Details:

Reference Number: 5339
Request Date: 02/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The percentage of affordable housing required for housing developments of 10 dwellings or more or that are greater than 0.5 hectares in area. If more than one level is set in planning policies – for example varying by location in the district or size of development – the maximum, minimum and district average percentages.

A.1 Northumberland County Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan, the revised Regulation 19 publication draft version of which was approved by full Council on 9 January 2019 ahead of the formal publication period commencing on 30 January 2019, and is now a material consideration in the assessment of planning applications. It has been informed by the latest updated Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA, June 2018) and Whole Plan Viability Assessment, and thus proposes variable affordable housing requirements according to the economic viability of delivering housing developments in different parts of the county (10%, 15%, 25%, 30%) in order to meet an overall countywide residual affordable housing need that equates to about 17% of the county's total housing requirement for the plan period 2016-2036. This approach will supersede the general 15% county-wide requirement that has up to now been sought based upon the previous 2015 SHMA, evidence that effectively superseded the affordable housing requirements in 'saved' policies of three former district development plan documents:
Alnwick District LDF Core Strategy (Oct.2007) - Policy S6 sought 35% (based on local needs between 2005-2010);
Tynedale District LDF Core Strategy (Oct. 2007) - Policy H8 sought between 30-50%;
Wansbeck District Local Plan (July 2007) - Policy H7 sought 30% (based on local needs between 2005-2009).


Q.2 The average percentage of affordable housing agreed on approval of planning applications for housing developments of 10 dwellings or more or that are greater than 0.5 hectares in the council’s area for each of 2016, 2017 and 2018.

A.2 Average levels of affordable housing delivered in Northumberland over the past three years have equated to the following proportions of total net additional housing completions on sites of 10 dwellings or 0.5ha or more:

2016 - 21%; 
2017 - 17%; 
2018 - 17%.



 


Details:

Reference Number: 5342
Request Date: 02/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I would be grateful if you could tell me for each of the last eight full financial years how much grant funding was awarded to charitable organisations by your local authority and how many grants this was composed of.

A.1 This information is refused under Section 12 of the FOI Act. We hold certain information relating to grants awarded to charities. 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. There are over 1,600 records of awarded grants, each of which would take approximately 10 minutes to review. This would equal 266 hours.

Q.2 Further, could you tell me for each of the last eight full financial years how many contracts were awarded to charities to carry out services on behalf of your local authority and what the value of these contracts amounted to in each financial year.

A.2  This information can be found here: https://procontract.due-north.com/Opportunities/Index?tabName=opportunities&resetFilter=True



 


Details:

Reference Number: 5344
Request Date: 03/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Has the Council set up a Local Housing Company? If so, please provide the trading name and the number of properties under management.
A.1 No

Q.2 What software do you currently use to manage repairs and maintenance for your properties?
A.2 Total Mobile Repairs / Total Mobile Optimise Scheduling Solution

Q.3 When do the contracts expire on these products?
A.3 Rolling Annual Contract

Q.4 What housing software does the council use to manage its properties and tenants?
A.4 Northgate NPS Housing Management System

Q.5 When do these contracts expire?
A.5 Rolling Annual Contract

Q.6 What software does the council use to prepare its thirty year rolling business plans?
A.6 None

Q.7 Please provide contact details and email addresses for your social housing senior management team.
A.7 Phil Soderquest, Head of Housing and Public Protection, philip.soderquest@northumberland.gov,uk.


 


Details:

Reference Number: 5345
Request Date: 03/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please provide copies of all letters and emails that were sent to the council from any local Chambers Of Commerce in 2018, which relate to homelessness, rough sleepers or begging in the council's area.

This should include all such correspondence that was sent to: 
(a) the council's leader / chief executive
(b) the council's representative for business/ economics (if applicable)
(c) the council's representative for town planning or communities (if applicable)
(d) the council's representative for homelessness/ poverty (if applicable)

If the correspondence contains any personal information or anything else that cannot be disclosed under FOI, please black-out only the offending passages of the text, so that the remainder of the correspondence can be disclosed.

A.1 Information not held



 


Details:

Reference Number: 5348
Request Date: 03/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please tell me how many home care visits of 15 minutes were commissioned by the council in a) 2018 and b) 2017
A.1 Because of the way that information is held on our client database, we cannot give a wholly precise figure, since in a minority of cases 15-minute extensions on some days of the week to the length of a regular visit have been entered in a way which cannot be distinguished from a separate 15-minute visit without detailed inspection of case records. On the basis of sampling, we estimate that there were 210,000 15-minute visits commissioned in 2017 and 165,000 in 2018. Our policy is that 15-minute visits are only appropriate for brief checks on people’s welfare or reminders to take medication, not for personal care tasks.

Q.2 Please tell me how many home care visits of five minutes were commissioned by the council in
a) 2018 and
b) 2017
A.2 We do not commission 5-minute visits.

Q.3 Please tell me how many home care visits were missed in a) 2018 and b) 2017
A.3 We do not hold information about this in a form which would enable us to provide statistics.

Q.4 Please tell me how many home care visits were late in a) 2018 and b) 2017
A.4 We do not hold information about this in a form which would enable us to provide statistics.

Q.5 Please tell me which firms were contracted by the council to carry out home care visits in 2018 and 2017.
A.5 In 2017, the providers (including those spot contracted to provide services to specific service users) were:

Age UK Northumberland
Angels Home Care Agency
Blyth Star Outreach
Burn Brae Care
Bvdf Home Care Service
Careline Homecare Ltd
Carewatch
Comfort Call
Dimensions
Durham County Council
Embracing Care
Helping Hands
Homecare Plus
Mencap
Percy House
Perfect Care
Philip Parkinson Homecare Ltd
Safe Hands Home Care
St Cuthberts Care
Turning Point
Tynedale Care Ltd

In 2018, providers were:

Age UK Northumberland
Angels Home Care Agency
Azure Shaw Domiciliary Care
Bluebird Care
Blyth Star Outreach
Burn Brae Care
Bvdf Home Care Service
Careline Homecare Ltd
Comfort Call
Dimensions
Durham County Council
Embracing Care
Helping Hands
Percy House
Perfect Care
Philip Parkinson Homecare Ltd
Safe Hands Home Care
Thornley Leazes Care (Cave)
Tynedale Care Ltd



Details:

Reference Number: 5350
Request Date: 04/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please could you update me on the following positions please including names, email addresses and contact telephone numbers if possible:-

Q.1 Chief Executive
A.1 Daljit Lally, daljit.lally@northumberland.gov.uk, 0345 600 6400

Q.2 Assistant Directors
A.2 The Council does not have Assistant Directors. The Council has Service Directors who report into an Executive Director:-
Service Director - Adult Social Care - this post is currently vacant.
Service Director - Children's Social Care - Graham Reiter, graham.reiter@northumberland.gov.uk, 0345 600 6400
Service Director - Education & Skills - Dean Jackson, dean.jackson@northumberland.gov.uk, 0345 600 6400
Service Director - Strategic Commissioning & Finance - Neil Bradley, neal.bradley@northumbria-healthcare.nhs.uk, 0345 600 6400
Service Director - Finance - Alison Elsdon, alison.elsdon@northumberland.gov.uk, 0345 600 6400
Service Director - Place - Paul Jones, Paul.Jones@northumberland.gov.uk, 0345 600 6400
Service Director - Partnerships & Devolution - Geoff Paul. geoff.paul@northumberland.gov.uk. 0345 600 6400

Q.3 Head of Adult Social Care
A.3 The Council does not have this role however we have a Deputy Director of Community Services within Adult Social Care - Stephen Holmes, stephen.holmes@northumbria-healthcare.nhs.uk, 0345 600 6400

Q.4 Head of Hospital Discharge
A.4 The Council does not have this post

Q.5 Head of Re-enablement
A.5 The Council does not have this post

Q.6 Head of Mental Health
A.6 The Council has a post of Head of Care Management (which is responsible for the Adult Mental Health) this post is currently vacant.

Q.7 Team Managers 
A.7 The Council does not provide details for employees below Head of Service level.

Q.8 All Commissioners
A.8 The Council does not provide details for employees below Head of Service level.

Q.9 Business and Transformation Managers
A.9 The Council does not provide details for employees below Head of Service level.


 


Details:

Reference Number: 5352
Request Date: 07/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please can you provide a list of all establishments in your jurisdiction which have been issued a licence to show films, both “theatrical” and “non-theatrical”.

Please include the following information:
·  Name of establishment
·  Address
·  Details of their license such as any conditions, restrictions or type.

A.1 Please see attached pdf with list of venues including name of establishment and address. Unfortunately, the details of the license conditions and any restrictions is held 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 25 hours to get this information together because we have a minimum of 305 files and it would take 5 minutes to check each of them.



 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5353
Request Date: 07/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Could you supply the following Information regarding the use of consultants by the council (ie. Anyone taken in from an outside body to advise the authority on any matter).

The number of consultants used by the council in
a) 2018 - 36
b) 2017 - 30
c) 2016 - 26

The cost to the council of the use of consultants in
a) 2018 - £2,947,134.83
b) 2017 - £3,888,144.50
c) 2016 - £4,996,841.55

A breakdown by project and hours worked of the number of consultants used by the council in
a) 2018
b) 2017
c) 2016

We do not have this data available by hours but we do have a list of projects, please see attached.



 


Details:

Reference Number: 5354
Request Date: 07/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Chief Executive of Northumberland 

Q.1 How many days does the above person work for the County Council?

A.1 The Chief Executive works across 5 days per week for the County Council.


 


Details:

Reference Number: 5355
Request Date: 07/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

This is a Freedom of Information request for information on Northumberland Trading Standards activities.

Q.1 How many times and when in the last five years have visits been carried out to the Cramlington Sainsbury’s supermarket to check compliance with pricing legislation?
A.1  3 times

Q.2 How many times and when in the last five years have test purchases been carried out at Cramlington Sainsbury’s supermarket to check compliance with pricing legislation?
A.2 None

Q.3 How many prosecutions have been taken against traders in the last five years in relation to alleged overcharging and other alleged pricing irregularities?
A.3 None

Q.4 How many traders have been cautioned in the last five years in relation to alleged overcharging and other alleged pricing irregularities?
A.4 None

Q.5 How many traders have been given informal advice in the last five years in relation to alleged overcharging and other alleged pricing irregularities?
A.5 The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold certain information relating to informal advice given in the last five years. 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 26 hours to get this information together because this would require an officer to look at 782 visits at approx 2 mins per visit, to see how many instances there were.

Q.6 How many traders have been detected allegedly committing overcharging and other alleged pricing irregularities in the last five years.
A.6  41

 


Details:

Reference Number: 5356
Request Date: 07/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please may you provide me with the proxy voting records of the Northumberland County Council Pension Fund for the period of 1st July 2018 to 31st December 2018. For the avoidance of doubt, I am referring to the investments made by the Pension Fund rather than any electoral voting.
Ideally, I would like to have the following information in electronic format:
·   Name of Issuer
·   Issuer Identifier e.g. Ticker or CUSIP
·   Date of Shareholder Meeting
·   Type of Shareholder Meeting (Annual, Special etc.)
·   Proposal No.
·   Proposal
·   Proposer (Management / Shareholder)
·   Vote cast by Northumberland County Council Pension Fund
·   Entity responsible for vote decision (Internal/ external asset manager (if external, please name) / proxy voting advisor (ISS, Glass Lewis etc.)

In addition, please indicate whether the Northumberland County Council Pension Fund has its own proxy voting policy or whether you use that of an external provider (Please Name).

A.1 Please see attached, these documents hold the above information you have requested. Please also see below, for more information: (from NCCPF's Investment Strategy Statement)

The exercise of rights (including voting rights) attaching to investments

Voting rights

The Panel has delegated the exercise of voting rights to Legal and General with a requirement to:
·   follow Legal and General’s own share voting policy for all public equities except the FTSE 350 companies; and
·   follow PIRC’s share voting advice for the Fund’s effective shareholding in the FTSE 350 companies.

The Panel reviews PIRC’s and Legal and General’s share voting policies periodically. The Panel considers that the Fund’s and Legal and General’s interests are aligned, as both seek to enhance long term shareholder value.

The Fund encourages Legal and General to vote shares in all markets, where practical.



 


Details:

Reference Number: 5357
Request Date: 07/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Would it be possible for the name and email address of the financial director or equivalent within the authority please also if you do have a copy of the senior structure of the council with names if I could also request that.
A.1 The Executive Director of Finance at Northumberland County Council is Barry Scarr and his email address is barry.scarr@northumberland.gov.uk 


The link below shows the senior manager structure which is published under the transparency code. Please note the structure is due to be updated and a revised copy will be published on the Council website in due course. https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Structure.aspx#managementstructuresalaries#objectives


Details:

Reference Number: 5358
Request Date: 07/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 For the last financial year 17/18 and year to date (17.12.2018) please provide all correspondence to and from the S151 officer for the council mentioning 'S114' or 'Section 114.'
A.1 Please see attached pdf of disclosable information. 

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 some of the information relating to your request is exempt under the following provisions; 

Section 22 - 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).

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. This is because the information withheld relates to draft financial plans which will be publicly available in due course.

Section 41- Information provided in confidence. 

(1) Information is exempt information if— (a) it was obtained by the public authority from any other person (including another public authority), and (b) the disclosure of the information to the public (otherwise than under this Act) by the public authority holding it would constitute a breach of confidence actionable by that or any other person. 

Please treat this as a Notice of Refusal as regards the information covered by the Section 22(1) and Section 41 Exemption.




 


Details:

Reference Number: 5359
Request Date: 07/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:


Q.1 Please could you confirm under the Freedom of Information Act whether your Council has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of Antisemitism (as per the Government's advice) and provide a link to the decision if so. If your council has not adopted the definition, but plans to, please could you let me know when this adoption is likely to take place?

A.1 The Council has not formally adopted any definition of antisemitism.


Details:

Reference Number: 5361
Request Date: 07/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many people does the council currently employ in communications, press office and/or public relations positions? 
A.1  13

Q.2 What was the total annual spend by the council on public relations, press office and communications for the calendar year of 2018?
A.2 £588,180

Q.3 Does the council use any external organisations to handle communications or public relations? If so, which companies are used and how much did the council spend on these services in 2018
A.3 Crystallised were used for a specific budgeted project over a nine month period = £11,499.



 


Details:

Reference Number: 5362
Request Date: 08/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 When someone applies for private hire or hackney carriage driver licence, do you ask if they have been licensed by another council?
A.1 Yes

Q.2 If yes to question one, do you contact the other council for information and what information do you ask?
A.2 This is decided on a case by case basis.

Q.3 Do you do a yearly DVLA driving licence check for all of your licensed private hire and hackney carriage drivers, whether their licence is due for renewal or not? This is an annual inspection including mid-term licences, not a three yearly inspection or inspections on renewal.
A.3 Yes

Q.4 If yes to question three, is the check done by the council or does a third-party do the check
A.4 By the Council

Q.5 Do you do a mechanical testing of vehicles wishing to be licensed as private hire or hackney carriage vehicles at a council owned testing garage?
A.5 Yes

Q.6 If yes to question five, what is DVSA (VOSA) rating of your garage?
A.6 All green

Q.7 If no to question five, who conducts a mechanical testing of the vehicles?
A.7 N/A

 


Details:

Reference Number: 5364
Request Date: 08/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

A note to clarify the terminology I have used:
· A Gypsy or Traveller ‘pitch’ is where one family or individual might live.
· A Gypsy or Traveller ‘site’ is where there are a number of pitches in one location.
· A Gypsy or Traveller ‘unauthorised encampment’ is when a family or individual has stopped on land that isn’t their own.

Q.1 How many Gypsy and Traveller unauthorised encampments have you cleared from the local authority in:
i) 2015
ii) 2016
iii) 2017
iv) 2018
(if possible please name them)
A.1 Number of unauthorised encampments by year

 

Year

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Number of Locations used for unauthorised encampments

108

92

74

  70

Number of family groups/caravans

529

527

340

313

 

Q.2 In relation to the cleared encampments listed in question one, how many pitches were in each cleared encampment. (If you do not know, please state whether, to the best of your knowledge, there were any individuals or families living in the cleared encampments.)
A.2 The encampments ranged in size from 2 to 22 Caravans with the average size being 6 caravans.

Q.3 How many NEW authorised Gypsy and Traveller pitches were created by your local authority in:
i) 2015 - 1
ii) 2016 - 0
iii) 2017 - 0
iv) 2018 - 0
(if possible please name them)

Q.4 How many authorised Gypsy and Traveller pitches are there currently in your local authority?
A.4  39 NCC Permanent tenanted pitches, 40 Privately owned pitches

Q.5 What were the full evictions costs to your council for all cleared unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller encampments in:
i) 2015
ii) 2016
iii) 2017
iv) 2018

(These costs should include staff costs and resources, any contractor costs, court costs and legal fees, clear up costs as well as any other costs relating to evictions from unauthorised encampments.)
A.5 No data available - The cost of legal action and environmental clean up costs are not routinely recorded.

Q.6 How much money was spent in the creation of authorised Gypsy and Traveller pitches and sites in:
i) 2015 - 0
ii) 2016 - 0
iii) 2017 - 0
iv) 2018 - 0

Q.7 Are you considering or are there any plans in place to seek a court injunction against unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller encampments sites in your local authority? If you already have an injunction or already have an application in please state.
A.7 There are currently no plans for NCC to seek an injunction against any unauthorised Gypsy/ Roma /Traveller encampments.

Q.8 When was the last time you undertook a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Need Assessment?
A.8 December 2018 (Update of the previous October 2015 Northumberland Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment).  The Assessment can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Planning-and-Building/planning%20policy/Local%20Plan/GTAA-December-2018-Final.pdf 

Q.9 What was the need identified by your authority’s most recent Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Need Assessment for new pitches, and what period does this GTANA cover?
A.9 The December 2018 GTAA update covers the period of the emerging new Northumberland Local Plan up to 2036. It identified no need for permanent residential pitches up to 2023, but a need for 8 new permanent pitches between 2023-2036 (7 in the South East of the County and 1 in the North). It also supported the current trialling of a 'negotiated stopping places' model for addressing the needs for transit pitches and emergency stopping places (but if not found to tackle the unauthorised encampments issue then a need to find locations for between 4-8 transit pitches in the medium term in the South East of the county). It also recognised the possible future need for supporting modest proposals to expand travelling showpeople yard facilities and/or accommodate additional plots.



Details:

Reference Number: 5365
Request Date: 09/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many libraries in your jurisdiction have been opened since 2010?
A.1 We have not opened any new libraries since 2010 although, we have moved some of our libraries into more modern, up to date premises.

Q.2 How many libraries in your jurisdiction have been permanently closed since 2010?
A.2 Since 2010, we have had four libraries close. However, three were Community Access Libraries (CAL) and not owned by Northumberland County Council.
Seahouses - closed and moved into a Community Hub, Ellington - CAL, Hadston - CAL, Cowpen - transferred to NCC (full school use only).



Details:

Reference Number: 5368
Request Date: 09/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act we would be grateful to know the date upon which the Council first became aware of the proposal on behalf of Thompsons and name of any officer officers who so far, have been engaged in any pre-application meeting with Thompsons and the dates upon which such meetings took place. 
A.1 The site was submitted through the Northumberland Local Plan 'call for sites' exercise in February 2018.  
Pre-application dialogue commenced on - 03.10.2018. 
Meeting Friday 12th October. Officers in attendance:  
Ms. E Sinnamon - Senior Planning Manager (Development Management), Representative - Planning consultant for Thompson of Prudhoe, Representative from Thompsons



 


Details:

Reference Number: 5370
Request Date: 09/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1. I note there is one County Council elsewhere in the country, Surrey, which actually has its headquarters in another Council's area and therefore pays business rates in respect of its County Hall, and another premises, to the other Council. Here in Northumberland, it is one authority and its buildings located in Northumberland (actually I say that, I note headquarters at least are in Northumberland but I don't know if there is any building that the Council has that is located outside the county). Before I thought the point that I've just put into parentheses, my request was, and is, presumably this (its buildings located in the county, at least County HQ) means that it, Northumberland County Council, technically pays business rates to itself.  I would like to know:
(a) whether this is so;
(b) how much money in the last financial year did the Council pay to itself in business rates - or probably transfer from one department to another - and, after the Council has paid its business rates to the Council, what is the money then spent on? A breakdown of what amount then goes to where (from the Council's own business rates that originally became due for the last financial year);
A.1. The amount shown in our reports for payments relating to NCC buildings for 2017-18 financial year was £5,833,192.90.
Business Rates income is paid into a separate statutory account known as the "Collection Fund".  This account is maintained for both Business Rates and Council Tax income. The year end position for the Collection Fund is published within the Council's annual statement of accounts, detailed under the Collection Fund section.  Each financial year’s statement of accounts can be accessed here:
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Finance/Statement-of-accounts.aspx#statementofaccounts
The Council precepts the Collection Fund and utilises the income from the Collection Fund to support all council services.
 
Q.2. does the Council have any buildings outside of the County that are liable to business rates, what is the address of each of those buildings and what amounts was it paying last financial year to which other Councils?
A.2. The Council does not own or lease any property outside the County.


Details:

Reference Number: 5371
Request Date: 09/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please could you provide the name of the firm that is currently contracted by your Fire & Rescue Authority to provide advice in respect of business rates mitigation and appeals. Please provide the date this contract started and the length of the agreement.
A.1 The Fire and Rescue Authority for Northumberland is part of Northumberland County Council. All County Council business rate appeals for the 2017 revaluation are dealt with by the in-house Estates Team.


 


Details:

Reference Number: 5372
Request Date: 09/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The number of tattoo shops currently licensed in the council region
A.1  86

Q.2 The number of tattoo artists currently licensed in the council region
A.2  46



 


Details:

Reference Number: 5373
Request Date: 09/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The total spent by the local authority on print advertising in local or regional newspapers and magazines in 2018
A.1 £30,272

Q.2 The total spent by the local authority on print advertising in local or regional newspapers and magazines in 2017
A.2 £2,274

Q.3 The total spent by the local authority on print advertising in local or regional newspapers and magazines in 2008
A.3  £21,524.24. (The figure provided is for 2010, clarification was sought on the date as there was no information held prior to Local Government Reorganisation in 2009)

Q.4 The total spent* by the local authority on authority owned or managed print publications for each of the following categories –
A) Newsletters
B) Magazines
C) Newspapers in 2018
A.4 Newsletters - £104,688.87
Job advertising - £2640 

Q.5 The total spent* by the local authority on authority owned or managed print publications for each of the following categories – A) Newsletters B) Magazines C) Newspapers in 2017
A.5 Newsletters - £140,865.32
*Including costs of staffing, design, printing and distribution

 


Details:

Reference Number: 5374
Request Date: 09/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I would like to request a list of premises in Northumberland licenced to sell alcohol, with the address and licence holders name.
A.1. Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
5374-Alcohol-Licences-Premise-List


Details:

Reference Number: 5375
Request Date: 09/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The number of children currently used by the council as juvenile Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) 

Q.2 How many of those children are care-experienced (in the care system now or in the past) 

Q.3 The age of each of the children 

Q.4 The ethnic background of each of the children 

Q.5 How long each child has been working as a CHIS at the council 

Q.6 How much each child is paid/ how each child is compensated for working as a CHIS

A. We do not use CHIS's within Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5376
Request Date: 09/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many applications for residential parking permits were made in your council over the following timeframes?

A.1 See table below. The total number of applications received is not recorded on our system. Therefore the figures quoted show the total number of resident permits issued in each of the relevant years.
 

Q.2 How many applications for residential parking permits were rejected in your council over the following timeframes?

A.2 See table below. We are unable to answer this as any completed form that is not eligible for a permit is returned in its entirety to the customer. No record is kept.
 

Q.3 How much revenue did you earn from issuing residential parking permits in the following timeframes?

A.3 See table below. Please note that the revenue figures quoted are the figures shown in the accounts which include year-end adjustments.
 

Q.4 How many roads in your council required a parking permit in the following timeframes?

A.4 See table below.

  2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 (To 31 Dec 18)
Q1. Total number of parking permit applications made 3064 3207 2333
Q2. Total number of parking permit applications rejected - - -
Q3. Total revenue from parking permits £16,870 £39,655 £54,206
Q4. Total number of roads requiring parking permits 191 193 193


 


Details:

Reference Number: 5378
Request Date: 09/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many TomTom devices does your FRS have and type of devices / models are they?

A.1 33x TomTom Pro 9150 Truck. Moving to 33x TomTom Pro 5350 in 2019.
 

Q.2 Could you provide the number of operational officers / manager your FRS has as detailed in the table below. In addition, how many managers require a mobile application to access mobilising details or be mobilised by the control room?

A.2 Please see the attached document.


Q.3 Are you thinking of using mobile apps for On call crew call out / activation?

A.3 We are not currently looking at using a mobile application for mobilisation.

 

Q.4 How many On Call (RDS) staff does your FRS have?

A.4 153

 

Q.5 How many Pagers does your FRS use?

A.5  0 Pagers. Retained Duty System (RDS) staff use Datanet Alerters.

 

Q.5.a Could you provide a breakdown by type of pager, e.g. PageOne, Multitone, Other

A.5.a All RDS staff use Datanet Alerters

 

Q.6 Can you provide a breakdown in terms of the number of Android and Apple users that use a corporate phone within your FRS?

A.6  45x Android phones

 

Q.7 If you FRS uses a mobile app what is the annual costs per user that the FRS pays?

A.7 Apps may be provided as part of system solutions, we do not purchase individual mobile apps.

    

Q.7.a What is the renewal date for the current contract?

A.7.a Not applicable

 

Q.8 Which Mobile Device Management solution does your FRS use?

A.8 Google Device Management


Mobile Data FOI Request
Q.1 How many appliance Mobile Data Terminals 

A.1 4
 

Q.2 Does your FRS have 1 or 2 MDTs per appliance?

A.2 1

 

Q.2.a If you use 2 MDTS, what is the second MDT used for, e.g. Home Fire Safety Checks?

A.2.a Only 1 MDT per appliance

 

Q.3 What is the annual support costs that the FRS pays for the current MDT solution?

A.3 Included in main contract with Primary Contractor


Q.3.a What is the renewal date for the current contract?

A.3.a November 2023


Q.4 Which Crewing system does your FRS use for RDS and full time staff?

A.4 Wholetime - Inhouse, Retained - Gartan Availability


Q.5 Does your FRS use any Incident Command Software solution?

A.5 Vector Command


Q.5.a If so, could you provide the software vendors name and product name

A.5.a Vector Command

 

Q.6 Is your FRS interested in moving to a cloud based solution?

A.6 Yes, if the cloud based solution was suitable.


Hydrant Management FOI Request
Q.1 What system does your FRS currently use (digital or paper)? 

A.1  Airbus Hydra / SC Capture

 

Q.2 How many Hydrant Inspectors does your currently FRS employ?

A.2  0

 

Q.3 How many water companies do you engage with?

A.3 Northumbrian Water

 

Q.4 What is the annual support costs that the FRS pays for the current MDT solution?

A.4 We do not have an MDT solution for Hydrant management.

    

Q.4.a What is the renewal date for the current contract?

A.4.a Renewed annually - April



Details:

Reference Number: 5381
Request Date: 10/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many people were employed by Local and Neighbourhood Services On 1st April 2017
A.1 Local Services - 1,309, Neighbourhood Services - 474

Q.2 How Many people were employed by Local and Neighbourhood Services on 1st December 2018
A.2 Local Services - 1,162, Neighbourhood Services - 464

Q.3 How much was contributed by Town and Parish Councils towards Local and Neighbourhood Services budgets through Partnership and other agreements during 2016/17
A.3 £1,097,195 - 16/17 

Q.4 How much was contributed by Town and Parish Councils towards Local and Neighbourhood Services budgets through Partnership and other agreements during 2017/18
A.4 £1,115,095 -17/18


Details:

Reference Number: 5382
Request Date: 10/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many of your staff work "Flexi-time" or similar?
A.1 Estimated 2500 employees are able to use the flexi system.

Q.2 How many of your staff work shift work?    
A.2 Estimated 665 of which 106 work within Residential Homes for Older People, 139 work in the Short Term Support Service, 120 in Children's Residential Services, and 300 in Fire and Rescue (of which 150 are Retained Staff).

Q.3 What is the name of software (s) used to manage "Flexi-time" & shift working staff?  
A.3 In House development

Q.4 Who is responsible for the software(s)?
A.4 IT

Q.5 Value of contract (annually)?     
A.5  0

Q.6 What is the contract term?
A.6 N/A

Q.7 When was it signed?  
A.7 N/A

Q.8 What is the notice period?  
A.8 N/A

Q.9 was it bought through a framework?
A.9 N/A

Q.10 Does it interface to other software (eg: Payroll/HR, Resource Planning etc.)?
A.10 No



Details:

Reference Number: 5383
Request Date: 11/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Do you have a copy of the plans for the application regarding the construction of the building as there are non on the portal. The application reference is; T/87/E/663, Construction of building to provide new council depot. Low Prudhoe on site of existing depot
A.1 Plans can be found here by searching for the application reference T/87/E/663: https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications//

Q.2 What happened to the construction collage based beside the depot? Is this still there and if not what is its current use? Is it used as a council depot?
A.2 The College decided to close the facility at Low Prudhoe a number of years ago. The building is still leased by the College.


Details:

Reference Number: 5384
Request Date: 11/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please would you provide an indication of the average time these works take in relation to your own DFG process.
A.1 Please see attached spreadsheet.

Q.2 Please share any performance indicators/frameworks currently utilised to monitor any aspect of DFG related work.
A.2.The main indicators which we monitor regularly on a dashboard are:

1. Overall spend on DFG - target spend based on DFG allocation/ quarter
2. Estimated costs of works (Committed)
3. No of DFG referrals received
4. Number of applicants on waiting list
5. 3 working days for case worker to contact client - 95%
6. Initial visit by caseworker to be completed within 15 working days of initial contact - 90%
7. Average length of time from DFG application to completion of works (working days) (Cumulative) - 60 days


Details:

Reference Number: 5385
Request Date: 11/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please provide details of how many home educated children are in your local authority area as at 1st January 2019, or the closest available date.
A.1 219

Q.2 Please state how many children aged 5 -16 there are in your area. As at 1st January 2019, or the closest possible date.
A.2 38,772 children aged 5-16 as of the official census date, 4th October 2018.

Q.3 Please state how many children there are in your area aged under 5 years in your area. As at 1st January 2019, or the closest possible date.
A.3 Information can be found via the following link:
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Northumberland-Knowledge-and-JSNA.aspx

Q.4 Please provide details of how many referrals you have received during the last full twelve month period for which you have records available, where you have reasonable cause to suspect that a child (who lives or is found in your area) is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm, for which investigations have been carried out. Children Act 1989 s47 referrals.
A.4 1393 

Q.5 Please state how many of these referrals relate to children aged under 5 years.
A.5 530

Q.6 Please state how many of these referrals relate to home educated children.
A.6 10

Q.7 Please state how many of those referrals relate to children aged 5 -16 years attending school.
A.7 818

Q.8 Please state how many of those referrals for children under 5 years of age have led to a child protection plan.
A.8 277

Q.9 Please state how many of those referrals for home educated children have led to a child protection plan.
A.9 1

Q.10 Please state how many of those referrals for children aged 5 -16 years attending school, have led to a child protection plan.
A.10 352


Details:

Reference Number: 5386
Request Date: 11/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Are you intending to cover the cost of the EU settlement scheme fee for your employees affected by Brexit?
A.1 Yes, Northumberland County Council intend to reimburse employees who use the scheme once evidence is provided that they have been accepted in the scheme.

Q.2 How many EU national employees do you estimate have applied or will need to apply under the scheme?
A.2 Data is limited and we hope to have more information with the use of an updated employee self service system within our electronic HR systems around the time the scheme comes into play.

Q.3 If you are covering their fees, what is your estimate for how much in total the cost is to you?
A.3 Due to above the costs are unknown but as we have been part of the pilot scheme within social care and had no take up, the cost may be nominal.


Details:

Reference Number: 5387
Request Date: 11/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I work for a foster care company and am writing a script for a training course on fire setting. The course is being compiled to support foster carers with children who may have the potential to set fires or who already do set deliberate fires. I am hopeful that you can supply me with current statistics for the past year/ few years of deliberate fire setting of children and young people up to the age of 18 in your county. A break down of ages, numbers of deliberate fires, time of day, causal factors etc. would be most useful.

A.1 The attached Excel spreadsheet shows a breakdown of the statistics for deliberate fire setting of children and young people up to the age of 18 in the county of Northumberland. The PDF document shows a breakdown of the specific Firesetter referrals for 2018.


Details:

Reference Number: 5388
Request Date: 11/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The number of listed building consent applications that were made to Northumberland County Council during the financial years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and the current 2018/19 tax year up to the present date.

Q.2 The number of listed building consent applications that were granted by Northumberland County Council during the same period.

Q.3 The number of listed building consent applications that were rejected by Northumberland County Council during the same period.

Q.4 The number of listed building consent applications that were rejected by Northumberland County Council during this period that were subsequently appealed to the Planning Inspectorate and granted consent as a result of that appeal.

Q.5 The number of listed building consent applications made to Northumberland County Council during this period that were appealed to the Planning Inspectorate as a result of not receiving an answer from Northumberland County Council within the required eight week period after application.

Q.6 The number of listed building consent applications that were made under delegated powers by Northumberland County Council in each year of the previously mentioned period.

Q.7 The number of conservation officers employed by Northumberland County Council as well as the number of ancillary staff and the budget allocated to the process of listed building consent in each year of this period.

A.1-7 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.



Details:

Reference Number: 5389
Request Date: 11/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How much money overall has been paid out by Northumberland County Council in compensation as a result of claims (whether or not liability was accepted) relating to potholes involving (a) cyclists and (b) motorists in each of the last five financial years: 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18?

Please provide the responses for each year separately.

Q.2 How many individual (a) cyclists and (b) motorists have received compensation as a result of legal claims relating to potholes in each of the last five financial years: 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18?

Please provide the responses for each year separately.

Q.3 What is Northumberland County Council’s total expenditure on legal costs defending and settling legal claims, including both their own and the Claimants’ legal costs, for pothole related claims in each of the last five financial years: 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18?

Please provide the responses for each year separately.

A.1 - 3 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.


Details:

Reference Number: 5390
Request Date: 11/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold relating to 'public health act' or 'welfare' or 'contract' or 'paupers' funerals having taken place or due to take place, and/or persons who have died with no  known next of kin since 1/11/18 to the day of your reply. Please include:

Q.1 full names of deceased persons,
A.1 We do not provide the above information pursuant to S31(1)(a) Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Q.2 dates of death,
A.2 Please see the table below for the above information.

Q.3 marital status,
A.3 We do not keep a record of this information

Q.4 maiden surnames of married or widowed females,
A.4 We do not keep a record of this information.

Q.5 dates of birth or ages at death,
A.5 Please see the table below for the above information.

Q.6 last known addresses,
A.6 We do not provide the above information pursuant to S31(1)(a) Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Q.7 estimated value of estates,
A.7 As we are not dealing with the administration of the estate, we can not provide an estimate of the value of the estate. 
    
Q.8 date(s) when the information was passed (or information that  is about to be or likely to be passed) to the Government Legal Department (formerly Treasury Solicitor) or the Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or any other 3rd party, or, confirmation that this will not be happening and the reason why.

A.8 None of the above cases in the table met the criteria for referral to the Government Legal Department and therefore will not be referred.
 
Gender Date of birth  Date of death Whether the matter is to be referred to the Government Legal Department
Male 08/04/1948 02/11/2018 Not to be referred
Female  20/02/1953 28/11/2018 Not to be referred
Male 12/09/1950 05/12/2018 Not to be referred
Male 09/07/1961 27/12/2018 Not to be referred
 
 
If your authority holds this information on your website, please  confirm whether or not your website information is up to date and send the link. If it is not please provide full details of any unpublished cases, as per the questions above.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5393
Request Date: 11/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 From and including: 1 January 2016 Until 31 December 2018
How many staff have been assaulted by children in their care, who are residents of a secure Children's home managed by your council during the period as set out above. Please where possible give details of any injury sustained. Was hospital treatment required? Were criminal proceedings brought? Please break down year by year month by month if possible.

A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5394
Request Date: 11/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many incidents of self harm have there been by children who are resident in secure children's homes managed by your Council from period Friday, 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2018. Please where possible break down type of Harm e.g Cutting, Ingesting, Inserting,Hanging. Please break down month by month where possible.

A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.


Details:

Reference Number: 5396
Request Date: 07/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Blocking the Public Path

Q.1 Hoarding on the footpath outside Smails Hardware shop which is known as Lollo Rosso, 59/60 Bridge Street, Morpeth. In August and still there in October 2017.
A.1 Please see the attached.

Q.2 Scaffold outside on the public footpath running along Manchester Street, Morpeth to the corner of Newgate Street, Morpeth, with diagonal bar scaffold blocking the footpath.
A.2 Please see the attached.

Q.3 Back of Wetherspoons, Blyth, back lane to Union Street. I can't walk down the public path for the wheelie bins, hot ashes blowing in the wind from open buckets since 12/12/2013.
A.3 Northumberland County Council do not hold any information relating to this part of your request. We will ask our Highway Inspector and the Enforcement Officer from Public Protection to investigate the issues you have highlighted in the lane behind Wetherspoons.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5397
Request Date: 11/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many ANPR cameras does your council currently operate, either in vehicles, as static cameras by the roadside, in car parks or at other locations? Please provide a breakdown of the number of static vs in-car ANPR cameras, if possible. 
A.1 One ANPR camera attached to a mobile enforcement vehicle.

Q.2 How many ANPR cameras has your council operated over the last five years (2018-2014)? Please provide a year-by-year breakdown.
A.2 One ANPR camera in operation since October 2016.

Q.3 How many 'hits' have your ANPR cameras generated over the last five years? That is to say, how many times data from an ANPR camera been used for enforcement action over the last five years? Please provide a year-by-year breakdown.
A.3 See table below for Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued.

Q.4 If possible, please tell me the total number of vehicle number plates scanned by your ANPR cameras in the last five years? Please provide a year-by-year breakdown.
A.4 See table below for the number of Evidence Packs generated. 

An Evidence Pack is the footage captured when the ANPR camera has scanned a VRM and believes it to be in contravention. Each Evidence Pack is reviewed and either: discarded if no contravention occurred; or progressed to the issue of a PCN.
 
Date Range No of PCNs Issued Evidence Packs
(No of VRMs scanned)
1 Oct 16 to 30 Sept 17  135 993
1 Oct 17 to 30 Sept 18  199  2340
1 Oct 18 to date (16 Jan 19) 94     897
    

                                  
                            
                      


Details:

Reference Number: 5398
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 What was the total amount levied and collected, against the households of the Rothbury Electoral Division for their council tax contribution towards Northumbria Police in the 2018/19 financial year?
 
This should cover the parishes of Rothbury, Thropton, Whitton & Tosson, Cartington, Hepple, Hesleyhurst, Hollinghill, Netherton & Biddlestone, Alwinton, Elsdon, Whittingham, Callaly & Alnham, Glanton, Harbottle and Snitter.
 
A.1 The total amount for the police precept in respect of the Rothbury Electoral Division was £255,505.52. We do not allocate payments against each precept so it is not possible to state how much was actually collected however the amount paid to the police is not affected by how much is collected as it is paid to them in advance. Therefore the police will have received the full £255,55.52


Details:

Reference Number: 5399
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Which department is responsible for enforcing against Littering?
A.1 Environmental Enforcement/Animal Welfare Team and Civil Enforcement Officers from Parking Services.
 
Q.2 Do you use a private company to enforce against Littering?
A.2 No
 
Q.3 If you answered yes to question 2, could you confirm the name of the private company?
A.3 N/A
 
Q.4 What is the full price of a Littering Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)?
A.4 £80
 
Q.5 Do you have a discounted price for a littering FPN and if yes, how long is the discounted period? e.g. The FPN will be discounted to £50 if paid within 10 days.
A.5 £65 if paid within 7 days
 
Q.6 How many FPNs did you issue for littering in 2018?
A.6 168
 
Q.7 How many FPNs issued for Littering in 2018 were paid?
A.7 137
 
Q.8 How many FPNs issued for Littering in 2018 were prosecuted for failing to pay the FPN?
A.8 24
 
Q.9 How many FPNs issued for Littering in 2018 were for smoking-related materials e.g. Cigarette butts, rolled up cigarettes or Cigars?
A.9 This information is not recorded on our database.
 
Q.10 Could you confirm which department is responsible for enforcing against Dog Fouling?
A.10 Environmental Enforcement/Animal Welfare Team
 
Q.11 Do you use a private company to enforce against Dog Fouling?
A.11 No
 
Q.12 If you answered yes to question 11, could you confirm the name of the private company?
A.12 N/A
 
Q.13 What is the legislation you enforce Dog Fouling under? e.g. Dog Control Order, fouling of land act or PSPO etc.
A.13 Public Space Protection Order
 
Q.14 How many FPNs did you issue for Dog Fouling in 2018?
A.14 94
 
Q.15 How many FPNs issued for Dog Fouling in 2018 were paid?
A.15 85
 
Q.16 How many FPNs issued for Dog Fouling in 2018 were prosecuted for failing to pay the FPN?
A.16 3
 
Q.17 Do you enforce against any other Dog Control Orders or PSPO’s that are dog related?
A.17 No
 
Q.18 What is the full price of a Dog Fouling FPN?
A.18 £100
 
Q.19 Do you have a discounted price for a Dog Fouling FPN and if yes, how long is the discounted period? e.g. The FPN will be discounted to £50 if paid within 10 days.
A.19 £80 if paid within 7 days
 
Q.20 How many Parks do you have within the local authority boundary
A.20 20
 
Q.21 If you have answered yes to questions 2 and 11, could you confirm the contract end date?
A.21 N/A


Details:

Reference Number: 5400
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many people are on the waiting list for ground floor 1 bedroom properties in Hexham?
A.1 We do not have a waiting list, applicants register on the Housing Register then bid for available properties. We do not keep any lists for specific types of properties.

Q.2 How many ground floor 1 bedroom properties there are in Hexham?
A.2 NCC do not own any properties in Hexham.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5401
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many staff work in the port health function at Northumberland county council? What are their job titles?
 
A.1 We have one member of staff in this function and the job title is Port Health Officer and the post is paid on Band 7 (£27,3258 - £30,756).


Details:

Reference Number: 5403
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I would like to know how much schools in the authority spent on external supply teachers (EO2 or EO26), of the period 1st September 2018 - 31st December 2018. I would like to know the finance that has been spent with external providers.

It would be great to have the details for all Primary, Secondary and SEND schools, as well as how much has been spent with each external provider for those schools.

A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5404
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

We are working on a story about preparations for a ‘no deal’ Brexit and would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
  • How much money have you allocated for ‘no deal’ planning and delivery?
  • How much of that money has been spent so far?
Please detail:

a) what companies have been awarded contracts b) what these contracts are for c) how much each contract is worth
 
Section 36(3) states: 
 
36.—(3) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise in relation to information to which this section applies (or would apply if held by the public authority) if, or to the extent that, in the reasonable opinion of a qualified person, compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, have any of the effects mentioned in subsection (2). 

Section 36(2)(c) states:
36(2) Information to which this section applies is exempt information if, in the reasonable opinion of a qualified person, disclosure of the information under this Act—
(c) would otherwise prejudice, or would be likely otherwise to prejudice, the effective conduct of public affairs. 
 
Public Interest Test
We recognise that there is a public interest in the information that you have sought. We consider that this interest is mostly concerned with whether the Council holds plans or is in the process of planning for any and all eventualities relating to the regional impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. We consider that this interest is met by our confirmation that the Council and its LRF partners holds information which includes such considerations. Beyond this, we consider that the public interest in disclosure does not outweigh the public interest in maintaining the exemption.


Details:

Reference Number: 5405
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please send a full and up to date list of companies and charities that have become liable for business rates between the 15th December 18 to the 14th January 19.
 
I would like you to include -
  • Business name
  • Full address
  • Date of liability
  • Type of property
 
A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response


Details:

Reference Number: 5406
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am aware that when someone moves away from your council area having paid some council tax beyond the date which they are moving away, they sometimes leave their council tax account in credit.
 
Q.1 I want to know, how many closed or dormant council tax accounts do you have in credit and how much money is in these accounts in total?
 
A.1 591 accounts totalling £78,767.30.
 
Q.2 Could you tell me the process for applying to get one's money from one of these accounts? Is it automatically refunded?
 
A.2 When an account is closed if it goes into credit a credit bill will be produced. These are checked each day and if applicable the credit is refunded. If for any reason the account later goes into credit (such as a payment being received after the account has been closed) if the customer contacts us we will refund them. An exercise to look at closed accounts in credit is also undertaken towards the end of each financial year and refunds will be processed where the credit is genuine and we have address or bank details.
 
Q.3 If possible, and I don't wish for this to hold up the request if this can't be granted, could you also tell me how many closed or dormant council tax accounts did you have in credit one year ago and how much did the money in these accounts total?
 
A.3 Unfortunately we are unable to retrieve this information as unless a specific report was ran at that time there is no way to tell which closed accounts were in credit. We have checked our records and no such report was ran.


Details:

Reference Number: 5410
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please can you tell me how much the council charges for a resident parking permit for - 
an electric car
a hybrid car
a diesel car made after 2001
a diesel car made before 2001
 
A.1 Northumberland County Council currently charges £15 per resident parking permit regardless of the type of vehicle. However, Blue Badge holders receive one resident parking permit free of charge. 
 
Q.2 Please can you tell me how many still valid (i.e. the parking permit has not expired) resident parking permits have been handed out for - 
electric cars
hybrid cars
diesel cars made after 2001
diesel cars made before 2001
 
A.2 It is not a requirement to provide information on vehicle type when making an application for a resident parking permit therefore NCC cannot provide a breakdown of current resident permit by vehicle type. However, as at 1st January 2019 there were a total of 2,934 current NCC resident permits.


Details:

Reference Number: 5411
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please provide me with responses to the following questions regarding looked after children in children's homes in the last financial year (2017/18)?

Q.1 For each of the last four financial years (including 2017/18), how many looked after children were placed in children's homes within the authority area? 
a) in total 
b) were ‘out-of-borough’ (i.e. they were moved into a home within the local authority/borough from an alternative local authority) 
and c) were recognised as being at risk from CSE?


Q.2 For each of the last four financial years (including 2017/18), how many missing episodes occurred involving looked after children placed in children's homes within the authority area 
a) in total 
b) Where the children were ‘out-of-borough’ (i.e. they were moved into a home within the local authority/borough from an alternative local authority) 
and c) Where the children were recognised as being at risk from CSE?

Q.3 In the last financial year (2017/18), how many looked after children went missing from children’s homes on 10 or more occasions in a single year? 
a) In total 
b) Where the children were 'out-of-borough'
and c) Where the children were recognised as being at risk from CSE?

Q.4 For the entirety of the last four financial years (including 2017/18), how many looked after children placed in children's homes within the local authority who went missing were never found (i.e. no agency learned of their whereabouts)?

Q.5 The most number of times (episodes) that an individual looked after child went missing from a children's home within the local authority in the last financial year (2017/18)?

A.1-5 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5413
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Under the Freedom of Information Act I respectfully request that you provide me with a list of suppliers providing outsourced ICT Services to your organisation at the current time. By ICT outsourcing, I mean the provision of ICT services to the Council by an external ICT provider or third-party. This may include utility based services such as software as a service (e.g. ERP solutions such as Oracle/SAP/Agilisys/Civica) or cloud services (e.g. from Google or Microsoft), but also general IT managed services such as network and infrastructure support. The Council will potentially have their own IT management team, but choose to use third-parties for some aspects of the IT service delivered to the Councils users (or employees). For a research paper, I am looking into the how many Councils have used external providers for ICT, and whether there is a common approach across geographies, council types and sizes and any other patterns I can find.
 
Please present the information back by email detailing for each supplier (where more than one is engaged):
 
Q.1 Name of supplier
A.1 Netpremacy, Oracle
 
Q.2 Service(s) provided by supplier
A.2 Google G-Suite Licences
 
Q.3 Oracle Cloud Applications Suite
A.3 ERP (All Financials) / HCM / Payroll
 
Q.4 Contract Start Date
A.4 16/12/2015, 31/07/2017
 
Q.5 Contract End Date
A.5 28/11/2021, 30/07/2022
 
Q.6 Contract Value
A.6 £340,195 (yearly subscription), £608,000 (yearly subscription)
 
Q.7 Current annual spend with supplier for provided service(s) (optional) 
A.7 In the interests of focusing on suppliers of a material nature it would be acceptable to respond with just those suppliers where annual spend (on any particular service) is in excess of £50,000 per annum.


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Reference Number: 5415
Request Date: 15/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please could you provide me with the number of part-time and full-time workers on salaries over £80,000 at the council, including third party workers whose salaries are paid for with taxpayers' money via the council.
 
A.1 The number of part time employees with a salary of £80,000 or more is 1 and the number of full time employees with a salary of £80,000 or more is 22.


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Reference Number: 5416
Request Date: 15/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit?
A.1  241 
 
Q.2 How many Specified General Supported Accommodation cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit?
A.2  18
 
Q.3 How many Specified Domestic Violence Hostel cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit?
A.3  6
 
Q.4 How many Specified Local Authority Hostel cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit?
A.4  12
 
Q.5 What is the highest eligible gross rent being paid for a Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation case by Housing Benefits?
A.5  448.08
 
Q.6 What is the lowest eligible gross rent being paid for a Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation case by Housing Benefits?
Q.6  117.03
 
Q.7 What is the lowest core rent being paid for a Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation case by Housing Benefits?
Q.7  91.13
 
Q.8 What is the highest core rent being paid for a Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation case by Housing Benefits?
Q.8  346.15
 
Q.9 How many Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation cases are currently receiving Housing Benefit for the following eligible rent ranges:
A.9  £150.00 per week eligible gross - £250.00 per week eligible gross = 121
£251.00 per week eligible gross - £300.00 per week eligible gross = 43
£301.00 per week eligible gross - £400.00 per week eligible gross = 62
Greater than £400.00 per week eligible gross = 4
 
Q.10 How many Specified General or Exempt Supported Accommodation cases have been referred to the Rent Officer service (VOA)?
A.10  48
 
Q.11 How many Specified Exempt Supported Accommodation cases are being paid where the Local Authority is only receiving 60% subsidy?
Q.11  48
 
Q.12 How many Supported Accommodation claims have received an ‘unreasonably high’ rent decision?
A.12  48


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Reference Number: 5417
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many times, and when, in the last four years have visits been carried out to the Cramlington Marks and Spencer Foodhall to check compliance with pricing legislation?
A.1  2: 11/1/17 and 21/11/18
 
Q.2 How many times, and when, in the last four years have test purchases been carried out at Cramlington Marks and Spencer Foodhall to check compliance with pricing legislation?
A.2  0


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Reference Number: 5418
Request Date: 15/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 For the years 2015-2017 (separately) please provide the total number of families who were support by the local authority pursuant to section 17 of the Children's Act 1989 (section 17 support.) 
A.1       
2015 CiN Involvement - 2216 families
2016 CiN Involvement - 2446 families
2017 CiN Involvement - 2733 families

Q.2 Of the number above at 1, please provide the number of families who received section 17 support in the form of financial subsistence because although they were ineligible by Schedule 3(1) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act (NIAA) 2002 that support was deemed necessary to avoid a breach of their rights under the European Convention on Human RIghts (Schedule 3 (3) (a) NIAA 2002). 
A.2  8 families

Q.3 Of the number above at question 2, how many were families with lone parents? 
A.3 Less than 5

Q.4 Of the number above at question 2, how many included women?
A.4  6

Q.5 Of the number above at question 2, how many children under 18 years old were in the household? 
A.5  14

Q.6 Of the number above at question 2, what was the average size of the household in total (in adults and children)? 
A.6  4.5

Q.7 Of the number above at question 2, what was the average duration of the period in receipt of section 17 Children Act 1989 support? 
A.7  8.5 weeks
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5419
Request Date: 16/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

At the meeting of the full council on Wednesday 9th January, a decision was taken to remove council tax support from the poorest residents in Northumberland, despite the calls of the opposition to rethink this move. In the debate it was stated that more than 500 responses to the consultation had been received and more than half were supportive of the administration’s position. 

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2004 I request the following information;

Q.1 How many responses in total were received by Council Ward?
A.1 Unable to supply as responses were anonymous

Q.2 How many responses supportive of the councils position were received by Council Ward?
A.2 Unable to supply as responses were anonymous  

Q.3 How many people are expected to be affected by the change to council tax support by Council Ward?
A.3 Please see attached spreadsheet (Column B)

Q.4 How many of the councils own employees are expected to be affected by the change to council tax support?
A.4 Our records indicate that 152 Council Tax Support claimants receive income from Northumberland County Council. Please note that this figure is inconclusive as there is no requirement to hold employer details on our claims processing system and these details are not entered in all cases. To provide a conclusive answer each claim record with earned income will need to be manually interrogated and this  would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. 

Q.5 How many women are expected to be affected by the change to council tax support by Council Ward?
A.5 Please see attached spreadsheet (Column  C)

Q.6 How many disabled people are expected to be affected by the change to council tax support by Council Ward?
A.6 Please see attached spreadsheet (Column D)  

Q.7 How many people who are in receipt of any form of benefits are expected to be affected by the change to council tax support by Council Ward?
A.7 There are a total of 14,792 Council Tax Support claimants that meet this criteria in Northumberland. We are unable to split this into wards as 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 as the data set does not contain ward details. This would require each of the 14792 claim records to be manually checked

Q.8 How many families with children are expected to be affected by the change to council tax support by Council Ward?
A.8 Please see attached spreadsheet (Column E)
 


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Reference Number: 5420
Request Date: 16/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please could you inform us what system(s) your authority uses to handle information requests? For clarity that includes FOI, EIR, CAFCAS, etc. requests for information, as well as SARs/GDPR requests and also complaints handling.
 
A.1 FOI/EIR - Vuelio
Complaints - Lagan CRM
SAR - No specific system procured for handling requests.
 
Q.2 Please provide the name of the vendor and country or origin of the software.

A.2 FOI/EIR - Vuelio, UK.
Complaints - n/a
SAR - n/a
 
Q.2a Name of the system(s) where there is a brand name that differs from the company name.

A.2a 
FOI/EIR - n/a
Complaints - n/a
SAR - n/a
 
Q.2b Do you use system(s) that are internally developed and maintained by your development staff rather than purchased?

A.2b FOI/EIR - No
Complaints - Yes
SAR - No we only use the functionality available through Google Sheets
 
Q.2c Amount paid approximately (split into a. set up and b. ongoing costs)

A.2c FOI/EIR - £4,300 per annum
Complaints - Not held
SAR - Not procured specifically for SAR, required for the conduct of Council business more generally.
 
Q.2d Date of end of contract with the present supplier(s).

A.2d FOI/EIR - April 2019
Complaints - n/a
SAR - n/a
 
Q.2e Is the system running in house on your servers or is it provided SaaS (“Software as a Service” i.e. hosted externally on a supplier’s servers)

A.2e FOI/EIR - SaaS
Complaints - Yes 
SAR - Cloud hosted
 
Q.3 What did you pay for system(s)?
 
Q.3a Set up

A.3a FOI/EIR - see 2c
Complaints - n/a
SAR - n/a
 
Q.3b Ongoing (please state if per year or per month)

A.3b FOI/EIR - see 2c
Complaints - n/a
SAR - n/a
 
Q.4 How many requests did you receive in each of 2016, 2017 & 2018

A.4 FOI/EIR (stats are recorded on financial years):
2016-17 - 1,371
2017 - 18 - 1,315
2018 - 19 (as of December 2018) - 1,128
 
Complaints - 
2016 - 733
2017 - 564
2018 - 973
 
SAR -
2016- 2017 - 58
2017-2018 - 58
2018 - 19 - 65
 
Q.5 What is the URL for your Public Disclosure Log - i.e. where the public can see the information requests and answers (obviously excluding private ones such as SARs)?

A.5 FOI/EIR - responses can be found on our public website here (https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/FOI.aspx). Please note this is under review and is there not up to date currently.
Complaints - n/a
SAR - n/a
 
Q.6 How long does it take (officer/manager hours) to log a request and inform the relevant officers that they must respond? (Please assume this email is an example of a low complexity average FOI request with only one or perhaps two departments required for the multi question response.)
 
a - Five minutes - mostly automated with the incoming email creating the case reference/ auto acknowledgement to the requestor and the only human intervention is to vet the request to see if it is valid and then allocate the tasks to the officers concerned with pre configured auto emails going out to them.
b - About an hour - as above, but done manually
c - Some other length of time - if so what and why is it so long/short, etc.
 
A.6 FOI/EIR - A
Complaints - A
SAR - C- No SAR request is deemed simple and most take a significant amount of time to consider and collate information for. We try to automate as much as we can but realistically this is still a very manual process.
 
Q.7 Does your system automatically create a public disclosure log and reports for the Information Commissioner or does someone have to update spreadsheets manually?

A.7 FOI/EIR - manually 
Complaints - manually
SAR - manually
 
Q.8 Can you use the same system for all your complaints and other citizen and internal and external enquiries.

A.8 No


Details:

Reference Number: 5421
Request Date: 16/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to every county council regarding bus services which the county financially supports. I would like to know the following:
 
Q.1 Has the county council reduced the number of bus services it subsidises since 2010?
A.1 Yes
 
Q.1a If yes, how many bus services of this kind have been suspended by the county council?
A.1a  2
 
Q.2 Does the county council have any plans to reduce its subsidised bus services (further) in the short/medium term?
A.2 The council does not have any plans to reduce its subsidised bus services (further) in the short/medium term


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Reference Number: 5422
Request Date: 16/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please can you email me what your Organisation is doing about planning, commissioning and operationalisation of social prescription.

Q.2 What are the opportunities for the partners to bid or propose to help you with this roll out?

A.1-A.2 The Empowering Communities project, led by Northumberland County Council (in particular Public Health) and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHCT), aims to use asset-based, community-centred approaches to improve wellbeing and health. It will initially see five Locality Coordinators embedded within voluntary and community sector (VCS) or not-for-profit organisations, one in each of the five localities (local area councils) in Northumberland. Their role initially will be to map and mobilise assets with a view to recommending approaches to improving wellbeing and health that are priorities for the communities and other stakeholders in the locality.  Part of their role will be linking into and building relationships with primary care and other organisations to extend existing social prescribing activity. 

Further information is available at: http://committeedocs.northumberland.gov.uk/MeetingDocs/39867_M9327.pdf

The Council also commissions a team of Support Planners who work with people in the community to find help with e.g housing, activities and benefits and to find the right support to keep people independent in their own homes.

Their work is primarily preventative and involves providing advice and information and signposting on subjects ranging from where activities may be held,filling out Attendance Allowance forms and what charges someone may pay if they have support arranged through social care.

Support planners work with people who pay for their own care and support and also with those who are eligible for a Personal Budget from the Local Authority.

Referrals can be taken from GPs, concerned friends and relatives, neighbours or self referrals .

The new Northumberland Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy which is being presented at the Health and Wellbeing Board on 17 Jan 19 (see link http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meeting.aspx?MeetID=9330) has the number of social prescribing schemes as an indicator for monitoring progress against the ‘Empowering people and communities’ theme of the strategy.  We are intending to work with NHS Northumberland CCG and NHCT to develop a model for the delivery of social prescribing in primary care initially working with a small number of GP practices to develop a template which can be used as the basis for further roll out.

Q.3 What documents or reports can you signpost to me?

There are no current opportunities to bid or propose to help out with any roll out. We will await the findings of the asset mapping work of the Locality Coordinators and incorporate findings into any approaches that we take forward with partners. Opportunities may therefore arise in the future and we welcome any views and experience from other areas to inform our approaches.
 


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Reference Number: 5424
Request Date: 16/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

The information I require is based on the Road Highways Budget for 2018.
 
Q.1 The budgeted cost for highway road repairs for the road from Scotland Gate to Guidepost was estimated to be £180,000. This is approximately 0.6 miles.
Please will you let me have a copy of the road condition report that produced this figure. 
A.1 Further to your request regarding highway road repairs for the road from Scotland Gate to Guidepost,  no "road condition report that produced this figure" exists and therefore this cannot be provided. Budget allocations contained in the approved programme are estimates only, based on our knowledge of the condition of the asset and work likely to be required to undertake the proposed repairs.


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Reference Number: 5425
Request Date: 16/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Details of the lowest, highest and average weekly rates agreed with and charged by external suppliers of independent registered children’s residential care services for the current year (2018/2019).

Q.2 Percentage increase in weekly rates charged by independent children’s residential care providers which were awarded, compared to the previous year’s levels.

Q.3 The number of looked after children in residential care as at 31 March 2018 and of those children, the percentage looked after by independent residential care providers.

A.1-3 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


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Reference Number: 5427
Request Date: 16/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many 16-24-year olds were referred to the local housing authority/housing options team from the following services since the introduction of the HRA between the following dates:
(Note: “Referred” refers to 16-24-year olds who were considered to be homeless or threatened with homelessness by these services)

April 2018-June 2018
July-September 2018
October 2018-December 2018

Prisons
Young Offender Institutions
Secure training centres
Secure colleges
Youth offending teams
Probation services (& CRCs)
Jobcentres
Social services (adult & children)
Emergency departments
Urgent treatment centres
Hospitals
Armed forces

Between October and December 2018, since the duty to refer, how many of the 16-24-year olds that were referred from the above groups were:
Homeless or at risk of homelessness in 56 days:
Not homeless or at risk of homelessness in 56 days:

A.1 Cases referred to Northumberland County Council under Duty to Refer (16-24 year olds). Please see the attached document.
 


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Reference Number: 5428
Request Date: 16/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How much was collected under the Hexham Bid Levy that was not distributed to Hexham Bid Limited.
A.1 There is £9,197.01 of the collected levy not distributed to the Hexham BID Ltd.
 
Q.2 Whether these funds will (or have been) forwarded to Hexham Bid Limited.
A.2 The Council made staged payments to Hexham BID Ltd up until October 2017, the Hexham BID Board sought to terminate the bid in December 2017 and as such the final payment due to the BID for 2017/18 was retained by the Council.  This funding will be added to any funds the Local Authority receives on completion of the Hexham BID termination process to enable the BID revenue account to be reconciled as required under legislation.
 
Q.3 Whether these funds remain in the care of Northumberland County Council.
A.3 The funds are held in the Hexham BID Revenue Account by the Council.
 
Q.4 Have these funds been allocated or used for any other purpose?
A.4 No, the funds cannot be allocated or used for any other purpose.
 
Q.5 What are the plans for the distribution, return or allocation of these funds?
A.5  The following processes need to conclude before the plans are finalised:
- The BID Company accounts need to be finalised
- The BID company is wound up and residual monies returned to the BID Revenue Account
- The BID Revenue Account must be reconciled and legitimate costs deducted
- The final sum must be returned to eligible businesses in line with BID legislation


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Reference Number: 5431
Request Date: 16/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please could you advise me, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, whether you contract with any Credit Reference Agencies (like Equifax, or Experian) for the purpose of locating a debtor’s current or last known address. If so, please could you advise me who your credit reference agency is?
 
A.1 The credit reference agency used is Callcredit.


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Reference Number: 5432
Request Date: 17/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 A list of commercial properties within your councils area with the following information:
 
VOA Reference Number
VOA Property Description
Business Name / Occupier Details
Current Rateable Value
Occupation Date
Full Address and Postcode
Details of any Reliefs that each property is receiving
Relief Amount
Date Relief Applied
 
I would like to receive both Limited and Sole Trader information
 
 
A.1 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;
 
Section 21 of the Act states that a public Authority does not need to provide information under section 1 of the Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means.
 
The information is available by accessing the following link:
http://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/


Details:

Reference Number: 5433
Request Date: 17/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Hareside Primary School:
 
I am looking to retrieve some information under the Freedom of Information act in regards to your energy supply and usage.
 
Q.1 What is your current contract end date for gas?
A.1  31st March 2020
 
Q.2 What is your current contract end date for electricity?
A.2  31st March 2020
 
Q.3 What is your monthly or annual spend on the gas contract?
A.3  £5,236.03
 
Q.4 What is your monthly or annual spend on the electricity contract?
A.4   £16,275.91
 
Q.5 What is your target for consumption reduction?
A.5 N/A
 
Q.6 What steps do you take to reduce energy consumption?
A.6 N/A
 
Q.7 Would you benefit from funding options on energy projects?
A.7 N/A


Details:

Reference Number: 5434
Request Date: 17/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many young carers under the age of 18 are identified in your area?
 
2008/09
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
2012/13 
2013/14
2014/15 
2015/16
2016/17
2017/18  
This year to date.
 
A.1 We are unable to provide this information.
 
Q.2 Does your area run a dedicated service for Young Carers (under the age of 18)?
 
A.2 Yes
 
Q.3 Details of how much was spent on support for young carers in –
 
2008/09
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
2012/13 
2013/14
2014/15 
2015/16
2016/17
2017/18  
This year to date.
 
A.3 
2008/09  Details not recorded
2009/10 Details not recorded  
2010/11 Details not recorded  
2011/12 Details not recorded  
2012/13 - £10,128
2013/14 - £14,727.52
2014/15 - £17,422.56
2015/16 - £38,314.79
2016/17 - £34,457.24
2017/18 - £32,685
This year to date - £24,093.87


Details:

Reference Number: 5435
Request Date: 17/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Who is your current National Client Caseload Information System NCCIS 16-18yr old management information system software provider? How much do you pay them annually?
 
A.1 Northumberland do not contract directly with a software supplier for an NCCIS, but have an arrangement with the Tyne and Wear Hub, that includes the local authorities in Tyne and Wear. For this Northumberland pay £40,000 annually but this covers others costs, such as completion of government returns, not just software. The software supplier involved is Cognisoft.
 
Q.2 How much do you pay annually to your current adult and child social care software case management system provider?
 
A.2 For child social care case management system, for the financial year 2018/19, the provider LiquidLogic was paid £37,243. The figure for the coming financial year is £78,351.51.


Details:

Reference Number: 5437
Request Date: 18/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please could you tell me, for each of the financial years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and as much of 2018/19 as you have data for:
 
Q.1 How many people HOUSED BY THE COUNCIL died in
Q.1a General needs housing managed by the council
Q.1b General needs housing managed by any other organisation, including housing associations and RMOs.
Q.1c Sheltered Housing
Q.1d Temporary Accommodation
Q.1e Emergency Accommodation
Q.1f Any other type of housing
To be clear: I’d like you to count all the people housed by the council, including those housed in other councils’ areas.
 
Q.2 For each of those deaths, broken down by year and type of accommodation as per Q1:
Q.2a How many were reported to the coroner?
Q.2b How many required an inquest?
Q.2c For those that went to inquest, what was the recorded cause of death? (e.g. drugs, suicide, natural causes etc.)
Q.2d What was the age of the person who died?
 
Q.3 At the end of each financial year (i.e. on 31st March) please could you tell me the total number of PEOPLE (not households) housed in each of the types of accommodation in Q1?
To be clear – I’d like the total number of people housed AT THAT POINT, not the total housed across the previous financial year.
If you’re not able to tell me the total number of deaths – then please could you tell me just those deaths which were reported to the coroner?
 
A1-3 I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council


Details:

Reference Number: 5438
Request Date: 18/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Whether high streets within your local authority have free public wifi.
If free wifi is provided on high streets within your local authority, who fund and provides that service. 

A.1 We have a small number of pilot projects running to evaluate the potential usage and opportunity.

The County Council provided the initial capital funding but the ongoing costs are shared between the County Council and Town Councils.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5442
Request Date: 21/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am looking to retrieve some information under the Freedom of Information act in regards to your energy supply and usage.

Q.1 What is your current contract end date for gas?
A.1  31st March 2020

Q.2 What is your current contract end date for electricity?
A.2  31st March 2020

Q.3 What is your monthly or annual spend on the gas contract?
A.3  £12,826.38

Q.4 What is your monthly or annual spend on the electricity contract?
A.4  £14,929.96

Q.5 What is your target for consumption reduction?
A.5 N/A

Q.6 What steps do you take to reduce energy consumption?
A.6   N/A

Q.7 Would you benefit from funding options on energy projects?
A.7 N/A
 


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Reference Number: 5444
Request Date: 21/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many Community Protection Notices or ASBOS (whichever applicable) have been issued in your local authority area since 20/10/2014.

I would like the above information broken down by:

Q.1a year

A.1a 
One team only had statistics available for April - March:
Apr-Mar
2014/15 - 0
2015/16 - 2
2016/17 - 16
2017/18 - 32
2018/19 - 34

2014 - 0
2015 - 0
2016 - 4
2017 - 10
2018 - 5

Q.1b reason for CPN/ASBO

A.1b
Condition of the land affected the visual amenity of the area
Severe ASB
Waste related accumulations

2016 - 2 x intimidation & harassment; 1 x alcohol related ASB; 1 x noise/alcohol
2017 - 1 x alcohol related ASB; 1 x Feral cats; 1 x noise/alcohol
2018 - 2 x intimidation & harassment; 1 x noise/alcohol

Q.1c ethnicity of person issued with CPN/ASBO

A.1c There are no records held to highlight ethnicity of each CPN recipient.

Q.1d age of person issued with CPN/ASBO

A.1d Ages: (2017) 19, 25, 27, 31, 33, 35 & 59. 
                   (2018) 37 years.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5445
Request Date: 21/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I would like to know how many animals have died in house fires over the last three calendar years (2018, 2017 and 2016).
 
Please could you break the data down by:
Date of fire (only specifying the month and year, eg. 11 deaths in August 2017) and type of animal that died
 
A.1     
2018 = 0 deaths
2017 = 3 deaths in October (dogs)
2016 = 0 deaths


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Reference Number: 5450
Request Date: 22/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please can you provide me with the name of the current educational placement (school) of any young people, 16 years of age and under, with educational health care (ehc) plans or statements, placed in independent or non-maintained provision?

I would like you to supply me with the information requested for the previous academic year - 2017/18.

A.1 Attached doc showing the costings and placement numbers.
 


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Reference Number: 5452
Request Date: 22/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many looked after or fostered children reached care-leaving age in 2018/19?
 
A.1 Care-leaving age has been taken to mean 17 (as the youngest care-leaver cohort is 17 and 18 year olds). Also assumed the requester is asking about how many of our current LAC will reach this age over the course of 2018/19: 28
 
Q.2 Of those, how many requested a personal advisor or further support from the council?
 
A.2 All care leaving young people are allocated an 18+  personal advisor up to the age of 21 years, they are offered ongoing support up to the age of 25 years if they want to access this also.
 
Q.3 Did any of those cease the arrangement for further support or a personal advisor in the same year?
 
A.3 No
 
Q.4 How is further support/personal advisors for care leavers resourced? Ie how many members of staff are there for how many care leavers
 
A.4 There are currently 4 x Social Work Support Assistant Personal advisors holding an average caseload of 30 cases from the ages of 17 up to 21/25
 
Q.5 Is there currently a waiting list or backlog for personal advisors? If so, how long is it?
 
A.5 No
 
Q.6 How many former (including the 2018/19 intake) care leavers in total are currently receiving further support from the council?
 
A.6  109
 
Q.7 Is there a drop-out or disengagement rate recorded? If so, what is it?
 
A.7 No


Details:

Reference Number: 5453
Request Date: 22/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 In the last 5 years, has the council had any arrangements or contracts  with so-called "property guardian" schemes (private security arrangements which place tenants into disused buildings to act as live-in security guardians)?
 
A.1 Yes
 
Q.2 If yes, please provide:
Q.2a The name of the company
 
A.2a Ad Hoc Property Management Ltd
 
Q.2b The years in which each contract were active
 
A.2b
2012 - 2016 Blyth Fire Station
2016 to date - Willows Bungalows, Morpeth
    
Q.2c The amount spent by the council on each contract
 
A.2c Zero
 
Q.2d The amount earned by the council on each contract
 
A.2d    
£50.00 per guardian in 2012 - 2016
£100.00 per guardian in 2016 - 2018
 
Q.2e The number of property guardians living in council-owned buildings,  per year, for the last five years.
 
A.2e
19 in Blyth Fire Station
10 in Willows Bungalows (there a 3 bungalows in total)
 
Q.3 I would also like to know, for each building in which guardian arrangements were made:
Q.3a The postcode
 
Q.3b The building type (e.g, residential, commercial)
 
Q.3c The street address
 
A.3a-c
The Willows Bungalow, The Willows, Gas House  Lane, Morpeth, NE61 1SW - Residential
Blyth Fire Station, Cowpen Road, Blyth, NE24 5SU - Commercial


Details:

Reference Number: 5454
Request Date: 22/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The number of vehicles reported as abandoned within your local authority area broken down by year for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 to date.

A.1 
2013/14 - 55
2014/15 - 155
2015/16 - 359
2016/17 - 510
2017/18 - 507
2018/19 - 433

Q.2 The number of abandoned vehicles removed in your local authority area broken down by year for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 to date.

A.2 Please see attachment.

Q.3 The number of abandoned vehicles destroyed by your local authority broken down by year for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 to date.

A.3 Please see attachment.

Q.4 The amount of money spent by your local authority on removing and destroying abandoned vehicles broken down by year for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 to date.

A.4 Please see attachment.

Q.5 The amount of money in fines distributed by your local authority to people for abandoning their vehicles broken down by year for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 to date.

A.5 
2013/14 - £0
2014/15 - £0
2015/16 - £0
2016/17 - £400
2017/18 - £1200
2018/19 - £400

The attached PDF contains further information.
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5456
Request Date: 22/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

The request is for information that will aid me in a study regarding High-rise incidents and emergency response.
 
Q.1 Do you have High-rise structures in your response area, if yes how many and what is the size of the largest structure?
 
A.1 There are no high rise residential buildings in our Service area.  
 
Q.2 Do you have an operational policy for dealing with high-rise incident, if yes would be able to provide a copy of this information?
 
A.2 No, not currently, as Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service does not have any high rise premises within our county. That being stated, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service is currently collaborating with Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service to ensure that our operational response to high rise incidents, within their area (Tyne & Wear), is safe, effective and efficient - which may result in Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service producing a standard operating procedure (SOP) for high rise incidents, when responding to this incident type within Tyne & Wear's area.   
 
Q.3 What is your Pre-determined Attendance (PDA) for an incident in a High-rise premise for an unconfirmed and confirmed fire?
 
A.3 See Q1 - no PDA. There are no high rise residential buildings in our Service area.
 
Q.4 What are your average response times for the first and second fire appliance for the last three years?
 
A.4 Not applicable.
 
Q.5 How many turn outs have you had in the last three years to a High-rise property? 
 
A.5 Not applicable.
 
Q.6 Out of these responses how many required Firefighting  actions to be carried out?
 
A.6 Not applicable
 
Q.7 In the last three years have any issues, which hindered Firefighters response at High-rise incidents been recorded/ observed? If yes what were the factors involved?
 
A.7 There are no high rise residential buildings in our Service area.
 
Q.8 Since the Grenfell incident in 2017 have you made changes to your PDA for a High-rise incident; confirmed and unconfirmed?
 
A.8 There are no high rise residential buildings in our Service area.
 
Q.9 Since the Grenfell incident in 2017 have you made changes to your policies/procedures regarding High-rise incidents?
 
A.9 There are no high rise residential buildings in our Service area - however we are working with neighbouring fire and rescue services to produce and update documentation and training should we attend such an incident in another fire and rescue services area. 
 
Q.10 In the last three years have you as a service researched/implemented new tactics or equipment for dealing with high-rise incidents?
 
A.10 There are no high rise residential buildings in our Service area, therefore no.


Details:

Reference Number: 5457
Request Date: 23/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please can you tell me how many victims of domestic abuse have approached the council for help finding new housing in each year over the past five years.

Q.2 Please can you tell me what the outcome was for each applicant over the past five years. If you are not able to list the outcome for every applicant, please can you give an overall picture for each year i.e. 20 people were given temporary accommodation etc

Q.3 How many of these applicants in each year over the past five years were found not to be in priority need and what reason was given?

Q.4 How many of the applicants who were found not to be in priority need successfully appealed the council's decision?

A.1 - A.4 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5458
Request Date: 23/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please provide me with a copy of the most recent food hygiene inspection for Morpeth Masonic Lodge Catering, which is based at Morpeth Masonic Lodge, Dacre Street, Morpeth, NE61 1HW.

A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5460
Request Date: 23/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Could you please provide the number of new wholetime firefighters that have joined through the NFRS retained to wholetime transfer process & the number of wholetime inter service transferees. Could this be broken down per year from 2013 to 2018?
 
A.1 The number of wholetime Firefighters that have joined Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service through the Retained to Wholetime transfer process and the number of wholetime inter service transferees from 2013 to 2018 are detailed below;
 
Retained to Wholetime Transfers
 
​2013 = 0
2014 = 1
2015 = 11
2016 = 4
2017 = 4
2018 = 8
 
Inter Service Transfers
 
2013 = 2
2014 = 0
2015 = 3
2016 = 0
2017 = 2
2018 = 2


Details:

Reference Number: 5461
Request Date: 23/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information on the individuals responsible for data protection, information security and training/procurement within your organisation. 
This can include but is not limited to the following job titles; Chief Information Security Officer, Data Protection Officer, Information Officer, Head of IT, HR Manager, Compliance Officer/Manager.
 
The information we require is;
First Name
Last Name
Email address
Telephone Number
Job Title
 
A.1 We do not provide contact information for those below Head of Service level. We are able to provide information for the Head of IT. 
 
First Name - Neil
Last Name - Arnold
Email address - neil.arnold@northumberland.gov.uk
Telephone Number - 0345 600 6400
Job Title - Chief Information Officer


Details:

Reference Number: 5463
Request Date: 23/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Can you please answer the below questions regarding the staff employed at your organisation who are responsible for content on your main website:
 
Q.1 Under what service area does maintaining content on your council website sit?
 
A.1 Communications 
 
Q.2 Do you have a lead web content officer or manager?
 
A.2 Yes
 
Q.3 Do you devolve responsibility of web content to certain service areas around the council? If so, how many?
 
A.3 Yes - service experts within each service update their own content (see below for figures)
 
Q.4 If not, how many people in total add content to your site?
 
A.4  146
 
Q.5 If you have a lead web content officer, what pay grade are they on? (please state grade start and end pay amount)
 
A.5 The information will not be disclosed under Section 40(2) - Personal Information.
 
Q.6 What company built your website? For example, Jadu.
 
A.6 Kentico


Details:

Reference Number: 5464
Request Date: 23/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many complaints you have received related to carers failing to turn up to a domiciliary HOME care visits on time e.g. a complaint about a carer arriving late in.
 
Q.1a so far in 2019 (Up until 23/1/2019)
Q.1b 2018
Q.1c 2017
Q.1d 2016
 
A.1 We have received no formal complaints about this in any of these years.  However we would not normally expect to be told about an incident of this kind through our complaints system; our standard practice is to encourage service users to report issues to their care managers, who will then report them to contract managers to follow up.  We do not record these in a form which makes it possible to produce meaningful statistics at the level of detail which you have asked for, but in the last 12 months we have had concerns raised for approximately 120 individuals who have experienced missed or late calls from our contracted home care providers, which we have addressed with the contracted care provider. This was an unusually high number of concerns and followed the transfer of a contract from a poorly performing provider to a new provider which resulted in a degree of service disruption.  Examining our records for a longer period than this would be likely to exceed the time limit for an FOI request, and would not necessarily produce a comprehensive picture.
 
Q.2 How many of these involved a carer turning up over 1 hour late in:
Q.2a so far in 2019 (Up until 23/1/2019)
Q.2b 2018
Q.2c 2017
Q.2d 2016
 
A.2 See response to question 1. In addition, we do not always specify precise times at which care workers should arrive, since the need for this depends on the nature of the support required and the circumstances of the service user, and we would expect care providers to operate with a degree of flexibility – for instance encouraging their care workers to stay beyond the allocated time if a service user is unwell and in need of additional support, even if this means arriving somewhat late for a subsequent visit.
 
Q.3 Out of these what was the longest wait a service user had to wait for a carer to arrive at their when late: 
Q.3a so far in 2019 (Up until 23/1/2019)
Q.3b 2018
Q.3c 2017
Q.3d 2016
 
A.3 See response to previous questions. We do not hold information in a form which would enable us to answer this question.
 
Q.4 How many complaints have you received related to carers failing to turn up to a domiciliary care visit at all in: 
Q.4a so far in 2019 (Up until 23/1/2019)
Q.4b 2018
Q.4c 2017
Q.4d 2016
 
A.4 See response to previous questions. Calls which have been missed altogether are ordinarily a serious concern, which would be responded to as a safeguarding issue; however our records do not clearly distinguish these in a manner which would support statistical analysis from other serious concerns relating to home care services, such as falls or medication errors, and we would not be able to provide figures without detailed manual examination of individual case notes.


Details:

Reference Number: 5468
Request Date: 23/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The amount of money this council has spent on celebrities or famous people in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively - including the event cost for a celebrity visit, and transport for the celebrity to go to and from the council.
 
A.1    
2016 - Host for Excellence Awards host (Kim Inglis) = £600 (No transport costs) 
2017 - Host for Excellence Awards host (Kim Inglis) = £600 (No transport costs) 
2017 - Speech and open the 50th Birthday of Blyth Bath’s event (Nick Gillingham) = £300
2017 - Attend School Para Games (Josef Craig) = £100
2017 - Attend Adult Disability Sports Event (Josef Craig) = £100 
2018 - Host for Excellence Awards host (Alfie Joey and Anna Foster) = £1000 (No transport costs)


Details:

Reference Number: 5468
Request Date: 24/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I am seeking information relating to accommodation that has been classed as 'exempt'. I am seeking the housing benefit paid for such accommodation, broken down into housing benefit, and to include service charges as outlined below.

Exempt accommodation is defined as:

"1) “Exempt accommodation” is a term used in Housing Benefit and Universal Credit to describe supported accommodation where the rules that normally limit the amount of rent covered by a benefit award do not apply.

The usual meaning of “exempt accommodation” is where the accommodation is provided by a landlord in the social or voluntary sector and the benefit claimant is provided with care, support or supervision by the landlord or by someone acting on the landlord’s behalf.

A claimant occupying exempt accommodation does not have their housing benefit restricted to local housing allowance."

Please can you disclose the following:

Q.1 details of the lowest awarded eligible core rent;

Q.2 details of the highest awarded eligible core rent;

Q.3 details of the lowest awarded gross eligible rent (i.e. inclusive of the core rent and the eligible service charges);

Q.4 details of the highest awarded gross eligible rent (i.e. inclusive of the core rent and the eligible service charges); and

Q.5 Please confirm the names of exempt accommodation providers in your area. Please name the providers/landlords who currently hold exempt accommodation status in respect of any of their residents.

A.1-A.5 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5470
Request Date: 24/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I would like to request the following information regarding spending and contracts for older person’s social services. Please could you provide answers to the following questions:

The gross total expenditure on older persons services
Total
Allocated to residential care
Allocated to nursing care
Domiciliary care

Please supply this information by financial year for 2016/17 and 2017/18

The number of older people (age 65+) the council has placed and funded in:
In residential care
In residential EMI care
In nursing care
In nursing EMI care
In domiciliary care

Please supply this information by financial year for 2016/17 and 2017/18

The number of people (age 65+) the council has assessed and are privately funded in:
In residential care
In residential EMI care
In nursing care
In nursing EMI care
In domiciliary care

Please supply this information by financial year for 2016/17 and 2017/18

The number of older people (age 65+) the council has placed and have LA funding, but are also subject to a third party top up:
In residential care
In residential EMI care
In nursing care
In nursing EMI care
In domiciliary care

Please supply this information by financial year for 2016/17 and 2017/18

The number of older people (age 65+) in the council area who are completely privately funding their care:
In residential care
In residential EMI care
In nursing care
In nursing EMI care
In domiciliary care

Please supply this information by financial year for 2016/17 and 2017/18

The number of older people (age 65+) the council has placed who are outside of the council area:
In residential care
In residential EMI care
In nursing care
In nursing EMI care
In domiciliary care

Please supply this information by financial year for 2016/17 and 2017/18

The fee rates paid to out of area placements for older people:
In residential care
In residential EMI care
In nursing care
In nursing EMI care
In domiciliary care
                
Please supply this information by financial year for 2016/17 and 2017/18

The number of care homes in the council area registered to cater for:
Older peoples residential care
Older peoples nursing care
EMI care
 
Does the local authority have a banding system for fee rates?
If “yes” to question 9, can you supply information to the number of care homes in each banding?

A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5471
Request Date: 24/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The software systems used for the following service areas:
(If you are going through procurement and have confirmation that you are changing your system(s), please provide the name of the software system you are moving to, rather than the one currently being used).
 
Q.1a Planning (Development Management) and Enforcement
 
A.1a
Planning - Uniform database, Idox Document Management system, Idox Scan, Redaction, Trapeze, Public Access system, Arc Reader 10.4, Crystal Reports.
Enforcement - Guardian 24
 
Q.1b Building Control
 
A.1b Uniform 
 
Q.1c Land Charges
 
A.1c Total Land Charges. 
 
Q.1d Licensing
 
A.1d Civica
 
Q.1e GIS
 
A.1e Arc GIS 10.51, Arc GIS online and Arc Reader 10.4.
 
If you do not have software systems due to not providing the service, e.g. County Council’s with building control, please respond N/A.
 
Q.2 If you are considering undergoing a procurement exercise in the next 12 months or are part way through procurement but haven’t confirmed the supplier, please respond ‘yes’ to the respective service areas.
 
Q.1a Planning (Development Management) and Enforcement
 
A.2a No
 
Q.1b Building Control
 
A.2b No
 
Q.1c Land Charges
 
A.2c No
 
Q.1d Licensing
 
A.2d No
 
Q.1e GIS
 
A.2e No


Details:

Reference Number: 5472
Request Date: 24/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Along with other council tax payers in Bamburgh, would like to know the total cost of the implementation of the attempt of your council for the introduction of rumble strips, different section of coloured tar surface and the white lining, on the four entrances to Bamburgh, as to date this has been a total waste of both time and effort and cost to the tax payer.
 
A.1 The anticipated cost for a package of works within Bamburgh that was included within the 2016/17 Local Transport Plan programme was £44,850. The package of works consisted of gateway features, rumble strips and coloured surfacing on entry roads into Bamburgh in order to improve road safety. 


Details:

Reference Number: 5473
Request Date: 24/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please provide the below information regarding non-domestic rates:
 
Q.1 The amount of money the local authority has collected in non-domestic rates from a) NHS hospital and GP surgeries, and b) private hospitals in each of the past four financial years.
 
A.1 The amount of money collected over the past 4 financial years is £14,888,539.33
 
Q.2 The amount of business rate relief claimed by private hospitals in each of the past four financial years.
 
A.2 The amount of relief claimed over the past 4 financial years is £6,875.10


Details:

Reference Number: 5474
Request Date: 24/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The number of missed bin collections in 2018, broken down by month

Q.2 The number of missed bin collections so far in 2019.

A.1 & A.2 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5475
Request Date: 24/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please send all internal economic, public finance and social impact assessments prepared for or by the council regarding the event of a no-deal Brexit, including all impact assessments that relate to the future of the local automotive sector.

Section 36 states: 

36.—(2)(c) Information to which this section applies is exempt information if, in the reasonable opinion of a qualified person, disclosure of the information under this Act

(c) would otherwise prejudice, or would be likely otherwise to prejudice, the effective conduct of public affairs. 

(3) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise in relation to information to which this section applies (or would apply if held by the public authority) if, or to the extent that, in the reasonable opinion of a qualified person, compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, have any of the effects mentioned in subsection (2). 

Public Interest Test Considerations 

We recognise that there is a public interest in the information that you have sought. We consider that this interest is mostly concerned with whether the Council holds plans or is in the process of planning for any and all eventualities relating to the regional impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. We consider that this interest is met by our confirmation that the Council and its LRF partners holds information which includes such considerations. Beyond this, we consider that the public interest in disclosure does not outweigh the public interest in maintaining the exemption.

Further advice on FOI is on the website of the Information Commissioner, see for example:

https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1166/when_to_refuse_to_confirm_or_deny_section_1_foia.pdf 

https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1175/section_36_prejudice_to_effective_conduct_of_public_affairs.pdf
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5476
Request Date: 25/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Name of your organisation

A.1 Northumberland County Council

Q.2 Name of individual responsible within your organisation for commissioning of community equipment services

A.2 These services are not externally commissioned, but provided through a partnership agreement.

Q.3 Is the community equipment service provided by an in house or an external organisation?

A.3 It is provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT, through a partnership agreement under Section 75 of the NHS Act 2006.

Q.4 If the service is delivered by an external provider, please provide the name of the provider.

A.4 See previous.

Q.5 Is the contract structured as a delivery and collection service only, with separate contracting arrangements in place with other suppliers to source the equipment? Or is the provider also contractually responsible for sourcing the equipment?

A.5 The arrangement is a partnership agreement, not a contract. Northumbria Healthcare sources the equipment.

Q.6 If structured as a delivery and collection service only, what arrangements do you have in place to source the equipment?

A.6 N/A

Q.7 Is the contract for the delivery of:
a.      Adult Social Care YES / NO
b.      Children’s Social Care YES / NO
c.      Health YES / NO
 
A.7 The arrangement is a partnership agreement, not a contract. It includes equipment provided for all three purposes in your question.

Q.8 Is the service jointly commissioned across health and social care?  
YES / NO.

A.8 Yes.

Q.9 Please list all commissioning partner organisations within the contract.

A.9 Northumberland CCG is the other commissioning organisation involved.

Q.10 What is the total annual spend (2017/18) for your organisation on equipment, and what is the total annual spend for the contract as a whole across all organisations within the commissioning partnership?  
a. If you are replying to this as lead commissioner on behalf of a number of organisations please list the annual spend for each organisation.

A.10 Total annual spend on the service was £2,678,020, of which £1,393,050 came from Northumberland CCG.

Q.11 Are there contractual incentives or penalties for performance, e.g. bonuses for achieving performance targets, or penalties for failing to meet performance targets? YES / NO. If yes, please detail.

A.11 No

DELIVERY

Q.12 Please provide the following information for each delivery speed (for example, same day delivery, next day delivery, 5-day delivery etc. within the contract:  
a. Costs for each option
b. Percentage of activity for each speed option that your organisation ordered in the last financial year (e.g. 30% same day, 50% next day and 20% within 5 days) for:
i. Equipment
ii. Technician / minor adaptations
c. If you are replying to this as lead commissioner on behalf of a number of organisations, please provide the percentage of activity for each speed option for each commissioning organisation
d. Average number of items per delivery in the last financial year for
i. Equipment
ii. Minor adaptations

A.12 The partnership agreement is not structured in a way which distinguishes funding for different speed options.

Q.13 If there are multiple items delivered to an address on a single order, is a discount applied? If yes, please detail.

A.13 The partnership agreement is not structured in a way which distinguishes funding for specific deliveries.

Q.14 What is the average number of items per delivery in the last financial year

A.14 Two

Q.15 What is the percentage of activity for each delivery speed option you have for your organisation, as actually delivered. (e.g. 30% within same day, 50% within next day, 20% within 5 days)
a. If you are replying to this as lead commissioner on behalf of a number of organisations, please provide the percentage of activity for each speed option for each commissioning organisation

A.15 The partnership agreement is not structured in a way which distinguishes different speed options in the manner described.  However performance figures for urgent referrals and for other referrals (for which the target is delivery within 7 days) are attached.

COLLECTION

Q.16 Do you allow for equipment returns by the end user? If yes please describe the arrangements, (e.g. community-based drop off points, libraries etc,)

A.16 Yes, the service encourages the return of re-usable equipment.

Q.17 Please provide the collection speed options (e.g. same day, next day, 10 days, etc.) within the contract and the cost of each option.

A.17 The partnership agreement is not structured in a way which distinguishes funding for different speed options.

Q.18 What is the percentage of activity for each collection speed option you had for your organisation in 2017/18, (e.g. 30% within same day, 50% within next day, 20% within 10 days)
a. If you are replying to this as lead commissioner on behalf of a number of organisations, please provide the percentage of activity for each speed option for each commissioning organisation

A.18 The partnership agreement is not structured in a way which distinguishes different speed options in the manner described.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5479
Request Date: 25/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to request information under the FOIA about the council’s plans for expenditure on social care services for disabled children and their families from 2019-2020. Could you please let me know for each of (a) overall social care expenditure on disabled children and their families and (b) expenditure on short breaks for disabled children, whether the council plans to:
 
Q.1 Increase expenditure in real terms
 
A.1 Forecast expenditure on services for disabled children in 2018-19 is £2,707,000. Forecast expenditure on short breaks for disabled children in 2018-19 is £781,612
 
Q.2 Maintain current levels of expenditure in real terms
 
A.2 This is a demand led budget and fluctuates in line with the changing needs of the children and young people which it is supporting rather than as a result of planned increases/decreases to budget allocations.
 
Q.3 Maintain current levels of expenditure in cash terms
 
A.3 This is a demand led budget and fluctuates in line with the changing needs of the children and young people which it is supporting rather than as a result of planned increases/decreases to budget allocations.
 
Q.4 Make cash reductions to current levels of expenditure
 
A.4 This is a demand led budget and fluctuates in line with the changing needs of the children and young people which it is supporting rather than as a result of planned increases/decreases to budget allocations.
 
Q.5 Could you also please let me know whether these plans have been finalised; or are currently still proposals (and if the latter, whether they are subject to public consultation)?
 
A.5 N/A
 
Q.6 Finally, could you please send me copies of (or links to) to any council, cabinet or committee papers with respect to plans for social care for disabled children and their families; and details of any public consultations on such plans.
 
A.6 Please see link below to paper published online, 3 separate attachments are also included with this email:-
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5480
Request Date: 22/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 What systems, protocols and procedures have been put in place by Northumberland County Council to ensure compliance with the requirements of GDPR and Data Protection laws in relation to CCTV cameras?
 
A.1 An annual inspection is organised by Property Services using NSI (National Security Inspectorate) approved companies (For buildings with CCTV only). CCTV is covered within our Privacy Notice, and we have a CCTV Policy in place that is GDPR compliant.  
 
Q.2 What is the frequency of inspections to monitor compliance with the requirements of GDPR and Data Protection laws in relation to CCTV cameras?
 
A.2 Annual
 
Q.3 What records are kept of these inspections?
 
A.3 Certificates are held by inspecting companies and copies sent to NCC. Annual inspection reports are inspected by NCC personnel.
 
Q.4 Are NCC employees and members encouraged  to look out for and report any problems and discrepancies with CCTV cameras when going about their daily business?
 
A.4 Site Managers should also do daily checks and report any issues to property help desk.
 
Q.5 In relation to the CCTV cameras at Mayfield Cemetery, Cramlington:
 
Q.5.a Who is the Data Controller?
 
A.5.a Northumberland County Council
 
Q.5.b When were the cameras installed?
 
A.5.b December 2017
 
Q.5.c How many times since they were installed have visits been made to monitor compliance with the requirements of GDPR and Data Protection laws?
 
A.5.c Competent company inspected and sent report in 6th November 2018. 
 
Q.5.d On what dates were these inspections carried out?
 
A.5.d 6th November 2018
 
Q.5.e The notices relating to these cameras don’t comply with the GDPR and Data Protection laws in relation to CCTV cameras in that they fail to identify the Data Controller and the failures have existed for quite some time.
 
A.5.e The signs were updated on 28th January 2019 when we received a report from a member of the public, we can confirm that these signs are now compliant. 
 
Q.5.e.1 How many reports have been made to NCC about non-compliance?
 
A.5.e.1 One from a member of the public
 
Q.5.e.2 Why hasn’t this been rectified before now?
 
A.5.e.2 N/A
 
Q.5.e.3 When will it be rectified?
 
A.5.e.3 N/A
 
Q.6 These cameras will be recording a person’s image well before they would see these notices. 
 
What plans are there to erect GDPR and Data Protection compliant notices at the entry gates to this Cemetery?
 
A.6 We have asked our contractor to inspect this site and check if the location of the sign is appropriate.


Details:

Reference Number: 5481
Request Date: 28/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 From January 2018 to the day this request is processed, please provide a list of organisations and companies that have requested electoral registers and/or electoral register updates, overseas voters lists, and/or absent voters lists.
 
Q.2 For each organisation/company, please provide details on what they requested and when they requested it. Please also indicate whether their requests were fulfilled.
 
A.1 - A.2 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response. 


Details:

Reference Number: 5481
Request Date: 28/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 From January 2018 to the day this request is processed, please provide a list of organisations and companies that have requested electoral registers and/or electoral register updates, overseas voters lists, and/or absent voters lists.

Q.2 For each organisation/company, please provide details on what they requested and when they requested it. Please also indicate whether their requests were fulfilled.

A.1 - A.2 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5482
Request Date: 28/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I'm writing to request the Food Safety Officer's reports for 2 businesses that are near my house: 
 
High Pit Pizza at 6 Clifton Road, NE23 6TG 
and 
Klondyke Chinese Takeaway at 2 Clifton Road, NE23 6TG.
 
A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.


Details:

Reference Number: 5482
Request Date: 28/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I'm writing to request the Food Safety Officer's reports for 2 businesses that are near my house: 

High Pit Pizza at 6 Clifton Road, NE23 6TG 
and 
Klondyke Chinese Takeaway at 2 Clifton Road, NE23 6TG.

A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5485
Request Date: 28/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How much the Council spent on Christmas trees and Christmas lights over the Christmas period(2018-9)?
 
What was the cost of:
 
putting the trees and lights (including street lights) up
taking the trees and lights (including street lights) down again
the electricity costs over the Christmas period?
the complete cost of Christmas decorations
 
A.1 Any Christmas trees, lights and decorations provided within towns and villages in Northumberland are provided by the relevant town and parish council and not Northumberland County Council. Therefore we do not have allocated budgets for these trees, lights and decorations


Details:

Reference Number: 5488
Request Date: 28/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please provide the number of Romanian Nationals resident in Northumberland. Should you not have this information, please provide an estimate. If you are unable to provide an overall estimate, please provide partial figures on the number of Romanian Nationals that you have data on; such as (but not limited to) employment, enrollment in education, registration on electoral rolls etc.
 
A.1 I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to Romanians residing in Northumberland.
 
I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council. 
 
However, The Office for National Statistics produce estimates of the population by Local Authority by Country of Birth and Nationality. Please find a link to data that might be useful in assisting with your request - https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/internationalmigration/datasets/populationoftheunitedkingdombycountryofbirthandnationalityunderlyingdatasheets 
 
There is no data from Northumberland on the number of Romanian nationals due to disclosure control i.e. numbers are too small to release.  There is data available on country of birth from the Census but this information is now 8 years out of date - https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/internationalmigration/datasets/populationoftheunitedkingdombycountryofbirthandnationality 
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5488
Request Date: 28/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please provide the number of Romanian Nationals resident in Northumberland.
Should you not have this information, please provide an estimate.
If you are unable to provide an overall estimate, please provide partial figures on the number of Romanian Nationals that you have data on; such as (but not limited to) employment, enrollment in education, registration on electoral rolls etc.

A.1 I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to Romanians residing in Northumberland.

I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council. 

However, The Office for National Statistics produce estimates of the population by Local Authority by Country of Birth and Nationality. Please find a link to data that might be useful in assisting with your request - https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/internationalmigration/datasets/populationoftheunitedkingdombycountryofbirthandnationalityunderlyingdatasheets 

There is no data from Northumberland on the number of Romanian nationals due to disclosure control i.e. numbers are too small to release.  There is data available on country of birth from the Census but this information is now 8 years out of date - https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/internationalmigration/datasets/populationoftheunitedkingdombycountryofbirthandnationality
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5489
Request Date: 28/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request information about the use of any algorithms or machine-learning systems by your local authority. Specifically, I am asking the following:
Q.1 Is your organisation using any algorithms and/or artificial intelligence software in the process of delivering public services? 
 
A.1 No - we will want to 'use algorithms or machine-learning systems to deliver public services' in the future and are considering their use however we don't have any software being used as yet. We currently use Google G-suite at Northumberland County Council, so first option being considered was the Google offering. We are likely now to be considering the Microsoft offerings for this type of software. Options appraisal has not gone further than this at this stage.
 
Q.2 If Yes, please provide details:
(i) Of the algorithms or artificial intelligence software you use;
(ii) Of whether you use a commercial product or whether you have developed your own system;
(iii) Of the purpose for which the algorithm and/or artificial intelligence software operates;
(iv) Of the decisions the algorithm and/or artificial intelligence software is asked to make or assist;
(v) Of the type, classification and amount of data that the algorithm and/or artificial intelligence software uses in the decision making process;
(vi) Of the process by which the decision made or assisted by the algorithm is subject to human review;
(vii) Of the process by which you inform an individual that they have been subject to a decision made or aided by an algorithm and/or artificial intelligence software?
(viii) Of the process by which a member of the public can challenge a decision that has been made or aided by an algorithm and/or artificial intelligence software;
 
A.2 N/A


Details:

Reference Number: 5490
Request Date: 28/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The number of safeguarding alerts which have been triggered concerning children in children's homes over the last 4 full financial years (including 2017/18) broken down by the following:

Q.1a in total, 

A.1a  6

Q.1b child sexual exploitation safeguarding alerts, 

A.1b  6

Q.1c sexual abuse safeguarding alerts, 

A.1c  0

Q.1d child criminal exploitation safeguarding alerts (frequently 'county lines') 

A.1d  0

Q.2 The number of safeguarding alerts which have triggered an investigation under Organised/Complex Abuse procedures concerning children’s homes and their staff over the last 4 full financial years (including 2017/18). Organised/ Complex Abuse is defined as abuse involving one or more abusers and a number of related or non-related abused children. A definition can be found in Section 8.1 here: http://www.londoncp.co.uk/chapters/organised_complex.html#define

A.2  0

Q.3 Over the last financial year (April 2017- March 2018), on how many occasions where looked after children went missing and were then found, were they found to have been:

Q.3a sexually assaulted or exploited while they were missing

A.3a  0

Q.3b involved in the sale of drugs while they were missing

Please include all known incidences. Most of this information will be produced by Independent Return interviews which are conducted after children in care go missing. The findings are shared with the local authority when produced by a different authority on their behalf. Please see this link for more information:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/208528/Statutory_guidance_on_children_who_run_away_or_go_missing_from_home_or_care_consultation_-_final.pdf

A.3b  2

Q.4 Please provide the highest amount paid on all services provided to an individual Looked After Child in the last financial year (2017/18)? 

A.4 Residential Placement £218,582.86

Q.5 Please provide the highest amount paid on semi-independent accommodation for an individual child for the last financial year (2017/18)? 

A.5 Supported Accommodation £74,969.00

This request refers to children's homes only apart from question 5.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5493
Request Date: 29/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Unseen piloted safe accommodation for potentially trafficked foreign migrant children. The service was developed with local authority, police and governmental partners and was Ofsted registered. Through running this service we became aware of some systemic barriers that fundamentally prevent children from accessing the care and protection they need.
 
We would like to know, for each local authority in the UK:
 
Q.1 How many potentially trafficked children you have identified in the last 12 months? 
 
A.1 Less than 5
 
Q.2 How many of these children have been non-UK Nationals? 
 
A.2  0
 
Q.3 Of the children identified what type of care placements have been sought? (foster care, secure, supported accommodation, children’s home, living independently) 
 
A.3  0
 
Q.4 How many children in this cohort have subsequently a) remained in their original placement b) moved to a different placement c) gone missing short-term (72 hours or less) or d) gone missing long-term (over 72 hours)?
 
A.4  0


Details:

Reference Number: 5494
Request Date: 29/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 What overall number of care home beds for over 65 year olds (in total and for nursing beds) were occupied/vacant in the Northumberland local authority area? Please fill in the following table.
 
Q.2 What number of care home residents over the age of 65 who currently have their care home fees paid  the local authority? Please complete the table below.
 
Q.3 What are the standard fees rates for Local Authority funded care home beds for the over 65s for both Nursing and Residential Care? Please complete the following table.
 
Q.4 Do these fee rates vary based on the quality of care or the facilities available? If yes, please give details.
 
Q.5 What number of care home occupants over the age 65, are currently funded by the NHS (either directly or through a clinical Commissioning Group/ Continuing Healthcare)?
 
Q.6 What number of local authority funded residents pay a top up fee?
 
Q.7 Are the care home rooms for over 65 year olds required to have any of the following in order for a resident funded by the local authority to be placed there:
 
a. An en-suite WC?
b. Single occupancy room (excluding couples)?
c. A minimum care regulatory rating?
d. Any additional criteria?
 
Q.8 In the last complete financial year, how much money did the local authority spend on all forms of social care and support? Please may you also include the dates that your financial year covers?
 
Q.9 Of the amount mentioned in question 8, how much of this was spent on social care for the over 65s, including all forms of social care and support?
 
Q.10 Of the amount mentioned in question 9, how much of this was spent on care homes for the over 65s?
 
Q.11 Currently, how many over 65 year olds who receive local authority funding for a care home bed, are placed outside the local authority boundary?
 
A.1 - A.11 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.


Details:

Reference Number: 5495
Request Date: 29/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I would like to be told the number of Fixed Penalty Notices issued by the council for littering for the following years:
 
A.1    
2014/15: 243
2015/16: 375
2016/17: 176
2017/18: ​93​
2018/19: 165
 
Q.2 What was the revenue to the council from the issuing of FPNs for littering for the following years:
  
A.2   
2014/15: No record for this year
2015/16: £4,590.00
2016/17: £8,006.00
2017/18: £12,345.00
2018/19: £10,270.00 (to end of January 2019)
 
Q.3 Could you please specify what the council consider 'littering'? Ie are there separate penalties for dog mess or cigarette butts or do these all come under 'littering'? If there is a breakdown of what constitutes 'littering' please provide it.
 
A.3 Littering constitutes any kind of waste material which includes cigarettes but ​n​ot dog ​fouling ​​​​which is specifically catered for by a separate FPN. There is no breakdown​ by letter type.​
 
Q.4 How much is the fine of Fixed Penalty Notices you issue? 
 
A.4 The current FPN fine is £80 reduced to £65 if paid within 7 days.
 
Q.5 Who patrols areas and issues FPN's for littering on behalf of the council? Are officers directly employed by the council or is monitoring litter subcontracted to a private company? If so, which one? 
 
A.5 Only council staff issue FPN's, the Environmental Enforcement/ Animal Welfare Team and Parking Enforcement Officers. Private firms are not used.
 
Q.6 What was the revenue to a private company, if any, for issuing FPNs for littering on behalf of the council for the following years: 
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17
2017/18
2018/19 - to the most recent available figures.    
 
A.6 N/A


Details:

Reference Number: 5498
Request Date: 29/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Has the Council conducted any ‘Public Health Act Funerals since 27/12/18 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).

A.1 Please see the attached document.

The full names of the deceased
The last known address of the deceased
We do not provide information on the above questions pursuant to S31(1)(a) Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Q.2 Have there been any similar FOI requests within the time scale outlined in question 1?
 
A.2 We have had 2 similar FOI requests within the time scale outlined in question 1.

Q.3 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?

A.3 We have not given this information away to any other individual or organisation outside the parameters of FOI (other than the Government Legal Department or internally) within the time scale outlined in question 1.

Duty to confirm or deny 

We hold the information you requested. However we are withholding that information since we consider that the exemption under Section 31(1)(a) applies. 

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

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. 

(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).
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5500
Request Date: 29/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many adult social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?

A.1 We do not have any agency staff in the adult social work workforce and we currently have 152 adult social workers (Northumbria Health Care Trust and Northumberland County Council employed)
    
Q.2 How many children social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?

A.2  144 front line social workers (excluding IRO, deputy managers, team managers, senior managers). There are 4 agency social work staff employed in children's services as at 11/02/2019.

Q.3 How many transition team social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?

A.3 We do not have a specific transitions team. 

Q.4 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for adult social workers?

A.4 £69,560

Q.5 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for children social workers?

A.5 £61,590

Q.6 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for transition team social workers?

A.6 N/A

Q.7 Was any of your training budget made up by grants? If so, how much?

A.7 No grants received 

Q.8 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for adult social workers?
Q.8a How many sessions of each course did you commission?

Q.8b What was the price per course?

Q.8c Who delivered each course?

Q.8d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)

A.8 Please see attached document

Q.9 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for children social workers?
Q.9a How many sessions of each course did you commission?

Q.9b What was the price per course?

Q.9c Who delivered each course?

Q.9d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)

A.9 As above, costs shared between both budgets.

Q.10 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for transition team social workers?
Q.10a How many sessions of each course did you commission?

Q.10b What was the price per course?

Q.10c Who delivered each course?

Q.10d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)

A.10 N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5500
Request Date: 29/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many adult social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?
 
A.1 We do not have any agency staff in the adult social work workforce and we currently have 152 adult social workers (Northumbria Health Care Trust and Northumberland County Council employed)
    
Q.2 How many children social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?
 
A.2  144 front line social workers (excluding IRO, deputy managers, team managers, senior managers). There are 4 agency social work staff employed in children's services as at 11/02/2019.
 
Q.3 How many transition team social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?
 
A.3 We do not have a specific transitions team. 
 
Q.4 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for adult social workers?
 
A.4 £69,560
 
Q.5 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for children social workers?
 
A.5 £61,590
 
Q.6 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for transition team social workers?
 
A.6 N/A
 
Q.7 Was any of your training budget made up by grants? If so, how much?
 
A.7 No grants received 
 
Q.8 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for adult social workers?
Q.8a How many sessions of each course did you commission?
 
Q.8b What was the price per course?
 
Q.8c Who delivered each course?
 
Q.8d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)
 
A.8 Please see attached document
 
Q.9 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for children social workers?
Q.9a How many sessions of each course did you commission?
 
Q.9b What was the price per course?
 
Q.9c Who delivered each course?
 
Q.9d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)
 
A.9 As above, costs shared between both budgets.
 
Q.10 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for transition team social workers?
Q.10a How many sessions of each course did you commission?
 
Q.10b What was the price per course?
 
Q.10c Who delivered each course?
 
Q.10d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)
 
A.10 N/A


Details:

Reference Number: 5505
Request Date: 30/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 We would like details of all premises licensed to sell Category 2 and Category 3 Fireworks in 2018 in your area.

A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5506
Request Date: 30/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please could you provide me with the number of people employed by your authority as:
·  Barristers
·  Solicitors
·  Qualified legal executives
And could this broken down head count (barristers/solicitors/legal executives) be provided  for 2018 and each of the previous nine years back to 2007/2008?
 
A.1 We don't have any information for 2007/08 and 2008/9 as NCC was formed on 1 April 2009 through Local Government Review and the information would have been held by each of the former District or Borough Councils. 
 
We employ solicitors (Lawyers and Principal Lawyers) and do not employ anyone in the other roles mentioned. 
 
As at 31 March each year end:
 
2009/10 - 21 Lawyers and 7 Principle Lawyers
2010/11 - 23 Lawyers and 6 Principle Lawyers
2011/12 - 23 Lawyers and 5 Principle Lawyers
2012/13 - 24 Lawyers and 4 Principle Lawyers
2013/14 - 24 Lawyers and 4 Principle Lawyers
2014/15 - 20 Lawyers and 4 Principle Lawyers
2015/16 - 18 Lawyers and 3 Principle Lawyers
2016/17 - 16 Lawyers and 4 Principle Lawyers
2017/18 - 16 Lawyers and 4 Principle Lawyers
2018/19 - 14 Lawyers and 4 Principle Lawyers


Details:

Reference Number: 5508
Request Date: 30/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I would like to have data on the number of fires your forces attended where the ignition source of the fire is recorded as 'white goods'.
Where white goods are appliances like fridges, washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, kettles, coffee  machines etc) broken down by local authority area for the last two financial years (2017/18 and 2016/17).
Where possible, can you please provide me also with details on the fire (for example, how it happened, where, damage caused etc)

A.1 The attached Excel spreadsheet details the property type, main cause, fire location, ignition source, item first ignited, item responsible for spread and fire size on arrival and fire damage area description for the last two financial years 2017/18 and 2016/17.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5509
Request Date: 30/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The revenue report from the traffic enforcement officer re penalties/fines for dog fouling incidents for 2018.  This is for the Alnwick Area and also the Amble Area. I also would like to obtain a copy of the actual figures re Parking Offences in both areas named above again for 2018.

A.1 There was no revenue received in 2018 from FPNs issued by Civil Enforcement Officers for Dog Fouling in Alnwick or Amble. Below shows the PCN income received between 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018 for PCNs issued in Alnwick and Amble

Alnwick - £68,406
Amble - £12,876


Details:

Reference Number: 5510
Request Date: 30/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1a What is the name of your current Finance (accounting) software (name of vendor or supplier?)
 
A.1a Oracle
 
Q.1b What is the current version of the Finance software?
 
A.1b Oracle Cloud Applications
 
Q.1c Is the Finance software hosted on-premise by the authority, off premise by the supplier or delivered via the public cloud?
 
A.1c Oracle Cloud SaaS
 
Q.1d What was the original date of purchase or contract start date for your Finance software?
 
A.1d 31 July 2017
 
Q.1e When is the contract renewal or expiry date for your Finance software?
 
A.1e 31 July 2022
 
Q.1f What is the cost of annual support and maintenance (last financial year April 2017- March 2018) for your Finance software?
 
A.1f Included in full contract costs (see contracts register - https://procontract.due-north.com/ContractsRegister/Index?resetFilter=True) for Finance/HCM/Payroll
 
Q.2a What is the name of your current Payroll software (name of vendor or supplier)
 
A.2a Oracle 
 
Q.2b What is the current version of the Payroll software
 
A.2b Oracle Cloud Applications Update 19A
 
Q.2c Is the Payroll software hosted on-premise by the authority, off premise by the supplier or delivered via the public cloud?
 
A.2c Oracle Cloud SaaS
 
Q.2d What was the original date of purchase or contract start date for your Payroll software?
 
A.2d 31 July 2017
 
Q.2e When is the contract renewal or expiry date for your Payroll software?
 
A.2e 31 July 2022
 
Q.2f What is the cost of annual support and maintenance (last financial April 2017- March 2018) for your Payroll software?
 
A.2f Included in full contract costs (see contracts register - https://procontract.due-north.com/ContractsRegister/Index?resetFilter=True) for Finance/HCM/Payroll
 
 
Q.3a What is the name of your current HR software (name of vendor or supplier?)
 
A.3a as above for Finance and Payroll
 
Q.3b What is the current version of the HR software
 
A.3b as above for Finance and Payroll
 
Q.3c Is the HR software hosted on-premise by the authority, off premise by the supplier or delivered via the public cloud?
 
A.3c as above for Finance and Payroll
 
Q.3d What was the original date of purchase or contract start date for your HR software?
 
A.3d as above for Finance and Payroll
 
Q.3e When is the contract renewal or expiry date for your HR software?
 
A.3e as above for Finance and Payroll
 
Q.3f What is the cost of annual support and maintenance (April 2017- March 2018) for your HR software?
 
A.3f as above for Finance and Payroll
 
 
Q.4a What is the name of your current Analytics/Business Intelligence software (name of vendor or supplier?)
 
A.4a N/A
 
Q.4b What is the current version of the Analytics/Business Intelligence software?
 
A.4b N/A
 
Q.4c Is the Analytics/Business Intelligence software hosted on-premise by the authority, off premise by the supplier or delivered via the public cloud?
 
A.4c N/A
 
Q.4d What was the original date of purchase or contract start date for your Analytics/Business Intelligence software?
 
A.4d N/A
 
Q.4e When is the contract renewal or expiry date for your Analytics/Business Intelligence software?
 
A.4e N/A
 
Q.4f What is the cost of annual support and maintenance (April 2017- March 2018) for your Analytics/Business Intelligence software?
 
A.4f N/A
 
 
Q.5a What is the name of your budgeting and forecasting system (software)?
 
A.5a PBCS
 
Q.5b Does your budgeting and forecasting system add on to your Finance software or is it a standalone system?
 
A.5b Both Oracle linked with interface
 
Q.5c Is the budgeting and forecasting software hosted on-premise by the authority, off premise by the supplier or delivered via the public cloud?
 
A.5c Oracle Cloud 
 
Q.5d When was your budgeting and forecasting system purchased (please provide the exact date if possible)?
 
A.5d July 2016
 
Q.5e When is the contract renewal or expiry date for your budgeting and forecasting system?
 
A.5e July 2019
 
Q.5f What is the cost of annual support and maintenance for your budgeting and forecasting system?
 
A.5f Approx £30000 includes licences
 
 
Q.6  Do you currently use an online procurement or EMarketplace system, if so which one?
 
A.6 N/A
 
Q.7 Does the authority outsource any of its Business Process (BPM) to a third party supplier, if so what Business Processes and to who are they contracted out to?
 
A.7 N/A
 
Q.8a Is your IT function in-house or outsourced?
 
A.8a In-house
 
Q.8b If outsourced please provide the name of your current managed services provider?
 
A.8b N/A
 
Q.8c What services are outsourced?
 
A.8c N/A
 
Q.8d When was the original contract start date of that contract(s)?
 
A.8d N/A
 
Q.8e What is the contract(s) up for renewal?
 
A.8e N/A
 
Q.8f What is the total value of the outsourcing contract(s)?
 
A.8f N/A
  
 
Q.9 Are any of the Finance, HR and Payroll, Budgeting & Forecasting services delivered to the authority via a shared service with other authorities if so with what other authorities, if so what services and with what authorities?
 
A.9 N/A


Details:

Reference Number: 5511
Request Date: 30/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 In the 2018 calendar year how many children did you take into care (either interim of full care orders) where the child concerned was recorded as being transgender?
 
A.1  0
 
Q.2 How many of these children were recorded in your records as undertaking medical or counselling services with a view to having a having a sex change procedure?
 
A.2  0
 
Q.3 In how many of these cases was part of the reason for taking the child into care the friction/dispute/arguments between the parents/carers of the child and the child in relation to this desire to have a sex change procedure?
 
A.3  0


Details:

Reference Number: 5512
Request Date: 30/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

We would like to see how Home Education has grown over the past 5 years by age group in your Council authority and would like to request the following data;
 
Q.1 Number of primary age children in elective home education in 2013 
 
A.1   
2012/13 - 32
2013/14 -35
 
Q.2 Number of secondary age children in elective home education in 2013
 
A.2   
2012/13 - 58
2013/14 - 58
 
Q.3 Number of primary age children in elective home education in 2018 
 
A.3    
2017/18 - 88
2018/19 (up to 06/02/2019) - 90
 
Q.4 Number of secondary age children in elective home education in 2018
 
A.4    
2017/18 - 194
2018/19 (up to 06/02/2019) - 202


Details:

Reference Number: 5514
Request Date: 31/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How much money has been spent correcting road signs that have been spelt wrong? Please provide the incorrect spelling and then the correct spelling for each sign.
 
Q.2 How much money has been spent correcting road signs that have been wrong in any other way than spelling?
 
Please provide information yearly for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018.
 
A.1 & A.2 Northumberland County Council does not record this information and therefore unable to respond to your request.


Details:

Reference Number: 5516
Request Date: 31/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Could you please specifically provide the number of Romanian citizens registered to vote in Northumberland?
 
A.1  148 are registered as Romanian nationality


Details:

Reference Number: 5518
Request Date: 31/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 What was the total remuneration  paid to Newbiggin by the Sea Maritime Centre by NCC to allow the general public to use the toilet facilities
 
A.1 Following on-going vandalism the County Council decided to close down the existing public convenience in Newbiggin which resulted in no good quality facilities being available for residents and visitors.
 
In order to address the lack of facilities the Newbiggin Maritime Centre agreed to allow the Council to publicise their toilet facilities as public conveniences for use by the general public in return for a financial payment from the County Council. 
 
The arrangement with the Maritime Centre ended in January 2018 following the town centre redevelopment on Front Street, which included the opening of the Council’s brand new Public Conveniences in December 2017.
 
During those three years the County Council paid the Maritime Centre a total of £50,880 for allowing their facilities to be used as Public Conveniences until a replacement facility was developed and opened on Front Street.


Details:

Reference Number: 5522
Request Date: 31/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1. Section 160 of the Localism Act 2011 ended the right of secure tenancies for the children of the secure tenant upon their death. The Act states that only the spouse or civil partner can succeed secure tenancies.
This was extended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016, by applying the rule retrospectively to pre-2012 tenancy agreements. Please could you tell me how many evictions the council made in 2018 which related to Section 160 of the Localism Act 2011? In other words, how many evictions were made following the death of a secure tenant because there was no right for the other occupant(s) to succeed the tenancy? 
 
A.1 Nil


Details:

Reference Number: 5523
Request Date: 31/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please can you provide the following information broken down into the financial years 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18: 

Q.1 Total number of Civil Enforcement Officers employed by Northumberland County Council (number of individuals and number of full time equivalent posts).
 
Q.2 Total number of penalty charge notices issued by Northumberland County Council. 

Q.3 Total number of penalty charge notices appealed. 

Q.4 Percentage of appeals that are upheld. 

Q.5 Number of penalty charge notices that were not successfully appealed but were not paid. 

Q.6 Breakdown of number of penalty charge notices issued in the following towns:
- Alnwick 
- Amble 
- Ashington
- Bedlington 
- Belford
- Berwick 
- Blyth
- Corbridge
- Cramlington 
- Haltwhistle
- Hexham
- Morpeth 
- Newbiggin 
- Ponteland 
- Prudhoe
- Rothbury
- Seaton Delaval 
- Seahouses
- Wooler 

Q.7 Number of days spent by the parking enforcement vehicle in each of the towns listed in question 6, again broken down by financial year. 

Q.8 Number of penalty charge notices issued by the parking enforcement vehicle by financial year. 

Q.9 Total income to Northumberland County Council from penalty charge notices,  broken down by financial year. 

Q.10 Total cost to Northumberland County Council of issuing penalty charge notices by financial year, including salary with on costs of enforcement officers and costs associated with the parking enforcement vehicle. 

Q.11 Details of any targets set for civil enforcement officers, for example expectations relating to the number of penalty charge notices issued over a given period.

A.1 - A.11 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5524
Request Date: 31/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please can you clarify whether the road that runs past the Mount Health Centre in Morpeth to St George's Hospital and the Linden Homes development is a County Council adopted highway? If it is not, are there plans for it to be adopted? Again, if it is not adopted, do Northumberland County Council's civil enforcement officers have any powers to issue penalty charge notices to vehicles parked on double yellow lines along this road?
 
A.1    The road described is not adopted by the Highway Authority as a highway maintainable at public expense.   
 
There is currently no Highways Act 1980 Section 38 Agreement in place (this is the agreement necessary for roads etc. to be adopted as highway maintainable at public expense following satisfactory completion). However, both the County Council and the developer are willing to enter into an Agreement at the appropriate time. 
 
Therefore there are no current plans to adopt because the legal agreement is not in place. However, the agreement is voluntary on both sides and it cannot be guaranteed that it will be entered into.  
 
There is a valid Traffic Regulation Order on the double yellow lines on West Close St Georges Hospital, Morpeth (TRO-009-19) therefore the lines are enforceable by the councils Civil Enforcement Officers.


Details:

Reference Number: 5525
Request Date: 01/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I'd like to make a Freedom of Information Request to your Local Authority in relation to children leaving care;

Q.1 Please give the name of your Local Authority?

Q.2 How many children were defined as in care or 'looked after' within your local authority in the following financial years;
a) 2013 - 2014
b) 2014 - 2015
c) 2015 - 2016
d) 2016 - 2017
e) 2017 - 2018
NB – If you do not have the information in financial years please answer (a)2014, (b)2015, (c)2016, (d)2017, (e)2018

Q.3 What was your planned monetary budget set aside solely for children in care in the following financial years;
a) 2013 - 2014
b) 2014 - 2015
c) 2015 - 2016
d) 2016 - 2017
e) 2017 - 2018

Q.4 What did you spend on children in care in the following financial years?
a) 2013 - 2014
b) 2014 - 2015
c) 2015 - 2016
d) 2016 - 2017
e) 2017 - 2018

Q.5 How many care leavers did you support in the following financial years?
a) 2013 - 2014
b) 2014 - 2015
c) 2015 - 2016
d) 2016 - 2017
e) 2017 - 2018
NB – If you do not have the information in financial years please answer (a)2014, (b)2015, (c)2016, (d)2017, (e)2018

Q.6 What was your planned monetary budget set aside solely for leaving care services in the following financial years?
a) 2013 - 2014
b) 2014 - 2015
c) 2015 - 2016
d) 2016 - 2017
e) 2017 - 2018

Q.7 What did you spend on children leaving care services in the following financial years?
a) 2013 - 2014
b) 2014 - 2015
c) 2015 - 2016
d) 2016 - 2017
e) 2017 - 2018

A.1 - A.7 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5527
Request Date: 01/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

As an information request, could you please provide the following risk assessments regarding the collection of commercial waste wheelie bins:

Q.1 All risk assessments for the emptying of large wheelie bins eg. 1100 litre size. The Manual Handling Risk assessment for the movement and manipulation of 1100 wheelie bins to waste collection vehicles.

A.1 Please see the attached Risk Assessments in response to your request. Please note that all Intellectual property rights in the information provided, including but not limited to copyright, are asserted by NCC and any infringement will be rigorously enforced/pursued.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 5530
Request Date: 04/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Who applied for a street licence to collect on the streets of Morpeth on Saturday 22nd December 2018, this licence was refused on an application that I submitted to the licence office on the 5th February 2018. As we had people travelling through Morpeth that day nobody was seen to be collecting, so the question remains who was supposed to be there on the 22nd December 2018. I do not understand why I am having to come to yourselves for this information as anybody that is street collecting is in the public domain and as such is in public view collecting with a bucket showing the charity name and the relevant licence number for inspection as required.

A.1 Hope for Kidz  - the permit was issued in 2017



Details:

Reference Number: 5531
Request Date: 04/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 List of all school bus service with the current operator, seating capacity, currently price, date of renewal 

A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5532
Request Date: 04/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I would like an up to date list of businesses and charities that have become newly liable for business rates between 15th Jan 19-31st Jan 19. Please include the full business name and address, along with the property type, date of liability and RV. It would be helpful if you were to provide any brief notes which might be necessary to understand the context of the information provided, although I recognise that you are not obliged to do this. 

A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5533
Request Date: 04/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Does Northumberland Unitary Authority operate an in-house household waste and/or recycling collection service, either directly or via an arms-length company owned by the Authority?
 
A.1 Yes
 
Q.2 Does Northumberland Unitary Authority operate an in-house service for the collection of commercial waste and/or recycling?
 
A.2 Yes
 
Q.3 Does Northumberland Unitary Authority operate a commercial waste and/or recycling services which has customers located outside your Authority boundaries?
 
A.3 Yes
 
Q.4 Does Northumberland Unitary Authority charge VAT on commercial collection services?
 
A.4 No, we do not charge VAT on commercial waste as the VAT exemption of commercial waste collection was introduced in 2011 on the basis that all waste collection authorities have a duty to arrange for the collection of commercial waste under section 45(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (if requested to do so).
 
Q.5 Does Northumberland Unitary Authority keep separate accounting records, including apportionment of costs, relating both to household collections and commercial collections?
 
A.5 Yes


Details:

Reference Number: 5534
Request Date: 04/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Could you please provide a digital summary (total number) of all health and safety related incidents in 2018 that involved Authority owned buses/welfare vehicles fitted with a wheelchair passenger lift (tail lift). 

A.1 There were two incidents in 2018 involving Authority owned buses/welfare vehicles fitted with a wheelchair passenger lift (tail lift) in which the tail lift was involved directly in the incident.  We have no way of determining if there were any other incidents involving such vehicles, if the tail lift was not relevant to the incident in question e.g a road traffic accident



Details:

Reference Number: 5540
Request Date: 05/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please would you inform me if any 5G wireless network technology (RF-EMF) antennae are installed now or planned for the future in Northumberland?

A.1 Northumberland County Council have no current plans to install 5G wireless technology. We are aware of plans by 5G Rural Integrated Testbed (5GRIT) to build a 5G testbed which will develop and test innovative solutions for rural areas, supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), however the County Council currently has no direct involvement with this project and is unaware of the equipment that will be deployed. Commercial operators may have plans to install 5G wireless technology, however no information has been shared with the County Council at this time.

Q.2 If any such 5G wireless network technology implementation is planned, now or in the future, is the Northumberland County Council aware of the serious concerns from scientists across the globe regarding the harmful effects of pulsed millimeter wavelength radiation on humans, wildlife, plants and the environment? (https://www.5gspaceappeal.org/the-appeal/)

A.2 Northumberland County Council is aware of the concerns raised, however the County Council will operate within the regulatory framework when dealing with any planning applications or other matters relating to wireless network infrastructure deployment.

Q.3 Is the Northumberland County Council able to control any current or future installation of 5G wireless network technology antennae?

The Implementation of 5G wireless network technology will create a smog of RF-EMF radiation which would greatly extend the mandatory irradiation of the public without adequate prior study of the potential health impact and assurance of safety. It would irradiate everyone, including the most vulnerable to harm from radiofrequency radiation: pregnant women, unborn children, young children, teenagers, men of reproductive age, the elderly, the disabled, and the chronically ill.

A.3 Northumberland County Council will operate within the regulatory frameworks when responding to any planning applications or other matters relating to wireless network infrastructure deployment.

Q.4 Is the council aware of the following insurance exclusion, which would also apply to WIFI in council offices, whether 5G is installed or not? 

(5G is classed as “non-ionising radiation)

A.4 There is no exclusion in respect of this risk



Details:

Reference Number: 5542
Request Date: 05/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Complaints to Magistrates for Council Tax (CT) Liability Orders.

Q.1 Going as far back as is reasonable (eg 5 years), up to the most recent data available, Please could you provide me with a table of information under the following headings:-

1. Date Of hearing
2. Number of CT Accounts Listed on a Complaint
3. Total Court fee paid
4. length of hearing defended/undefended
5. Number of CT accounts Liability Order made against
6. Total costs awarded to Billing authority
7. Actual cost of preparing for and attending the hearing.

A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5544
Request Date: 05/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Not all questions will be applicable to all councils. Please note which questions are based on ownership and which questions are based on funding.

Libraries

Q.1 Please list the libraries that were owned by the council in 2010/11, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

A.1 Please see the attached spreadsheet
 
If the council does not hold information for 2010/11 please provide the requested information for the earliest year for which information is held.

Q.2 Please list the libraries that are owned by the council in 2018/19, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

A.2 Please see the attached spreadsheet
 
Q.3 Where a facility listed in response to question 1 is not listed in response to question 2, please specify any that were subjected to community transfer

A.3 Please see attached spreadsheet

Youth centres

Q.4 Please list the youth centres that were owned by the council in 2010/11, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

If the council does not hold information for 2010/11 please provide the requested information for the earliest year for which information is held.

A.4   
Prudhoe East Centre, 37 Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5DQ
Ponteland Youth Block , Callerton Lane, Ponteland, NE20 9EY
Alnwick Community Centre, Howling Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1DN
Morpeth Youth Club, Cottingwood Lane, Morpeth, NE61 1DN
 
Q.5 Please list the youth centres that are owned by the council in 2018/19, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

A.5   
Prudhoe East Centre, 37 Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5DQ
Ponteland Youth Block , Callerton Lane, Ponteland, NE20 9EY
Alnwick Community Centre, Howling Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1DN
 
Q.6 Where a facility listed in response to question 4 is not listed in response to question 5, please specify any that were subjected to community transfer

A.6 Morpeth Youth Club was based on the site of King Edward VI school and in 2016 the building reverted to school control.
 
Community centres

Q.7 Please list the community centres that were owned by the council in 2010/11, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

A.7 Please see attached spreadsheet.
 
If the council does not hold information for 2010/11 please provide the requested information for the earliest year for which information is held.

Q.8 Please list the community centres that are owned by the council in 2018/19, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

A.8 Please see attached spreadsheet.
 
Q.9 Where a facility listed in response to question 7 is not listed in response to question 8, please specify any that were subjected to community transfer

A.9 The only Community Centre disposed of by NCC since 2010/11 is:
Bedlington Community Centre - Transferred to West Bedlington Town Council - September 2011.

Children's centres

Please note that this section is based on the funding of centres, including but not limited to centres that were/are owned by the council.
 
Q.10 Please list the children's centres/Sure Start centres that were funded by the council in 2010/11, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

If the council does not hold information for 2010/11 please provide the requested information for the earliest year for which information is held.

A.10 There were 20 in total, 16 are still open , all listed on NCC children's centre website via this link:

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Children/Family/Childcare/Sure-Start-children-s-centres-in-Northumberland.aspx

The four that were de-registered to DfE were:
Cramlington East NE23 3ST
Pegswood - NE61 6XG
Choppington - NE625RR
Lynemouth - NE61 5DD
 
Q.11 Please list the children's centres/Sure Start that are funded by the council in 2018/19, if possible including their addresses and postcodes

A.11 As above, all available on website via link in Q10
 
Q.12 Where a facility listed in response to question 10 is not listed in response to question 11, please specify any that were subjected to community transfer

A.12  4 centres as above

Subsidised bus routes

Q.13 Please list the bus routes that were subsidised by the council in 2010/11, including the operator of each route; the operator and route number will suffice

A.13 Please see the attached document.
 
If the council does not hold information for 2010/11 please provide the requested information for the earliest year for which information is held.

Q.14 Please list the bus routes that are subsidised by the council in 2018/19, including the operator of each route; the operator and route number will suffice

A.14 Please see the attached document.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5547
Request Date: 05/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The viability study that was conducted to justify the re-organisation of the North Tyne schools to 2 Tier rendering Bellingham Middle School surplus to requirements

Q.2 The financial costings associated with the consultations on "Education in the West of Northumberland" and the statutory consultations which followed to include: 
a) cost of officers time
b) cost of transport to schools and other venues.
c) cost of publication in various media
d) members costs accumulated in the process from start to finish in July 2018
d) incidental costs eg. telephone calls, postage
e) any ongoing costs incurred eg. travel/time associated with the School Adjudicators dealings with the Council.

A.1 - A.2 The cost of placing the statutory notice in the Hexham Courant re proposals for schools in Haydon Bridge in July 2018 was £1,247.40 + VAT.  We are unable to provide responses to the remainder of the questions as this information is not recorded.


Details:

Reference Number: 5548
Request Date: 05/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

 
Q.1   For each financial year 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018-present, how many S.42 safeguarding reports/enquiries have the local authorities recorded under the Care Act 2014, involving the abuse and neglect of patients under 65 years old with learning disabilities and/or autism, detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 in an NHS or independent sector hospital with a specialism in assessment or medical treatment for persons with learning disabilities and/or autism? Please list the names of the care provider and the number of reports of safeguarding incidents for each.

Q.2   In connection to the above, please list the type of safeguarding enquiries/reports (as per below) for each private provider:
a. Neglect and acts of omission
b. Emotional/psychological abuse
c. Physical abuse
d. Sexual abuse
e. Medication
f. Discriminatory abuse
g. Other type of abuse as recorded by the local authority

Q.3   In connection to the above Q1 and Q2, please provide the person alleged to be responsible for the reported safeguarding report/enquiry:
a. paid employee
b. other service user
c. agency staff member
d. family member or visitor
e. outside health professional (eg doctor psychiatrist)
f. other

Q.4   In connection to Q1, please provide the number of investigations that concluded during each financial year 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018-present and the number, which resulted in:
a. non-criminal investigations
b. criminal investigations
NB. For each of the questions, if some of the hospital settings provide services for both patients over 65 and under, please refer to the ones under 65.

A.1 - A.4     Based on the information we hold, there were four enquiries under Section 42 of the Care Act 2014, or equivalent enquiries under the national framework for safeguarding adults which was in place before April 2015, which fell within the scope of your query.  Details of these is in the attached spreadsheet.
Adult Social Care:   cost of care
Children & Families:   looked after children
Children & Families:   foster care and adoptions
Finance & Payments:   funding for care homes
Politics, Policies & Minutes:   Policies & Legislation
Children & Families:   Funding for care homes - TO BE ADDED
The department holding the information is that which has lead responsibility for dealing with kinship (also known as family and friends care) support and placements. 
Please note that the information gleaned will be analysed and inform the evidence gathering stage of the work of the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care.
Please provide the following information that your local authority holds: 

Q.1   Provide a link to your local authority’s kinship care policy (this may also be known as your family and friends care policy).

A.1    https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Children/Looked-after/Fostering.aspx#familyfriendscare

Q.2   Does your local authority have a named designated lead 
manager responsible for kinship care (also known as family and friends care)? If so, what is their name and contact details, and what is the title of their substantive post?

A.2   Liz Spaven, Senior Manager - Family Placements

liz.spaven@northumberland.gov.uk

Q.3   Does your local authority have a written policy and/or procedure that sets out financial support for children in kinship care under the following arrangements, and if so, please provide a copy of the policy and/or procedure(s):
a) Children placed or living in family and friends care overall (encompassing all the different types of arrangements below)
b) Children placed with family and friends foster carers?
c) Children subject to a Special Guardianship Order?
d) Children subject to a Child Arrangement Order or Residence Order?
e) Children living in private fostering arrangements?
f) Children living in kinship care informal arrangements (where there is no legal order)?

A.3   See attached document

Link to private fostering info:  https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/privatefostering.aspx

Q.4    See the attached document

Q.5   Do you have a written policy about how kinship carers can access legal advice including, how this is funded?   If yes, please provide this.
If you do not have a written policy, what guidelines do you use in determining whether to pay for independent legal advice or representation for a kinship carer or potential kinship carer? E.g. an initial consultation for £x.

A.5   See attached document

Q.6    Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, what was the total local authority budget spent on all children placed or living in family and friends care overall?
Can this be broken down by total local authority spend on:
a) Children placed with family and friends foster carers?
b) Children subject to a Special Guardianship Order?
c) Children subject to a Child Arrangement Order or Residence Order?
d) Children living in informal arrangements (where there is no legal order)?

A.6    See answer to question 4
 
Q.7    Please state how many looked-after children were placed in friends and family foster placements as of 31st March 2018.

A.7     67

Q.8     Of the number of looked after children placed in friends and family foster placements as of 31st March 2018, how many were previously placed by the local authority in: 

Q.8a)   A foster placement (or placements) with unrelated carers? 

A.8a)    8

Q.8b)    A different family and friends foster placement? 

A.8b)    5

Q.8c)    A residential children’s home setting? 

A.8c)    0

Q.8d)   Any other provision for looked-after children?

A.8d)   0
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5549
Request Date: 05/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Provide a link to your local authority’s kinship care policy (this may also be known as your family and friends care policy).

A.1    https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Children/Looked-after/Fostering.aspx#familyfriendscare

Q.2   Does your local authority have a named designated lead 
manager responsible for kinship care (also known as family and friends care)? If so, what is their name and contact details, and what is the title of their substantive post?

A.2   Liz Spaven, Senior Manager - Family Placements

liz.spaven@northumberland.gov.uk

Q.3   Does your local authority have a written policy and/or procedure that sets out financial support for children in kinship care under the following arrangements, and if so, please provide a copy of the policy and/or procedure(s):
a) Children placed or living in family and friends care overall (encompassing all the different types of arrangements below)
b) Children placed with family and friends foster carers?
c) Children subject to a Special Guardianship Order?
d) Children subject to a Child Arrangement Order or Residence Order?
e) Children living in private fostering arrangements?
f) Children living in kinship care informal arrangements (where there is no legal order)?

A.3   See attached document

Link to private fostering info:  https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/privatefostering.aspx

Q.4    See the attached document

Q.5   Do you have a written policy about how kinship carers can access legal advice including, how this is funded?   If yes, please provide this.
If you do not have a written policy, what guidelines do you use in determining whether to pay for independent legal advice or representation for a kinship carer or potential kinship carer? E.g. an initial consultation for £x.

A.5   See attached document

Q.6    Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, what was the total local authority budget spent on all children placed or living in family and friends care overall?
Can this be broken down by total local authority spend on:
a) Children placed with family and friends foster carers?
b) Children subject to a Special Guardianship Order?
c) Children subject to a Child Arrangement Order or Residence Order?
d) Children living in informal arrangements (where there is no legal order)?

A.6    See answer to question 4
 
Q.7    Please state how many looked-after children were placed in friends and family foster placements as of 31st March 2018.

A.7     67

Q.8     Of the number of looked after children placed in friends and family foster placements as of 31st March 2018, how many were previously placed by the local authority in: 

Q.8a)   A foster placement (or placements) with unrelated carers? 

A.8a)    8

Q.8b)    A different family and friends foster placement? 

A.8b)    5

Q.8c)    A residential children’s home setting? 

A.8c)    0

Q.8d)   Any other provision for looked-after children?

A.8d)   0
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5550
Request Date: 05/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How much of your LOBO debt has been repaid and refinanced with PWLB debt?
Please list the LOBO loans that have been refinanced by counterparty, notional amount, original maturity and date of restructuring. Please disclose the break cost paid to the counterparty and the discount rate used in the valuation. Please disclose any additional PWLB borrowing undertaken to finance the restructuring including the maturities and coupon rates of new PWLB loans. Please disclose the name of any third-party adviser used on the restructuring

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5550
Request Date: 05/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How much of your LOBO debt has been repaid and refinanced with PWLB debt?
Please list the LOBO loans that have been refinanced by counterparty, notional amount, original maturity and date of restructuring. Please disclose the break cost paid to the counterparty and the discount rate used in the valuation. Please disclose any additional PWLB borrowing undertaken to finance the restructuring including the maturities and coupon rates of new PWLB loans. Please disclose the name of any third-party adviser used on the restructuring

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5551
Request Date: 05/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The full details of what real estate assets the Northumberland Pension Fund currently invests in, including the name and amounts of each type of real estate asset or investment being held.
This information should be broken down into the different categories, including:
- Listed Real Estate securities; Unlisted/Private Real Estate Property Funds/vehicles, companies or CIS;
- Directly held properties ; and
- (listed/unlisted) Real Estate Debt Funds/vehicles. 
In the case of any unlisted real estate vehicles or real estate debt vehicles, the domicile of the underlying assets should be included.
A full list of all the companies, vehicles, CIS etc in which the Pension Fund invests in or has an outstanding commitment to should be covered in the above question. This list should include the names of each company and the amount invested in each company etc.

A.1      NCCPF currently has holdings in three Property Unit Trusts;

- BlackRock UK Property Fund 
- Schroder UK Real Estate Fund 
- Rockspring Hannover Property Unit Trust 

Out of the categories listed above, these would likely fall under the one highlighted (i.e. 'Unlisted/Private Real Estate Property Funds/Vehicles etc'). The attached Q4 December 2018 investment reports include all relevant information regarding amounts invested, market value, yield etc, as at 31 December 2018. Please note, the Fund's holding in Rockspring is particularly small, and this currently sits within the Schroder portfolio, hence the reason for only two Q4 Reports (BlackRock and Schroder).

Q.2    The current yields of the different investments the pension fund holds.

A.2    See Q4 Reports as per previous question. 

Q.3    Can you clearly specify the total value of all real estate investments that the Pension Fund holds.

A.3     The attached Q4 Reports detail market values at 31 December 2018 for each of the Fund's PUTs.

Q.4    I would like to receive this information in an unlocked excel sheet without protected cells (.xls). 

A.4    Please see the attached document

Q.5    Please supply a copy of the Pension Scheme’s latest Statement of Investment Principles and most recent Pension Fund Report & Accounts. 

A.5     The latest Investment Strategy Statement (December 2018) for NCCPF is attached, along with the 2017/2018 NCC Pension Fund Annual Report and Accounts. 
These documents are also available on the Northumberland County Council website.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5553
Request Date: 06/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please provide the following information, where data is available, regarding youth services budgets and provision. For each year since 2011/12 (or the earliest available data) until 2018/19, your council’s:

Q.1   Overall budget for youth services;

A1. 2011/12 - £1,006,960
2012/13 - £1,026,940
2013/14 - £1,041,430
2014/15 - £1,088,460
2015/16 - £1,052,880
2016/17 - £896,470
2017/18 - £926,320
2018/19 - £665,120
 

Q.2   Number of youth centres supported by the council;

A.2   Since 2009 Northumberland Youth Service has directly managed four centres (Alnwick, Ponteland, Prudhoe, Morpeth). Other bases for provision are directly managed by schools such as academies and the voluntary sector. Formal arrangements are in place for the Youth Service to operate in these centres. Since 2016 the youth block at Morpeth reverted to school control reducing this number to three.
 

Q.3    Number of full-time equivalent council-employed youth service staff/workers;
A.3 2011/12 - Unavailable
2012/13 - Unavailable
2013/14 - Unavailable
2014/15 - 35.85
2015/16 - 31.30
2016/17 - 28.88
2017/18 - 27.63
2018/19 - 20.45
 

Q.4   Number of places for young people in youth services.
A.4   NorThumberland Youth Service has operated since 2009 on the principle of open access and does not limit the number of young people who can come to one of its sessions. The only exception may be if to admit any more proved to be a health and safety issue.
 

Q.5   The number of youth centres or major youth projects in your area that have closed since 2011.

A.5   No centres have closed as a direct result of cuts to youth centres. Those that have ceased to operate have usually had different reasons:

Ashington - Hirst High School - Became an Academy

Ashington - Ashington High School - Site demolished to form new building.

It is worth noting that we now operate out of two alternative Ashington sites to replace this.

Beacon Hill - Failed due to management issues

Newbrough - The decision was made to shut this session as attendance was so low.

Morpeth Youth Block - Due to change of use by the school.
 

Q.6   Any confirmed spending for youth services for 2019/20 and any anticipated youth centre closures.

A.6   The estimated budget for 19/20 is £671,440. There are no anticipated youth centre closures.



Details:

Reference Number: 5555
Request Date: 06/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Could you please provide me with details of all food businesses that made an application to be registered with you in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 Article 6(2)  between the 1st November 2018 and the 5th February 2019.

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5556
Request Date: 06/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

All the questions relate to people with a formal diagnosis of dementia receiving long-term support in the year 2016-17 and 2017-18.
All questions relate to adult social care services for people aged 18 years and over.
All questions relate to people receiving council funded support only.

Q.1   How many adults accessing long-term support funded by the council during 2016-17 and 2017-18 had a recorded diagnosis of dementia?
2016-17
2017-18


Q.2    Of all adults accessing long-term support in 2016-17 and 2017-18 with a diagnosis of dementia, how many received a planned review, an unplanned review or both and what was the total number of reviews delivered to this group?
 
2016-17
2017-18

Planned reviews
Unplanned reviews
Both
Total reviews delivered

Q.3    Of all the reviews carried out, how many led to a formal reassessment of need?
2016-17
2017-18

Q.4  For the reassessments carried out for people with dementia, how many resulted in:

2016-17
2017-18

An increase in the personal budget
A decrease in the personal budget
No change

A.1 - A.4   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5558
Request Date: 06/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to request the following information relevant to ICT strategy and expenditure for secure mobile working:-

Q.1    What is the number of Full Time Equivalent staff employed by the Council?
A.1    3,740.48 as at 31 January 2019 (This information excludes schools).

Q.2    How many mobile devices (e.g. smartphones / tablets) are owned/managed by the Council?
A.2.   2405

Q.3    Who is you mobile phone carrier/device provider?
A.3.   EE

Q.4    Who is your preferred/incumbent reseller for software?
A.4    Phoenix Software 

Q.5    What email Exchange server are you running? Is this on-premise or Cloud hosted?
A.5.   We do not use Exchange.

Q.6    What is you budget for mobile working? What is the split of this between hardware and software?
A.6.   Cannot answer this - budget not split in this fashion
  
Q.7    Where are ICT purchasing decision taken / who are the key decision makers?
A.7.   Chief Information Officer

Q.8    Who would be the best initial contact for mobile & ICT Projects?
A.8.   Chief Information Officer

Q.9    What Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions are you using? When is the renewal next due ? 
A.9.   Google MDM - Yearly renewal: November.
  
Q.10  What mass communications / crisis communications tools are in use? When is the renewal next due?
A.10.  We use an internal system for Alerts, which therefore has no renewal date and no cost. 

Q.11  Who do you currently use for penetration testing / ICT health checks? When are vendor evaluations next scheduled for?
A.11   NTA Monitor - March 2020

Q.12  What files-sharing solutions / collaboration tools are in use? When are these next due for evaluation? 
A.12   Google G-Suite

Q.13  What other IM solutions are in use (e.g. WhatsApp / BBMe/ Skype for Business)? When are these next due for evaluation? 
A.13   G-Suite is the corporate solution



Details:

Reference Number: 5559
Request Date: 06/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please supply all information requested in relation to Taxi and Private hire licensing fees,

A.1 We do not maintain a separate account for taxi licensing matters.  All costs are aggregated within the general Licensing Team budget. 
The income received for the financial year 2017 to 2018 is given against the headings below. More information on fees is available on this page: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Business/Licences/Taxi.aspx

Q.2 Comprehensive breakdown of TAXI (hackney carriage)vehicle licensing fees including the surplus or deficit within this account.
A.2   £134872

Q.3   Comprehensive breakdown of TAXI  (hackney carriage) driver licensing fees including the surplus or deficit within this account.
A.3    £41467

Q.4    Comprehensive breakdown of Private Hire vehicle licensing fees including the surplus or deficit within this account.
A.4    £87619

Q.5   Comprehensive breakdown of Private Hire driver licensing fees including the surplus or deficit within this account.
A.5    £29084

Q.6   Comprehensive breakdown of Private Hire Operator licensing fees including the surplus or deficit within this account.
A.6    £8339



Details:

Reference Number: 5560
Request Date: 06/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      I am requesting information regarding ice cream concession bids from Northumberland county council country parks such as :

Plessey woods country park  
Durridge bay country park
Ridley park 
Blyth beach (mermaid car park)
Seaton sluice car park 
Ranch car park 
Church point car park 

I would like details of how much was the winning bid and paid each year for each of these car parks & country parks for the purpose to trade for Ice cream dating back from 2013,14,15 & 2016,17,18 years for as soon as possible please.

A.1    Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5561
Request Date: 06/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      What is the market value of the council’s pension funds?

A.1
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/About-the-Council/Finance/Statement-of-Accounts-2017-18-FinalSC-26-07-18.pdf

The above link is to Northumberland County Council's Statement of Accounts 2017/2018, which are available on the NCC website. Notes 32 and 33 to the accounts (pages 108 - 118 on the attached link) detail the Councils participation in various pension schemes, with the market value (of NCC's share of the Funds, as 'employer') detailed specifically on Page 112.

Northumberland County Council is the administering authority for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), and the market value of the Northumberland County Council Pension Fund (NCCPF) as a whole, as at 31 March 2018, is again included within the above link (Pension Fund Accounts pages 180 - 207) with specific market value of the assets of the Fund detailed on pages 181 and 182.

Q.2      What is the market value invested in each company directly by the council?

A.2       The values and proportions of Northumberland County Council Pension Fund's externally managed assets, as at 31 March 2018, are detailed in Note 14 (page 190) of the NCC Statement of Accounts 2017/2018, again as per the link above to the NCC website. Note 20 (page 193) details outstanding and initial commitments made by NCCPF.

Q.3       If the council holds investments through an external fund manager please provide the investment portfolio for that manger, which includes the market value for each of their investments.

A.3       NCCPF holds investments in pooled investment vehicles through various external fund managers, again as detailed on the above link (page 190), however does not hold information in relation to the underlying investments made by the external fund manager on behalf of NCCPF. 

Q.4      Does the council apply any specific investment inclusions or exclusions to pension funds or financial investments? If so, please provide details on what they are.

A.4       Attached is the most recent Investment Strategy Statement ('ISS 1 Dec 2018') for Northumberland County Council Pension Fund.  LGPS Scheme members have the option of paying additional voluntary contributions (AVCS). When doing so, scheme members must choose between a number of different types of investments, one of which is an ethically screened portfolio.   

Q.5      Has the council made any public statements regarding divesting unethical companies or ethical investment in the last 5 years? Please provide link to statements.

A.5      No, the Council has not made any statements of this nature in the last 5 years.
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5562
Request Date: 07/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 We are Veterans Hearing Support and we assist veterans to access the Royal British Legion’s Veterans Hearing Fund. To date we have helped more than 1,000 ex-servicemen and women gain access to the fund providing these veterans with some of the most advanced hearing aids in the UK. This is life changing to those veterans and we would like to do more. Can you please forward to me, the name and contact information (email address and phone number) of the Veterans Officer in your council?

A.1    The Armed Forces Champion: Councillor David Ledger - David.Ledger@northumberland.gov.uk, The Armed Forces Officer: Jackie Roll - Jackie.Roll@northumberland.gov.uk



Details:

Reference Number: 5565
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     The number of employees of the Council under 16 years of age.
A.1     0

Q.2     The number of employees of the Council between 16 - 18 years of age.
A.2     27
  
Q.3     The number of employees of the Council over 18 years of age.
A.3     4264

Q.4     The number of volunteers of the Council under 16 years of age.
A.4     Unknown, this information is not held.

Q.5     The number of volunteers of the Council between 16 - 18 years of age.
A.5     Unknown, this information is not held.

Q.6     The number of volunteers of the Council over 18 years of age.
A.6     Unknown, this information is not held.



Details:

Reference Number: 5566
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Please could you let me have the amount of the costs awarded against the Council on Planning Appeals allowed since June, 2017 to December, 2018

A.1     We do not hold a comprehensive list of costs awarded against the Council on Planning Appeals allowed. We have however been able to run a transaction report of payments made for the period June 2017 - September 2018. Due to the introduction of a new finance system in September 2018 the report cannot be run for the period September - December 2018. 

The transaction report has shown that the Council paid award of costs for Planning appeals which total £107,553 for the period June 2017-September 2018. Paper records show no payments were made for the period September - December 2018.

Q.2     Please could you let me have the following information for the period March to December, 2018.

Q.2a.    The performance figures on all planning decisions during this period.

A.2a     The overall performance on all applications decisions (development type codes 01 to 27) is 2166 applications determined within agreed time out of 3347 applications determined. 65% 

Q.2b    The number of Planning applications that were withdrawn.

A.2b     164 

Q.2c    The number of appeals made against planning decisions

A.2c     24

Q.2d    The number of appeals dismissed 

A.2d     5

Q.2e    The number of decisions that have gone against pre-application recommendations

A.2e    It would take approximately 1,125 - 1,500 hours to get this information together because we would have to look at approximately 4500 applications to manually check to see if a preapp was linked that matched the proposal of the application. We would then need to check the officers response letter to the preapp against the planning applications outcome.

Our database only records that the pre-app was closed when a response has been issued, so we would have to look at each response in our Document management system to see whether or not it matched with the outcome. This would approximately take 15-20mins per application check manually each application.

Refusal under Exemption 12 - Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit. The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold certain information relating to pre application recommendations.  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. 
 

Q.2f    The number of complaints received at Stage 1.
A.2f     90

Q.2g    The number of complaints received at Stage 2

A.2g     18

 
Q.2h.   How many complaints have been referred to the Ombudsman

A.2h     1


Q.3.   How many staff have left in this period.

A.9    16 employees left the Planning service between March and December 2018
 

Q.4   What are the costs to the Council associated with redundancy agreements.

A.4  There were no redundancies within the Planning Service during the time frame. 


Q.5  What are the costs to the Council associated with compromise agreements.

A.5  There was one compromise agreement within the Planning Service at a cost of £41,7019.18


Q.6 How many temporary staff have been employed by the department during this period and what is the cost to the Council.

A.6  Within Planning Services between March 2018 to December 2018 the number of staff on fixed term contracts are shown in the table below. Please note a number of these contracts were employees acting up into other roles to cover vacancies and sickness. The total cost over this period was £584,572.44. 

Month               Number of temporary staff

March 2018                28
April 2018                   29
May 2018                   29
June 2018                  27
July 2018                   24
August 2018              26
September 2018        24
October 2018             24
November 2018         25 
December 2018         25

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 question 5 of your request is exempt under the following provisions. 

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

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

(2) Subsection (1) does not exempt the public authority from its obligation to comply with paragraph (a) of section 1(1) unless the estimated cost of complying with that paragraph alone would exceed the appropriate limit. 

(3) In subsections (1) and (2) "the appropriate limit" means such amount as may be prescribed, and different amounts may be prescribed in relation to different cases. 

(4) The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that, in such circumstances as may be prescribed, where two or more requests for information are made to a public authority- 

(a) by one person, or 

(b) by different persons who appear to the public authority to be acting in concert or in pursuance of a campaign,  the estimated cost of complying with any of the requests is to be taken to be the estimated total cost of complying with all of them. 

(5) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for the purposes of this section as to the costs to be estimated and as to the manner in which they are to be estimated.  

Notice of Refusal 

Please treat this as a Notice of a Part Refusal as regards the information covered by the Section 12(1) Exemption for question 5 only.



Details:

Reference Number: 5567
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q1. I am aware that all Billing Authorities hold records of businesses that have or have not applied for small business rates relief. We would like would like to obtain a list of businesses who are not receiving small business rates relief. If this information relating to unclaimed small business rates relief is available on the website then please also indicate when the requested information (spreadsheet or website) has been updated.I therefore request a breakdown of businesses who are not receiving small business rates relief with a Rateable Value between £12,000 and £15,000 since 2017, including the following information:
A) The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rates are payable.
B) The Rateable value of the property
C) The address of the business in respect of which non-domestic rates apply

A.1     The information is available by accessing the following links; https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-full-listing-01-nov-2018/ 

and

 https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-all-reliefs-01-nov-2018/



Details:

Reference Number: 5568
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am aware that all Billing Authorities hold records of businesses that have created a new account.

Q.1     We would like to obtain a list of businesses who are paying business rates who have created a new account within the last 12 months. If this information is available on the website then please also indicate when the requested information (spreadsheet or website) has been updated and a link to this if available.

I therefore request a breakdown including the following information:
A) The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rates are payable. 
B) The Rateable value of the property.
C) The address of the business in respect of which non-domestic rates apply.
D) The date the account was created.

A.1    Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5569
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please can you provide me with an electronic copy of all the maintained schools in the Haydon Bridge Partnership  that are currently identified as being in financial difficulty and have deficit recovery plans in place.

A.1   We are unable to disclose details of schools in financial difficulty or the detail behind future budget recovery plans for any school across Northumberland. However you can access the schools benchmarking website which has recently been updated with school income, expenditure, balance and workforce data for the 2017-18 financial year. This will allow you to view and compare Haydon Bridge Schools against each other or other similar sized schools across the Authority or the Country. 

https://schools-financial-benchmarking.service.gov.uk/

Q.2    Could you also provide the financial details that render the above schools "in difficulty" together with the timescale for them to be returned to a balanced budget position.

A.2    Individual school revenue balances for the 2017-18 financial year are also available via the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/la-and-school-expenditure-2017-to-2018-financial-year



Details:

Reference Number: 5570
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I would like to find out how I would establish how many planning applications have been approved recently that will 'incorporate facilities for charging plug-in and other ultra-low emission vehicles' as stated in section 110 in the National Planning Policy Framework 2018? Or as stated in section 105 'the need to ensure an adequate provision of spaces for charging plug-in and other ultra-low emission vehicles' where setting local parking standards for residential and non-residential development. How many times has this been a condition of planning?

A.1   To pull this report together we have done a search on the word "charge" to get the results. Unfortunately we are unable to retrieve any more applications from the system to add to the list, but there will be more applications with this type of condition attached to them.  From the attached list you will be able to search for the planning application references numbers using the public access system to view the associated documents and decision notice. We are unable to provide this information because of the way conditions are added to applications on the system.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5572
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The Ratepayer and the net Rates payable for the financial year 2010/11 and 2011/12, including any transitional relief or surcharge, for the hereditament below:

• IN VESSEL COMPOSTING STATION, ELLINGTON ROAD, ASHINGTON, NORTHD, NE63 9XS - BA Reference:   WANN11425803999

A.1      Northumberland Energy Recovery Ltd 

2010/2011 - £32,876.22

2011/2012 - £469.38



Details:

Reference Number: 5573
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Which single street in your council area has produced the highest income from parking enforcement (income from just fines) in the 2017/2018 financial year? Please provide details of the number of tickets issued and the income to the council of motorists paying parking enforcement fines in this single street in the 2017/18 financial year.

A.1  Beaumont Street, Hexham has received the most income from Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) in the financial year 2017/2018 at £16,638.00. There were 580 PCNs issued in Beaumont Street, Hexham in the financial year 2017/2018



Details:

Reference Number: 5574
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please therefore treat these requests separately.
 

Q.1     The number of children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were unaccompanied asylum seeking children, i.e. were in this country alone and not accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom :

Q.1a)          a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.1a)      0

 

Q.1b)           a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.1b)      0

 

Q.1c)           a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.1c)      0

 

Q.1d)           a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18.

 

A.1d)      0

 

Q.1e) there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18.  

 

A.1e)      0

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.
 

Q.2     The number of children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were seeking asylum but where they were accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

Q.2a)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.2a)      0

 

Q.2b)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.2b)      0

 

Q.2c)      a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.2c)      0

 

Q.2d)     a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.2d)      0

 

Q.2e)      there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

A.2e)      0

 

Q.3   The number of children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were seeking asylum but where it is unclear whether or not they were accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

Q.3a      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.3a)      0

 

Q.3b)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.3b)      0

 

Q.3c)      a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.3c)      0

 

Q.3d)      a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.3d)      0

 

Q.3e)      there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18  

 

A.3e)      0

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.4        The number of children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were foreign nationals - but who were not counted in the answers to 1, 2 or 3 above, perhaps because it was not clear they were seeking asylum 

- this could include refugees, migrants, or words to that effect and other foreign nationals whose immigration status is unclear 

– and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” 

– or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

Q.4a)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4a)      0

 

Q.4b)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4b)      0

 

Q.4c)      a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4c)      0

 

Q.4d)      a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4d)      0

 

Q.4e)      there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4e)      0

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.5     The number of British national children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were foreign nationals – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

Q.5a)     a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5a)      0

 

Q.5b)     a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5b)      0

 

Q.5c)      a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5c)      0

 

Q.5d)      a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5d)      0

 

Q.5e)      there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5e)      0

 

For each case counted in requests 1-5 please detail:

The date of the death or suicide attempt

The type and name of the review

When the review began (even if prior to April 2016)

Current status of the review – i.e. ongoing or completed

The individual’s nationality

Whether they were or had been in the care of your local authority and/or had status as a care leaver (state which)

The age they claimed to be and whether their age had been disputed (if so please state which authority disputed their age and in what way, e.g. assessed as being an adult by the local authority when they claimed to be a child)

The term/terms used to describe their immigration status

Whether they were unaccompanied by family or accompanied by family, or you do not have this information in the unlikely event that is the case

Where the death or suicide attempt occurred including type of location, e.g. children’s home, foster home, park, private accommodation and place name (city/town/village and county)

Why no review took place if applicable

Why a learning review or similar was held instead of a Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Safeguarding Adult review or similar in cases where this is applicable.  In each case, please state the reason for this



Details:

Reference Number: 5576
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were unaccompanied asylum seeking young people, i.e. were in this country alone and not accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom :

A.1     No young people have died in Northumberland in the circumstances covered by any of questions 1 to 4 of your FOI in 2016/17 or 2017/18. 


a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.2   The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were seeking asylum but where they were accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

A.2     Please see the response to Q.1

 

a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.3   The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were seeking asylum but where it is unclear whether or not they were accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

A.3     Please see the response to Q.1

 

a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.4   The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were foreign nationals - but who were not counted in the answers to 1, 2 or 3 above, perhaps because it was not clear they were seeking asylum - this could include refugees, migrants, or words to that effect and other foreign nationals whose immigration status is unclear – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

A.4     Please see the response to Q.1

 

a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.5   The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were British nationals – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

A.5     Please see the response to Q.1

 

a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.6   For each case counted in requests 1-5 please detail:

 

The date of the death or suicide attempt

The type and name of the review

When the review began (even if prior to April 2016)

Current status of the review – i.e. ongoing or completed

The individual’s nationality

Whether they were or had been in the care of your local authority and/or had status as a care leaver (state which)

The age they claimed to be and whether their age had been disputed (if so please state which authority disputed their age and in what way, e.g. assessed as being an adult by the local authority when they claimed to be a child)

The term/terms used to describe their immigration status

Whether they were unaccompanied by family or accompanied by family, or you do not have this information in the unlikely event that is the case

Where the death or suicide attempt occurred including type of location, e.g. children’s home, foster home, park, private accommodation and place name (city/town/village and county)

Why no review took place, if applicable

Why a learning review or similar was held instead of a Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Safeguarding Adult review or similar in cases where this is applicable.  In each case, please state the reason for this

 

A.6     We do not hold comprehensive information about young people who have died in the circumstances covered by question 5; this would be held by the coroners.  We have carried out no SARs or learning reviews about any young person falling within the scope of this question.

Question 6 is therefore not applicable.



Details:

Reference Number: 5579
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Data Period: January 1st, 2018 and December 31st 2018. 

Data Cohort: Care Leavers (i.e. a person aged between 16 and 25 years having been looked after by a local authority from 16 years old or any subsequent period after this date) in receipt of a discretionary reduction in Council Tax liability issued in accordance with Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (or equivalent Council Tax Reduction legislation). 

Q.1    Date requested: a)The total number of the cohort; b) The number in receipt of 100% discretionary reduction; and c) The number in receipt of 50% or less discretionary reduction.

A.1   I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5580
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please provide me with records of all money which has been awarded or given in any form to the Tyne & Wear Anti Fascist Association (TWAFA). This organisation may also be found under pseudonym Tyne & Wear Anti Fascist Coalition (TWAFC).

Please provide these records in the following form: 

Q.1       A total, all-time figure of how much money has been provided to the organisation; and 

Q.2       An annual breakdown of this all-time figure, detailing: 

 - the nature of the money provided, i.e. grant, loan .etc, and for which purposes the money was provided by the Council; and 

 - the annual sum of money provided in relation to the nature above; and 

 - the department or individual responsible inside the Council for signing off this money; and 

 - the point of contact in the Tyne & Wear Anti Fascist Association for both communicating and receiving this money; 

A.1 & A.2   There have been no payments made from Northumberland County Council to any of the above organisations



Details:

Reference Number: 5581
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1a)    Does your local authority have an Independent Visitor service?

 

A.1a)    Yes

 

Q.1b)    Is the service run internally or externally?

 

A.1b)    External

 

Q.1c)    If the service is external, who is the provider?

 

A.1c)    Action for Children

 

Q.1d)    What is the maximum agreed number of matches for your service at any one time?

 

A.1d)    The service is demand led and therefore there is no maximum.

 

Q.2a)    How many children / young people are currently matched with an Independent Visitor?

 

A.2a)    6

 

Q.2b)    How many children / young people have been referred and are waiting to be matched? 

 

A.2b)    Less than 5

 

Q.2c)    how many children/young people matched are out of county?

 

A.2c)    0

 

Q.2d)    how many children/young people waiting are out of county?

 

A.2d)    0

 

Q.3a)    What is the eligibility criteria for children / young people receiving your Independent Visitor service and how does the local authority prioritise referrals?

 

A.3a)    Eligibility is based upon assessed need as detailed within the child or young person’s care plan. Access to the service is demand led and is not subject to prioritisation

 

Q.3b)    How many current matches are funded for young people aged 18yrs - 25yrs?

 

A.3b)    0

 

Q.3c)    How many current matches have been visiting for over two years? 

 

A.3c)    less than 5

Q.3d)    Over five years?

A.3d)     0
 

Q.4)    Please provide a breakdown of gender, age, ethnicity and disability for:

 

Q.4a)  children matched?

 

A.4a)  Young People Matched with an Independent Visitor

 

Age           11-12 13-14    15-16 17-18

Female                               <5

Male            <5 <5               <5 <5

Disability     <5                    <5

Ethnicity     All matched young people are WB

 

Q.b)   children waiting?

 

A.b)   Young People Waiting to be Matched with an Independent Visitor

Age              11-12 13-14   15-16 17-18

Female

Male                                            <5

Disability

Ethnicity                                     WB

 

Q.5)   Please provide a breakdown of gender, age, ethnicity and disability for: 

 

Q.a)   volunteers matched?

 

A.5a) As this service is provided by an external organisation this information is not recorded and held by Northumberland County Council. 

 

Q.b)  volunteers fully trained and checked and waiting to be matched?

 

A.5b) As this service is provided by an external organisation this information is not recorded and held by Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5584
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    A list of all bus routes in the Northumberland County Council area that cross the border into Scotland (including the route number and where it goes to and from and the bus operator who runs it).

A.1    Northumberland County Council does not currently log all commercial bus routes that cross the border into Scotland.

Q.2    For each route please advise if it is a commercial service or if it is a council contract and funded by you (or whether any other councils fund it instead of you or as well as you).

A.2    Please see the attached document.

Q.3   For each and every cross border bus route can you please provide full details on the policy regarding accepting concession bus passes for cross border journeys and the restrictions and where concession bus pass holders can travel to and from on both sides of the border (i would like details for the policy of concession bus passes issued by Northumberland County Council and for those issued by other councils in England and by other councils in Scotland as well).

A.3   Northumberland County Council has agreed additional benefits for free travel in Scotland on the following local bus services, where your journey either starts or finishes in England: 

•18, 260 - Berwick to Duns
•60 - Berwick to Galashiels via Duns
•67 - Berwick to Galashiels via Kelso
•34, 235, 236, 253 - Berwick to Eyemouth
•131 - Newcastle to Jedburgh

On the following local bus services, free travel is only available for journeys wholly in England:

•710 - Newcastle to Coldstream/Kelso
•32 - Berwick to Swinton
•87 - Berwick to Kelso
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5586
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Up to the present day, what have been the council’s costs regarding implementation of the Care Act?

Please provide information broken down annually, starting in 2013/14 to the present day.

I appreciate there may be constraints within the context of the Freedom of Information Act but where possible state:

a) The relevant project or strand of the Care Act (e.g. work on assessing and shaping the local care market) and

b) Type of expenditure (e.g. event to engage with local providers).

Note: this should include costs for policies which may have later been postponed or cancelled e.g. cap on lifetime care costs.

A.1     We do not hold this information, since we have not accounted separately for Care Act implementation costs.  Since the Care Act is now the legal framework for much of the core business of adult social care, we took the view from the beginning of the implementation process that there was no useful way to make a distinction between the costs of Care Act implementation and other aspects of planning and service development.  We also do not distinguish for accounting purposes the costs of planning and service development from other costs such as operational management, training, quality assurance, and professional development, since the boundaries between these headings are often unclear.



Details:

Reference Number: 5589
Request Date: 12/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1.   As per 1 May 2018, how many children in your local authority had a Statement of Special Educational Needs?

A.1    0

 

Q.2.   How many children with special educational needs in your local authority area required an Education Health Care Plan or statement of SEN for transitioning from primary to secondary school in September 2018?

A.2    83

 

Q.3.   How many of these children received their final transition Education Health Care Plan or statement by the 15 February 2018 deadline? 

A.3    80

 

Q.4.   As per 15th February 2019, how many children in your local authority had a Statement of Special Educational Needs?

A.4    0

 

Q.5.   How many children with special educational needs in your local authority area required an Education Health Care Plan or statement of SEN for transitioning from primary to secondary school in September 2019? 

A.5    79

 

Q.6.   How many of these children received their final transition Education Health Care Plan or statement by the 15 February 2019 deadline?

A.6    78



Details:

Reference Number: 5590
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please call to inform/discuss how many food business's there are in Northumberland. 

A.1   As at 13/02/2019 there were 3,735 food premises registered with Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5591
Request Date: 12/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please provide me with details (including dates) of safety certificates, safety inspections, safety inspection costs, certificates approved and details of safety certificates rejected or refused (including reasons for refusal/rejection) between 01/02/2002 and 12/02/2019, for the below stadia located within your local government authority area.

·  Shielfield Park

A.1   From 1st October 2015 Shielfield Park no longer required a safety certificate under the Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975.  Instead they require Regulated Stand Certificates, which have been combined into one certificate covering the two stands at the ground.  We no longer hold the historical data in relation to the old safety certificate. 

There have been no safety inspection costs in relation to the site and they have not had a certificate refused or rejected.



Details:

Reference Number: 5593
Request Date: 12/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1. Details of all Community Asset Transfers which have been made by the authority since 2000.   This includes:
  • All assets for which full ownership has been transferred to a community group under General Disposal Consent for a nominal or below-market-value fee.
  • All assets which have been leased to a community group on a long-term, peppercorn lease arrangement
  • Any other similar arrangements which the authority has put in place and classifies as a “Community Asset Transfer”
We request that the data is made available in a spreadsheet or database format which is readable using freely available or MS Office software (e.g. Excel, Google Docs etc.) and that the following fields are included:
  • Name of asset
  • Address, including postcode, of asset
  • Type of asset – e.g. leisure centre, village hall, library etc.
  • Type of transfer – sale, long-term peppercorn lease, etc.
  • Date of transfer
A.1 Please see the attached spreadsheet
 
Q.2. Details of all Assets of Community Value which have been listed in your area since 2011, as required by the Localism Act 2011.  We request that the data is made available in a spreadsheet or database format which is readable using freely available or MS Office software (e.g. Excel, Google Docs etc.) and that the following fields are included:
  • Name of asset
  • Address, including post code, of asset
  • Type of asset – e.g. leisure centre, village hall, library etc.
  • Date of listing
A.2 The information requested is available on the NCC website: List of Assets of Community Value:
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Councillors/Rights.aspx#communityrighttobid
 
Q.3. Details of any Community Engagement Strategy or Policy.  By this we refer to any current strategy or policy document which sets out how the authority engages with the community and/ or seeks to increase community participation in local decision-making (above and beyond statutory requirements such as Planning Consultations or local elections).  

Please provide a hyperlink to any documents available on your website and/ or PDF versions of documents not hosted in the public domain.

A.3 The following links give information about how the authority engages with the community and/ or seeks to increase community participation in local decision-making:

VCS Assembly - diagram of "Assembly Process"
http://www.vcsassemblynorthumberland.co.uk/about/assembly-executive

VCS Assembly - VCS Liaison Group
http://www.vcsassemblynorthumberland.co.uk/about/vcs-cabinet-advisory-group

NCC - Empowering Communities Project
www.northumberland.gov.uk/Care/Empowering-Communities-Project.aspx
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5594
Request Date: 12/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   A list with the names of all the textile recycling collectors that currently operate textile recycling banks in Northumberland County Council on council sites and council land. 

Q.2   The number of textile recycling banks placed in Northumberland County Council which are operated by private companies on council sites and council land. 

A.1 - A.2   One collector at the 12 HWRCs in Northumberland - Nathan Wastesavers and Bring sites.

 

Q.3   The number of textile recycling banks placed in Northumberland County Council which are operated by charities on council sites and council land. 

A.3   No separate charity collections on council site or council land.



Details:

Reference Number: 5597
Request Date: 13/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many days have your council workers been on strike in the past 12 months?

A.1   There has been no strike action for NCC in the last 12 months



Details:

Reference Number: 5598
Request Date: 13/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

The information I require relates to the organisations software contract, please send me the organisation’s primary contract around the types of contract below. I require the organisation’s to provide me with the following contract information relating to the following corporate software/enterprise applications:

 

A.       Enterprise Resource Planning Software Solution (ERP) -this is the organisation’s main ERP system and may include service support, maintenance and upgrades.

B.       Primary Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solution-this is the organisation’s main CRM system and may include service support, maintenance and upgrades. Example of CRM systems the organisation may use could include Microsoft Dynamics, Front Office, Lagan CRM, Firmstep

C.       Primary Human Resources (HR) and Payroll Software Solution-this is the organisation’s main HR/payroll system and may include service support, maintenance and upgrades. In some cases the HR contract maybe separate to the payroll contract please provide both types of contracts. Example of HR/Payroll systems the organisation may use could include iTrent, Resourcelink.

D.       The organisation’s primary corporate Finance Software Solution-this is the organisation’s main Finance system and may include service support, maintenance and upgrades. Example of finance systems the organisation may use could include E-Business suite, Agresso (Unit4), eFinancials, Integra, SAP

In some cases you may come across contracts that provides service support maintenance and upgrades separate to the main software contract, please also provide this information in the response following the requested data below.

For each of the categories above can you please provide me with the relevant contract information listed below:
 

Q.1.    Software Category: ERP, CRM, HR, Payroll, Finance

A.1.    ERP, HR, Payroll, Finance 

Q.2.    Name of Supplier: Can you please provide me with the software provider for each contract?

A.2.   Oracle 

Q.3.    The brand of the software: Can you please provide me with the actual name of the software. Please do not provide me with the supplier name again please provide me with the actual software name.

A.3.   Oracle Cloud Applications / Fusion, Financials, HCM and Payroll 

Q.4.   Description of the contract: Please do not just state two to three words can you please provide me with detailed information about this contract and please state if upgrade, maintenance and support is included.

A.4.    Fully licensed, includes quarterly upgrades, maintenance and support

Please also include any modules included within the contract as this will support the categories you have selected in question Q.1.

Q.5.   Number of Users/Licenses: What is the total number of user/licenses for this contract? 

A.5.   We have a few hundred Financials users. HCM and Payroll licences are based on the 1 licence per employee paid in the organisation.

Q.6.   Annual Spend: What is the annual average spend for each contract?

A.6.   Total for the ERP, HR and Payroll, Finance categories and all the modules mentioned above  is £600000 per annum. 

Q.7.   Contract Duration: What is the duration of the contract please include any available extensions within the contract.

A.7.   5 year contract

Q.8.   Contract Start Date: What is the start date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY. 

A.8.   07-17

Q.9.   Contract Expiry: What is the expiry date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.

A.9.   07-22
  
Q.10.  Contract Review Date: What is the review date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. If this cannot be provide please provide me estimates of when the contract is likely to be reviewed. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY. 

A.10.  Approx 2 years before the end of the contract.

Q.11.  Contact Details: I require the full contact details of the person within the organisation responsible for this particular software contract (name, job title, email, contact number). 

A.11.  Ryan Fitzpatrick -  Information and Development Manager

If any of the information is not available please can you provide me with the notes on the reasons why?

For each of the categories above can you please provide me with the relevant contract information listed below: 

Q.1.   Software Category: ERP, CRM, HR, Payroll, Finance

A.1.   CRM 

Q.2.   Name of Supplier: Can you please provide me with the software provider for each contract?

A.2.   Verint 

Q.3.   The brand of the software: Can you please provide me with the actual name of the software. Please do not provide me with the supplier name again please provide me with the actual software name.

A.3.   Lagan CRM  

Q.4.   Description of the contract: Please do not just state two to three words can you please provide me with detailed information about this contract and please state if upgrade, maintenance and support is included.

A.4.   Annual Support and Maintenance 

          1 x Additional User Licence for QMax WFM

          1 x Additional User Licence for QMax WFM

          Verint Government Online Forms

          LAGAN SVC Standard DQM 

Please also include any modules included within the contract as this will support the categories you have selected in question Q.1.

Q.5.   Number of Users/Licenses: What is the total number of user/licenses for this contract? 

A.5.   80 users/licences for Contact Centre staff

Q.6.   Annual Spend: What is the annual average spend for each contract? 

A.6.   £50,890.86

Q.7.   Contract Duration: What is the duration of the contract please include any available extensions within the contract. 

A.7.   5 year contract

Q.8.   Contract Start Date: What is the start date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY. 

A.8.   04-14

Q.9.   Contract Expiry: What is the expiry date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY. 

A.9.   04-19

Q.10  Contract Review Date: What is the review date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. If this cannot be provide please provide me estimates of when the contract is likely to be reviewed. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY. 

A.10  Currently about to review and just taking up 1 year extension option.

Q.11  Contact Details: I require the full contact details of the person within the organisation responsible for this particular software contract (name, job title, email, contact number). 

A.11  Joe Murphy -  Development Manager



Details:

Reference Number: 5599
Request Date: 13/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many secure care accommodation facilities do you operate or have access to in your area?

A.1   Secure accommodation is a National resource and therefore access to all 14 SCH is via the national bed bank. In our North East region there are two SCH. One is operated  by Northumberland County Council the other by Durham.

Q.2   How many places are available in these facilities for young people?  

A.2   In Kyloe House (Northumberland operated) there are 12 main placements and two step down placements.

Q.3   In the past 10 years (January 2009 - January 2019) how many children and young people have you placed in secure care placements in Scotland, per year? What ages have these children been? 

A.3   Less than 5

Q.4   For all of these placements, how much has been paid to the provider of the Scottish secure care accommodation per placement?  

A.4   N/A

Q.5   Which providers have you used in Scotland to provide secure care accommodation?

Please note - If the time frame of the past 10 years is going to be too large to fit within the FOI guidelines,  please reduce this to five years (January 2014 - 2019).  

A.5   N/A



Details:

Reference Number: 5600
Request Date: 13/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please can you provide me with the name and contact details of the Licensing Manager in the council, who is responsible for all licensing types? eg. skips, fireworks, petroleum, etc.

A.1   Skips: We do not have an officer dedicated to licencing of skips

Scaffolding: We do not have an officer dedicated to licencing of scaffolding 

Hoarding: We do not have an officer dedicated to licencing of hoarding.

Poisons: There are no longer Poisons registrations, the register was stopped in 2015. 

Fireworks Darin Wilson Email: Darin.wilson@northumberland.gov.uk (Trading Standards)

Trading Standards and Animal Health Manager, Housing and Public Protection Service, West Hartford Business Park, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 3JP, Tel: 01670 623704

Petroleum: Scott Ruddick, email: scott.ruddick@northumberland.gov.uk, Fire & Rescue Service, West Hartford Business Park, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 3JP, Tel: 01670 621143


Details:

Reference Number: 5602
Request Date: 13/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Can the Authority provide the number of bin surveys it has conducted in each calendar year since 2014? If applicable, can the Authority also provide the number of households subject to bin surveys in the same period? For clarity, a bin survey is used to identify the types of rubbish being thrown away by households or which bins are being used, or both.

A.1   The Council have not carried out any of these types of bin surveys in the last 5 years, we are however planning to undertake a compositional analysis of residual waste bins in 2019/20



Details:

Reference Number: 5603
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    any communication (internal or otherwise) relating to this licensing hearing – in particular, any relating to our request to reschedule the hearing and also any and all communication to and from the applicant and/or their solicitors; and

A.1    Document 1 contains correspondence relating to the application and hearing on 28/01/2019.
Document 2 contains file notes for the request for adjournment.

Q.2    any communication (internal or otherwise) relating to any of our licensing complaints, queries or correspondence; and

A.2    Document 3 contains emails relating to  licensing complaints, queries or correspondence;

Q.3    any documents or communications Northumberland County Council holds relating to previous licensing appeals in the past 5 years.

A.3   We are currently seeking legal advice regarding whether we can provide the information in relation to documents or communications Northumberland County Council holds relating to previous licensing appeals in the past 5 years
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5604
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I believe a transcript of the information I requested has now  been released to the general public. However, this is not verbatim and I believe some information may be in the original recordings that is not in the written documentation. I again ask for permission to access the recording of the aforementioned OSC Meeting and not the transcript.

A.1   This video is now live on our website at: 

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Councillors/Meetings.aspx#videoarchivehealthwellbeingoverviewandscrutinycommittee 

and on our YouTube channel at: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt50B9nma3M

This contains all the information you require.



Details:

Reference Number: 5605
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Joint meeting of the Policy Board and the Board of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust held at Shielfield Park, Berwick-upon-Tweed on Wednesday, 4 June 2014 at 12:30 p.m. I refer to the above document regarding a Policy Board meeting.

Under item 11 is the following: 

"11. BERWICK INFIRMARY REDEVELOPMENT

Paul Brayson, Managing Director for NHFM Ltd presented the Outline Business Case for the redevelopment of Berwick Infirmary (copy attached to the signed minutes) which the Boards were asked to approve."

I am unable to source the Outline Business Case mentioned above, even though it is said to be "attached" 

Can you please send me a copy of this Business Case?

 

A.1 Section 21 of the Act states that a public Authority does not need to provide information under section 1 of the Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means. The published information is available by accessing the following web link: 

http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meeting.aspx?MeetID=976



Details:

Reference Number: 5606
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1.   What type of council are you – i.e. Unitary, District etc.

A.1.   Unitary

Q.2.   Do you have a corporate debt team 

A.2.   Yes

Q.3.   What categories of debt are collected 

A.3.   Council Tax, Business Rates, Housing Benefit Overpayments, Sundry Debt

Q.4.   Do you collect debt on behalf of other councils or 3rd parties such as housing associations etc. 

A.4.   No

Q.5.   What systems are used for each 

A.5.   Northgate Revs & Bens, Oracle Applications

Q.6.   Do you employ internal enforcement agents, if so, how many 

A.6.   Yes, one

Q.7.   Do you utilise external enforcement agents via a 3rd party, if so when does their current contract end and when it does are you considering using internal enforcement agents

A.7.   We utilise external enforcement agents and their engagement is reviewed annually.



Details:

Reference Number: 5607
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    A full structure of your education department and who looks after the school improvement services.
If your service is outsourced or ran by another organisation are you able to provide further information.
Please provide the information in the form of a structure chart, list of names and attached document providing all further information. If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request. If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined, I would be grateful for any further advice and assistance. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or phone and I will be very happy to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request, my details are outlined below.

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5608
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Under the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, could you please provide me with the most up-to-date list of all empty commercial (non-residential) property rates data for your local authority, and including the following fields:

A) Address

B) Rateable Value 

 

A1. In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to your request is exempt under the following provisions;

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

The information is available by accessing the following links;

https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-all-exemptions-01-nov-2018/

and

https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-all-reliefs-01-nov-2018/ 

Please note that in relation to the reliefs data that the empty property start date will be either 3 or 6 months prior to the relief start date depending on the type of property.

This data is refreshed on 1 November and 1 May each year.



Details:

Reference Number: 5609
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1.     How many firefighters have taken their own lives between 2003 and 2017 inclusive.

A.1.     None.

 

Q.2.     How many firefighters are currently off work sick as a result of PTSD?  

How long has the officer been off sick?

Less than six months

Six to twelve months

Twelve to eighteen months

Eighteen months to two years

Two years plus 

A.2.     None.

 

Q.3.     How many firefighters are currently off sick with stress or other mental health condition?

How long has the officer been off sick?

Less than six months

Six to twelve months

Twelve to eighteen months

Eighteen months to two years

Two years plus

A.3.   One, six to twelve months.

 

Q.4.   How many staff members are currently applying for ill health retirement or equivalent on the grounds of PTSD?

A.4.   None.



Details:

Reference Number: 5610
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please can you provide me the names of managers within the SEN Service. Please can this include:
  • Head of SEN
  • SEN Managers
  • SEN Team Manager
  • Principal Educational Psychologist
  • Director of Education

Please provide the information in the form of either a list of managers or an org chart. If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request. If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined, I would be grateful for any further advice and assistance.

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached structure charts in response, accurate as of this date.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5611
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please could you tell me the number of claims made for Discretionary Housing Payments and the number of awards for the financial years below?

Name of Authority
Year
Number of claims
Number of awards
 
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17
2017/18

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached structure charts in response, accurate as of this date.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5612
Request Date: 15/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1. How many court summons have been issued to former students (within 3-6 months of changing student status) between January 1st 2018 - January 1st 2019 for refusal of paying council tax. Can this information be provided in a spreadsheet showing the court summons, the outstanding payment, and when it was paid. 

A.1   I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5613
Request Date: 15/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

For the financial year 2018/19 or the calendar year 2018-2019, whichever is more convenient, please provide the following information.

Q.1. Do you distribute any free promotional disposable nappies (such as Pampers) or reusable nappies to parents at any of your children’s and family services?

If the answer is yes to 1, please answer questions 2-7.

A.1. No (we used to but this was chopped from the budget many years ago.) 

Q.2. Which disposable or reusable nappy brand do you allow to distribute their promotional nappies?

Q.3. Which services are they distributed at and how many parents use these facilities annually? 

Q.4. How frequently a year have these disposable or reusable nappy brands been able to distribute their promotional material at these services?

Q.5. What is the process for allowing disposable or reusable nappy brands to distribute at your services and who signs it off? 

Q.6. Is there any remuneration for the council from these disposable or reusable nappy brands for distributing their promotional material?

Please then answer the remaining questions 7-8 regardless of your answers to 1-6. 

Q.7. What initiatives does the Council currently employ to reduce nappy waste and how successful are they? (This may include education programmes for families or tax incentives to nappy waste recycling businesses)

Q.8. What is your policy on nappy waste reduction and recycling and what do your future plans entail? 

A.8. We have no policy on Nappies in particular as a waste material and they are not included in the current waste strategy. (Which was published in 2003)



Details:

Reference Number: 5615
Request Date: 15/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1. Please state any changes to the eligibility criteria or service offer under the council's home to school transport policy (as per section 50B of the Education Act 1996) that have been enacted since April 2010. Non-substantive, purely technical alterations can be left out. Please state the month that each took effect, and provide any impact assessment that was carried out.

Q.2. For each of the following academic years - 2010/11, 2014/15, 2017/18, 2018/19 - please state the number of children aged 5-16 who received free home to school transport from (or funded by) the council (as per section 50B of the Education Act 1996).

Q.3. For each of the following academic years - 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 = please state the number of children of compulsory school age with SEND statements or ECHPs who were being educated outside the local authority area

Q.4. Please list the 'out of area' local authorities where children from your local authority with SEND statements or ECHPs are currently in compulsory education, together with the number of children being educated in each local authority (where the number is three or fewer, please list the local authority even if the number is not provided)

Q.5. Does the council identifiably record the cost of external legal advice and representation for first tier and upper tier SEND tribunal cases (i.e. SENDIST)? If the response to question 5 is 'no' please ignore question 6.

Q.6. How much did the council spend on external legal advice and representation on first tier and upper tier SEND tribunal cases each financial year for 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 (year to date)? If possible, please split the expenditure between cases won by the council and cases lost by the council. There is no need to split the figures between first tier and upper tier expenditure.

A.1 - A.6   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5616
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Does your organisation used a 'cloud' provider for the three IT services, either wholly or in part, listed directly below? An example of a cloud provider would be Microsoft and Office 365 which provides email, One Drive and SharePoint-online offerings. There are obviously other cloud providers.    

Q.1a    email

A.1a     yes 

Q.1b     home folders

A.1b     yes - partly 

Q.1c     'corporate' file systems

A.1c     yes - partly

If the answer for the above three is no then simply reply 'N\A' to QA, Q3 and Q3a. 

Q.2    If you use a cloud provider for any of the three IT services listed above do you back them up? Please specify which you back up. 

A.2    no

Q.3    If you do back up what product do you back them up with? 

A.3     N/A 

Q.3a  Is the back up product also a cloud provisioned service?   

A.3a   N/A



Details:

Reference Number: 5617
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Is your organisation responsible for collecting car parking charges (whether directly or through a contracted service)?

A.1   It is not possible for Northumberland County Council to provide this information as the ticket machines in operation do not have the capability to either record or report on “overvend” figures

If the answer to question 1 is ‘No’ there is no further requirement to complete the questions. 

Q.2   How much revenue, on top of the stated ticket price has been collected by your authority due to the machines not giving change in 2015-2016?

Q.3   How much revenue, on top of the stated ticket price has been collected by your authority due to the machines not giving change in 2016-2017? 

Q.4   How much revenue, on top of the stated ticket price has been collected by your authority due to the machines not giving change in 2017-2018?



Details:

Reference Number: 5619
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

On Friday 8th February the Secretary of State for Transport visited Northumberland to see proposals for the reopening of passenger services on the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne line. 

Q.1       A full list of invitees

A.1       Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

John Redhead  

Representative - Nexus

Representative - Nexus

Representative - Transport for the North

Representative - Transport for the North

Representative - Network Rail

Representative - Network Rail

Representative - Northern

Representative - SENRUG

Paul Johnston - NCC

Cllr Peter Jackson - NCC

Cllr Richard Wearmouth - NCC

Cllr Veronica Jones - NCC

Cllr Glen Sanderson - NCC

Cllr Wayne Daley - NCC

Cllr Cath Homer - NCC

Cllr Nick Oliver - NCC

Cllr William Crosby - NCC

Cllr Malcolm Robinson - NCC

Cllr Russell Wallace - NCC

Andrew Ward - NCC

Stuart McNaughton - NCC

Representative - AECOM (Consultant Team)

Representative - AECOM (Consultant Team)

Representative - Mosaic Consultants (Consultant Team)

 

Q.2      A full list of attendees 

A.2      Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

John Redhead  

Representative - Nexus

Representative - Transport for the North

Representative - Transport for the North

Representative - Network Rail

Representative - Network Rail

Representative - Northern

Representative - SENRUG

Paul Johnston - NCC

Cllr Peter Jackson - NCC

Cllr Richard Wearmouth - NCC

Cllr Glen Sanderson - NCC

Cllr Wayne Daley - NCC

Cllr Cath Homer - NCC

Cllr Nick Oliver - NCC

Cllr William Crosby - NCC

Cllr Malcolm Robinson - NCC

Cllr Russell Wallace - NCC

Andrew Ward - NCC

Stuart McNaughton - NCC

Representative - AECOM (Consultant Team)

Representative - Mosaic Consultants (Consultant Team)

 

Q.3      The total cost of chartering a train for the visit

A.3       The cost of chartering the train was covered by Northern as part of their franchise commitment to support development of the project.

 

Q.4       The total cost of photography for the day 

A.4       The total cost of photography for the day was £295 and this cost has been met by Northumberland County Council. 
 

Q.5       The total cost of any refreshments provided

A.5        Refreshments were provided by Northern Rail at no cost to Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5620
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     A list of the fire stations used by the fire service in 2010/11 within the fire service area (including any temporarily out of use), including their address and postcode

A.1     A list of the fire stations used by the fire service in 2010/11 within the fire service area (including any temporarily out of use), including their address and postcode. 

 

West Hartford Fire Station & Headquarters

West Hartford Business Park

Cramlington

Northumberland

NE23 3JP

 

Pegswood Fire Station

Pegswood

Northumberland

NE61 6SJ

 

Hexham Fire Station

Tyne Mills Industrial Estate

Hexham

Northumberland 

NE46 1XJ

 

Alnwick Fire Station

Alnwick

Northumberland 

NE66 2PA

 

Berwick Fire Station

Ord Road

Tweedmouth

Berwick upon Tweed 

TD15 2XU

 

Seahouses Fire Station

Main Street

North Sunderland

Seahouses

Northumberland 

NE68 7TZ

 

Belford Fire Station

The Meadows

Belford

Northumberland 

NE70 7NZ

 

Amble Fire Station

Coquetdale Industrial Estate

Amble

Morpeth

Northumberland 

NE65 0PE

 

Rothbury Fire Station

Coquet View 

Rothbury 

Northumberland 

NE65 7RZ

 

Prudhoe Fire Station

Front Street

Prudhoe

Northumberland

NE42 5DQ

 

Ponteland Fire Station

Callerton Lane

Ponteland

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE20 9EY

 

Bellingham Fire Station

Bellingham

Hexham

Northumberland

NE46 2JS

 

Allendale Fire Station

Fosterheads

Allendale

Hexham

Northumberland

NE47 9LG

 

Haltwhistle Fire Station

Park Road

Haltwhistle

Northumberland

NE49 9BW

 

Haydon Bridge Fire Station

California Gardens

Haydon Bridge

Northumberland

NE47 6JW

 

Morpeth Fire Station & Headquarters

Loansdean

Morpeth

Northumberland

NE61 2ED

 

Cramlington Fire Station

Cramlington

Northumberland

NE23 3JN

 

Ashington Fire Station

Morpeth Road

Ashington

Northumberland

NE63 8PR

 

Blyth Fire Station

Cowpen Road

Blyth

Northumberland

NE24 5SU

 

Q.2     A list of the fire stations used by the fire service in 2018/19 within the fire service area (including any temporarily out of use), including their address and postcode

A.2     A list of the fire stations used by the fire service in 2018/19 within the fire service area (including any temporarily out of use), including their address and postcode.

 

West Hartford Fire Station & Headquarters

West Hartford Business Park

Cramlington

Northumberland

NE23 3JP

 

Pegswood Fire Station

Pegswood

Northumberland

NE61 6SJ

 

Hexham Fire Station

Maiden's Walk

Hexham

Northumberland

NE46 1DR

 

Alnwick Fire Station

Blackthorn Close

Lionheart Enterprise Park

Alnwick

Northumberland

NE66 2ER

 

Berwick Fire Station

Ord Road

Tweedmouth

Berwick upon Tweed 

TD15 2XU

 

Seahouses Fire Station

Main Street

North Sunderland

Seahouses

Northumberland 

NE68 7TZ

 

Belford Fire Station

The Meadows

Belford

Northumberland 

NE70 7NZ

 

Amble Fire Station

Coquetdale Industrial Estate

Amble

Morpeth

Northumberland 

NE65 0PE

 

Rothbury Fire Station

Coquet View 

Rothbury 

Northumberland 

NE65 7RZ

 

Prudhoe Fire Station

Front Street

Prudhoe

Northumberland

NE42 5DQ

 

Ponteland Fire Station

Callerton Lane

Ponteland

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE20 9EY

 

Bellingham Fire Station

Bellingham

Hexham

Northumberland

NE46 2JS

 

Allendale Fire Station

Fosterheads

Allendale

Hexham

Northumberland

NE47 9LG

 

Haltwhistle Fire Station

Park Road

Haltwhistle

Northumberland

NE49 9BW

 

Q.3     Where a fire station was used by the fire service in 2010/11 but not in 2018/19, please state why

A.3     Morpeth and Ashington Fire Stations closed in July 2010 and services moved to the new facility at Pegswood Fire Station. 

Headquarters, Blyth and Cramlington moved to a new site at West Hartford in August 2010. 

Haydon Bridge RDS Station closed in October 2016, following a public consultation process



Details:

Reference Number: 5623
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 List of all the fruit, vegetable and oil processing and packaging plants in your authority. In each case, please provide the following details:
  • The addresses of the land or property
  • The company names registered to those addresses
  • Details of the purchaser or lease holder, if not a sole trader or private individual

A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5624
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 In an interview with the News Post Leader on Friday 8th February, the Leader of the Council discussed the financing of the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne line. In this he said the total cost for reopening would be £190 Million but that he believed it could be split into phases and that Phase 1 would cost £90 Million and that this was ‘perfectly achievable’.  Under the terms of the freedom of information act please provide the following; All papers relating to development phases of the ABT line.  All correspondence from Councillor Peter Jackson mentioning the phrases ‘Northumberland Line’ or Ashington, Blyth & Tyne’

A.1  Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached issued via Cryptshare due to the size of the attachments.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5626
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The hourly fee paid to North Star day service per client.  Out of this fee does the centre pay for the following commercial rent for the buildings.

insurance for buildings and liability insurance.

wages.and national insurance.

pension provision.

utilities, gas, electric,and water.

transport.

Holiday pay.

 daily upkeep and repairs

telephone/internet provision

 

A.1    This service is not delivered in hourly units.  Since it is an in-house service, it is also costed on the basis of the overall capacity available, rather than the number of individuals using the service at a date, which may vary.  On this basis, the daily unit cost of the service in the current financial year is £60.92. This costing includes all the costs listed in your enquiry, other than commercial rent for the premises.  These are owned by the Council, so no rent is payable.



Details:

Reference Number: 5627
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     I would like to know whether state schools within your local education authority serve 

a) nitrite-cured ham in their school meals and 

b) other processed meats containing nitrites in their school meals, including but not limited to bacon, salami or chorizo.

If FOIA requests of a similar nature have been asked already, please could you include your responses to those requests. 

A.1    In response to your request the ham and bacon used in our local authority schools managed by NCC  (list on website) contains nitrates. Bacon is used rarely on the menus and ham can be offered as an optional  sandwich filling if required. Salami and Chorizo is not included on our menus therefore we don't use.



Details:

Reference Number: 5630
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How much do you spend a year on callouts for pest control ?

A.1   The pest control service costs £150,000 per annum.
 

Q.2   How much does it cost you per visit ?

A.2   Rats, Mice Ants,Cockroaches and Wasps are charged at £50 per treatment. 

Fleas, flies and fumigations are £75 per treatment

Bedbugs are £150 per treatment.
 

Q.3   How much do you spend on pest control equipment annually ? 

A.3   We spend 10,000 per year 

 

Q.4   How many unsuccessful callouts do you have on average (where you visit the trap and the pest hasn’t been caught)?

A.4   None we do not use traps.

 

Q.5   Would you be interested in a device that could simply tell you when a mousetrap has been activated ? 

A.5   No thanks



Details:

Reference Number: 5631
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    How many young people had echp at age 15+ I would like this information for the past 5 financial years (year by year)  (including the current financial year to date)

A.1    We do not have the information requested going back 5 financial years but can provide information for the last 3 years, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19. EHCP's have only been in place since Sept 2014 prior to that students requiring support in College provision had access to a Learning Difficulty Assessment. The LA do not have details of the number of LDAs in place.

Q.2    How many young adults requested post 16 education provision ( education which echp would be responsible for funding) I would like this information for the past 5 financial years (year by year) (including the current financial year to date). When I refer to post 16 education I mean any education provision from age 16 to the maximum age of 25)

A.2    We do not record information with regards to how many people requested Post 16 education provision. We can provide details on how many students had EHCPs and how many students received funding.  

Q.3    How many of the above questions were granted their request for additional education provision age 16+ (as detailed above) I would like this information for the past 5 financial years (year by year) (including the current financial year to date)

A.3   We do not have the information requested going back 5 financial years but can provide information for the last 3 years, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19.

Please see the attached table
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5632
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 A list of all live business rates accounts with a 2017 list Rateable Value greater than or equal to £5,000. Property Reference Number (also known as Billing Authority Reference Number) of the property on which the charge is made. Please note that this is not the Rate Demand or Rate Account Number, Current rateable value, account holder name, property address, the billing address (where different to the property address), the contact telephone number and email address, the date the current ratepayer became liable for the business rates – we do not require any historical account liability dates only the current ratepayers liability start date, whether a property is empty or occupied, where a property is currently empty please provide the date the ratepayer became liable for empty rates, where there is an exemption on the account please provide the start and end date and type of exemption applied (e.g. listed building), where there is a relief on the account please provide the date it was applied and the type of relief (e.g. charity), we do not require any personal information or sole traders.

A.1 In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to your request is exempt under the following provisions; Section 21 of the Act states that a public Authority does not need to provide information under section 1 of the Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means.

The information is available by accessing the following link: https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/ 
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5634
Request Date: 19/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I request that a copy of the following information [or documents containing the following information] be provided to me: Full list of businesses and charities that have become responsible for business rates between the 1st-19th Feb 2019. I would like to know the full business name and address, date of liability and the property type.

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5635
Request Date: 19/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please can you tell me the amount of money you spent on the Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy service for the following financial years, the organisation you commissioned to deliver this statutory service and the number of new cases taken on each year:
  •  Financial Year
  • Amount spent £
  • Number of new cases
  • Organisation commissioned 
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17 
2017/18
2018/19

Q.2. In addition to complaints advocacy for NHS services, does your local authority directly provide or commission complaints advocacy services for those looking to make complaints or raise concerns about local social care services? 
 
Financial Year
Does your local authority provide advocacy for social care complaints - indicate one of the options below:
·      Yes, as an independent contract in the same way as NHS complaints advocacy.
·      Yes, as an independent contract but case are limited to those eligible for advocacy support under the Care Act.
·      Yes, but as part of the broader advocacy provision offered by the council.
·      No
Amount spent £
 
Number of new cases

Name of organisation commissioned
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17 
2017/18
2018/19

Q.3. Does your local authority set out a clause in any contracts for complaints advocacy providers in health and social care to share information and insight with relevant local partners such as local Health and Wellbeing Boards, Quality Surveillance Groups or Healthwatch?
Yes / No
 
A.1 - A.3  Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5636
Request Date: 19/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1  The number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) issued at Fountain Head Car Park Seaton Sluice in the last 5 years.

Q.2  Of those PCN’s issued at that location within the last 5 years how many were for Code 86 Parking beyond the bay markings?

Q.3  Do Northumberland County Council record information regarding the specific parking location of each vehicle issued a PCN as above? 

Q.4  Can you review previous data / including images from all PCN’s issued at that site and provide me with information on the parking locations of vehicles issued PCN’s within that Car Park.

Q.5  How many PCN’s have been issued by Northumberland County Council to vehicles parked in the unmarked large space nearest to the toilet block? 

Q.6  What is the minimum amount of time an enforcement officer must observe a vehicle for prior to issuing a PCN for parking violations?

Q.7  What is the amount of time that Northumberland County Council recommend to enforcement staff to observe vehicles for prior to issuing a PCN?

Q.8  When was car park signage & bay markings last assessed at Fountain Head Car Park by Northumberland County Council?

Q.9  The number of Car Parking PCN’s challenged in relation to Fountain Head Car Park in the last 5 years?

Q.10  What is the height restriction in place at Fountain Head Car Park?

Q.11  When should the access height restriction barrier be in use (Closed)?

Q.12  Finally please can you tell me the number of Penalty Notices issued by Northumberland County Council in the last 5 years for dog fouling in the area of Seaton Sluice beach?

A.1 - A.12  Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5640
Request Date: 19/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

For all employees (excluding those working in schools):

Q.1.     Total days lost due to sickness absence for each month listed
Q.2.     Full-time equivalent employed (FTE)  as at end of the month listed
Q.3.     Total headcount (number of staff employed) as at end of the month listed. List of months;
  •    February 2018
  •    March 2018
  •    April 2018
  •    May 2018
  •    June 2018
  •    July 2018
  •    August 2018
  •    September 2018
  •    October 2018
  •    November 2018
  •    December 2018
  •    January 2019 
Q.4.      The average age of your workforce (mean, to two decimal places), at the end:
  •    January 2018
  •    January 2019

A.1 - A.4    Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5641
Request Date: 20/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Correspondence between Councillor Grant Davey and any employee of the Banks Group, containing the phrases "climate change" and/or "emissions", since 2016.

Q.2     Correspondence between Councillor Grant Davey and Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, containing the phrases "Highthorn" or "Druridge Bay", since 30 April 2018.

A.1 & A.2   Please see attached for information to the above questions
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5642
Request Date: 20/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please disclose if your council has a 'grace period' when it comes to wardens issuing parking tickets I.E. have wardens been told to wait a set period after parking has expired before issuing a ticket.

A.1    Vehicles committing parking offences that cause danger to others can be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) instantly. 

Other parking offences have a mandatory observation period before a PCN can be issued, this means that a Civil Enforcement Officer (CEO) must stay near to the vehicle for a set period of time to make sure that an offence is actually being committed. 

Some parking offences such as 'Overstay' have a mandatory 'grace period' of 10 minutes before the CEO can issue a fine, and this is different from the observation period. The grace period is only relevant when a vehicle has been parked legally, and then becomes illegally parked (such as for overstaying a time limit, or an expired P&D ticket or clock/disc) they must then be given a 10 minute period of grace before a PCN can be issued. 

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions on our web pages for more information on observation periods and which parking offences also have a grace period of 10 minutes

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Highways/Parking.aspx



Details:

Reference Number: 5643
Request Date: 20/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Can you please advise if there are any public rights of ways (byways) that have Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) on them preventing vehicular access.

If yes, can you please provide details, namely 

The identifier for the public right of way. 

If the TRO is permanent, seasonal or temporary. 

if temporary or seasonal, details for the dates when they are open and closed 

Any other details that might be relevant to vehicular users.

 

A.1    The link below will give you the information relating to your request. 

http://map.northumberland.gov.uk/prow/



Details:

Reference Number: 5646
Request Date: 20/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    What was the price of a school meal for each of the last five academic years? If possible, could this be broken down into primary and secondary schools

A.1    Individual schools are responsible for setting the  price of their school meals, this has been the case for several years. They range in Primaries from £2.00  to £2.40 per day. Unfortunately we don't manage any secondary school catering so we are unable to provide this information. 



Details:

Reference Number: 5651
Request Date: 21/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please provide me with  a copy of the breakdown of the public money that is being gifted to Greenhead Primary School: 

Q.1   the total amount/date(s) of payment(s) 

A.1   The money has not been gifted to Greenhead Primary School.  The school is owed a sum of money in relation to historic and outstanding salary and teacher supply insurance claims.  Unfortunately, as this money relates to salaries no further details can be provided.

 

Q.2    a copy of the Minutes of the Committees/School Forum at which this was discussed 

A.2   As this issue was not discussed at Committee / Schools Forum level no minutes are available. 

 

Q.3   a copy of the Minutes of the Committees/School Forum at which this was agreed.

A.3   As this issue was not discussed at Committee / Schools Forum level no minutes are available.



Details:

Reference Number: 5652
Request Date: 21/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The school Partnership to which Newbrough (now Primary) School belonged in the following school years, and also the school(s) to which pupils transitioned at the end of that school year   

a) in the 2011-12 School Year

b) in the 2012-13 School Year

c) in the 2013-14 School Year

d) in the 2014-15 School Year and subsequently to date.

 

A.1    Newbrough Primary School has formed part of the Haydon Bridge Partnership prior to 2011 and remains part of it to date. Due to the potential for identifying individual children who have attended Newbrough Primary School, the Council will not release data relating to the school to which individual pupils have transitioned as this could contravene Data Protection and GDBR legislation.



Details:

Reference Number: 5653
Request Date: 21/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Do you employ an animal welfare inspector?

If yes is the animal welfare inspector equipped and trained to deal with equine related welfare cases?

A.1    The Animal Welfare team has 6 officers who are all inspectors under the Animal Welfare Act. One of the officers is very experienced in the field of equine welfare, although she does not have any formal qualifications in this field. The other 5 officers have a very basic understanding of equine welfare. As a council we do not have any facilities/land that can be used to keep horses so we tend to work with the RSPCA and horse welfare charities if horses need to be removed from situations etc .



Details:

Reference Number: 5654
Request Date: 21/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please could you provide the following information with reference to the document “Technical housing standards – nationally described space standard”, available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-housing-standards-nationally-described-space-standard. For the purposes of this request, please treat the definition of “dwelling” as including use classes C3 (dwellinghouses) and C4 (houses in multiple occupation), under the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987. Please treat the definition of “new dwelling” as including both new builds and changes of use to create a new dwelling. Since the technical housing standards were published by the government on 27th March 2015:

Q.1       How many proposed new dwellings have been given planning permission by the council, that have a Gross Internal Area smaller than the amount specified in the above document for the relevant type of dwelling (please refer to table 1):

a.       In total?

b.      Where the permission was for a newly built dwelling?

c.       Where the permission was for a change of use for an existing building?

d.      Where the permission was for a class C3 dwelling house?

e.      Where the permission was for a class C4 house of multiple occupancy?

A.1    The Council does not record and monitor this level of detail when dealing with planning applications and planning permissions for housing so is unable to provide this information.

 

Q.2       How many proposed new dwellings have been given planning permission by the council, that do not meet the standards set out in the above document in any way, including Gross Internal Area, or any of the other listed specifications:

a.       In total?

b.      Where the permission was for a newly built dwelling?

c.       Where the permission was for a change of use for an existing building?

d.      Where the permission was for a class C3 dwelling house?

e.      Where the permission was for a class C4 house of multiple occupancy?

A.2    The Council does not record and monitor this level of detail when dealing with planning applications and planning permissions for housing so is unable to provide this information.
 

Q.3       How many proposed new dwellings have been given planning permission by the council in total?

A.3    Between 28 March 2015 and 31 January 2019 approximately 13,350 dwellings have been permitted by Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5656
Request Date: 22/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please can I have any information on the owners, landlords or agents that own an empty unoccupied vehicle garage formerly Redburn motors on cowpen road in Blyth

A.1    Northumberland County Developments Ltd, 201 Norton Road, Norton Court, Stockton On Tees, TS20 2BL
 



Details:

Reference Number: 5657
Request Date: 25/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Information from the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service:

Q.1   As of the 31st January 2019, how many social media accounts do you have representing your organisation?

A.1   1 dedicated account

 

Q.2   12 months ago - as of the 31st January 2018 - how many social media accounts did you have?

A.2    0 - dedicated accounts

 

Q.3   How many inbound social media questions, queries or complaints did you receive during the period 1st January 2019 to 31st January 2019? 

A.3   13 

 

Q.4   How many inbound social media questions, queries or complaints did you receive during the period 1st January 2018 to 31st January 2018?

A.4    0

 

Q.5   As of the 31st January 2019, how many people in your organisation manage and respond to inbound social media questions, queries or complaints?

A.5    1

 

Q.6   12 months ago - as of the 31st January 2018 - how many people in your organisation were managing and responding to inbound social media questions, queries and complaints?

A.6    0 - dedicated staff

 

Q.7   What was your average response time across all of your social media accounts during the period of 1st January 2019 to 31st January 2019?

 A.7    no data

 

Q.8   What was your average response time across all of your social media accounts during the period of 1st January 2018 to 31st January 2018?

A.8    no data



Details:

Reference Number: 5659
Request Date: 25/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      Since 1/1/2018 has the Council used an external organisation to provide Children’s Social Work project team(s) to complete a specific piece of time bound work?

Q.2      Can you confirm the number of Children’s Social Workers that were provided?

Q.3      The area they worked e.g. Children in need, Referral and Assessment, Duty etc.

Q.4      When did they start and finish? 

A.5      The name of the organisation(s) that provided the Children’s Social Workers?

Q.6      The total amount charged to the council for this service?

A.1 - A.6   We have not used an external organisation to provide a children's social work project team at all in Northumberland.



Details:

Reference Number: 5660
Request Date: 25/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Stage 1 complaint 

Q.1    Apologies if I have missed it but the link near the end of the response does not appear to lead to specific guidance on escalation to stage 2. I would be grateful if you could provide specific guidance on same.  Also I would be grateful for statistics on handling of planning complaints at stages 1 and 2 respectively with specific reference to percentage of complaints actually successful.

A.1    We do not hold the information in the format you have requested.  

 

However, we can provide you with the following information which may be of interest:

2017

Number of stage 1 complaints received: 56

Number of stage 2 complaints received: 18

Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 5

Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 2 partially upheld

 

2018

Number of stage 1 complaints received: 110

Number of stage 2 complaints received: 32

Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 4

Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 0

 

2019 (as at 13 March 2019)

Number of stage 1 complaints received: 8

Number of stage 2 complaints received: 4

Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 0

Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: N/A



Details:

Reference Number: 5663
Request Date: 26/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please provide electronic details of the deficit recovery plans that have been devised for Greenhead Primary School with length of term of each plan
a)    in May 2018
b)    subsequent to May 2018
c)    subsequent to the undisclosed sum of money being allocated to the School implied to be over 10 years.

A.1    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 public interest test has been applied and although it is recognised that there is an element of public interest in transparency of spending in relation to public funds, revealing the detail of any such funds would have an overriding detrimental impact of the local authority's commercial interests in this instance. Therefore the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure.



Details:

Reference Number: 5665
Request Date: 26/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please confirm how many homeless people on average are using your SWEP provision each night so far this winter(2018/19). Please also provide the same information for the previous two years (winter 2016/17 and winter 2017/18).

A.1    The council does not hold data linked to SWEP placements



Details:

Reference Number: 5667
Request Date: 26/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     A list of all secondary, middle and upper schools in Northumberland and whether they were oversubscribed or not-oversubscribed on national offer day 2019 (1st March). Please include each school’s Unique Reference Number (URN), DFE code, and/or address/postcode to allow us to identify each relevant school without ambiguity. We define a school to be oversubscribed if, and only if, at least one on-time applicant was refused a place and the applicant did not receive an offer from any higher preference school. If there were no refusals to on-time applicants - even if the school was unable to accept one or more late applications or admitted over its published admission number - then we do not consider this school to be oversubscribed. If you use a different definition of oversubscription, then please make this clear in the response.

A.1   All Middle/High/Secondary schools are listed in our handbook and include PAN which correlates to the number of places on offer:

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Document-store/School%20admissions/Admissions-Handbook-SECONDARY-School-2019-2020.pdf

The only schools oversubscribed on national offers day were:

Ponteland High School (Yr 7 entry)- Callerton Lane, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9EY

Newminster Middle School-Mitford Rd, Morpeth NE61 1RG

St Benet Biscop RC Academy (yr 9 entry)-Ridge Terrace, Bedlington NE22 6ED

 

Q.2     The total number of places offered at each school on national offer day 2019.

Questions 3-5 apply to oversubscribed schools identified in question 1 only:

 

A.2   Ponteland High School-240

Newminster Middle School -128

St Benet Biscop RC Academy-30

 

Q.3     The number of on-time applicants refused a place, at each individual school, who were not offered a place at any higher preference school. By this we mean the number of unsuccessful on-time applicants remaining on each school’s waiting list on offer day.   

A.3    Ponteland High School-135
Newminster Middle School -12

St Benet Biscop RC Academy-4

 

Q.4     The admission criterion under which the last successful applicant was admitted on offer day. The home-to-school distance of the last successful applicant, assuming distance was used to allocate this place. Please include measurement units and whether this is based upon a walking/driving route, straight line/as the crow flies distance or an alternative measurement system. Please always list all schools within the Northumberland Local Authority even if you are unable to provide all the requested information - simply mark the relevant values as ‘Not Known’. Note: If any of these dates differ - please align to the relevant secondary offer/deadline dates for your local authority.

Secondary National Offer Day - 1st March 2019.

On-time applications – submitted before October 31st 2018

Late applications – submitted after October 31st 2018

Middle deemed primary schools (if present in your authority) may align with other primary education provider dates 

If you feel that more information is required to interpret your answers to these questions, then please supply this information too.

The information we collect will be used to update our findaschool service. This is a free service that provides parents with information regarding schools – with a focus on admissions – helping them to better understand their chances of getting a place at their preferred schools.

 

A.4    Ponteland High School-Distance 

Newminster Middle School-Own criteria (3b) see policy using link (https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Document-store/School%20admissions/Admissions-Handbook-SECONDARY-School-2019-2020.pdf)

St Benet Biscop RC Academy-

 

A.5   Straight line:

Ponteland High School-3.68 miles 

Newminster Middle School -Distance N/A

St Benet Biscop RC Academy-Own admissions authority so rank their own applications. See policy (https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Document-store/School%20admissions/Admissions-Handbook-SECONDARY-School-2019-2020.pdf)



Details:

Reference Number: 5668
Request Date: 26/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please could I request the salary of your officer specifically responsible for FOI's. I don't require any personal information and am happy with a reply as simple as "18K" or "Pay Band x salary between 19k - 21k".

A.1   The Council utilises a number of staff across many service areas to carry out FOI processing however, this is not their full time role. As this is not static and we currently do not monitor the percentage of their time spent on FoI processing, this information is not held



Details:

Reference Number: 5670
Request Date: 27/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I’m request information about electronic case management systems used by social workers at your local authority. Admin pressures are regularly cited as a key source of stress for social workers, so I am seeking to better understand the extent to which practitioners have access to modern systems and how able they are to access these on the move. 

Part 1: children’s social workers

Q.1      What electronic case management software do your council's children’s social work staff use?

A.1 LCS provided by LiquidLogic 

 

Q.2      When was it installed?

A.2 2008

   

Q.3      If installed after 1 Jan 2014, how much did it cost the council?

A.3 N/A

 

Q.4     What specific mobile devices, including tablets and phones (please state make and model) does your council issue children's social workers with? 

A.4 Social workers are provided with Samsung Galaxy J5 phones.  The laptops are either Lenovo, ThinkPads or Chrome books

 

Q.5     Can they access the case management system on these devices?

A.5 Social workers do not access the system via their phone. They can access the case management system on their Lenovo device using Direct Access, or if they have a Chromebook, using Citrix. This relies on having access to the internet

 

Part 2: adults' social workers

Q.6     What electronic case management software do your council's adults' social work staff use?

A.6 Swift

 

Q.7     When was it installed
A.7 2002

 

Q.8      If installed after 1 Jan 2014, how much did it cost the council?

A.8 n/a
 

Q.9      What specific mobile devices, including tablets and phones (please state make and model) does your council issue adults' social workers with?

A.9 Tablets:

            Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and 

            Microsoft Surface Pro 4

            LeNovo Yoga tablets – Model Think pad L380

 

Mobile phones:      

           Samsung J5                            

           Samsung J3

           Alcatel

 

Q.10   Can they access the case management system on these devices?

A.10 They can only directly access the system when connected to our network, which is available in public buildings across the County.  However they can complete forms checked out from the system while working anywhere, using locally written software.


Details:

Reference Number: 5672
Request Date: 27/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     On 1st February 2019 who provided/employed the health visitors commissioned by your local authority?
A.1 Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

 

Q.2     On 1st February 2019 how many whole time equivalent health visitors were employed by that organisation?

A.2 74 WTE

 

Q.3     On 1st February 2019, how many children under-5 years of age are there in your local authority area?

A.3 There are 17050 children born and registered at GP surgeries aged 0-5 living in Northumberland from the information provided in September 2018.

 

Q.4     Are there any plans to review/change who provides health visitors in your local authority area? If there are, what timeline is being used to make these decisions?

A.4 No

 

Q.5     Who is the responsible manager for the health visiting service. Please also provide their email address. 

A.5 Karen Herne, Senior Public Health Manager

publichealth@northumberland.gov.uk

 

NB:   For your answers, please either use the NHS Digital definition of health visitor or alternatively provide the definition that you are using in your answer. If you are unable to provide data for 1st February 2019, please provide it for the nearest available date and advise what this date is. Definition used by NHS Digital re. Health visitors (notes 28 and 29 from the nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff matrix of Occupation Code Manual) 28. Please ensure to code the following as Health Visitors:  qualified nurses/midwives who also hold a qualification as a Registered Health Visitor under the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing part of the NMC Register working directly with children and families;  qualified and registered Health Visitors who perform specific activities such as providing breastfeeding advice to parents;  family nurses working within the Family Nurse Partnership Programme who are qualified and registered as Health Visitors;  Sure Start Children’s Centre qualified and registered named Health Visitors;  managers within a Health visiting team who hold a health visiting qualification and registration and are involved in clinical work or safeguarding.  29. Please ensure that the following employees are not coded as Health Visitors: any person working in a health visiting team who does not hold a qualification and registration as a Health Visitor; any person who holds a qualification and registration as a Health Visitor but is not employed in a role where this is a requirement; managers within a health visiting team who hold health visiting qualification and registration but are not involved in clinical work or safeguarding. Please see below the general definition for ‘health visitor’ from the Occupation Code Manual: Health Visitor:   An employee who holds a qualification as a Registered Health Visitor under the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing part of the NMC Register and who occupies a post where such a qualification is a requirement.  Not below Agenda for Change Band 6.



Details:

Reference Number: 5676
Request Date: 27/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am looking to ascertain which newspaper--edition and date the following traffic regulation orders were advertised 

Q.1    Northumberland County Council West Northumberland Area (Waiting and Loading) 

Composite Order 2011 Amendment No 50 Order 2019 TRO_007_50

A.1   Intend Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 13th September 2018

Made Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 22nd November 2018.

 

Q.2   Northumberland County Council West Northumberland Area (Parking Places) Composite Order 2011 Amendment No 19 Order 2018 TRO_008_19

A.2    Intend Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 13th September 2018

Made Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 22nd November 2018
 

Q.3   Northumberland County Council North Northumberland (Southern) Area (Waiting and Loading) Composite Order 2011 Amendment no 24 Order 2017 TRO_009_24

A.3   Intend Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 18th May 2017 

Made Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 22nd June 2017

 

Q.4   Northumberland County Council (Ulgham Village 30mph and 40mph Speed Restrictions) Order 2018 TROM_099

A.4    Intend Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 24th May 2018

Made Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 13th September 2018

 

Q.5   Northumberland County Council (West Woodburn 20mph, 30mph and 40mph speed Restrictions) Order 2018 TROM_128

A.5   Intend Notice published in the Hexham Courant on the 18th October 2018 

Made Notice published in the Hexham Courant on the 22nd November 2018

 

Q.6   Northumberland County Council A695 Corbridge Road, Hexham 30mph speed restriction Order 2019 TROM_133

A.6   Intend Notice published in the Hexham Courant on the  29th November 2018

Made Notice published in the Hexham Courant on the 31st January 2019

 

Q.7   Northumberland County Council No Entry Traffic restriction Experimental Order 2018 TROM_135

 

A.7    Published in the Northumberland Gazette on the 22nd November 2018.

 

Q.8   Northumberland County Council (Eastfield Chase, Eastfield Dale, Dunsdale Drive and Hall Close Cramlington 20mph Speed Restriction) Order 2018 TROM_138 (looking to see when made order was advertised????)

 

A.8   Intend Notice published in the News Post Leader on the 8th November 2018

 

Made Notice published in the News Post Leader on the 13th December 2018

 

Q.9   Northumberland County Council West Northumberland Area (Parking Places) Composite Order 2011 - Amendment no 23 Order 2019 TRO_008_23

 

A.9   Intend Notice published in the Hexham Courant on the 31st January 2019 

Made Notice  - not yet published……. due to be published in the Hexham Courant on the 14th March 2019.



Details:

Reference Number: 5678
Request Date: 27/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

A.1      How many Freedom of Information requests were made of Northumberland County Council in the most recent five calendar years on record (figures for each year required)? 

A.1 2019 - 306 as at 28.02.2019

2018 - 1,471

            2017 - 1,316

            2016 - 1,44

            2015 - 1,579

            2014 - 1,247

 

Q.2      Where do these requests come from? (e.g. how many are from newspapers, freelance journalists, businesses etc.) 

A.2 We do not record this information.

 

Q.3      How much did the Freedom of Information requests cost in each of the above years- is there a published report I could be sent a link to?


A.3 We do not record this information.


Details:

Reference Number: 5679
Request Date: 27/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I would like to request a copy of the minutes from the meeting of the 11th February 2019 between NCC and representatives of PCMS.

Q.1   I would also like to request a copy of the consultation document and final consultation report

A.1   The meeting of 11 February was not a minuted meeting. 

Under the 2018 School and Early Year Finance Regulations, Northumberland County Council has a duty to consult its schools forum before determining its formula to be used in the setting of school budget shares. This consultation commenced in November 2018. A meeting of the Formula Funding Committee, a sub-committee of the Schools Forum was held on Tuesday 6 November and their views used to inform the subsequent School Forum report.   A report was provided to the Schools Forum on 21 November 2018, providing details of the provisional settlement and seeking views.

The minutes of the meeting record that: 

Generally members were advocating to maintain stability and it was: 

RESOLVED that

(1) the information be noted;

(2) the local formula be developed taking into account he comments received once final figures were confirmed in December; and 

(3) the Forum support a request to transfer up to 1% of the final Schools Block figure (up to £1,789,640 based on the current provisional figure). 

The minutes of the Formula Funding committee and the report and minutes of the Schools Forum are available at the Schools Forum website, available at the link below https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Professionals/Forum.aspx#welcometotheschoolsforumpage

Following the Schools Forum meeting a wider consultation with Schools was carried out between 27 November and 10 December 2018 , copy available via the link below:   

http://northumberlandeducation.co.uk/national-funding-formula-update-and-201920-consultation/

2 questions were asked: 

Q.1    Do you support the decision of Schools Forum to agree the transfer of up to 1% of Schools Block funding to the High Needs Block for 2019/20:  

A.1     5 in favour (YES) ; 4 against (NO);

Q.2    Do you support the view of Schools Forum to try and provide stability in “per pupil” funding when calculating the values used to distribute Schools Block funding for 2019/20 ? In practice this would mean seeking to minimise any changes to the respective formula funding values, subject to the total available funding

A.2    6 in favour (YES) ; 2 against (NO) plus one who felt unable to respond. 

A subsequent report with details of the final 2019/20 DSG settlement was provided to the Schools Forum meeting held on 16 January 2019. Following the ESFA's response refusing any additional funding, an update was then taken to Schools Forum on 27 February 2019.  These reports are also available via the Schools Forum website at the link above.



Details:

Reference Number: 5684
Request Date: 28/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1  Who is the council’s section 151 officer?

A.1   The Executive Director of Finance is the Section 151 Officer, this post is currently vacant . The Service Director - Finance is the acting Section 151 Officer.

 

Q.2  How long have they been in post? 

A.2   The Executive Director of Finance is currently a vacant post. The Service Director has been acting Section 151 Officer from 8 February 2019.

 

Q.3   Who do they report to? (Eg. Who is their line manager?)

A.3   Chief Executive

 

Q.4   Are they a permanent appointment? If not are they interim or acting up? 

A.4   The Executive Director of Finance is a permanent post, the Service Director - Finance is Acting Section 151 Officer.

 

Q.5   What is their salary in 2018-19?

A.5   The Salary for the Executive Director of Finance is £135,000-£139,999.



Details:

Reference Number: 5686
Request Date: 28/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

This request relates to school pupils placed on part-time timetables* (also known as reduced time-tables or reduced educational provision) within your local authority area**. 

*For the purposes of this request, a part-time time-table means an arrangement made with the pupil and parent/carer (with or without their approval) that the number of hours spent in education is reduced for an extended period of time. This does not include those on flexible learning programmes, whereby pupils attend alternative provision for some lessons but the total educational programme remains full-time.

**If you only record this information for maintained schools, please provide this data.
 

Q.1     Please state the total number of pupils placed on part-time timetables within your local authority area across the entire school academic year 

Q.1a)    2015/16, 

A.1a)    information was not collected 

 

Q.1b)    2016/17, 

A.1b)     information was not collected

 

Q.1c)    2017/18 and

A.1c)    68

 

Q.1d)    2018/19 to date. 

A.1d)    34

 

Q.2     If known, of the total number of pupils on part-time timetables across the entire school academic year 2017/18 (e.g. breakdown of 1.c), please state:

 

Q.2a)     The total number of pupils placed on a part-time timetable with SEND (including SEND support and EHCPs)

A.2a)     43

 

Q.2b)     The total number of pupils placed on a part-time timetable because of risk of exclusion

A.2b)    information not collected

 

Q.2c)     The total number of pupils placed on a part-time timetable for more than a whole academic year

A.2c)     3

 

Q.2d)     The total number of pupils placed on a part-time timetable without the formal consent of a parent/carer

A.2d)    information not collected

 



Details:

Reference Number: 5813
Request Date: 28/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

A list of all the business premises you currently hold on file that have credits on their account including start dates and end dates of the rates account.

Q1. relating to business rate accounts with a credit balance.

A.1. We hold the information you requested. However, we are withholding that information and no longer publish this data on our website as we consider that the exemption under Section 31(1)(a) applies following the decision of the Information Commissioner's Office ICO decision FS50671834. We consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Q.2. relating to details of business ratepayers who have not applied for small business rate relief and/or retail relief 

A.2. The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold information in relation to business ratepayers and reliefs awarded. The County Council takes the view that the information relating to business rate reliefs is exempt under Section 21 (Information accessible by other means). The information relating to business ratepayers and reliefs is available by accessing the following links;

https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-full-listing-01-nov-2018/ and https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-all-reliefs-01-nov-2018/

This data will be refreshed in May 2019. 



Details:

Reference Number: 5695
Request Date: 01/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1  Please confirm the manufacturer of the telephone equipment installed within the organisation (e.g. Avaya, Cisco, Mitel)

A.1  Unify

Q.2  When was the telephone equipment installed? (Month, year)

A.2   April 2012

Q.3  When will the equipment reach end of life/end of contract? (Month, year)

A.3   April 2020

Q.4  Given the ISDN switch off in 2025 and the end of associated upgrades/new sales by 2021, when will your current ISDN service be replaced/be out of contract? (Month, year)  

A.4   No ISDN services, all SIP

Q.5  If you currently have SIP or VOIP contracts in place - when are they up for renewal? 

A.5   April 2023

Q.6  What cloud-based office software solutions does your organisation use? (e.g. Microsoft Office 365, G Suite)

A.6   G Suite

Q.7  Who is responsible for telephony projects? (Name, job title)

A.7  Chief Information Officer
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5696
Request Date: 01/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   For applicant households accommodated by your authority in bed and breakfast hotels (e.g. privately managed, meal(s) provided, shared facilities) or other nightly paid, privately managed accommodation with shared facilities, as of December 31, 2018
Q.1a   the total number of households in such accommodation
Q.1b   the total number of households in such accommodation for more than 6 weeks but less than 13 weeks
Q.1c   the total number of households in such accommodation for more than 13 weeks but less than 26 weeks
Q.1d   the total number of households in such accommodation for more than 26 weeks but less than 52 weeks
Q.1e   the total number in such accommodation for more than 52 weeks 
Q.1f    For applicant households accommodated by your authority in bed and breakfast hotels (e.g. privately managed, meal(s) provided, shared facilities) or other nightly paid, privately managed accommodation with shared facilities, as of December 31, 2018
Q.1g   the total number of households with dependent children and / or pregnant woman with no other dependants in such accommodation
Q.1h   the total number of households with dependent children and / or pregnant woman with no other dependants in such accommodation for more than 6 weeks but less than 13 weeks
Q.1i   the total number in such accommodation with dependent children and / or pregnant woman with no other dependants for more than 13 weeks but less than 26 weeks
Q.1j   the total number in such accommodation with dependent children and / or pregnant woman with no other dependants for more than 26 weeks but less than 52 weeks
Q.1k   the total number in such accommodation with dependent children and / or pregnant woman with no other dependants for more than 52 weeks
Q.1l   For applicant households accommodated by your authority in bed and breakfast hotels (e.g. privately managed, meal(s) provided, shared facilities) or other nightly paid, privately managed accommodation with shared facilities, as of December 31, 2018
Q.1m   the total number of children in such accommodation
Q.1n   the total number of children in such accommodation for more than 6 weeks but less than 13 weeks
Q.1o   the total number of children in such accommodation for more than 13 weeks but less than 26 weeks
Q.1p   the total number of children in such accommodation for more than 26 weeks but less than 52 weeks
Q. q   the total number of children in such accommodation for more than 52 weeks 

A.1   We did not have anyone in B&B on 31st December 2018.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5697
Request Date: 04/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Adoption - For each of the past 3 years: 

Q.1     How many couples/individuals applied to adopt?
A.1      16/17 = 24; 17/18 = 15; April - Nov 2018 = 6
  
Q.2     How many LGBT couples/individuals applied to adopt?
A.2      Less than 5 for each year

Q.3     How many couples/individuals were approved for adoption?
A.3      16/17 = 24; 17/18 = 14; April - Nov 2018 = 15

Q.4     How many LGBT couples/individuals were approved for adoption?
A.4      Less than 5 for each year
 
Q.5     How many couples/individuals went on to adopt a child?
A.5     ​​It is unclear if this is in relation to the above cohort of adopters approved in questions 1 & 2 therefore the info is based on the number of children adopted in the specified timeframe - the number given is families and not children adopted.

This is when the adoption order has been granted  as per the question - not when the child is placed for adoption.
​16/17 = 26; 17/18 = 16; April - Feb 2018 = 20

Q.6     How many LGBT couples/individuals went on to adopt a child? 
A.6     Less than 6 for each year
 
Q.7   What was the average wait time for approved applicants to have a child placed with them?
A.7      16/17 = 182; 17/18 = 88; April - Nov 2018 = 46

​These figures do not reflect an accurate overview due to having no context to it.  Due to it being such a small cohort, it only takes 1 or 2 applicants to have taken longer to progress through the process for individual reasons, it then impacts negatively on the average time.  
 
Q.8      What was the average wait time for approved LGBT applicants to have a child placed with them?
A.8      16/17 = 284; 17/18 = 66; April - Nov 2018 = 70

​These figures do not reflect an accurate overview due to having no context to it.  Due to it being such a small cohort, it only takes 1 or 2 applicants to have taken longer to progress through the process for individual reasons, it then impacts negatively on the average time.  
 
Q.9     What was the average age of approved applicants who had a child placed with them?
A.9      16/17 = 41; 17/18 = 41; April - Nov 2018 = 37

Q.10   What was the average age of approved LGBT applicants who had a child placed with them?
A.10    16/17 = 35; 17/18 = 36; April - Nov 2018 = 36
 
Q.11   Fostering - For each of the past 3 years: 
A.11    16/17 = 98; 17/18 = 112; April - to 19/03/19 = 64

Q.12   How many couples/individuals applied to foster?
​​​​A.12    Less than 5 for each year

Q.13   How many LGBT couples/individuals applied to foster?
A.13    ​16/17 = 42; 17/18 = 33; April - 19/03/19 = 35

Q.14   How many couples/individuals were approved to foster?
A.14    ​Less than 5 for each year

Q.15   How many LGBT couples/individuals were approved to foster?
A.15    All approved carers have progressed to having a child placed with them
 
Q.16   How many couples/individuals went on to foster a child?
A.16    All approved carers have progressed to having a child placed with them
 
Q.17   How many LGBT couples/individuals went on to foster a child? 
A.17    All approved carers have progressed to having a child placed with them

Q.18   What was the average wait time for approved applicants to have a child placed with them?
A.18    16/17 = 11; 17/18 = 10; April - 19/03/19 = 6

Q.19   What was the average wait time for approved LGBT applicants to have a child placed with them?
A.19    16/17 = 9; 17/18 = 8; April - 19/03/19 = 8

Q.20  What was the average age of approved applicants who had a child placed with them?
A.20    16/17 = 48; 17/18 = 51; April - 19/03/19  = 4

Q.21   What was the average age of approved LGBT applicants who had a child placed with them?
A.21    16/17 = 35; 17/18 = 35; April - 19/03/19  = 34
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5700
Request Date: 04/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      Please could you provide a copy of the local authority’s most recent sufficiency statement for looked after children services?

A.1      See attached

Q.2      Please could you let me know when the local authority plans to publish the next update to its sufficiency statement for looked after children services.

A.2      April/May 2019 

Q.3      Please could you provide information on the following:
-  In 2018, of all of the foster carer de-registrations which were initiated by the carer, how many were offered exit interviews?

A.3     All foster carers have the option of an exit interview when they resign.  This process has been developed further since November 2018 to ensure this offer is more robust and to encourage take up of the offer.  

-  In 2018, of all of the foster carer de-registrations which were initiated by the carer, please provide a summary of the reasons for deregistering

A.3      18 de-registered
3 for health 
9 for age/retired 
6 other including - new job, relationship breakdown, adoption

-  What current estimate do you have of children who will need to be fostered as part of a sibling group both now and in future years?

A.3   Placement demand changes on a day to day basis and predicting future years is not answerable without undertaking detailed analysis of children accessing services at all levels. 

-  How many foster carers are currently able to accommodate sibling groups?

A.3   49
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5701
Request Date: 04/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Is there an appeals process* in place for when a service user (or their representative) disagrees with an assessment of their care and support needs or changes made to a package of care?
 
* We are defining an appeals process as including the best practice set out in the Care Act 2014 under section 72: Part 1 appeals:
(a) Who may (and may not) bring an appeal;
(b) Grounds on which an appeal may be brought;
(c) pre-conditions for bringing an appeal;
(d) How an appeal is to be brought and dealt with (including time limits);
(e) Who is to consider an appeal;
(f) Matters to be taken into account (and disregarded) by the person or body considering an appeal;
(g) Powers of the person or body deciding an appeal;
(h) What action is to be taken by a local authority as a result of an appeal decision;
(i) Providing information about the right to bring an appeal, appeal procedures and other sources of information and advice;
(j) Representation and support for an individual bringing or otherwise involved in an appeal;
(k) Investigations into things done or not done by a person or body with power to consider an appeal.
 
Yes ☐   If “Yes” please answer questions 2 to 4
 
No ☐    If “No” please answer i to iii

A.1   No. Section 72 of the Care Act, which set out the framework for a proposed statutory scheme of appeals, the details of which would have been prescribed by regulations and statutory guidance, has not been implemented.  Our view, expressed during the consultations about the implementation of the Care Act, was that we were not convinced that the proposal to introduce an appeals system was a proportionate response to a real problem with current arrangements.  We would also have expected it to have significant costs, which have not been funded. It was our further view that the Government’s consultation proposals for the appeals process failed to address a number of significant issues, including the question of whether appeals would be about whether the local authority had followed a lawful and rational process, or would lead to a second opinion from a different professional about the decision which the authority had made.

Given that our answer to question 1 was “no”, you then asked these questions:

Q.i.            What is the total number of occasions where a service user (or their representative) disagreed with an assessment of their care and support needs or changes made to their package of care? Please provide information from the most recent complete year of data you have

A.i.        We do not hold this information in a form which would enable us to produce statistics.  We expect needs assessors to document disagreements and the attempts which they have made to resolve them, but we have not so far taken the view that collecting structured data about this often complicated set of discussions would produce meaningful information.

Q.ii.            What proportion of these disagreements were accepted by your Local Authority? Please provide information from the most recent complete year of data you have

A.ii.       See previous response.

Q.iii.            How do you respond to disagreements that have been raised by service users (or their representatives) when they have disagreed with an assessment of their needs or changes made to a package of care?

A.iii.      We expect needs assessors and their managers to take all reasonable steps to seek to reach agreement, in line with the spirit of the Care Act.  What steps are required will depend on the details of the situation – appropriate steps may, for instance, include seeking specialist professional advice about disputed issues, involving an advocate (including in situations where this is not a Care Act requirement), or arranging a management review of whether the assessment has properly addressed all of the issues which it should have done.  If there are unresolved issues, we expect service users or their representatives to be given information about our complaints process, and following the investigation of any complaint we provide information about how to contact the Local Government Ombudsman if not satisfied with our response

Q.2    What other sources of national guidance or legislation helped inform and define your appeals process? Please provide sources for this information, such as links or copies

Q.3    What time limit do you set to resolve appeals?
 
Should answering question 4 exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ under the FOI Act please prioritise questions 1 to 3 with regards to a response.

Q.4i.    What is the total number of occasions where a service user (or their representative) appealed an assessment of their care and support needs or changes made to their package of care? Please provide information from the most recent complete year of data you have

Q.4ii.   What proportion of these disagreements were accepted by your Local Authority? Please provide information from the most recent complete year of data you have.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5703
Request Date: 04/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to make a formal Freedom of Information request regarding Greenhead Primary School. Northumberland County Council recently announced it had agreed a funding package to secure the future of the school, which was in deficit due to historic payroll issues.

Q.1   I would like to know how much this funding package consisted off, and what were the historic payroll issues?

Right of Access 

Section 1(1) of the Act provides any person making a request for information to a public authority is entitled. 

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds information of the description specified in the request (which Section 1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and 

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him. 

The right is to obtain access to the information itself and not to the document or record which contains it. 

The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public authorities subject to various exemptions. 

Duty to confirm or deny 

Northumberland County Council confirms that we holds certain information relating to your request. 

Funds were provided to the school by the County Council in relation to a historic sum owed to the school. No money has been "gifted" to Greenhead Primary School by the County Council. The details of the funds provided to the school are considered commercially confidential. 

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 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 public interest test has been applied and although it is recognised that there is an element of public interest in transparency of spending in relation to public funds, revealing the detail of any such funds would have an overriding detrimental impact of the local authority's commercial interests in this instance. Therefore the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure


Details:

Reference Number: 5704
Request Date: 04/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many "In-Year School Admission Application Forms" (the form may have a slightly different name depending on the local authority) did the local authority receive in the academic year 2017/2018 (or the most recent year the LA has records for - please specify)?

A.1   1433 forms

Q.2    Do parents/carers give a reason on the form for the need for a change of school? 

A.2   Yes 

Q.3    Please supply a breakdown of the reasons for requesting a transfer that parents/carers have given on the forms received by the LA in the last academic year (or the most recent year the LA has records for - please specify).

A.3   We do not record reason for transfer unless it relates to pupils moving into the area. 6% of the 1433 applications were for children moving into Northumberland.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5705
Request Date: 04/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I am aware that all Billing Authorities hold records of businesses that have or have not applied for small business rates relief. We would like would like to obtain a list of businesses who are not receiving small business rates relief. If this information relating to unclaimed small business rates relief is available on the website then please also indicate when the requested information (spreadsheet or website) has been updated. I therefore request a breakdown of businesses who are not receiving small business rates relief with a Rateable Value between £12,000 and £15,000 since 2017, including the following information:

A) The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rates are payable.
B) The Rateable value of the property
C) The address of the business in respect of which non-domestic rates apply

A.1 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; Section 21 of the Act states that a public Authority does not need to provide information under section 1 of the Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means. The information is available by accessing the following link: http://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/
 
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5706
Request Date: 04/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I write to you as a separate legal entity.  We have a serious problem which is endemic in Nottingham of yellow/clinical waste bags of vulnerable people being deliberately interfered with (worst areas being Wollaton/next Carlton).  Thereby causing Environmental Health hazards and serious distress (involving the policy and city council). I wish to check on the prevalence of this systemic problem nationwide and charge you to help and support this endeavour.

Q.1   Please send a copy of your complete file on the above including but not exclusively
i)      records/reports/analysis/remedy of interference of bags (ripped/pulled/slit etc).
ii)     Policy and procedures of scheme (authorisation/analysis or recipients etc).

Without exceptions or omissions (any omissions are to be detailed, with reasons)

A.1   Northumberland does not currently deliver these services so unfortunately we do not hold the information you require. We are in dialogue with colleagues in the NHS about a current proposal for the County Council to start undertaking domestic collections of clinical waste but have not yet concluded those discussions.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5707
Request Date: 05/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing with a freedom of information request for data relating to the content and outcome of Return Home Interviews (RHIs) provided for runaway or missing children by your authority.  

Please can you send over answers to the following: 
Q.1    How many recorded instances of missing then returned children did you have in your authority per year between Jan 1st 2014-Jan 1st 2019? If you can provide a per month break down please do. 

Please see attached spreadsheet
 
Q.2   How many of these instances were children who had runaway more than once? If possible can you send a break down which shows a numbered list to indicate individual children and a second column with how many times they ran away? This would of course not include their name or any details. 

Please see attached spreadsheet
 
Q.3   A summary of the recorded outcomes or actions taken for all completed Return Home Interviews (for example a safeguarding referral, report to the police or to another service). I would like a breakdown of these for Jan 2014-Jan 2019.  Ideally this would be laid out by outcome, beside a number of times this was taken. This would sit along side a number of how many RHIs were carried out in total per year. Excel or PDF formats are fine.

Please see attached spreadsheet
 
Q.4   How many of these return interviews contained content about child exploitation?

Please see attached spreadsheet
 
Q.5   How many times were the police notified of potential child exploitation, following a RHI?  

A.5   All completed RHI's are shared with the Police. 

Q.6   Can you send me the hiring requirements for staff employed in-house to carry out RHIs? If you outsource this service please respond with who does this for you.

A.6   Currently have a secondment arrangement with Barnardo's who complete RHI's.  

Q.7   If you do not outsource and complete RHIs yourself - could you please provide the aide memoire/guidelines/checklist that you use when completing Return Home Interviews?

A.7   N/A


Details:

Reference Number: 5708
Request Date: 05/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   In the last ten years how many stage 2 complaints against the council have been ruled to be in favour of the person making the complaint.  Just a simple number please.

A.1  We do not hold this level of detail, but we can provide you with the following information which may be of interest:

2015
Number of stage 1 complaints received: 57
Number of stage 2 complaints received: 31
Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 14
Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 6

2016
Number of stage 1 complaints received: 68
Number of stage 2 complaints received: 30
Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 9
Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 0

2017
Number of stage 1 complaints received: 56
Number of stage 2 complaints received: 18
Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 5
Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 2 partially upheld

2018
Number of stage 1 complaints received: 110
Number of stage 2 complaints received: 32
Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 4
Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 0

2019 (as at 13 March 2019)
Number of stage 1 complaints received: 8
Number of stage 2 complaints received: 4
Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 0
Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5709
Request Date: 05/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How do you reconcile the council’s policy “the council wishes to be more transparent” when 2 requests have been made over a period of 120 days and the senior executive and Council members are aware of my requests and no responses are provided?

A.1 We unfortunately cannot comment on this question as it is not an FOI, if you would like to make a complaint please direct this to complaints@northumberland.gov.uk 

Q.2   Why have nearly 20% of registered caravan sites substantially been allowed to exceed the number of licensed pitches. On average by nearly 35%?

A.2 The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 (‘the Act’) gives a right of access to held information.  We are unable to provide an opinion as this would be the opinion of one person and not information held by Northumberland County Council.

Q.3   Which department and who within that department carries the responsibility of ensuring Caravan Sites meet the requirements of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 and the mobiles homes act 2013?

A.3 The Licensing Team are responsible for checks relating to suspected unlicensed sites and for compliance of the model conditions imposed on the site following the grant of planning permission. 

Q.3.1  Why has this monitoring not been carried out?

A.3.1 Monitoring has been carried out by the Licensing Team and a list of inspections recently carried out by the team is attached.

A.3.1 Planning only monitor compliance with Planning Permission

Q.4      Please provide a copy of the register of Caravan sites which the licensing authority is legally obliged to keep and make available to the public,

A.4 3 Licensing registers attached.

Q.5      Please provide details of what inspections have taken place,

A.5 Site visits are carried out if there is a report of a potential planning breach by Planning enforcement officers.  

Q.5.1   When the inspections have taken place in respect of caravan site legislation, and

A.5.1 Licensing inspections carried out for the period 1st April 2017 to date are attached as a PDF named ‘FOI 5709 - spreadsheet’

Q.5.2   details of the number of pitches for which the site is licensed and the number of pitches actually in use, and

A.5.2 The number of pitches would be included within the planning permission either by a set figure or 60 pitches per hectare.  

For sites established prior to 1960 there may be no restrictions.

Q.5.3   the title of the council officer responsible for carrying out such inspections to ensure planning permissions are complied with

A.5.3 Inspections are not carried out to check that the development is in accordance with approved plans unless it is reported to Planning Enforcement. There are 5 Planning Enforcement Officers so cases are allocated based on the area

Q.6     Please provide details about the planning permission granted to all caravan parks within the area controlled by Northumberland County Council or the local licensing authority if they are not the same entity.

A.6 Please see PDF attached named ‘5709 - Attachment 1’ which includes a list of applications that were approved on caravan sites.  If you wish to see more information you will be able to search for the applications on our public access system using the reference number.  If the associated documents are not there to view; a request to have them uploaded can be sent to the planningfilerequest@northumberland.gov.uk 

Q.6.1 Please provide details Specifically of the number of pitches the site is licensed for and any other constraints imposed, and

A.6.1 The caravan site licence restrictions only relate to the relevant model imposed which is dependent on the year it was approved and the area the site is situated in.   

There are 149 caravan sites licences and to extract the information relating to the number of pitches from the planning permission and to print off the relevant model conditions for each site would take approximately 10 minutes per site which would take in excess of 24 hours.

Q.6.2 Please provide details of what inspections have taken place to ensure planning permissions are complied with, and

A.6.2 Planning will investigate breaches of Planning Control.  Planning do not actively monitor permissions 

Q.6.3 Please provide details any planning applications for caravan sites made since January 1st, 2019 which have yet to be granted permission, and

A.6.3 We have not received any applications for caravans sites this year so far, so we have none pending or determined 

Q.6.4 Please provide details any planning applications for caravan sites made since January 1st, 2019 which have been granted permission, and

All details for this section must state the number of pitches, any constraints the applied when permission is granted. Of course other significant factors which would need to taken into account are the safety of site occupants (i.e. are the units sufficiently spaced to prevent fire spreading?). Are fire precautions adequate for the number of units? Is the waste disposal (sewage) capable of dealing with the excess effluent? What impact does the excess usage have on the socio-environmental impact of the sites, on schools, communications,(telephone and broadband access), policing, medical and council services. What of concerns about safety because of the significant increase in the use of private cars in otherwise quiet rural areas for activities from shopping to visiting tourist attractions. What would be the effect on the character and appearance of the countryside, particularly in areas of high landscape value, what would be the impact on areas of best and most versatile agricultural land, or on farm structures? What would be the impact on the local community, and where associated with a settlement? Is the increase in site pitches well related to local character in terms of scale and siting? What would be the impact on sites of heritage or nature conservation value?

A.6.4 We have not received any applications for caravans sites this year so far, so we have none pending or determined.


Details:

Reference Number: 5711
Request Date: 05/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Do your councillors have a privacy notice? If so please provide a link to this on your website.

A.1   I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council. Councillors are registered directly with the ICO as their own data controllers, and as such should have their own privacy notices. Please see the link below for individual councillor details:
http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/CouncillorSearch.aspx
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5713
Request Date: 06/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following data recorded with your authority between 29th November 2016 to 28th February 2019.

Q.1   How many children have been reported for child “peer on peer” sexual offences on a Secondary school premises (School premises includes everything within the school property boundaries and also extends to include other settings or any venue managed by the school at the time e.g. premises of a school trip or visit.)

Of that figure:

- How many of those children reported for and / or charged with “peer on peer” sexual offences have been temporarily excluded from school.
- How many those children convicted for “peer on peer” sexual offences have been permanently excluded from school.
- How many children victim to an alleged sexual assault have changed schools or been removed from school by a parent or guardian.
- How many child “peer on peer” sex offences reported to you were for rape.

A.1   We don't collect this information.

Q.2   How many children have been reported for “peer on peer” sexual offences on a Primary School premises. (School premises includes everything within the school property boundaries and also extends to include other settings or any venue managed by the school at the time e.g. premises of a school trip or visit.)

Of that figure:

- How many of those children reported for allegedly perpetrating “peer on peer” sexual offences have been temporarily excluded from school.
- How many those children convicted for allegedly perpetrating “peer on peer” sexual offences have been permanently excluded from school.
- How many children victim to an alleged sexual assault by a school peer have changed schools or been removed from school by a parent or guardian.
- How many child “peer on peer” sex offences reported to you were for rape.

A.2   We don't collect this information.

Q.3   How many child “peer on peer” sexual offences have been reported to your authority.

A.3   We don't collect this information.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5715
Request Date: 06/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many days were lost to sickness in 2017/2018?

A.1   40,835.73 FTE Lost Days

Q.2   Please can you provide; the total number of days lost, the average days lost per employee and the amount lost as percentage of available hours / time?

A.2   40,835.73 FTE Lost Days, 11.00 Average Days Lost Per FTE, % of Days Lost for April 2017-March 2018 = 4.95%
 
Q.3   How many days were lost to sickness linked to mental health, including but not limited to: stress, depression and anxiety in 2017/18?

A.3   10,494.27

Q.4   Please can you provide; the total number of days lost, the average days lost per employee and the amount lost as percentage of available hours / time?

A.4   10,494.27, Average Days Lost Per FTE for Mental Health Reasons = 2.83, % Days Lost for Mental Health Reasons = 1.27% (Mental Health Reasons account for 25% of the total sickness)

Q.5   Does your organisation use the Bradford Factor and if what score do you use as the initial trigger for an intervention?  For example; once an employee has a Bradford Factor score of 100 or more, formal disciplinary action commences?

Q.5a   Please can you advise whether you use the Bradford Factor? Y/N

A.5a   No, we do not use the Bradford Factor

Q.5b   If you do, please can you advise at what score the initial intervention is triggered?

A.5b   N/A

Q.5c   If you do, please can you advise what the initial intervention is?

A.5c   N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5716
Request Date: 06/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I hereby request a list of unclaimed business rate credit balances. Please can you also include accounts where a 'write on' has been used to cancel an overpayment which has not since been reversed. Please can this information be provided to me in an Excel Spreadsheet, including the following fields:

• Ratepayer name 
• Property Address 
• Billing Authority Reference 
• Amount of credit/write on 
• The period or financial year of the credit/write on

I appreciate that properties where the ratepayer is an individual would be excluded from my request. In such cases, please provide the remaining information with the Ratepayer either blank or listed as 'individual'

A.1 We hold the information you requested. However we are withholding that information since we consider that the exemption under Section 31(1)(a) applies. 

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,

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


Details:

Reference Number: 5717
Request Date: 06/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please can you provide me with the name and contact details of the IT Decision Maker who is responsible for the implementation of software in the council.

A.1   Neil Arnold - Chief Information Officer
0345 600 6400


Details:

Reference Number: 5719
Request Date: 06/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I am wondering whether you are able to supply me with some data for my review. I am looking for the following information for all Primary Fires involving Commercial Buildings Only that your Fire Service has attended over the last ten years or so:

Incident Number
Date Of Call
Time Of Call
Address Of Fire
Postcode Of Fire
Easting
Northing
Property Type
First Pump Arriving Attendance Time
Second Pump Arriving Attendance Time
Number Of Pumps Attending
Length Of Fire Brigade Attendance
Time Fire Started
Time Fire Put Out
Fire Alarms?
Sprinklers?
Floor Area Damaged
Main Cause Of Ignition

A.1   Please find attached a document detailing all of the primary fires involving commercial buildings only that Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has attended over the last ten years.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5720
Request Date: 06/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please send me copies of all briefing material presented to Councillors since 1 Jan 2018 which relates to the future of the local automotive sector and its suppliers

A.1   No briefing material has been presented to Councillors since 1 Jan 2018 which relates to the future of the local automotive sector and its suppliers.


Details:

Reference Number: 5721
Request Date: 06/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

For the purposes of this request for information, the following definitions should be applied:
Social worker - Employee in a post requiring a professional qualification where that qualification is recorded as social worker OR employee in a non-qualified post who holds a professional qualification recorded as social worker Mental health provision - A service or role where service user eligibility is based upon mental health need

Q.1   How many social workers employed directly by the Local Authority work within mental health
Provision?
A.1. 11 people; 9.58 whole-time equivalents.  Please note that most social workers funded by Northumberland County Council are employed by the NHS, and are not included in these figures.

Q.2   Does the number above include the Approved Mental Health Professional workforce? If yes, how many social work Approved Mental Health Professionals are employed by the local authority?
A.2 It includes some of them, but others work in settings which do not meet your definition, such as our out of hours emergency duty team.  In total we have 15 active (authorised and approved) AMHPs. 8 of these are included in the figure above, and work wholly as AMHPs; the other 7 work in our out of hours team.

Q.3    Are the mental health social workers employed directly by the local authority (please indicate
all which apply):
☐ Based in local authority teams
☐ Based in NHS teams under direct local authority line management
☐ Based in NHS teams without direct local authority line management
A.3 Since you have not supplied a definition of an “NHS team”, we have answered this question in prose.  All the staff listed are managed within a structure within a partnership with an NHS FT. Management arrangements are closely intertwined, with some senior posts employed by the Council and others by the FT.  At the most senior level, the services are the responsibility of a postholder who has a joint role as Chief Executive of the Council and an Executive Director of the FT. Formally, her managerial responsibility for these posts is part of her role in the FT.

Q.4    What formal or informal arrangements does the local authority have with local NHS providers for the provision of mental health services (please describe)?
A.4 At the request of the NHS FT with responsibility for mental health services, the Section 75 partnership arrangement which was previously in place, which included integrated teams with a single line management structure, was dissolved from 2013, and social workers working in mental health services are now managed within and in most cases employed by an FT responsible for acute and community services.  Some elements of our former partnership with the mental health trust have remained in place, including an automated overnight exchange of records about services users for whom we have shared responsibility.

Q.5  Does the local authority commission any mental health social work provision from a third party
provider? If yes, which services are externally commissioned?
Date information compiled:
Contact details for final report:
A.5 Our arrangements are based on a Section 75 partnership rather than being provided as a commissioned service. Date information compiled:  Data based on establishment as at November 2018. Contact details for final report:  Stephen.corlett@northumbria.nhs.uk
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5722
Request Date: 06/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Does Ponteland Community High School have official feeder schools and when did this arrangement commence?

A.1   Feeder schools have been used as an oversubscription criteria for allocating school places in Ponteland for many years (longer than 10) although it appears at number 6 on a list of 7 criteria.   All the primary schools within the Ponteland Partnership are listed as feeder schools for entry into the high school for September 2019. 
 
Q.2   How many children will be starting year 7 at Ponteland Community High School in September 2019?  How many form classes will there be in year 7?

A.2   240 (the school is responsible for organising form classes etc. we do not have that information.

Q.3   How many children have started at Ponteland Community High School in year 9 in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014?  How many form classes were there in each of these years?

A.3
2014 - 238
2015 - 273
2016 - 271
2017 - 268
2018 - 274

How the school organises its classes is at their own discretion, the Local Authority does not hold this information  

Q.4   How many admission appeals have there been to enter Ponteland Community High School for the years 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014?  How many of these appeals have been successful in each of these years?

A.4
2014 - 0
2015 - 0
2016 - 0
2017 - 0
2018 - 7 (3 were successful)
 
Q.5   What were the oversubscription criteria used for September 2019 entry to Ponteland Community High School?

A.5   The Council’s admissions policy and oversubscription criteria was applied for Sept 2019 entry a copy is available on the council's website via this link:
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Schools/Admissions.aspx#offersday
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5724
Request Date: 06/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to request information relating to your local authority budget. Please provide the following information:
 
a) Please state the earmarked budget allocated (as opposed to out-turn or the estimated spend) by your local authority for 
i) financial year 2015/16 
ii) financial year 2016/17 
iii) financial year 2017/18 and 
iv) financial year 2018/19 for the below numbered spending areas (please give combined budget if within a block contract):
 
1.            Adult Learning Disabled Services
2.            Adult Social Care
3.            Elderly Residential Care
4.            Children’s Centres
5.            Outdoor Education
6.            Safeguarding Vulnerable Children
7.            Special Educational Needs
8.            Adoption Services
9.            Sports Facilities
10.          Street Lighting
11.          Subsidised Public Transport
12.          Winter Gritting
13.          School Crossing
14.          Road Maintenance

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


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5725
Request Date: 06/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I would like to make a request for information relating to the iNorthumberland Scheme.

Q.1      Could you please confirm how much money has been paid to Openreach by or through Northumberland County Council for the iNorthumberland Broadband scheme PHASE 2. Please also confirm how many cabinets have been installed for this payment and how many properties or business now have access to a Superfast Broadband connection as a result.

A.1      Total invoices claimed to date (Q.3 2018/19) = £8,222,660

Q.2      Please also confirm how many cabinets have been installed for this payment 

A.2      91x FTTC - cabinets, 

47x FTTP - PONs,

87x FTTC - copper rearrangement jobs. 

Q.3      how many properties or business now have access to a Superfast Broadband connection as a result.

A.3      BDUK verified, 4,210 superfast connections (greater than 24Mb).

Please note: For the above answer, we are unable to break down the number between properties and businesses as we do not hold this information.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5726
Request Date: 07/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many homeless applications were referred to Now Medical Ltd 

A.1   We have not referred anyone to Now Medical Ltd therefore have not made any decision based on any information that they have provided.

Q.2 How many homeless applications were not found to be in priority need after  they were referred to Now Medical Ltd

A.2   N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5728
Request Date: 07/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Request for the ongoing Cost of gagging order payments issued by Northumberland County Council to employees and ex employees of Northumberland County Council from 2015 to 2019 and the estimated cost implication to council tax payers over this period.

A.1   Northumberland County Council does not use gagging orders for employees or ex-employees.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5729
Request Date: 07/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   For a complete breakdown of each Northumberland County Councillors’s attendance record  (official meetings) since the last elections in May 2017. To include the total number of meetings each Councillor has been due to attend since the elections, the number they actually attended and the percentage.

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.  

Please note: There will be occasions where due to meetings being scheduled at the same time, or conflicting council commitments, a member may be marked absent because they are attending to other council business/meetings.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5730
Request Date: 07/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please could you provide information on how much money is spent each year with agencies on the educational tuition of Looked After Children, itemizing which agencies are used, and how much is spent with each?

A.1   Tuition figures for Looked after Children for last academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

Teaching Personnel    £21,426.51
Supply Desk               £ 3,105.00
PK Education             £84,172.00

Making a total Spend of £108,703.51
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5731
Request Date: 07/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1  Do residents fund their own telecare/assistive technology or is this funded by the Local Authority? If it is funded by the Local Authority, is it available to all residents or is needs assessed?

A.1    The local authority no longer subsidises new users of telecare, except in the relatively rare case where the telecare is an integral part of their care and support plan.  The Council has an in-house telecare service, originally developed by one of the former district councils in our area, which is available to all residents, though the nature of the support offered varies depending on where the service user lives.  There is a group of service users of the Council’s service who are currently subsidised because of protection dating from the time when they qualified for Supporting People funding. 

Q.2   What percentage of your residents using Telecare/assistive technology are private pay, compared to the percentage that are funded by the Local Authority?

A.2    We do not have statistics for all residents.  Of the users of our in-house service, 230 are subsidised; the remaining 2845 pay charges intended to cover the full cost of their service

Q.3   How many residents do you currently have using your Telecare offer?

A.3   3075 people use our in-house telecare service

Q.4   How many of these connections are hard wired (scheme) and how many are dispersed?

A.4   159 of the people using our in-house service have hard-wired connections; 2916 are dispersed.

Q.5   How many staff do you have employed in connection with your Telecare provision?

A.5    29 staff (20.8 f.t.e.), and 6 workers on casual contracts.

Q.6   What platform is your Alarm Receiving Call Centre operating on? Is it PNC (which version), UMO, Jontek or Verklizan?

A.6   PNC 6.

Q.7   Do you have a Digital Switchover Plan for your Telecare offer in place?

A.7   We do not yet have a detailed plan for this, but will be developing one in tandem with our planned procurement of an upgrade to the PNC platform.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5732
Request Date: 07/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Customer was on hold a long time before he got an answer to renew his garden waste. He would like to know what (if any) commission or revenue the council get by having an 0345 number.

A.1   We do apologise that you were kept on hold. However, we receive no income or commission for our 0345 number.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5735
Request Date: 08/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I would like a full list of businesses that have become liable for business rate between the 15th Feb to the 8th March 19 if possible please.

Please include the following

*  Full business name
*  Full property address
*  Date of liability
*  Property type

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5736
Request Date: 08/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

From your allocated Public Health budget, how much do you propose to spend on the following areas of drug and alcohol treatment in 2019/20?

Q.1  Residential rehabilitation budget (tier4)

A.1    £0

Q.2  Residential detoxification budget (tier 4)

A.2   The residential detoxification budget has been transferred to the community substance misuse service, so the information is held by the service not ourselves.

Q.3   Community substance misuse services (tier 3)

A.3    £3,347,020

Q.4   Total substance misuse budget

A.4    See Q3


Details:

Reference Number: 5737
Request Date: 08/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

In your authority, what eggs ( shell and liquid) are purchased and/or used for catering:
 
Q.1   Please select the minimum accepted standard:

Free range
Barn (indoor exclusively, non-caged)
Caged
Don’t know

A.1   Free range eggs are used in all schools managed by Northumberland County Council, the County Kitchen (County Hall onsite restaurant) and our Country Park Cafes. 

Q.2   Is it possible for caged eggs to be used in public institutions under your authority? 

A.2   No
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5739
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am making a Freedom Of Information Act request to ask some questions about the ENCTS concession bus passes that are issued by your council to your residents.

Q.1   How many current valid ENCTS bus passes issued by your council are currently in circulation?

A.1     67,398

Q.2    Of these how many are the OAP version?

2.     59,499

Q.3   Of these how many are the ordinary Disabled (without any companion) version?

3.     5,937

Q.4   Of these how many are the Disabled plus Companion version?

4.      1,96
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5741
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Does the archive service provide free Wi-Fi for users?

A.1   Yes

Q.2   What is the percentage of modern foreign language items held at your archive service (if more than one office, please give the overall percentage)? If unknown, please could a realistic estimate be offered? E.g. less than 5%

A.2   Our collections are not catalogued in entirety but the total modern language holdings is very small – less than 1%.

Q.3   What modern foreign languages are present in your holdings (both catalogued and backlog if possible)? Please include the number of items in your holdings for each language if possible. This includes non-western scripts. If a language is unknown, please state ‘unidentified’. 

A.3   Because we have a number of uncatalogued collections it is not possible to answer this question in detail but we do hold MSS written in French, German Greek and Italian.

Q.4   Has the organisation advertised a job for an archivist with specific modern foreign language requirements in the last 5 years? If yes, which language? 

A.4   No

Q.5   Does your archive service have any written guidance or guidelines for staff on how to appropriately process modern foreign language donations or deposits?

A.5   No

Q.6   Has the archive service ever received or requested funding towards any projects involving modern foreign language archival material? If yes, please provide details.  

A.6   No

Q.7   Who else has dealt with modern foreign language material within your holdings on behalf of the archive service (e.g. volunteers, external institution, etc)? This includes functions such as cataloguing and outreach purposes.

A.7   Foreign language material has been dealt with mainly by members of core staff. In the past we had a volunteer who translated a German newspaper for us.

Q.8   What reference material do you provide for users/researchers who want to access archives that are in a foreign language?

A.8   French and German dictionaries.
 
To clarify, modern foreign languages exclude ‘dead’ languages, such as Latin and Anglo-Norman. While I understand accuracy in questions 2 and 3 may be difficult, I would be extremely grateful for an estimate if possible.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5743
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

The aim is to see if challenges to on-spot local council penalty charge notices (PCNs) for parking fines are impacted by the method of communication used between councils and drivers/vehicle-owners. In particular, I'm interested to see if challenges are resolved differently when challengers are in contact via post, or when challengers are in contact online and request to receive further information via post.

Q.1   The fields that I am looking for are:

Number of PCNs issued by your council in 2018 (or in the last twelve-month period for which data exists, since 2015)
Number of PCNs from the above category which were challenged
Number of the above challenges which were made online, by post, or by other means (itemised)
Number of the above challenged PCNs in each category which were upheld by the Council, and the number of the above challenged PCNs in which category which were not upheld/cancelled by the Council

A.1   There were 24,030 Penalty Charge Notices issued between 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

Of the PCNs issued between 1 January 2108 to 31 December 2018, 3655 PCNs were subject to a challenge.

Challenges are categorised type:
Informal representation; 
Formal representation; or
Appeal

We are unable to record how each challenge is received for instance by email, post, web, hand delivery and therefore cannot provide the itemised split as requested.

Of the 3655 PCNs which were challenged, 2673 PCNs were upheld, and 982 PCNs were cancelled as the result of a successful challenge. 

However as explained above, these cannot be itemised by email, post, web, hand delivery as we do not record this information.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5745
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Grants to Hadston House

Q.1   How much money does your council give to the above organisation?

A.1   We have searched our records back to 1st April 2017 and only one grant payment of £4000.00 has been made to Hadston House Youth and Community Projects Ltd.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5746
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The above is a well used company by Northumberland County Council HR consultant are the registered to handle personal data and if so at what level? 

A.1   The contract between Northumberland County Council and CROSLAND CONSULTING LIMITED (Company number 09001883) includes specific wording regarding confidentiality of information, including sensitive or personal data, that they will come into contact with in the performance of the contract.  The relevant section from the contract is attached for reference.

Due diligence checks have also been carried out with the Information Commissioner's Office to ensure that CROSLAND CONSULTING LIMITED is registered on their Data Protection Register (Registration number: ZA505438 / expires: 15 March 2020) and that no enforcement action has been taken against them for non-compliance of the Data Protection Act 2018.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5747
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I'd like to make a Freedom of Information Request regarding the number of siblings who have been separated when in the care of your local authority over the last three years. How many siblings in the care system of your local authority have been separated since 1st January 2016 to present?  Please provide a breakdown of the numbers by year.

A.1   In 2015/16, 1 sibling group was separated where this wasn't the plan
         In 2016/17, no sibling groups were separated where this wasn't the plan
         In 2017/18, 2 sibling groups were separated where this wasn't the plan
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5748
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many council staff work in the centre of each Northumberland Town

A.1    We have assigned a town to each building as at 31 March for this year and the last two years. - please see the attached document

Q.2    How has this changed over the past 2 years

A.2     Please see the response to Q.1

Q.3    What investment has been made in Northumberland high streets.

A.3     The County Council is committed to working with Town Forums and similar partnerships to make the most of the county's town centres, targeting interventions and support where it will have the greatest impact.

Partners in towns across Northumberland are being encouraged by the County Council to develop proposals as part of the council’s new Town Investment Programme.  The councils priorities for town centre growth and regeneration are set out in the Northumberland Economic Strategy 2019-2014 and we are working with regional partners including the North of Tyne Combined Authority and Borderlands Initiative to deliver.

The council’s offer to towns includes drawing in support and assistance from across the authority including Advance Northumberland to work with project sponsors to develop their plans.  

The council’s town investment programme already includes major development commitments to support town centres such as the new leisure centre in Morpeth, works on Bedlington Town Centre, Amble Enterprise Park, Lower Prudhoe, Manor Walks in Cramlington and the development of Portland Park in Ashington.  

This was recently added to following further decisions by council in March 2019 focused on encouraging town centre development, this includes announcements to: 

To submit an expression of interest by 22nd March 2019 seeking support from the national Future High Streets Fund to develop a new, deliverable vision for Blyth town centre.  
To support the development of the business case for the new Berwick Maltings Theatre and Conference Centre that has the potential to transform Berwick town centre.  
To support the development of a feasibility study to establish how Alnwick bus station and the surrounding area can be improved as a key gateway into the town.  
The council is continuing to talk to towns across the county to deliver what will be a comprehensive Town Investment Programme.  There will be more news later this year as we identify projects which give us the best chance of attracting investment.  

This involves local County Councillors, their Town Council colleagues and other strategic partners with the intention of together demonstrating through town forums that we can work together to deliver solutions to make our town centres fit for the future.

Q.4   What assessment has the council made on Northumberland High Streets in relation to the Grimsey Review?

A.4 The Grimsey review and the national Future High Streets Advisory Panel have both guided the county councils approach to establishing its town Investment Programme and the development of Town Forums and similar partnerships.

The Grimsey review pointed to a number of actions that Local Government can take forward including:
 
  • Establish an empowered organisation or Town Centre Commission under strong, established leadership 
  • Ensure that this vision is underpinned by a comprehensive business/place plan. 
  • Accept that there is already too much retail space in the UK and that bricks and mortar retailing can no longer be the anchor for thriving high streets and town centres. They need to be repopulated and re-fashioned as community hubs, including housing, health and leisure, entertainment, education, arts, business/office space and some shops. 
  • Embed libraries and public spaces at the heart of each community as digital and health hubs that embrace smart technology. 
  • Establish common key performance indicators to measure the economic and public health of each town. Link the reporting through a data dashboard to provide independent, objective and current data on performance. Data gathered by the town needs to be delivered in Open Format (Open Data) so it can be shared. 
  • Local authorities should establish events teams to manage a comprehensive programme of activities that complement the Town Centre Commission Plan by driving footfall to local high streets.

The council is responding to this agenda picking up on Grimseys findings particularly about the need for ‘town centre commissions’, ‘comprehensive business/place plans’ and ‘common key performance indicators’ by:
 
  1. Providing a comprehensive Town Regeneration Support package
  2. Establishing a network of Town Forums developing and enabling the delivery of economic development and regeneration projects for long term benefit. Each of the 7 main towns (larger centres) has a town forum or similar arrangement established for 2019 onwards.  The forums include a focus on utilising the Councils own assets as effectively as possible.
  3. Supporting the development of a Town Investment Programme to fully establish comprehensive business / place plans with a future pipeline of interventions to boost economic performance in town centres.
  4. Establishing support to monitor town performance through the new NCC town economy matrix

Further detail about the councils approach is set out below.

1. Town Regeneration Support

The council provides the following support:
 
  • Directly providing coordination support in the seven main towns (larger centres) with a dedicated town forum, forums established to date are supported by officers from the Economy and Regeneration Service and Strategic Estates.  Each forum / partnership arrangement is at a different stage in development as they become fully established
  • Providing a dedicated link officer within the Economy and Regeneration Service to support and regular liaise with smaller main towns.  
  • Support for all settlements - The service provides assistance to a wide range of communities in Northumberland to support regeneration projects and partnership development
  • Targeted assistance linked to the above, Advance Northumberland lead on a range of priority investment projects in localities.

2. Town Forums

The purpose and focus of town forums is on developing and enabling the delivery of economic development and regeneration projects for long term benefit.  They provide a place focused partnership and flexible grouping (not a formal decision making body) to: 
 
  • Develop joint initiatives and support action 
  • Engage the public in the work of organisations
Support for town forums from NCC is as follows:
  • Town Chairs: Each main town (larger centres) has support from a senior officer, in most cases as Chair of the relevant forum
  • Cross service support: The above arrangements provide the basis to identify what support may be required including planning and technical support, and involvement from other services and Advance Northumberland and Active Northumberland.
  • Corporate Focus: The Council’s town regeneration focus is supported by the corporate Regeneration Investment Group (RIG) structure providing a regular focus on the place based agenda to ensure effective provision of funding, strategy and cross service support
  • Project Pipeline: Each town’s key regeneration projects are included in the corporate Regeneration Investment Pipeline
  • Performance: the Council has produced a new Town Economy Matrix to assist partners in understanding performance in towns.  This matrix enclosed with this briefing provides a summary of headline data regarding performance in the main towns and is intended to act as an aid to partners in considering the baseline performance of their town. 

3. Town Investment Programme

The council has been encouraging partners to work together to develop a Northumberland Town Investment Programme.  This involves working with Town Forums and similar place based partnerships, Town Councils, commercial and community partners.
 
  • Project Pipeline - the purpose is to fully establish a future pipeline of interventions to boost economic performance in town centres.  
  • Work to date - this build on work to date in a number of towns, e.g. Town Forums 
  • New Ideas - The council has made available an expression of interest process - to identify new ideas and outline proposals which now need to be tested and potentially worked up into business cases
  • Further work - This is an ongoing process through which the council will work with partners. The council is offering to develop place based business plans with towns appropriate to each locality. 

4. Town Performance
 
  • Economy Matrix - The council has produced the new NCC Town Economy Matrix available to inform local plans and proposals.  This draws together for the first time available information across the Council, this has been sent to key stakeholders in each town centre and its use encouraged through the town forum network and a recent all member briefing with county councillors.
  • Business Cases - The intention is to provide evidence to help inform the identification and preparation of strong business cases which justify intervention.  It provides a starting point to understand the relative performance of town centres
  • Support for 12 main towns - the matrix covers the 12 main towns (large and small centres).  NCC staff are available to help stakeholders understand and investigate available data for any town / settlement in Northumberland.  There are plans going forward to potentially commission further work to inform this such as developing a new approach to footfall data.


Details:

Reference Number: 5749
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The total number of child serious case reviews undertaken for each year since Regulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006 came into effect. If these figures are not available, please provide the number of child serious case reviews for each year for which you have figures.

A.1    The total SCR's since 2006 for Northumberland LSCB is 8 

Q.2    The internet address where the child serious case review publications are uploaded.

A.2    https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Children/Safeguarding.aspx

Q.3    How long the authority keeps child serious case reviews uploaded before taking them off line and requiring people to ask for the publication on request.

A.3   14 months

Q.4    The number of downloads and requests for the publication of each child serious case review the authority has received.

A.4   We do not keep this data
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5750
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The total number of adult serious case reviews undertaken for each year since 2006. If these figures are not available, please provide the number of adult serious case reviews for each year for which you have figures.

A.1   We have carried out two Serious Case Reviews or equivalent Safeguarding Adults Reviews since 2006, one published in 2012 and one in 2018.

Q.2   The internet address where the adult serious case review publications are uploaded.

A.2   https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Care/Support/Safeguarding.aspx

Q.3   How long the authority keeps adult serious case reviews uploaded before taking them off line and requiring people to ask for the publication on request.

A.3   Our current practice is to keep all of these reports available online.

Q.4   The number of downloads and requests for the publication of each adult serious case review the authority has received.

A.4   We do not hold this information
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5751
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      Does your organization presently use and/or endorse a (RPM) remote patient monitoring system to capture vital signs or other health related measurements whilst a patient is residing in their own home or being cared for in a non-acute environment such as community hospital/hospice/residential or care home - (Measurement examples being blood pressure/weight/ temperature/ Oxygen Saturation /EWS/ pulse/glucose etc.)?
 
If the answer is NO –
1.1.2    Is telemedicine/ RPM, something that the County Council would consider (within the next 2 years) as a way of either reducing hospital re-admissions, A&E attendance, saving district nursing time & cost, for patient convenience and/or recognizing and acting upon patient deterioration sooner?

1.1.3    If the CC is not considering RPM for suitable patients (able to take their own readings or have a carer who can do this for them) – is there a reason why this is not being considered?

1.2       If the answer is YES – RPM is presently used in the community - could you please detail –

1.2.1    the system type/name/supplier

1.2.2    Where do you send this data/measurements to – for instance…GP system

1.2.3    When this system came into use and when contract expires

1.2.4    How much does this costs the CC (approximately) per person or per year for multiple patients/residents

1.2.5    What data is captured & is there measurements you would like to capture but cannot achieve at the moment? (examples – blood pressure/temperature/Glucose/O2 saturation/ weight, pulse etc)

1.2.6    Has there been any analysis of this data to demonstrate that remote patient monitoring from home, (or community residence) has reduced patient admissions into hospital and/or improved care/medication needs etc?

Who is the main person(s)/ decision maker (s)or team – who would probably be responsible (or is responsible) for the decision to use remote patient monitoring in the community? Name/title…

A.1   Your information request has been addressed to the Council, but appears to be wholly concerned with health services, which the Council is not responsible for, though it works closely with the NHS bodies which are.  We suggest that it should be sent to one or both of Northumberland CCG or Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT.

We would also comment that some of your questions ask about the opinions of the organisation they are addressed to rather than about information held by it.  These questions appear to us to fall outside the scope of the FOI scheme.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5752
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The total number of FTE equivalent child and separately, adult, social worker posts for each year for the last ten years. 

A.1   Please see the attached document.

Q.2 The percentage vacancy rate for each quarter for each of the last ten years for child and separately, adult, social workers posts. 

A.2 We do not hold this information

Q.3    The percentage of agency staff for each quarter for each of the last ten years for child and separately, adult, social worker posts.

A.3    Refused based on the time needed to get the data. Justification below:

In order to collate this information we would have to generate reports on a weekly basis. For the time period in question this would be 520 reports, which take approximately 5 minutes to prepare. This would therefore total over 43 hours of work to provide the information.

Q.4    The total number of staff for each of the last ten years that have been a) disciplined and b) dismissed for child and separately, adult, social workers posts qualified social care practitioners. 

A.4    Please see the attached document.

Please note the recording system for disciplinary issues was unavailable for large parts of 2014 and 2015. Under A) we have included those where there was a formal sanction under the Council's disciplinary policy. 

Q.5    The average caseload for a social worker for each quarter of the last ten years for child and separately, adult, social workers. 

A.5     We do not hold this data in a form which would permit the construction of a meaningful time series.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5753
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The number of registered Childrens Homes operated by the Local Authority as at 1st January 2019 and as at 1st January 2018;

A.1   5

Q.2   The number of registered Childrens Homes operated by an Independent (private or voluntary) provider within your Local Authority as at 1st January 2019 and as at 1st January 2018;

LAC Statistics

A.2   8

Q.3   The number of current looked after children (LAC);

A.3   366

Q.4   The number of LAC currently placed within Local Authority Childrens homes;

A.4   11

Q.5   The number of LAC currently placed within Independent Childrens homes;

 Framework & Non-Framework Providers & Fees
 
A.5   26

Q.6   In relation to any Frameworks you currently operate with Independent Childrens Home Providers, please provide the following information (including Provider name) about the number of LAC placed with Independent Childrens Homes, the average weekly fee paid for these placements, per type specified and whether the fees include any discounts agreed with said Provider. Please also advise the totals for all placements in each type specified i.e. total average weekly fee & total no of CYP in placement.  

A.6   Please see attached spreadsheet

Q.7   As per question 6, please provide the same information; however, this time in relation to Non-Framework Providers i.e. where the Local Authority (LA) has placed with Independent Childrens Home Providers using a Spot Purchase mechanism because the Provider is not on a Framework with the LA. Please also advise the totals for all placements in each type specified i.e. total average weekly fee & total no of CYP in placement.

A.7   Please see attached spreadsheet
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5754
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The total number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests the council has received for each of the last ten years. 

A.1
2019 - 492 as at 31/03/2019.
2018 - 1,313 
2017 - 1,315 
2016 - 1,371
2015 - 1,412  
2014 - 1,495  
2013 - 1337
2012 - 981 
2011 - 892 
2010 - 831 
2009 - 782

Q.2   The total number of WTE staff that have had to have been employed by the council with an FOIA remit for each of the last ten financial years.

A.2 Each area within the council has a link officer who deals with freedom of information requests as an addition to their employed role.  Due to the reorganisation of areas within the Council, the number officers who deal with requests is not static.

Q.3   The dedicated budget provided for the FOIA department for each of the last ten financial years

A.3 As per the previous answer, the Council utilises a number of staff across many service areas to carry out FOI processing however, this is not their full time role. As this is not static and we currently do not monitor the percentage of their time spent on FoI processing, this information is not held. 

Q.4   The total percentage and number of FOIA enquiries answered within the 20 working day timescale for each of the last ten years (or for which figures are available) up to the end of 2018.

A.4
2018 - 1280
2017 - 1217
2016 - 1223
2015 - 1324
2014 - 1451
2013 - 1297
2012 - 929
2011 - 805
2010 - 782
2009 - 667
 
The data provided in Q1 & Q4 can be manipulated to generate the percentage of requests answered within 20 working day timescale. 

Q.5   The total  percentage and number of FOIA enquiries answered within 20 - 40 working days of receipt for each of the last ten years (or for which figures are available) up to the end of 2018

A.5 We only monitor if it’s within timescales or if the request is overdue, we do not specify into categories of how many days overdue.
 
Q.6   The total percentage and number of FOIA enquiries that took longer than 40 working days of receipt to answer for each of the last ten years (or for which figures are available) up to the end of 2018

A.6 As we only monitor if it’s within timescales or if overdue, not specifically into categories of how many days overdue we do not the number or percentage over a 40 day period. 

Q.7   The total percentage and number of FOIA enquiries that were never answered for each of the last ten years (or for which figures are available) up to the end of 2018

A.7 2018 - 16 outstanding
There are no outstanding requests older than 2018 

Q.8   The total number of FOIA requests where the council has issued a charge for the information in the last ten years for which figures are available

A.8   We do not record this information centrally. In order to calculate this, we would have to look at each request to confirm if there was a charge issued.  We would only hold 7 years worth of financial information in line with our retention policy. With this in mind, the calculation to do this would be as follows:- 9716 requests (2012-2019 requests) *  2 minutes = 323.8 hours. 

Section 12 exemption applies to Q8.
 
Q.9   The total income received from FOIA charges imposed by the council for providing information for each of the last yen years. 

A.9 We do not record this information centrally. In order to calculate this, we would have to use the information from Q.7, identify the service area cost code and run individual transaction reports for each year. We would only hold 7 years worth of financial information in line with our retention policy.  9716 (2012-2019 requests) * 2 minutes = 323.8 hours. 

Section 12 exemption applies to Q.9. 

Exemptions 

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to Q.8 and Q.9 of your request is exempt under the following provisions as 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. It would take 323.8 hours for Q.6 and 323.8 hours for Q.7 giving a total of 647.6 hours equivalent to 89.4 days.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5755
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   For the years 2016, 2017 and 2018, please may I have both:
  a) The number of Community Protection Notices (CPNs) issued,
  b) And the number of CPN warnings issued.

A.1 2016:
CPN - 7
CPW - 173

2017:
CPN - 16
CPW - 127

2018:
CPN - 60
CPW - 166

Q.2    Additionally for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018, please may I have either:

a) The full text of every CPN issued (along with the date) with any personal info redacted,

b)  Or a general description of the subject matter and cited justification for the CPN if 2a) is not possible.

A.2 Please see attachments 

A.2 2016 CPNs  2 x intimidation/harassment
                    1 x alcohol related ASB
                    1 x noise/alcohol 
                    3 x waste accumulation

2016 CPWs  11 x intimidation/harassment
                      1 x alcohol related ASB
                      1 x feral cats
                      1 x noise/alcohol
                      2 x not keeping dogs under control
                      1 x waste/bins
                      156 x waste accumulation
                       
2017 CPNs  1 x alcohol related ASB
                     1 x noise/alcohol
                     1 x feral cats
                     13 x waste accumulation

2017 CPWs   2 x alcohol related ASB
                      3 x alcohol/drugs/intimidation
                      2 x ASB on school premises
                      2 x condition of premises
                      8 x intimidation/harassment
                      2 x drug/alcohol ASB
                      1 x noise/harassing behaviour
                      4 x noise/alcohol
                      1 x premises in dilapidated condition
                      1 x noise/intimidation 
                       98 x waste accumulation

2018 CPNs   2 x intimidation/harassment
                      1 x noise/alcohol
                       56 x waste accumulation

2018 CPWs  2 x intimidation/harassment
                     6 x noise/alcohol
                     1 x noise/harassment
                     2 x noise/intimidation/harassment
                     1 x noise/visual representation/abusive behaviour
                     1 x revving car engine/music/intimidation 
                     153 x waste accumulation
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5758
Request Date: 12/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Whether Northumberland County Council has an elected Armed Forces Covenant Champion, and if so, how long they have been in the role?
 
A.1    Yes, Northumberland County Council have an Armed Forces Champion, A Veteran's Champion and Officer Champion in place since 2012 when the Covenant was signed.

Q.2    I would like to know whether Northumberland County Council has an action plan for implementing the Armed Forces Covenant at a local level.
 
A.2    There is not a specific action plan but we try to embed the aims of the Covenant in our day to day work and policies.

If yes: I would like to know the details of the plan, whether it is active, and if it is monitored and reviewed.
 
N/A

Q.3    Has Northumberland County Council established an armed forces covenant forum (which includes military representatives, charities and council members)? 
 
A.3    Yes we have an active forum which meets quarterly and involves all of those groups.

Q.4    I would also like to know whether Northumberland County Council has any support specifically aimed at the veteran community (e.g employment, healthcare & housing schemes).

A.4    Please see report attached, if you require any further information please contact: Jackie.Roll@northumberland.gov.uk
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5759
Request Date: 12/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

1.      How many Year 6 pupils in your local authority area applied for secondary school places in September 2019, and of those, how many had been told, by National Offer Day on March 1, 2019, which secondary school they will attend in September 2019? (please express information as both a number and a percentage of the total)

2.      Please supply the same information for 2018.

3.      How many Year 6 pupils have still not been told this year (2019) which secondary school they will be attending in September 2019? (Please express information as both a number and percentage of the total)?

Q.1   How many children in your area got their first choice of secondary school place for this September (2019)? 

A.1   2018 - 4,168 - 97.86% 
        2019 - 97.3%
 
Q.2   How many children got their second choice place for this September? 

A.2   2018 - 79 - 1.85% 
        2019 - 2.4%
 
Q.3   How many children for their third choice place for this September? 

A.3   2018 - 12 - 0.29% 
        2019 -  0.3 %
 
Q.4   How many children have not been allocated any place for this September? 

A.4   2018 - 0  
        2019 -  All on time applicants were allocated a place 
 
Q.5   How many applications IN TOTAL did you have for secondary school places this year? 
       
A.5   2018 - 4,259   
         2019 - 4327
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5760
Request Date: 12/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I would like to submit a Freedom of Information request for information regarded compensation cases for accidents involving children on school premises.

Please could provide information for each of the following calendar years:
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • Jan 01 to Mar 01 2019
Please could you tell me, for each of the calendar years listed:

The total number of public liability cases settled (cases where payouts were made) following compensation claims for children injured or involved in accidents on school premises.

The total amount (in £) awarded in payouts to those involved or injured in accidents on school premises.

For the years 2018 and Jan 01 - Mar 01 2019 only, please provide details of each claim settled, including details of the accident, the amount awarded and if possible, a breakdown giving the amount awarded and spent on legal fees.

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5762
Request Date: 13/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    In the last three financial years (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18) please provide me with (a) the number of settlements and (b) the total amount paid by the force as compensation to fire service personnel for injuries sustained while at work or as a result of their work duties. (c) Provide if possible a breakdown of the legal costs to the fire service associated with these claims.

A.1  Two claims
No compensation paid
Legal costs  £632.50

Q.2    For each payout that resulted in compensation of more than £5,000 being paid please provide me with (i) the amount of compensation, (ii) the costs associated with the claim and (iii) a one sentence summary of the nature of the successful claim against your service.

Note: The question relates to payments made in (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18) regardless of when the incident took place or when the claim was lodged. If the settlement was made by your service's insurers it is still information "held" by your authority under the terms of the Act.

A.2   N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5763
Request Date: 13/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I request to be provided with a list of current licensed premises which are permitted to sell alcohol by retail

This data to include at least  License number, premises name and address and current Named DPS and most recent applicant

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5765
Request Date: 13/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please provide an electronic copy of all the correspondence between Northumberland County Council and the Schools Adjudicator in relation to:

a)  Bellingham Middle School and 

b)  its feeder First schools that are to become Primary schools in September 2019

A.1    03.1; 03.2 and 03.3 of this link http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meeting.aspx?MeetID=9116  provides some of the response, the remainder will be sent via cryptshare as the document size is too large to be sent via email
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5766
Request Date: 13/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Can you provide answers to the following questions for each year from 2013 to the present:

Q.1   How many knives or similar offensive weapons have been seized in your schools in each year from 2013 to present?

Q.2   In your answer can you please provide figures for secondary schools and primary schools separately.

Q.3   Can you also specify whether the knife was found to be in the possession of a boy or girl and their age, or neither (ie discarded on school premises).

Q.4   How many injuries have been caused by knives or similar offensive weapons in secondary schools and primary schools in the same period. Can you specify the age of the victim and whether a pupil or a teacher, or visitor to the school.

Q.5   In how many of these has the victim required hospital treatment. Can you specify the age of the victim and whether a pupil or a teacher, or visitor to the school.

Q.6   How many pupils have been excluded for possession or use of a knife on school premises in each year from 2013 to present?

Q.7   How many times have police been called to schools to deal with incidents involving pupil behaviour in each year from 2013 to present?

A.1 - A.7   Information not held.  Schools may have some or all of the information.  

School information can be found on this link.


Details:

Reference Number: 5767
Request Date: 13/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Please provide a copy of the Council’s Enforcement Policy.

A.1.   See link https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/About-the-Council/Corporate-Enforcement-Policy-3-November-2015.pdf

Q.2     Please provide a copy of the Trading Standards Service Plan.

A.2.   Copy attached

Q.3    Please provide a copy of the Food Law Service Plan. 

A.3.   See link   http://committeedocs.northumberland.gov.uk/MeetingDocs/38640_M9117.pdf

Q.4     How many Primary Authority Partnerships do the Trading Standards Department have? 

A.4.    1

Q.5     How many Primary Authority Partnerships do the Trading Standards Department provide food standards cover?

A.5.    0

Q.6    Other than Primary Authority Partnerships, do the Trading Standards Department provide paid for food standards business advice (i.e. pay-as-you-go)?

A.6.    No

Q.7    If the Trading Standards Department provide paid for business advice (i.e. pay-as-you-go), what year did the Service start providing this option?

A.7.    See above

Q.8    If the Trading Standards Department are not currently providing paid for business advice (i.e. pay-as-you-go), is this a potential avenue in the future?

A.8.    Yes

Q.9    Do the Trading Standards Department conduct joint working with Environmental Health on food standards issues?

A.9.     Yes
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5768
Request Date: 14/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Sexual Harassment, racism and bullying
May you please provide the number of allegations of workplace bullying reported within the council by present and former staff from the start of 2000 to the end of 2018.

May you please provide the number of allegations of sexual harassment reported within the council by present and former staff from the start of 2000 to the end of 2018.

May you please provide the number of allegations of racial discrimination reported within the council by present and former staff from the start of 2000 to the end of 2018.

May you please provide the number of allegations of religious discrimination reported within the council by present and former staff from the start of 2000 to the end of 2018.
 
Within this same period, how many complaints of sexual harassment resulted in some form of disciplinary action?

How many complaints of workplace bullying resulted in some form of disciplinary action?

How many complaints of racial discrimination resulted in some form of disciplinary action?

How many complaints regarding religious discrimination resulted in some form of disciplinary action?

For any of the above, where disciplinary action was taken may you please detail what action was taken i.e written warning, fine, suspended without pay

NDAs

The number of Non Disclosure Agreements signed by former or current staff from the start of 2000 to the end of 2018

Within the same period, may you please specify the largest amount paid out to an individual who signed a NDA
If possible, may you please provide the number of  NDA agreements signed and paid out to alleged victims of
sexual harassment, workplace bullying, racial discrimination, religious discrimination
 
May you please specify the largest amount paid out to alleged victims of sexual harassment, workplace bullying, racial discrimination, religious discrimination. If you believe contents of any such files are exempt from disclosure, please provide summaries of any such exempt files.

A.   We hold the information from 2010 and we do not have the information prior to 2010. 

Between 2010 and 2014 there were 7 recorded allegations of workplace harassment. 
There has been one reported case of sexual harassment/bullying.
There have been no reported allegations of religious discrimination.  
There have been no reported allegations of religious discrimination.

1 case resulted in a formal disciplinary process. 
How many complaints of workplace bullying resulted in some form of disciplinary action?  3 allegations of bullying have a formal disciplinary process.   
There have been no reported allegations of religious discrimination.    
There have been no reported allegations of religious discrimination.  
There was one reported case of sexual harassment which resulted in a disciplinary investigation, there was insufficient evidence to substantiate allegation.  Of the 3 allegations of bullying which resulted in a formal disciplinary process, one resulted in a first written warning and two resulted in no formal sanction. 

Northumberland County Council does not use NDAs.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5770
Request Date: 14/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      How many children went missing from children’s residential care ran by the local authority?

A.1      2015 - less than 5
2016 - less than 5
2017 - 9
2018 - 8
2019 - less than 5

Q.2      What is the youngest age of a child who went missing from residential care ran by the local authority, how long were they missing, what was the sex of the child?

A.2      2015 - 15 - female - 1 day
2016 - 13 - female - 1 day
2017 - 12 - male - 1 day
2018 - 10 - male - half an hour
2019 - 13 - male - 1 day

Q.3      What is the longest amount of time a child was missing from residential care ran by the local authority?
 
A.3       2015 - 1 day
2016 - 1 day
2017 - 1 day
2018 - 1 day
2019 - 2 days

 


Details:

Reference Number: 5771
Request Date: 14/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 We have been asked to carry out an audit of a portfolio of pubs where Hawthorn Leisure Limited is the Premises Licence Holder.  We attach their emailed consent to us carrying out such enquiries.  As part of this audit, we have been instructed to raise the following enquiries with you:
  •  EHO - Black Bull, Market Square, Haltwaite, NE49 0BL
 
Could you confirm whether or not there has been any enforcement action taken, whether formal or informal (by way of verbal or written warnings) in respect of any environmental health concerns around the premises including, but not limited to, any noise related issues, whether that be from music, customers or extraction equipment, or any other enforcement action taken by the Environmental Health Team within the last two years.
 
A.1   There is no enforcement action listed against the premises in the last 2 years
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5774
Request Date: 15/03/2019