Details:

Reference Number: 5999
Request Date: 01/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    We would like to know what dates during Winter 2018-9 your local authority housing options team has activated their Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP). Most local authorities will use a trigger based on the outside temperature to determine specific days SWEP provision is activated.

We would greatly appreciate receiving the data via email or in a spreadsheet format outlining:
  • Name of LA
  • Specific dates SWEP has been activated during Winter 2018-19
  • Any other relevant information
For the purpose of this request we are understanding Winter 2018-19 to encompass September 2018 – April 2019 inclusive.

Data Issues: If it is not possible to release some or all of the specified data, please indicate why.

A.1    Northumberland County Council bring SWEP in when there are 2 or more consecutive nights of below zero degrees. We do not record individual nights that we have implemented SWEP
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6000
Request Date: 01/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Just wondering if there is any data available about people residing in Ashington area who believes in Hindu religion and who are from southern India?

A.1 The 2011 Census identifies 19 people residing in the 6 main Ashington Wards (Ashington Central, Bothal, College, Haydon, Hirst, Stakeford) who were born in Southern Asia and identified Hindu as their religion.

Please note: this information was taken from Census 2011 Table: DC2207EW - Country of birth by religion by sex, ONS Crown Copyright Reserved [from Nomis on 9 May 2019]
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6002
Request Date: 02/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 In relation to the way that you deal with homeless people in your area do you have a budget for "reconnection", whereby you will pay for homeless people to get on their feet so to speak and will pay for their travel costs back to a place where they feel they have a connection with and will be better cared for? If so what was the budget attributed to "Reconnection" in the 2018-19 financial year?

A.1 The reconnection costs are absorbed into the Homeless Prevention Grant. There is no set budget for reconnections.

Q.2    In 2018-19 how many homeless individuals did you provide funding for so that they could travel away from your area to a place of their choice which was inside the UK?

A.2   We do not record this information. We do not have to reconnect people to other parts of the country on a regular basis. 

Q.3    In relation to the three most expensive travel tickets within the UK please state the cost of the travel ticket and the destination.

A.3    N/A

Q.4    In 2018-19 how many homeless individuals did you provide funding for so that they could travel away from your area to a place of their choice which was outside of the UK? Please provide a list of countries and the numbers that were provided with a ticket to each country?

A.4   We have not provided transport costs outside of the UK

Q.5    For the three most expensive travel tickets outside of the UK please state the cost of the travel ticket and the destination?

A.5 N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6004
Request Date: 02/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Would it be possible for you to send me a list of the animal boarding services (kennels/ catteries/ homeboarders) that have a boarding licence?  Ideally including the licence expiry date if that's not too much additional work.

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


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 6005
Request Date: 02/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please could you confirm which systems you are using under the freedom of information act request as listed below in relation to Children, Adult Social Care:
  • CoreLogic (Framework/Mosaic)
  • LiquidLogic (LCS/LAS/ContrOCC)
  • CareWorks (Care Director)
A.1    Adult Services are not currently using any of these three systems. Children's Social Care are using LiquidLogic LCS
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6006
Request Date: 02/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   An itemised list of all council nurseries, the number of staff and the number of children in each nursery. To include, 
  • The name and address of each nursery 
  • The number of children registered in each nursery 
  • The number of teachers in each nursery*
  • The number of other nursery staff (e.g. nursery assistants, etc)*
*For teacher and other nursery staff numbers please include staff numbers from the years 2015 to 2019. Please include the number of teachers and other staff under separate columns for each year. E.g. Year - 2015, Number of teachers, Number of Other Nursery Staff and so on. 

A.1   Please see attached, information is not available for 2015/2016/2017.


Details:

Reference Number: 6010
Request Date: 02/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

For the avoidance of doubt, when referring to the term 'neuro-rehabilitation', please include; brain injury (including acquired brain injury and traumatic brain injury) spinal injury, neurological conditions (including but not limited to Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and Huntington's Disease), stroke, neurobehavioural rehabilitation and cognitive rehabilitation. This list is meant as a guide and is by no means exhaustive.

For all questions, please only provide information on individuals who are solely funded by the Council.

Q.1     Please provide the name, job title, email address and telephone number of the commissioner with responsibility for neuro-rehabilitation placements (if more than one person is responsible, please provide the details of all responsible for making the placements).

Q.2     Please provide (a.) the total number of adults (aged 18 and over) funded by the Council for post-acute neuro-rehabilitation, and (b.) the total expenditure on those adults: (Please provide the total number of adults funded throughout the year, Not a snapshot at a certain time. Please provide figures for the past five financial years and budgeted figures for the current financial year (2019/20))

Q.3     Of the total number of adults funded by the Council for post-acute neuro-rehabilitation (question 2a), please provide the number of adults who are funded for each of the following types of placement: (Please provide the total number of adults funded throughout the year, Not a snapshot at a certain time. Please provide figures for the past five financial years and budgeted figures for the current financial year (2019/20))

Q.3a.     Independent specialist neuro-rehabilitation care home placements (non-hospital)

Q.3b.     Independent specialist neuro-rehabilitation community placements (by community placements, I mean where the services funded are delivered in a person's own home)

Q.4     Please provide the gross total expenditure on the adults funded by the Council in the following placements (as detailed in question 3): (please provide figures for the past five financial years and budgeted figures for the current financial year (2019/20))

Q.4a.     Independent specialist neuro-rehabilitation care home placements (non-hospital)

Q.4b.     Independent specialist neuro-rehabilitation community placements (by community placements, I mean where the services funded are delivered in a person's own home)

Q.5     Please provide a list of the independent providers with whom placements are made for in each of the following placement type: (please provide a list of providers used during 2018/19)

Q.5a.     Independent specialist neuro-rehabilitation care home placements (non-hospital)
Q.5b.     Independent specialist neuro-rehabilitation community placements (by community placements, I mean where the services funded are delivered in a person's own home)

Q.6     Please provide the current average weekly expenditure per individual for adults funded by the Council in the following placements:

Q.6a.     Independent specialist neuro-rehabilitation care home placements (non-hospital)

Q.6b.     Independent specialist neuro-rehabilitation community placements (by community placements, I mean where the services funded are delivered in a person's own home)

Q.7     Please provide the total number of adults funded by the Council for post-acute neuro-rehabilitation who are funded for each of the following types of placements as a snapshot as at 31 March of each year: (Please provide figures at 31 March for the past five financial years and budgeted figures for the current financial year (2019/20))

Q.7a.     Independent specialist neuro-rehabilitation care home placements (non-hospital)

Q.7b.     Independent specialist neuro-rehabilitation community placements (by community placements, I mean where the services funded are delivered in a person's own home)

Q.8     Of the total number of adults funded by the Council for independent specialist neuro-rehabilitation care home placements (non-hospital) at 31 March of each year (question 7a.) please provide the number who are receiving treatment in each of the following locations: (Please provide figures as a snapshot as at 31 March of each year. Please provide figures for the past five financial years and budgeted figures for the current financial year (2019/20))

Q.8a.     Independent specialist neuro-rehabilitation care homes

Q.8b.     Other independent services (eg elderly nursing homes, care homes for adults with disabilities etc)

A.1 - Q.8     The Council does not make placements which it would regard as “specialist neuro-rehabilitation” placements, though it has on occasion made use of care homes which describe themselves as offering a neuro-rehabilitation service, a category which is not used by the Care Quality Commission, and which therefore does not have a clear status.  In response to our request for clarification of this term, you provided clarification only of what you meant by the term “care home”, which we did not need to have clarified, since that is a term with a clear statutory meaning.

We would regard “specialist neuro-rehabilitation” as a service provided by the NHS, though we work in close partnership with the NHS in providing a “reablement” service in the community for people who will benefit from support to maintain their independence, whether because they have one of the conditions which you list in your enquiry or for other reasons.

We recognise that these terms are used in a variety of ways, and that some services which we commission may fall within your understanding of them, but we are not able to analyse any information which we hold on the basis of categories which we do not make use of in classifying commissioned services, and whose intended scope is unclear to us.

We have therefore not completed your spreadsheet
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6011
Request Date: 02/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The current length of the OT waiting list.  Please include:
  • The total number of cases 
  • The approximate wait in months for an OT assessment. 
  • Adult and paediatric figures.
  • A breakdown of case category numbers i.e. DFG, Moving & Handling

A.1   We have different arrangements for adult social care and children’s services.

In adult social care, we have no waiting list. Cases are allocated to OTs as they are received, and seen within a timescale determined by the level of risk. Urgent referrals are seen within five days; most others within 28 days, and the maximum time before a person is seen is two months.  We do not classify referrals by the nature of the expected outcomes (DFG, equipment, moving and handling advice), which might in some cases become clear only as a result of assessment.

In children’s services, we have an arrangement with an NHS organisation, which we have identified a need to review.  There are currently 86 cases on the waiting list for this service. We do not currently hold full information about these cases.

Q.2   If you have used an external independent occupational therapy organisation in the last 12 months (1st May 2018 -30th April 2019) and if so: 
  • Their name
  • The number of cases outsourced and a cost paid per assessment (on average if easier)
  • The total value spent with them during this timeframe
  • If the work was tendered
  • If the supplier is under a contract what is the end contract date.

A.2     We have not used an external independent occupational therapy organisation

Q.3   If there are any current vacant posts in the OT team and the total unspent salary value of these posts for the past 12 months (1st May 2018 - 30th April 2019)

A.3     There is one current vacant post in our adult OT service. This post is being covered by arrangements as a result of which there is no unspent funding. There are no current vacant posts in the children’s service.

Q.4   The name, email and contact number of the person responsible for commissioning independent OT assessments on behalf of the Council.

A.4     n/a
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6013
Request Date: 03/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I would like to request the following information regarding the number of Looked After Children with autism (ASD) and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) in children’s homes. For questions 2 through 5, please supply the following information as a snapshot at the end of the year for financial years 2014/15 to 2018/19.

Q.1     Please could you supply the name, job title, email address and telephone number of the commissioner with responsibility for Looked After Children and/or placements in children’s care homes.

Q.2     How many Looked After Children in the local authority have; (a) an ASD (primary type of need) and (b) SEMH (primary type of need)?

Q.3     Of the Looked After Children with ASD (primary type of need) and SEMH (primary type of need) (Q2), how many are funded by the local authority in children's homes (excluding secure units and hostels)?

Q.4    Of the Looked After Children with ASD (primary type of need) and SEMH (primary type of need) funded by the local authority in children's homes (Q3), how many are in; (a) in-house/local authority children's homes and (b) independent children's homes?

Q.5    Of the Looked After Children with ASD (primary type of need) and SEMH (primary type of need) in children's homes (all, in-house/local authority and independent) (Q3 & 4), how many are in out of area placements?

Q.6    What is the local authority’s total expenditure on children's home placements (all, in-house/local authority and independent) for Looked After Children with ASD (primary type of need) and SEMH (primary type of need) for each of the financial years 2014/15 to 2018/19?

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


Details:

Reference Number: 6017
Request Date: 03/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many Exotic, Dangerous or Wild Animals Licenses did the council issue in the period between 1st May 2018 and 30th April 2019 (inclusive)?
 
A.1   1
 
Q.1a) For each of these licenses, please state the species for which the license was issued.  
 
A.1a)   African Serval F1 Savannah

Q.2   How many Exotic, Dangerous or Wild Animals Licenses did the council issue in the period between 1st May 2017 and 30th April 2018 (inclusive)?
 
A.2    1
 
Q.2a) For each of these licenses, please state the species for which the license was issued.  
 
A.2a)  Dwarf Caiman
 
Q.3    In the period between 1st May 2018 and 30th April 2019 (inclusive), please provide a list of the animals (naming the species in each case) which have been dealt with by your Environmental Health department AND which are included amongst those species for which owners are required to hold a license (under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act). 
 
A.3)    0

Q.3a) In each of these cases, please state how the animal was discovered by your Environmental Health department - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: Was a sighting reported by a local resident; was the discovery made whilst your Environmental Health team were carrying out other routine work etc). 
 
A.3a)   n/a

Q.3b) In each of these cases, please state where the animal was discovered - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: If the animal was found in a garden, please state whether this was a public space or someone's private garden at their home).
 
A.3b)   n/a

Q.4    In the period between 1st May 2017 and 30th April 2018 (inclusive), please provide a list of the animals (naming the species in each case) which have been dealt with by your Environmental Health department AND which are included amongst those species for which owners are required to hold a license (under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act). 
 
A.4)    0

Q.4a)  In each of these cases, please state how the animal was discovered by your Environmental Health department - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: Was a sighting reported by a local resident; were your Environmental Health team carrying out other routine work etc). 
 
A.4a)   n/a

Q.4b) In each of these cases, please state where the animal was discovered - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: If the animal was found in a garden, please state whether this was a public space or someone's private garden at their home).
 
A.4b)  n/a

Q.5    In the period between 1st May 2018 and 30th April 2019 (inclusive), please provide a list of the non-native species (naming the species in each case) which have been dealt with by your Environmental Health department.
 
A.5    0
 
Q.5a)   In each of these cases, please state how the animal was discovered by your Environmental Health department - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: Was a sighting reported by a local resident; was the discovery made whilst your Environmental Health team were carrying out other routine work etc). 
 
A.5a)  n/a

Q.5b)  In each of these cases, please state where the animal was discovered - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: If the animal was found in a garden, please state whether this was a public space or someone's private garden at their home).
 
A.5b)   n/a

Q.6   In the period between 1st May 2017 and 30th April 2018 (inclusive), please provide a list of the non-native species (naming the species in each case) which have been dealt with by your Environmental Health department.
 
A.6    0

Q.6a) In each of these cases, please state how the animal was discovered by your Environmental Health department - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: Was a sighting reported by a local resident; was the discovery made whilst your Environmental Health team were carrying out other routine work etc). 
 
A.6a)   n/a
 
Q.6b) In each of these cases, please state where the animal was discovered - giving as much detail as possible. 
(For example: If the animal was found in a garden, please state whether this was a public space or someone's private garden at their home).
 
A.6b)   n/a
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6018
Request Date: 03/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please provide the following information for each of the LOBO loans held in the 2015/16 financial year:
1. Internal reference number
2. Principal
3. Initial counterparty
4. Date loan was signed
5. Drawdown date
6. Maturity date
7. Option period (number of months)
8. Start date for teaser rate (if applicable)
9. Teaser interest rate (if applicable - intended as the discount rate sometimes offered before the initial rate)
10. Start date for initial rate
11. Initial interest rate (intended as the rate set for the term of the loan until the first option is called)
12. First option date
13. Has the option been exercised?
14. Most recent date when option was exercised (if applicable)
15. Interest rate in 2015/16 
16. Interest paid in 2015/16 
17. Fair value in March 2016
18. Interest rate in 2018/19 
19. Interest paid in 2018/19 
20. Fair value in March 2019
21. Current counterparty 
22. Name of treasury management advisor when the loan was taken out
23. Name of broker who arranged the loan
24. Fee paid to the broker for the loan

Please provide copies of:
1. The original LOBO loan contracts
2. The invoices for the broker fees 

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


Details:

Reference Number: 6021
Request Date: 03/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Re: Evictions and Universal Credit. The NLA would like to see an itemisation of:
 
Q.1   the number of private rented sector tenants on Local Housing Allowance and/or Universal Credit

A.1 LHA = 5169. We do not have records for Universal Credict as this is dealt with by DWP

Q.2   the total amount of rent arrears of private rented sector tenants receiving local housing allowance and/or Universal Credit

A.2 We don’t hold this information.

Q.3   A breakdown of the total number of section 21 evictions used by private landlords in your area
 
A.3 Financial year Households homeless due to loss of private rented property
  2010/11 13
  2011/12 22
  2012/13 45
  2013/14 36
  2014/15 49
  2015/16 37
  2016/17 35
  2017/18 39
  2018/19 20
 
The  figures for 2018/19 are lower due to changes in recording brought in with the HRA. In total there was 93 cases however, only 20 were made homeless the other 73 were prevented from becoming homeless
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6022
Request Date: 03/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please can you provide answers to the following questions regarding the local authority’s provision of habilitation services for children and young people (CYP) with vision impairment only. By habilitation we mean support and training in orientation, mobility and independent living skills.

Service delivery

Q.1a)   How are habilitation services commissioned? (Please indicate the option that applies): 
How are habilitation services commissioned?
  • A local authority department is commissioned to deliver the service (Please go to question 1b)
  • An external organisation is commissioned to deliver the service (please state the name of the organisation)
  • Services are spot purchased
  • Other (please state)
  • This service is not commissioned (please indicate what alternative support is provided instead)
Q.1b)   If the service is commissioned to be delivered in-house, which department is responsible for delivering the service? (Please indicate the option that applies):

Department
  • Children & family Social Care Services
  • Education (Sensory Team)
  • Education (General)
  • Adult Social Care
  • Other (please state)
Q.1c)   Between financial years 2016/17 and 2018/19 have there been any changes to how habilitation services are commissioned? (For example, has the service changed from being internally to externally commissioned, or has the local authority department responsible for delivering the service changed.) Yes/No
If ‘Yes’, please provide further details:

Q.1d)   Are there plans to change how habilitation services are commissioned in 2019/20? (For example, are there plans to change from an internally to an externally commissioned service or, will the local authority department responsible for delivering the service change.)
  • Yes/No/Unknown
  • If ‘Yes’, please provide further details:
Q.1e)   If ‘Yes’ to c) and/or d), were parents and stakeholders engaged with when the changes were made, or are there plans to engage with stakeholders? (Please select all that apply):
  • Stakeholder
  • Parents/carers
  • CYP with vision impairment
  • Internal staff
  • General public
  • Voluntary sector
  • Schools & Education Settings
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.1      A local authority department is commissioned to deliver the service
b)-Education (Sensory Team)
c) no
d) no

Q.2     What was/is the allocated budget for the delivery of habilitation services for the following financial years (please provide like for like budget data, if this is not possible please indicate why):
Financial Year / Total Budget
  • 2016/17
  • 2017/18
  • 2018/19
  • 2019/20
Comments:

A.2     The cost of our Habilitation Specialist is £10,000 plus on costs per annum. As far as I am aware this has not changed between 2016 and 2020

Q.3a) Please indicate whether habilitation support is provided to the following age groups:
  • CYP Group
  • 0-4 (early years)
  • 5-11 (Primary school)
  • 12-16 (Secondary school)
  • 17-19 (College)
  • 19-25
Q.3b)  Please indicate what habilitation support is available to CYP in each age category. Please note that this does not mean that every child will receive this support, but that the local authority provides or commissions this support (please select all that apply): 

Type of Support
  • To family & carers (inc those in ‘looked after’settings
  • Independent living skills (in the home)
  • Early Movement skills
  • Long cane training in public spaces (such as on the pavement, on public transport, high street, shopping areas)
  • Learning of routes between home and education setting
  • Transitions, as learners move between key education settings
  • Long cane training in an education setting
  • Route planning in an education setting
  • Other (please state)
Q.3c) Between financial years 2016/17 and 2018/19, were there any changes to the habilitation support available to any of the following age groups? (If ‘Yes’, please provide further details of the changes and the reasoning why)
  • CYP Group
  • 00-4 (early years)
  • 5-11 (Primary school)
  • 12-16 (Secondary school)
  • 17-19 (College)
  • 19-25
Q.3d) Are there plans to change the habilitation support available to any of the following age groups in 2019/20? (If ‘Yes’, please provide further details of the changes and the reasoning why): 
  • CYP Group
  • 0-4 (early years)
  • 5-11 (Primary school)
  • 12-16 (Secondary school)
  • 17-19 (College)
  • 19-25
Q.3e)   If Yes to c) and/or d), were parents and stakeholders engaged with when the changes were made, or are there plans to engage with stakeholders? (Please select all that apply):
  • Stakeholder
  • Parents/carers
  • CYP with vision impairment
  • Internal staff
  • General Public
  • Voluntary sector
  • Schools & Education settings
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.3a)  5-11 (Primary school)
12-16 (Secondary school)
17-19 (College)
19-25

A.3b)  To family & carers (inc those in ‘looked after’ settings
  • Independent living skills (in the home)
  • Early Movement skills
  • Long cane training in public spaces (such as on the pavement, on public transport, high street, shopping areas)
  • Learning of routes between home and education setting
  • Transitions, as learners move between key education settings
  • Long cane training in an education setting
  • Route planning in an education setting
  • All types of support according to need
A.3c)  The cost of our Habilitation Specialist is £10,000 plus on costs per annum. As far as I am aware this has not changed between 2016 and 2020  

A.3d) NO

A.3e) 

Q.4    Please provide information on the structure of the team responsible for delivering habilitation services to CYP with vision impairment:
  • Position/Role
  • Habilitation Manager
  • Senior Habilitation Officer
  • Habilitation Officer
  • Habilitation Assistant
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.4    Senior Habilitation Officer, Habilitation Specialist


Eligibility for habilitation support

Q.5   What is the eligibility criteria for a CYP to access habilitation support? (Please indicate as many as apply): 
  • The CYP must have an Education & Health Care Plan to access habilitation support.
  • The CYP must be registered as severely sight impaired to access habilitation support
  • The CYP must be registered as sight impaired to access habilitation support
  • Other (please state if ‘yes’)
Comments:

Eligibility Criteria
  • Yes/No

A.5.   Eligibility Criteria based on need, Yes

Referrals and assessment

Q.6    Please indicate where referrals for an initial assessment of habilitation needs are accepted from. (Please select as many as apply): 
  • Profession
  • Medication Professionals
  • Qualified Teachers of Children with Vision Impairment (QTVIs)
  • Parents/carers
  • Young people
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.6   Medication Professionals
  • Qualified Teachers of Children with Vision Impairment (QTVIs)
  • Parents/carers
  • Young people
Q.7   Please indicate who the initial assessment of habilitation needs is conducted in partnership with. (Please select the option that applies for each category):
  • Stakeholder
  • QTVI
  • Other education professionals (Please state which education professionals)
  • Parents/carers
  • It is not conducted in partnership
  • Other (please state)
Comments:

A.7   Stakeholder, QTVI,  Parents/carers

Q.8a)   Is the progress of the CYP receiving habilitation support monitored?
Yes/No/Unknown

A.8a)    Yes

Q.8b)    If ‘Yes’, if needs are not being met as assessed are the habilitation needs of the CYP reassessed?
Yes/No/Unknown. If ‘Yes’, please provide an overview of the process and attach a copy of any relevant policies. Comments:

Demand

A.8b)   Yes
Assessment takes place at the beginning and end of blocks of habilitation provision and if needs still not fully met, discussion takes place between Habilitation Specialist, QTVI, other professionals, the young person and family, to plan next steps and when further habilitation support will be provided.

Q.9     How many CYP were referred for an initial assessment of habilitation needs and how many received habilitation support in the following financial years: 
Financial Year
  • 2016/17
  • 2017/18
  • 2018/10
Comments:

A.9.     It's not possible to give a fixed number per year. Some children receive a one-off block of training in one year only, and other children receive on going habilitation support over several years.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6025
Request Date: 02/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Regarding alternative asset investments of Northumberland County Council Pension Fund. We are looking for information like the name, address, manager and vintage year of each alternative investment in your portfolio. (This should include private equity, venture capital, distressed debt, mezzanine, infrastructure, fund of funds, real estate and hedge fund partnerships.)
  • Amount committed to the partnerships and amount drawn by the partnerships.
  • Distributions made to date by each individual partnership. 
  • Net asset value of each partnership, and estimated remaining value of each partnership.
  • IRRs for each partnership.
  • Date as of which all the above data was calculated.
  • Partnership agreements, Investment advisory agreements, private placement memorandums or subscription agreements related to each partnership.

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


Details:

Reference Number: 6029
Request Date: 07/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please provide us with the number of young people who have been released from detention with electronic tagging at the mid-point of their Detention and Training Order (DTO) under supervision of your youth offending team or equivalent, in the past twelve months

A.1   Less than 5
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6030
Request Date: 07/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1       How many Disabled Facilities Grants have been issued by your council between 2009 and 2019? Please provide a year-by-year breakdown.

Q.2       In total, how much (£) has been issued through Disabled Facilities Grants between 2009 and 2019? Please provide a year-by-year breakdown

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


Details:

Reference Number: 6031
Request Date: 07/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I request a copy of the quarterly public records from the latest quarter for the following information about Northumberland County Council Pension Fund, if possible in Excel format:

A. See below plus zip folder with attachments

Q.1    Names and vintages of all private equity, private debt/private credit/direct lending and infrastructure partnerships or funds in the pension scheme's portfolio.
 
A.1    NCCPF has investments in closed ended partnerships for private equity and infrastructure.  Page 5 of the attached NCC Pension Fund accounts 2017-18 lists all names and addresses of external investment management firms NCC Pension Fund allocates capital to.  Vintage years are shown in Note 20 (on page 78) of the attached NCC Pension Fund accounts 2017-18.  

Since the publication of these accounts, the Fund has made a further infrastructure commitment to Pantheon's Global Infrastructure Fund III from August 2018, which is reflected in the additional attachments to this email, particularly the 'NCC Alternative Investments as at 31 December 2018'spreadsheet.  This investment will be included within the Fund 2018-19 accounts, which are currently being drafted and will be published on or before 31 July 2019, reflecting the fund's assets as at 31 March 2019.

Q.2    Percentage of the pension fund currently invested in private equity, private debt/private credit/direct lending and infrastructure, and the target percentage allocation for the past three years.

A.2   As at 31 March 2018 (from the 2017/18 NCC Pension fund accounts attached), the percentage of externally managed assets in private equity was 4.1% and in infrastructure was 3.9%. 
As at 31 December 2018, the most recently available information to the Fund, the percentage of externally managed assets in PE is 3.8%, and infrastructure 4.8%, reflecting the infrastructure investment made with Pantheon following production of the 2017/18 accounts.
The target is 5.0% in each, and that has been the case for the last 3 years

Q.3    Current information on amount committed to each partnership and amount drawn by the partnerships.

A.3   This information is shown on the attached spreadsheet (NCC Alternative Investments as at 31 December 2018), as well as the individual partners capital statements for each investment, which are the most recently available statements i.e as at 31 December 2018. For NCCPF's two investments with Pantheon, no partners capital statements are available, therefore NCCPF's own spreadsheets are attached ('Pantheon Infra/Pe - calls made') which is updated to capture initial commitments and amounts drawn to date.

Q.4     Internal rates of return (IRRs) for each individual partnership for the most recent date available. Please include data for net and gross IRRs, if available. Please also include any other performance metrics used by your pension fund.

A.4   Where held, these (IRRs) are included in the latest available partners valuation for each holding (attached).  In terms of other performance metrics used by NCCPF, the attached document 'PE 31-12-18 Annualised Returns - NCC' is an extract from the 31-12-18 report from Portfolio Evaluation Ltd, the Fund's performance measurement service provider. This is the most recently available report from PE.

Q.5    Please name any private equity, private debt/private credit/direct lending and infrastructure co-investments you have made, and the manager responsible.

A.5   NCCPF does not have any direct co-investments, however all of its Private Equity fund of fund managers can have co-investments.

Q.6    Please disclose any direct private equity, private debt/private credit/direct lending and infrastructure investments you have made.

A.6   NCCPF does not have any direct investments in these asset classes.  It has exposure to private equity and infrastructure investments via partnership arrangements with the managers set out in response to question 1.

Q.7    Investment multiple for each partnership.

A.7   Where held, these are included in the latest available partners valuation for each holding (attached).

Q.8    Names of all private equity, private debt/private credit/direct lending and infrastructure partnerships or funds partially and fully sold by the pension scheme, including date of sale.

A.8   None of the above asset partnership investments have been partially or fully sold by NCC.

Q.9    Names of advisors mandated by the pension fund to advise on allocations to private equity and infrastructure.

A.9   NCC's Pension Fund Panel makes the decisions on asset allocations with the advice of its appointed investment adviser.  The current adviser to the Panel is Mercer.

Q.10   Names and Contact details of the individual responsible for the pension funds allocation to private equity, private debt/private credit/direct lending and infrastructure.
If there are any fees for searching for, reviewing, or copying the records, please inform me before you task the request. If you deny all or any part of this request, please cite each specific exemption you think justifies your refusal to release the information and notify me of appeal procedures available under the law.
 
A.10   See response to question 9. Under the legislation governing the LGPS, NCC is the "Scheme Manager" responsible for all decisions made under the LGPS Regulations, including asset allocations.  NCC has delegated the discharge of all functions and responsibilities in relation to the Scheme Manager role to the Pension Fund Panel. The Pension Fund Panel is a Section 101 committee of NCC.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6032
Request Date: 07/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

If you are unable to provide the information because you are still going through the commissioning process and are therefore unable to provide any updated answers then it would be appreciated if you could tell me when you expect the process to be finished by. 
 
Q.1     Please list all the providers of homecare services that you currently commission
 
A.1      Age UK Northumberland
Ascot Care
Aspire
Bellview
Burn Brae Care
Blyth Valley Disabled Forum
Careline
CareVision
Copper Beech
Diagonal Alternatives
Eleanor Healthcare
Embracing Care
Everlasting Care
G&P Healthcare
HC - One Beamish
Helping Hands
HMS Services
Homecare Plus
Leonard Cheshire
L S Care
Mrs Os caring Hands
My Homecare
People First Homecare
Philip Parkinson Homecare
Pinnacle Cares for You
Safe Hands Homecare
Surecare Newcastle & North Tyneside
Tasmiyah
Time to Care
Thornley Leazes
Bluebird Care

Q.2     Please list the start and end date of their contracts
 
A.2     Our current contract came was introduced from 1 April 2019.  It does not have an end date, though it includes mechanisms for providers to join or exit the contract and to change status within it.

Q.3     Please tell me how many staff each provider employs to provide this service? (If the exact number is not known, please give an approximate number)
 
A.3     We do not hold this information.

Q.4     Please can you also indicate the nature of each contract? (i.e. whether they are spot contracts or guaranteed a certain number of hours)
 
A.4    Contracts do not guarantee a specific number of hours.  The contract distinguishes three tiers of providers, with a single Tier 1 provider in each of ten areas of the County, who will be approached first with any request for service unless the service user has chosen otherwise.
 
Q.5     If the providers are paid for guaranteed hours, please indicate how many each contractor is allocated
 
A.5     n/a

Q.6    Do you have any in-house provision of homecare services? If so how many hours in total allocated?
 
A.6   We have no in-house provider of mainstream homecare services, though we have an in-house reablement service which is also able to act as a provider of last resort.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6033
Request Date: 07/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please provide the organisational structure charts (including names, job tile and contact details) for the Children's and Adult's Social care directorates covering the following job titles: 
Director, assistant director, Head of Service, Service Manager.

A.1    In adult social care, there are no posts with the job titles which you have listed.  Our statutory Director of Adult Social Services is Cath McEvoy-Carr, who is also the statutory Director of Children’s Services.  

Please see the attached structure for Children’s Services.

The contact number for all members of staff is 0345 600 6400
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6034
Request Date: 07/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     How many schools is your council responsible for?
  • Secondary schools:
  • Primary schools:
A.1  Secondary schools: 33, Primary schools: 122
 
Q.2  Has the council identified ‘period poverty’ as a priority?
  • Yes / No

A.2  Yes

Q.3  How many schools provide or are due to provide paid-for sanitary provisions (e.g. sanitary towels, tampons) for pupils?
  • Number of secondary schools:
  • Name of secondary schools:
  • Number of primary schools:
  • Number of primary schools:
A.3 none
n/a
Unknown
n/a

Q.4      How many schools provide or are due to provide free sanitary products (e.g. sanitary towels, tampons) for pupils?
  • Number of secondary schools:
  • Name of secondary schools and format free sanitary products are provided e.g. basket in toilet, basket behind reception/school nurse, vending machine, on request to teacher:
  • Number of primary schools:
  • Number of primary schools and format free sanitary products are provided e.g. basket in toilet, basket behind reception/school nurse, on request to teacher:
A.4       Please see the attached document

Q.5      Does your council have funding allocated for period poverty and/or providing free sanitary products within schools?
  • Yes / No
If Yes:
  • Amount:
  • Over what time period:
  • Source:
  • What has this money been used for / been allocated for?
A.5  No

Q.6     Have you already invested or do you have plans to invest in any period poverty/free sanitary product measures? If so, please detail and include whether this has been completed or is planned for the future.

A.6  No plans to invest as the DfE scheme will come into operation in September 2019 and early 2020 for primary schools


Details:

Reference Number: 6035
Request Date: 07/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    What was the council's public relations and marketing budget for each of the following financial years...
  • 2014/15?
  • 2015/16?
  • 2016/17?
  • 2017/18?
  • 2018/19?
A.1    Budgets from 2014-2019 are as follows:
  • 2014/15 - £445,770
  • 2015/16 - £649,840
  • 2016/17 - £585,870
  • 2017/18 - £574,490
  • 2018/19 - £588,180
Q.2    How many staff are currently employed in marketing and public relations and marketing based roles?

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

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

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


Details:

Reference Number: 6036
Request Date: 07/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   What was the service's public relations and marketing budget for each of the following financial years...
  • 2014/15?
  • 2015/16?
  • 2016/17?
  • 2017/18?
  • 2018/19?
A.1     
2014/15 = 0

2015/16 = 0
2016/17 = 0
2017/18 = 0
2018/19 = 0

Q.2    For each of the periods mentioned above can you also provide how much was spent on emergency vehicle maintenance in each financial year?

A.2     
2014/15 = £ 16,458.12

2015/16 = £ 22,076.84
2016/17 = £ 23,075.43
2017/18 = £ 13,985.39
2018/19 = £ 15,072.53

Please note this information relates to vehicle repairs and maintenance subjectives. It is not specified if this is routine or emergency.

Q.3   Additionally, how many staff are currently employed in marketing, public relations and communications based roles?

A.3   Northumberland Fire and Rescue Services has no marketing budget nor any marketing personnel.

Q.4   Of those staff, how many earn above £50,000 per year? How many earn above £100,000 per year

A.4   Not applicable.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6037
Request Date: 07/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The estimated expenditure by the department on tackling forest fires / wild fires per year beginning in 2014.

A.1   For the purposes of this question, department has been taken to mean expenditure by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) as we do not break down costs to respond to emergency incidents within separate service areas.

In response to FOI request, NFRS has attended the following numbers of wildfires each year since 2014:

2014 - 2
2015 - 9
2016 - 2
2017 - 1
2018 - 8
2019 (so far) - 2

Total wildfires attended by NFRS between 2014 and 2019 (so far): 24 incidents

These incidents all comply with the definition of a wildfire which is included within the UK Fire and Rescue Service's National Operational Guidance for Wildfires. Within this guidance, a wild fire is defined as: "any uncontrolled vegetation fire where a decision or action is needed about its suppression. A wildfire will meet one or more of the following criteria:

* Involves a geographical area of at least one hectare (10,000 square metres)
* Has a sustained flame length of more than 1.5 metres
* Requires a committed resource of at least four fire and rescue service appliances/resources
* Requires resources to be committed for at least six hours
* Presents a serious threat to life, environment, property and infrastructure"

There is currently no widely accepted formula that can be used to estimate the cost of attending individual wildfire incidents. The process for estimating the cost of attending a single wildfire is therefore time consuming and requires manual review and analysis of a number of electronic and paper systems. We have estimated the time that would be required to calculate the cost of attending an individual incident using a typical incident from 2014 as an example. This was a moderate incident which was not at either end of the extreme scale - it was suppressed during the same day and involved 6 fire appliances. 

To produce an accurate estimate of the cost of attending this single wildfire  incident, it is estimated it would require the following staff time:
1 hour for Performance Officer to interrogate Incident Recording System (IRS) and Incident Log data to identify fire appliances/vehicles and officers in attendance (and duration of their attendance)

* 1 hour for Woodhorn Archives to extract timesheet and overtime records from the archive
* 2 hours return travel for officer from NFRS to visit Woodhorn Archives to pick up/return the timesheets and overtime records
* 4 hours for Human Resources Officer to identify individuals claiming hours against the incident and to calculate cost of attendance per individual 

Total - 8 hours to calculate the cost of attending this one wildfire incident

The above estimate is conservative and does not include time spent by other colleagues within Northumberland County Council (NCC) who would need to assist with the work (i.e. payroll).

The estimated total time required for calculating the cost of attending all wildfire incidents from 2014 to 2019 is therefore: 24 incidents x 8 hours = 192 hours. The time required to complete this request therefore far exceeds the 18 hours requirement for FOIs.

Q.2   The overall operational budget of the department per year beginning in 2014.

A.2   The budget for financial year 2014/15 was;

Expenditure  £128,280
Income        (£128,280)
Net budget   £0

Q.3   The number of forest fires/wild fires dealt with by the department per year beginning in 2014

A.3    Please refer to information detailed under Q.1
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6039
Request Date: 08/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Local authority name:

Section 1: Organisation and funding of your local authority Education Vision Impairment (VI) Advisory service

Q.1a. How is provision for children and young people with vision impairment funded? (please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Centrally funded by the LA for specialist support for all pupils with VI  
ii) Partially delegated to individual schools who purchase specialist support from the LA under 'tradedservices' arrangement  
iii) Fully delegated to individual schools who purchase specialist support from the LA under 'tradedservices' arrangement  
iv) Other or additional comments (please give details, free text):  

Q.1b. Which of the following arrangements applies to the VI service in your LA? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) Fully traded to maintained schools (including academies)  
ii) Partially traded to maintained schools (including academies  
iii) No elements of VI service support are traded to maintained schools (including academies)  
iv) Fully traded to further education (FE) colleges
v) Partially traded to further education (FE) colleges
vi) Is any aspect of direct CYP individual support traded?
vii) Additional comments, optional (free text)

Q.1c. If you answered ‘yes’ to any traded service arrangement in question 1b, please give further details of the service that is traded and who it is traded to? (free text)  

Section 2: Structuring of services

Q.2. In the past twelve months, have any changes been made to the way that provision for children and young people with vision impairment is funded and/or organised? (please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Yes  
ii) No  

Q.2b. If 'yes', please give details of changes: (free text)  

Q.2c. Were these changes consulted on with parents and VI organisations? (please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Yes, parents only  
ii) Yes, VI organisations only  
iii) Yes, both parents and VI organisations  
iv) No, parents and VI organisations were not consulted  

Q.2d. Any additional information on the consultation?  (optional) (free text)

Q.2e. Are there any current or proposed reviews of the VI service that will affect the way it is organised, managed or funded (including moving to/from a traded services arrangement), or are likely to affect the way that support for CYP with VI is provided or funded?
(please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Yes
ii) No
iii) Don’t know

Q.2f. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.3a. Please provide overall VI service budget (including staff, equipment and training):
(please enter a monetary value) -
i) Budget for 2017/18
ii) Budget for 2018/19
iii) Budget for 2019/20
iv) Additional information, optional (free text)

Q.3b. If the budget above is shared with another service or cannot be separated from the sensory budget, please state what the budget encompasses here: (free text)

Q.4a. What percentage of the High Needs Funding budget is spent on the overall VI service budget? (please enter a percentage value)

Q.4b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Section 3: Number of CYP on the VI service caseload and support available

Q.5a. Please give the number of children and young people with vision impairment on the VI service active caseload (i.e. those supported by the VI service and not included in Q6a) for the following categories (number ranges in each category represent age. Please enter numerical values): -
Total: all ages:
Total: Early Years Foundation Stage
(EYFS) (0-5 years)
Total: Year 1 to Year 6
Total: Year 7 to Year 11
Total: Year 12 to Year 13
Total: Above Year 13
EHCP Total: all ages:
Education, Health and Care Plan
(EHCP): EYFS (0-5 years)
EHCP: Year 1 to Year 6
EHCP: Year 7 to Year 11
EHCP: Year 12 to Year 13
EHCP: Above Year 13
SEN Support total: all ages:
Special Education Need (SEN)
Support: EYFS (0-5 years)
SEN Support: Year 1 to Year 6
SEN Support: Year 7 to Year 11
SEN Support: Year 12 to Year 13
SEN Support: Above Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised total:
all ages:
Not yet assessed/categorised: EYFS (0-5 years)
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 1 to Year 6
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 7 to Year 11
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 12 to Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised: Above Year 13
Other total (please state any other groups which do not fit the above categories, optional): all ages:
Other: EYFS (0-5 years)
Other: Year 1 to Year 6
Other: Year 7 to Year 11
Other: Year 12 to Year 13
Other: Above Year 13

Q.5b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.6a. Please give the number of children and young people with vision impairment, known to the VI service but not receiving direct support from the LA service for the following categories:
(e.g. who are ‘advice on request’ or being monitored only, who are in a VI resourced or independent school, or whose family home is in the LA but who are being educated in another authority)(These are in addition to CYP included in Q5a):
(number ranges in each category represent age. Please enter numerical values) -
Total: all ages:
Total: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (0-5 years)
Total: Year 1 to Year 6 
Total: Year 7 to Year 11
Total: Year 12 to Year 13
Total: Above Year 13
EHCP Total: all ages:
Education, Health and Care Plan

(EHCP): EYFS (0-5 years)
EHCP: Year 1 to Year 6
EHCP: Year 7 to Year 11
EHCP: Year 12 to Year 13
EHCP: Above Year 13
SEN Support total: all ages:
Special Education Need (SEN)
Support: EYFS (0-5 years)
SEN Support: Year 1 to Year 6
SEN Support: Year 7 to Year 11
SEN Support: Year 12 to Year 13
SEN Support: Above Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised total:
all ages:
Not yet assessed/categorised: EYFS (0-5 years)
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 1 to Year 6
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 7 to Year 11
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 12 to Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised: Above Year 13
Other total (please state any other groups which do not fit the above categories, optional): all ages:
Other: EYFS (0-5 years)
Other: Year 1 to Year 6
Other: Year 7 to Year 11
Other: Year 12 to Year 13
Other: Above Year 13

Q.6b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.7a. Of the children and young people on the active caseload, please give the number with vision impairment with and without other EN/disabilities/ additional complex needs: (number ranges in each category represent age. Please enter numerical values)
Total: all ages:
Total: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (0-5 years)
Total: Year 1 to Year 6 
Total: Year 7 to Year 11
Total: Year 12 to Year 13
Total: Above Year 13
EHCP Total: all ages:
Education, Health and Care Plan
(EHCP): EYFS (0-5 years)
EHCP: Year 1 to Year 6
EHCP: Year 7 to Year 11
EHCP: Year 12 to Year 13
EHCP: Above Year 13
SEN Support total: all ages:
Special Education Need (SEN)
Support: EYFS (0-5 years)
SEN Support: Year 1 to Year 6
SEN Support: Year 7 to Year 11
SEN Support: Year 12 to Year 13
SEN Support: Above Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised total:
all ages:
Not yet assessed/categorised: EYFS
(0-5 years)
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 1 to Year 6
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 7 to Year 11
Not yet assessed/categorised: Year 12 to Year 13
Not yet assessed/categorised: Above Year 13
Other total (please state any other groups which do not fit the above categories, optional): all ages:
Other: EYFS (0-5 years)
Other: Year 1 to Year 6
Other: Year 7 to Year 11

Other: Year 12 to Year 13
Other: Above Year 13

Q.7b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.8a. Of the children and young people on the active caseload, please give the number educated in each of the settings below where applicable: (please enter numeric values) -
i) Mainstream school
ii) Mainstream with VI resource provision
iii) Mainstream academy
iv) Special school academy
v) Maintained special school for pupils with VI
vi) Non-maintained special school for pupils with VI
vii) Other type of special school (e.g. PD, SLD, HI) (maintained & non-maintained)
viii) Other type of setting (e.g. hospital school, home educated)
ix) If other type of setting, please write here (free text)

Q.8b. Any additional information? (optional) (free text)

Q.9. In which of the following settings does the VI service support early years children (i.e. 3 years and under)? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) Within the child's home
ii) In pre-school/early years settings
iii) School settings (e.g. nursery class in mainstream or special school)
iv) In settings where the child is cared for by a childminder (outside of their home)
v) Other settings (please give details, free text)

Q.10a. What criteria does the VI service use for allocating levels of support? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) NatSIP Eligibility Framework for Scoring Support Levels (2015)
ii) Locally developed criteria
iii) Other arrangement (please give details)

Q.10b. Does your LA require a CYP with VI to meet any of the following criteria before they will be considered for assessment for an EHCP? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) They must meet a specified level of severity/visual acuity
ii) They must have additional SEND
iii) They must be failing to make the expected level of progress iv) They are expected to attend a special school
v) Other – please specify: (free text)

Q.11 How many children or young people with VI have had their support reduced in the last 12 months? Please use reasons for reduction in support as listed below: (please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply in the first row and indicate number in the second row for all those where ‘yes’ has been entered) -
i) Review of SEN support or EHCP Plan (yes/no)
ii) Review of SEN support or EHCP Plan (if yes, please enter numeric values)
iii) Positive change in management of vision impairment and improved independence (yes/no)
iv) Positive change in management of vision impairment and improved independence (if yes, please enter numeric values)
v) Restructure of service delivery model, i.e. more remote support, train the trainer etc. (yes/no)
vi) Restructure of service delivery model, i.e. more remote support, train the trainer etc. (if yes, please enter numeric values)
vii) Service capacity (yes/no)
viii) Service capacity (if yes, please enter numeric values)
ix) Other (yes/no)
x) Other (if yes, please enter numeric values)
xi) Please explain if other: (free text)

Q.12. What is the total number of children and young people who use (or in the case of EYFS children, are expected to use) braille as their sole or main literacy medium? (please enter numeric values)

Q.13. Are there any groups of children and young people with VI that are NOT currently supported by the VI service? (Please give details for all that apply) -
i) Specific age groups (please give details)
ii) Children/YP in specific types of setting e.g. academies, further education etc. (please give details)
iii) Children/YP with complex needs (please give details)
iv) Any other groups (please give details) Section 4: VI service staffing 

Q.14. Which (if any) of the following qualifications are held by the person with responsibility for strategic management of the VI service? (Please indicate ‘yes’ to all that apply) -
i) Qualified teacher of pupils with vision impairment (QTVI) (i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in VI)
ii) Qualified teacher of the Deaf (TOD)
(i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in HI)
iii) Qualified teacher of pupils with Multi-sensory Impairment (QTMSI) (i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in MSI)
iv) Other qualifications (if yes please give details, free text)

Q.15. This question is broken into three sections. Please give the numbers of teachers employed directly by the VI service (this includes peripatetic/advisory teachers, school-based teachers, and VI service manager if s/he has a caseload) for the categories that follow: (please enter numeric values) -

Q.15a. Please give the full time equivalent (FTE) number of: -
i) QTVI with mandatory qualification (MQ) (VI)
ii) In training for MQ (VI)
iii) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) who will begin training within 2 years iv) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) not in or due to begin training within 2 years
v) QTMSI with MQ (MSI)
vi) QTVI and QTMSI MQ (holds both qualifications)
vii) QTVI vacancies currently advertised
viii) QTVI vacancies – advertised but no suitable applicants
QUESTION: 15b. Please give the total number of posts (headcount) for: -
i) QTVI with mandatory qualification (MQ) (VI)
ii) In training for MQ (VI)
iii) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) who will begin training within 2 years
iv) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) not in or due to begin training within 2 years
v) QTMSI with MQ (MSI)
vi) QTVI and QTMSI MQ (holds both qualifications)
vii) QTVI vacancies currently advertised
viii) QTVI vacancies – advertised but no suitable applicants
QUESTION: 15c. Please give the total number of posts that are temporary contracts (not permanent roles) for: -
i) QTVI with mandatory qualification (MQ) (VI)
ii) In training for MQ (VI)
iii) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) who will begin training within 2 years
iv) Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) not in or due to begin training within 2 years
v) QTMSI with MQ (MSI)
vi) QTVI and QTMSI MQ (holds both qualifications)
vii) QTVI vacancies currently advertised 
viii) QTVI vacancies – advertised but
no suitable applicants

Q.16. What is the average time from referral to VI service and initial visit? (please give estimation if exact time is unknown) (number of weeks) 

Q.17. Please give details of the FTE of any other staff employed by the VI service by category (not already included in question 15). This includes staff who are employed directly, externally commissioned or bought in from another team within the LA: (please enter numeric values) (please do not include mobility and habilitation officers) -
i) Resource technicians FTE (for production of accessible materials)
ii) ICT support technicians FTE
iii) Dedicated early years staff FTE
iv) Family support workers FTE
v) Admin/secretarial FTE
vi) Teaching Assistants
vii) Other role FTE
viii) Details of other role(s) if applicable (free text)

Q.18a. Please give the numbers of teaching assistants (TAs) in your LA who are providing support to pupils with vision impairment, by employment arrangement as listed below (this includes service and school-based staff where known): (please enter numeric values)
i) Number employed and recruited directly by VI service – centrally based/peripatetic
ii) Number employed and recruited directly by VI service – school-based
iii) Number employed and recruited directly by schools and supported by VI service
iv) Number employed and recruited directly by schools with no involvement from VI service
v) Number employed with other arrangement
vi) Other arrangement (please give details, free text)

Q.18b. Please indicate if the service is aware that TAs are employed by schools but information on them is not retained and/or the service is aware of other TAs that the service does not hold information on: (Please indicate ‘yes’
if this applies)
Section 5: Redress

Q.19a. How many complaints about the VI service have entered the local authority’s formal complaints process? If none have entered the formal process, please enter ‘0’ (number) QUESTION 19b. If you have any additional information or points to add around the complaints recording process or figures, please state here: (free text)

Section 6: Registers
Q.20. Who in the LA holds the vision impairment register for children and young people who are registered sight impaired or severely sight impaired? (please indicate only one option with an ‘x’) -
i) Social care sensory team
ii) Social care children’s team
iii) Local society for blind people/sight loss society
iv) Other
v) If other, please give details (free text)

A.1-20    Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6040
Request Date: 08/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    How many local authority maintained primary schools are there in your region?
 
Q.2    How many local authority maintained secondary schools are there in your region?
 
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: 6042
Request Date: 08/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Admissions to King Edward VI school , Morpeth (hereafter referred to as KEVI) I request information on the number of late applications received to attend KEVI for admission September 2019.

Namely:

Q.1  How many late applications were received?

A.1   21 before 15/4/19 + 6 have been received since

Q.2  How many of the late applicants were allocated places ?

A.2   13

Q.3  How many of the late applicants that received places were out of area ?(area being catchment area ) 

A.3   2

Q.4  What admission criteria were used to allocate all of the late applicant places?

A.4   Late applications are placed in criteria order and allocated accordingly. See School Admissions handbook attached

Secondly: 

Q.5  How many places for the entire admission year September 2019, in total were allocated to applicants from outside the KEVI catchment area?

A.5   75

Q.6  What admission criteria were used to allocate places to the above mentioned applicants? 

A.6   Applications are placed in criteria order and allocated accordingly. See School Admissions handbook attached.

I request no personal or identifiable information, simply the numbers and reasons listed above.


Details:

Reference Number: 6045
Request Date: 09/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Northumberland county council Bus Safety Incident Data for Q1 (1 January – 30 March) 2019
  
Since 2014, Transport for London (TfL) has published Bus Safety Incident Data on its website every quarter (https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/bus-safety-data). 
The data publishes shows injuries by Bus Route, Operator and Borough supported by a dataset containing all this information made available for public scrutiny. Accordingly, I would to make a Freedom of Information Request for the Northumberland county council to provide me with a spreadsheet displaying the Bus Safety Incident Data for the period 1 January -30 March 2019 showing:

Q.1   Date of Incident
Q.2   Bus Route
Q.3   Local Name of Operator
Q.4   Operator Group Name (if applicable)
Q.5   Bus Garage/Depot 
Q.6   Injury Description (Fatality, Serious/Minor Injury – Taken to Hospital, MinorTreated at Scene)
Q.7   Victim’s Sex
Q.8   Victim’s Age
Q.9   Incident Event Type (Collision, Fall, Assault, other)
Q.10  Victim Category (Passenger, Pedestrian, Cyclists, 3rd Party Vehicle, Bus Driver, other)

A.1 - 6    We do not record any information regarding such issues on bus services, we would expect the operators to record this information.  Any injury accidents including bus passengers that are reported to the police are recorded on the NE casualty dashboard (http://www.tinyurl.com/necasualtydashboard).  We have checked and there were no injury collisions involving bus passengers from 1 January 2019 to 31 March 2019.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6047
Request Date: 08/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I would be grateful if you could confirm the number of Personal Savings Statements (annual allowance statements) issued to members of the Northumberland  Fire and Rescue Firefighter Pension Scheme in 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18.

A.1     

2014/15 = 6

2015/16 = 0
2016/17 = 15
2017/18 = 11

Q.2    I would be grateful if you could confirm the number of scheme pays elections made by members of the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Firefighter Pension Scheme in 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18.

A.2     

2014/15 = 1

2015/16 = 0
2016/17 = 0
2017/18 = 3

Q.3   I would be grateful if you could confirm the number of LTA charges incurred by members of the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Firefighter Pension Scheme in 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18.

A.3     
2014/15 = 0

2015/16 = 0
2016/17 = 1
2017/18 = 0
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6049
Request Date: 09/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic properties which have been empty for six months or older)

A.1 As at 8th May we have 2142 properties which have been vacant for more than 6 months

Q.2      What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?

A.2 The council are continuously dealing with the issue of empty properties.  The work involves engagement with owners of empty properties to assist in bringing the properties back into use. Depending  on the level of intervention needed the options vary. The council currently have funding available in order to renovate the property and take responsibility for a period of 7 years.  Other options include advice around letting the property through our accreditation scheme and assistance with finding suitable tenants. Regular mail outs are done to notify owners of empty properties as to how the council can assist and advice regarding additional council tax charges. The council also hold regular landlord development forums which are open to owners of empty properties also if they require specific advice from the team.

Q.3      During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long Term Empty Properties.  If you did was this done using internal resource or a third party? 

A.3 The council have been involved in the Empty Homes Programme supported by Homes England.  Grant funding has been available for the council to purchase empty properties and also carry out Empty Dwelling Management Orders.  This has proved successful in bringing back into use some of the council’s most problematic properties.
 
Q.4      If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every single long term property

A.4 There are 2142 long term empty properties in the council, some of which have had little or no impact on the community.  The Council mainly reacts to the properties which are causing a nuisance to the community or where the owners of the properties request assistance.

Q.5      Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your Housing strategy? 

A.5 Yes, Long term empty properties are a priority for the council and bringing properties back into use forms an element of the private sector housing strategy.

Q.6      Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction of empty properties?

A.6 Currently yes, there is specific funding available to assist with the purchase and repair scheme and t carry out Empty Dwelling Management Orders.

Q.7      How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018?

A.7       The annual spend detailed under the Temporary Accommodation budget for 2018/19  was £171,220

Q.8      Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

A.8 As discussed in Q6 funding is available to carry out Empty Dwelling Management Orders however this money is not given directly to the owner.


Details:

Reference Number: 6051
Request Date: 10/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Occupational Therapy Assessments:

Q.1    Of adults receiving long term care and support, how many planned reviews have been completed in the last 12 months by the Council?

A.1   Our occupational therapists do not currently hold caseloads of people with long-term care and support needs, but focus on assessing and meeting needs for equipment and adaptations.;

Q.2    Of adults receiving long term care and support, what percentage received a planned review within the timescales set out and agreed by the Council?

A.2   n/a - see above.

Q.3    Of adults in receipt of equipment and / or adaptations, how many of these received a planned review?

A.3   While our OTs make monitoring visits when necessary, they do not routinely carry out reviews, though they reassess the requirement for equipment/adaptations if someone’s needs change

Q.4    What percentage of planned reviews are done face to face?

A.4    n/a – see above

Q.5    What percentage of planned reviews are done over the telephone or via another method?

A.5    n/a – see above

Q.6    What is the average waiting time for Service Users of Adult Social Care from request for Occupational Therapy Assessment to the assessment being carried out?

A.6   Our OTS do not operate a waiting list.  Cases are allocated to OTs when referrals are received; the maximum period before an assessment is then 8 weeks, which would be in situations where the person has been screened by an OT assistant or technical instructor; in most cases people are seen within 28 days and those prioritised due to the level of risk are seen within 5 working days.

Q.7    What is the longest waiting time for Service Users of Adult Social Care from request for Occupational Therapy Assessment to the assessment being carried out?

A.7   See previous response

Q.8    Do you use any third parties to deliver Occupational Therapy assessments (e.g. locums, private sector organisations or self-employed Occupational Therapists)?

A.8   No

Q.9    If so, please give the name of the organisation(s) and the number of assessments completed by each during the period 1.1.2018 to 1.1.2019?

A.9    n/a

Q.10  Do you have an official contract with any of the above organisations and if so, when is this due to end?

A.10   No

Q.11  Can you please provide contact details for the current Head of Adult Services and Review/Reassessment Team Manager?

A.11   Our statutory director of adult social services is Cath McEvoy-Carr, who can be contacted via her PA, Abigail.Ridley@northumberland.gov.uk

We do not have any post with the title of review/reassessment team manager, or any close equivalent
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6052
Request Date: 10/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please send me the following information relating to all contracts active during Financial Year 2019/20 procured under the following Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) codes 85000000 and 98000000.
·         The name of the contract
·         A brief description of the contract
·         The value of the contract
·         The start date of the contract
·         The end date of the contract
·         The awarded contract provider
I am particularly interested in Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated care services relating to the provision of adult and children’s homecare, domiciliary care, hospital discharge services, and carers care services. Please also include any carers specific services, whether regulated by CQC or not
 
Duty to confirm or deny 

Northumberland County Council confirm that we hold information in relation to Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) Codes.

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; 

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. 

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


Details:

Reference Number: 6053
Request Date: 10/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The address including postcode of operational paddling pools located in publicly maintained open space.

A.1   One only, at Carlisle Park, Morpeth. Operated by Morpeth Town Council.  NE61 1YD

Q.2   The number of operational drinking fountains located in publicly maintained open space

A.2   One only, currently being installed at Ridley Park, Blyth   NE24 3AZ
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6054
Request Date: 10/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Could you please supply in the form of a spreadsheet all non domestic properties showing any reliefs applied including charity, small business and retail rate relief. Please include sole trader addresses. Please include property description, address, business name (in the case of limited companies) rateable value.

A.1   The information is available by accessing the following links;
 
https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-full-listing-01-may-2019/
 
and
 
https://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/datasets/national-non-domestic-rates-all-reliefs-01-may-2019/
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6055
Request Date: 13/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The estimated total number of flat entrance fire doors currently installed across the council's housing stock

A.1    Approximately 750

Q.2    The number of flat entrance fire doors installed across the council's housing stock identified as failing to comply with building regulations since March 2018, or found to be the same product as those which have failed government tests: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-door-testing-grp-composite-test-results?utm_source=4c6b7af3-0288-4b17-b23b-7c718f189ce1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

A.2   None

Q.3    The number of doors referred to in question (2) which have since been replaced

A.3   Not Applicable

Q.4    The total cost of the work referred to in question (3)

A.4   Not Applicable

Q.5    If available, the date on which the last fire door(s) was replaced

A.5   Not Available

Q.6    If available, any correspondence on the subject of fire doors sent to residents of blocks of flats with non-compliant or potentially non-compliant flat entrance fire doors since March 2018

A.6   Not Applicable

Q.7    If applicable, the number of high-rise blocks of flats owned by the council which have non-compliant/potentially non-compliant fire doors and are also clad in ACM cladding deemed unlikely to comply with building regulations.

A.7   None
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6056
Request Date: 13/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please tell me for the financial year 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 the total income from the charges imposed at Northumberland Waste Management Centres.

I am aware that these sites are managed by private companies that will inevitably retain a portion of this revenue stream. I want to know the revenues flowing back to NCC during these two financial years.

A.1   The Council received £68,000 in 2017/18 and £67,000 in 2018/19 from charging residents to deposit soil, rubble and plasterboard at 12 Household Waste Recovery Centres (HWRCs). The Council has no obligation to accept non household waste free of charge at its HWRCs, some Councils chose not to accept this material at all. Northumberland County Council seeks a contribution from residents towards its costs of accepting this material, in order to continue to provide a low cost and convenient means of disposal for residents with small quantities, and to encourage residents with larger quantities to seek out viable alternatives eg dumpy bag collection service, skips, and private waste contractors.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6057
Request Date: 13/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   A copy of the Councils latest legal framework or strategy setting out how the Council's legal function/department is established/works/ including when external legal firms are utilised;
 
A.1    The Council’s website at https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Staff.aspx#legalservices contains details of how the Council’s legal function works although the document requires updating to reflect recent changes.

Q.2   A copy of the latest business plan for the Council's legal department;

A.2  The department does not have a current business plan but does hold a copy of the business plan from 2013/4 which is now out of date, if this is thought relevant to the requestor a request for a copy would be considered.

Q.3   A copy of the Council's procedure rules/protocol for use of the Council's legal department by other departments in the Council and when external legal representation (law firms and barristers) may be used;

A.3   No documentation is held as to the use of the Council’s legal department by other departments within the Council. The attached PDF copy Google form is an example of when external representation may be used.

Q.4   Details of where in the Council's Constitution information on the Council's legal department and how it is used is located;

A.4   While there is no specific reference in the Constitution to the Council’s legal department and how it is used, Section 6 of Part 4 of the Constitution adopted on 1st November 2017 details the general delegation to the Legal Services Manager.

Q.5   Details of how much was spent on external legal representation (only law firms and not barristers) between March 2017 and March 2018.

A.5  £158k

Q.6   A copy of the last Invitation to Tender document when external legal representation was tendered for.

A.6   There is currently a live ITT which is available through the NEPO Portal upon which Newcastle City Council are taking the lead on behalf of various North East authorities in including Northumberland. If you wish to take part you can log into the portal and submit a response.

Attached is a zip file of the documentation that Newcastle City Council has confirmed are the documents that were published.

Q.7   If documents do not exist explaining how the legal function is used and when external law firms are instructed please provided details on the following:

Q.7a  Are all matters involving leases, conveyances, contracts, public prosecutions, planning enforcement dealt with by the Council's legal department or does it depend on the value of the matter (or any other criteria) as to whether an officer in a separate department (i.e. environmental services) would deal with the matter themselves?

Q.7b  When are external legal firms instructed?  What criteria applies?

A.7a   No documentation exists in this regard but client departments deal with this on a case by case basis.

A.7b   Criteria for instructing external firms would include complexity and capacity of the department at that particular time.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6058
Request Date: 13/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   From the council's pension scheme, please detail the size and value of funds from Capital Group over the last 4 years. For each year, state the value of that position at the end of the calendar year and detail which funds or financial products were held. For 2019, provide the most recent valuation. Please also provide details for funds held and their value on 13 July 2016.

A.1   Northumberland County Council Pension Fund currently has no investments with Capital Group, and has not invested with this company at all during the four year period specified
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6060
Request Date: 13/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The total number of Children’s Social Workers employed permanently by the Council as of the 29th April 2019?

A.1     209 (Including Director, Head of Service, Team Managers, Deputy Team Managers, Independent Reviewing Officers, Youth Offending Case Managers)

Q.2     A breakdown by Nationality of the Children’s Social Workers employed permanently i.e. United Kingdom 100, Australian 36 etc?

A.2      British 209

Q.3      The total number of Children’s Social Workers currently employed permanently for which the local authority have sponsored their visa (certificate of sponsorship) to work for the local authority?

A.3     We do not currently employ any Children's Social Workers that require a VISA to work in the United Kingdom.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6065
Request Date: 13/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

An itemisation of:

Q.1   the number of private rented sector tenants on Local Housing Allowance and/or Universal Credit

A.1    There are currently 5115 Housing Benefit claimants in receipt of Local Housing Allowance. The council does not administer Universal Credit so is unable to provide statistics on caseload.

Q.2    data on how many households presenting to their councils as homeless are on Universal Credit or housing benefit

A.2     A total of 59 households stated they were in receipt of universal credit.

Q.3    The types of tenancy those households presenting as homeless under Universal Credit or housing benefit are currently on

A.3     
Council tenant - 8

Living with family or friends - 22
Other - 6
Owner-occupier - 1
Private rented sector - 13
Registered Provider tenant - 2
Social rented or supported housing - 6
Tied accommodation - 1
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6066
Request Date: 13/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    How many non-disclosure agreements has your authority's fire and rescue service agreed in each of the calendar years of, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 (as much info as possible)? Please provide individual figures per year. Please also provide reasons for the agreements being agreed where possible (e.g. 2 whistleblower complaints). Please provide the total number of NDAs but also the different types of NDA agreements (e.g. whistleblower complaint/ / sexual harassment complaint etc.). Please make clear if the agreements concern commercial companies rather than employees. As this figure is less than 10 we are unable to provide the exact number as it may be identifiable to individuals 

Q.2    Please provide the total amount of financial compensation awarded as part of these agreements for the entirety of this period in £. The total sum of payments made for compromise eg. Along with a breakdown of the money paid out each year. 

A.1 & A.2   As a fire and rescue service we have never agreed to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) over the periods detailed.  We can also confirm no financial implications in relation to NDA.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6067
Request Date: 13/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     The total number of any pictures, letters, signs, advertisements or other marks removed from a highway after giving notice of their intended removal by the Highway Authority under section 132 of the Highways Act 1980, responsible for upholding section 132 of the Highways Act 1980 in Northumberland  during the period 13/05/2018 to 13/05/2019.

A.1     Total number - 2

Q.2     The total number of any pictures, letters, signs, advertisements or other marks removed from a highway without giving notice of their intended removal by the Highway Authority under section 132 of the Highways Act 1980, responsible for upholding section 132 of the Highways Act 1980 in Northumberland during the period 13/05/2018 to 13/05/2019.

A.2    Total number - 60

Q.3     The total number of any pictures, letters, signs, advertisements or other marks reported to the Highway Authority by Northumberland County Council Planning Enforcement Team, removed from a highway without giving notice of their intended removal by the Highway Authority under section 132 of the Highways Act 1980, responsible for upholding section 132 of the Highways Act 1980 in Northumberland during the period 13/05/2018 to 13/05/2019.

A.3     During the period of 13 May 2018 to 13 May 2019 there have been 20 cases referred by Planning Enforcement to the Highways department for the removal of adverts under the Highways Act. This figure is based on the information we hold. It is likely that there may be more cases where this has happened but not all cases are recorded and more than one advert may have been removed on a specific date.

Q.4     A copy of the formally agreed policies and protocol of the Northumberland Highway Authority for the removal of unconsented and/or unauthorised pictures, letters, signs, advertisements or other marks as of 13/05/2019.

A.4     We do not hold a formally agreed policy and protocol.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6069
Request Date: 14/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   What is your policy on managing stray dogs in your local authority area?

A.1   Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Northumberland County Council is obliged to deal with stray dogs.   Animal Welfare Officers respond to stray dog reports from 0700 to 1700 hrs Monday to Friday. We collect any stray dogs that have been secured by members of the public or capture stray dogs that are straying. All stray dogs are checked for microchip, i/d tags and lost dog reports are checked, we will endeavour to return dogs to their owner as soon as possible. If an owner cannot be found at this stage the stray would be transported to our holding kennels. If a dog required veterinary treatment the dog would be taken to the vets. If we were unable to identify the owner of a stray dog then the dog would be kept at rescue centre/holding kennels for a period of at least 7 days (to give the owner the chance to come forward) before it could be rehomed. When an owner comes forward for a stray dog that is not microchipped (as they are required to be by law) we will offer to microchip the dog on its return. If this is refused, a 21 day notice will be issued for the owner to have their dog chipped, failing to have the dog microchipped within the 21 days will result in prosecution in the courts. A 21 day notice will also be issued to the owner of a dog that is chipped but the details are not up to date (ie wrong phone number etc). Northumberland County Council also provide (via a 3rd party) an out of hours stray dog collection service.

This service operates from 1700 hrs to 2200 hrs Monday to Friday and 0800 to 2200 Saturday and Sunday this is only for collection of stray dogs that have been secured by members of the public. At all other times when not covered by Animal Welfare or out of hours we provided a 24hr reception point where stray dogs can be handed in to be collected by Animal Welfare staff the next working day. When charges are incurred by NCC due to the out of hours collection or kenneling fees, this cost will be charged to the owner of the stray dog when they claim the dog back. The Animal Welfare team have been awarded a Gold Footprint award by the RSPCA for the last 7 years. This is in recognition of the excellent stray dog service we provide.

Q.2   How many stray dogs did your local authority take responsibility for in 2018?
a) How many were then adopted?
b) How many went to animal rescue?
c) How many were euthanized?
d) What happened to any dogs who did not fall into the above categories?

A.2  771 stray dog reports
a) We do not offer an adoption service. Dogs are normally rehomed through our rescue centres
b) 52
c) None
d) 719 dogs returned to owner

Q.3   What is your policy on managing stray cats in your local authority area?

A.3      Cats are not subject to the same legislation as dogs.  Under UK law it is acceptable to allow a cat to roam freely, therefore we could not say a cat was a 'stray'. Our Animal Welfare team will respond to reports of injured cats or welfare concerns for cats. We would also investigate reports of abandoned cats. We record lost cat reports and we scan any cats, found dead, for a microchip, so we could then inform the owner. Any dead cats without a microchip would be kept in a freezer for at least 2 weeks to give the owner a chance to come forward.

Q.4   How many stray cats did your local authority take responsibility for in 2018?
a) How many were then adopted?
b) How many went to animal rescue?
c) How many were euthanized?
d) What happened to any cats who did not fall into the above categories?

A.4    None
a) We would not ask anyone to adopt a cat as it probably would belong to someone who allows it to roam.
b) No strays, but we have helped people rehome cats
c) None
d) N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6070
Request Date: 14/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Section A – Cost of holiday childcare

Q.1   Please give the typical (average) price per day and per week of a full time place in a holiday club in your local area.

Q.2    Please provide us with the price of full time holiday childcare per week at:

Section B – Amount of holiday childcare in your area

Q.3a)   What is the total number of holiday clubs in the PVI and maintained sector?
Q.3b)   Of the total number of holiday clubs in your area, how many operate on state-funded school grounds (ie. are run at least in part on school premises)?
Q.3c)   Of the total number of holiday clubs operating on state-funded school grounds, how many are run by different types of providers?

Section C – When holiday childcare is available

Q.4    How many holiday clubs in your area are open for a maximum of short, medium or long days? Answers to this question should sum to the total number of holiday clubs in your area, as shown by the example row.

Q.5    How many holiday clubs in your area are usually open in each of the school holidays? Answers to this question do not need to sum to the total number of holiday clubs in your area, as shown by the example row.

Section D – Changes to childcare providers and places

Q.6a)   For the following categories, please mark the box (X) indicating whether the total number of holiday clubs/play scheme providers has increased, decreased, or stayed the same since 2018.

Q.6b)  Similarly, please mark the box (X) indicating whether the total number of holiday childcare places across all sectors has increased, decreased, or stayed the same since 2018.

Section E – Whether there is enough holiday childcare

Q.7    Does your local authority have enough holiday childcare (childcare sufficiency) for the following groups?

A.1 - A.7  We do not co-ordinate this information, providers will need to be contacted directly.  They can be found via this link: https://northumberland.fsd.org.uk/kb5/northumberland/fsd/home.page
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6071
Request Date: 14/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Total local authority budget for the financial year 2017/18
 
Q.2    Total amount of central government allocations (Settlement Funding Assessment) for the financial year 2017/18. Please also provide a breakdown of:

Q.2.1 Total Revenue Support Grant
Q.2.2  Total business rate income redistributed by central government

Q.3   Total amount of business rate income locally retained by the local authority for the financial year 2017/18

Q.4   Total amount of Council Tax revenue (including baseline and social care precept) for the financial year 2017/18. Please also provide a breakdown of:

Q.4.1   Total amount of Council Tax raised through the baseline

Q.4.2   Total amount of Council Tax raised through the social care precept

Q.5   Total local authority budget for the financial year 2018/19
 
For 2018/19, please provide:

Q.6   Total amount of central government allocations (Settlement Funding Assessment) for the financial year 2018/19. Please also provide a breakdown of:

Q.6.1   Total Revenue Support Grant

Q.6.2   Total business rate income redistributed by central government

Q.7   Total amount of business rate income locally retained by the local authority for the financial year 2018/19

Q.8   Total amount of Council Tax revenue (including baseline and social care precept) for the financial year 2018/19

Q.8.1   Total amount of Council Tax raised through the baseline

Q.8.2   Total amount of Council Tax raised through the social care precept

A.1 - A.8   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6072
Request Date: 14/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

A.      Total gross local authority expenditure (actual spending) for older people (over 65) social care services for the financial year 2017/18

B.      For 2017/18, please provide the following breakdown:

1.      Gross local authority expenditure (actual spending) on residential care home services for older people (over 65) for the financial year 2017/18 (this includes the nursing care element of any residential services provided)

2.      Gross local authority expenditure (actual spending) on homecare services (domiciliary care) for older people (over 65) for the financial year 2017/18

C.      Please provide the gross expenditure (actual spending) of [B1] as broken down by:

1.      Directly provided local authority services
2.      Commissioned through contracts with for-profit providers
3.      Commissioned through contracts with not-for-profit providers

D.      Please provide the gross expenditure (actual spending) of [B2] as broken down by:

1.      Directly provided local authority services
2.      Commissioned through contracts with for-profit providers
3.      Commissioned through contracts with not-for-profit providers

E.      Total gross local authority expenditure (actual spending) for older people (over 65) social care services for the financial year 2018/19

F.       For 2018/19, please provide the following breakdown:

1.      Gross local authority expenditure (actual spending) on residential care home services for older people (over 65) for the financial year 2018/19 (this includes the nursing care element of any residential services provided)
2.      Gross local authority expenditure on (actual spending) homecare services (domiciliary care) for older people (over 65) for the financial year 2018/19

G.      Please provide the gross expenditure (actual spending) of [F1] as broken down by:

Directly provided local authority services
Commissioned through contracts with for-profit providers
Commissioned through contracts with not-for-profit providers

H.      Please provide the gross expenditure (actual spending) of [F2] as broken down by:

1.      Directly provided local authority services
2.      Commissioned through contracts with for-profit providers
3.      Commissioned through contracts with not-for-profit providers

Answer:    With one exception, all figures for 2017/18 covered by this request are published information, available on the website of NHS Digital, at the URL below:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/adult-social-care-activity-and-finance-report
 
The exception is a split of actual expenditure between for-profit and not-for-profit providers.  We do not hold this information in a form which would enable us to supply it without exceeding the time limit for FOI enquiries.

With the same exception, all information for 2018/19 is covered by an exemption in the FOI legislation, because it is scheduled for future publication, again by NHS Digital.  The processes of checking and validation which precede that publication have not yet been completed.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6073
Request Date: 14/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I would like to know the date and time the first appliance mobilised to the last appliance time booked available for each Malicious False Alarm incident from 01/01/2014 to date. If you are unable to provide the time the first appliance mobilised to the last appliance booked available, please provide the time mobilised to time available for each appliance, I will then extract this separately. I have been advised this information is available from the Incident Recording System.

I would also like to know the incident number for each of the occasions and the location of the incident by either station area, local authority area or postcode, whichever is easiest for you to retrieve in the time allowed.

Incident number
Date of incident
Time first appliance mobilised
Time last appliance booked available
Location

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached spreadsheet which details each Malicious False Alarm incident from 01/01/2014 to date
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6077
Request Date: 14/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

For each of the financial years 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18; 2018/19
 
Q.1   How many dwellings has the council purchased for the purpose of providing temporary accommodation for homeless people?
 
A.1   None

Q.2  How much has been spent making those purchases?
 
A.2   N/A

Q.3  How many of the purchased properties have disabled access (for example for a wheelchair)?
 
A.3   N/A

In addition:
 
Q.4  How much money has been set aside in the financial year 2019/20 for the purchase of properties to provide temporary accommodation for homeless people?
 
A.4   None
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6079
Request Date: 16/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Could you please confirm the name of system and supplier for the following systems used within the Council?

Q.1a)   Corporate Finance Ledger System

A.1a)   Oracle Cloud Applications ERP

Q.1b)   ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) System

A.1b)   Oracle Cloud Applications ERP

Q.1c)   Adult Social Care Finance System

A.1c)   Swift

Q.1d)   Children’s Social Care Finance System

A.1d)   There is no central system for this function

Q.1e)   RAS (Resource Allocation System)

A.1e)   There is no central system for this function

Q.2     Could you please confirm the name and contact details of the individuals who work within the areas below:

Q.2a)  Who is responsible for the Corporate Finance Ledger System?

A.2a)   Finance Manager

Q.2b)  Who is responsible for the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) System?

A.2b)   Development Team Leader - Oracle Cloud Applications: oraclecloud@northumberland.gov.uk

Q.2c)   Who is responsible for Adult Social Care Finance System?

A.2c)   Please contact Northumbria Healthcare Trust for this information.

Q.2d)   Who is responsible for Children’s Social Care Finance System?

A.2d)   N/A

Q.2e)   Who is responsible for RAS (Resource Allocation System)?

A.2e)   N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6080
Request Date: 16/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I would like information with regards to businesses that are newly liable for business rates between the 30th April to the 15th May 2019.  Please include the full business name and full address including the postcode, type of premises, Rateable value and also the date that they became liable.

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


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 6083
Request Date: 16/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I was hoping to gather the name(s) of the person(s) who are responsible for dealing with your in-house domiciliary care service and also who would deal with the external domiciliary care providers you commission contracts to.

A.1   We do not have a traditional in-house domiciliary care service.  Our commissioning manager with overall responsibility for domiciliary care is Alan Curry (Alan.Curry@northumberland.gov.uk)
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6084
Request Date: 16/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Adults systems

Q.1   What case management system do you use for adult social care?

A.1  Swift

Q.2   What is the annual support charge for the systems (including the finance modules)?

A.2   £78K

Q.3   When is the contract for the case management system up for renewal?

A.3   A support contract being put in place will expire in April 2022

Q.4   Please provide the name(s), email(s) and telephone number(s) of the individual responsible for the Adults Case Management System within your organisation

A.4  Sarah Zarraga (Sarah.Zarraga@northumbria-healthcare.nhs.uk).  

Q.5   Do you have a web based directory of services/eMarketplace for adult social care?

A.5   No.

Q.6   Is this directory / eMarketplace developed in-house or by an external provider?

A.6    n/a

Q.7    If an external provider please provide the name of the supplier?

A.7    n/a

Q.8    If an external provider please provide the renewal date for the contract

A.8    n/a

Q.9    What is the annual support cost for your directory/eMarketplace?

A.9    n/a

Q.10  Are there any plans to review provision of your directory / Marketplace?

A.10  Not at present.

Q.11  Please provide the name(s), email(s) and telephone number(s) of the individual responsible for the directory / eMarketplace within your organisation.

A.11  n/a
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6088
Request Date: 17/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   In your local authority, on the latest date for which figures were available, can you provide the total number of people in your local authority area you have assessed as having to pay for any aspect of their social care, including but not limited to:
(a)  home care
(b)  day care
(c)  community alarms
(d)  other non-residential community care services?

A.1  We assume from part (d) of your question that you are interested in charges for non-residential services, and we have therefore answered this and the following questions specifically on that basis.

While the Council provides a community alarm service, it does not do so under social care legislation, so we have not included charges for community alarms in our response.  The service was originally established by one of the former district councils in Northumberland, which was not a social services authority, and transferred to the unitary Northumberland council on its creation in 2009.

The number of people who are receiving non-residential social care services and have been assessed as having to pay towards the cost of these, as at 14 June 2019, was 2215.

Q.2    How people are currently in arrears of payment of their social care charges (by this I mean having missed at least one payment)?  

A.2    408. (This figure includes arrears of payment for people who are not currently receiving a service, including deceased former service users.  It also includes people who have agreed to pay arrears by instalment, but who have not yet paid off the full sum.)

Q.3    How many people currently have debt management procedures commenced against them by your authority for non-payment of social care charges (by this I mean any escalation in debt recovery, e.g. automated reminders, letter before action and referral to debt collection agency)?

A.3    Our usual practice is to send an automated reminder letter to anyone who is in arrears.

Currently there are eight cases which we have referred to a debt collection agency because of non-payment of social care charges.  In most cases, the referral is of a financial agent who has agreed to act on behalf of a person with care and support needs, but has failed to make payments, rather than of the person receiving services.  In two cases, the debt collection agency has agreed payment of the debt by instalment, but it has not yet been fully paid off.

Q.4    How many people have had court proceedings begun against them relating to non payment of social care changes in 2017/18 and 2018/19? 

A.4    None.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6089
Request Date: 17/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   For my research, I would need the council tax discount/premium on second homes, on homes empty for longer than 6 months and homes empty for longer than 2 years as a percentage of the standard council tax  in your council from 2009 to 2018.

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


Details:

Reference Number: 6090
Request Date: 20/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   For each year from 2005/6 to 2018/19 could you please tell me the total number of w.t.e (whole time equivalent) dog wardens you employ?

A.1   Northumberland County Council was formed in 2009 and since 2009 we have always employed 5 dog wardens (Animal Welfare Officers) and 1 Senior Animal Welfare officer employed totalling 6 whole time equivalents.
 
Q.2    For each year from 2005/6 to 2018/19 How many Commercial Breeding Establishments are there for dogs?

A.2     
2006 = 1

2007 = 1
2008 = 1
2009 = 1
2010 = 1
2011 = 1
2012 = 1
2013 = 1
2014 = 4
2015 = 4
2016 = 9
2017 = 8
2018 = 8
2019 = 11
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6096
Request Date: 20/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Compliance of Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) within your local authority area. Regulations 34-34A of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 (as amended) deal with enforcement and outline the powers and the responsibilities of the Enforcement Authorities and their officers.

Q.1     Regarding DECs, how many public buildings are compliant with the regulations and have the appropriate DEC in place?

A.1     We have a reciprocal arrangement with Durham County Council and as part of this we assess each others compliance on this subject. We do not inspect all buildings each year however and in 2018/19 Durham reported that 43 out of 60 premises were compliant 

Q.2     If a member of the public reported a building without a DEC, would Trading Standards issue a penalty for non-compliance?

A.2     We would first try to work with businesses to seek compliance and any action would be subject to the Regulators Code (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/300126/14-705-regulators-code.pdf)  If there is a history of non compliance then a penalty notice could be issued

Q.3     How many enquiries had Trading Standards made in each of the following for potential non-compliance of the EPBD regulations?
a. New Build EPC
b. Dwellings EPC (for sale)
c. Dwellings EPC (for rental)
d. Non-dwellings EPC
e. DEC

A.3      a. New Build EPC- 2
b. Dwellings EPC (for sale) 1
c. Dwellings EPC (for rental) 1
d. Non-dwellings EPC 0
e. DEC 0

Q.4    Of the above enquiries how many were found to be non-complaint with the regulations?
  
A.4     0

Q.5     How many of the following has Trading Standards issued for transgression of the regulations?
a. Warning letter
b. Penalty notice

A.5      a. Warning letter- 0 
b. Penalty notice- 0

Q.6     How much extra funding Trading Standards receive from Central Government for encouraging compliance of and enforcement of EPBD regulations?

A.6     £0

Q.7     Since May 21st 2010 what work has been carried out by local Trading Standards with regard to enforcing compliance of the regulations for the following:
a. New Build EPC
b. Dwellings EPC (for sale)
c. Dwellings EPC (for rent)
d. Non-dwellings EPC
e. DEC

A.7      a. New Build EPC- None 
b. Dwellings EPC (for sale)- None 
c. Dwellings EPC (for rent)- None
d. Non-dwellings EPC- None
e. DEC- As per question 1, reciprocal arrangement with Durham CC every year to check a number of buildings in order to assess compliance.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6098
Request Date: 20/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Currently, how much is your authority owed in unpaid library fines?

A.1   £17,466.76

Q.2   What is the monetary value of the single biggest library fine currently outstanding, and when was the item’s scheduled return date?

A.2   Our fines are capped and the maximum fine per item:
Adult - £8.40 
Child - £2 
Concession - £4
The maximum fine on our system is £8.40 for one item, please see Q.3 for more information.

Q.3   What is the name of this item?

A.3   The Library management system we have is relatively new and therefore our longest outstanding book is ‘Summer nights at the Moonlight hotel’ by Jane Costello which was due back on 28th March 2018.

(Maximum fine of £8.40 due to our fines being capped, as detailed in Q.2)

Q.4   Currently, how many borrowed items are currently overdue in your library system?

A.4  6,122

Q.5   How many people are library card holders with your authority?

A.5   Current membership - 61,617

Q.6   How many people were library card holders 10 years from this date with your authority?

A.6   Due to change in the library management system, this information is not held.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6100
Request Date: 21/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I would like to know details of unsuccessful applications to rename/name streets from January 2016 to date.

I would like the information broken down on a monthly basis with the location, the proposed name/change and the reason for rejection.

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


Details:

Reference Number: 6103
Request Date: 21/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

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

A.1   Northumberland County Council

Q.2   How many sets of twins were taken into care between the years 2010 – 2018?

A.2   11

Q.3   How many sets of twins were separated when taken into care, whether into foster care or a care home, at any point through their care journey between the years 2010 – 2018?

(NB. please note we are asking how many sets of twins and not how many times. We are aware they could have been separated for a brief period and then reunited but please answer if separated at any point)

A.3    less than 5

Q.4   How many sets of twins were kept in a 'long term placement' or 'long term foster care' separately from one and other through their care journey between the years 2010 – 2018?

(NB. by Long-term care we mean that the care plan for the child is to remain in a specific fostering placement or care home, until reaching adulthood and leaving care, and/ or for the foreseeable future)

A.4    less than 5

Q.5   How many sets of twins have since been adopted into separate families,  after being taken into care between the years 2010 – 2018?

A.5    0
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6104
Request Date: 21/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

In all queries ‘2018-2019’ refers to the financial year from April 2018 to March 2019. We are requesting data for each quarter of this financial year (below) and the total for 2018-19.

Quarter 1: 1st April – 30th June 2018
Quarter 2: 1st July – 30th September 2018
Quarter 3: 1st October – 31st December 2018
Quarter 4: 1st January – 31st March 2019
Annual total: 1st April 2018 – 31st March 2019

Homelessness presentations, assessments and eligibility in 2018-2019. Within your local authority in 2018-2019, how many 16-24 year olds:

Q.1      Presented themselves as homeless, or at risk of homelessness*

Q.2      Were assessed under the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) 2017

Q.3      Received an initial decision of being owed:

Q.3a.       Prevention duty under HRA
Q.3b.       Relief duty under HRA

Q.4      Prevention duty ended:

Q.4a.       With accommodation secured
Q.4b.       Leading to relief duty
Q.4c.       Any other reason

Q,5      Relief ended:

Q.5a.       With accommodation secured
Q.5b.       for any other reason (not including those who progress to an assessment under the Housing Act 1996)

Q.6      Were assessed under the Housing Act 1996

Q.7      Were accepted as statutorily homeless and owed a duty

Please note that the P1E returns are not suitable for this request as they do not provide data broken down by age.

*This does not include general housing advice. By presenting we mean all who presented themselves as homeless even if they were not subsequently assessed, for example:

Q.7a.       Presented before 56 days of becoming as homeless, or at risk of homelessness
Q.7b.       Believed they were homeless but did not meet requirements
Q,7c.       Presented but had no recourse to public funds.

Data Issues:

- If it is not possible to release some or all of the specified data, please indicate why. If you are unable to release data for some of the queries, please still complete all other queries within the FOI request.
- If you are unable to release the specified data for some quarters, please still provide data for the annual total and any quarters that you are able.
-If the data requested is not recorded either at all, or in a format that is accessible for this purpose, please inform us of this and proceed to the next question.

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


Details:

Reference Number: 6105
Request Date: 21/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please could you provide me with your spending figures for drug and alcohol treatment services for each of the financial years 2018/19, 2017/18, 2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15 and 2013/14. 

A.1      2013/14 - £3,208,934
2014/15 - £3,463,025
2015/16 - £3,300,278
2016/17 - £3,607,903
2017/18 - £3,208,934
2018/19 - £3,370,652

Q.2    Please could you provide me with your overall public health grant budget for each of the financial years 2018/19, 2017/18, 2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15 and 2013/14

A.2      2013/14 - £12,688,000
2014/15 - £13,407,900
2015/16 - £14,923,312
2016/17 - £17,075,000
2017/18 - £16,654,000
2018/19 - £16,221,000

Q.3    Please could you tell me whether you are planning to cut your spending on drug and alcohol treatment services for the upcoming financial year 2019/20

A.3 No, we are not planning to cut our spending on drug and alcohol treatment services in financial year 2019/20


Details:

Reference Number: 6106
Request Date: 21/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The mid year population estimate, yearly from 2009 to 2019.

Clarification:
Re the MYE for populations - The mid year estimate is released by the Office of National Statistics for UK and different geographies. It is based on an adjusted census count, taking account of factors such as births, deaths, migration in and out. What I really want is the approximate total population of the council so that I can adjust the rates for population growth. On the council website there are only links back to 2013, but I suspect that internally there will be a statistics hub with the population size by year going back until the council was formed.
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Northumberland-Knowledge-and-JSNA/Our-People/People.aspx

A.1   The Mid-Year population estimates measure the population on the 30th June each year. The latest data is for 2017 with 2018 figures due to be available in June 2019. All data is freely available on the NOMIS website www.nomisweb.co.uk/ back to 1981. Attached is the data requested for 2009 - 2017.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6107
Request Date: 22/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Please could you tell how many home visits to older people lasted 5 minutes or less in the years 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014. 

A.1    We have assumed that the references to "home visits” refer to visits by care workers working for home care agencies.  We do not have a record of the actual length of these visits; we commission visits in indicative quarter hour units, with an expectation that care providers will carry out the tasks set out in the care plan in a way which respects a person's dignity, whether this takes less or more time than the indicative visit length.  We therefore arrange no visits with indicative lengths of less than quarter of an hour. Our policy is that 15-minute visits are not appropriate if any personal care tasks are required, so visits are ordinarily for purposes such as reminding someone to take medication (where they do not require assistance with the actual procedure of taking it), or checking that someone is OK.  It is not impossible that these tasks might sometimes appropriately be carried out in a very brief visit lasting five minutes or less - for instance when the person being visited has another visitor, and would prefer not to have the care worker linger -- but we do not think this is likely to be a common occurrence.

Q.2     Please could you tell how many home visits to older people lasted 10 minutes or less in the years 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014. 

A.2   See the answer to Q1.  It is likely to be rather commoner for actual visits to last for 10 minutes or less than for them to last five minutes or less, but we do not hold data about this.

Q.3     Please could you tell how many home visits to older people lasted 15 minutes or less in the years 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014. 

A.3   See the answer to Q1.  The information which we are able to provide, set out in the table below, is the number of booked visits with an indicative length of 15 minutes.  A substantial proportion of these will actually have taken 15 minutes or less, but it is likely that some will have lasted longer, for instance because the person was unwell and needed unplanned assistance.  The changes between years in these figures may in part reflect changes in recording practices, since at one time some arrangements where some of a person’s regular daily visits were extended by quarter of an hour on particular days to allow for additional tasks required on particular days of the week were entered in our system as (for instance) a 30 minute daily visit plus an additional 15 minute visit on Wednesdays, when in fact there was a single 45 minute visit on that day.

Year        5-minute visits

2018       174,718
2017       216,789
2016       230,277
2015       213,393
2014       168,773
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6109
Request Date: 23/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      What specific provision is available in your area for children and young people diagnosed with conduct disorder and those with conduct difficulties? Please list individual services and tiers they fall under (e.g. Tier 2 or targeted; Tier 3 or community specialist or Tier 4 or inpatient).

Q.2      What mental health provision is available in your area for children and young people in contact with social services, including looked after children, children in need or children under child protection orders? Please list individual services and corresponding tiers as above.

Q.3      Is there specific provision in your area to support young people transitioning from child and adolescent mental health services to adult mental health services? Yes or no answer please. Please specify if CAMHS in your area covers individuals aged 18 and over and please specify the age range covered.

Q.4      Do you engage with any of the following to understand the mental health needs of children and young people in your area?

a) Healthwatch

b) Children and young people and their families

c) Community and/or faith groups

d) Charities or other NGOs (if yes, please specify which ones)

A.1 - A.4    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: 6111
Request Date: 23/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

The only transaction between the Council and Age UK Northumberland which might on some interpretations fall within the scope of your request as clarified in your email of 28 May is an arrangement to enable the organisation to exit the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), which it had joined some decades ago, at a time when this was seen as an arrangement which gave voluntary organisations a means of offering attractive employment terms, with no detriment to the local authority.  Scheme membership was not directly linked to services provided under contract to the Council, and employees of the organisation who chose to join the scheme included some who were and some who were not involved in delivering such services. Because of accounting and actuarial changes since the time when Age UK joined the scheme, LGPS membership has become a source of significant financial risk for voluntary organisations, but withdrawing from the scheme has also become difficult because of the possibility of substantial exit payments.  The Council agreed a basis on which Age UK could leave the scheme in March this year without an exit payment, after considering the perverse consequences for both organisations of the existing position.

Answers to your questions are therefore:

Q.1   The name of the organisation and full amount of funding support offered.

A.1    You have yourself supplied the name of the organisation.  As explained above, what has been agreed is not funding support but an arrangement which enables the organisation to leave the LGPS without making an exit payment.

Q.2   Period of support provide and confirmation if it is continuing.

A.2    The arrangement described above ends Age UK’s organisational relationship with the LGPS.

Q.3   Reason for this assistance and full rationale?

A.3    See above.

Q.4   Was there any failures of providers offering similar service in the borough during this period?

A.4     The agreement described above was not directly linked to any specific service provided by Age UK.

Q.5   Was legal advise or cabinet approval sought prior to parting with taxpayer monies?
If yes, date of the cabinet notes and copy of the same should be provided.
If yes, name of these organisations and if similar support was offered to them?

A.5    N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6113
Request Date: 23/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I  am trying to understand more about the provision of Carers Grants and assessments, within Adult Social Care. I have therefore compiled a list of questions about your work with carers, as an FOI request. I know it takes time to answer these questions, so I really appreciate any help you can give me.

Q.1   Please provide the  name(s), email(s) and telephone number(s) of the individual(s) responsible for carer's services

A.1   Carer services are arranged as part of our mainstream arrangements for assessing and meeting needs; responsibility for them is therefore distributed across our management structure.

Q.2   What is the current process for carers completing a carer's assessment?

A.2   Ordinarily, carer assessments are carried out at the same time and by the same professional as assessments of the care and support needs of the person they care for.  This is intended to ensure that impacts on carers are fully taken into account in designing care and support plans.

Q.3   Is there the ability for carers to do/request this online?

A.3   There is online information about carer assessments on the Council’s website, including details of how to request an assessment by email or phone.

Q.4   Do you offer carer's grants? If so, what are the eligibility criteria?

A.4   We do not make grants to carers directly, but we grant aid the voluntary organisation Carers Northumberland, which does operate a grants scheme.

Q.5   If you do not provide grants, is provision for carer's wellbeing available as a direct payment if eligible for support?

A.5  Yes.

Q.6   Are there plans to review / change the policy for provision of carer's grants and/or direct payments? If so what are these plans?

A.6  All aspects of our arrangements for supporting carers and the people they care for are kept under review.

Q.7   If yes, please provide details of amount of grant available per person and total value of grants issued for 2017/2018

A.7   n/a

Q.8   What is the total budget available for carers' grants if different to above?

A.8   n/a

Q.9   Is this managed in-house or via a third-party organisation? If a third-party organisation please provide name of supplier, total value of contract and contract end date

A.9  Grants to carers are provided by Carers Northumberland, which does not do so under a contract with the Council, but does receive grant support from the Council.

Q.10   What is the process for carers applying for a grant? Are there any restrictions on what the grant can be spent on and is there a requirement for carers to submit receipts?

A.10  n/a
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6114
Request Date: 24/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     How many business miles have been travelled by council employees using their own car (greyfleet) in the last 12 months? 

A.1    4,307,414

Q.2    How much money has been reimbursed back to employees for those business miles for greyfleet in the last 12 months? 

A.2    £1,926,610 on mileage and £719,515 on lump sums

Q.3    How much does the council reimburse its employees per mile? 

A.3    Various rates depending on vehicle type and usage classification - rates attached.

Q.4    How many miles did council employees drive in the last 12 months in any type of vehicle e.g. greyfleet, council owned, car rental, car club etc.? 

A.4    Grey fleet only = as Q.1 response

Annual miles for Fleet vehicles for the last financial year was 6,030,327 miles
This doesn't include miles carried out in hire vehicles as we have no way of accounting for them.

Q.5    Does the council have an employee travel policy for business travel, which may include other additional modes of transport such as train, car rental etc.?

A.5   Please see attached the International Travel policy and the Travel & Subsistence Guide.
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 6115
Request Date: 24/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I would like to know the following information in relation to the public vote on the future plans for Hexham Market Place which closed on March 3rd 2019.
Could you please identify the number of votes in each of the following 3 categories:

Q.1    Option 1 - Pedestrianisation between 10am and 4pm

A.1    414

Q.2    Option 2 - Enhanced streets

A.2    268

Q.3    Option 3 - No change

A.3    679
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6116
Request Date: 24/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Clarification: - Financial information required i.e. how much the winning bids were.

Q.1   Tyne green country park is for ice cream winning tender bids for the last 3 years. Tyne green country park hexham ice cream concession winning bids from 2016-2017-2018

A.1   The winning bids for Tyne Green for Ice Cream Concessions was £6,520 pa for 16-17, 17-18 and 18-19.

Q.2   Blyth tall ships is also for ice cream winning tendered bids that were accepted by the council to trade at the event in 2016.

A.2   2016 Blyth tall ships ice cream concession winning bids.

2 bids received for ice cream concessions, both successful - one at £27760 and the second at £8400.

Q.3   The sale of the public toilets is for the building and land that was up for sale via a bidding tender back in 2017 and I would like what the winning bid was that the council accepted.

A.3   Sale of the public toilets at the ranch car park in Blyth in 2017 winning bid
This information is available via https://www.gov.uk/search-property-information-land-registry

Q.4   Wansbeck country park was sold to Arch I believe and I would like to know the fee that the council accepted for the sale of the country park 

A.4   Recent sales of Wansbeck country park in Ashington   
This information is available via https://www.gov.uk/search-property-information-land-registry
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6118
Request Date: 24/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing on behalf of Ponteland Academy Trust, which operates Ponteland Community Middle School (“PCMS”), to object to the decision which the Council has taken to re-allocate in the region of £900,000 in funding from PCMS to Ponteland High School (“PHS”) with effect from September 2019 (the “Decision”), as confirmed by the 2019/2020 budget which PCMS has received from the Council.

A reallocation of this kind requires the prior approval of the schools forum or the Secretary of State under Regulation 8(4) and Paragraph (12) of Schedule 2 of the School and Early Years Finance (England) (No 2) Regulations (the “Applicable Regulations”).  

Q.1   I therefore request, on behalf of PCMS and in accordance with section 1 of the freedom of information Act 2000, a copy of the approval(s) given by the schools forum and/or the ESFA.  Unless, and until, the Headteacher receives the copy approval(s), PCMS considers that the Decision breaches the Applicable Regulations and objects to the Decision on this basis.

Whether or not the above approval(s) have been given, PCMS also objects to the Decision on the grounds that this Breaches the ESFA’s Schools Revenue Funding 2019 to 2010 Operational Guide dated December 2018 in a number of respects.  In this regard, the Guide requires the council, among other this, to:
-’engage in open and transparent consultation with all maintained schools and academies in their area . . . about any proposed changes to the local funding formula’ (section 13);
-‘ensure that they allow sufficient time for wider consultation with schools. . . . if they wish to submit a disapplication request (section 15); and
-secure schools forum consultation by mid-January 2019 (section 223).

The Guide also says that ‘any consultation should include a demonstration of the effect of the modelling . . . changes on individual maintained schools and academies ‘and that’ (the Council) should communicate proposed formula changes to all bodies affected by the changes’ (section 14)

The above requirements have not been satisfied and so the Council is unable to implement the Decision.  In particular, at no point has the Council consulted with PCMS on the proposal to reallocate in the region of £900,000 from PCMS to PHS nor did it communicate the proposed formula changes to PCMS before confirming the 2019/2020 budget.

Given the above, we do not accept that the Council is entitled to re-allocate the funding from PCMS to PHS from September 2019 and so formally object to the decision.

A.1   The Information circulated to all Schools via the Schools Ecourier on 28 February 2019 clearly stated that it related to the financial year from April 2019 to March 2020, and that academies were funded on the basis of an academic year basis via the ESFA.  As an academy PCMS does not therefore receive its budget from the Council but directly from the ESFA.

2. Under the 2018 School and Early Year Finance Regulations, Northumberland County Council has a duty to consult its schools forum before determining its formula to be used in the setting of school budget shares. This consultation commenced in November 2018. A meeting of the Formula Funding Committee, a sub-committee of the Schools Forum was held on Tuesday 6 November and their views used to inform the subsequent School Forum report.   A report was provided to the Schools Forum on 21 November 2018, providing details of the provisional settlement and seeking views.

The minutes of the meeting record that: 

Generally members were advocating to maintain stability and it was: 

RESOLVED that
(1) the information be noted;
(2) the local formula be developed taking into account he comments received once final figures were confirmed in December; and 
(3) the Forum support a request to transfer up to 1% of the final Schools Block figure (up to £1,789,640 based on the current provisional figure). 

The minutes of the Formula Funding committee and the report and minutes of the Schools Forum are available at the Schools Forum website, available at the link below : 
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Professionals/Forum.aspx#welcometotheschoolsforumpage

Following the Schools Forum meeting a wider consultation with Schools was carried out between 27 November and 10 December 2018 , copy available via the link below:   
http://northumberlandeducation.co.uk/national-funding-formula-update-and-201920-consultation/

Two questions were asked: 
Question 1 :  Do you support the decision of Schools Forum to agree the transfer of up to 1% of Schools Block funding to the High Needs Block for 2019/20:  
Question 2:  Do you support the view of Schools Forum to try and provide stability in “per pupil” funding when calculating the values used to distribute Schools Block funding for 2019/20 ? In practice this would mean seeking to minimise any changes to the respective formula funding values, subject to the total available funding

The results were as follows:  
Question 1  5 in favour (YES) ; 4 against (NO);
Question 2  6 in favour (YES) ; 2 against (NO) plus one who felt unable to respond. 

A subsequent report with details of the final 2019/20 DSG settlement was provided to the Schools Forum meeting held on 16 January 2019. Following the ESFA's response refusing any additional funding, an update was then taken to Schools Forum on 27 February 2019.   These reports are also available via the Schools Forum website at the link above. Prior approval was therefore given, before the circulation of the Schools Budget Share information via Schools Ecourier on 28 February 2019.

PCMS, along with the two other School involved were originally told of the ESFA decision on 11 February 2019, prior to Schools Forum receiving the final 2019/20 budget report.

As stated in the report as all schools involved are now operating as academies, It is suggested that any remaining issues in respect of this should be directed to the Regional Schools Commissioner and the respective Academies Funding Team within the ESFA
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6119
Request Date: 24/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    List of Alternative Provision providers (please specify whether they are LA maintained, Academy, Independent or Unregistered school)

Q.1    See attached.

Q.2    Cost of a place at each provider

Q.2    see exemption.

Q.3    How many places have been commissioned at each provider in the last 24 months

Q.3    See attached.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6121
Request Date: 24/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Could you please tell us/send us the numbers and addresses list of properties in Craster/Dunstan Parish, Alnwick, Northumberland which get free council/business tax please?

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


Details:

Reference Number: 6125
Request Date: 28/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I would like to know the amount overpaid by users of council-owned car parks for the financial years 2016-17, 17-18 and 18-19 as a result of machines not giving change. If possible I would like the information to be broken down by individual car park.

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


Details:

Reference Number: 6127
Request Date: 28/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Information in respect of placements made by the local authority of elderly persons funded (in whole or part) by yourselves. For persons benefiting from local authority funding, what is the fee to be paid by the council for elderly persons placed within independent sector care homes during the financial year 2019/2020 for the following categories of care?

Q.1       Elderly Residential Care
Q.2       Elderly Dementia Residential Care
Q.3       Elderly Nursing Care*
Q.4       Elderly Dementia Nursing Care*
*Please state fee exclusive of the Free Nursing Care payment for 3 and 4.

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: 6130
Request Date: 28/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I would be grateful if you could provide a breakdown of the number of properties against which the county council has registered a charge to fund residential or nursing care each year since 2010.

A.1   The figures for each financial year are set out below.  Variations in the number between years are likely in part to reflect changes in the state of the housing market in our area, since many deferred payments are entered into as a bridging arrangement during the period when a house is on the market.

2010-11  = 9
2011-12 = 10
2012-13 = 23
2013-14 = 34
2014-15 = 20
2015-16 = 20
2016-17 = 34
2017-18 = 53
2018-19 = 21
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6131
Request Date: 28/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many reports of car clocking (vehicle mileage altering) has your council received in the last five years - between the dates 1st January 2014 and 1st January 2019?

A.1    5

Q.2   How many cases of car clocking has your council investigated in the last five years - between the dates 1st January 2014 and 1st January 2019?

A.2    All complaints are looked into and cases will be investigated if evidence is available

Q.3    Of those cases, how many ended in prosecution?

A.3    0

Q.4   How many of those prosecutions were successful?

A.4    0

Q.5    In total, how many vehicles were involved in the successfully prosecuted cases?

A.5    0

Q.6   Has the council or trading standards department seized any "clocked" vehicles ‎over the past five years and subsequently destroyed them - between the dates 1st January 2014 and 1st January 2019?

A.6    No

Q.7   Does your council or Trading Standards Office register data with HPI and other mileage data services when clocked vehicles are discovered? If so, what data is registered or shared?

A.7    Via a Press Release
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6132
Request Date: 28/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   For each of the years 2010 to 2019 please provide the following information from your Pre-Determined Attendance plan in place at the time.  In the absence of your own definition, please take a high rise block to mean any building of a height above 18m as set out in Building Regulations.
 
– the number of pumps overall required to attend a high rise fire
– the number of aerial ladders required to attend a high rise fire
– the number of Fire Rescue Units required to attend a high rise fire
 
A.1  There are no high rise buildings in the Northumberland area.

Q.2   For each of the years 2010 to 2019 please provide
 
– the average number of pumps available within the service
– the average number of aerial ladders available within the service
– the average number of Fire Rescue Units available within the service
 
A.2      2010 Retained = 16
2011 Retained = 16
2012 Retained = 16
2013 Retained = 17
2014 Retained = 16
2015 Retained = 15
2016 Retained = 15
2017 Retained = 13
2018 Retained, Wholetime & Day Crew Combined = 19
2019 January to end April - Retained, Wholetime & Day Crew Combined = 19

Availability for wholetime and day crew appliances is not available prior to 2018.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service does not have an aerial ladder.

There were 15 units other than appliances available in 2010 and 16 from 2011 onwards.  This included a special rescue unit which was available from 2011 onwards.
 
A.3   If your PDA has changed during this period please explain the reasons for any change either by way of a new statement or by disclosing existing documents.
 
A.3   The PDA's changed in 2014, this was due to the staffing levels on Wholetime/ Day Staffing appliances changing to 4, rather than 5 so the PDA's were changed, generally to increase attendance due to the minimum numbers required at Incidents. 

There was also a change in 2017 with the introduction of Phased Response, whereby selected stations were able to respond to a number of risk assessed, identified Incident Types with a crew of 3, or be part of a PDA, providing the minimum number of crews are at the incident.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6136
Request Date: 28/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please supply the following information about your community equipment (assistive equipment) procurement arrangements:

Q.1       What is the name and contact details of the commissioner responsible for the procurement of equipment.

A.1       We do not procure equipment directly.  The Council has a partnership agreement with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, under which the Trust operates our joint equipment loan service (JELS).  The Trust is responsible for procurement of items of equipment.

Q.2       Is your equipment procured ad-hoc from a variety of suppliers?

A.2       See Q1.

Q.3       Are there contracts in place with each of these suppliers?

A.3       See Q1.

Q.4       Do you have a formal framework agreement in place for the procurement of equipment?

A.4       See Q1.

Q.5       How many approved suppliers on this agreement?

A.5       See Q1.

Q.6       Who provides the framework agreement and what is its name?

A.6       See Q1.

Q.7       When did the framework agreement commence and when is it due to come to an end? 

A.7       See Q1.

About your Equipment Service

Q.8       What is the size of the population covered by your equipment service?

A.8       320,000

Q.9       How many service users currently access the service?

A.9       In 2018/19, 14456 people received one or more item of equipment from the joint equipment loan service.  This includes people funded by the NHS and by the Council.

Q.10   What is the contract spend for equipment supplied via this route?

A.10     The Council’s funding for JELS in 2019/20 will be £2,678,020.  This sum includes a share of the running cost of the service, and does not include NHS contributions.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6138
Request Date: 28/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      How many appeals against decisions relating to adult social care from:
Q.1a    Adults aged over 65
(Q.1b  Adults aged 18-64 with learning disability support as the primary support reason
Q.1c   Adults aged 18-64 without learning disability support as the primary support reason have been lodged in each of the financial years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19?
 
Q.2     In how many appeals against decisions relating to adult social care from:
Q.2a   Adults aged over 65
Q.2b   Adults aged 18-64 with learning disability support as the primary support reason
Q.2c   Adults aged 18-64 without learning disability support as the primary support reason has an initial decision not to grant support been overturned in each of the financial years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19?
 
Q.3     In how many appeals against decisions relating to adult social care from:
Q.3a   Adults aged over 65
Q.3b   Adults aged 18-64 with learning disability support as the primary support reason
Q.3c   Adults aged 18-64 without learning disability support as the primary support reason has the local authority been ordered to increase the level of support to be provided in each of the financial years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19?
 
Q.4    How much has the local authority spent on legal fees for appeals relating to adult social care in each of the financial years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19?
 
A.1-4    We do not operate an appeals process in adult social care, and therefore do not hold any of the requested information.  The power of the Secretary of State under Section 72 of the Care Act to issue regulations requiring local authorities to introduce an appeals process has not so far been used.  The view expressed by this local authority during consultations about Care Act implementation was that we were not convinced that the proposed appeals process was a proportionate response to a real problem, since statutory complaints procedures and the Local Government Ombudsman already provide
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6139
Request Date: 28/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Do you commission domiciliary care calls in increments of 15 minutes (i.e. 15, 30, 45, 60 minutes)? If not, which time increments do you commission? 

A.1    Yes.

Q.2   Does your local authority directly deliver domiciliary care or is it outsourced to the private/third sector? If it's a split between the two, are you able to estimate what percentage is outsourced and what percentage is directly delivered?

A.2   This local authority does not have an in-house domiciliary care service in the traditional sense, though it provides a reablement service, jointly with the NHS, and operates some specialist accommodation-with-support schemes.  Mainstream home care is commissioned from private and third sector organisations.

Q.3   Do your Social Workers have real-time access to their clients' domiciliary care-delivery records?

A.3   No.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6140
Request Date: 28/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please give the number of looked after children under 16 in the care of your authority who were in supported/semi-supported accommodation placements on 31 March 2019.  
 
A.1    0

Q.2   Please could you tell us how many children aged 16 and 17 who were in the care of local authorities other than your own (ie "out of area placements") and who are living in supported/semi supported accommodation located within your authority's boundaries on 31 March 2019.
 
A.2    We do not hold information on other local authorities

Q.3   Please give the number of how many of the looked after children identified in the answer to Q.2 come from which other local authority area – giving a number of children per other local authority area that they are from.
 
A.3    We do not hold information on other local authorities

Q.4   Please give the number of 16 and 17 year olds in the care of your local authority who were in supported/semi-supported accommodation placements outside your local authority's boundaries on 31 March 2019.
 
A.4   less than 5

Q.5   Please give the number of how many of the looked after children aged 16 and 17 years old identified in the answer to Q4 are placed in which other local authority area – giving a number of children per other local authority area that they are placed in.
 
A.5   Newcastle Upon Tyne - less than 5
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6141
Request Date: 29/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Number of EHCPs issued, which had applications made by parents/carers in the academic year 2017/2018

A.1   33

Q.2   Number of EHCPs issued, which had applications made by schools/colleges or other educational settings academic year 2017/2018

A.2   288

Q.3   Number of EHCP applications rejected which had applications made by parents/carers in the academic year 2017/2018

A.3   27

Q.4   Number of EHCPs applications rejected which had applications made by schools/colleges or other educational settings academic year 2017/2018

A.4   66 

Q.5   Number of EHCPs issued within the statutory 20 week timeframe, which had applications made by parents/carers in the academic year 2017/2018

A.5   33

Q.6   Number of EHCPs issued within statutory 20 week timeframe, which had applications made by schools/colleges or other educational settings academic year 2017/2018.

A.6   288
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6144
Request Date: 29/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   What percentage of software applications are developed in-house vs. supplied by third parties (commercial software and open source components)?
(a)    Less than 10 percent
(b)    More than 10 percent, but less than 50 percent
(c)    More than 50 percent

A.1   (b) More than 10 percent, but less than 50 percent
 
Q.2   What percentage of your software development organization has received data privacy related training?
(a)    Less than 10 percent
(b)    More than 10 percent, but less than 50 percent
(c)    More than 50 percent

A.2   (c) More than 50 percent
 
Q.3   In the past five years, has your organisation suffered a data privacy incident which would now be required to be reported under GDPR?

A.3    Yes

(a) What processes were implemented to address shortcomings contributing to these incidents?
 
A.3(a)    Whenever a data privacy incident occurs work is undertaken to review the contributing factors to the incident, including speaking to any staff members involved to understand if the incident was the result of existing processes not being adhered to correctly, or if changes to processes are required.  Where changes are required these are then discussed with the management team of the section involved to ensure that changes to processes are balanced against service delivery requirements, budget etc, and assuming no significant issues are raised the service is then asked to implement the changes. Changes vary dependant on the nature of the incident, and can range from very light touch changes to process such as having a second member of a team carry out a further check as part of the process, or in some cases the changes require more significant changes to processes, systems or working practices.

Q.4   Has your organisation suffered at least one data privacy incident which was reported under GDPR?
(a) Yes
(b) No

A.4   (a) Yes
 
Q.5   To which position(s) does your data protection officer report?
(a) CISO
(b) CRMO
(c) CIO
(d) CFO
(e) CEO

A.5    (c) CIO
 
Q.6   Has your organisation received any requests under the GDPR “Right to Access” provisions?
(a) Yes
(b) No

A.6   (a) Yes
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6145
Request Date: 29/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Does the fund have equity holdings in:
      a)  G4S (traded in the UK as GFS)
      b)  Serco (traded in the UK as SRP)
      c)  Sodexo (formerly Sodexho, traded in the UK as 0J3F)
 
What is the value of those equity holdings in pound sterling. I would like the most recent data available.
 
A.1   Please see below plus attachment:

Northumberland County Council Pension Fund has no direct holdings in companies, however, it does have indirect equity holdings via its ownership of units in various pooled vehicles managed on the Fund’s behalf by Legal and General Investment Management Ltd.

Legal & General – the Fund’s index tracking (passive) manager

The Northumberland County Council Pension Fund delegates the day to day management of the Fund’s investments to external fund managers, one of which is Legal & General.  Legal & General manages investments in pooled vehicles tracking various indices.

The attached shows the value of the Northumberland County Council Pension Fund’s holdings in Legal & General’s equity index funds as at 1 April 2019, at mid, bid and offer values.  From this information, it is possible to calculate the value of the shareholdings attributable to Northumberland County Council Pension Fund (i.e. indirect holdings), by applying the market weightings of the appropriate index for the company you are interested in to the total value of the Legal & General fund shown on the attached.  Northumberland County Council does not hold information about the attributable individual shareholdings for the Legal & General portfolio
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6147
Request Date: 30/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please provide me with the following information produced/held by the Council since 1st January 2015:
Q.1a   A list of accidents and near misses in school science laboratories and prep rooms.
Q.1b   For each accident and near miss disclosed in response to (a) above:
- The date the incident occurred.
- The school the incident occurred at (or if that cannot be done for reasons of anonymity, at least indicate whether it was a first, middle, high, primary or secondary school).
- Whether anyone was injured, or suffered loss or damage as a result of the incident and if so their relationship to the school in question (e.g. staff member, student, visitor).
- Brief circumstances of the incident

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response. Please note, the data requested is stored across two databases; the older system is more difficult to extract specific data so there may be a few incidents which haven't been picked up on the search
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6148
Request Date: 30/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The amount of capital spending by Northumberland County Council on new cycling infrastructure in each of the last two financial years (2017/18, and 2018/19): examples of infrastructure would include on-road cycle lanes, separated cycle lanes, and signage and lighting specifically for cycling provision. These figures should be broken down into the South, Central and North areas of administration, wherever possible.

Q.2   The revenue budget allocated by Northumberland County Council, towards the hosting of Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain in September 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: 6150
Request Date: 30/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please can you provide me with a structure diagram of your following departments:

• Housing Management
• Housing Needs
• Supported Housing
• Property Services

 Please also provide names and contact details.

A.1   Please see the 2 attachments.

FOI 6150 - housing structure (1) contains the structure charts for a, b and c
Property Services Organisation chart - FOI contains the structure chart for d

Please note: in respect of a, b, and c we need to advise that restructure proposals are currently under consideration
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6151
Request Date: 30/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please could you provide us with the following information for the person responsible for highways asset management in your authority:

Q.1       Job title

A.1       Principle Programme Officer

Q.2       Name of person

A.2       Dale Rumney

Q.3       Office address

A.3       County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF

Q.4       Office phone number (main)

A.4       0345 600 6400

Q.5       Office phone number (direct line – if used)

A.5       As per Q4

Q.6       Mobile phone number

A.6       As per Q4

Q.7       Email address

A.7       highwaysprogramme@northumberland.gov.uk
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6153
Request Date: 30/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   In mid-2016, the NCC's planning application 16/02705 for a salt barn at the NCC's Depot in Shilburn Road, Allendale, was approved. This salt barn was never built (see below) but could you please tell me what was the total budget - to the nearest £10,000 would be sufficiently precise.

A.1   £250,000

Q.2   In January 2019, the NCC's planning application 18/03728/VARCCD for a salt dome at the same depot was approved. The dome is currently under construction. Please could you me what is the total budget - to the nearest £10,000 would be sufficiently precise.

A.2   £250,000
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6154
Request Date: 30/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2018 – 30 April 2019

A.1   30 April 2018 – 30 April 2019 -  10

Q.2   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2017 – 30 April 2018

A.2   30 April 2017 – 30 April 2018 -  11

Q.3   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2016 – 30 April 2017

A.3   30 April 2016 – 30 April 2017 -  11

Q.4   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2015 – 30 April 2016

A.4   30 April 2015 – 30 April 2016 -  8

Q.5   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2014 – 30 April 2015

A.5   30 April 2014 – 30 April 2015 -  4
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6155
Request Date: 30/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please could you provide the total amount of days taken off work by firefighters due to mental health-related illnesses or conditions broken down by financial year from 2014-19. In addition, please also provide the number of firefighters that have taken time off work due to mental health-related illnesses or conditions broken down by the type of illness (i.e. stress, anxiety, depression) and by financial year from 2014-19.

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


Details:

Reference Number: 6192
Request Date: 06/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please can you provide the following information for your Housing Tenure Data as applicable:
 
Q.1   As part of the authority's Council Tax Registration process, do you collect data on property tenure?
 
Yes for all tenures
Yes for rental properties only
No (Please give reason why)
 
A.1 Other: When a person informs us of a change of address we ask if the property is rented or owned
 
Q.1a. Please provide reasons why data is not collected
 
A.1.a We can only provide held information. We cannot provide an opinion as this would just be the opinion of one person and not a reflection of Northumberland County Council
 
Q.2   For rental properties, do you ask for information about the landlord?
 
Yes
No
a. Other answer:
 
A.2 Yes - We ask for the name and address of the landlord.
 
Q.3   Which Council departments/services can access the tenure/landlord data?
 
All
Housing
Planning/Development Control
Finance/Benefits
Environmental Services
Trading Standards
Licensing (Mandatory/Additional/Selective)
Customer Services
 
A.3 Customer Services - we can only see our own tenants information, not other landlords.
 
Q.3a. Other (Please list)
 
A.3a Revenue & Benefits - we are not part of this process.
 
Q.4   If you limit which departments can access this data, for what reasons do you do so?
 
A.4 We can only provide held information. We cannot provide an opinion as this would just be the opinion of one person and not a reflection of Northumberland County Council.

Q.5   Is the landlord data used when assessing the size of the PRS for any of the following duties or purposes:
 
Housing condition surveys to fulfil duties under s3 of the Housing Act 2004?
In developing an overall housing strategy?
Securing the effective implementation of HMO licensing under s55 of the Housing Act 2004?
In considering making an HMO licensing designation under s56 of the Housing Act 2004?
In considering making a selective licensing designation under s80 of the Housing Act 2004?
 
A.5 Securing the effective implementation of HMO licensing under s55 of the Housing Act 2004? - Yes
 
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6938
Request Date: 08/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Could you please tell me how many holiday home lets we have in Craster this year please altogether and those that pay no business/council tax please as of today 07/05/2019?

A.1    There are 49 holiday cottages, 30 receive 100% relief.