Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Attachments:

Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

Libraries

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

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

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

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

A.3 Please see attached spreadsheet

Youth centres

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children's centres

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

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

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

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

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

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

A.12  4 centres as above

Subsidised bus routes

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

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

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

A.14 Please see the attached document.
 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A.2   Liz Spaven, Senior Manager - Family Placements

liz.spaven@northumberland.gov.uk

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

A.3   See attached document

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

Q.4    See the attached document

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

A.5   See attached document

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

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

A.7     67

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

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

A.8a)    8

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

A.8b)    5

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

A.8c)    0

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

A.8d)   0
 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

A.2   Liz Spaven, Senior Manager - Family Placements

liz.spaven@northumberland.gov.uk

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

A.3   See attached document

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

Q.4    See the attached document

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

A.5   See attached document

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

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

A.7     67

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

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

A.8a)    8

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

A.8b)    5

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

A.8c)    0

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

A.8d)   0
 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

A.2    See Q4 Reports as per previous question. 

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

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

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

A.4    Please see the attached document

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

Q.1   Overall budget for youth services;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ashington - Hirst High School - Became an Academy

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

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

Beacon Hill - Failed due to management issues

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

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

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


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

Planned reviews
Unplanned reviews
Both
Total reviews delivered

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

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

2016-17
2017-18

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5562
Request Date: 07/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 We are Veterans Hearing Support and we assist veterans to access the Royal British Legion’s Veterans Hearing Fund. To date we have helped more than 1,000 ex-servicemen and women gain access to the fund providing these veterans with some of the most advanced hearing aids in the UK. This is life changing to those veterans and we would like to do more. Can you please forward to me, the name and contact information (email address and phone number) of the Veterans Officer in your council?

A.1    The Armed Forces Champion: Councillor David Ledger - David.Ledger@northumberland.gov.uk, The Armed Forces Officer: Jackie Roll - Jackie.Roll@northumberland.gov.uk



Details:

Reference Number: 5565
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     The number of employees of the Council under 16 years of age.
A.1     0

Q.2     The number of employees of the Council between 16 - 18 years of age.
A.2     27
  
Q.3     The number of employees of the Council over 18 years of age.
A.3     4264

Q.4     The number of volunteers of the Council under 16 years of age.
A.4     Unknown, this information is not held.

Q.5     The number of volunteers of the Council between 16 - 18 years of age.
A.5     Unknown, this information is not held.

Q.6     The number of volunteers of the Council over 18 years of age.
A.6     Unknown, this information is not held.



Details:

Reference Number: 5566
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Please could you let me have the amount of the costs awarded against the Council on Planning Appeals allowed since June, 2017 to December, 2018

A.1     We do not hold a comprehensive list of costs awarded against the Council on Planning Appeals allowed. We have however been able to run a transaction report of payments made for the period June 2017 - September 2018. Due to the introduction of a new finance system in September 2018 the report cannot be run for the period September - December 2018. 

The transaction report has shown that the Council paid award of costs for Planning appeals which total £107,553 for the period June 2017-September 2018. Paper records show no payments were made for the period September - December 2018.

Q.2     Please could you let me have the following information for the period March to December, 2018.

Q.2a.    The performance figures on all planning decisions during this period.

A.2a     The overall performance on all applications decisions (development type codes 01 to 27) is 2166 applications determined within agreed time out of 3347 applications determined. 65% 

Q.2b    The number of Planning applications that were withdrawn.

A.2b     164 

Q.2c    The number of appeals made against planning decisions

A.2c     24

Q.2d    The number of appeals dismissed 

A.2d     5

Q.2e    The number of decisions that have gone against pre-application recommendations

A.2e    It would take approximately 1,125 - 1,500 hours to get this information together because we would have to look at approximately 4500 applications to manually check to see if a preapp was linked that matched the proposal of the application. We would then need to check the officers response letter to the preapp against the planning applications outcome.

Our database only records that the pre-app was closed when a response has been issued, so we would have to look at each response in our Document management system to see whether or not it matched with the outcome. This would approximately take 15-20mins per application check manually each application.

Refusal under Exemption 12 - Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit. The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold certain information relating to pre application recommendations.  However, the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. 
 

Q.2f    The number of complaints received at Stage 1.
A.2f     90

Q.2g    The number of complaints received at Stage 2

A.2g     18

 
Q.2h.   How many complaints have been referred to the Ombudsman

A.2h     1


Q.3.   How many staff have left in this period.

A.9    16 employees left the Planning service between March and December 2018
 

Q.4   What are the costs to the Council associated with redundancy agreements.

A.4  There were no redundancies within the Planning Service during the time frame. 


Q.5  What are the costs to the Council associated with compromise agreements.

A.5  There was one compromise agreement within the Planning Service at a cost of £41,7019.18


Q.6 How many temporary staff have been employed by the department during this period and what is the cost to the Council.

A.6  Within Planning Services between March 2018 to December 2018 the number of staff on fixed term contracts are shown in the table below. Please note a number of these contracts were employees acting up into other roles to cover vacancies and sickness. The total cost over this period was £584,572.44. 

Month               Number of temporary staff

March 2018                28
April 2018                   29
May 2018                   29
June 2018                  27
July 2018                   24
August 2018              26
September 2018        24
October 2018             24
November 2018         25 
December 2018         25

Exemptions 

The Freedom of Information Act sets out various exemptions to the right of access. In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to question 5 of your request is exempt under the following provisions. 

• Section 12(1) Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit. 

Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit. 

(2) Subsection (1) does not exempt the public authority from its obligation to comply with paragraph (a) of section 1(1) unless the estimated cost of complying with that paragraph alone would exceed the appropriate limit. 

(3) In subsections (1) and (2) "the appropriate limit" means such amount as may be prescribed, and different amounts may be prescribed in relation to different cases. 

(4) The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that, in such circumstances as may be prescribed, where two or more requests for information are made to a public authority- 

(a) by one person, or 

(b) by different persons who appear to the public authority to be acting in concert or in pursuance of a campaign,  the estimated cost of complying with any of the requests is to be taken to be the estimated total cost of complying with all of them. 

(5) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for the purposes of this section as to the costs to be estimated and as to the manner in which they are to be estimated.  

Notice of Refusal 

Please treat this as a Notice of a Part Refusal as regards the information covered by the Section 12(1) Exemption for question 5 only.



Details:

Reference Number: 5567
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q1. I am aware that all Billing Authorities hold records of businesses that have or have not applied for small business rates relief. We would like would like to obtain a list of businesses who are not receiving small business rates relief. If this information relating to unclaimed small business rates relief is available on the website then please also indicate when the requested information (spreadsheet or website) has been updated.I therefore request a breakdown of businesses who are not receiving small business rates relief with a Rateable Value between £12,000 and £15,000 since 2017, including the following information:
A) The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rates are payable.
B) The Rateable value of the property
C) The address of the business in respect of which non-domestic rates apply

A.1     The information is available by accessing the following links; https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-full-listing-01-nov-2018/ 

and

 https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-all-reliefs-01-nov-2018/



Details:

Reference Number: 5568
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am aware that all Billing Authorities hold records of businesses that have created a new account.

Q.1     We would like to obtain a list of businesses who are paying business rates who have created a new account within the last 12 months. If this information is available on the website then please also indicate when the requested information (spreadsheet or website) has been updated and a link to this if available.

I therefore request a breakdown including the following information:
A) The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rates are payable. 
B) The Rateable value of the property.
C) The address of the business in respect of which non-domestic rates apply.
D) The date the account was created.

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


Details:

Reference Number: 5569
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please can you provide me with an electronic copy of all the maintained schools in the Haydon Bridge Partnership  that are currently identified as being in financial difficulty and have deficit recovery plans in place.

A.1   We are unable to disclose details of schools in financial difficulty or the detail behind future budget recovery plans for any school across Northumberland. However you can access the schools benchmarking website which has recently been updated with school income, expenditure, balance and workforce data for the 2017-18 financial year. This will allow you to view and compare Haydon Bridge Schools against each other or other similar sized schools across the Authority or the Country. 

https://schools-financial-benchmarking.service.gov.uk/

Q.2    Could you also provide the financial details that render the above schools "in difficulty" together with the timescale for them to be returned to a balanced budget position.

A.2    Individual school revenue balances for the 2017-18 financial year are also available via the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/la-and-school-expenditure-2017-to-2018-financial-year



Details:

Reference Number: 5570
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I would like to find out how I would establish how many planning applications have been approved recently that will 'incorporate facilities for charging plug-in and other ultra-low emission vehicles' as stated in section 110 in the National Planning Policy Framework 2018? Or as stated in section 105 'the need to ensure an adequate provision of spaces for charging plug-in and other ultra-low emission vehicles' where setting local parking standards for residential and non-residential development. How many times has this been a condition of planning?

A.1   To pull this report together we have done a search on the word "charge" to get the results. Unfortunately we are unable to retrieve any more applications from the system to add to the list, but there will be more applications with this type of condition attached to them.  From the attached list you will be able to search for the planning application references numbers using the public access system to view the associated documents and decision notice. We are unable to provide this information because of the way conditions are added to applications on the system.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5572
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The Ratepayer and the net Rates payable for the financial year 2010/11 and 2011/12, including any transitional relief or surcharge, for the hereditament below:

• IN VESSEL COMPOSTING STATION, ELLINGTON ROAD, ASHINGTON, NORTHD, NE63 9XS - BA Reference:   WANN11425803999

A.1      Northumberland Energy Recovery Ltd 

2010/2011 - £32,876.22

2011/2012 - £469.38



Details:

Reference Number: 5573
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Which single street in your council area has produced the highest income from parking enforcement (income from just fines) in the 2017/2018 financial year? Please provide details of the number of tickets issued and the income to the council of motorists paying parking enforcement fines in this single street in the 2017/18 financial year.

A.1  Beaumont Street, Hexham has received the most income from Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) in the financial year 2017/2018 at £16,638.00. There were 580 PCNs issued in Beaumont Street, Hexham in the financial year 2017/2018



Details:

Reference Number: 5574
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please therefore treat these requests separately.
 

Q.1     The number of children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were unaccompanied asylum seeking children, i.e. were in this country alone and not accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom :

Q.1a)          a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.1a)      0

 

Q.1b)           a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.1b)      0

 

Q.1c)           a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.1c)      0

 

Q.1d)           a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18.

 

A.1d)      0

 

Q.1e) there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18.  

 

A.1e)      0

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.
 

Q.2     The number of children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were seeking asylum but where they were accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

Q.2a)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.2a)      0

 

Q.2b)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.2b)      0

 

Q.2c)      a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.2c)      0

 

Q.2d)     a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.2d)      0

 

Q.2e)      there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

A.2e)      0

 

Q.3   The number of children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were seeking asylum but where it is unclear whether or not they were accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

Q.3a      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.3a)      0

 

Q.3b)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.3b)      0

 

Q.3c)      a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.3c)      0

 

Q.3d)      a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.3d)      0

 

Q.3e)      there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18  

 

A.3e)      0

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.4        The number of children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were foreign nationals - but who were not counted in the answers to 1, 2 or 3 above, perhaps because it was not clear they were seeking asylum 

- this could include refugees, migrants, or words to that effect and other foreign nationals whose immigration status is unclear 

– and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” 

– or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

Q.4a)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4a)      0

 

Q.4b)      a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4b)      0

 

Q.4c)      a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4c)      0

 

Q.4d)      a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4d)      0

 

Q.4e)      there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.4e)      0

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.5     The number of British national children deemed to be below the age of 18 who were foreign nationals – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

Q.5a)     a Serious Case Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5a)      0

 

Q.5b)     a Serious Case Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5b)      0

 

Q.5c)      a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5c)      0

 

Q.5d)      a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5d)      0

 

Q.5e)      there was no Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

A.5e)      0

 

For each case counted in requests 1-5 please detail:

The date of the death or suicide attempt

The type and name of the review

When the review began (even if prior to April 2016)

Current status of the review – i.e. ongoing or completed

The individual’s nationality

Whether they were or had been in the care of your local authority and/or had status as a care leaver (state which)

The age they claimed to be and whether their age had been disputed (if so please state which authority disputed their age and in what way, e.g. assessed as being an adult by the local authority when they claimed to be a child)

The term/terms used to describe their immigration status

Whether they were unaccompanied by family or accompanied by family, or you do not have this information in the unlikely event that is the case

Where the death or suicide attempt occurred including type of location, e.g. children’s home, foster home, park, private accommodation and place name (city/town/village and county)

Why no review took place if applicable

Why a learning review or similar was held instead of a Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Safeguarding Adult review or similar in cases where this is applicable.  In each case, please state the reason for this



Details:

Reference Number: 5576
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were unaccompanied asylum seeking young people, i.e. were in this country alone and not accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom :

A.1     No young people have died in Northumberland in the circumstances covered by any of questions 1 to 4 of your FOI in 2016/17 or 2017/18. 


a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.2   The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were seeking asylum but where they were accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

A.2     Please see the response to Q.1

 

a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.3   The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were seeking asylum but where it is unclear whether or not they were accompanied by close family – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

A.3     Please see the response to Q.1

 

a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.4   The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were foreign nationals - but who were not counted in the answers to 1, 2 or 3 above, perhaps because it was not clear they were seeking asylum - this could include refugees, migrants, or words to that effect and other foreign nationals whose immigration status is unclear – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

A.4     Please see the response to Q.1

 

a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.5   The number of young people deemed to be between the ages of 19 and 24 inclusive who were British nationals – and who i. had a death recorded as "self-inflicted", “suicide”, “misadventure suicide”, or “open-verdict suicide” – or words to this effect - and ii. had attempted suicide, and for whom:

 

A.5     Please see the response to Q.1

 

a) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

b) a Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

c) a Learning Review or equivalent was started but not concluded and was ongoing in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

d) a Learning Review or equivalent was concluded in your local authority area in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

e) there was no Safeguarding Adult Review or equivalent, or Learning Review or similar, in each of i) 2016/17 and ii) 2017/18

 

Please provide separate numbers by each of: type of review, year, whether this was a suicide or attempted suicide, whether the review had started but not been concluded, was ongoing, or had been concluded in that year, and whether a review was held.

 

Q.6   For each case counted in requests 1-5 please detail:

 

The date of the death or suicide attempt

The type and name of the review

When the review began (even if prior to April 2016)

Current status of the review – i.e. ongoing or completed

The individual’s nationality

Whether they were or had been in the care of your local authority and/or had status as a care leaver (state which)

The age they claimed to be and whether their age had been disputed (if so please state which authority disputed their age and in what way, e.g. assessed as being an adult by the local authority when they claimed to be a child)

The term/terms used to describe their immigration status

Whether they were unaccompanied by family or accompanied by family, or you do not have this information in the unlikely event that is the case

Where the death or suicide attempt occurred including type of location, e.g. children’s home, foster home, park, private accommodation and place name (city/town/village and county)

Why no review took place, if applicable

Why a learning review or similar was held instead of a Serious Case Review or equivalent, or Safeguarding Adult review or similar in cases where this is applicable.  In each case, please state the reason for this

 

A.6     We do not hold comprehensive information about young people who have died in the circumstances covered by question 5; this would be held by the coroners.  We have carried out no SARs or learning reviews about any young person falling within the scope of this question.

Question 6 is therefore not applicable.



Details:

Reference Number: 5579
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Data Period: January 1st, 2018 and December 31st 2018. 

Data Cohort: Care Leavers (i.e. a person aged between 16 and 25 years having been looked after by a local authority from 16 years old or any subsequent period after this date) in receipt of a discretionary reduction in Council Tax liability issued in accordance with Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (or equivalent Council Tax Reduction legislation). 

Q.1    Date requested: a)The total number of the cohort; b) The number in receipt of 100% discretionary reduction; and c) The number in receipt of 50% or less discretionary reduction.

A.1   I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5580
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please provide me with records of all money which has been awarded or given in any form to the Tyne & Wear Anti Fascist Association (TWAFA). This organisation may also be found under pseudonym Tyne & Wear Anti Fascist Coalition (TWAFC).

Please provide these records in the following form: 

Q.1       A total, all-time figure of how much money has been provided to the organisation; and 

Q.2       An annual breakdown of this all-time figure, detailing: 

 - the nature of the money provided, i.e. grant, loan .etc, and for which purposes the money was provided by the Council; and 

 - the annual sum of money provided in relation to the nature above; and 

 - the department or individual responsible inside the Council for signing off this money; and 

 - the point of contact in the Tyne & Wear Anti Fascist Association for both communicating and receiving this money; 

A.1 & A.2   There have been no payments made from Northumberland County Council to any of the above organisations



Details:

Reference Number: 5581
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1a)    Does your local authority have an Independent Visitor service?

 

A.1a)    Yes

 

Q.1b)    Is the service run internally or externally?

 

A.1b)    External

 

Q.1c)    If the service is external, who is the provider?

 

A.1c)    Action for Children

 

Q.1d)    What is the maximum agreed number of matches for your service at any one time?

 

A.1d)    The service is demand led and therefore there is no maximum.

 

Q.2a)    How many children / young people are currently matched with an Independent Visitor?

 

A.2a)    6

 

Q.2b)    How many children / young people have been referred and are waiting to be matched? 

 

A.2b)    Less than 5

 

Q.2c)    how many children/young people matched are out of county?

 

A.2c)    0

 

Q.2d)    how many children/young people waiting are out of county?

 

A.2d)    0

 

Q.3a)    What is the eligibility criteria for children / young people receiving your Independent Visitor service and how does the local authority prioritise referrals?

 

A.3a)    Eligibility is based upon assessed need as detailed within the child or young person’s care plan. Access to the service is demand led and is not subject to prioritisation

 

Q.3b)    How many current matches are funded for young people aged 18yrs - 25yrs?

 

A.3b)    0

 

Q.3c)    How many current matches have been visiting for over two years? 

 

A.3c)    less than 5

Q.3d)    Over five years?

A.3d)     0
 

Q.4)    Please provide a breakdown of gender, age, ethnicity and disability for:

 

Q.4a)  children matched?

 

A.4a)  Young People Matched with an Independent Visitor

 

Age           11-12 13-14    15-16 17-18

Female                               <5

Male            <5 <5               <5 <5

Disability     <5                    <5

Ethnicity     All matched young people are WB

 

Q.b)   children waiting?

 

A.b)   Young People Waiting to be Matched with an Independent Visitor

Age              11-12 13-14   15-16 17-18

Female

Male                                            <5

Disability

Ethnicity                                     WB

 

Q.5)   Please provide a breakdown of gender, age, ethnicity and disability for: 

 

Q.a)   volunteers matched?

 

A.5a) As this service is provided by an external organisation this information is not recorded and held by Northumberland County Council. 

 

Q.b)  volunteers fully trained and checked and waiting to be matched?

 

A.5b) As this service is provided by an external organisation this information is not recorded and held by Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5584
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    A list of all bus routes in the Northumberland County Council area that cross the border into Scotland (including the route number and where it goes to and from and the bus operator who runs it).

A.1    Northumberland County Council does not currently log all commercial bus routes that cross the border into Scotland.

Q.2    For each route please advise if it is a commercial service or if it is a council contract and funded by you (or whether any other councils fund it instead of you or as well as you).

A.2    Please see the attached document.

Q.3   For each and every cross border bus route can you please provide full details on the policy regarding accepting concession bus passes for cross border journeys and the restrictions and where concession bus pass holders can travel to and from on both sides of the border (i would like details for the policy of concession bus passes issued by Northumberland County Council and for those issued by other councils in England and by other councils in Scotland as well).

A.3   Northumberland County Council has agreed additional benefits for free travel in Scotland on the following local bus services, where your journey either starts or finishes in England: 

•18, 260 - Berwick to Duns
•60 - Berwick to Galashiels via Duns
•67 - Berwick to Galashiels via Kelso
•34, 235, 236, 253 - Berwick to Eyemouth
•131 - Newcastle to Jedburgh

On the following local bus services, free travel is only available for journeys wholly in England:

•710 - Newcastle to Coldstream/Kelso
•32 - Berwick to Swinton
•87 - Berwick to Kelso
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5586
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Up to the present day, what have been the council’s costs regarding implementation of the Care Act?

Please provide information broken down annually, starting in 2013/14 to the present day.

I appreciate there may be constraints within the context of the Freedom of Information Act but where possible state:

a) The relevant project or strand of the Care Act (e.g. work on assessing and shaping the local care market) and

b) Type of expenditure (e.g. event to engage with local providers).

Note: this should include costs for policies which may have later been postponed or cancelled e.g. cap on lifetime care costs.

A.1     We do not hold this information, since we have not accounted separately for Care Act implementation costs.  Since the Care Act is now the legal framework for much of the core business of adult social care, we took the view from the beginning of the implementation process that there was no useful way to make a distinction between the costs of Care Act implementation and other aspects of planning and service development.  We also do not distinguish for accounting purposes the costs of planning and service development from other costs such as operational management, training, quality assurance, and professional development, since the boundaries between these headings are often unclear.



Details:

Reference Number: 5589
Request Date: 12/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1.   As per 1 May 2018, how many children in your local authority had a Statement of Special Educational Needs?

A.1    0

 

Q.2.   How many children with special educational needs in your local authority area required an Education Health Care Plan or statement of SEN for transitioning from primary to secondary school in September 2018?

A.2    83

 

Q.3.   How many of these children received their final transition Education Health Care Plan or statement by the 15 February 2018 deadline? 

A.3    80

 

Q.4.   As per 15th February 2019, how many children in your local authority had a Statement of Special Educational Needs?

A.4    0

 

Q.5.   How many children with special educational needs in your local authority area required an Education Health Care Plan or statement of SEN for transitioning from primary to secondary school in September 2019? 

A.5    79

 

Q.6.   How many of these children received their final transition Education Health Care Plan or statement by the 15 February 2019 deadline?

A.6    78



Details:

Reference Number: 5590
Request Date: 08/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please call to inform/discuss how many food business's there are in Northumberland. 

A.1   As at 13/02/2019 there were 3,735 food premises registered with Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5591
Request Date: 12/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please provide me with details (including dates) of safety certificates, safety inspections, safety inspection costs, certificates approved and details of safety certificates rejected or refused (including reasons for refusal/rejection) between 01/02/2002 and 12/02/2019, for the below stadia located within your local government authority area.

·  Shielfield Park

A.1   From 1st October 2015 Shielfield Park no longer required a safety certificate under the Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975.  Instead they require Regulated Stand Certificates, which have been combined into one certificate covering the two stands at the ground.  We no longer hold the historical data in relation to the old safety certificate. 

There have been no safety inspection costs in relation to the site and they have not had a certificate refused or rejected.



Details:

Reference Number: 5593
Request Date: 12/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1. Details of all Community Asset Transfers which have been made by the authority since 2000.   This includes:
  • All assets for which full ownership has been transferred to a community group under General Disposal Consent for a nominal or below-market-value fee.
  • All assets which have been leased to a community group on a long-term, peppercorn lease arrangement
  • Any other similar arrangements which the authority has put in place and classifies as a “Community Asset Transfer”
We request that the data is made available in a spreadsheet or database format which is readable using freely available or MS Office software (e.g. Excel, Google Docs etc.) and that the following fields are included:
  • Name of asset
  • Address, including postcode, of asset
  • Type of asset – e.g. leisure centre, village hall, library etc.
  • Type of transfer – sale, long-term peppercorn lease, etc.
  • Date of transfer
A.1 Please see the attached spreadsheet
 
Q.2. Details of all Assets of Community Value which have been listed in your area since 2011, as required by the Localism Act 2011.  We request that the data is made available in a spreadsheet or database format which is readable using freely available or MS Office software (e.g. Excel, Google Docs etc.) and that the following fields are included:
  • Name of asset
  • Address, including post code, of asset
  • Type of asset – e.g. leisure centre, village hall, library etc.
  • Date of listing
A.2 The information requested is available on the NCC website: List of Assets of Community Value:
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Councillors/Rights.aspx#communityrighttobid
 
Q.3. Details of any Community Engagement Strategy or Policy.  By this we refer to any current strategy or policy document which sets out how the authority engages with the community and/ or seeks to increase community participation in local decision-making (above and beyond statutory requirements such as Planning Consultations or local elections).  

Please provide a hyperlink to any documents available on your website and/ or PDF versions of documents not hosted in the public domain.

A.3 The following links give information about how the authority engages with the community and/ or seeks to increase community participation in local decision-making:

VCS Assembly - diagram of "Assembly Process"
http://www.vcsassemblynorthumberland.co.uk/about/assembly-executive

VCS Assembly - VCS Liaison Group
http://www.vcsassemblynorthumberland.co.uk/about/vcs-cabinet-advisory-group

NCC - Empowering Communities Project
www.northumberland.gov.uk/Care/Empowering-Communities-Project.aspx
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5594
Request Date: 12/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   A list with the names of all the textile recycling collectors that currently operate textile recycling banks in Northumberland County Council on council sites and council land. 

Q.2   The number of textile recycling banks placed in Northumberland County Council which are operated by private companies on council sites and council land. 

A.1 - A.2   One collector at the 12 HWRCs in Northumberland - Nathan Wastesavers and Bring sites.

 

Q.3   The number of textile recycling banks placed in Northumberland County Council which are operated by charities on council sites and council land. 

A.3   No separate charity collections on council site or council land.



Details:

Reference Number: 5597
Request Date: 13/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many days have your council workers been on strike in the past 12 months?

A.1   There has been no strike action for NCC in the last 12 months



Details:

Reference Number: 5598
Request Date: 13/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

The information I require relates to the organisations software contract, please send me the organisation’s primary contract around the types of contract below. I require the organisation’s to provide me with the following contract information relating to the following corporate software/enterprise applications:

 

A.       Enterprise Resource Planning Software Solution (ERP) -this is the organisation’s main ERP system and may include service support, maintenance and upgrades.

B.       Primary Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solution-this is the organisation’s main CRM system and may include service support, maintenance and upgrades. Example of CRM systems the organisation may use could include Microsoft Dynamics, Front Office, Lagan CRM, Firmstep

C.       Primary Human Resources (HR) and Payroll Software Solution-this is the organisation’s main HR/payroll system and may include service support, maintenance and upgrades. In some cases the HR contract maybe separate to the payroll contract please provide both types of contracts. Example of HR/Payroll systems the organisation may use could include iTrent, Resourcelink.

D.       The organisation’s primary corporate Finance Software Solution-this is the organisation’s main Finance system and may include service support, maintenance and upgrades. Example of finance systems the organisation may use could include E-Business suite, Agresso (Unit4), eFinancials, Integra, SAP

In some cases you may come across contracts that provides service support maintenance and upgrades separate to the main software contract, please also provide this information in the response following the requested data below.

For each of the categories above can you please provide me with the relevant contract information listed below:
 

Q.1.    Software Category: ERP, CRM, HR, Payroll, Finance

A.1.    ERP, HR, Payroll, Finance 

Q.2.    Name of Supplier: Can you please provide me with the software provider for each contract?

A.2.   Oracle 

Q.3.    The brand of the software: Can you please provide me with the actual name of the software. Please do not provide me with the supplier name again please provide me with the actual software name.

A.3.   Oracle Cloud Applications / Fusion, Financials, HCM and Payroll 

Q.4.   Description of the contract: Please do not just state two to three words can you please provide me with detailed information about this contract and please state if upgrade, maintenance and support is included.

A.4.    Fully licensed, includes quarterly upgrades, maintenance and support

Please also include any modules included within the contract as this will support the categories you have selected in question Q.1.

Q.5.   Number of Users/Licenses: What is the total number of user/licenses for this contract? 

A.5.   We have a few hundred Financials users. HCM and Payroll licences are based on the 1 licence per employee paid in the organisation.

Q.6.   Annual Spend: What is the annual average spend for each contract?

A.6.   Total for the ERP, HR and Payroll, Finance categories and all the modules mentioned above  is £600000 per annum. 

Q.7.   Contract Duration: What is the duration of the contract please include any available extensions within the contract.

A.7.   5 year contract

Q.8.   Contract Start Date: What is the start date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY. 

A.8.   07-17

Q.9.   Contract Expiry: What is the expiry date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.

A.9.   07-22
  
Q.10.  Contract Review Date: What is the review date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. If this cannot be provide please provide me estimates of when the contract is likely to be reviewed. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY. 

A.10.  Approx 2 years before the end of the contract.

Q.11.  Contact Details: I require the full contact details of the person within the organisation responsible for this particular software contract (name, job title, email, contact number). 

A.11.  Ryan Fitzpatrick -  Information and Development Manager

If any of the information is not available please can you provide me with the notes on the reasons why?

For each of the categories above can you please provide me with the relevant contract information listed below: 

Q.1.   Software Category: ERP, CRM, HR, Payroll, Finance

A.1.   CRM 

Q.2.   Name of Supplier: Can you please provide me with the software provider for each contract?

A.2.   Verint 

Q.3.   The brand of the software: Can you please provide me with the actual name of the software. Please do not provide me with the supplier name again please provide me with the actual software name.

A.3.   Lagan CRM  

Q.4.   Description of the contract: Please do not just state two to three words can you please provide me with detailed information about this contract and please state if upgrade, maintenance and support is included.

A.4.   Annual Support and Maintenance 

          1 x Additional User Licence for QMax WFM

          1 x Additional User Licence for QMax WFM

          Verint Government Online Forms

          LAGAN SVC Standard DQM 

Please also include any modules included within the contract as this will support the categories you have selected in question Q.1.

Q.5.   Number of Users/Licenses: What is the total number of user/licenses for this contract? 

A.5.   80 users/licences for Contact Centre staff

Q.6.   Annual Spend: What is the annual average spend for each contract? 

A.6.   £50,890.86

Q.7.   Contract Duration: What is the duration of the contract please include any available extensions within the contract. 

A.7.   5 year contract

Q.8.   Contract Start Date: What is the start date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY. 

A.8.   04-14

Q.9.   Contract Expiry: What is the expiry date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY. 

A.9.   04-19

Q.10  Contract Review Date: What is the review date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. If this cannot be provide please provide me estimates of when the contract is likely to be reviewed. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY. 

A.10  Currently about to review and just taking up 1 year extension option.

Q.11  Contact Details: I require the full contact details of the person within the organisation responsible for this particular software contract (name, job title, email, contact number). 

A.11  Joe Murphy -  Development Manager



Details:

Reference Number: 5599
Request Date: 13/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many secure care accommodation facilities do you operate or have access to in your area?

A.1   Secure accommodation is a National resource and therefore access to all 14 SCH is via the national bed bank. In our North East region there are two SCH. One is operated  by Northumberland County Council the other by Durham.

Q.2   How many places are available in these facilities for young people?  

A.2   In Kyloe House (Northumberland operated) there are 12 main placements and two step down placements.

Q.3   In the past 10 years (January 2009 - January 2019) how many children and young people have you placed in secure care placements in Scotland, per year? What ages have these children been? 

A.3   Less than 5

Q.4   For all of these placements, how much has been paid to the provider of the Scottish secure care accommodation per placement?  

A.4   N/A

Q.5   Which providers have you used in Scotland to provide secure care accommodation?

Please note - If the time frame of the past 10 years is going to be too large to fit within the FOI guidelines,  please reduce this to five years (January 2014 - 2019).  

A.5   N/A



Details:

Reference Number: 5600
Request Date: 13/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please can you provide me with the name and contact details of the Licensing Manager in the council, who is responsible for all licensing types? eg. skips, fireworks, petroleum, etc.

A.1   Skips: We do not have an officer dedicated to licencing of skips

Scaffolding: We do not have an officer dedicated to licencing of scaffolding 

Hoarding: We do not have an officer dedicated to licencing of hoarding.

Poisons: There are no longer Poisons registrations, the register was stopped in 2015. 

Fireworks Darin Wilson Email: Darin.wilson@northumberland.gov.uk (Trading Standards)

Trading Standards and Animal Health Manager, Housing and Public Protection Service, West Hartford Business Park, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 3JP, Tel: 01670 623704

Petroleum: Scott Ruddick, email: scott.ruddick@northumberland.gov.uk, Fire & Rescue Service, West Hartford Business Park, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 3JP, Tel: 01670 621143


Details:

Reference Number: 5602
Request Date: 13/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Can the Authority provide the number of bin surveys it has conducted in each calendar year since 2014? If applicable, can the Authority also provide the number of households subject to bin surveys in the same period? For clarity, a bin survey is used to identify the types of rubbish being thrown away by households or which bins are being used, or both.

A.1   The Council have not carried out any of these types of bin surveys in the last 5 years, we are however planning to undertake a compositional analysis of residual waste bins in 2019/20



Details:

Reference Number: 5603
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    any communication (internal or otherwise) relating to this licensing hearing – in particular, any relating to our request to reschedule the hearing and also any and all communication to and from the applicant and/or their solicitors; and

A.1    Document 1 contains correspondence relating to the application and hearing on 28/01/2019.
Document 2 contains file notes for the request for adjournment.

Q.2    any communication (internal or otherwise) relating to any of our licensing complaints, queries or correspondence; and

A.2    Document 3 contains emails relating to  licensing complaints, queries or correspondence;

Q.3    any documents or communications Northumberland County Council holds relating to previous licensing appeals in the past 5 years.

A.3   We are currently seeking legal advice regarding whether we can provide the information in relation to documents or communications Northumberland County Council holds relating to previous licensing appeals in the past 5 years
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5604
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I believe a transcript of the information I requested has now  been released to the general public. However, this is not verbatim and I believe some information may be in the original recordings that is not in the written documentation. I again ask for permission to access the recording of the aforementioned OSC Meeting and not the transcript.

A.1   This video is now live on our website at: 

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Councillors/Meetings.aspx#videoarchivehealthwellbeingoverviewandscrutinycommittee 

and on our YouTube channel at: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt50B9nma3M

This contains all the information you require.



Details:

Reference Number: 5605
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Joint meeting of the Policy Board and the Board of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust held at Shielfield Park, Berwick-upon-Tweed on Wednesday, 4 June 2014 at 12:30 p.m. I refer to the above document regarding a Policy Board meeting.

Under item 11 is the following: 

"11. BERWICK INFIRMARY REDEVELOPMENT

Paul Brayson, Managing Director for NHFM Ltd presented the Outline Business Case for the redevelopment of Berwick Infirmary (copy attached to the signed minutes) which the Boards were asked to approve."

I am unable to source the Outline Business Case mentioned above, even though it is said to be "attached" 

Can you please send me a copy of this Business Case?

 

A.1 Section 21 of the Act states that a public Authority does not need to provide information under section 1 of the Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means. The published information is available by accessing the following web link: 

http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meeting.aspx?MeetID=976



Details:

Reference Number: 5606
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1.   What type of council are you – i.e. Unitary, District etc.

A.1.   Unitary

Q.2.   Do you have a corporate debt team 

A.2.   Yes

Q.3.   What categories of debt are collected 

A.3.   Council Tax, Business Rates, Housing Benefit Overpayments, Sundry Debt

Q.4.   Do you collect debt on behalf of other councils or 3rd parties such as housing associations etc. 

A.4.   No

Q.5.   What systems are used for each 

A.5.   Northgate Revs & Bens, Oracle Applications

Q.6.   Do you employ internal enforcement agents, if so, how many 

A.6.   Yes, one

Q.7.   Do you utilise external enforcement agents via a 3rd party, if so when does their current contract end and when it does are you considering using internal enforcement agents

A.7.   We utilise external enforcement agents and their engagement is reviewed annually.



Details:

Reference Number: 5607
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    A full structure of your education department and who looks after the school improvement services.
If your service is outsourced or ran by another organisation are you able to provide further information.
Please provide the information in the form of a structure chart, list of names and attached document providing all further information. If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request. If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined, I would be grateful for any further advice and assistance. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or phone and I will be very happy to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request, my details are outlined below.

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


Details:

Reference Number: 5608
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Under the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, could you please provide me with the most up-to-date list of all empty commercial (non-residential) property rates data for your local authority, and including the following fields:

A) Address

B) Rateable Value 

 

A1. In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to your request is exempt under the following provisions;

Section 21 of the Act states that a public Authority does not need to provide information under section 1 of the Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means. 

The information is available by accessing the following links;

https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-all-exemptions-01-nov-2018/

and

https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-all-reliefs-01-nov-2018/ 

Please note that in relation to the reliefs data that the empty property start date will be either 3 or 6 months prior to the relief start date depending on the type of property.

This data is refreshed on 1 November and 1 May each year.



Details:

Reference Number: 5609
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1.     How many firefighters have taken their own lives between 2003 and 2017 inclusive.

A.1.     None.

 

Q.2.     How many firefighters are currently off work sick as a result of PTSD?  

How long has the officer been off sick?

Less than six months

Six to twelve months

Twelve to eighteen months

Eighteen months to two years

Two years plus 

A.2.     None.

 

Q.3.     How many firefighters are currently off sick with stress or other mental health condition?

How long has the officer been off sick?

Less than six months

Six to twelve months

Twelve to eighteen months

Eighteen months to two years

Two years plus

A.3.   One, six to twelve months.

 

Q.4.   How many staff members are currently applying for ill health retirement or equivalent on the grounds of PTSD?

A.4.   None.



Details:

Reference Number: 5610
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please can you provide me the names of managers within the SEN Service. Please can this include:
  • Head of SEN
  • SEN Managers
  • SEN Team Manager
  • Principal Educational Psychologist
  • Director of Education

Please provide the information in the form of either a list of managers or an org chart. If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request. If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined, I would be grateful for any further advice and assistance.

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached structure charts in response, accurate as of this date.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5611
Request Date: 14/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please could you tell me the number of claims made for Discretionary Housing Payments and the number of awards for the financial years below?

Name of Authority
Year
Number of claims
Number of awards
 
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17
2017/18

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached structure charts in response, accurate as of this date.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5612
Request Date: 15/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1. How many court summons have been issued to former students (within 3-6 months of changing student status) between January 1st 2018 - January 1st 2019 for refusal of paying council tax. Can this information be provided in a spreadsheet showing the court summons, the outstanding payment, and when it was paid. 

A.1   I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5613
Request Date: 15/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

For the financial year 2018/19 or the calendar year 2018-2019, whichever is more convenient, please provide the following information.

Q.1. Do you distribute any free promotional disposable nappies (such as Pampers) or reusable nappies to parents at any of your children’s and family services?

If the answer is yes to 1, please answer questions 2-7.

A.1. No (we used to but this was chopped from the budget many years ago.) 

Q.2. Which disposable or reusable nappy brand do you allow to distribute their promotional nappies?

Q.3. Which services are they distributed at and how many parents use these facilities annually? 

Q.4. How frequently a year have these disposable or reusable nappy brands been able to distribute their promotional material at these services?

Q.5. What is the process for allowing disposable or reusable nappy brands to distribute at your services and who signs it off? 

Q.6. Is there any remuneration for the council from these disposable or reusable nappy brands for distributing their promotional material?

Please then answer the remaining questions 7-8 regardless of your answers to 1-6. 

Q.7. What initiatives does the Council currently employ to reduce nappy waste and how successful are they? (This may include education programmes for families or tax incentives to nappy waste recycling businesses)

Q.8. What is your policy on nappy waste reduction and recycling and what do your future plans entail? 

A.8. We have no policy on Nappies in particular as a waste material and they are not included in the current waste strategy. (Which was published in 2003)



Details:

Reference Number: 5615
Request Date: 15/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1. Please state any changes to the eligibility criteria or service offer under the council's home to school transport policy (as per section 50B of the Education Act 1996) that have been enacted since April 2010. Non-substantive, purely technical alterations can be left out. Please state the month that each took effect, and provide any impact assessment that was carried out.

Q.2. For each of the following academic years - 2010/11, 2014/15, 2017/18, 2018/19 - please state the number of children aged 5-16 who received free home to school transport from (or funded by) the council (as per section 50B of the Education Act 1996).

Q.3. For each of the following academic years - 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 = please state the number of children of compulsory school age with SEND statements or ECHPs who were being educated outside the local authority area

Q.4. Please list the 'out of area' local authorities where children from your local authority with SEND statements or ECHPs are currently in compulsory education, together with the number of children being educated in each local authority (where the number is three or fewer, please list the local authority even if the number is not provided)

Q.5. Does the council identifiably record the cost of external legal advice and representation for first tier and upper tier SEND tribunal cases (i.e. SENDIST)? If the response to question 5 is 'no' please ignore question 6.

Q.6. How much did the council spend on external legal advice and representation on first tier and upper tier SEND tribunal cases each financial year for 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 (year to date)? If possible, please split the expenditure between cases won by the council and cases lost by the council. There is no need to split the figures between first tier and upper tier expenditure.

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


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5616
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Does your organisation used a 'cloud' provider for the three IT services, either wholly or in part, listed directly below? An example of a cloud provider would be Microsoft and Office 365 which provides email, One Drive and SharePoint-online offerings. There are obviously other cloud providers.    

Q.1a    email

A.1a     yes 

Q.1b     home folders

A.1b     yes - partly 

Q.1c     'corporate' file systems

A.1c     yes - partly

If the answer for the above three is no then simply reply 'N\A' to QA, Q3 and Q3a. 

Q.2    If you use a cloud provider for any of the three IT services listed above do you back them up? Please specify which you back up. 

A.2    no

Q.3    If you do back up what product do you back them up with? 

A.3     N/A 

Q.3a  Is the back up product also a cloud provisioned service?   

A.3a   N/A



Details:

Reference Number: 5617
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Is your organisation responsible for collecting car parking charges (whether directly or through a contracted service)?

A.1   It is not possible for Northumberland County Council to provide this information as the ticket machines in operation do not have the capability to either record or report on “overvend” figures

If the answer to question 1 is ‘No’ there is no further requirement to complete the questions. 

Q.2   How much revenue, on top of the stated ticket price has been collected by your authority due to the machines not giving change in 2015-2016?

Q.3   How much revenue, on top of the stated ticket price has been collected by your authority due to the machines not giving change in 2016-2017? 

Q.4   How much revenue, on top of the stated ticket price has been collected by your authority due to the machines not giving change in 2017-2018?



Details:

Reference Number: 5619
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

On Friday 8th February the Secretary of State for Transport visited Northumberland to see proposals for the reopening of passenger services on the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne line. 

Q.1       A full list of invitees

A.1       Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

John Redhead  

Representative - Nexus

Representative - Nexus

Representative - Transport for the North

Representative - Transport for the North

Representative - Network Rail

Representative - Network Rail

Representative - Northern

Representative - SENRUG

Paul Johnston - NCC

Cllr Peter Jackson - NCC

Cllr Richard Wearmouth - NCC

Cllr Veronica Jones - NCC

Cllr Glen Sanderson - NCC

Cllr Wayne Daley - NCC

Cllr Cath Homer - NCC

Cllr Nick Oliver - NCC

Cllr William Crosby - NCC

Cllr Malcolm Robinson - NCC

Cllr Russell Wallace - NCC

Andrew Ward - NCC

Stuart McNaughton - NCC

Representative - AECOM (Consultant Team)

Representative - AECOM (Consultant Team)

Representative - Mosaic Consultants (Consultant Team)

 

Q.2      A full list of attendees 

A.2      Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

John Redhead  

Representative - Nexus

Representative - Transport for the North

Representative - Transport for the North

Representative - Network Rail

Representative - Network Rail

Representative - Northern

Representative - SENRUG

Paul Johnston - NCC

Cllr Peter Jackson - NCC

Cllr Richard Wearmouth - NCC

Cllr Glen Sanderson - NCC

Cllr Wayne Daley - NCC

Cllr Cath Homer - NCC

Cllr Nick Oliver - NCC

Cllr William Crosby - NCC

Cllr Malcolm Robinson - NCC

Cllr Russell Wallace - NCC

Andrew Ward - NCC

Stuart McNaughton - NCC

Representative - AECOM (Consultant Team)

Representative - Mosaic Consultants (Consultant Team)

 

Q.3      The total cost of chartering a train for the visit

A.3       The cost of chartering the train was covered by Northern as part of their franchise commitment to support development of the project.

 

Q.4       The total cost of photography for the day 

A.4       The total cost of photography for the day was £295 and this cost has been met by Northumberland County Council. 
 

Q.5       The total cost of any refreshments provided

A.5        Refreshments were provided by Northern Rail at no cost to Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5620
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     A list of the fire stations used by the fire service in 2010/11 within the fire service area (including any temporarily out of use), including their address and postcode

A.1     A list of the fire stations used by the fire service in 2010/11 within the fire service area (including any temporarily out of use), including their address and postcode. 

 

West Hartford Fire Station & Headquarters

West Hartford Business Park

Cramlington

Northumberland

NE23 3JP

 

Pegswood Fire Station

Pegswood

Northumberland

NE61 6SJ

 

Hexham Fire Station

Tyne Mills Industrial Estate

Hexham

Northumberland 

NE46 1XJ

 

Alnwick Fire Station

Alnwick

Northumberland 

NE66 2PA

 

Berwick Fire Station

Ord Road

Tweedmouth

Berwick upon Tweed 

TD15 2XU

 

Seahouses Fire Station

Main Street

North Sunderland

Seahouses

Northumberland 

NE68 7TZ

 

Belford Fire Station

The Meadows

Belford

Northumberland 

NE70 7NZ

 

Amble Fire Station

Coquetdale Industrial Estate

Amble

Morpeth

Northumberland 

NE65 0PE

 

Rothbury Fire Station

Coquet View 

Rothbury 

Northumberland 

NE65 7RZ

 

Prudhoe Fire Station

Front Street

Prudhoe

Northumberland

NE42 5DQ

 

Ponteland Fire Station

Callerton Lane

Ponteland

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE20 9EY

 

Bellingham Fire Station

Bellingham

Hexham

Northumberland

NE46 2JS

 

Allendale Fire Station

Fosterheads

Allendale

Hexham

Northumberland

NE47 9LG

 

Haltwhistle Fire Station

Park Road

Haltwhistle

Northumberland

NE49 9BW

 

Haydon Bridge Fire Station

California Gardens

Haydon Bridge

Northumberland

NE47 6JW

 

Morpeth Fire Station & Headquarters

Loansdean

Morpeth

Northumberland

NE61 2ED

 

Cramlington Fire Station

Cramlington

Northumberland

NE23 3JN

 

Ashington Fire Station

Morpeth Road

Ashington

Northumberland

NE63 8PR

 

Blyth Fire Station

Cowpen Road

Blyth

Northumberland

NE24 5SU

 

Q.2     A list of the fire stations used by the fire service in 2018/19 within the fire service area (including any temporarily out of use), including their address and postcode

A.2     A list of the fire stations used by the fire service in 2018/19 within the fire service area (including any temporarily out of use), including their address and postcode.

 

West Hartford Fire Station & Headquarters

West Hartford Business Park

Cramlington

Northumberland

NE23 3JP

 

Pegswood Fire Station

Pegswood

Northumberland

NE61 6SJ

 

Hexham Fire Station

Maiden's Walk

Hexham

Northumberland

NE46 1DR

 

Alnwick Fire Station

Blackthorn Close

Lionheart Enterprise Park

Alnwick

Northumberland

NE66 2ER

 

Berwick Fire Station

Ord Road

Tweedmouth

Berwick upon Tweed 

TD15 2XU

 

Seahouses Fire Station

Main Street

North Sunderland

Seahouses

Northumberland 

NE68 7TZ

 

Belford Fire Station

The Meadows

Belford

Northumberland 

NE70 7NZ

 

Amble Fire Station

Coquetdale Industrial Estate

Amble

Morpeth

Northumberland 

NE65 0PE

 

Rothbury Fire Station

Coquet View 

Rothbury 

Northumberland 

NE65 7RZ

 

Prudhoe Fire Station

Front Street

Prudhoe

Northumberland

NE42 5DQ

 

Ponteland Fire Station

Callerton Lane

Ponteland

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE20 9EY

 

Bellingham Fire Station

Bellingham

Hexham

Northumberland

NE46 2JS

 

Allendale Fire Station

Fosterheads

Allendale

Hexham

Northumberland

NE47 9LG

 

Haltwhistle Fire Station

Park Road

Haltwhistle

Northumberland

NE49 9BW

 

Q.3     Where a fire station was used by the fire service in 2010/11 but not in 2018/19, please state why

A.3     Morpeth and Ashington Fire Stations closed in July 2010 and services moved to the new facility at Pegswood Fire Station. 

Headquarters, Blyth and Cramlington moved to a new site at West Hartford in August 2010. 

Haydon Bridge RDS Station closed in October 2016, following a public consultation process



Details:

Reference Number: 5623
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 List of all the fruit, vegetable and oil processing and packaging plants in your authority. In each case, please provide the following details:
  • The addresses of the land or property
  • The company names registered to those addresses
  • Details of the purchaser or lease holder, if not a sole trader or private individual

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


Details:

Reference Number: 5624
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 In an interview with the News Post Leader on Friday 8th February, the Leader of the Council discussed the financing of the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne line. In this he said the total cost for reopening would be £190 Million but that he believed it could be split into phases and that Phase 1 would cost £90 Million and that this was ‘perfectly achievable’.  Under the terms of the freedom of information act please provide the following; All papers relating to development phases of the ABT line.  All correspondence from Councillor Peter Jackson mentioning the phrases ‘Northumberland Line’ or Ashington, Blyth & Tyne’

A.1  Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached issued via Cryptshare due to the size of the attachments.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5626
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The hourly fee paid to North Star day service per client.  Out of this fee does the centre pay for the following commercial rent for the buildings.

insurance for buildings and liability insurance.

wages.and national insurance.

pension provision.

utilities, gas, electric,and water.

transport.

Holiday pay.

 daily upkeep and repairs

telephone/internet provision

 

A.1    This service is not delivered in hourly units.  Since it is an in-house service, it is also costed on the basis of the overall capacity available, rather than the number of individuals using the service at a date, which may vary.  On this basis, the daily unit cost of the service in the current financial year is £60.92. This costing includes all the costs listed in your enquiry, other than commercial rent for the premises.  These are owned by the Council, so no rent is payable.



Details:

Reference Number: 5627
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     I would like to know whether state schools within your local education authority serve 

a) nitrite-cured ham in their school meals and 

b) other processed meats containing nitrites in their school meals, including but not limited to bacon, salami or chorizo.

If FOIA requests of a similar nature have been asked already, please could you include your responses to those requests. 

A.1    In response to your request the ham and bacon used in our local authority schools managed by NCC  (list on website) contains nitrates. Bacon is used rarely on the menus and ham can be offered as an optional  sandwich filling if required. Salami and Chorizo is not included on our menus therefore we don't use.



Details:

Reference Number: 5630
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How much do you spend a year on callouts for pest control ?

A.1   The pest control service costs £150,000 per annum.
 

Q.2   How much does it cost you per visit ?

A.2   Rats, Mice Ants,Cockroaches and Wasps are charged at £50 per treatment. 

Fleas, flies and fumigations are £75 per treatment

Bedbugs are £150 per treatment.
 

Q.3   How much do you spend on pest control equipment annually ? 

A.3   We spend 10,000 per year 

 

Q.4   How many unsuccessful callouts do you have on average (where you visit the trap and the pest hasn’t been caught)?

A.4   None we do not use traps.

 

Q.5   Would you be interested in a device that could simply tell you when a mousetrap has been activated ? 

A.5   No thanks



Details:

Reference Number: 5631
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    How many young people had echp at age 15+ I would like this information for the past 5 financial years (year by year)  (including the current financial year to date)

A.1    We do not have the information requested going back 5 financial years but can provide information for the last 3 years, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19. EHCP's have only been in place since Sept 2014 prior to that students requiring support in College provision had access to a Learning Difficulty Assessment. The LA do not have details of the number of LDAs in place.

Q.2    How many young adults requested post 16 education provision ( education which echp would be responsible for funding) I would like this information for the past 5 financial years (year by year) (including the current financial year to date). When I refer to post 16 education I mean any education provision from age 16 to the maximum age of 25)

A.2    We do not record information with regards to how many people requested Post 16 education provision. We can provide details on how many students had EHCPs and how many students received funding.  

Q.3    How many of the above questions were granted their request for additional education provision age 16+ (as detailed above) I would like this information for the past 5 financial years (year by year) (including the current financial year to date)

A.3   We do not have the information requested going back 5 financial years but can provide information for the last 3 years, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19.

Please see the attached table
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5632
Request Date: 18/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 A list of all live business rates accounts with a 2017 list Rateable Value greater than or equal to £5,000. Property Reference Number (also known as Billing Authority Reference Number) of the property on which the charge is made. Please note that this is not the Rate Demand or Rate Account Number, Current rateable value, account holder name, property address, the billing address (where different to the property address), the contact telephone number and email address, the date the current ratepayer became liable for the business rates – we do not require any historical account liability dates only the current ratepayers liability start date, whether a property is empty or occupied, where a property is currently empty please provide the date the ratepayer became liable for empty rates, where there is an exemption on the account please provide the start and end date and type of exemption applied (e.g. listed building), where there is a relief on the account please provide the date it was applied and the type of relief (e.g. charity), we do not require any personal information or sole traders.

A.1 In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to your request is exempt under the following provisions; Section 21 of the Act states that a public Authority does not need to provide information under section 1 of the Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means.

The information is available by accessing the following link: https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/ 
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5634
Request Date: 19/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I request that a copy of the following information [or documents containing the following information] be provided to me: Full list of businesses and charities that have become responsible for business rates between the 1st-19th Feb 2019. I would like to know the full business name and address, date of liability and the property type.

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


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 5635
Request Date: 19/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please can you tell me the amount of money you spent on the Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy service for the following financial years, the organisation you commissioned to deliver this statutory service and the number of new cases taken on each year:
  •  Financial Year
  • Amount spent £
  • Number of new cases
  • Organisation commissioned 
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17 
2017/18
2018/19

Q.2. In addition to complaints advocacy for NHS services, does your local authority directly provide or commission complaints advocacy services for those looking to make complaints or raise concerns about local social care services? 
 
Financial Year
Does your local authority provide advocacy for social care complaints - indicate one of the options below:
·      Yes, as an independent contract in the same way as NHS complaints advocacy.
·      Yes, as an independent contract but case are limited to those eligible for advocacy support under the Care Act.
·      Yes, but as part of the broader advocacy provision offered by the council.
·      No
Amount spent £
 
Number of new cases

Name of organisation commissioned
2013/14
2014/15
2015/16
2016/17 
2017/18
2018/19

Q.3. Does your local authority set out a clause in any contracts for complaints advocacy providers in health and social care to share information and insight with relevant local partners such as local Health and Wellbeing Boards, Quality Surveillance Groups or Healthwatch?
Yes / No
 
A.1 - A.3  Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5636
Request Date: 19/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1  The number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) issued at Fountain Head Car Park Seaton Sluice in the last 5 years.

Q.2  Of those PCN’s issued at that location within the last 5 years how many were for Code 86 Parking beyond the bay markings?

Q.3  Do Northumberland County Council record information regarding the specific parking location of each vehicle issued a PCN as above? 

Q.4  Can you review previous data / including images from all PCN’s issued at that site and provide me with information on the parking locations of vehicles issued PCN’s within that Car Park.

Q.5  How many PCN’s have been issued by Northumberland County Council to vehicles parked in the unmarked large space nearest to the toilet block? 

Q.6  What is the minimum amount of time an enforcement officer must observe a vehicle for prior to issuing a PCN for parking violations?

Q.7  What is the amount of time that Northumberland County Council recommend to enforcement staff to observe vehicles for prior to issuing a PCN?

Q.8  When was car park signage & bay markings last assessed at Fountain Head Car Park by Northumberland County Council?

Q.9  The number of Car Parking PCN’s challenged in relation to Fountain Head Car Park in the last 5 years?

Q.10  What is the height restriction in place at Fountain Head Car Park?

Q.11  When should the access height restriction barrier be in use (Closed)?

Q.12  Finally please can you tell me the number of Penalty Notices issued by Northumberland County Council in the last 5 years for dog fouling in the area of Seaton Sluice beach?

A.1 - A.12  Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5640
Request Date: 19/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

For all employees (excluding those working in schools):

Q.1.     Total days lost due to sickness absence for each month listed
Q.2.     Full-time equivalent employed (FTE)  as at end of the month listed
Q.3.     Total headcount (number of staff employed) as at end of the month listed. List of months;
  •    February 2018
  •    March 2018
  •    April 2018
  •    May 2018
  •    June 2018
  •    July 2018
  •    August 2018
  •    September 2018
  •    October 2018
  •    November 2018
  •    December 2018
  •    January 2019 
Q.4.      The average age of your workforce (mean, to two decimal places), at the end:
  •    January 2018
  •    January 2019

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


Details:

Reference Number: 5641
Request Date: 20/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Correspondence between Councillor Grant Davey and any employee of the Banks Group, containing the phrases "climate change" and/or "emissions", since 2016.

Q.2     Correspondence between Councillor Grant Davey and Communities Secretary James Brokenshire, containing the phrases "Highthorn" or "Druridge Bay", since 30 April 2018.

A.1 & A.2   Please see attached for information to the above questions
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5642
Request Date: 20/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please disclose if your council has a 'grace period' when it comes to wardens issuing parking tickets I.E. have wardens been told to wait a set period after parking has expired before issuing a ticket.

A.1    Vehicles committing parking offences that cause danger to others can be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) instantly. 

Other parking offences have a mandatory observation period before a PCN can be issued, this means that a Civil Enforcement Officer (CEO) must stay near to the vehicle for a set period of time to make sure that an offence is actually being committed. 

Some parking offences such as 'Overstay' have a mandatory 'grace period' of 10 minutes before the CEO can issue a fine, and this is different from the observation period. The grace period is only relevant when a vehicle has been parked legally, and then becomes illegally parked (such as for overstaying a time limit, or an expired P&D ticket or clock/disc) they must then be given a 10 minute period of grace before a PCN can be issued. 

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions on our web pages for more information on observation periods and which parking offences also have a grace period of 10 minutes

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Highways/Parking.aspx



Details:

Reference Number: 5643
Request Date: 20/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Can you please advise if there are any public rights of ways (byways) that have Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) on them preventing vehicular access.

If yes, can you please provide details, namely 

The identifier for the public right of way. 

If the TRO is permanent, seasonal or temporary. 

if temporary or seasonal, details for the dates when they are open and closed 

Any other details that might be relevant to vehicular users.

 

A.1    The link below will give you the information relating to your request. 

http://map.northumberland.gov.uk/prow/



Details:

Reference Number: 5646
Request Date: 20/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    What was the price of a school meal for each of the last five academic years? If possible, could this be broken down into primary and secondary schools

A.1    Individual schools are responsible for setting the  price of their school meals, this has been the case for several years. They range in Primaries from £2.00  to £2.40 per day. Unfortunately we don't manage any secondary school catering so we are unable to provide this information. 



Details:

Reference Number: 5651
Request Date: 21/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please provide me with  a copy of the breakdown of the public money that is being gifted to Greenhead Primary School: 

Q.1   the total amount/date(s) of payment(s) 

A.1   The money has not been gifted to Greenhead Primary School.  The school is owed a sum of money in relation to historic and outstanding salary and teacher supply insurance claims.  Unfortunately, as this money relates to salaries no further details can be provided.

 

Q.2    a copy of the Minutes of the Committees/School Forum at which this was discussed 

A.2   As this issue was not discussed at Committee / Schools Forum level no minutes are available. 

 

Q.3   a copy of the Minutes of the Committees/School Forum at which this was agreed.

A.3   As this issue was not discussed at Committee / Schools Forum level no minutes are available.



Details:

Reference Number: 5652
Request Date: 21/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The school Partnership to which Newbrough (now Primary) School belonged in the following school years, and also the school(s) to which pupils transitioned at the end of that school year   

a) in the 2011-12 School Year

b) in the 2012-13 School Year

c) in the 2013-14 School Year

d) in the 2014-15 School Year and subsequently to date.

 

A.1    Newbrough Primary School has formed part of the Haydon Bridge Partnership prior to 2011 and remains part of it to date. Due to the potential for identifying individual children who have attended Newbrough Primary School, the Council will not release data relating to the school to which individual pupils have transitioned as this could contravene Data Protection and GDBR legislation.



Details:

Reference Number: 5653
Request Date: 21/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Do you employ an animal welfare inspector?

If yes is the animal welfare inspector equipped and trained to deal with equine related welfare cases?

A.1    The Animal Welfare team has 6 officers who are all inspectors under the Animal Welfare Act. One of the officers is very experienced in the field of equine welfare, although she does not have any formal qualifications in this field. The other 5 officers have a very basic understanding of equine welfare. As a council we do not have any facilities/land that can be used to keep horses so we tend to work with the RSPCA and horse welfare charities if horses need to be removed from situations etc .



Details:

Reference Number: 5654
Request Date: 21/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please could you provide the following information with reference to the document “Technical housing standards – nationally described space standard”, available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-housing-standards-nationally-described-space-standard. For the purposes of this request, please treat the definition of “dwelling” as including use classes C3 (dwellinghouses) and C4 (houses in multiple occupation), under the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987. Please treat the definition of “new dwelling” as including both new builds and changes of use to create a new dwelling. Since the technical housing standards were published by the government on 27th March 2015:

Q.1       How many proposed new dwellings have been given planning permission by the council, that have a Gross Internal Area smaller than the amount specified in the above document for the relevant type of dwelling (please refer to table 1):

a.       In total?

b.      Where the permission was for a newly built dwelling?

c.       Where the permission was for a change of use for an existing building?

d.      Where the permission was for a class C3 dwelling house?

e.      Where the permission was for a class C4 house of multiple occupancy?

A.1    The Council does not record and monitor this level of detail when dealing with planning applications and planning permissions for housing so is unable to provide this information.

 

Q.2       How many proposed new dwellings have been given planning permission by the council, that do not meet the standards set out in the above document in any way, including Gross Internal Area, or any of the other listed specifications:

a.       In total?

b.      Where the permission was for a newly built dwelling?

c.       Where the permission was for a change of use for an existing building?

d.      Where the permission was for a class C3 dwelling house?

e.      Where the permission was for a class C4 house of multiple occupancy?

A.2    The Council does not record and monitor this level of detail when dealing with planning applications and planning permissions for housing so is unable to provide this information.
 

Q.3       How many proposed new dwellings have been given planning permission by the council in total?

A.3    Between 28 March 2015 and 31 January 2019 approximately 13,350 dwellings have been permitted by Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5656
Request Date: 22/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please can I have any information on the owners, landlords or agents that own an empty unoccupied vehicle garage formerly Redburn motors on cowpen road in Blyth

A.1    Northumberland County Developments Ltd, 201 Norton Road, Norton Court, Stockton On Tees, TS20 2BL
 



Details:

Reference Number: 5657
Request Date: 25/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Information from the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service:

Q.1   As of the 31st January 2019, how many social media accounts do you have representing your organisation?

A.1   1 dedicated account

 

Q.2   12 months ago - as of the 31st January 2018 - how many social media accounts did you have?

A.2    0 - dedicated accounts

 

Q.3   How many inbound social media questions, queries or complaints did you receive during the period 1st January 2019 to 31st January 2019? 

A.3   13 

 

Q.4   How many inbound social media questions, queries or complaints did you receive during the period 1st January 2018 to 31st January 2018?

A.4    0

 

Q.5   As of the 31st January 2019, how many people in your organisation manage and respond to inbound social media questions, queries or complaints?

A.5    1

 

Q.6   12 months ago - as of the 31st January 2018 - how many people in your organisation were managing and responding to inbound social media questions, queries and complaints?

A.6    0 - dedicated staff

 

Q.7   What was your average response time across all of your social media accounts during the period of 1st January 2019 to 31st January 2019?

 A.7    no data

 

Q.8   What was your average response time across all of your social media accounts during the period of 1st January 2018 to 31st January 2018?

A.8    no data



Details:

Reference Number: 5659
Request Date: 25/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      Since 1/1/2018 has the Council used an external organisation to provide Children’s Social Work project team(s) to complete a specific piece of time bound work?

Q.2      Can you confirm the number of Children’s Social Workers that were provided?

Q.3      The area they worked e.g. Children in need, Referral and Assessment, Duty etc.

Q.4      When did they start and finish? 

A.5      The name of the organisation(s) that provided the Children’s Social Workers?

Q.6      The total amount charged to the council for this service?

A.1 - A.6   We have not used an external organisation to provide a children's social work project team at all in Northumberland.



Details:

Reference Number: 5660
Request Date: 25/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Stage 1 complaint 

Q.1    Apologies if I have missed it but the link near the end of the response does not appear to lead to specific guidance on escalation to stage 2. I would be grateful if you could provide specific guidance on same.  Also I would be grateful for statistics on handling of planning complaints at stages 1 and 2 respectively with specific reference to percentage of complaints actually successful.

A.1    We do not hold the information in the format you have requested.  

 

However, we can provide you with the following information which may be of interest:

2017

Number of stage 1 complaints received: 56

Number of stage 2 complaints received: 18

Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 5

Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 2 partially upheld

 

2018

Number of stage 1 complaints received: 110

Number of stage 2 complaints received: 32

Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 4

Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 0

 

2019 (as at 13 March 2019)

Number of stage 1 complaints received: 8

Number of stage 2 complaints received: 4

Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 0

Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: N/A



Details:

Reference Number: 5663
Request Date: 26/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please provide electronic details of the deficit recovery plans that have been devised for Greenhead Primary School with length of term of each plan
a)    in May 2018
b)    subsequent to May 2018
c)    subsequent to the undisclosed sum of money being allocated to the School implied to be over 10 years.

A.1    In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information is exempt under section 43 on the basis that it is commercially sensitive. In this case the Authority relies on section 43(2).  Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 43(2): Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it). 

Public Interest Test Considerations 

Section 43 is a qualified exemption which means that the information falling within the exemption still has to be released unless the public interest in disclosure is outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the exemption. The public interest test has been applied and although it is recognised that there is an element of public interest in transparency of spending in relation to public funds, revealing the detail of any such funds would have an overriding detrimental impact of the local authority's commercial interests in this instance. Therefore the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure.



Details:

Reference Number: 5665
Request Date: 26/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please confirm how many homeless people on average are using your SWEP provision each night so far this winter(2018/19). Please also provide the same information for the previous two years (winter 2016/17 and winter 2017/18).

A.1    The council does not hold data linked to SWEP placements



Details:

Reference Number: 5667
Request Date: 26/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     A list of all secondary, middle and upper schools in Northumberland and whether they were oversubscribed or not-oversubscribed on national offer day 2019 (1st March). Please include each school’s Unique Reference Number (URN), DFE code, and/or address/postcode to allow us to identify each relevant school without ambiguity. We define a school to be oversubscribed if, and only if, at least one on-time applicant was refused a place and the applicant did not receive an offer from any higher preference school. If there were no refusals to on-time applicants - even if the school was unable to accept one or more late applications or admitted over its published admission number - then we do not consider this school to be oversubscribed. If you use a different definition of oversubscription, then please make this clear in the response.

A.1   All Middle/High/Secondary schools are listed in our handbook and include PAN which correlates to the number of places on offer:

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

The only schools oversubscribed on national offers day were:

Ponteland High School (Yr 7 entry)- Callerton Lane, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9EY

Newminster Middle School-Mitford Rd, Morpeth NE61 1RG

St Benet Biscop RC Academy (yr 9 entry)-Ridge Terrace, Bedlington NE22 6ED

 

Q.2     The total number of places offered at each school on national offer day 2019.

Questions 3-5 apply to oversubscribed schools identified in question 1 only:

 

A.2   Ponteland High School-240

Newminster Middle School -128

St Benet Biscop RC Academy-30

 

Q.3     The number of on-time applicants refused a place, at each individual school, who were not offered a place at any higher preference school. By this we mean the number of unsuccessful on-time applicants remaining on each school’s waiting list on offer day.   

A.3    Ponteland High School-135
Newminster Middle School -12

St Benet Biscop RC Academy-4

 

Q.4     The admission criterion under which the last successful applicant was admitted on offer day. The home-to-school distance of the last successful applicant, assuming distance was used to allocate this place. Please include measurement units and whether this is based upon a walking/driving route, straight line/as the crow flies distance or an alternative measurement system. Please always list all schools within the Northumberland Local Authority even if you are unable to provide all the requested information - simply mark the relevant values as ‘Not Known’. Note: If any of these dates differ - please align to the relevant secondary offer/deadline dates for your local authority.

Secondary National Offer Day - 1st March 2019.

On-time applications – submitted before October 31st 2018

Late applications – submitted after October 31st 2018

Middle deemed primary schools (if present in your authority) may align with other primary education provider dates 

If you feel that more information is required to interpret your answers to these questions, then please supply this information too.

The information we collect will be used to update our findaschool service. This is a free service that provides parents with information regarding schools – with a focus on admissions – helping them to better understand their chances of getting a place at their preferred schools.

 

A.4    Ponteland High School-Distance 

Newminster Middle School-Own criteria (3b) see policy using link (https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Document-store/School%20admissions/Admissions-Handbook-SECONDARY-School-2019-2020.pdf)

St Benet Biscop RC Academy-

 

A.5   Straight line:

Ponteland High School-3.68 miles 

Newminster Middle School -Distance N/A

St Benet Biscop RC Academy-Own admissions authority so rank their own applications. See policy (https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Document-store/School%20admissions/Admissions-Handbook-SECONDARY-School-2019-2020.pdf)



Details:

Reference Number: 5668
Request Date: 26/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please could I request the salary of your officer specifically responsible for FOI's. I don't require any personal information and am happy with a reply as simple as "18K" or "Pay Band x salary between 19k - 21k".

A.1   The Council utilises a number of staff across many service areas to carry out FOI processing however, this is not their full time role. As this is not static and we currently do not monitor the percentage of their time spent on FoI processing, this information is not held



Details:

Reference Number: 5670
Request Date: 27/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I’m request information about electronic case management systems used by social workers at your local authority. Admin pressures are regularly cited as a key source of stress for social workers, so I am seeking to better understand the extent to which practitioners have access to modern systems and how able they are to access these on the move. 

Part 1: children’s social workers

Q.1      What electronic case management software do your council's children’s social work staff use?

A.1 LCS provided by LiquidLogic 

 

Q.2      When was it installed?

A.2 2008

   

Q.3      If installed after 1 Jan 2014, how much did it cost the council?

A.3 N/A

 

Q.4     What specific mobile devices, including tablets and phones (please state make and model) does your council issue children's social workers with? 

A.4 Social workers are provided with Samsung Galaxy J5 phones.  The laptops are either Lenovo, ThinkPads or Chrome books

 

Q.5     Can they access the case management system on these devices?

A.5 Social workers do not access the system via their phone. They can access the case management system on their Lenovo device using Direct Access, or if they have a Chromebook, using Citrix. This relies on having access to the internet

 

Part 2: adults' social workers

Q.6     What electronic case management software do your council's adults' social work staff use?

A.6 Swift

 

Q.7     When was it installed
A.7 2002

 

Q.8      If installed after 1 Jan 2014, how much did it cost the council?

A.8 n/a
 

Q.9      What specific mobile devices, including tablets and phones (please state make and model) does your council issue adults' social workers with?

A.9 Tablets:

            Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and 

            Microsoft Surface Pro 4

            LeNovo Yoga tablets – Model Think pad L380

 

Mobile phones:      

           Samsung J5                            

           Samsung J3

           Alcatel

 

Q.10   Can they access the case management system on these devices?

A.10 They can only directly access the system when connected to our network, which is available in public buildings across the County.  However they can complete forms checked out from the system while working anywhere, using locally written software.


Details:

Reference Number: 5672
Request Date: 27/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     On 1st February 2019 who provided/employed the health visitors commissioned by your local authority?
A.1 Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

 

Q.2     On 1st February 2019 how many whole time equivalent health visitors were employed by that organisation?

A.2 74 WTE

 

Q.3     On 1st February 2019, how many children under-5 years of age are there in your local authority area?

A.3 There are 17050 children born and registered at GP surgeries aged 0-5 living in Northumberland from the information provided in September 2018.

 

Q.4     Are there any plans to review/change who provides health visitors in your local authority area? If there are, what timeline is being used to make these decisions?

A.4 No

 

Q.5     Who is the responsible manager for the health visiting service. Please also provide their email address. 

A.5 Karen Herne, Senior Public Health Manager

publichealth@northumberland.gov.uk

 

NB:   For your answers, please either use the NHS Digital definition of health visitor or alternatively provide the definition that you are using in your answer. If you are unable to provide data for 1st February 2019, please provide it for the nearest available date and advise what this date is. Definition used by NHS Digital re. Health visitors (notes 28 and 29 from the nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff matrix of Occupation Code Manual) 28. Please ensure to code the following as Health Visitors:  qualified nurses/midwives who also hold a qualification as a Registered Health Visitor under the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing part of the NMC Register working directly with children and families;  qualified and registered Health Visitors who perform specific activities such as providing breastfeeding advice to parents;  family nurses working within the Family Nurse Partnership Programme who are qualified and registered as Health Visitors;  Sure Start Children’s Centre qualified and registered named Health Visitors;  managers within a Health visiting team who hold a health visiting qualification and registration and are involved in clinical work or safeguarding.  29. Please ensure that the following employees are not coded as Health Visitors: any person working in a health visiting team who does not hold a qualification and registration as a Health Visitor; any person who holds a qualification and registration as a Health Visitor but is not employed in a role where this is a requirement; managers within a health visiting team who hold health visiting qualification and registration but are not involved in clinical work or safeguarding. Please see below the general definition for ‘health visitor’ from the Occupation Code Manual: Health Visitor:   An employee who holds a qualification as a Registered Health Visitor under the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing part of the NMC Register and who occupies a post where such a qualification is a requirement.  Not below Agenda for Change Band 6.



Details:

Reference Number: 5676
Request Date: 27/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am looking to ascertain which newspaper--edition and date the following traffic regulation orders were advertised 

Q.1    Northumberland County Council West Northumberland Area (Waiting and Loading) 

Composite Order 2011 Amendment No 50 Order 2019 TRO_007_50

A.1   Intend Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 13th September 2018

Made Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 22nd November 2018.

 

Q.2   Northumberland County Council West Northumberland Area (Parking Places) Composite Order 2011 Amendment No 19 Order 2018 TRO_008_19

A.2    Intend Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 13th September 2018

Made Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 22nd November 2018
 

Q.3   Northumberland County Council North Northumberland (Southern) Area (Waiting and Loading) Composite Order 2011 Amendment no 24 Order 2017 TRO_009_24

A.3   Intend Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 18th May 2017 

Made Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 22nd June 2017

 

Q.4   Northumberland County Council (Ulgham Village 30mph and 40mph Speed Restrictions) Order 2018 TROM_099

A.4    Intend Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 24th May 2018

Made Notice published in the Morpeth Herald on the 13th September 2018

 

Q.5   Northumberland County Council (West Woodburn 20mph, 30mph and 40mph speed Restrictions) Order 2018 TROM_128

A.5   Intend Notice published in the Hexham Courant on the 18th October 2018 

Made Notice published in the Hexham Courant on the 22nd November 2018

 

Q.6   Northumberland County Council A695 Corbridge Road, Hexham 30mph speed restriction Order 2019 TROM_133

A.6   Intend Notice published in the Hexham Courant on the  29th November 2018

Made Notice published in the Hexham Courant on the 31st January 2019

 

Q.7   Northumberland County Council No Entry Traffic restriction Experimental Order 2018 TROM_135

 

A.7    Published in the Northumberland Gazette on the 22nd November 2018.

 

Q.8   Northumberland County Council (Eastfield Chase, Eastfield Dale, Dunsdale Drive and Hall Close Cramlington 20mph Speed Restriction) Order 2018 TROM_138 (looking to see when made order was advertised????)

 

A.8   Intend Notice published in the News Post Leader on the 8th November 2018

 

Made Notice published in the News Post Leader on the 13th December 2018

 

Q.9   Northumberland County Council West Northumberland Area (Parking Places) Composite Order 2011 - Amendment no 23 Order 2019 TRO_008_23

 

A.9   Intend Notice published in the Hexham Courant on the 31st January 2019 

Made Notice  - not yet published……. due to be published in the Hexham Courant on the 14th March 2019.



Details:

Reference Number: 5678
Request Date: 27/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

A.1      How many Freedom of Information requests were made of Northumberland County Council in the most recent five calendar years on record (figures for each year required)? 

A.1 2019 - 306 as at 28.02.2019

2018 - 1,471

            2017 - 1,316

            2016 - 1,44

            2015 - 1,579

            2014 - 1,247

 

Q.2      Where do these requests come from? (e.g. how many are from newspapers, freelance journalists, businesses etc.) 

A.2 We do not record this information.

 

Q.3      How much did the Freedom of Information requests cost in each of the above years- is there a published report I could be sent a link to?


A.3 We do not record this information.


Details:

Reference Number: 5679
Request Date: 27/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I would like to request a copy of the minutes from the meeting of the 11th February 2019 between NCC and representatives of PCMS.

Q.1   I would also like to request a copy of the consultation document and final consultation report

A.1   The meeting of 11 February was not a minuted meeting. 

Under the 2018 School and Early Year Finance Regulations, Northumberland County Council has a duty to consult its schools forum before determining its formula to be used in the setting of school budget shares. This consultation commenced in November 2018. A meeting of the Formula Funding Committee, a sub-committee of the Schools Forum was held on Tuesday 6 November and their views used to inform the subsequent School Forum report.   A report was provided to the Schools Forum on 21 November 2018, providing details of the provisional settlement and seeking views.

The minutes of the meeting record that: 

Generally members were advocating to maintain stability and it was: 

RESOLVED that

(1) the information be noted;

(2) the local formula be developed taking into account he comments received once final figures were confirmed in December; and 

(3) the Forum support a request to transfer up to 1% of the final Schools Block figure (up to £1,789,640 based on the current provisional figure). 

The minutes of the Formula Funding committee and the report and minutes of the Schools Forum are available at the Schools Forum website, available at the link below https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Professionals/Forum.aspx#welcometotheschoolsforumpage

Following the Schools Forum meeting a wider consultation with Schools was carried out between 27 November and 10 December 2018 , copy available via the link below:   

http://northumberlandeducation.co.uk/national-funding-formula-update-and-201920-consultation/

2 questions were asked: 

Q.1    Do you support the decision of Schools Forum to agree the transfer of up to 1% of Schools Block funding to the High Needs Block for 2019/20:  

A.1     5 in favour (YES) ; 4 against (NO);

Q.2    Do you support the view of Schools Forum to try and provide stability in “per pupil” funding when calculating the values used to distribute Schools Block funding for 2019/20 ? In practice this would mean seeking to minimise any changes to the respective formula funding values, subject to the total available funding

A.2    6 in favour (YES) ; 2 against (NO) plus one who felt unable to respond. 

A subsequent report with details of the final 2019/20 DSG settlement was provided to the Schools Forum meeting held on 16 January 2019. Following the ESFA's response refusing any additional funding, an update was then taken to Schools Forum on 27 February 2019.  These reports are also available via the Schools Forum website at the link above.



Details:

Reference Number: 5684
Request Date: 28/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1  Who is the council’s section 151 officer?

A.1   The Executive Director of Finance is the Section 151 Officer, this post is currently vacant . The Service Director - Finance is the acting Section 151 Officer.

 

Q.2  How long have they been in post? 

A.2   The Executive Director of Finance is currently a vacant post. The Service Director has been acting Section 151 Officer from 8 February 2019.

 

Q.3   Who do they report to? (Eg. Who is their line manager?)

A.3   Chief Executive

 

Q.4   Are they a permanent appointment? If not are they interim or acting up? 

A.4   The Executive Director of Finance is a permanent post, the Service Director - Finance is Acting Section 151 Officer.

 

Q.5   What is their salary in 2018-19?

A.5   The Salary for the Executive Director of Finance is £135,000-£139,999.



Details:

Reference Number: 5686
Request Date: 28/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

This request relates to school pupils placed on part-time timetables* (also known as reduced time-tables or reduced educational provision) within your local authority area**. 

*For the purposes of this request, a part-time time-table means an arrangement made with the pupil and parent/carer (with or without their approval) that the number of hours spent in education is reduced for an extended period of time. This does not include those on flexible learning programmes, whereby pupils attend alternative provision for some lessons but the total educational programme remains full-time.

**If you only record this information for maintained schools, please provide this data.
 

Q.1     Please state the total number of pupils placed on part-time timetables within your local authority area across the entire school academic year 

Q.1a)    2015/16, 

A.1a)    information was not collected 

 

Q.1b)    2016/17, 

A.1b)     information was not collected

 

Q.1c)    2017/18 and

A.1c)    68

 

Q.1d)    2018/19 to date. 

A.1d)    34

 

Q.2     If known, of the total number of pupils on part-time timetables across the entire school academic year 2017/18 (e.g. breakdown of 1.c), please state:

 

Q.2a)     The total number of pupils placed on a part-time timetable with SEND (including SEND support and EHCPs)

A.2a)     43

 

Q.2b)     The total number of pupils placed on a part-time timetable because of risk of exclusion

A.2b)    information not collected

 

Q.2c)     The total number of pupils placed on a part-time timetable for more than a whole academic year

A.2c)     3

 

Q.2d)     The total number of pupils placed on a part-time timetable without the formal consent of a parent/carer

A.2d)    information not collected

 



Details:

Reference Number: 5813
Request Date: 28/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

A list of all the business premises you currently hold on file that have credits on their account including start dates and end dates of the rates account.

Q1. relating to business rate accounts with a credit balance.

A.1. We hold the information you requested. However, we are withholding that information and no longer publish this data on our website as we consider that the exemption under Section 31(1)(a) applies following the decision of the Information Commissioner's Office ICO decision FS50671834. We consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Q.2. relating to details of business ratepayers who have not applied for small business rate relief and/or retail relief 

A.2. The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold information in relation to business ratepayers and reliefs awarded. The County Council takes the view that the information relating to business rate reliefs is exempt under Section 21 (Information accessible by other means). The information relating to business ratepayers and reliefs is available by accessing the following links;

https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-full-listing-01-nov-2018/ and https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-all-reliefs-01-nov-2018/

This data will be refreshed in May 2019.