)
Nissan Qashqai car 4x4 (4)
Hyundai IX35 car 4x4 (1)
Volvo XC60 car 4x4 (6)
Vauxhall Mokka.car 4x4 (2)

3. The minimum tread depth at which tyres on non Fire Appliance vehicles are replaced is 1.6mm.

The minimum tread depth at which tyres on Fire Appliance vehicles are replaced is 3mm.

4. Not applicable.

5. There is no variance.

6. The policy on tyre replacement is that of our organisation.

7. Guidance on daily, walk-around checks is outlined in the attached Driver Compliance Record (Driver’s Handbook).

8. Premium tyres.  Fire appliances keep the tyre type and specification that they passed the EN specification with.


3108 - Cervical Screening

Details:

Reference Number: 3108
Request Date: 20/09/2017

Question:

1.
a. What activities has your local authority undertaken to promote cervical screening and increase uptake over the last year, August 2016 to August 2017?

(We are looking for an outline of any activities that the local authority public health team has been involved in or led, for example, working directly with GP surgeries to raise awareness of screening; raising awareness through print and digital channels; working directly with women in the community; and through targeted information provision. We do not need any documentation, but would be grateful for as high level of detail as you are able to give.)

b. What were the outcomes of those activities? For example, greater awareness, increased screening coverage.

c. Have local targets been set to improve cervical screening coverage?

i. Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)

ii. If yes, please give details

d. Does your local authority public health team have a budget to promote uptake of cervical screening?

i. Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)

ii. If yes, please give details

2.
a. Is your public health team aware of the report published by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in January 2017, ‘Cervical Screening in the Spotlight: an audit of activities undertaken by local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to increase cervical screening coverage in England’?
i. Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)

b. If yes, have any additional activities to improve cervical screening coverage been undertaken or planned as a result of the ‘Cervical Screening in the Spotlight’ report?

i. Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)

ii. If yes, can you outline the activities / plans?

3. Are women able to attend cervical screening at the sexual health services in your local authority area? Please mark the correct box.

☐ Yes – all women who attend an appointment and are due their cervical screening

☐ Yes – some women are able to receive their cervical screening on an opportunistic basis.
If this is the case, please specify which groups:
☐ No – women are unable to receive cervical screening at sexual health services in our local authority area.

4. Have you undertaken any work with local schools or other partners to increase uptake of the HPV vaccine?

a. Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)

b. If yes, please give details.

Response:

1.
a. May 2016 – cancer awareness month: links to poster and leaflets and information sources on cancer awareness and screening sent to over 60 business, GP surgeries, voluntary organisations, etc in order for them to promote awareness throughout their premises/staff.

Sept – Nov 2016 worked in collaboration with CRUK to host bi weekly cancer awareness hub at Ashington Leisure Centre, included raising awareness of screening

January – March 2017, Learning Disability Nurses were supported with information and resources to deliver education sessions with clients around the importance of cervical screening. This was being undertaken to prepare individual clients in being able to attend screening appointments.

Embedded activity: Health Trainers support clients to improve their health and wellbeing which includes raising awareness of links between cancer and health and cancer screening services.

Health Trainers also support a local Macmillan patient and carers group and discuss the importance of cancer screening and attending appointments.

Health Champion Training: training session includes information on cancer and lifestyle as well as promoting and raising awareness of cancer screening.

b. There is anecdotal evidence that a number of clients have engaged with screening services they have previously declined (including cervical screening) and that a small number have subsequently required further medical treatment.

c. No


d. No

2.
a. Yes

b. We have utilised council & NHS provider communications to promote cervical screening
Supported cancer prevention awareness weeks (as stated previous)

Promotion of Jo's 'Be Cervix Savvy' Roadshow - Newcastle 3rd April.

The Cervical Screening Newsletter which included information on Cervical Screening Week & Jo’s Trust was circulated to all NHS staff within the Integrated Sexual Health Service to raise awareness.

The Jo’s Trust poster featured on the Ovarian/Prostate cancer awareness display and on the Be Clear On Cancer awareness display (April/May)

3. Yes – but only if they are due a screen at the time of a sexual health check be that for contraception or STI screening. Those with more chaotic lifestyles are proactively offered a smear during an appointment.

4. a. Yes

The immunisation programme is commissioned from our School Nursing providers and distributes appropriate literature during and prior to the schedule. We have also been included in the comms with the North East PHE who have also recently distributed guidance to schools surrounding dispute of a claim sent to education providers about the harmful effects of the vaccine.

 


3109 - e-cigarettes & vaping

Details:

Reference Number: 3109
Request Date: 20/09/2017

Question:

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 regarding your council's policy on the use of e-cigarettes and vaping. Questions 1-7 were asked in August last year, and I am asking them again to check if the council's policy has changed. Questions 8 and 9 have not been asked before.

1. Please supply me with a copy of your council's policy on the use of e-cigarettes on council premises. This includes all council owned or leased buildings (for example, libraries, offices, museums), council owned or leased property (for example, parks, gardens, and other areas that form part of the grounds of council offices), and vehicles (for example, council owned or leased cars and vans).

 

2. Please inform me if staff are required to leave their place of work (for example, their desk or vehicle) to vape.
 

3. Please inform me if staff and visitors have to leave the grounds of council owned or leased property to vape.
 

4. Please inform me if staff and visitors are required to use designated smoking areas on council owned or leased property in order to vape.
 

5. Please inform me if your council's policy on the use of e-cigarettes differs in any way from your council's existing policy on smoking. If it does, please explain the differences.
 

6. Please detail your council's policy, if there is one, for staff smoking cessation and also if you encourage your staff to use e-cigarettes as a means of smoking cessation.
 

7. Please inform me when your policy on the use of e-cigarettes was last reviewed, if it is under review, and/or if it is due to be under review in the near future.
 

8. The Government's Tobacco Control Plan explicitly states that "Public Health England has produced guidance for employers and organisations looking to introduce policies around e-cigarettes and vaping in public and recommend such policies to be evidence based. PHE recommends that e-cigarette use is not covered by smokefree legislation and should not be routinely included in the requirements of an organisation's smokefree policy". If the council has not reviewed its policy since the publication of this control plan, does it have any plans to do so in the future?
 

9. Are councillors due to debate/discuss the Government's Tobacco Control Plan and/or Public Health England's advice on vaping policies?

 

Response:

Please find attached Northumberland County Council’s Smokefree Workplace policy. It has
not changed since the request last year. Additional information should be noted that the
Northumberland Stop Smoking Service supports the use of e-cigarettes by clients wishing to
quit smoking by this method.


All of NCCs policies are subject to review over a rolling period but this one has not yet been
reviewed. When it is, it will be subject to evidence and guidance consideration.
Councillors are not due to debate/discuss the guidance cited


Attachments:

3110 - IT Equipment

Details:

Reference Number: 3110
Request Date: 20/09/2017

Question:

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from your IT Department.

1.    Which IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions are currently being used by your organisation in their IT operations and Service Desk functions.

 

2.    How much did the organisation spend on this solution? (Please provide initial setup / deployment costs and ongoing costs)
 

3.    Which company did your organisation procure the current solution from and by which method? (i.e. Direct Award / Tender etc.)
 

4.    When does the current ITSM solution contract expire?
 

5.    Who in the organisation is responsible for deciding which ITSM tool is used? (Please provide name and job title)

Response:

1. Hornbill Service Manager.

2. £36K per annum, free setup.

3. G Cloud.

4. We can opt out any time.

5. Neil Arnold, Chief Information Officer.

 


3111 - Final exit package for Chief Executive

Details:

Reference Number: 3111
Request Date: 21/09/2017

Question:

I would like to request information under the Freedom of Information Act in relation to:

The exit package negotiated by Northumberland County Council and the former Chief Executive Steven Mason.

I would like to know to the nearest £10,000 bracket, the final exit package amount paid to the former Chief Executive.

this should include, lump sums, salary, loss of salary contributions, pension contributions and 'in kind' benefits.

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 22 of the Act states that a public Authority does not need to provide information under section 1 of the Act if that information is intended for future publication.

Information intended for future publication.

22. (1) Information is exempt information if- (a) the information is held by the public authority with a view to its publication, by the authority or any other person, at some future date (whether determined or not),

The information requested is intended for future publication in 2017/18 accounts.

Public Interest Test Considerations

Section 22(1) is a qualified exemption which means that the information falling within the exemption still has to be released unless the public interest in disclosure is outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the exemption.

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

However, the public interest can sometimes be best served by the planned publication of information at an appropriate time rather than in response to an individual request for that information ahead of that time.

On balance, and in all the circumstances of this particular case, we have concluded that the public interest is best served by the planned future publication of the information you have requested and by maintaining the exemption at section 22(1) at this time.


3113 - Organisational structure & external businesses

Details:

Reference Number: 3113
Request Date: 21/09/2017

Question:

Please may I have the managerial organisational structure for the council? Also a breakdown of the individual teams within the council also including the names and contact details including telephone numbers of all of the team members for each area.

Please also confirm a list of external business's used for outsourcing purposes by the council.

 

Response:

1. The management structure can be found in the statement of accounts via the link below:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/About-the-Council/Finance/Northumberland-County-Council-Draft-2016-17-State-of-Accounts-Subject-to-Audit.pdf

We are unable to provide a breakdown of the individual team as we currently employ over 4,000 member of staff (excluding schools). The time and cost involved in extracting the requested information and compiling it into a suitable format would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450.

2. This information is publicly available on the Contracts Register on the Northumberland County Council website via the following link:

https://procontract.due-north.com/ContractsRegister

 


3116 - IT system for youth offending / youth justice

Details:

Reference Number: 3116
Request Date: 21/09/2017

Question:

Who supplies your Youth Offending/Youth Justice system?

What is the annual cost of support and maintenance for this solution?

When does your contract expire with this supplier?

 

Response:

The systems supplier is CACI

Cost for 2017/18 support and maintenance was £9673.05

Standard annual review - no specified expiry date


3117 - Apprenticeships

Details:

Reference Number: 3117
Request Date: 21/09/2017

Question:

1. Total number of apprentices employed by you?

2a. List of job description(s) / job role(s) being carried out by apprentices
2b. The total number of apprentice(s) appointed in each role (listed in the answer to 2a)
2c. For newly recruited apprentices– what is the apprentice rate of pay (per hour) for each of the listed job descriptions/job roles?

3. Are apprentices on the same terms and conditions as your permanent employees? Yes / No

4. Traineeships are positions offered by employers to those aged 16-24 who are considered ‘not ready’ to take up an apprenticeship or job. Such positions last between 16 weeks and 6 months. Does your organisation offer traineeships? Yes / No

4b. If your organisation offers traineeships, do you pay them? Yes / No

5. What is the apprenticeship completion rate in your organisation in 2016/17?

6. Do apprentices have a guarantee of a job at the end of the scheme? Yes/No

7. In order to meet the organisation’s target for new apprenticeship starts for 2017/18, what proportion of new starts have come from: (a) Recruitment of new apprentices from external sources (including training providers); (b) Transfer of existing staff to the apprentice programme; (c) Other (Please specify)

8. In order to meet the organisation’s target for new apprenticeship starts, have you reduced recruitment of staff who are not apprentices? Yes / No

9. In order to meet the organisation’s target for new apprenticeship starts, have you opted not to replace non-apprentice staff when they have left? Yes / No

Response:

1. The total number of apprentices employed by the Council changes each month, as we run a rolling programme of recruitment throughout the year. At the time of the FOI the total number of apprentices employed in the council and maintained schools is 174.

2a.
We have generic job descriptions we use for apprentices across a range of occupations:
· Administration and Office Support Apprentice
· Childcare Apprentice
· Data and Performance Apprentice
· Customer Service Apprentice
· Hospitality Apprentice
· Local Services Horticulture Apprentice
· Local Service Construction Apprentice
· Local Service Highways Apprentice
· Teaching Assistant and Specialist Teaching Assistant Apprentice
· IT and Technical Services Apprentice

2b.
· Administration and Office Support Apprentice - 75
· Childcare Apprentice - 8
· Data and Performance Apprentice - 2
· Customer Service Apprentice - 5
· Hospitality Apprentice - 2
· Local Services Horticulture Apprentice - 3
· Local Service Construction Apprentice - 6
· Local Service Highways Apprentice - 12
· Teaching Assistant and Specialist Teaching Assistant Apprentice - 55
· IT and Technical Services Apprentice - 6

2c. All apprentices are recruited on the national minimum wage for apprentices, currently £3.50 per hour.
After one year of service their hourly rate rises to the national minimum wage for their age, with the exception of 25+ who are paid at the Northumberland Living wage rate which is £7.85 per hour (above the National Living Wage of £7.50 per hour)

3. Yes

4. Yes

4b. No

5. Overall success is 85.5%.
Timely success rates are 79.9%.

6. No. However 96.9% of apprentices progress into positive destinations of higher apprenticeships and employment on completion.

7. 78% of apprentices are from category a – recruitment of new apprentices from external sources.
22% of apprentices are from category c – upskilling of existing staff where this is required for a new or changed job role.

8. No

9. No


3118 - Dangerous wild animal licences

Details:

Reference Number: 3118
Request Date: 21/09/2017

Question:

As of 1st September 2017:
Dangerous wild animal (DWA) licences:
1) How many DWA licences are currently issued in your area?
2) How many of these DWA licences are issued for big cats( tigers, lions, jaguars, and leopards, big cat hybrids)?
and please indicate for each of the above licences, the big cat species and the number of animals per species?
3) If tigers are licensed, please indicate if any restriction is placed on the breeding of the animals. If there are no restrictions, would the current licence cover the offspring?
4) How many DWA licences are issued for bears and please indicate for each of these licences, the bear species and the number of animals per species?
5) How many applications for licences to keep wild animals under the DWA Act have been refused in your area in the last 12 months?
And on what grounds were they refused?
6) If there are big cats or bears licensed in your area, please provide copies of all licences, and the most recent relevant veterinary and inspection report(s) for each licence (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured). If no written reports are available, please indicate the date on which the most recent report was conducted and the outcome of the visit.

Zoo licences:
1) How many zoo licences are currently issued in your area?
2) How many zoo licences are issued for/ cover big cats and please indicate for each of these licences, the big cats species and the number of animals per species?
3) How many zoo licences are issued for/ cover bears and please indicate for each licence, the species and the number of animals per species?
4) If there are big cats or bears licensed in your area, please provide copies of all licences (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured).

Travelling circus licences:
1) How many licences are issued ( as of the 1st of September 2017) to operate a travelling circus in your area?
2) What animals do these licences cover?

 

Response:

DWA licences
1. 4
2. 0
3. 0
4. 0
5. 0
6. 0

Zoo Licensing
1. 4
2. 0
3. 0
4. 0

Travelling Circus
1. 0


3120 - Removal provider

Details:

Reference Number: 3120
Request Date: 22/09/2017

Question:

1. Can you please confirm if your organisation has in the past year ever employed the services of a removals and/or storage contractor.

2. If so, was it on an ad-hoc basis or through a tender process or framework?

3. Also If it was by tender, through what medium was it advertised and who was the chosen contractors?

4. Was it a fixed term framework, could you tell us when it is up for renewal and who the current contractor(s) are?

5. For future reference what is the department that would deal with this usually?

6. Finally, over the course of your last financial year what, if anything, was your total spend on removals and storage services?

Response:

1 - Yes
2 - Contract Supplier
3 - NEPO Portal - Restricted Tender Process, in 2015
4 - Direct Award - Extended until 30th June 2018
5 - Property Services
6 - £141,991.78. in period 2016/17


3121 - Use of bailiffs / enforcement 2016/17

Details:

Reference Number: 3121
Request Date: 22/09/2017

Question:

1) The number of times between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017, or the nearest available twelve month period, that private bailiffs/enforcement agents have been instructed to enforce debts to the local authority relating to each of the following;
a. Council tax
b. Parking
c. Housing Benefit overpayments
d. Business Rates
e. Commercial Rents
f. Any other debt types, including any other overpayments

By “private bailiffs/enforcement agents” we mean those who are self-employed or who work for private companies, including as high court enforcement officers. Please include cases where local authority employees have visited a property to execute a warrant.

2) The number of:
a. Residential properties
b. Business properties
that fall within this local authority area.

3) Do you signpost residents to one or more free debt advice agencies as part of your collections process? (Yes/No) If so, which charities?

4) Have you adopted the Standard Financial Statement (or Common Financial Statement) as a tool for objectively assessing income and expenditure as part of your collections process? (Yes/No)

5) Do you have a formal policy in place for dealing with residents in vulnerable circumstances as part of your collections process? (Yes/No)

6) Do you currently have a policy of exempting recipients of Council Tax Support from the use of bailiff action? (Yes/No)

7) Have you adopted the Citizens Advice/Local Government Association Council Tax Protocol? (Yes/No)

 

Response:

1)

a. Council tax - 4,112
b. Parking - 488
c. Housing Benefit overpayments - 0
d. Business Rates - 250
e. Commercial Rents - 4
f. Any other debt types, including any other overpayments - 0

2)

a. Residential properties - 152,041
b. Business properties that fall within this local authority area - 12,725

3) Citizens Advice, National Debtline, StepChange, AdviceUK, Debt Advice Foundation, The Money Advice Service

4) No

5) Yes

6) No.  Although enforcement agents will only be considered when attempts to engage with customers have been unsuccessful and where there are no alternative remedies available.

7) Not formally.


3122 - Firework call outs

Details:

Reference Number: 3122
Request Date: 25/09/2017

Question:

Please could you let me know how many times in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016, the fire service has responded to emergency calls made about fireworks being posted through letterboxes at (i) residential and (b) commercial properties.

 

Response:

Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service responded to emergency calls made about fireworks being posted through letterboxes at residential (domestic) properties as follows.

(a) 2014 = 2
(b) 2015 = 0
(c) 2016 = 0

There have been no incidents of this nature at any commercial properties.


3123 - Policy Officer/Research officer - staff

Details:

Reference Number: 3123
Request Date: 25/09/2017

Question:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with information on the following: ·

The name of employees with the job title ‘Policy Officer’ or ‘Research Officer’.

 

Response:

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

Section 40 - Personal information .

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

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

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


3124 - Contents of the deeds re school field in Sixth Avenue

Details:

Reference Number: 3124
Request Date: 25/09/2017

Question:

Terms of the deeds when the school field of which Bede academy now stands in sixth avenue was given to the people :-

1/ What can be built on this land including buildings and trees and bushes

2/ Who now owns this land

3/ Who has the final say on what can be erected on this site.

 

Response:

The site was not gifted by the previous owner. The land was exchanged for a site of equivalent value.

1. Under the Deeds there is no restriction on what can be built on the site.

2. The Land is owned by Northumberland County Council. The Council has granted a 125 year lease to Bede Academy.

3. Any development would need Planning Permission which would be decided by the appropriate Council Committee.


3125 - Home adaptations in housing

Details:

Reference Number: 3125
Request Date: 26/09/2017

Question:

For disabled tenants living in your Council Housing stock who need home adaptations, do you operate a grant process equivalent to the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)? Yes / No

1B If ‘No’, how do tenants request / apply for home adaptations?

2 Is the provision of home adaptations for your tenants costing more than £1,000, means tested? Yes / No

3 Are adaptations for your tenants generally funded from your Housing Revenue Account? Yes / No

4 In 2016/17 how much did you spend on adaptations to your Council Housing stock £

5 From initial request / referral, on average how long did it take to complete each adaptation costing more than £1,000
weeks

6 Are all requests / applications for adaptations costing more than £1,000, assessed by an Occupational Therapist? Yes / No

7 Do you keep a register of the adapted / accessible homes in your Council Housing stock? Yes / No

8 For 2016/17 how many home adaptations costing more than £1,000 did you provide for Council Housing tenants:
Aged under 20
Aged 20 to 65
Aged over 65

9 For 2016/17 how many home adaptations did you provide for Council Housing tenants that costed:
Between £1,000 and £5,000
Between £5,000 and £15,000
Over £15,000

10 For 2016/17 how many requests / referrals for home adaptations for Council Housing tenants were refused?

Response:

1. No


1B. Recommendations are made by Occupational Therapists. A tenant can request an assessment for an adaptation by contacting Social Services.
 

2. No
 

3. Yes


4. £487,000
 

5. 6-8 Weeks


6. Yes


7. No
 

8. We don't capture this information
 

9.

Between £1,000 and £5,000 = 133
Between £5,000 and £15,000 = 3
Over £15,000 = 0

10. None


3126 - Deaths with no next of kin

Details:

Reference Number: 3126
Request Date: 26/09/2017

Question:

1. From June 2017 to any pending please provide details of any deceased persons you have dealt with who have no known next of kin (or you cannot find next of kin).
2. Date of Death and Date of Birth.
3. Last known address.
4. The date passed onto TSOL or The Duchy Solicitor (plus any pending).
5. The approximate value of estate.
6. Please email your response

Response:

 

Name

Date of birth

Marital status

Maiden name

Date of death

Value of estate

Info passed to Treasury Solicitor

James MacGilray Gilfillan

06/04/1948

Single

N/A

28/07/2017

More than £500

To be referred to Government Legal Department

 

*Please note the last known address is withheld under Section 31 of the FOI Act, please see guidance below.


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.


3127 - Bullying in schools (racism)

Details:

Reference Number: 3127
Request Date: 26/09/2017

Question:

Please provide the following information in relation to the number of bullying incidents deemed to be racists at all Northumberland schools:

-How many bullying incidents deemed to be racially-motivated have been detected at schools in the Northumberland local authority area each year? Please provide figures for past five years.

 

Response:

We are unable to provide the requested figures. In Northumberland we do not collect data from our schools on all types of bullying. We do, however, collect racist incidents and monitor community tensions. Not every racist incident will have been as a the result of bullying. Many staff challenge and record racist jokes or incitement to discrimination on topics such as migration and asylum or following terrorist attacks. Many of these incidents do not have a target or victim ascribed.


3128 - Rubble

Details:

Reference Number: 3128
Request Date: 26/09/2017

Question:

What precisely is a carload?

do the charges vary by how tightly or loosely packed the rubble, etc is packed?

how much was the council paid in the 2016/17 financial year for selling rubble to use as hardcore?

How much did it cost to provide disposal points including staffing and staff training for rubble, etc, over the same period?

 

Response:

Charging policy for rubble, plasterboard, soil and ceramic kitchen and bathroom fittings at Northumberland Household Waste Recovery Centres (HWRCs)

A car load is by definition ‘as many things as a car can carry’ - however we would also add - as much weight as a car can carry within the current law.  The site attendant is trained to look at the load and to make an assessment as to whether the rubble / chargeable items make up ¼, ½. ¾ or a fully loaded vehicle and thus calculate a fair charge on a pro-rata basis. There is no variation in charge for a tightly packed load versus a loosely packed load.

The Council got paid nothing for selling rubble as hardcore in 16/17. There are 3 costs associated with the collection and processing of rubble: the container hire, the haulage which is dependent on the proximity of the site to the processor, and the processing cost. The amount of rubble collected at the HWRCs has reduced by approximately 70% compared to the volumes collected prior to the charge. The reduced volume has reduced our costs of providing the service by ~£45,000 per annum.

The cost of providing the Household Waste Recovery Centres through the waste Private Finance Initiative (PFI contract) with SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd in 16/17 was £1.7 million. This includes the provision of the staffing, staff training, insurance, containers, haulage and disposal of materials that are at a cost eg rubble, wood and green waste which is partly offset by the income generated from materials such as paper, cardboard and glass.
I hope that this now answers all of your outstanding questions and thank you for taking an interest in waste and recycling.


3130 - Housing standard enforcement

Details:

Reference Number: 3130
Request Date: 27/09/2017

Question:

I am writing to request the information specified in the enclosed table under the 2000 Freedom of Information Act.  The questions addressed to local authorities refer to housing standards enforcement.

 

The answers are requested across the following financial years:  2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17.  If the information is/was held but is not available or accessible insert N/A in the appropriate cell.  If the information is/was not kept inset N/K in the relevant cell.  If questions cannot be answered because the cost of doing so is deemed to be unreasonable, please provide answers up until this point in the order they have been asked.

 

For Question 2, please provide the number of each type of hazard across the given categories of accommodation for all three years:

 

(e.g. 2a. Social Housing, 2014/15: F: 25 EC: 10 DM:13...etc)

 

1

a. How many staff were employed (directly or indirectly) by the Local Authority to inspect properties?

b. Of these, how many were qualified Environmental Health Officers?

c. Of these, how many were other staff?

 

2. In each of the following categories of accommodation (both single households and houses in multiple occupation/HMOs), specify the number of each type of Category 1 hazard assessed using the key:  Fire=F, Excess Cold=EC, Damp and Mould=DM, Falling Hazards=FH, Carbon Monoxide (and products of Combustion)=CM, Crowding and Space=CS, Other=O

 
  1. Social Housing

  2. Private Renter Sector

  3. Owner-occupier

 

3.  How many of the following actions were taken under Part 1 of the 2004 Housing Act, whether for Category 1 or Category 2 hazards (s.11 &/or s.12)?

 
  1. Improvement Notice (including suspended notices)

  2. Prohibition Order (including suspended notices)

  3. Emergency Remedial Action

  4. Emergency Prohibition Order

  5. Hazard Awareness Notice

  6. Other

 

4. In how many of the above instances (Q3) was the person having control a registered provider (Housing Association)?

 

5. Of the actions at Q3, how many were related to single household dwellings?

 

6. How many prosecutions were there for offences under Part 1?

 

7. On how many occasions was ‘work in default’ of compliance with an Improvement Notice carried out (including by agreement)?

 

8.

  1. Does the local authority have additional licensing or selective licensing for any of the years YES/NO

  2. Whether or not there has been additional or selective licensing, how many units or accommodation have been improved by conditions attached to licences under Part 2 or Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004?


Response:

See attachment

 


Attachments:

3131 - Tweedmouth Amateur football club

Details:

Reference Number: 3131
Request Date: 27/09/2017

Question:

I wish to make a request for a copy of the Lease/agreement that Tweedmouth Amateur Football Club and Berwick Borough/Town Council held from 1998-2005.

The lease/agreement was to allow Tweedmouth Amateur Football Club to occupy a playing field in Tweedmouth that is referred to as "5 Arches Playing and Recreation Park" postcode TD15 2XF.

 

Response:

See attachment.


Attachments:

3132 - Troubled families programme

Details:

Reference Number: 3132
Request Date: 27/09/2017

Question:

I would like to request some information regarding the first phase of the Troubled Families Programme.

Page 23 of the Troubled Families Financial Framework for phase 1 of the Troubled Families Programme (available here) states, in respect of claims made for adults moving off out-of-work benefits and into 'continuous employment', that:

Remaining in ‘continuous employment’ will need to be self-certified by the local authority, using locally determined verification systems, as Jobcentre Plus do not collect this information.

I would therefore like to request the following information, under the Freedom of Information Act:
Could you please tell me what locally determined verification systems you used to establish that adults who had moved off out-of-work benefits were in continuous employment for the period of time required to make a claim for success in the ‘achieving continuous employment result’. (i.e. how did you establish locally that the adult was in continuous employment and not just 'off' out-of-work benefits).

 

Response:

Only those individuals where employment was stated as the reason for ceasing to claim benefits were considered for this category. This was followed up periodically by Troubled Families Employment Advisers to ascertain whether they were indeed in employment. This information was corroborated by workers who were engaged with the families and reported on the employment status of household members. Benefits claim data from the DWP was monitored to check that any such individuals did not reappear as a benefits claimant.


3134 - Education information

Details:

Reference Number: 3134
Request Date: 27/09/2017

Question:

I write to ask you to provide me with information regarding the education and school placements given to children under 16 years of age with Special Educational Needs.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would like you to supply me with the information requested for the past two school years (2015/16 and 2016/17).

I would ask you to provide the information in an excel document, broken down under the following headings:

Academic Year (2015/16 and 2016/17)
Category of Need (BESD, ASD, etc.)
Name of School
Type of school - (Maintained/non-maintained/independent)
Type of placement - (Day or 38 week placement)
Cost of placement per year

 

Response:

See attachment.


Please note the following to avoid identifiable data:
Grand Total 10 or less is represented by X
Individual need 5 or less is represented by X


Attachments:

3135 - Pupil referral unit/alternative provision

Details:

Reference Number: 3135
Request Date: 28/09/2017

Question:

1. Please can you provide how many primary school pupils attended a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision in each of the following years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (in academic or financial years, however this information is held).

1 a) If possible, please can you also break this down separately to those children aged 5 and under 5.

2. Please can you provide how many spaces you have available for primary school aged children in a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision?

3. Please can you provide how many primary school aged children are on a waiting list for a place in a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision ?

4. If possible, please could you provide how long on average a primary school aged child will attend a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision ?

5. a) Please can you provide how much it costs on average per primary school aged child to attend a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision for: one week and one month.

b) Please can you provide how much it costs on average per primary school aged child to attend a mainstream primary school for: one week and one month.

 

Response:

1.
2013-14 = 18 pupils
2014-15 = 16 pupils
2015-16 = 18 pupils
2016-17 = 14 pupils

1a) No pupils aged 5 and under.

2. There is not a set number of places for primary aged children - places are given and classes organised on a demand basis.

3. No waiting list at present - although we do have a high number of enquiries for placements throughout the academic year.

4.
2013-14 average primary placement = 26 weeks
2014-15 average primary placement = 40 weeks
2015-16 average primary placement = 45 weeks
2016-17 average primary placement = 33 weeks

5a) There is no average - it varies widely between individual children

b) There is no average - it varies widely between schools and individual children


3137 - Business Rates

Details:

Reference Number: 3137
Request Date: 29/09/2017

Question:

I am looking for a full list of businesses, Ltd companies and charities that have become responsible for business rates between 15th Sept-30th Sep 2017.

Please include all details in excel if possible including the business name, address, property type, rv and the date of responsibility.

Response:

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.


Attachments:

3140 - Transgender children

Details:

Reference Number: 3140
Request Date: 29/09/2017

Question:

1- the number of transgender children currently being taught in pupil-referral units in your local authority

2- the number of children referred by schools in your authority to Camhs services in the academic year 2016-17

 

3- the number of these children who have been able to access Camhs services since their referral

 

Response:

1. Children who experience gender dysphoria are particularly vulnerable to bullying and discrimination and are protected by law to have their confidentiality protected from the moment they tell someone. In Northumberland schools we support every young person to live in the gender with which they identify. There is no mechanism by which a school should record a child's gender identity as 'transgender'. The binary identities male and female are ascribed in accordance with the DfE guidance to completing the School Census. P. 63:
5.2.9 Pupil gender [ALL schools] The gender of the pupil in the format of ‘M’ (Male) or ‘F’ (Female). In exceptional circumstances, a school may be unsure as to which gender should be recorded for a particular pupil. Where this occurs, gender is recorded according to the wishes of the pupil and / or parent

2. You would need to contact CAMHS services direct as the Local Authority does not hold this information.

3. You would need to contact CAMHS services direct as the Local Authority does not hold this information.


3141 - Licences for dangerous wild animals

Details:

Reference Number: 3141
Request Date: 29/09/2017

Question:

1. How many licences have been granted for a Licence to keep Dangerous Wild Animals in each of the following years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (in financial or calendar years, however this information is held)?

1 a): how many people currently have a valid licence to keep dangerous wild animals?

2. Please can you provide a breakdown as to what dangerous wild animals were included in the granting of the licence in those same years requested in question 1.

3. If possible, please could you provide how many licences have been revoked in those same years as requested in question 1 and the reasons given?

 

Response:

1.

2013 - 0
2014 - 1
2015 - 1
2016 - 1
2017 - 1

1a): 2

2.

2014 - 1, Cayman Croc
2015 - 1, Cayman Croc
2016 - 1 Cayman Croc. 1 f1 Serval
2017 - 1 Cayman Croc. 1 f1 Serval

3.

2013 - 0 revoked
2014 - 0 revoked
2015 - 0 revoked
2016 - .0 revoked
2017 - 0 revoked

 


3142 - Outbound mail

Details:

Reference Number: 3142
Request Date: 29/09/2017

Question:

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act, to request the following information from your organisation. If this information is held and managed by multiple departments, please give information for the highest spending department
1) How does your organisation pay for postage on outbound mail?
· Franking machine
· Royal Mail PPI or OBA account
· Downstream Access provider
· Hybrid Mail solution
· Other (please specify)

2) Please advise how you manage any mailshots.
· In-house using manual mail production and apply postage.
· Outsourced to a mailing house for print, fulfilment and postage
· A combination of the above, depending on the number of recipients and mail piece content

3) Are you aware of total spend per piece for outbound mail, including printer costs, pre-printed stationery, any folding or inserting machine costs, envelopes, franking machines (and consumables,) staff resources and energy costs?
· 1st class (single page colour, simplex)
· 2nd class (single page colour, simplex)
· Large letter (5 pages colour, duplex)

4) What is your overall spend on outbound mail pa?

5) When will you next review your outbound mail process and/or suppliers?

6) How do you ask potential suppliers to engage with your organisation to introduce products or services?

7) Do you use a tendering website or purchasing consortium? If so, please specify

8) Are you bound to purchase from a CCS Registered Supplier (if any cost thresholds apply, please specify.)

 

Response:

*Please note - the responses below are based upon​ the County Hall site only.
 

1) County Hall outgoing post is managed by franking machine​, our internal courier service and our internal library van delivery service. Satellite sites may use other methods.

2) Each service deals with their own mailshots - this could be a combination of outsourcing to a supplier on our current print framework or in house. ​

3) No as each service deals with the presentation of their own mail. When it reaches our post room, it is ready for franking or collection by one of our internal mailing services. ​

4) For the financial year 16/17, £228,469 was spent on franked post.

5) Within the next 12 months​.

6) Contract opportunities are advertised on the Due North e-tendering portal on the link below:

 

https://procontract.due-north.com

7) As above in question 6.

8) No but we have the option to use CCS framework agreements for purchasing goods or services.


3143 - Waste collection contract

Details:

Reference Number: 3143
Request Date: 29/09/2017

Question:

Where relevant to your Council, can you please provide a copy of your local authority’s full waste collection and cleansing contracts and any Invitation to Tender documentation that can be released.


Response:

We undertake all our kerbside waste collections and street cleansing operations in house.

The only element of waste collection provided by a contractor is the collection and disposal of hazardous household waste from residents properties. Please see the attached document.


3145 - Deaths with no next of kin

Details:

Reference Number: 3145
Request Date: 29/09/2017

Question:

Please see below my freedom of information act request. If you cannot answer all or some of the questions please could you respond anyway.

I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known, from 1/7/17 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/7/17 but the case has only come to your attention since, could you please also include details, as follows:


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

 

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

 

Response:

 

Name

Date of birth

Marital status

Maiden name

Date of death

Value of estate

Info passed to Treasury Solicitor

James MacGilray Gilfillan

06/04/1948

Single

N/A

28/07/2017

More than £500

To be referred to Government Legal Department

 

We don’t usually have a note of the place of birth but in this instance we know Mr Gilfillan was born in Carluke, Lanarkshire.

 

*Please note the last known address is withheld under Section 31 of the FOI Act, please see guidance below.


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.


3146 - Parking Tickets - Blyth

Details:

Reference Number: 3146
Request Date: 29/09/2017

Question:

Can you please tell me how many parking tickets have been issued for illegal and dangerous parking on Cowpen Road and Craigmill Park Blyth near Greggs Shop, in Kitty Brewster Council ward since September 2016?

Can you also tell me how many times Northumberland County Councils warden services have attended Greggs Site on Cowpen Road at peak times, pre 09:00 and Lunch-Time period since September 2016

Response:

There have been no PCNs issued on Cowpen Road, Blyth since September 2016.

When a Civil Enforcement Officers carries out a patrol of an area they select the location from an inventory held on their handheld device. This gives detailed enforcement information, to street level, of enforcement activity.

The table below shows a breakdown by hour of the number of recorded enforcement visits to Cowpen Road, Blyth. Between 1st September 2016 and 30th September 2017.

 

Time of visit

No of visits

08:00 to 09:00

34

09:00 to 10:00

50

10:00 to 11:00

24

11:00 to 12:00

9

12:00 to 13:00

10

13:00 to 14:00

16

14:00 to 15:00

29

15:00 to 16:00

19

16:00 to 17:00

23

17:00 to 18:00

8

Total no of visits

222