Details:

Reference Number: 5846
Request Date: 01/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q1. I would like to request the following information in relation to Northumberland libraries. How many books were checked out from the following libraries, Northumberland Library, Prudhoe Library, Blyth Library, Morpeth Library, Hexham Library, Bedlington Station Library, Alnwick Library, Amble Library, Ashington Library, Cramlington Library, Ponteland Library, Wooler Library, Bedlington Library, Bellingham Library, Seaton Valley Community Library, South Beach Library, Haltwhistle Library, Guide Post Library, Dudley Library, Seaton Sluice Library. From the 1st January 2012 -31st December 2012. 

Q.2    A rough estimate of the visitor numbers to each of the library mentioned above. From 1st January 2012 - 31st December 2012.

Q.3    How many books were checked out from the following libraries, Northumberland Library, Prudhoe Library, Blyth Library, Morpeth Library, Hexham Library, Bedlington Station Library, Alnwick Library, Amble Library, Ashington Library, Cramlington Library, Ponteland Library, Wooler Library, Bedlington Library, Bellingham Library, Seaton Valley Community Library, South Beach Library, Haltwhistle Library, Guide Post Library, Dudley Library, Seaton Sluice Library. From the 1st January 2013 -31st December 2013. 

Q.4    A rough estimate of the visitor numbers to each of the library mentioned above. From 1st January 2013 - 31st December 2013.

Q.5    How many books were checked out from the following libraries, Northumberland Library, Prudhoe Library, Blyth Library, Morpeth Library, Hexham Library, Bedlington Station Library, Alnwick Library, Amble Library, Ashington Library, Cramlington Library, Ponteland Library, Wooler Library, Bedlington Library, Bellingham Library, Seaton Valley Community Library, South Beach Library, Haltwhistle Library, Guide Post Library, Dudley Library, Seaton Sluice Library. From the 1st January 2014 -31st December 2014. 

Q.6    A rough estimate of the visitor numbers to each of the library mentioned above. From 1st January 2014 - 31st December 2014.

Q.7    How many books were checked out from the following libraries, Northumberland Library, Prudhoe Library, Blyth Library, Morpeth Library, Hexham Library, Bedlington Station Library, Alnwick Library, Amble Library, Ashington Library, Cramlington Library, Ponteland Library, Wooler Library, Bedlington Library, Bellingham Library, Seaton Valley Community Library, South Beach Library, Haltwhistle Library, Guide Post Library, Dudley Library, Seaton Sluice Library. From the 1st January 2015 -31st December 2015. 

Q.8    A rough estimate of the visitor numbers to each of the library mentioned above. From 1st January 2015 - 31st December 2015.

Q.9    How many books were checked out from the following libraries, Northumberland Library, Prudhoe Library, Blyth Library, Morpeth Library, Hexham Library, Bedlington Station Library, Alnwick Library, Amble Library, Ashington Library, Cramlington Library, Ponteland Library, Wooler Library, Bedlington Library, Bellingham Library, Seaton Valley Community Library, South Beach Library, Haltwhistle Library, Guide Post Library, Dudley Library, Seaton Sluice Library. From the 1st January 2016 -31st December 2016. 

Q.10    A rough estimate of the visitor numbers to each of the library mentioned above. From 1st January 2016 - 31st December 2016.

Q.11    How many books were checked out from the following libraries, Northumberland Library, Prudhoe Library, Blyth Library, Morpeth Library, Hexham Library, Bedlington Station Library, Alnwick Library, Amble Library, Ashington Library, Cramlington Library, Ponteland Library, Wooler Library, Bedlington Library, Bellingham Library, Seaton Valley Community Library, South Beach Library, Haltwhistle Library, Guide Post Library, Dudley Library, Seaton Sluice Library. From the 1st January 2017 -31st December 2017. 

Q.12    A rough estimate of the visitor numbers to each of the library mentioned above. From 1st January 2017 - 31st December 2017.

Q.13    How many books were checked out from the following libraries, Northumberland Library, Prudhoe Library, Blyth Library, Morpeth Library, Hexham Library, Bedlington Station Library, Alnwick Library, Amble Library, Ashington Library, Cramlington Library, Ponteland Library, Wooler Library, Bedlington Library, Bellingham Library, Seaton Valley Community Library, South Beach Library, Haltwhistle Library, Guide Post Library, Dudley Library, Seaton Sluice Library. From the 1st January 2018 -31st December 2018. 

Q.14    A rough estimate of the visitor numbers to each of the library mentioned above. From 1st January 2018 - 31st December 2018.

Q.15   The catchment population figures for the above libraries for each year during the requested period

A.1 - A.15   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.


Details:

Reference Number: 5852
Request Date: 01/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     In the 2018 calendar year how many parking tickets were issued to the vehicle that infringed parking regulations in the borough on the most occasions?

A.1     The most Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued to one vehicle in the calendar year 2018 was 58 PCNs.

Q.2     What was the penalty value of these tickets?

A.2      The total value of the PCNs issued to the vehicle is £3,840

Q.3     In what street or car park were the majority of them collected?

A.3      Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland.

Q.4     How many of them have been paid?

A.4      None.

Q.5     What was the make and model of the vehicle?

A.5      Fiat Bravo.

Q.6     If was a foreign-registered vehicle please state what was the nationality of its registration.

A.6      Not applicable.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5857
Request Date: 01/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please could you provide details of the number of open care homes in your local authority area for the following financial years: 

* 2018/19
* 2017/18
* 2016/17
* 2015/16
* 2014/15

A.1   This is published information, available from the website of the Care Quality Commission, www.cqc.org.  It can be found by following the link “Download our data” on their home page.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5860
Request Date: 01/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to you to request information regarding the funding of treatment for alcohol and substance misuse in each local authority (or your equivalent to a Local Authority). 

Q.1     Does your local authority provide any treatment or programme exclusively dedicated to assist children or young people suffering from alcoholism or substance-abuse? (if other addictive behaviours are catered for in your budget, please assume their inclusion in this request).

A.1 Yes, Public Health commissions a service called Sorted. It is a Substance Misuse service for young people in Northumberland (substances apply to all legal and illegal drugs, alcohol, volatile substances and over the counter and prescription drugs).

Q.2      Does your local authority provide any preventative programme exclusively dedicated to deter children or young people from alcoholism or substance-abuse? (if other addictive behaviours are catered for in your budget, please assume their inclusion in this request).

A.2 This is a specialist substance misuse service which provides intervention for children and young people up to age 18 within the Northumberland area. The primary aim of the service is to provide direct harm reduction work with young people and focused intervention for those who required individual treatment programs or support with transition. Young people are supported to stop using substances and reduce the associated risks from substance misuse, both to themselves and to their communities. They are supported to achieve good physical and emotional health and wellbeing. The service also delivers workforce development training to the wider workforce working with young people so that they can intervene early, provide advice and signposting.
   
Q.3      If so how much was spent on Prevention, Treatment or both combined if not separated in your budget in years ending  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 (please read this as ‘financial year ending’ or ‘calendar year ending’ whichever applies in your LA)

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


Details:

Reference Number: 5863
Request Date: 02/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Could you please tell me how much funding your council has received to support Brexit preparations?
 
Could you give me a breakdown of all money spent by the council to date that is attributable to Brexit planning and other expenditure related to Britain's potential withdrawal from the EU?
 
Could you tell me how much money has been spent on contingency plans or similar that the council has in place or previously has had in place for a 'no-deal Brexit' scenario should that eventuality arise?
 
Could you give me any information about the stockpiling of materials in the event of a ‘no-deal Brexit’?
 
Exemptions 

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information is exempt under section 36. In this case the Authority relies on sections 36(3) and 36(2)(c). 
 
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 Considerations 

Section 36 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. 

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 has spent money, obtained funding or 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 Local Resilience Forum (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: 5865
Request Date: 02/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     What Document / Records management system/s does the council currently use? Please include the supplier/vendor name, software product name and version number.

A.1     Please see the attached PDF. 

Q.1.2   What is the current annual cost for the solution?

A.1.2   Please see the attached PDF. 

Q.1.3   What year was the solution first purchased?

A.1.3   Please see the attached PDF. 

Q.1.4  Do you use a separate document management system in any department i.e. HR or Revenues and Benefits?

A.1.4  Yes, as above. 

Q.1.5  When will you be re-procuring a Revenues and Benefits system?

A.1.5   Current contract expires 30/11/2020, procurement for replacement will begin approximately 3 - 6 months prior 

Q.2     Where are physical records / documents stored?

A.2     Onsite at NCC buildings in small volumes, Northumberland County Council's (NCC) dedicated Records Management Centre and two third party suppliers are currently used; Cleardata and Datastor. 

Q.2.1  How many physical records are currently being stored either by supplier or by the council.

A.2.1  Onsite within NCC buildings - unknown. 
NCC's Records Management Centre - 8,971 large and 21,088 small
Cleardata - 401 small transfer case boxes 
Datastor - 3,200 large banker boxes

Q.2.2   If out sourced with a supplier please provide start/end date and spend for 2018.

A.2.2  Cleardata - start date 2015, annual spend £769.92.
Datastor - start date 2004, annual spend £17,274

Q.2.3   If managed in-house how much does the council spend annually on physical storage of records? Including any building and staff costs.

A.2.3  The building management service of the NCC site is managed by Woodhorn Charitable Trust on our behalf, this is within a service charge which is shared by Northumberland Archives. 

Q.3     Is there any agreements or projects in place to digitise paper records?

A.3     A tender is live for the procurement of a scanning supplier to digitise paper records. 

Q.3.1   If so, is this being done in-house or by a supplier?

A.3.1  Supplier 

Q.3.2   If by a supplier, please provide details of who and when the contract started.

A.3.2  Tenders are being evaluated currently and a supplier will be awarded following this exercise. 

Q.4    Can you please provide the name(s) and contact details of the member(s) of staff that would look after the above 3 points.

A.4     Records Manager - informationgovernance@northumberland.gov.uk 

Q.5    How many FOI/SAR did you receive in 2018?

A.5     In financial year 2018 - 19 we received the following:- 
FOI - 1,616 
SAR - 91 

Q.5.1   Do you have a cost per FOI request that you have calculated and what is that if so?

A.5.1   Information not held.

Q.5.2   Do you have a cost per SAR request that you have calculated and what is that if so?

A.5.2   Information not held.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5866
Request Date: 02/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    I would like and full and up to date list of business’s / companies / charities, that have become newly liable for business rates between the 15th March 2109 to the 31st March 2019. I would like the full business name and address / date of liability / type of premises.

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


Details:

Reference Number: 5867
Request Date: 02/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for details of looked after children placed in residential children’s homes.

Q.1    The total number of looked after children the council currently (as of, or around, today’s date) has Corporate Parenting responsibility for, who are currently placed in residential children’s homes (excluding fostering placements, secure children’s homes, residential special schools registered as children’s homes, children’s homes that provide respite care or short breaks only, and unregulated settings). Please note this definition of children’s homes is the same used by the Department for Education in collating children’s homes data in the Children’s Homes Data Pack.

Q.2     A breakdown of this total showing the number of placements within the local authority, and the number outside the local authority.

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: 5868
Request Date: 02/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    I request access to and copies of alternative investment portfolio records specifically for close-ended:
  • private equity funds
  • debt funds
  • real estate funds
  • infrastructure funds
  • fund of funds; and
  • hedge funds
(“the Records”) and details of:
  • committed capital
  • invested capital
  • distribution
  • market value
  • Net IRR; and
  • MOIC/TVPI
on a fund by fund basis with aggregated values since inception for quarter ending 31/12/2018 ("the Information";).

This request is ongoing, seeking copies of (or access to) all Records as they are filed with Northumberland County Council Pension Fund / updates to the Information as they are filed with the Northumberland County Council Pension Fund. I am further requesting that the Records / Information be provided to me in PDF or Excel format, if not maintained on computer files, in the same format as they are / it is currently maintained at the Northumberland County Council Pension Fund.

A.1   NCCPF has investments in closed ended partnerships for private equity and infrastructure.  

NCCPF has no holdings in close ended real estate or hedge funds.

Page 5 of the attached NCC Pension Fund Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18 lists all names and addresses of external investment management firms NCC Pension Fund allocates capital to.  Vintage years are shown in Note 20 (on page 78) of the attached NCC Pension Fund accounts 2017-18. The NCCPF Annual Report and Accounts for 2018-19 will be published on or around 31 July 2019.
   
Information including committed capital, invested capital, distributions and market value  is shown on the attached spreadsheet NCC Alternative Investments as at 31 December 2018, which is the most recent information available.

The most recent valuations held by NCC for each of the PE/Infrastructure partnerships are attached. Where IRRs or MOICs are held, they are included in this attached information.  The majority of these valuations relate to the 31 December 2018 period, with the exception of NB Alternatives, which are as at 30 September 2018 (awaiting the 31 December valuations)
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5870
Request Date: 03/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1a) How many penalty charge notices were issued to drivers in 2017, 2018 and 2019 thus far (please give data for each year separately)?

Q.1b) The total income from any fines/penalties issued to drivers from penalty charge notices in 2017, 2018 and 2019 thus far for each year separately.
 
Q.2a) The number of penalty charge notices issued to drivers in 2017, 2018 and 2019 thus far (please give data for each year separately), broken down by offence e.g. bus lane fines, parking fines, no right or left turn fines, yellow box junction fines?

Q.2b) The total income from any fines/penalties issued to drivers from penalty charge notices in 2017, 2018 and 2019 thus far for each year separately, broken down by offence as above .
               
A. Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5872
Request Date: 03/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please confirm how much the current advertisement in the Hexham Courant is costing; "Ambition for Education in the West TWO NEW SCHOOLS FOR HEXHAM"and also who authorised this advertisement for the two Hexham academies and  which budget the funding is coming from.

A.1   The cost for the Hexham Courant wraparound was £5,000. The council liaised and agreed content with all of the schools and services covered in the supplement. Funding came from a centralised council schools advertising budget.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5875
Request Date: 04/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I would be grateful if you could please send me a departmental structure, including contact telephone numbers  and job titles for the Planning Division, headed by Liz Sinnamon, and the Housing & Public Protection Division, headed by Phil Soderquest.

A.1 Director of Planning Services:  Rob Murfin
Senior Planning Manager (Planning & Policy):  Joan Sanderson
Senior Planning Manager (Development Management):  Elizabeth Sinnamon
Planning Manager (Neighbourhood Planning & Infrastructure):  David English
Technical Planning Team Manager:  Helen Paynter
Conservation Team Manager:  Sara Rushton
Highways Development Manager:  Graham Fairs
Planning Manager (Specialist Planning Services):  Vacant post

Head of Housing and Public Protection:  Phil Soderquest

Public Health Protection Unit Manager:  Peter Simpson
Community & Environmental Health Team Manager:  Liam Howley
Principal EHO Environmental Protection Team:  Wendy Stephenson
Principal EHO Environmental Enforcement Officer & Animal Welfare Team:  John Robertson
Principal EHO Commercial Team:  Mark Mitchell

Business Compliance & Support Unit Manager:  David Sayer
Trading Standards & Animal Health Team Manager:  Darin Wilson
Licensing Team Manager:  Tasmin Hardy
Building Control & Land Charges Team Manager:  Gordon Dickson
Principal Pest Control Officer:  Stephen Simmons
Technical Support Team Manager:  Debbie Carter

Please see the attached staffing structure for Housing.   N/B Housing are in the process of a restructure the outcome of which , including appointment to new posts etc should be complete within 2 months  

The contact number for Northumberland County Council is 0345 600 6400.

Q.2   It would also be helpful if you could provide a list of contacts who manage your parks, open spaces, play and outdoor leisure facilities if the function is not carried out by either of the above divisions.

A.2 Countryside and Green Spaces Manager: Mike Jeffrey
Parks and Green Spaces Officer West:  Sam Talbot
Parks and Green Spaces Officer North: Frances Povey 
Parks and Green Spaces Officer South East: Steve Johnson
Country Parks and Sites Officer:  Graham Mitcheson

Children's play areas outside larger parks are managed and maintained by the local Town or Parish Council.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5877
Request Date: 04/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1. Please provide a list of all residential care homes providing council-funded adult care services in 2018/19, the number of council-funded clients placed at each location during the year, and the amount of council expenditure on care at each location. If possible, please highlight those residential care homes that are for people with learning disabilities/difficulties.
 
A.1  Please see the attached spreadsheet.  Where the number of council-funded residents is less than five, exact figures have not been given, to minimise the risk of disclosing personally identifiable information.

Fees and charges

Q.2.  In 2010/11, how many people received council-funded adult care services?
A.2   5718

Q.3.  Of the figure in question 2, how many were required to make a financial contribution towards their care package?
A.3   2189

Q.4.  In 2012/13, how many people received council-funded adult care services?
A.4   4825

Q.5.  Of the figure in question 4, how many were required to make a financial contribution towards their care package?
A.5   3304

6.      In 2018/19, how many people received council-funded adult care services?
A.6   5069

Q.7. Of the figure in question 6, how many were required to make a financial contribution towards their care package? Please provide the figures for questions 2-7 in the attached spreadsheet.
A.7   3915

Q.8. Please provide the schedule of adult care fees and charges for 2010/11
A.8   An information sheet summarising our charges for non-residential services in that year is attached.  Charges for care home placements were nationally prescribed, so there was no local schedule of charges.

Q.9. Please provide the schedule of adult care fees and charges for 2012/13
A.9  An information sheet summarising our charges for non-residential services in that year is attached.  Charges for care home placements were nationally prescribed, so there was no local schedule of charges.

Q.10. Please provide the schedule of adult care fees and charges for 2019/20
A.10   An information sheet summarising our current charges for non-residential services is attached.  We follow the regulations issued under the Care Act in setting charges for care home placements, and in common (so far as we are aware) with all other local authorities, have not taken up the discretion under the Act to set rates of charge below those arrived at by following the regulations.

Resource Allocation Systems (RAS)
Q.11. Please provide the council's current RAS allocation table - this should show the indicative funding attached to each RAS score/band
 
A.11-14   We have at no time made use of a RAS in the usual sense.  We provide people with indicative personal budgets based on the number of hours of support which we assess would be required to meet their eligible needs if we were doing so by making efficient use of conventional services, and the hourly rates which we would normally expect to be necessary if they were arranging that number of hours of support by employing personal assistants through a direct payment.  These figures are then revised to match the costs of the agreed care and support plan.
 
Q.12. Please provide the scoring criteria underpinning the council's current RAS - this should show the questions that form part of the RAS needs assessment and the scores accruing to different responses.
 
Q.13. Please provide the council's RAS allocation table that was in use in 2010/11. If this is not available, please provide the earliest RAS allocation table that is available.
 
Q.14. Please provide the scoring criteria underpinning the RAS allocation table 
provided in response to question 13 - if the 2010/11 allocation table has been provided, please provide the corresponding scoring criteria; if a different year's allocation table has been provided, please provide that year's corresponding scoring criteria.
 
Strength-based assessments
Q.15. Does the council use strength-based approaches when assessing adult care needs?
A.15   In line with the Care Act statutory guidance, we expect staff working with people with care and support needs to consider each person’s strengths and their informal support networks as well as their needs and the risks they face.

Q.16. When did the council introduce strength-based assessments for adult care?
A.16   So far as we are aware, the principles in the Care Act guidance summarised in the previous response have been seen as good social work practice throughout the history of modern social work.

Q.17. Has the council used IMPOWER consultancy since 2013, and if so, regarding what?
A.17   The Council has no record of having made payments to this consultancy since 2013.

Data recording
The following questions are submitted under the section 16 'duty to assist' - they are not requests for the provision of information as such, but requests to know whether and how the council records certain information. Thus the following questions should not be counted towards the section 12 cost limit.
 
Q.18. When new clients approach the council requesting adult social care support, does the council record whether or not they are leaving hospital care? Is it possible to sort the data on the outcomes of assessments of requests for support between clients leaving hospital care and clients who are not leaving hospital care?
A.18   We collect the information under these headings which is required by the annual SALT return to NHS Digital.  We would not regard it as providing particularly meaningful data, or as being usefully comparable between local authorities, since the concept of a “request for support” is likely to have significantly different meanings in each area depending on the way in which the area’s local systems work, and the nature of the relationship between the local authority and the NHS.

Q.19. Has the council recorded, since 2010, the number of requests for adult social care support that are met with short term support to maximise independence?
A.19   In its current form, this information has been recorded only since the introduction of the SALT return.  While we hold information relevant to this topic for earlier years, it would not necessarily be directly comparable with SALT statistics.

Q.20.  I would like the information sent by email. Please also state how long it took the council to respond to this request, relative to the s12 time/cost limit.
A.20   We have not recorded the total staff time taken up by this request, since we were satisfied that it could be met within the S12 time limit by the specialist information analysis staff who have produced the data.  Please note that we are unable to guarantee that these specialist staff will always have the capacity to meet complex FOI requests, since their primary function is to produce the information which we need to manage our social care functions.  If the FOI workload reached a point where it became necessary for us to allocate requests to less skilled administrative staff at costs closer to the notional figures in the FOI regulations, it is doubtful whether we would be able to respond to enquiries of this nature within the FOI time limit.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5879
Request Date: 04/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Could I please have a list of council run youth centres and clubs with their address, which have operated at any point between 2010 and 2019, along with dates of opening and closure if they started or ceased operation over the period.

A.1   Due to re-structures and changes of management the following is given as an accurate record to the best of our knowledge.

Council run Youth Centres during this period include:

Since 2009 Northumberland Youth Service has directly managed four centres (Alnwick, Ponteland, Prudhoe, Morpeth). 

Alnwick Community Centre, Howling Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1DN (2011 to Present)
Ponteland Hut, Callerton Ln, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9EY (2010 to 2019)
Prudhoe East Centre, 37 Front St, Prudhoe NE42 5DQ (2010 to Present)
KEVI Youth Block, Cottingwood Ln, Morpeth NE61 1DN (2010 to 2016)

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 and is used by themselves.

Since 2019 Ponteland Youth Block is subject to an asset transfer to a local childcare provider but is still available on occasion should need dictate.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5883
Request Date: 05/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    NCC emails/ notes of meetings  regarding the letting of the premises when reconstructing the bridge.

A.1     Please see the attached document.  We have no other correspondence as the gentleman who was involved with this has left the authority and we don't have access to his emails.

Q.2     A list of properties in NCC area that are / have been subject to rating reductions , either full or partial due to building works.

A.2 The Council do not hold this type of information. We are advised by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) only of the Increase / Reduction and the effective date only.

Q.3     List of business rated properties that received a reduction due to the Rothbury bridge works and or Cragend  landslide roadworks

A.3 Our records show 48 properties that appear to have had a temporary rateable value reduction because of the Cragend Landslide. We are not aware of any specific reductions for the bridge works. The VOA may have specific information on this type of data?

Q.4     Internal correspondence / e mails regarding the rates on this property regarding meetings with your Mr Prince

A.4 Please see the attached document.


Details:

Reference Number: 5884
Request Date: 05/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

We are collecting information about the number of staff employed by fire and rescue services.
 
Specifically we would like to know how many (a) wholetime firefighter, (b) retained firefighter, (c) fire control room, (d) support staff and (e) total staff there were employed in your Fire and Rescue Service, measured by headcount, on 31 March 2018 and 31 March 2019.
 
We would appreciate a table for the respective years detailing the data in the following format:
 
Q.1    How many people were employed by the fire and rescue service (headcount) in the following roles on 31 March 2018:
 
  Headcount
Wholetime 143
Retained 155
Control 17
Support 38
Total 353
 
 
Q.2    How many people were employed by the fire and rescue service (headcount) in the following roles on 31 March 2019:
 
  Headcount
Wholetime 136
Retained 147
Control 16
Support 38
Total 337
 
 
Please note this is the same criteria used for reporting to governments
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5885
Request Date: 05/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I am writing regarding the use of Public Works Loan Board funding by local authorities.  I have noticed that between March 2018 and February 2019, your Local Authority took on £75million in such loans.  Regarding your Local Authority's Public Works Loan Board Applications.  Please can you specify, for each loan, what the purpose of the loan was. 

A.1   The capital financing regime that operates in local authorities means that borrowing is not allocated to individual projects and therefore can only be considered in the context of the overall / global capital programme. Like all other local authorities, Northumberland County Council funds its capital borrowing requirements in totality, instead of taking out specific loans for individual projects or items of capital spend.  The Council’s need to borrow is identified by a calculation known as the Capital Financing Requirement (CFR). This requirement is then funded by a portfolio of external loans, but also by a degree of what is commonly referred to as ‘internal borrowing’. This is where the Council’s uses its investments balances, and foregoes investment income, in lieu of borrowing externally, in order to reduce the net interest cost. The new loans with the PWLB were therefore taken as part of the overall borrowing requirement movement for the year, including the replacement of maturing loans.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5887
Request Date: 05/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act to request the following information on each secondary school in Northumberland:

- School Name
- Local Authority Establishment Number (LAESTAB)
- Unique Reference Number (URN)
- The number of children admitted under a distance criterion
- The distance of the furthest child admitted under a distance criterion

I would like this information for the school years 2006/07 through to 2012/13.

A.1   We have only published allocations with regards to oversubscription criteria (including distance) since 2010. Please see attached our Admissions Handbooks from 2006-2012. The information re: School name, LA establishment number and URN can be found in all handbooks. The number of children admitted under distance criterion and distance of furthest child allocated under distance criterion can be found in the 2010/2011, 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 handbooks.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 5888
Request Date: 05/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please may I have the most up to date organisational structure for the entire Children’s Services and Adults Services within the council.
 
Please can I have a breakdown of the following:
 
- Individual teams within Children’s and Adults Services.
- Managers name and position which would include Director/AD/Public Health/Head of Service and Service Manager (stating whether they are interim or permanent).
- Contact details including telephone numbers and email addresses of all Managers above in Children and Adults Services.
- All manager PA names and contact details including telephone numbers and email addresses.

A.1    The contact information can be found via the link below however, we are in the process of updating this list which will be published on our website:

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/About-the-Council/Senior-Management-Structure-July-2018-v2.pdf
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5889
Request Date: 05/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please can a copy of the 27/2/19 Food Safety Report be emailed to me

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


Details:

Reference Number: 5890
Request Date: 05/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many children’s playgrounds were managed by the local authority in each year from 2009-10? 

A.1   16

Q.2   How many children’s playgrounds  have been closed in each year since 2009-10? 

A.2   None

Q.3   How many children’s playgrounds  have been opened in each year since 2009-10? 

A.3   None

Q.4   How much local authority money has been spent on children’s playgrounds in each year since 2009-10? 

A.4   Children's playgrounds are managed through the use of multidisciplinary grounds maintenance and cleansing  teams. It is not possible to disaggregate the money spent on play areas alone.

Q.5   How many children’s playgrounds are proposed for closure within the next year (ie 2019-20)? 

A.5   None

Q.5   How much do you propose to spend on children's playgrounds in 2019-20?

A.5   See response to Q.4 above.

Q.6   How many children's playgrounds have been sold off to private buyers since 2009-10, who were the buyers and how much were they sold for?

A.6   None

NB Following local government reorganisation in 2008 most children's play areas other than in larger parks were transferred to Town and Parish Councils. The answers given above relate only to County Council assets.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5891
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am currently doing some research into IT Service Management trends in the UK public sector. 

Q.1   What software product(s) are you using to manage your IT Service Management (e.g. Landesk, ServiceNow, Cherwell, Hornbill etc.)?
 
A.1    Hornbill

Q.2   Who is your current vendor?

A.2    Hornbill

Q.3   When does the contract with your current service desk provider end?

A.3   12 month subscription, renewed annually

Q.4   How much does your current ITSM service desk tool cost annually?

A.4    £38,771.42

Q.5   When will you be looking to review your current service desk tool

A.5    2021
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5893
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please send me a copy of the food hygiene inspection report generated as a result of the inspection of The Sun Inn, High Church, Morpeth, NE61 2QT on 27th 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: 5894
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 We were dismayed to see the zero rating for the sun inn Morpeth as we eat here regularly. Could we please see the report as a matter of interest?

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


Details:

Reference Number: 5895
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I am writing to request the full food hygiene report for the Sun Inn at Morpeth following their recent inspection in 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: 5896
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Would you be able to send me the sun inn Morpeth’s hygiene report in full 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: 5898
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many LEA schools provide pre-school education? 

A.1   131

Q.2  How many children are registered to attend pre-school at LEA schools?      

A.2   3064

Q.3  How many LEA schools provide reception school education?

A.3   Please see attached handbook 

Q.4  How many children are registered to attend reception at LEA schools?      

A.4   3262

Q.5  Do any of your information sources relating to Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) contain information specifically about dyslexia?      

A.5   The LAs SENCO handbook refers to dyslexia

Q.6  Do any of your information sources relating to SEND contain information specifically about Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?   
   
A.6   The Sensory Support have leaflets about APD 

Q.7  How many children in your area are registered for SEND support?      

A.7   5001  

Q.8  Do you hold information on the number of children with dyslexia registered for SEND support?     

A.8  Dyslexia is not a category of need on its own. It is often captured within Specific Learning Difficulty. 

Q.9   If yes how many are registered currently?   
   
A.9   422 pupils were identified with this need in the latest school census.

Q.10  Do you hold information on the number of children with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) registered for SEND support?

A.10   Yes   

Q.11  If yes how many are registered currently?

A.11   Less than 5  

All the Local Authority Teachers of the Deaf carry out an acoustic survey of classrooms with HI learners.

Based on the results of this we offer advice about how to improve the listening environment of the classrooms.

We are aware of the BATOD mesh guidance
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5901
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Looked after children: numbers and placements

Q.1    How many children were looked after by your local authority in the following periods of time
a) Between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019
b) between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018
c) between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017
d) between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016

Q.2    How many children were looked after by your local authority in the following periods of time
e) At 31 March 2019
f) at 31 March 2018
g) at 31 March 2017
h) at 31 March 2016

Q.3    How many looked after children at 31 March of each year specified below were placed in the following settings outside your local authority boundaries?

Q.4    How many looked after children at 31 March of each year specified below were placed in the following settings inside your local authority boundaries?

Q.5    In the periods of time specified in the table below how many looked after children, who your local authority was responsible for, were placed outside of your local authority boundaries and how many placements did this relate to?

Q.6    In the periods of time specified in the table below how many children were placed in out of area placements more than 20 miles of their home address and how many placements this relates to?

Q.7    Of the children placed outside your local authority boundaries and in the periods of time specified in the table below how many looked after children were placed in distant placements and how many placements this relates to?

Looked after children your local authority is responsible for going missing from our of area placements

Q.8    Of the children placed outside your local authority boundaries and in the periods of time specified in the table below how many children went missing and how many missing incidents it relates to?

Q.9    Who is currently commissioned to provide RHIs to looked after children who are placed out of area?

Q.10   For the looked after children your local authority is responsible for placed outside of your local authority and for the periods of time specified in the table below how many children went missing from the following placements:

Q.11   For the looked after children your local authority is responsible for placed outside of your local authority and for the periods of time specified in the table below how missing incidents were reported from the following placements:

Looked after children from other local authorities placed in your local area

Q.12   In the periods of time specified in the table below how many looked after children were placed in your local authority by other local authorities and how many placements this relates to?

Q.13   Out of children placed in your local authority by other local authorities and in the period of time specified in the table below how many children were in distant placements?

Q.14   Out of children placed in your local authority by other local authorities and in the period of time specified in the table below how many children went missing and how many missing incidents it relates to?

A.1 - A.14    Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response

Please note we do not hold information for looked after children from other local authorities placed within our local area so we are unable to provide this data.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5902
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Request for a copy of the documents containing the following information:
 
Q.1      Details of the lowest, highest and average weekly fee rates agreed with external suppliers of Independent Foster Care Services for the current year (2019/2020).
 
Example response as follows –
Lowest weekly fee rate = £461.28
Highest weekly fee rate = £1150.71
Average weekly fee rate = £746.51
 
Q.2      Details of the lowest, highest and average weekly fee rates paid to local authority carers.
 
(Please note that for questions 1 and 2, we do not require details of all rates paid to individual suppliers, simply minimum, maximum and average rates payable.)
 
Example response as follows –
Lowest weekly fee rate = £256.25
Highest weekly fee rate = £642.06
Average weekly fee rate = £416
  
Q.3     Details of the rates of each tier for independent fostering agencies (if there is a framework agreement in place), or confirmation that tier rates have not changed from the previous year.
 
Example response as follows -
Tier rates have not changed from the previous year
Or
Tier 1 (0-4) = £259.00
Tier 1 (5-10) = £282.00
Tier 1 (11+) = £327.00
Tier 1 (16+) = £372.00
 
Tier 2 (0-4) = £284.00
Tier 2 (5-10) = £307.00
Tier 2 (11+) = £352.00
Tier 2 (16+) = £397.00
 
Tier 3 (0-4) = £310.00
Tier 3 (5-10) = £333.00
Tier 3 (11+) = £378.00
Tier 3 (16+) = £423.004
 
Q.4     The number of looked after children in foster care as at 31 March 2019 and of those children, the percentage looked after by independent foster agencies.
 
Example response as follows –
There were 51 looked after children in foster care as of 31 March 2019 and of those children, 30% were looked after by independent foster agencies. 
 
A.1 - A.4   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5903
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Our responses to your questions, taking account of the clarifications which you have provided, are as follows:

Q.1  In 2018, the number of full-time care home beds under the jurisdiction of Northumberland County Council. And the breakdown of bed numbers managed by a) the local authority, b) the third sector c) the private sector.

A.1  Based on your response to our clarification request, we assume that this refers to care home beds in the area of Northumberland.  This is published information, available from the Care Quality Commission website.

Q.2  In 2018, the number of occupied full-time care home beds under the jurisdiction of Northumberland County Council. And the breakdown of bed numbers managed by a) the local authority, b) the third sector c) the private sector.

A.2  We do not hold comprehensive information about occupancy of care home beds, since some are occupied under private arrangements, or arrangements with other public bodies.

Q.3  In 2018, the number of unoccupied full-time care home beds under the jurisdiction of Northumberland County Council. And the breakdown of bed numbers managed by a) the local authority, b) the third sector c) the private sector.

A.3  We do not hold comprehensive information about vacant care home beds, since some are occupied under private arrangements, or arrangements with other public bodies.

Q.4  Throughout 2018, the average available care home capacity as a percentage of total care home capacity under the jurisdiction of the local authority.

A.4  We do not hold comprehensive information about vacant care home beds, since some are occupied under private arrangements, or arrangements with other public bodies.

Q.5  The number of care providers, that have provided care on behalf and under the jurisdiction of Northumberland County Council that have face insolvency since 2010.

A.5   On our best understanding of this question, after considering your clarification, we think that we do not hold comprehensive information about this.  Details of companies in Northumberland which have become insolvent are available at https://www.thegazette.co.uk/insolvency/notice (results can be filtered by local authority area).

Care funding
Q.6  In 2018, the number of care home occupants, under the jurisdiction of Northumberland County Council, who a) Have their needs fully-funded by Northumberland County Council b) Have their needs fully-funded by the NHS C) Have their needs partly funded by Northumberland County Council d) Self-fund their own care in full.

A.6a    There are no residents in care homes who are fully funded by the Council.  All residents are required to pay a contribution towards their fees, or are partially or wholly funded by the NHS.

A.6b    We do not have comprehensive information about this, since residents can be funded in care homes in Northumberland by Clinical Commissioning Groups from outside our area.

A.6c    As at 31/03/2018 – 1712

A.6d    We do not have comprehensive information about this, since the majority of people paying the full cost of their care are doing so under private arrangements.  We estimate that the number is likely to be around 700-900.

Q.7  In 2018, the number of those receiving full-time home care, under the jurisdiction of Northumberland County Council, who a) Have their needs fully-funded by Northumberland County Council b) Have their needs fully-funded by the NHS C) Have their needs partly funded by Northumberland County Council d) Self-fund their own care in full.

A.7   On the basis of your clarification, we have assumed that this refers to people receiving 70 hours or more of home care per week, and that “under the jurisdiction of Northumberland County Council” means in the area of Northumberland.

A.7a    As at 31/03/2018 – 43

A.7b    We do not hold comprehensive information about this, since residents can be funded to receive home care in Northumberland by Clinical Commissioning Groups from outside our area, if they are registered with an out-of-county GP practice.

A.7c     As at 31/03/2018 – 85.

A.7d    We do not have comprehensive information about this, since the majority of people paying the full cost of their care are doing so under private arrangements.

Q.8  In 2018, the number of those over the age of 65 assessed as having a care need, under the jurisdiction of Northumberland County Council, who a) Have their needs fully-funded by  Borough Council b) Have their needs fully-funded by the NHS C) Have their needs partly funded by Borough Council d) Self-fund their own care in full.

A.8a   As at 31/03/2018 – 562

A.8b   For the reasons given above, we do not have comprehensive information about this

A.8c    As at 31/03/2018 – 944

A.8d  For the reasons given above, we do not have comprehensive information about this

Q.9  In 2018, the average weekly cost of care home beds, under the jurisdiction of Northumberland County Council, who a) Have their needs fully-funded by Northumberland County Council b) Have their needs fully-funded by the NHS C) Have their needs partly funded by Northumberland County Council d) Self-fund their own care in full.

A.9a   As explained above, there are no residents in this position.

A.9b  For the reasons given above, we do not have comprehensive information about this

A.9c    As at 31/03/2018 – £439.16

A.9d   For the reasons given above, we do not have comprehensive information about this

Q.10  The average sum Northumberland County Council contributes to those over the age of 65, assessed as having a care need, who are part-funding their care.

A.10 - A.20   These sums can be calculated from published information.  Local authority budgets are published each year on the website of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; population estimates are published by the Office of National Statistics.

Q.11  The highest sum Northumberland County Council contributes to those over the age of 65, assessed as having a care need, who are part-funding their care.
 
Northumberland County Council budget (per capita)
Q.12  In 2018, the monetary sum of a) The overall Northumberland County Council budget b) The Northumberland County Council budget for adult social care c) The Northumberland County Council adult social care budget that is spent on those over the age of 65.

Q.13  In 2017, the monetary sum of a) The overall Northumberland County Council budget b) The Northumberland County Council budget for adult social care c) The Northumberland County Council adult social care budget that was spent on those over the age of 65.

Q.14  In 2016, the monetary sum of a) The overall Northumberland County Council budget b) The Northumberland County Council budget for adult social care c) The Northumberland County Council adult social care budget that was spent on those over the age of 65.

Q.15  In 2015, the monetary sum of a) The overall Northumberland County Council budget b) The Northumberland County Council budget for adult social care c) The Northumberland County Council adult social care budget that was spent on those over the age of 65.

Q.16  In 2014, the monetary sum of a) The overall Northumberland County Council budget b) The Northumberland County Council budget for adult social care c) The Northumberland County Council adult social care budget that is spent on those over the age of 65.

Q.17  In 2013, the monetary sum of a) The overall Northumberland County Council budget b) The  Borough Council budget for adult social care c) The Northumberland County Council adult social care budget that is spent on those over the age of 65.

Q.18  In 2012, the monetary sum of a) The overall Northumberland County Council budget b) The Northumberland County Council budget for adult social care c) The Northumberland County Council adult social care budget that is spent on those over the age of 65.

Q.19  In 2011, the monetary sum of a) The overall Northumberland County Council budget b) The Northumberland County Council budget for adult social care c) The Northumberland County Council adult social care budget that is spent on those over the age of 65.

Q.20  In 2010, the monetary sum of a) The overall Northumberland County Council budget b) The Northumberland County Council budget for adult social care c) The Northumberland County Council adult social care budget that is spent on those over the age of 65.

Q.21  In 2018, the total number of those over the age of 65, assessed as having a care need and entitled to funding from Northumberland County Council, who had financial support in the form of a direct payment.

A.21   As at 31/03/2018 – 253

Q.22  In 2018, the total number of those over the age of 65, assessed as having a care need and entitled to funding from Northumberland County Council, who received financial support from the Northumberland County Council.

A.22   As at 31/03/2018 – 2660

Workforce
Q.23  The average vacancy rate for adult social care jobs under the jurisdiction of Northumberland County Council throughout 2018.

A.23 - A.25   On the basis of your clarification, we understand these questions to refer to all jobs and care homes based in Northumberland.  We do not hold comprehensive information about this.

Q.24  The average vacancy rate for care home jobs under the jurisdiction of Northumberland County Council throughout 2018.

Q.25  Care staff turnover as a percentage of total care staff workforce under the jurisdiction of the local authority in 2018.

Q.26  The number of care workers, under the jurisdiction of the local authority, who are paid less than the National Living Wage.
 
A.26   We do not hold this information.  Workers below the age of 25 are not entitled to the National Living Wage, but we do not know how many of them across all care employers are in fact paid below that level.

Elderly population
Q.27  The number of elderly people over the age of 65 in a) 2018 b) 2017 c) 2016 d) 2015 e) 2014

A.27   Estimates for this are published information, available from the website of the Office for National Statistics.

Q.28  The number of elderly people over the age of 65 who were assessed as having a care need in a) 2018 b) 2017 c) 2016 d) 2015 e) 2014.

A.28   
31/03/2018    3277

31/03/2017    3315
31/03/2016    3186
31/03/2015    3064
31/03/2014    3133

Q.29   The number of elderly people over the age of 65 who were assessed as having a full-time care need in a) 2018 b)  2017 c) 2016 d) 2015 e) 2014.
 
A.29   
31/03/2018    1446

31/03/2017    1420
31/03/2016    1335
31/03/2015    1305
31/03/2014    1407

Safeguarding
Q.30  For those adults over the age of 65 receiving social care under the jurisdiction of the local authority, the number of reported ‘safeguarding’ escalations to the local authority during 2018.  

A.30 - A.31   This information is scheduled for publication nationally (broken down by local authority), following validation by statisticians at NHS Digital.  It therefore falls outside the scope of the FOI legislation. Information about previous years is available on the NHS Digital website.

Q.31  For those adults over the age of 65 receiving social care under the jurisdiction of the local authority, the number of reported abuse allegations to the local authority during 2018. 
 
Q.32  For those adults over the age of 65 receiving social care under the jurisdiction of the local authority, the number of sanctioned abuse allegations to the local authority during 2018.

A.32   Since you did not respond in your clarification to our question about the meaning of the phrase “sanctioned abuse allegations”, we are not able to interpret this question.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5904
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Private SEND provision:
Q.1       How much did the local authority spend on private (independent, non state-run) special educational provision for pupils in the following years: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19?
 
A.1     
2016/17 - £4,127,528

2017/18 - £3,875,443
2018/19 - £4,634,133
 
Q.2        How many pupils with special educational needs did the local authority send to private SEND provision in the following years: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19?
 
A.2     
2016/17 - 98

2017/18 - 117
2018/19 - 186

Q.3        If any new private SEND provision has opened in the local authority in the last three years, please state a) the names of all new private SEND providers that opened b) the year they opened (between 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19)
 
A.3    Buzz Learning opened as a new Independent Special School in March 2018.

Q.4       What are the reasons for any increase or decrease in the amount being spent on private SEND provision for pupils in the past three years?
 
A.4    The increasing expenditure on Independent Special Schools is due to an increase in demand for placements and an increase in the fees for these providers.

Private Alternative Provision:
Q.1      How much did the local authority spend on private (independent, non state-run) alternative provision for excluded and other vulnerable pupils in the following years: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19?
 
A.1     
2016/17 - £638,567

2017/18 - £998,511
2018/19 - £1517829

Q.2.     How many pupils did the local authority send to private AP provision in the following years: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19?
 
A.2     
2016/17 - 63

2017/18 - 116
2018/19 - 156

Q.3.     If any new private AP provision has opened in the local authority in the last three years, please state a) the names of all new private AP providers that opened b) the year they opened (between 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19)
 
A.3.     Total Tuition opened in Sept 2018

Q.4.    What are the reasons for any increase or decrease in the amount being spent on private AP provision for pupils in the past three years?
 
A.4.     Increase is related to the rise in permanent exclusions.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5905
Request Date: 08/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Sun Inn Morpeth - Could I please have a copy of the report dated 27 feb 2019 for this restaurant

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


Details:

Reference Number: 5909
Request Date: 09/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I wish to know of all councils whether or not you conduct any regular inspections of hunts in your area. Please answer the following specific questions:

Q.1     As most hunts are now registered limited companies, are they subjected to business tax and business records inspections by the council, if not who conducts these inspections?

A.1 http://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/ 

Q.2     Does the council conduct inspections of the premises of these businesses and for what reasons, if not why not?

A.2 This information may be held by the Master of Foxhounds Association.

https://thehuntingoffice.org.uk/

Q.3     Does the council inspect planning permission for hound kennels, if not why not?

A.3 When planning permission is granted for any development including kennels no inspections are carried out following the approval. The Planning Officer will usually visit the site during the application process to assess the site but once the application is approved no further visits are carried out.  If we receive a report of a potential breach the Enforcement Team will start an investigation into the alleged breach which will usually include a visit to the site.

Q.4     Does the council inspect the kennels for correct accommodation suitability and conditions for keeping hounds. If not why not?

A.4 Please see the response to Q.2.

Q.5     Does the council inspect (with the correct trained member of staff) the hounds for health and welfare. If not why not?

A.5 Please see the response to Q.2.

Q.6      Does the council inspect premises and the practises of hunts in regards to disposal of waste using drains and water courses. If not why not?

A.6 Please see the response to Q.2.

Q.7      Does the council inspect hunts to check they adhere to regulations regarding the proper disposal of hound carcases and farm animal carcass`s used to feed hounds. If not why not?

A.7 Please see the response to Q.2.

Q.8      Are hunting hounds ever checked for health (potential diseases) before they attend events which bring them into direct contact with the public, such as Boxing Day meets, country shows and primary school visits which risk spreading diseases (particularly to the old and young). If not why not?

A.8 Animal Health inspect hunt kennels, only in relation to the legislation covering farm animal carcasses being supplied to them. 

We are unaware as to who carries out the inspections but this information may be held by the Master of Foxhounds Association.

Q.9      Are hunts inspected to ensure that they are following health and safety codes in the work place and when out in public, including COSHH certificates for any substance used on site or for trails? If not why not?

A.9 Please see the response to Q.2.

Given the recent prosecution of William Pinkney (Carmarthenshire Hunt) and the case of hounds with TB at Kimblewick hunt a while ago, the public need to know what is happening with their local hunts regarding these matters and to feel that regulations that should be adhered to are being enforced and checked regularly by authorities.

FYI I include some information on disease in hounds, health and safety codes and the recent expose of the disgraceful and unsafe behaviour of the Carmarthenshire hunt operative.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5910
Request Date: 09/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   total number of all assessments liable for non-domestic (business) rates in the local authority area during 2017/18 and 2018/19. 

Q.2   in the financial years 2017/18 and 2018/19 please advise:-
I) total number of summons issued in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or and/or in part of non-domestic (business) rates.
II) total number of Liability Orders obtained in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business) rates.
III) total number of referrals made to Enforcement Officers (Bailiffs) to enforce Liability Orders for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business) rates.

If my request is denied in whole and/or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the Act. I will also expect you to release all non-exempt material. I reserve the right to appeal any decision to withhold information and/or to charge fees from which this request should be exempt.
 
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: 5911
Request Date: 09/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I would like to request the following information about business rates accounts that have credit please:
  • Property reference numbers
  • Ratepayers
  • Start dates
  • Credit information
I am aware that the Account Name may be considered personal in some instances so I ask that in these cases you supply the rest of the information provided with the Account name redacted. Also, if there are any aspects of our request you cannot disclose information for, could you please identify them with a reason. 

Exemptions

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,

 


Details:

Reference Number: 5912
Request Date: 09/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   can I have a database containing the contact details for all schools in Northumberland, including postal address and email, please.

A.1   School information is available on our website:

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/SearchResults.aspx?searchtext=schools+in+northumberland&searchmode=anyword&searchtype=services 
 


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Reference Number: 5913
Request Date: 09/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    A list of all Primary, Infant and Junior schools in Northumberland and whether they were oversubscribed or not-oversubscribed on national offer day 2019 (16th April). 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 schools and associated information can be found in our handbook:
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Document-store/School%20admissions/Admissions-Handbook-PRIMARY-School-2018-19.pdf  

Q.2   The total number of places offered at each school. Questions 3-5 apply to oversubscribed schools identified in question 1 only:

A.2   Please see attached spreadsheet.

Q.3  The number of on-time applicants refused a place who did not receive 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. Please answer for each individual school.
 
A.3   Please see attached.

Q.4  The admission criterion under which the last successful applicant was admitted.
 
A.4   Please see attached.

Q.5  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 Northumberland Local Authority even if you are unable to provide all the requested information - simply mark the relevant values as ‘Not Known’.

A.5   Please see attached.

Note:   If any of these dates differ - please align to the relevant primary offer/deadline dates for your local authority.
  • Primary National Offer Day – 16th April 2019.
  • On-time applications – submitted before 15th January 2019.
  • Late applications – submitted after 15th January 2019.
Middle deemed Primary schools (if present in your authority) may align with other Primary education provider dates.
 


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Reference Number: 5914
Request Date: 09/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/1/2018 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/1/2018, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details. This should include deaths of any clients whose affairs are managed by the Councils Safeguarding or Deputy-ship Teams, where applicable. Please also supply a list of any Public Health Act Funerals carried out from the above date (also known as Welfare or Environmental Health Act funerals) if this does not form part of your reply to the above. This should include funerals carried out by the council or on behalf of any third party. If this information is now provided on your website, please send the hyperlink. Please include as much of the following information as you are able to:
 
Q.1   the deceased's full names

A.1   We do not provide the above information pursuant to S31(1)(a)  Freedom of information Act 2000.

Q.2   the date they died 

A.2   Please see the attached document
 
Q.3   the approximate value of their estate 4. their date and place of birth or age at death 

A.3   We do not have records regarding values of the estates.

Q.5   whether or not they were married, divorced, single, or widowed 

A.5   We do not retain a record as information was not available at the time of referral
 
Q.6   the maiden surnames of married females or widows 

A.6   We do not retain a record as information was not available  at the time of referral

Q.7   their address at death 

A.7   We do not provide the above information pursuant to S31(1)(a) Freedom of information Act 2000.
 
Q.8   the date when a referral was made of this estate to any other 3rd party or body to research or administer and the name of the 3rd party concerned. 

A.8   We do not make referrals to third parties, relevant cases  are referred to the Government Legal Department.
 
Q.9   If a referral to a 3rd party or body has not yet been made could you advise of the case details as above too. 

A.9   N/A
 
Q.10  If a case referral to a 3rd party or body is still undecided or awaiting referral, please also advise of details of the deceased.

A.10   N/A
 
The  information requested is regularly published. We send it as soon as we receive a death certificate from someone with no known next of kin to the Bona Vacantia Division of the Government Legal Department who publish it within five working days
 
Public  Interest Test Considerations Section 31(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. Although the public interest will be high in disclosing this information, the exemptions provided by sections 31(1)(a) and (b) very obviously serve to protect society from crime.
 
On balance, and in all the circumstances of this particular case, we have concluded that the public interest is  best served by maintaining the exemption at section 31(1) at this time. 

Notice of Refusal 

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


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Reference Number: 5915
Request Date: 10/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please provide me with a list of landlords (names and addresses) for licensed HMO's and Selective Licensing

A.1   The information is available by https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Housing/Private.aspx
 
We do not have any selective licences.
 


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Reference Number: 5916
Request Date: 10/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   During the last 7 years, have you made a significant investment in carriageway (road) resurfacing with SMA material (as opposed to Hot Rolled Asphalt/HRA).

A.1   We have not used Stone Mastic Asphalt on any of Northumberland's network for carriageway resurfacing over the past 7 years.

Q.2   How much did you spend on SMA carriageway (road) resurfacing between 2012/13 and 2015/16 financial years inclusive.

A.2   £0

Q.3   Was this investment financed by external Prudential type borrowing, and if so, how much ?

A.3   N/A
 


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Reference Number: 5918
Request Date: 10/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Does your Local Authority have a transit site intended to be used by the Traveller and Gypsy Community?

A.1   No, the Council does not currently have a transit site.

The Northumberland Local Plan - Draft January 2019 states in section 7.73:

7.73 The GTAA  [Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) (2018 Update)] also identifies a likely need for transit accommodation provision of four to eight pitches to address the remaining unauthorised encampments issue. One solution would be to provide up to two small sites in South East Northumberland to accommodate this provision. However, the Council is currently trialling a 'negotiated stopping places' model, as advocated by the travelling community nationally, to help facilitate increased provision to meet this largely seasonal, semi-permanent transit demand, informed by an initial site search within the priority Ashington/Bedlington/Blyth/Cramlington area. The outcome of this ongoing trial will, together with the most up to date evidence, determine whether or not there is a need to formally allocate a permanent site for transit use when this Local Plan is next reviewed. The GTAA additionally indicates a continued need to provide semi-formal (emergency) stopover arrangements, including on the summer east-west Appleby Horse Fair route. It is considered that the 'negotiated stopping places model' is the most appropriate solution for addressing this issue, subject to further discussions with Durham County Council on a potential joint approach.

If No, are you considering the development of a transit site?

If Yes:

Q.2   How many caravans does the site/s accommodate?

A.2    N/A

Q.3   How many days has the site been occupied since 1 January 2018. 

A.3    N/A

Q.4    What is the average number of occupation (caravans) on each occasion?

A.4    N/A

Q.5   What facilities are available on-site e.g toilets, washing lines, play areas?

A.5    N/A

Q.6    Is the transit site free to use?  If Yes go to Q8

A.6    N/A

Q.7    If there is a charge please explain the tariff eg, deposit and or daily / weekly charge?

A.7    N/A

Q.8   Who manages the running of the site?

A.8    N/A
 


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Reference Number: 5920
Request Date: 10/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Could I have a copy of the inspectors report for the the sun inn pub in Morpeth.

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


Attachments:

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Reference Number: 5921
Request Date: 10/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   A list of all new street names approved by the council in 2018.

Q.2   A list of all renamed streets approved by the council in 2018, including both the old and new name.

Q.3   A list of all new street names approved by the council in 2017.

Q.4   A list of all renamed streets approved by the council in 2017, including both the old and new name.

Q.5   A list of all new street names approved by the council in 2016.

Q.6   A list of all renamed streets approved by the council in 2016, including both the old and new name.

A.1 - A.6   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: 5922
Request Date: 11/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many cases were referred to bailiffs each year, and how does this split between:
a.     Council tax, PCN and other debt recovery
b.     Insourced vs outsourced to a third party provider
c.     Per year (2015-18)
 
A.1   PCN (Insourced)
2015 - 0
2016 - 0
2017 - 0
2018 - 0

Council Tax (Insourced)
2015 - 3759
2016 - 4112
2017 - 5066
2018 - 4506

Other debt recovery (Insourced)
2015 - 0
2016 - 0
2017 - 0
2018 - 0

Council Tax (Outsourced)
2015 - 0
2016 - 0
2017 - 0
2018 - 0

PCN (Outsourced)
2015 - 1751
2016 - 719
2017 - 1062
2018 - 1344

Other debt recovery (Outsourced)*
2015 - 305
2016 - 250
2017 - 277
2018 - 206

Insourced total
2015 - 3759
2016 - 4112
2017 - 5066
2018 - 4506

Outsourced Total
2015 - 2056
2016 - 969
2017 - 1339
2018 - 1550

Grand Total
2015 - 5815
2016 - 5081
2017 - 6405
2018 - 6056

*National Non-Domestic Rates

Q.2  Which, if any, third party providers did you use for these bailiff services, and how many cases did each manage each year (2015-18)?
 
a.     Split by Council tax, PCN and other debt recovery
 
A.2      Rossendales (PCN)
2015 - 1751
2016 - 719
2017 - 1062
2018 - 1344

Rossendales (Council Tax)
2015 - 3192
2016 - 3232
2017 - 3734
2018 - 2861

Rossendales (Other Debt Recovery)*
2015 - 110
2016 - 52
2017 - 129
2018 - 95

Thoburns Enforcement Services (Council Tax)
2015 - 567
2016 - 880
2017 - 1332
2018 - 1645

Thoburns Enforcement Services (Other Debt Recovery)*
2015 - 195
2016 - 198
2017 - 148
2018 - 111

*National Non-Domestic Rates
Note: the values shown for Council Tax and National Non-Domestic Rates relate to each financial year, i.e. 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 & 2018/19

Q.3   What was the total cost of parking enforcement services (e.g. traffic wardens, towing, clamping etc.) per year (2015-18)?
 
a.     Split between insourced vs outsourced to a third party provider
 
A.3   Please see our website for a breakdown of income and expenditure on the authority's on-street and off-street parking accounts.

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Transparency.aspx#transparency
Northumberland County Council - Transparency
Transparency. As a public-funded organisation, we have a duty to residents to be transparent in how council tax money is spent, our business operations and outcomes.
www.northumberland.gov.uk

Q.4   Which, if any, third party providers do you use to manage parking enforcement services? Please could you disclose the total amount spent with each provider per year (2015-18)
 
A.4   N/A
 


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Reference Number: 5924
Request Date: 12/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please provide an electronic copy of Northumberland County Council's written response to the Schools Adjudicator, subsequent to his rejection of the Council's decision to close Bellingham Middle School in his report STP635 dated 13 November 2018.

A.1   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: 5925
Request Date: 12/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

How much money was been moved into your High Needs block from:
  • the schools block / early years block / central services block in 2017-2018?

In each case what is this as a percentage of the relevant block?
  • Did you have schools forum approval for each move? (not applicable, yes, no)
  • What was the overspend / underspend on High Needs in 2017-18?
How much money has been moved into your High Needs block from:
  • the schools block / early years block / central services block in 2018-19?
  • In each case what is this as a percentage of the relevant block?
Did you have schools forum approval for each move? (not applicable, yes, no)

What is the projected overspend / underspend on High Needs in 2018-19?

How much money is planned to be moved into the High Needs block from:
  • the schools block / early years block / central services block in 2019-20?
  • In each case what is this as a percentage of the relevant block?
Did you have schools forum approval for each move? (not applicable, yes, no)

What is the projected overspend / underspend on High Needs in 2019-20?

Are you expecting to incur a cumulative DSG deficit of over 1% on March 31, 2019, thus requiring a report to the ESFA/DfE?

Is this due to an overspend on the high needs block?

What was the DSG surplus/deficit in 2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18 in percentage terms?

A. 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: 5926
Request Date: 12/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

We are looking to obtain the baseline fees Northumberland pays for eligible elderly people in residential and nursing homes.

Q.1   Please could you also state if your quoted figures are inclusive or exclusive of the current FNC rate of £165.56

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


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Reference Number: 5927
Request Date: 12/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   An itemised list of all capital spending on Brexit for the financial year 2018-19. Please specify the individual payment, the purpose of the payment, and the cost

Q.2   An itemised list of all planned capital spending on Brexit for the financial year 2019-20.  Please specify the individual payment, the purpose of the payment, and the cost

Exemptions 

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information is exempt under section 36. In this case the Authority relies on sections 36(3) and 36(2)(c). 

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 Considerations 

Section 36 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.  

We recognise that there is a public interest in the information that you have sought. We consider that this interest is mostly concerned with any capital or revenue monies spent in 2018-19 or planned spend by the Council in 2019-20 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 Local Resilience Forum (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.


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Reference Number: 5928
Request Date: 12/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I'm writing to you in the hope of obtaining information relating to the number of reminder letters and summons sent to elected councillors in your authority area since 2015/16. Please note that there is precedent for councillors to be named in relation to this issue - the High Court ruled in March 2015 that they should not have their identities protected when it comes to non-payment of council tax.

Q.1   How many unpaid council tax reminders were sent to councillors elected in your authority between 2015/16 and 2017/18? Please break down by financial year?

Q.2   How many councillors were summonsed to court or given summary warrants in the same period? Again, please break down by financial year.

Q.3a. How many reminders were issued to the councillors named? Please break down by year.

Q.3b. For each instance, please provide the name of each councillor, the party they represent or represented at the time and the amount of council tax owed according to sums requested in the letter.  Please also provide the amount of council tax that remains outstanding.

Q.3c. Please also state for each councillor, whether they were barred from voting on the council's budget as a result of their council tax arrears and whether any summons received resulted in a court hearing going ahead. 

I'd be grateful if you could provide the information for questions 1 and 2 as totals for your authority and present the rest of the information within a spreadsheet with the following columns:

Financial Year - Authority Name - Councillor Name - Party - No of Reminders - No of Summons - Amount Owed According to Reminders - Court Hearing Y/N - Outcome of Hearing - Banned from Voting Y/N - Current Sum Outstanding

A.1 - A.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: 5929
Request Date: 15/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   In the 2018 calendar year how many children were taken into care where there was a recorded concern that the parents/carers were at risk of physical violence from the child? Please state the ages and sexes of any children involved.

A.1   Less than 5
 


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Reference Number: 5934
Request Date: 15/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   A copy of the report for the food hygiene inspection carried out at the Sun Inn Morpeth on 27 February 2019.

A.1   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: 5935
Request Date: 15/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      How many missing incidents were reported for looked after children who had been placed outside of your local authority area between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018?
 
A.1      63

Q.2      For how many of those incidents was a return interview offered during the same time period?
 
A.2      54

Q.3      For how many of those incidents was a return interview completed during the same time period?
 
A.3      36
 


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Reference Number: 5937
Request Date: 15/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to request information related to new liabilities for business rates within your council area.  I would like the following in excel format please..
Q.1   Full list of businesses that have become liable for business rates between the 1-15th April 2019
Q.2   Full business name and address, date of liability and property type and the rate payer. 
 
A.1 & A.2   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: 5943
Request Date: 16/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   A list of all the school bus contact with the seating capacity, current operator, current price, renewal dates and a list of current operator on the framework 

A.1   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: 5945
Request Date: 16/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The number of times between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019, or the nearest available twelve month period, that private bailiffs/enforcement agents have been instructed to enforce debts to the local authority relating to each of the following;

Q.1a.    Council tax
A.1a.       4506

Q.1b.    Parking
A.1b.       1036

Q.1c.    Housing Benefit overpayments
A.1c.       0

Q.1d.    Business Rates
A.1d.       206

Q.1e.    Commercial Rents
A.1e.       0

Q.1f.     Any other debt types, including any other overpayments
A.1f.        0

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

Q.2    Do you signpost residents to one or more free debt advice agencies as part of your collections process?  (Yes/No) If so, which charities?

A.2   Yes.   A fill list can be found at 
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Tax/Debt.aspx#advicefordealingwithdebt 

Q.3     Have you adopted the Standard Financial Statement (or Common Financial Statement) as a tool for objectively assessing income and expenditure as part of your collections process? (Yes/No)

A.3   No, although it may be used as a point of reference.

I  think this is primarily used by debt advice organisation such as Citizen’s Advice.

Q.4     Do you have a formal policy in place for dealing with residents in vulnerable circumstances as part of your collections process? (Yes/No)

A.4   The Council has a Corporate Debt Recovery Policy which is updated annually.

Q.5    Do you currently have a policy of exempting recipients of Council Tax Support from the use of bailiff action? (Yes/No)

A.5   No.

Q.6    Have you adopted the Citizens Advice/Local Government Association Council Tax Protocol? (Yes/No)

A.6   No. We will be meeting with Citizens Advice to sign the protocol.
 


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Reference Number: 5947
Request Date: 16/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please provide electronically the currently agreed pupil admission numbers for the following schools in September 2019
  • Year 5 Admissions to Bellingham Middle School
 
Year 5 Admissions/retentions to/in the First schools as they become Primary schools from September 2019
  • Bellingham
  • Greenhaugh
  • Kielder
  • Wark
  • Otterburn
 
A.1   The information requested can be found in the handbooks on the public website.

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Document-store/School%20admissions/Admissions-Handbook-PRIMARY-School-2019-2020.pdf 

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Document-store/School%20admissions/Admissions-Handbook-SECONDARY-School-2019-2020.pdf 
 


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Reference Number: 5949
Request Date: 16/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

The NSPCC would like to develop its understanding of the Healthy Child Programme beyond what is available using the PHE Fingertips data – we would like to know the numbers of children eligible at each time point and the format that the main contact took. We’d be very grateful if you could answer the questions below.
 
Q.1A) How many children in your local authority area were eligible for contacts under the mandated Healthy Child Programme over the last two years (April 1 to March 31, 2017-18 & 2018-19) Please use the grid below to tell us how many children were eligible for each contact during this period.
 
Contact Number of children eligible in 2017-18 Number of children eligible in 2018-19
Antenatal visit    
New Birth Visit    
6-8 week reviews    
12 month reviews    
2-2½ year reviews    
 
 
Q.1B) Please use the grid below to record the number of Healthy Child Programme contacts that were delivered in each of the following formats in 2017/18 and 2018/19.
 
NB: Please do not provide information on the format of reminders or additional forms of communication, i.e. if a letter, phone call or text message also took place in addition to a face to face visit, please just record as a ‘Face to Face’ visit. 
 
 
Contact 2017-2018
Face to face Letter in Post Phone Call Text message email No contact in any form
Antenatal visit            
New Birth Visit (NBV)            
6-8 week reviews            
12 month reviews            
2-2 ½ yer reviews            
 
 
 
Contact 2018-2019
  Face to face Letter in Post Phone Call Text message email No contact in any form
Antenatal visit            
New Birth Visit (NBV)            
6-8 week reviews            
12 month reviews            
2-2 ½ yer reviews            
 
 
   
Q.2    Please tick if your Local Authority also offers:
 
Universal Plus (provide families with access to expert advice and support on issues such as postnatal depression, weaning and sleepless children)  
Universal Partnership Plus (support families with children with complex needs, such as long-term conditions – both themselves and linking them with local services)  
 
 
A.1 & A.2  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: 5950
Request Date: 16/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Would it be possible to request a breakdown of the amount of unpaid / outstanding council tax from the year 2013/14 to present day per council tax year? 

A.1   First figure is arrears as at 31 March of the relevant year and the second figure is arrears for that year as at 31 March 2019

2013/14 - £4,232,419 - £362,388
2014/15 - £3,962,967 - £519,679
2015/16 - £3,805,064 - £689,353
2016/17 - £3,891,089 - £1,081,649
2017/18 - £3,809,307 - £1,758,864
2018/19 - £3,935,356

Q.2   A breakdown for the same period for the amount of unpaid council tax that has been written off per council tax year, also the number of prosecutions brought by you between 2013/14 and now for unpaid council tax. 

A.2       2013/14 - £780,244
2014/15 - £936,426
2015/16 - £530,480
2016/17 - £867,864
2017/18 - £876,977
2018/19 - £476,560

Q.3   Finally, can I get a break down of % of unpaid council tax per council tax band and type of property eg privately owned, social etc.

Q.3   Unable to provide data
 


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Reference Number: 5951
Request Date: 16/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q. I'm enquiring about sexual health postal testing kits. I would like to know:
  • the amount spent in pounds sterling on sexual health postal testing kits (which are sent through the post to a person's home and then returned by them for analysis) in the past three financial years: 2018-19; 2017-18; 2016-17 – up to the latest year for which data is held.
  • the number of sexual health postal testing kits sent to persons in the past three years (figures for each year)
  • the number of sexual health postal testing kits returned to the authority in the same years (figures for each year)
A. We do not hold this information. We commission Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust to provide Integrated Sexual Health Services for the population of Northumberland.


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Reference Number: 5952
Request Date: 16/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

 Q.1     Have you used the new Equine Microchipping Legislation which started in October 2018 (other than for Licensing) ?
  
A.1    Not yet used - The Equine Identification (England) Regulations 2018.

Q.2     Does the Council have a Animal Welfare Officer or Officer Appointed to deal with Horse-related issues     For your County?
 
A.2   All Environment Enforcement Officers and Animal Welfare Officers have been appointed as Inspectors under the above Regulations.

Q.3     Does the Council have a Horse Issue Protocol in place ?
 
A.3    No separate policy in place - equine enforcement is conducted in accordance with the corporate enforcement policy.

Q.4     Does the Council have access to an Equine Green Yard or Equine Bailiff service ?
 
A.4    Green Yard - no, although this is under discussion regionally via the North East Equine Group.  Bailiffs - yes, GRC Equine Bailiffs based in Bristol.

Q.5     Does your Council web page have information for the public to access on Equines – particularly Tethering, Flygrazing, Welfare Concerns, Equine ID & Microchipping ?
 
A.5    No, the entry reads as follows;

"Our dedicated enforcement officer can deal with horses illegally tethered or straying on public authority land. However, horses running loose or causing a nuisance should be reported to the police. 
If you are concerned about the welfare of a horse please report to animal welfare."
 


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Reference Number: 5953
Request Date: 17/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The number of skateparks built in Northumberland County Council in the last 20 years
A.1   None

Q.2   The number of skateparks permanently closed in Northumberland County Council in the last 20 years
A.2   None

Q.3   The amount of money invested in skateparks each year since 1999  in Northumberland County Council
A.3   Existing skate board facilities are maintained  through the use of multidisciplinary grounds maintenance and cleansing  teams. It is not possible to dis aggregate the money spent on skateboard facilities alone.   
 
NB Following local government re-organisation in 2008 most children's play areas (including skate board facilities) other than in larger parks were transferred to Town and Parish Councils.  The answers given above relate only to County Council assets.
 


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Reference Number: 5954
Request Date: 17/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to request statistics for the number of single households* who have approached your local authority since the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act and have:

Q.1   Presented at your Local Authority whose reason for loss of last settled home was:
  • Violent relationship breakdown with partner or associated persons
  • Other violence or harassment

Q.2   Number of single households* who presented at your Local Authority whose supports needs were:
  • At risk of/has experienced sexual abuse/exploitation
  • At risk of/has experienced domestic abuse
  • At risk of/has experienced sexual abuse/exploitation
Q.3   The number of these single households* cases from 1 and 2 whom went through both prevention and relief duty stages and then had a Main duty decision made and were found to be Homeless but Non-priority.
(*single households would include those applicants who could have non-dependent children still living at home)

A.1 - A.3 Single households homeless due to Violent relationship breakdown with partner or associated persons or Other violence or harassment

Preventions
Q1 - 5
Q2 - 1
Q3 - 2
Q4 - 2
Total = 10
Relief
Q1 - 4
Q2 - 5
Q3 - 2
Q4 - 5
Total = 18

We have no cases of those who are At risk of/has experienced sexual abuse/exploitation.


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Reference Number: 5956
Request Date: 17/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

It seems that I should have requested the "offer" numbers for admissions in September 2019. 

Q.1   Please provide electronically the currently agreed pupil admission numbers for the following schools in September 2019
  • Year 5 Admissions to
  • Bellingham Middle School

Year 5 Admissions/retentions to/in the First schools as they become Primary schools from September 2019
  • Bellingham
  • Greenhaugh
  • Kielder
  • Wark
  • Otterburn
A.1   Bellingham Middle has 17 pupils allocated for year 5 in Sept 2019.

The number of offers for each school is less than 5 (numbers withheld due to potential identification of individuals). These numbers do not include those children who have stayed on in year 5 for those schools where they have become primary schools.
 


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Reference Number: 5957
Request Date: 18/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many pupils were home-schooled using online tutoring paid for by the council between September 1 2017 and August 31 2018? How many of these children were primary school school age, and how many were secondary age? 

A.1   The LA does not provide funding for pupils who are home schooled. The response to all is N/A

Q.2   Please provide the same information (total number of pupils, broken down by primary/secondary) for the same period (Sept 1 - Aug 31) for each of these years: 2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15 and 2013/14. 

A.2   N/A

Q.3   How much was spent on providing this online tutoring? Please provide the figure in pounds for each of the school years listed above (2013/14 - 2017/18), broken down by school year. 

A.3   N//A

Q.4   Please provide the name(s) of the organisation(s) providing the online tutoring for home-schooled children.

A.4   N/A
 


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Reference Number: 5958
Request Date: 18/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The number of council homes purchased under the Right to Buy by tenants who were in receipt of Housing Benefit, in
i.                 2012/13
ii.                2013/14
iii.                2014/15
iv.                2015/16
v.                 2016/17
vi.                2017/18
vii.               2018/19

A.1    We do not hold the information

Q.2   The combined value of the properties referred to in the answer to Q.1 in
i.                  2012/13
ii.                 2013/14
iii.                2014/15
iv.                2015/16
v.                 2016/17
vi.                2017/18
vii.               2018/19

A.2    We do not hold the information

Q.3   The number of homes previously sold under the Right to Buy that were reacquired by the council following a fraud investigation, in
i.                  2012/13
ii.                 2013/14
iii.                2014/15
iv.                2015/16
v.                 2016/17
vi.                2017/18
vii.               2018/19

A.3    We do not hold the information

Q.4   If the council has a private landlord licensing scheme, the number of homes which have been sold under the Right to Buy and subsequently listed as a privately let property since the scheme started, within the following timescales:
i.                  one week
ii.                 one month
iii.                one year

A.4    The Council does not have a Private Landlord Licensing Scheme
 


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Reference Number: 5960
Request Date: 18/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Further to the recent inspection of The Sun Inn, Morpeth, I would be grateful if you could email me a copy of the report in which The Sun Inn received a ‘0’ Food Hygiene Rating.

A.1   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: 5961
Request Date: 18/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1  Does your authority offer a large item rubbish removal service to residents and/or businesses in your area?

A.1   Yes

If yes, please provide details and also answer the following questions: 

If no then no further questions apply and to avoid any unnecessary time spent on dealing with this request a simple “no, we don’t” reply by email will be acceptable.

Q.2   Is the service free of charge? If chargeable please provide information on charges.

A.2   Charge from a household depends upon number of items for up to 8 items.  More than 8 items then a quote is given which will take into account distance travelled, number of operatives needed and time expected to take.
£17        one item
£34        2-4 items
£68        5-8 items
8+ = quote

Q.3   Please confirm the cost of removal of these three examples:
I. A mattress
II. A fridge
III. A sofa

A.3   Each of these single items would be charged £17 unless they were collected together therefore £34 in total

Q.4   Are any residents entitled to free or reduced charges?

A.4   Residents in receipt of Council Tax support or housing benefit may claim 25% reduction in the price.  This concession does not apply for quote jobs.

Q.5   Who operates the service?

A.5   In house

Q.6   What happens to the items? i.e. does anything get re-used or offered to any organisations.

A.6   Goods passed to Suez through the waste PFI contract.

Q.7   If figures are kept, how many times in the past year was the service used and what revenue did this bring in? 

A.7   In 2018/19, the bulky waste collection service generated ~£178,000 of income. It cost approximately £369,000 to provide the service. The overall cost to the Council was approximately £191,000. The service was used by ~7,400 residents.

Q.8   If figures are kept, how much did it cost in the past year to operate this rubbish removal service?

A.8   See Q.7.
 


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Reference Number: 5962
Request Date: 18/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many Deferred Payment Agreements were entered into by Northumberland Council to assist home owners to pay their care home fees in:
      Financial Year April 2016 – March 2017………….
      Financial Year April 2017 – March 2018………….
 
A.1 
Financial Year April 2016 – March 2017  34
Financial Year April 2017 – March 2018  54

Q.2   What is the total amount paid out by Northumberland Council towards the cost of care home fees for people with whom the council had entered into a Deferred Payment Agreement in place and which will have been charged against these individual properties in respect of:
      Financial Year April 2016 – March 2017………….
      Financial Year April 2017 – March 2018………….
 
A.2 
Financial Year April 2016 – March 2017  £250,684
Financial Year April 2017 – March 2018 £363,622

Q.3   If Northumberland Council enters into a Deferred Purchase Agreement to assist someone to pay their care home fees, who selects the tenant of the house:
      The Council?   (Yes/No)
      The Owner?     (Yes/No)
 
A.3   If the owner or their representative wishes to rent out their house, they select the tenant.

Q.4   If the council selects the tenant does it select individuals form the Council’s waiting list for the property?       
          (Yes/No)
 
A.4   n/a

Q.5   If Northumberland Council enters into a Deferred Purchase Agreement to assist someone to pay their care home fees, does the Council itself let and manage the property?         
             (Yes/No)
         
A.5  No

Q.6   If Northumberland Council enters into a Deferred Purchase Agreement to assist someone to pay their care home fees, under the Deferred payment agreement
Who is responsible for maintaining and insuring the property:
  • The Council?  (Yes/No)
  • The Owner? (Yes/No)
A.6  The Council? (No), The Owner? (Yes)

Q.7   What administrative and/or other charges does Northumberland Council  make to an individual to enter into a deferred property agreement? £……….Per DPA
 
A.7   £250 admin fee for all agreements, and an additional £225 if the Council registers the charge with the Land Registry

Q.8   What charge does the Council make for selling the property following the death of the individual? (if any) £………Per Property Sale
 
A.8   We would not ordinarily be responsible for the process of selling the property, but in any case where we are, we do not make a charge.

Q.9   What is the average number of weeks between the death of the owner and the completion of the sale of the owner’s property?
      Average Number of Weeks………….
 
A.9   We do not hold this information in a form which would enable us to answer this question within the time limit for a Freedom of Information request.

Q.10   How many whole time equivalent members of staff does the Council employ to manage and administer Deferred payment arrangements?  
          .......Number of whole time equivalent
 
A.10   This is part of the role of a number of members of staff.  We estimate that in total it may be equivalent to 2.5 whole-time-equivalent posts.
 


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Reference Number: 5963
Request Date: 18/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I wish to submit a request for some of the organisation’s information around the internal plans and strategy documents around ICT. The ICT documents I require is the 2019 – Onwards. If any of the documents is for example 2017-2020 please make sure that this is the 2019 version of the document. Or the most recent update. I wish to obtain the following documents:

Q.1      ICT/IM&T/IS Strategy- The IT department strategy or plans, highlights their current and future objectives.

Q.2      ICT Org Chart- A visual document that present the structure of the IT department, please include name and job titles. If this can’t be sent please work towards a structure with job titles.

Q.3      ICT Annual or Business Plan- Similar to the ICT strategy but is more annually focused.

A.1 - A.3   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds part of the information you have requested.

Q.4      ICT Capital Programme/budget- A document that shows financials budget on current and future projects.

A.4       We currently only hold the Information Services Service Statement, please see attached.

If some of these documents are not valid, please state when the 2019 ICT documents are planned to be published.

A.4   Autumn 2019
 


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Reference Number: 5965
Request Date: 23/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

The information is sought on behalf of Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline welfare charity.  The information is sought from your Council department responsible for street cleaning or if the cleansing of roads is contracted out then please ensure the information is obtained from the contracting company/arms-length external organisation (ALEO). The questions relate to CATS involved in road traffic accidents (RTAs) on the roads that your council is responsible for cleaning.

Q.1   Does the Authority (or ALEO) scan cat RTA victims collected for a microchip and record the chip number? 

A.1   Yes 

Q.2   If yes do you inform the relevant microchip database company (eg by phone) that you have found the deceased cat so that they can contact the cat owner?

A.2   Yes and an Animal Welfare Officer will contact the cats owner. 

Q.3   If yes do you inform your local branch of Cats Protection?

A.3   No

Q.4   If your Authority (or ALEO) does not scan cat RTA victims please tick which of the following statements are relevant - you can tick multiple answers. 

Not thought about it 
Do not have scanners 
Too time consuming to scan 
Don’t know what to do with information that appears on scanner 
Other – please specify 

If your Authority (or ALEO) does not scan cat RTA victims – please answer the following question. 

If scanners were provided free of charge together with information about how to report the cat’s details to the relevant microchip database company from the information appearing on the scanner would you (or ALEO) consider scanning cat RTA victims? 

Please circle the relevant answer: 

        Yes / No / Don’t know 

A.4  N/A

Q.5   Authority (or ALEO) disposes of the cat carcass immediately when it is returned to the Council/ALEO depot. 

A.5   No 

Q.6   Authority (or ALEO) logs descriptive details of the cat carcass, cat’s appearance, with a description of when and where it was found etc. 

A.6   Yes a log of relevant information is kept.  

Q.7   Authority (or ALEO) keeps the cat carcass in a freezer for a set period so it can inform enquirers if they contact the authority that they have collected a cat resembling that “lost” by the owner. Other – please specify 

A.7.  Cats are kept in freezer for at least 2 weeks, lost cat reports are checked and owners are contacted if we think we may have their pet.

Q.8   How many cat Road Traffic Accident (RTA) carcasses have been collected in each of following years? If this data is not recorded but you can provide an estimate this is acceptable but please clarify it is an estimate. 

2016
2017                                   
2018

Completed by:
Name of Local Authority:
Name of person completing FOI:
Job title: 
Contact e-mail: 
Contact Phone number: 

A.8   We do not record this information but we estimate the number varies between 12 and 18 cats a year -  of these around 25% - 30% are microchipped.
 


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Reference Number: 5966
Request Date: 23/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Does your organisation use internal trainers to run first aid courses? YES/NO
 
A.1      NO

Q.2    Does your organisation buy in external providers to deliver first aid courses? YES/NO
 
A.2 YES

 If the answer to Question 2 is yes, what criteria are used to select the training provider?
 
A.2      Bidders are required to attach via pro contract:
  • detailed lesson plans/ schemes of the work required a CV and appropriate certificates for the proposed trainer
  • Evaluating Quality (40% price/ 60% quality)
  • Pass/ fail (ie: must be accredited by…; must have experience of delivering training to/ within…):
  • Trainers must hold a valid FAW Certificate (or equivalent) to deliver this training - evidence must be provided
  • Trainers must be occupationally competent by holding a relevant training qualification - evidence must be provided
  • Must evidence how they can monitor and quality assure their delivery
  • Must provide delegates with all certifications necessary
  • Weighted (maximum of 60%): 
    • Quality of lesson plans/ schemes of work will be evaluated as follows:
    • 4 - clear and detailed lesson plan/ schemes of work indicating how all learning outcomes will be supported and achieved, for all sessions required. Includes any additional support for individuals or specific issues, if needed, to meet organisational requirements.
    • 3 - detailed lesson plan for each session, achieving all learning outcomes, limited further information.
    • 2 - separate session plans, general reference to learning outcomes
    • 1 - rough session plans/ basic timetable
    • 0 - no separation between sessions, basic information not included
Q.3    Does your organisation have any contracts/tenders relating to first aid training? YES /NO
 
A.3   YES 
 
If the answer to Question 3 is YES are these contracts/tenders relating to first aid training part of a larger contracts/tender? YES/NO
 
A.3    YES First Aid Training
 
Q.4    If you have any tenders relating to first aid training what is the value of these tenders, particularly the first aid element of these contracts/tenders?
 
A.4 £7,250

Q.5    What areas of first aid training are covered? First Aid at Work / Emergency First Aid at Work / AED training / Paediatric First Aid / Sports First Aid / Refresher training
 
A.5      EMERGENCY FIRST AID TRAINING - 1 DAY 

FIRST AID AT WORK - 3 DAY 

FIRST AID AT WORK REFRESHER - 2 DAY 

Q.6     If you have any contracts/tenders relating to first aid training, where are these tenders advertised?
 
A.6    NEPRO 

Q.7    For each of the contracts/tenders which include first aid training, what is the renewal date for the tender process?
 
A.7    March 2020 although Northumberland County Council has access to other procurement frameworks and call off contracts developed and managed regionally.
 


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Reference Number: 5967
Request Date: 23/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   What was the total net spend for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2018/19?*

A.1   £1,619,462

Q.2   What was the total net spend for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2009/10?*

*Note: These refer to the Department for Transport’s definition of a supported bus service as: “one where a local transport authority has invited tenders for the operation of a service (not e.g. seats on a bus or subsidised tickets etc), and a contract exists as a result of that tender”. Please, exclude extra sources of funding such as Section 106/developer funding, Community Infrastructure Levy, local authority staffing and publicity, RTPI expenditure and revenue, the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG), Local Education Authority funding for home to school transport, NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport, social services transport, voluntary transport and other central and national government grants or income streams.

A.2   £2,059,154

Q.3   How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the fiscal year 2018/19 and (for example loss of weekend or evening services)?  Please state if these are partial (the numbered service still runs but on fewer times) or total (the numbered service is completely withdrawn) cuts.

A.3   N/A

Q.4   How many and which of the previously supported routes have been taken on commercially?

A.4   N/A  

Q.5a  What was the total net spend on free school transport (11-16yr olds in mainstream education) in 2018/19?

A.5a   £3,700,591

Q.5b   How many pupils was this for?

A.5b   3,560

Q.6a   What was the total net spend on free school transport (11-16yr olds in mainstream education) in 2013/14?

A.6a   £3,327,018

Q.6b   How many pupils was this for?

A.6b   1,984

The information provided will be used as part of a national picture of the effect of changes to central Government funding has had on the provision of local bus services. In each case we are only requesting information related to your local authority.
 


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Reference Number: 5968
Request Date: 23/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please provide a copy of your policy for dealing with assessments of disabled children by your children with disabilities team.  The relevant department will be Children’s Services or equivalent.
 
Q.2   How do you assess and support children who are autistic but have no other disability? Please provide a copy of any policies you have for assessing and supporting children who are autistic but who have no other disability.
 
Q.3   For the financial years (start of April to end of March) 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19, please provide the number of children with autism who have been:
Q.3a   declined an assessment by your children with disabilities team;
Q.3b   referred to another team within Children’s services for an assessment; and
Q.3c   declined any assessment whatsoever in each of the financial years detailed above.

A.1 - A.3   We do not categorise children according to whether they have autism specifically. The policies in relation to the assessments undertaken by the disabled children are available on the link - https://www.proceduresonline.com/northumberlandcs/ 
 


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Reference Number: 5969
Request Date: 23/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am seeking some information in relation to the percentage of the school role at a primary school (Stamfordham) that live within the village.I have been dealing with a proposed residential development in the village for some time which should assist with the school’s vitality. In the planning application documents submitted to the council I noted that:
 
The Northumberland CC First and Primary Schools Admissions Handbook reported that for 2016/2017 11 only 33% of school places were taken by children from the village.
 
However, I also noted that the 2017/18 version does not include this information.
 
I have noted from the gov.uk website that the school has a capacity of 105 pupils and a school roll of 76:
 
https://get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/Establishments/Establishment/Details/122202
 
Q.1   Could you please confirm currently what number / percentage of the school roll is resident within the village itself and what number / percentage is within the parish? Also if you able to provide information on what number/percentage of the roll is from adjoining parishes that would be appreciated.
 
A.1   Northumberland County Council operates an Education Infrastructure Policy which sets out the requirements that where a new housing development is forecast to create a demand for school places in excess of those available in the catchment area of the development, a contribution towards education infrastructure will be sought from the relevant developer in order to mitigate an objection to the planning application.  An indication that a contribution could be sought is if 95% or more of the school's available places are currently taken up or predicted to be taken up as a result of pupil yield from the development. The assessment of the current take up of places does not have regard to where pupils on the roll of the school currently live as, once on the school roll, children not living in catchment cannot be removed from school to make way for in-catchment children.  The Admissions Code 2014 ensures that where a place is available in a school that is requested by a child, it must be offered to that child regardless of their place of residence; this ensures that parents are able to express a preference for the school of their choice and in line with Government Policy that good and popular schools should be supported to expand. With regard to Admissions to schools in Northumberland, it is desirable that all schools have sufficient capacity for the children within their own catchment and at least 5% of places available to offer to children outside of their own catchment area to support parental preference at all times, that is why the Council's Admissions policy allows for parents to express a preference for up to 3 schools.   The need to continue to support parental preference is taken into account when assessing the impact of planning applications for new housing developments. It is particularly important for Stamfordham to retain the minimum desirable surplus places, as the Army has a barracks located in its catchment area and often places are required at short notice for forces families moving into the area outside of the normal admissions round.

Stamfordham First School is part of the Ponteland Partnership of schools, which collectively form some of the most popular schools in Northumberland.  Currently, 60% of children on roll live in Stamfordham catchment; where these children live in catchment is not readily available and in any event, we would not  release the location to avoid the potential for some children to be identified. There are 105 places available at the school and as at Jan 2019 Census, there were 91 children on roll.  However, the school is in the early years of transition from first to primary school and therefore while numbers in Years 5 and 6 are currently lower than in other years groups, it is expected that these year groups will become full in the next year or so as it becomes custom and practice for children to stay on at the school.  Hence the number of in-catchment children will also grow.

Currently, 27% live in catchments of other Ponteland Partnership schools - in the case of some children, this may be because Stamfordham is closer to their home address than their own catchment school.  7.5% live in other Northumberland school catchments and 5.5% live out of county.

The Council's Admissions Policy is available at www.northumberland.gov.uk.  The Council's Education Infrastructure Policy is attached.
 


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Reference Number: 5971
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The number of unauthorised absences from your schools due to pupils participating in the Friday climate change strikes.    

Q.2   The number of fines issued related to these unauthorised absences. 

Q.3   The number of prosecutions underway, if any, for non-payment of these fines.

A.1 - A.3   Schools will need to be contacted individually for this information. School details can be found via this link: 
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/SearchResults.aspx?searchtext=schools&searchmode=anyword&searchtype=services
 


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Reference Number: 5972
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I’m seeking details of enforcement action taken by your authority’s planning team in relation to properties offered for short-term lets via platforms such as Airbnb. 

Q.1   The number of planning enforcement notices issued by your authority in relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to 2018/19.

A.1   The Enforcement register from 2011-2019 is attached, this includes all enforcement Notices & Breach of condition Notices served throughout the County. 

Q.2   The number of planning contravention notices issued by your authority in relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to 2018/19.

A.2   The register of PCN's are attached.

Q.3   If available, please also provide the number of informal warnings issued by your authority’s planning team in relation to short-term lets in each financial year from 2011/12 to 2018/19.

A.3   From 2011-2019 we received 10,126 reports of  alleged planning breaches. The subject of the breach i.e if it is a short-term let is not always recorded. A search of the system by "holiday-let" has found 28 cases which include the word holiday-let received between 2011-2019.
 


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Reference Number: 5973
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The number of times that you, the Council, procured (hired) supply or cover teachers at your educational state-run schools/academies annually, in each year going back to 2005, and up to 2018. In other words, in each year from 2005 to 2018, how many times did you, the Council, place supply or cover teachers at your schools or academies.

A.1   Tthe decision to hire supply teachers is not a County Council decision but is one for individual schools and academies to take. We are therefore unable to provide the information you have requested, as the number of times a supply teacher is procured is not held by the Council. School contact details can be found on https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/SearchResults.aspx?searchtext=schools&searchmode=anyword&searchtype=services
 


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Reference Number: 5974
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    How many vulnerable child assessments were made by your council, of which "gangs" was logged as a contributing factor, in the last five calendar years (2014,2015,2016,2017,2018)? Please break this down by year.

A.1   Based on factors identified during C&F assessments:
Year            No. Assessments
2014              8
2015             26
2016             12
2017             28
2018             24


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Reference Number: 5975
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I need to find out how much Northumberland County Council spends on placing cover teachers and supply teachers each year at its state run academic institutions. May I please request that you provide me with your annual spend on cover/supply teachers for each year from 2005 up to, and including, 2018?

A.1    The decision to hire supply teachers is not a County Council decision but is one for individual schools and academies to take. We are therefore unable to provide the information you have requested, as the number of times a supply teacher is procured is not held by the Council.  School contact details can be found on https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/SearchResults.aspx?searchtext=schools&searchmode=anyword&searchtype=services
 


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Reference Number: 5976
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q1. Long Stay Parking at Berwick Rail Station - I should be grateful if under FOI if could advise me of the number of complaints/ comments you have received since the maximum stay parking restrictions have come into force. 

A.1    We have one recorded complaint regarding the introduction of the 72 hour max stay in the Berwick Railway Station Car Park
 


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Reference Number: 5977
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      The total number of current vacancies for retained (part-time) personnel for your stations. 

A.1      Vacancies across all Retained Duty System (RDS) stations = Headcount 8 /  Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) 18.

Q.2      Which position has been advertised for the longest period of time? (Please give in days.) 

A.2      Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service do not advertise each vacancy but have an ongoing recruitment campaign.

Q.3      The current number of vacancies for full time (wholetime) personnel in your area for stations. Please detail which station. 

A.3       Hexham Fire Station x 1
Pegswood Fire Station x 5
West Hartford Fire Station x 5

Q.4       Which position has been advertised for the longest period of time? 

A.4       Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service do not advertise individual vacancies but will recruit following central campaigns.

Q.5       On how many occasions over the last financial year has a fire appliance been unavailable due to insufficient crewing levels? For each occasion, please provide the date, length of time the appliance was unavailable, type of appliance and the station it is based at.

A.5       The attached Excel spreadsheet details the number of occasions when a fire appliance has been unavailable due to insufficient crewing levels.

Q.6      Has your station been unable to attend incidents due to insufficient crewing levels? If so - how many times over the last financial year? Please give details.

A.6       We are unable to provide details for this question as the Incident Recording System (IRS) does not detail reasons for appliances being mobilised. However, if the station referred to refers to West Hartford then this will always be covered.

Q.7      What's the furthest station (in distance) you've had to call to provide assistance to an incident because of insufficient staffing levels over the last financial year? 

A.7       The furthest station from the border that has had an appliance attending an incident has been from Hawick as part of the 13/16 cross border mobilisation agreement which was approximately 17 miles to the border of Northumberland. 

Please refer to the clarifications/explanations/disclaimers detailed below.

Clarifications:
Data for Retained appliance unavailability has been obtained from the FSI system for the twelve month period from 01/04/2018 to 31/03/2019 as at the start of April 2019.

All instances of unavailability in the FSI system have been included so this also includes instances not just when crew numbers were short but also where the required skills were not available.

Two additional instances from the Fire Control spreadsheet which were for Retained appliances where the reason for unavailability related to staffing levels have been included. These were when staff were split to cover other appliances.

Instances from the Fire Control spreadsheet where wholetime/day crew appliances which are not staffing related have been removed. These include reasons such as changeover, defects and a vehicle accident. Where staff have been training or mobilised on another vehicle such as the SRU, these instances have not been excluded.

It has been assumed that the type of appliance refers to the duty system and does not refer to things like 4x4 or specialist vehicles for which no details of unavailability or recorded in the Fire Control spreadsheet or FSI system.

For the furthest appliance attending it has been assumed furthest means farthest from Northumberland. The incidents for 2018/19 were obtained from IRS and any over the border appliances were checked to see the distance from the home station to the border of Northumberland. A rough check was conducted using Google directions from the home fire station of the over the border appliance to a point on a road near to the border of Northumberland. However, IRS does not detail whether the appliance was mobilised as part of a standard predetermined attendance (PDA) or due to insufficient staffing of our own appliances. The information does not take into account incidents within Northumberland if furthest refers to furthest appliance attending the incident.

The Incident Recording System does not detail the reasons for mobilising a specific appliance and does not specify the location that a fire appliance attended from so it may not have been on home station.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 5978
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The names of the bailiffs you contract to collect council tax and traffic fines

Q.2   The number of council tax warrants issued per year to each bailiff, from 2010 - 2018

Q.3   The recovery rate for warrants within council tax from 2010 – 2018 (i.e. # of cases paid versus # of cases returned as uncollectable)

Q.4   The number of traffic warrants issued per year to each bailiff, from 2010 - 2018

Q.5   The recovery rate for warrants within traffic penalties from 2010 – 2018 (i.e. # of cases paid versus # of cases returned as uncollectable)

Q.6   Does your bailiff contract for traffic penalties in 2018 have a fixed collection rate that they need to achieve? If so, what is this rate?

A.1 - A.6    Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5979
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The total pipeline of public sector projects involving any aspect of the Built Environment, Construction, Consultancy Services or Professional Services in any capacity; 

A.1a The Northumberland Line Reintroduction of passenger rail services between Ashington and Newcastle

A.1b Blyth Relief Road

Q.2     The total value of these projects; 

A.2a £169.4m

A.2b £20.7m

Q.3     The expected benefits and high level policy outcomes of these projects; 

A.3a Facilitate economic activity, employment growth and the delivery of housing sites within the South East Northumberland delivery area.
Create modal shift from car to public transport to improve local air quality and reduce highway congestion.
Improve public transport accessibility for commuting, retail and leisure trips between South East Northumberland and Tyne & Wear.

A.3b Improve journey time reliability across the local highway network.
Reduce journey times.
Reduce road traffic accidents.
Improve air quality.
Facilitate economic and housing development

Q.4    Descriptive information for each of these projects, including location, value, and procuring authority; 

A.4a Project is being promoted by Northumberland County Council with the support of North of Tyne Combined Authority.  
Phase 1 of the project is due for completion in 2022.

A.4b Project is being promoted by Northumberland County Council.
Scheme delivery programmed for 2023.
www.northumberland.gov.uk/blythroad

Q.5   Descriptive information for any other public sector projects involving any aspect of the Built Environment, Construction, Consultancy Services or Professional Services in any capacity.

A.5   Our agreed programmes can be viewed on the following links:

We refer you to Northumberland County Council's "Medium Term Plan" which can be found at https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Finance/Budget-updates.aspx#councilbudget.
This document contains appendices with a full analysis of Capital expenditure projects.

a link to the FCRM programme - https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/northumbria-regional-flood-and-coastal-committee#papers

All Education projects/programmes are contained within the council's medium term capital programme, there isn't anything published separately.  They are within the cabinet meetings so not one specifically. This is the link to the cabinet diary and you click on the cabinet meeting for a date and see the agenda and minutes.
http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meetings.aspx 

Our agreed programmes can be viewed on the following links:
a link to the approved LTP programme - http://committeedocs.northumberland.gov.uk/MeetingDocs/40623_M9287.pdf 

Advance (Arch) may also hold some information, they can be contacted on:

Wansbeck Workspace
Rotary Parkway
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 8QZ
Tel: 01670 528 400
Email: enquiries@advancenorthumberland.co.uk
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5980
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many complaints has the council received about homeless encampments in the local authority area in the last five calendar years (2014, 2015, 2016,2017,2018)? Please break this down by year.

A.1   None

Q.2   How many tents have been confiscated by the council after they were used to set up "temporary homes" in the local authority area in the last five  calendar years (2014, 2015, 2016,2017,2018)? Please break this down by year.

A.2   None

Q.3   What is the current fee charged by the council to homeless people in order to reclaim such possessions?

A.3   Nil

Q..4   How many homeless people have reclaimed their possessions (tents, bags etc) confiscated by the council as part of the policy for clearing homeless encampments in the last five calendar years (2014, 2015, 2016,2017,2018)? Please break this down by year.

A.4   Not applicable

Q.5   How many homeless encampments have been cleared by the council in the last five calendar years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,2018)? Please break this down by year. Please say what bylaws were used to clear these areas. For example:

Dispersal powers: section 35 of the 2014 Act allows the police to disperse individuals or groups causing or likely to cause antisocial behaviour in public places or common areas of private land, directing them to leave a specified area and not to return for up to 48 hours.

By homeless encampments I am referring to locations where one or more homeless people live in an area. These encampments can be found on properties owned by private individuals or companies or owned by local, state, and government agencies.  They can be in open spaces such as parks etc.

A.5   None
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5982
Request Date: 26/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

For the period 2013/14 -2018/19 by year;

Q.1    How many households were in Council Tax arrears each year?

Q.2    How many households in Council Tax arrears became subject to a  liability order?

Q.3    How many cases of council tax arrears were referred to bailiffs?

Q.3b) What was the value of the council tax arrears referred to bailiffs?

Q/3c  What was the value of the arrears recovered?

Q.3d  What were the costs of the bailiff action (including costs faced by  households and costs faced by the council)?

Q.4    How many cases of council tax arrears had repayment plans arranged?

Q.5    How many cases of council tax arrears had third party deductions applied?

Q.6    How many cases of council tax arrears had attachment of earnings orders applied?

A.1 - A. 6    Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5983
Request Date: 26/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Regarding your organisation’s current awarded or in procurement framework contracts relating to works in the Built Environment, including but not limited to professional services, design, consultancy/advisory services, construction and operation/maintenance, please send me: 

·         The value of each of these framework contracts; 
·         The set up date of each of these contracts; 
·         The projected duration of each these contracts; 
·         The financial limit of each of these contracts;  
·         Descriptive information for any services provided in connection to the Built Environment, Construction,

Consultancy Services or Professional Services in any capacity; 

·         Details of any lots/sub lots of the contract; 
·         The names of the organisations currently appointed to the contracts. 

If the release of any of this information is prohibited on the grounds of breach of confidence, I ask that you supply me with copies of the confidentiality agreement and remind you that information should not be treated as confidential if such an agreement has not been signed. 

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 you have requested, can be found on the following link: https://procontract.due-north.com/ContractsRegister/Index?resetFilter=True
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5984
Request Date: 26/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to request information about planning applications to convert offices to residential use. 

Q.1   I would like to receive a list of the buildings which were converted from offices (Use Class B1 (a)) into residential (Use Class C3). I would like this information for all conversions broken down by year for 2016, 2017 and 2018. 

For each property please provide:
- Postal Address 
- Postcode 
- Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) (if possible)
- how many housing units the property provides
- The date that prior approval or planning permission was granted (if relevant)
- the name of the property developer and/or owner of the building (if possible)

A.1   Please see attached spreadsheet which contains the required fields, but you will need to review each proposal to confirm the number of dwellings.  

All these applications are publicly available via Public Access (by clicking on the following link) should you wish to view them in more detail.

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

Q.2   If possible, please also include how many people are currently housed in each property from:
a. Within the borough/council, 
b. Out of borough/area.

A.2   Information not held

Q.3    For those housed in these properties from out of borough/area, please provide details of which councils each person was originally from, (if unable to list original area for each person, please just provide a list of the original areas).

A.3   Information not held
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5985
Request Date: 26/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Are you already a member of a Regional Adoption Agency (RAA)?  Yes/No
 
A.1    Yes

Q.2   If yes to Question 1, which authority or agency is delivering the RAA?  (Is it led by a specific Local Authority or a Private or Voluntary Agency?)  Please give us the name of the actual LA or Agency.
 
If no to Question 1, what is your plan for securing membership of a RAA within the government specified timescales (due date and authorities you are seeking to join with).  You do not need to answer any further questions after this.
 
A.2    North Tyneside are the host authority 

Q.3   Who is the designated lead officer responsible for the Regional Adoption Agency?  Name, Role and Email address please.
 
A.3    Bryan Glover is the Service Manager at ANE

Q.4   Which LA or Agency is responsible for delivering the IT solution that supports the work of the RAA?
 
A.4    North Tyneside

Q.5   Has the RAA already procured an IT system to support its work?  If yes, who is the supplier of that system? If no, you do not need to answer any further questions.
 
A.5    North Tyneside would need to respond to this. 

Q.6   Does this system provide other functionality apart from the RAA? 
 
For example, is it part of a wider social care system or is it a specific standalone solution for the activities of a RAA?  If it is part of wider system, please tell us which system this is (supplier name) and the authority whose social care system this is.
 
A.6    North Tyneside would need to respond to this.   

Q.7   If this is a dedicated RAA system only, what is the value of the contract and the contract period?  Please show the purchasing costs / implementation costs and support and maintenance costs separately.

A.7    North Tyneside would need to respond to this.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5986
Request Date: 26/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How do you currently accommodate care leavers/young people(16-24 years old) within your borough? 
 
A.1   Depending upon the individual needs of young people then children may be placed in a children's home (if under 18) or supported accommodation which can include flexible levels of floating support.

Q.2   Can you explain your commissioning process for private residential care providers/private supported living providers? Do you spot purchase, have framework contacts/agreement or block contracts?
 
A.2  Children's home provision is commissioned on a spot purchase basis dependant upon individual need.  A framework for the provision of Supported Accommodation has been established.

Q.3   Do organisations need to go through the tendering process to accommodate care leavers/young people (16-24 years old) on a spot purchase basis? If information regarding the website to access will be valuable. 
 
A.3  The Council would look to the Framework to meet need in the first instance. In the event that need cannot be met via an established mechanism then the Council may on occasion spot purchase from "off framework" providers. All tendering opportunities are published via the NEPO portal. This can be accessed via https://procontract.due-north.com/Register 

Q.4   Do you operate an approved providers list of private residential care providers/private supported living providers? If so how do I register? 
 
A.4  All tendering opportunities are published via the NEPO portal. This can be accessed via https://procontract.due-north.com/Register

Q.5   How many care leavers/young people (16&17 years olds) are currently in private residential care/private supported accommodation? Do you require more providers? 
 
A.5  Less than 5

Q.6   How many care leavers/young people (18 years old and above) are currently in private residential care/private supported accommodation? Do you require more providers?
 
A.6  Eleven.   

The Council would look to its established framework of providers in the first instance in order to be able to meet need. Only in those situations where the framework has not been able to meet need would the Council spot purchase from other providers.

Q.7   How many care leavers or eligible young people (16&17 years olds) are living in private residential care/private supported accommodation with support of 10 hours or more? 
 
A.7  Nil 

Q.8   How many care leavers or eligible young people (18 years old and above) are living in private residential care/private supported accommodation with support of 10 hours or more? 
 
A.8  Less than 5

Q.9   What is the average weekly cost of placing a child (16&17 years olds) in a private residential care/private supported accommodation? 
 
A.9  Residential special placements   £3,360
Supported accommodation                 £388
*Average costs weighted on length of stay

Q.10  What is the average weekly cost of placing an adult (18-24 years old) in a private residential care/private supported accommodation? 
 
A.10  Residential special placements - these costs fall under Adult Services on reaching 18.
Supported accommodation £216
*Average costs weighted on length of stay

Q.11  How can a private residential care/private supported accommodation approach the council when wishing to introduce their service? 
 
A.11  All tendering opportunities are published via the NEPO portal.

Q.12  Who should be approached within the council to discuss commissioning, service provision, rates and referrals?
 
A.12  Lynn Bryden - Senior Manager Commissioning
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5987
Request Date: 29/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   What mental health training is available to line managers employed to the council (i.e. training into what mental health is, how to support an employee who has disclosed a mental health issue, etc) and which training is voluntary versus compulsory?

A.1     Voluntary Mental Health Related Training and Learning Resources:
Mental Health First Aid (Free - Integrated Health Service)
Mental Health First Aid Awareness (Free - Integrated Health Service)
Mental Health Awareness (Free - online content)
Mental Health in the Workplace: Managing Stress (Free digital resource: DVD)
Preventing and Managing Stress at Work  (Free - shared psychological service)
Managing Stress (Free - Internal Capacity)
Mindfulness Training (Free - shared psychological service)
Personal Resilience (Free - Internal Capacity)
Introduction to Mental Health (Free - Multi-Agency Programme)
Impact of Mental Health on Parenting (Free - Multi-Agency Programme)
Mental Capacity Act (Free - Multi-Agency Programme)
Mental Health Conditions: Understanding Depression (Free - Multi-Agency Programme)
Mental Health Conditions: Understanding Anxiety (Free - Multi-Agency Programme)
Mental Health Conditions: Understanding Personality Disorders (Free - Multi-Agency Programme)

Q.2    How many line managers are employed at the council?

A.2    We have 687 employees with the manager self service function within our HR/Payroll system which allows them to input sickness for their direct reports and approve annual leave requests.

Q.3    How many line managers employed by the council have completed some form of mental health training?

A.3   664 have completed at least one of the courses listed in the response to Q.1.

Q.4   How much money has the council paid to external companies/charities for mental health training, and on how many occasions?

A.4   £10,371 has been paid to various providers to meet gaps in provision or lack of internal capacity.  Generally provision has been funded internally i.e. free to staff through online resources, internal capacity, shared services & a partnership arrangement with other public sector bodies including the local NHS Trust.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5988
Request Date: 29/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please provide the following information in respect of properties that have had an empty rate charge levied at any time since 1st April 2012.   
 
Q.1   The property addresses and property reference numbers.
Q.2   The ratepayer name(s) – excluding those exempt under Section 40 of the Act.
Q.3   Start and end date of the empty period for which empty rates have been levied.

A.1 - A.3   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds part of the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 
Please note that I am only seeking information in relation to periods where an empty rate has been charged on a property, and not for any periods where the property is empty and an exemption has been applied.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5989
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, and subject to section 40(2) on personal data, could you please provide me with a complete and up-to-date list of all business (non-residential) property rates data for your local authority, and including the following fields:
- Billing Authority Property Reference Code (linking the property to the VOA database reference) 
- Firm's Trading Name (i.e. property occupant) 
- Full Property Address (Number, Street, Postal Code, Town) 
- Occupied / Vacant 
- Date of Occupation / Vacancy 
- Actual annual rates charged (in Pounds)
If you are unable to provide an absolute “Occupation / Vacancy” status, please provide the Exemptions and / or Reliefs that a particular property may be receiving

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 information is available by accessing the following links;
 
https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-full-listing-01-may-2019/
 
https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-all-reliefs-01-may-2019/
 
https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-all-exemptions-01-may-2019/
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5993
Request Date: 30/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I would like a full and up to date list of businesses/ companies/ charities that have become newly liable for business rates from the 15/04/19-30/04/2019.  Please include the following

* Full business name/liable party
* Full address including postcode of property they have recently become liable for
* Date of new 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: 5994
Request Date: 30/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   What was the council's public relations and marketing budget for the last financial year?

A.1    Full year budget was £574,490

Q.2   How many staff are currently employed in communications, public relations and marketing based roles?

A.2    There are currently 16 employees within the Corporate Communications team, there are two employees within other services in marketing roles. 

Q.3   Of those staff, how many earn above £50,000 per year? How many earn over £100,000 per year?

A.3    Within the Communications team 1 employee earns over £50,000 per year and no employee within the Communications team earns over £100,000 per year. Both employees in marketing roles that are in other services do not earn over £50,000 per year.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5995
Request Date: 30/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How much does Northumberland County Council spend on Careers Information Advice and Guidance in schools per annum?  

A.1 The Education Act 2011 places schools under a duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for their pupils. We cannot advise how much of the delegated budgets individual schools spend on universal guidance, schools would need to be contacted directly.  Local authorities have a range of duties to support young people to participate in education or training which are set out in statutory guidance on the participation of young people. The Careers Guidance Team supports with the targeted support for vulnerable students in school, in other providers and NEET. On this basis the spend is £642,924.06 
 
Q.2   What was the actual spend last year and anticipated spend this year and next ? 

A.2 Spend in 18/19 was is £642,924.06. In 19/20 this is estimated to be £638,500.00

Q.3   Which schools are supported by Careers Information Advice and Guidance by Northumberland County Council?  

A.3 All schools receive targeted support.
The following schools pay for Universal Careers from NCC on a traded agreement:
Astley High
The Blyth Academy
James Calvert Spence 
Cleaswell Hill
Atkinson House
Collingwood
St Benet Biscop
Hillcrest
Berwick Academy
The Grove
Barndale
NCEA Castle School

Q.4   What was the actual spend for last year and anticipated spend for this year and next ? 

A.4 For targeted support: Spend in 18/19 was is £642,924.06. In 19/20 this is estimated to be £638,500.00 
For universal guidance please see Q.10.  
 
Q.5   How many individual pupils are supported per school?  

A.5   Please see the attached

Q.6   What was the actual spend for last year and  anticipated spend for this year and next ?

A.6 See response to Q4. 
 
Q.7   Does Northumberland County Council sub-contract delivery of Careers Information Advice and Guidance in schools?  

A.7 No. Schools can however sub contract delivery and FOIs would need to be made to schools for this information. 

Q.8    If so, to whom and what was the actual value for last year and the value for this year and next?

A.8 Nil

Q.9    Is Northumberland County Council a sub-contractor to deliver Careers Information Advice and Guidance in schools?  

A.9    Yes, see response to question 3. 

Q.10  If so, what was the value for last year and what is the value for this year and next ?

A.10 Total revenue from Universal Guidance 2018-19 £54,026.  A similar figure is anticipated for next year, but agreements are not signed for this period so cannot be confirmed.


Details:

Reference Number: 5997
Request Date: 30/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

UNISON - Violence at work FoI 2019 questions

Note: For the purposes of this FoI please use the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) definition of work-related violence (violent incidents): "Any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work"

Part 1 - Your violence at work policies
Q.1  Do you have a policy/policies in place to protect employees from violence at work? (Yes/No)

A.1   Yes

Q.2   Are these policies built into the commissioning process for organisations delivering outsourced services? (Yes/No)

A.2    No

Part 2 - Violent incidents and monitoring
Q.3   Do you collect data on violent incidents? (Yes/No)          

A.3   Yes 

Q.4   If so, how many violent incidents did you record in the following years:

A.4   2018/19 - 465
         2017/18 - 418
         2016/17 - 409
         2015/16 - 341

Part 3 – Staff training and support

Q.5     Are risk assessments conducted for:
·         
Q.5.1  Public facing staff (Yes/No)

A.5.1   Yes

Q.5.2   Lone working staff (Yes/No)
 
A.5.2   Yes

Q.6     Do staff receive training to ensure they are aware of the appropriate way to deal with threatening situations? (Yes/No)
 
A.6    Yes

Q.7    Is advice, support, or counselling available for staff who are victims of violence at work?
·        
Q.7.1   Advice (Yes/No)

A.7.1  Yes

Q.7.2   Support (Yes/No)

A.7.2  Yes

Q.7.3   Counselling (Yes/No)

A.7.3  Yes