Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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15% county-wide requirement that has up to now been sought based upon the previous 2015 SHMA, evidence that effectively superseded the affordable housing requirements in 'saved' policies of three former district development plan documents: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


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

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

2016 - 21%; 
2017 - 17%; 
2018 - 17%.



 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

A.1 This information is refused under Section 12 of the FOI Act. We hold certain information relating to grants awarded to charities. However, the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. There are over 1,600 records of awarded grants, each of which would take approximately 10 minutes to review. This would equal 266 hours.

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

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



 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

A.1 Information not held



 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 2018, providers were:

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

A.1 Please see attached pdf with list of venues including name of establishment and address. Unfortunately, the details of the license conditions and any restrictions is held however, the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. It would take approximately 25 hours to get this information together because we have a minimum of 305 files and it would take 5 minutes to check each of them.



 


Attachments:

Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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



 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

Chief Executive of Northumberland 

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

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


 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

Q.5 How many traders have been given informal advice in the last five years in relation to alleged overcharging and other alleged pricing irregularities?
A.5 The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold certain information relating to informal advice given in the last five years. However, the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. It would take approximately 26 hours to get this information together because this would require an officer to look at 782 visits at approx 2 mins per visit, to see how many instances there were.

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

 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

Voting rights

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

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

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



 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

Northumberland County Council recognises that there is a general public interest in information held by public authorities being made available and that it should take place at the earliest appropriate time. This helps towards ensuring the public accountability and transparency of public authorities and promotes public engagement in any debate about the delivery of public services and the use of public funds. However, the public interest can sometimes be best served by the planned publication of information at an appropriate time rather than in response to an individual request for that information ahead of that time. 

On balance, and in all the circumstances of this particular case, we have concluded that the public interest is best served by the planned future publication of the information you have requested and by maintaining the exemption at section 22(1) at this time. This is because the information withheld relates to draft financial plans which will be publicly available in due course.

Section 41- Information provided in confidence. 

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

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




 


Details:

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

Question and Response:


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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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



 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

 

Year

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Number of Locations used for unauthorised encampments

108

92

74

  70

Number of family groups/caravans

529

527

340

313

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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



 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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



 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

Q.3 The age of each of the children 

Q.4 The ethnic background of each of the children 

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

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A.4 See table below.

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


 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

A.2 Please see the attached document.


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

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

 

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

A.4 153

 

Q.5 How many Pagers does your FRS use?

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

 

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

A.5.a All RDS staff use Datanet Alerters

 

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

A.6  45x Android phones

 

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

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

    

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

A.7.a Not applicable

 

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

A.8 Google Device Management


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

A.1 4
 

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

A.2 1

 

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

A.2.a Only 1 MDT per appliance

 

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

A.3 Included in main contract with Primary Contractor


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

A.3.a November 2023


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

A.4 Wholetime - Inhouse, Retained - Gartan Availability


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

A.5 Vector Command


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

A.5.a Vector Command

 

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

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


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

A.1  Airbus Hydra / SC Capture

 

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

A.2  0

 

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

A.3 Northumbrian Water

 

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

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

    

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

A.4.a Renewed annually - April



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q.7 When was it signed?  
A.7 N/A

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

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

Please provide the responses for each year separately.

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

Please provide the responses for each year separately.

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

Please provide the responses for each year separately.

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

Blocking the Public Path

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

                                  
                            
                      


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


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

Question and Response:

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


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

Question and Response:

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


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

Question and Response:

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


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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q.7 How many people who are in receipt of any form of benefits are expected to be affected by the change to council tax support by Council Ward?
A.7 There are a total of 14,792 Council Tax Support claimants that meet this criteria in Northumberland. We are unable to split this into wards as the time and cost involved in extracting the requested  information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450 as the data set does not contain ward details. This would require each of the 14792 claim records to be manually checked

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


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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A.8 No


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Question and Response:

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


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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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


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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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


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

Question and Response:

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


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

Question and Response:

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


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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Question and Response:

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

I would like the above information broken down by:

Q.1a year

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

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

Q.1b reason for CPN/ASBO

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

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

A.2 Please see attachment.

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

A.3 Please see attachment.

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

A.4 Please see attachment.

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

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

The attached PDF contains further information.
 


Attachments:

Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

Exempt accommodation is defined as:

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

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

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

Please can you disclose the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

Section 36 states: 

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

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

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

Public Interest Test Considerations 

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

Q.1 Name of your organisation

A.1 Northumberland County Council

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

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

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

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

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

A.4 See previous.

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

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

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

A.6 N/A

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

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

A.8 Yes.

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

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

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

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

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

A.11 No

DELIVERY

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

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

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

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

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

A.14 Two

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

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

COLLECTION

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

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Attachments:

Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

Q.1a in total, 

A.1a  6

Q.1b child sexual exploitation safeguarding alerts, 

A.1b  6

Q.1c sexual abuse safeguarding alerts, 

A.1c  0

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

A.1d  0

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

A.2  0

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

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

A.3a  0

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

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

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

A.3b  2

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

A.4 Residential Placement £218,582.86

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

A.5 Supported Accommodation £74,969.00

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

Q.1 Has the Council conducted any ‘Public Health Act Funerals since 27/12/18 to the present (the day you respond to this request)?
 
If the answer to this question is yes, please disclose:
The full names of the deceased
The date of birth of the deceased
The date of death of the deceased
The last known address of the deceased
Whether the details of the deceased, have been/will be or are likely to be referred to the Government Legal Department (if you are not sure then can you just answer that field ‘unsure, or unknown’ or words to that effect).

A.1 Please see the attached document.

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

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

Q.3 Has the Council given this information away to any other individual or organisation outside the parameters of FOI (other than the Government Legal Department or internally) within the time scale outlined in question 1?

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

Duty to confirm or deny 

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

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

Exemptions 

The Freedom of Information Act sets out various exemptions to the right of access. 

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

31 Law enforcement. 

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

(a) the prevention or detection of crime, 
(b) the apprehension or prosecution of offenders, 
(c) the administration of justice, 
(d) the assessment or collection of any tax or duty or of any imposition of a similar nature, 
(e) the operation of the immigration controls, 
(f) the maintenance of security and good order in prisons or in other institutions where persons are lawfully detained, 
(g) the exercise by any public authority of its functions for any of the purposes specified in subsection (2), 

(h) any civil proceedings which are brought by or on behalf of a public authority and arise out of an investigation conducted, for any of the purposes specified 
in subsection (2), by or on behalf of the authority by virtue of Her Majesty’s prerogative or by virtue of powers conferred by or under an enactment, or 
(i) any inquiry held under the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiries (Scotland) Act 1976 to the extent that the inquiry arises out of an investigation conducted, for any of the purposes specified in subsection (2), by or on behalf of the authority by virtue of Her Majesty’s prerogative or by virtue of powers conferred by or under an enactment. 

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

A.4 £69,560

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

A.5 £61,590

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

A.6 N/A

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

A.7 No grants received 

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

Q.8b What was the price per course?

Q.8c Who delivered each course?

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

A.8 Please see attached document

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

Q.9b What was the price per course?

Q.9c Who delivered each course?

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

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

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

Q.10b What was the price per course?

Q.10c Who delivered each course?

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

A.10 N/A
 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

Alnwick - £68,406
Amble - £12,876


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

Q.3 Total number of penalty charge notices appealed. 

Q.4 Percentage of appeals that are upheld. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Details:

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

Question and Response:

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