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Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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15% county-wide requirement that has up to now been sought based upon the previous 2015 SHMA, evidence that effectively superseded the affordable housing requirements in 'saved' policies of three former district development plan documents: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


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

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

2016 - 21%; 
2017 - 17%; 
2018 - 17%.



 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


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


Details:

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

Question and Response:


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

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


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

Question and Response:

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

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

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



 


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

Question and Response:

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

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

 

Year

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Number of Locations used for unauthorised encampments

108

92

74

  70

Number of family groups/caravans

529

527

340

313

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q.7 When was it signed?  
A.7 N/A

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

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A.8 No


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A.2b     164 

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

A.2c     24

Q.2d    The number of appeals dismissed 

A.2d     5

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

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

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

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

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

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

A.2g     18

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

A.2h     1


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

Month               Number of temporary staff

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

Exemptions 

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

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

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

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

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

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

(a) by one person, or 

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

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

Notice of Refusal 

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

and on our YouTube channel at: 

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

This contains all the information you require.



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

Under item 11 is the following: 

"11. BERWICK INFIRMARY REDEVELOPMENT

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

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

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

 

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

Q.1       A full list of invitees

A.1       Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

John Redhead  

Representative - Nexus

Representative - Nexus

Representative - Transport for the North

Representative - Transport for the North

Representative - Network Rail

Representative - Network Rail

Representative - Northern

Representative - SENRUG

Paul Johnston - NCC

Cllr Peter Jackson - NCC

Cllr Richard Wearmouth - NCC

Cllr Veronica Jones - NCC

Cllr Glen Sanderson - NCC

Cllr Wayne Daley - NCC

Cllr Cath Homer - NCC

Cllr Nick Oliver - NCC

Cllr William Crosby - NCC

Cllr Malcolm Robinson - NCC

Cllr Russell Wallace - NCC

Andrew Ward - NCC

Stuart McNaughton - NCC

Representative - AECOM (Consultant Team)

Representative - AECOM (Consultant Team)

Representative - Mosaic Consultants (Consultant Team)

 

Q.2      A full list of attendees 

A.2      Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

John Redhead  

Representative - Nexus

Representative - Transport for the North

Representative - Transport for the North

Representative - Network Rail

Representative - Network Rail

Representative - Northern

Representative - SENRUG

Paul Johnston - NCC

Cllr Peter Jackson - NCC

Cllr Richard Wearmouth - NCC

Cllr Glen Sanderson - NCC

Cllr Wayne Daley - NCC

Cllr Cath Homer - NCC

Cllr Nick Oliver - NCC

Cllr William Crosby - NCC

Cllr Malcolm Robinson - NCC

Cllr Russell Wallace - NCC

Andrew Ward - NCC

Stuart McNaughton - NCC

Representative - AECOM (Consultant Team)

Representative - Mosaic Consultants (Consultant Team)

 

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

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

 

Q.4       The total cost of photography for the day 

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

Q.5       The total cost of any refreshments provided

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

 

West Hartford Fire Station & Headquarters

West Hartford Business Park

Cramlington

Northumberland

NE23 3JP

 

Pegswood Fire Station

Pegswood

Northumberland

NE61 6SJ

 

Hexham Fire Station

Tyne Mills Industrial Estate

Hexham

Northumberland 

NE46 1XJ

 

Alnwick Fire Station

Alnwick

Northumberland 

NE66 2PA

 

Berwick Fire Station

Ord Road

Tweedmouth

Berwick upon Tweed 

TD15 2XU

 

Seahouses Fire Station

Main Street

North Sunderland

Seahouses

Northumberland 

NE68 7TZ

 

Belford Fire Station

The Meadows

Belford

Northumberland 

NE70 7NZ

 

Amble Fire Station

Coquetdale Industrial Estate

Amble

Morpeth

Northumberland 

NE65 0PE

 

Rothbury Fire Station

Coquet View 

Rothbury 

Northumberland 

NE65 7RZ

 

Prudhoe Fire Station

Front Street

Prudhoe

Northumberland

NE42 5DQ

 

Ponteland Fire Station

Callerton Lane

Ponteland

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE20 9EY

 

Bellingham Fire Station

Bellingham

Hexham

Northumberland

NE46 2JS

 

Allendale Fire Station

Fosterheads

Allendale

Hexham

Northumberland

NE47 9LG

 

Haltwhistle Fire Station

Park Road

Haltwhistle

Northumberland

NE49 9BW

 

Haydon Bridge Fire Station

California Gardens

Haydon Bridge

Northumberland

NE47 6JW

 

Morpeth Fire Station & Headquarters

Loansdean

Morpeth

Northumberland

NE61 2ED

 

Cramlington Fire Station

Cramlington

Northumberland

NE23 3JN

 

Ashington Fire Station

Morpeth Road

Ashington

Northumberland

NE63 8PR

 

Blyth Fire Station

Cowpen Road

Blyth

Northumberland

NE24 5SU

 

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

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

 

West Hartford Fire Station & Headquarters

West Hartford Business Park

Cramlington

Northumberland

NE23 3JP

 

Pegswood Fire Station

Pegswood

Northumberland

NE61 6SJ

 

Hexham Fire Station

Maiden's Walk

Hexham

Northumberland

NE46 1DR

 

Alnwick Fire Station

Blackthorn Close

Lionheart Enterprise Park

Alnwick

Northumberland

NE66 2ER

 

Berwick Fire Station

Ord Road

Tweedmouth

Berwick upon Tweed 

TD15 2XU

 

Seahouses Fire Station

Main Street

North Sunderland

Seahouses

Northumberland 

NE68 7TZ

 

Belford Fire Station

The Meadows

Belford

Northumberland 

NE70 7NZ

 

Amble Fire Station

Coquetdale Industrial Estate

Amble

Morpeth

Northumberland 

NE65 0PE

 

Rothbury Fire Station

Coquet View 

Rothbury 

Northumberland 

NE65 7RZ

 

Prudhoe Fire Station

Front Street

Prudhoe

Northumberland

NE42 5DQ

 

Ponteland Fire Station

Callerton Lane

Ponteland

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE20 9EY

 

Bellingham Fire Station

Bellingham

Hexham

Northumberland

NE46 2JS

 

Allendale Fire Station

Fosterheads

Allendale

Hexham

Northumberland

NE47 9LG

 

Haltwhistle Fire Station

Park Road

Haltwhistle

Northumberland

NE49 9BW

 

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

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

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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



Details:

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

Question and Response:

Stage 1 complaint 

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

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

 

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

2017

Number of stage 1 complaints received: 56

Number of stage 2 complaints received: 18

Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 5

Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 2 partially upheld

 

2018

Number of stage 1 complaints received: 110

Number of stage 2 complaints received: 32

Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 4

Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 0

 

2019 (as at 13 March 2019)

Number of stage 1 complaints received: 8

Number of stage 2 complaints received: 4

Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 0

Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: N/A



Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

Public Interest Test Considerations 

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



Details:

Reference Number: 5678
Request Date: 27/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

A.1      How many Freedom of Information requests were made of Northumberland County Council in the most recent five calendar years on record (figures for each year required)? 

A.1 2019 - 306 as at 28.02.2019

2018 - 1,471

            2017 - 1,316

            2016 - 1,44

            2015 - 1,579

            2014 - 1,247

 

Q.2      Where do these requests come from? (e.g. how many are from newspapers, freelance journalists, businesses etc.) 

A.2 We do not record this information.

 

Q.3      How much did the Freedom of Information requests cost in each of the above years- is there a published report I could be sent a link to?


A.3 We do not record this information.


Details:

Reference Number: 5684
Request Date: 28/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1  Who is the council’s section 151 officer?

A.1   The Executive Director of Finance is the Section 151 Officer, this post is currently vacant . The Service Director - Finance is the acting Section 151 Officer.

 

Q.2  How long have they been in post? 

A.2   The Executive Director of Finance is currently a vacant post. The Service Director has been acting Section 151 Officer from 8 February 2019.

 

Q.3   Who do they report to? (Eg. Who is their line manager?)

A.3   Chief Executive

 

Q.4   Are they a permanent appointment? If not are they interim or acting up? 

A.4   The Executive Director of Finance is a permanent post, the Service Director - Finance is Acting Section 151 Officer.

 

Q.5   What is their salary in 2018-19?

A.5   The Salary for the Executive Director of Finance is £135,000-£139,999.



Details:

Reference Number: 5708
Request Date: 05/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   In the last ten years how many stage 2 complaints against the council have been ruled to be in favour of the person making the complaint.  Just a simple number please.

A.1  We do not hold this level of detail, but we can provide you with the following information which may be of interest:

2015
Number of stage 1 complaints received: 57
Number of stage 2 complaints received: 31
Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 14
Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 6

2016
Number of stage 1 complaints received: 68
Number of stage 2 complaints received: 30
Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 9
Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 0

2017
Number of stage 1 complaints received: 56
Number of stage 2 complaints received: 18
Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 5
Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 2 partially upheld

2018
Number of stage 1 complaints received: 110
Number of stage 2 complaints received: 32
Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 4
Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: 0

2019 (as at 13 March 2019)
Number of stage 1 complaints received: 8
Number of stage 2 complaints received: 4
Number of complaints referred to the Ombudsman: 0
Number of complaints upheld by the Ombudsman: N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5709
Request Date: 05/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How do you reconcile the council’s policy “the council wishes to be more transparent” when 2 requests have been made over a period of 120 days and the senior executive and Council members are aware of my requests and no responses are provided?

A.1 We unfortunately cannot comment on this question as it is not an FOI, if you would like to make a complaint please direct this to complaints@northumberland.gov.uk 

Q.2   Why have nearly 20% of registered caravan sites substantially been allowed to exceed the number of licensed pitches. On average by nearly 35%?

A.2 The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 (‘the Act’) gives a right of access to held information.  We are unable to provide an opinion as this would be the opinion of one person and not information held by Northumberland County Council.

Q.3   Which department and who within that department carries the responsibility of ensuring Caravan Sites meet the requirements of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 and the mobiles homes act 2013?

A.3 The Licensing Team are responsible for checks relating to suspected unlicensed sites and for compliance of the model conditions imposed on the site following the grant of planning permission. 

Q.3.1  Why has this monitoring not been carried out?

A.3.1 Monitoring has been carried out by the Licensing Team and a list of inspections recently carried out by the team is attached.

A.3.1 Planning only monitor compliance with Planning Permission

Q.4      Please provide a copy of the register of Caravan sites which the licensing authority is legally obliged to keep and make available to the public,

A.4 3 Licensing registers attached.

Q.5      Please provide details of what inspections have taken place,

A.5 Site visits are carried out if there is a report of a potential planning breach by Planning enforcement officers.  

Q.5.1   When the inspections have taken place in respect of caravan site legislation, and

A.5.1 Licensing inspections carried out for the period 1st April 2017 to date are attached as a PDF named ‘FOI 5709 - spreadsheet’

Q.5.2   details of the number of pitches for which the site is licensed and the number of pitches actually in use, and

A.5.2 The number of pitches would be included within the planning permission either by a set figure or 60 pitches per hectare.  

For sites established prior to 1960 there may be no restrictions.

Q.5.3   the title of the council officer responsible for carrying out such inspections to ensure planning permissions are complied with

A.5.3 Inspections are not carried out to check that the development is in accordance with approved plans unless it is reported to Planning Enforcement. There are 5 Planning Enforcement Officers so cases are allocated based on the area

Q.6     Please provide details about the planning permission granted to all caravan parks within the area controlled by Northumberland County Council or the local licensing authority if they are not the same entity.

A.6 Please see PDF attached named ‘5709 - Attachment 1’ which includes a list of applications that were approved on caravan sites.  If you wish to see more information you will be able to search for the applications on our public access system using the reference number.  If the associated documents are not there to view; a request to have them uploaded can be sent to the planningfilerequest@northumberland.gov.uk 

Q.6.1 Please provide details Specifically of the number of pitches the site is licensed for and any other constraints imposed, and

A.6.1 The caravan site licence restrictions only relate to the relevant model imposed which is dependent on the year it was approved and the area the site is situated in.   

There are 149 caravan sites licences and to extract the information relating to the number of pitches from the planning permission and to print off the relevant model conditions for each site would take approximately 10 minutes per site which would take in excess of 24 hours.

Q.6.2 Please provide details of what inspections have taken place to ensure planning permissions are complied with, and

A.6.2 Planning will investigate breaches of Planning Control.  Planning do not actively monitor permissions 

Q.6.3 Please provide details any planning applications for caravan sites made since January 1st, 2019 which have yet to be granted permission, and

A.6.3 We have not received any applications for caravans sites this year so far, so we have none pending or determined 

Q.6.4 Please provide details any planning applications for caravan sites made since January 1st, 2019 which have been granted permission, and

All details for this section must state the number of pitches, any constraints the applied when permission is granted. Of course other significant factors which would need to taken into account are the safety of site occupants (i.e. are the units sufficiently spaced to prevent fire spreading?). Are fire precautions adequate for the number of units? Is the waste disposal (sewage) capable of dealing with the excess effluent? What impact does the excess usage have on the socio-environmental impact of the sites, on schools, communications,(telephone and broadband access), policing, medical and council services. What of concerns about safety because of the significant increase in the use of private cars in otherwise quiet rural areas for activities from shopping to visiting tourist attractions. What would be the effect on the character and appearance of the countryside, particularly in areas of high landscape value, what would be the impact on areas of best and most versatile agricultural land, or on farm structures? What would be the impact on the local community, and where associated with a settlement? Is the increase in site pitches well related to local character in terms of scale and siting? What would be the impact on sites of heritage or nature conservation value?

A.6.4 We have not received any applications for caravans sites this year so far, so we have none pending or determined.


Details:

Reference Number: 5711
Request Date: 05/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Do your councillors have a privacy notice? If so please provide a link to this on your website.

A.1   I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council. Councillors are registered directly with the ICO as their own data controllers, and as such should have their own privacy notices. Please see the link below for individual councillor details:
http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/CouncillorSearch.aspx
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5732
Request Date: 07/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Customer was on hold a long time before he got an answer to renew his garden waste. He would like to know what (if any) commission or revenue the council get by having an 0345 number.

A.1   We do apologise that you were kept on hold. However, we receive no income or commission for our 0345 number.
 


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Reference Number: 5748
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many council staff work in the centre of each Northumberland Town

A.1    We have assigned a town to each building as at 31 March for this year and the last two years. - please see the attached document

Q.2    How has this changed over the past 2 years

A.2     Please see the response to Q.1

Q.3    What investment has been made in Northumberland high streets.

A.3     The County Council is committed to working with Town Forums and similar partnerships to make the most of the county's town centres, targeting interventions and support where it will have the greatest impact.

Partners in towns across Northumberland are being encouraged by the County Council to develop proposals as part of the council’s new Town Investment Programme.  The councils priorities for town centre growth and regeneration are set out in the Northumberland Economic Strategy 2019-2014 and we are working with regional partners including the North of Tyne Combined Authority and Borderlands Initiative to deliver.

The council’s offer to towns includes drawing in support and assistance from across the authority including Advance Northumberland to work with project sponsors to develop their plans.  

The council’s town investment programme already includes major development commitments to support town centres such as the new leisure centre in Morpeth, works on Bedlington Town Centre, Amble Enterprise Park, Lower Prudhoe, Manor Walks in Cramlington and the development of Portland Park in Ashington.  

This was recently added to following further decisions by council in March 2019 focused on encouraging town centre development, this includes announcements to: 

To submit an expression of interest by 22nd March 2019 seeking support from the national Future High Streets Fund to develop a new, deliverable vision for Blyth town centre.  
To support the development of the business case for the new Berwick Maltings Theatre and Conference Centre that has the potential to transform Berwick town centre.  
To support the development of a feasibility study to establish how Alnwick bus station and the surrounding area can be improved as a key gateway into the town.  
The council is continuing to talk to towns across the county to deliver what will be a comprehensive Town Investment Programme.  There will be more news later this year as we identify projects which give us the best chance of attracting investment.  

This involves local County Councillors, their Town Council colleagues and other strategic partners with the intention of together demonstrating through town forums that we can work together to deliver solutions to make our town centres fit for the future.

Q.4   What assessment has the council made on Northumberland High Streets in relation to the Grimsey Review?

A.4 The Grimsey review and the national Future High Streets Advisory Panel have both guided the county councils approach to establishing its town Investment Programme and the development of Town Forums and similar partnerships.

The Grimsey review pointed to a number of actions that Local Government can take forward including:
 
  • Establish an empowered organisation or Town Centre Commission under strong, established leadership 
  • Ensure that this vision is underpinned by a comprehensive business/place plan. 
  • Accept that there is already too much retail space in the UK and that bricks and mortar retailing can no longer be the anchor for thriving high streets and town centres. They need to be repopulated and re-fashioned as community hubs, including housing, health and leisure, entertainment, education, arts, business/office space and some shops. 
  • Embed libraries and public spaces at the heart of each community as digital and health hubs that embrace smart technology. 
  • Establish common key performance indicators to measure the economic and public health of each town. Link the reporting through a data dashboard to provide independent, objective and current data on performance. Data gathered by the town needs to be delivered in Open Format (Open Data) so it can be shared. 
  • Local authorities should establish events teams to manage a comprehensive programme of activities that complement the Town Centre Commission Plan by driving footfall to local high streets.

The council is responding to this agenda picking up on Grimseys findings particularly about the need for ‘town centre commissions’, ‘comprehensive business/place plans’ and ‘common key performance indicators’ by:
 
  1. Providing a comprehensive Town Regeneration Support package
  2. Establishing a network of Town Forums developing and enabling the delivery of economic development and regeneration projects for long term benefit. Each of the 7 main towns (larger centres) has a town forum or similar arrangement established for 2019 onwards.  The forums include a focus on utilising the Councils own assets as effectively as possible.
  3. Supporting the development of a Town Investment Programme to fully establish comprehensive business / place plans with a future pipeline of interventions to boost economic performance in town centres.
  4. Establishing support to monitor town performance through the new NCC town economy matrix

Further detail about the councils approach is set out below.

1. Town Regeneration Support

The council provides the following support:
 
  • Directly providing coordination support in the seven main towns (larger centres) with a dedicated town forum, forums established to date are supported by officers from the Economy and Regeneration Service and Strategic Estates.  Each forum / partnership arrangement is at a different stage in development as they become fully established
  • Providing a dedicated link officer within the Economy and Regeneration Service to support and regular liaise with smaller main towns.  
  • Support for all settlements - The service provides assistance to a wide range of communities in Northumberland to support regeneration projects and partnership development
  • Targeted assistance linked to the above, Advance Northumberland lead on a range of priority investment projects in localities.

2. Town Forums

The purpose and focus of town forums is on developing and enabling the delivery of economic development and regeneration projects for long term benefit.  They provide a place focused partnership and flexible grouping (not a formal decision making body) to: 
 
  • Develop joint initiatives and support action 
  • Engage the public in the work of organisations
Support for town forums from NCC is as follows:
  • Town Chairs: Each main town (larger centres) has support from a senior officer, in most cases as Chair of the relevant forum
  • Cross service support: The above arrangements provide the basis to identify what support may be required including planning and technical support, and involvement from other services and Advance Northumberland and Active Northumberland.
  • Corporate Focus: The Council’s town regeneration focus is supported by the corporate Regeneration Investment Group (RIG) structure providing a regular focus on the place based agenda to ensure effective provision of funding, strategy and cross service support
  • Project Pipeline: Each town’s key regeneration projects are included in the corporate Regeneration Investment Pipeline
  • Performance: the Council has produced a new Town Economy Matrix to assist partners in understanding performance in towns.  This matrix enclosed with this briefing provides a summary of headline data regarding performance in the main towns and is intended to act as an aid to partners in considering the baseline performance of their town. 

3. Town Investment Programme

The council has been encouraging partners to work together to develop a Northumberland Town Investment Programme.  This involves working with Town Forums and similar place based partnerships, Town Councils, commercial and community partners.
 
  • Project Pipeline - the purpose is to fully establish a future pipeline of interventions to boost economic performance in town centres.  
  • Work to date - this build on work to date in a number of towns, e.g. Town Forums 
  • New Ideas - The council has made available an expression of interest process - to identify new ideas and outline proposals which now need to be tested and potentially worked up into business cases
  • Further work - This is an ongoing process through which the council will work with partners. The council is offering to develop place based business plans with towns appropriate to each locality. 

4. Town Performance
 
  • Economy Matrix - The council has produced the new NCC Town Economy Matrix available to inform local plans and proposals.  This draws together for the first time available information across the Council, this has been sent to key stakeholders in each town centre and its use encouraged through the town forum network and a recent all member briefing with county councillors.
  • Business Cases - The intention is to provide evidence to help inform the identification and preparation of strong business cases which justify intervention.  It provides a starting point to understand the relative performance of town centres
  • Support for 12 main towns - the matrix covers the 12 main towns (large and small centres).  NCC staff are available to help stakeholders understand and investigate available data for any town / settlement in Northumberland.  There are plans going forward to potentially commission further work to inform this such as developing a new approach to footfall data.


Details:

Reference Number: 5754
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The total number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests the council has received for each of the last ten years. 

A.1
2019 - 492 as at 31/03/2019.
2018 - 1,313 
2017 - 1,315 
2016 - 1,371
2015 - 1,412  
2014 - 1,495  
2013 - 1337
2012 - 981 
2011 - 892 
2010 - 831 
2009 - 782

Q.2   The total number of WTE staff that have had to have been employed by the council with an FOIA remit for each of the last ten financial years.

A.2 Each area within the council has a link officer who deals with freedom of information requests as an addition to their employed role.  Due to the reorganisation of areas within the Council, the number officers who deal with requests is not static.

Q.3   The dedicated budget provided for the FOIA department for each of the last ten financial years

A.3 As per the previous answer, the Council utilises a number of staff across many service areas to carry out FOI processing however, this is not their full time role. As this is not static and we currently do not monitor the percentage of their time spent on FoI processing, this information is not held. 

Q.4   The total percentage and number of FOIA enquiries answered within the 20 working day timescale for each of the last ten years (or for which figures are available) up to the end of 2018.

A.4
2018 - 1280
2017 - 1217
2016 - 1223
2015 - 1324
2014 - 1451
2013 - 1297
2012 - 929
2011 - 805
2010 - 782
2009 - 667
 
The data provided in Q1 & Q4 can be manipulated to generate the percentage of requests answered within 20 working day timescale. 

Q.5   The total  percentage and number of FOIA enquiries answered within 20 - 40 working days of receipt for each of the last ten years (or for which figures are available) up to the end of 2018

A.5 We only monitor if it’s within timescales or if the request is overdue, we do not specify into categories of how many days overdue.
 
Q.6   The total percentage and number of FOIA enquiries that took longer than 40 working days of receipt to answer for each of the last ten years (or for which figures are available) up to the end of 2018

A.6 As we only monitor if it’s within timescales or if overdue, not specifically into categories of how many days overdue we do not the number or percentage over a 40 day period. 

Q.7   The total percentage and number of FOIA enquiries that were never answered for each of the last ten years (or for which figures are available) up to the end of 2018

A.7 2018 - 16 outstanding
There are no outstanding requests older than 2018 

Q.8   The total number of FOIA requests where the council has issued a charge for the information in the last ten years for which figures are available

A.8   We do not record this information centrally. In order to calculate this, we would have to look at each request to confirm if there was a charge issued.  We would only hold 7 years worth of financial information in line with our retention policy. With this in mind, the calculation to do this would be as follows:- 9716 requests (2012-2019 requests) *  2 minutes = 323.8 hours. 

Section 12 exemption applies to Q8.
 
Q.9   The total income received from FOIA charges imposed by the council for providing information for each of the last yen years. 

A.9 We do not record this information centrally. In order to calculate this, we would have to use the information from Q.7, identify the service area cost code and run individual transaction reports for each year. We would only hold 7 years worth of financial information in line with our retention policy.  9716 (2012-2019 requests) * 2 minutes = 323.8 hours. 

Section 12 exemption applies to Q.9. 

Exemptions 

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to Q.8 and Q.9 of your request is exempt under the following provisions as the time and cost involved in extracting the requested information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request e.g. 2.5 days. It would take 323.8 hours for Q.6 and 323.8 hours for Q.7 giving a total of 647.6 hours equivalent to 89.4 days.
 


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Reference Number: 5758
Request Date: 12/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Whether Northumberland County Council has an elected Armed Forces Covenant Champion, and if so, how long they have been in the role?
 
A.1    Yes, Northumberland County Council have an Armed Forces Champion, A Veteran's Champion and Officer Champion in place since 2012 when the Covenant was signed.

Q.2    I would like to know whether Northumberland County Council has an action plan for implementing the Armed Forces Covenant at a local level.
 
A.2    There is not a specific action plan but we try to embed the aims of the Covenant in our day to day work and policies.

If yes: I would like to know the details of the plan, whether it is active, and if it is monitored and reviewed.
 
N/A

Q.3    Has Northumberland County Council established an armed forces covenant forum (which includes military representatives, charities and council members)? 
 
A.3    Yes we have an active forum which meets quarterly and involves all of those groups.

Q.4    I would also like to know whether Northumberland County Council has any support specifically aimed at the veteran community (e.g employment, healthcare & housing schemes).

A.4    Please see report attached, if you require any further information please contact: Jackie.Roll@northumberland.gov.uk
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5767
Request Date: 13/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Please provide a copy of the Council’s Enforcement Policy.

A.1.   See link https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/About-the-Council/Corporate-Enforcement-Policy-3-November-2015.pdf

Q.2     Please provide a copy of the Trading Standards Service Plan.

A.2.   Copy attached

Q.3    Please provide a copy of the Food Law Service Plan. 

A.3.   See link   http://committeedocs.northumberland.gov.uk/MeetingDocs/38640_M9117.pdf

Q.4     How many Primary Authority Partnerships do the Trading Standards Department have? 

A.4.    1

Q.5     How many Primary Authority Partnerships do the Trading Standards Department provide food standards cover?

A.5.    0

Q.6    Other than Primary Authority Partnerships, do the Trading Standards Department provide paid for food standards business advice (i.e. pay-as-you-go)?

A.6.    No

Q.7    If the Trading Standards Department provide paid for business advice (i.e. pay-as-you-go), what year did the Service start providing this option?

A.7.    See above

Q.8    If the Trading Standards Department are not currently providing paid for business advice (i.e. pay-as-you-go), is this a potential avenue in the future?

A.8.    Yes

Q.9    Do the Trading Standards Department conduct joint working with Environmental Health on food standards issues?

A.9.     Yes
 


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Reference Number: 5768
Request Date: 14/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Sexual Harassment, racism and bullying
May you please provide the number of allegations of workplace bullying reported within the council by present and former staff from the start of 2000 to the end of 2018.

May you please provide the number of allegations of sexual harassment reported within the council by present and former staff from the start of 2000 to the end of 2018.

May you please provide the number of allegations of racial discrimination reported within the council by present and former staff from the start of 2000 to the end of 2018.

May you please provide the number of allegations of religious discrimination reported within the council by present and former staff from the start of 2000 to the end of 2018.
 
Within this same period, how many complaints of sexual harassment resulted in some form of disciplinary action?

How many complaints of workplace bullying resulted in some form of disciplinary action?

How many complaints of racial discrimination resulted in some form of disciplinary action?

How many complaints regarding religious discrimination resulted in some form of disciplinary action?

For any of the above, where disciplinary action was taken may you please detail what action was taken i.e written warning, fine, suspended without pay

NDAs

The number of Non Disclosure Agreements signed by former or current staff from the start of 2000 to the end of 2018

Within the same period, may you please specify the largest amount paid out to an individual who signed a NDA
If possible, may you please provide the number of  NDA agreements signed and paid out to alleged victims of
sexual harassment, workplace bullying, racial discrimination, religious discrimination
 
May you please specify the largest amount paid out to alleged victims of sexual harassment, workplace bullying, racial discrimination, religious discrimination. If you believe contents of any such files are exempt from disclosure, please provide summaries of any such exempt files.

A.   We hold the information from 2010 and we do not have the information prior to 2010. 

Between 2010 and 2014 there were 7 recorded allegations of workplace harassment. 
There has been one reported case of sexual harassment/bullying.
There have been no reported allegations of religious discrimination.  
There have been no reported allegations of religious discrimination.

1 case resulted in a formal disciplinary process. 
How many complaints of workplace bullying resulted in some form of disciplinary action?  3 allegations of bullying have a formal disciplinary process.   
There have been no reported allegations of religious discrimination.    
There have been no reported allegations of religious discrimination.  
There was one reported case of sexual harassment which resulted in a disciplinary investigation, there was insufficient evidence to substantiate allegation.  Of the 3 allegations of bullying which resulted in a formal disciplinary process, one resulted in a first written warning and two resulted in no formal sanction. 

Northumberland County Council does not use NDAs.
 


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Reference Number: 5782
Request Date: 18/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   When was the NCC Depot in Allendale opened?

A.1   We do not have an exact depot opening date for the Allendale depot, but we believe that this would have been in the period between 1965 and 1970.

At the NCC Depot in Haltwhistle:

Q.2a   what is the design capacity of the salt dome (in tons of road salt); and

A.2a   4000 tonnes

A.2b   What is the diameter of the salt dome (in metres)?

A.2b   27m 
 


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Reference Number: 5788
Request Date: 19/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I would like to request the following information regarding hearing/sensory impairment care services. 
 
Q.1   Please could you supply the name, job title, email address and telephone number of the commissioner with responsibility for care for adults with sensory/hearing impairment.
 
For questions 2 through 8, please supply the following information for the financial years 2014/15 to 2017/18, and where possible, the budget or most up to date snapshot available for 2018/19.
 
Q.2   Please provide the total number of adults with a sensory impairment in care placements funded by the local authority
 
Q.3   Of the total number of adults with a sensory impairment in care placements funded by the local authority (Q2), please provide the total number of those with a hearing impairment
 
Q.4   Of the total number of adults with a hearing impairment in care placements funded by the local authority (Q3), please provide the total number of those with a hearing impairment and an additional care need or diagnosis (including but not limited to learning/physical disability, mental health, dementia, neuro-disability, challenging behaviour)
 
Q.5   Please provide the total number of adults with a hearing impairment in care placements funded by the local authority by
 
a)     In area, residential care
b)     Out of area, residential care
c)     In area, supported living
d)     Out of area, supported living
e)     Home/domiciliary care
 
Q.6   Please provide the local authority’s expenditure on care placements for adults with a hearing impairment by
 
a)     In area, residential care
b)     Out of area, residential care
c)     In area, supported living
d)     Out of area, supported living
e)     Home/domiciliary care
f)      Total expenditure on all placements for hearing impairment
 
Q.7   Please provide the highest, lowest and average fee paid to care providers for adults with a hearing impairment by
 
a)     Residential care (Weekly)
b)     Supported living (Hourly)
c)     Home/domiciliary care (Hourly)
 
Q.8   Please list all supported living and home/domiciliary care providers currently commissioned by the local authority to provide care services for people with a hearing impairment
 
Where data is not recorded for hearing impairment, please give answers for sensory impairment.
 
‘Hearing impairment’ refers to any individual with deafness, hearing loss/partial hearing and tinnitus. ‘Adults’ refers to those aged 18-65.
 
To clarify, supported living does not include sole providers of accommodation, such as housing associations; only registered providers of social care. Domiciliary care refers to care provided to people living in their own homes by visiting staff.
 
‘In area’ refers to any services commissioned within the local authority’s geographical boundaries, while ‘out of area’ refers to any services commissioned outside of the local authority boundaries

A.1 - A.8  We have not replied on your spreadsheet because we do not hold the requested information in a structured format which would permit us to supply these figures without manual examination of large numbers of case records, which would exceed both the statutory limit in FOI regulations and our available capacity.

We ensure that workers with specialist training in sensory impairment are available across the county to carry out or support assessments where there is a need to take special account of the impact of hearing or sight impairments.  We expect all specific needs arising from each individual’s health conditions and disabilities to be addressed in assessments, and where necessary in care and support plans, but we do not currently collect detailed coded information about diagnoses or disabilities.  We would be interested to hear of examples of authorities which have attempted systematically to collect this information about all users of care placements, home care and supported living services, and to learn how useful they have found this in planning services (as opposed to assessing individual needs, for which unstructured information is often better able to capture the nuances of people’s situation).

We do where necessary arrange additional care services specifically to meet needs arising from hearing impairment – for instance “enabling” services with care workers who have knowledge of BSL or lip-speaking; support during benefit claims for people with Usher Syndrome; and support for a deafblind person during short breaks in a care home provided by care workers who have supported the person at home and can assist them in communicating with staff.  However we are not able to provide comprehensive statistics.

The commissioner responsible is Alan Curry, Senior Manager (commissioning).  His email address is alan.curry@northumberland.gov.uk. He would prefer not to receive unsolicited contacts by phone
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5818
Request Date: 22/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

We have been directed to submit an FOI request for the following information with regards to Grave Digging and Grounds Maintenance Contracts. Please can you provide the below information for both of these types of contacts?

Relevant Contract Title
What was the contract start date?  (approx. is fine)
When is the contract is due for renewal? (approx. is fine)
What is the current contract value?
Who is your current provider?   
What types of services are provided in this current contract?

Procurement Contact Name
Procurement Contact Role
Procurement Contact Email Address
Procurement Contact Telephone Number 

Duty to confirm or deny 

The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold information in relation to Grave Digging and Grounds Maintenance.

Exemptions 

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. 

Majority of this work has been brought back into Neighbourhood Services and is now carried out in-house. However, any contracts that we may have for any outstanding work can be found on the Contracts Register, please see the below link: https://procontract.due-north.com


Details:

Reference Number: 5828
Request Date: 26/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Appeal for Corbridge Middle School

As previously stated in our email dated 11th March 2019, we would like to confirm our intention to appeal the placement of the order for the roofing work for the above project with Bryan Crisp and Sons Specialist Services Ltd. We have requested details of the product proposed by the above-mentioned contractor in our email dated 12th March 2019, so that we may give a focused response but as yet, have had no response. Again we would ask for the full product information so that we may give a direct comparison between the clearly specified product and the alternative proposed, as we not aware of any other roofing system that gives the same performance, warranty and insurance criteria as that specified, along with the extensive support systems in place from the manufacturer. We would also take this opportunity to request the evaluation notes of individual evaluators and any notes of evaluation meetings.

A.1   Details requested of the product proposed by the successful contractor:

The product accepted is an ICB product and has a BBA certificate that confirms the product has been tested in accordance with British and European Standards and conforms to these standards. ICB are listed on the LRWA website members profile and the guarantee provided states that this for an ICB waterproofing system. This is an insurance backed guarantee for all products supplied. The product was suitably assessed by Northumberland County Council and their appointed consultant and was deemed comparable to the Sika System.
  • EU Tender Threshold
The overall project value was below the EU works threshold and therefore the requirements of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 regarding trademarks etc did not apply to this procurement process, however it is considered that the process was undertaken in an open, fair and transparent manner.
  • Drawings, Schedule of Works, Specification & Prelims
In addressing your point of specific references to products, the first item of the Schedule of Works clearly stated ‘Equal or Approved’ and therefore all subsequent references to products should have been taken as such. This provision ensured a fair process by not excluding alternative products.

It is noted that your company did not submit any clarification regarding this during the procurement process.

As stated within your letter, the Sika site report and specification documents were included as a reference guide for the scope of works required only.
  • Evaluation notes of individual evaluators
It is considered that this is commercially sensitive as per Section 43(2) of the FOI Act. 

Public Interest Test Considerations 

Section 43 is a qualified exemption which means that the information falling within the exemption still has to be released unless the public interest in disclosure is outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the exemption.  The release of this information could lead to unfair tender processes and/or could be detrimental to tender processes in the future, so whilst the council seeks to be open and transparent, the reasons for withholding this outweighs the reasons for releasing the information.


 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

Head of Housing and Public Protection:  Phil Soderquest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

A.1   School information is available on our website:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

A.1   None

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

A.2   None

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

A.3   Nil

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

A.4   Not applicable

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

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

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

A.5   None
 


Details:

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

Question and Response:

UNISON - Violence at work FoI 2019 questions

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

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

A.1   Yes

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

A.2    No

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

A.3   Yes 

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

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

Part 3 – Staff training and support

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

A.5.1   Yes

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

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

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

A.7.1  Yes

Q.7.2   Support (Yes/No)

A.7.2  Yes

Q.7.3   Counselling (Yes/No)

A.7.3  Yes
 


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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 6167
Request Date: 03/06/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Please could you send all current policy documents relating to Adult Social Care and choice over in which setting care is to be provided to a person

A.1 We have no local policy documents on the choice of settings.  We aim to act in accordance with the law and statutory guidance.


Details:

Reference Number: 6311
Request Date: 02/07/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1a) How many penalty charge notices (PCNs) have been issued for motorists parking beyond the maximum stay of 24 hours in long-stay car parks since this limit was introduced in various council car parks?

Q.1b) Could you provide a breakdown of which car parks these PCNs were issued in?

A.1a & A.1b     Please see the attached document.

Q.2a) How many PCNs have been issued for motorists parking beyond the maximum stay of 72 hours in long-stay car parks since this limit was introduced in various council car parks?

Q.2b) Could you provide a breakdown of which car parks these PCNs were issued in?

A.2a & A.2b     Please see the attached document

Q.33    How many hours have the council's civil enforcement officers (CEOs) spent on duty and monitoring car parks between the hours of 6pm and 8am since the 24-hour and 72-hour limits were introduced?

A.3     The CEOs have spent 22 hours 5 minutes logged as carrying out enforcement duties in car parks between 6pm and 8am since the 24/72 hour time limits were introduced (September 2018 to date). 

Q.4     How many long-stay car parks are there in the county as of today (Tuesday, July 2) where neither the 24-hour nor the 72-hour limit have been introduced?

A.4     None

5. a) How many long-stay car parks are there in the county as of today (Tuesday, July 2) where the signage has not been updated to reflect the introduction of either a 24-hour or 72-hour limit?

A.5a     None

b) How much has been spent on the council so far (up to Tuesday, July 2) on signs which were amended or replaced to reflect the introduction of either a 24-hour or 72-hour limit?

A.5b     The cost of providing patches on existing signs was covered within our maintenance budget and was not separately recorded
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 6318
Request Date: 03/07/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    I would like to know details of the artworks owned by the council which are not currently on display, or are not accessible to the public.
 
I would like the information to be broken down by individual item with a brief summary of the piece, creator, value - or value insured, and if available its location.
 
A.1    Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response


Details:

Reference Number: 6325
Request Date: 04/07/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could I have a copy of any internal guidance document that you have for council officers on how to draft responses to complaints. Your organisation may have a procedure for handling complaints that council officers use.
 
A.1 Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 
In Children’s Services, currently, when a complaint is allocated, the investigator is provided with a template for a Stage 1 complaint response letter and guidance (which is attached) and advised via email of timescales.  The Client Relations Team then work with the investigator to offer guidance and quality check responses.
 
They are currently working with Organisational Development on finalising a children's complaints investigation e-learning package and hope to have this in place by the end of September.  This training will be based on guidance from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman's training "Effective Complaint Handling for Staff in Social Care" which was attended in April 2019.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6470
Request Date: 31/07/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     Can you confirm as to whether your local authority has a Statement of Community Involvement? 

A.1     Yes the Council does have a Statement of Community Involvement.

Q.2     Can you confirm when the authority published the Statement of Community Involvement? 

A.2      The Council's Statement of Community Involvement was adopted by the Council in February 2015.

Q..3     When is your next expected consultation/update? 

A.3     The Council does not currently have any plans to review and update the document at the moment.

Q.4     Do you have a publicly available link to the SCI? 

A.4     The Statement of Community Involvement is publicly available via the following link on the Council's website:
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Planning-and-Building/planning%20policy/Local%20Plan/NCC-SCI-February-2015.pdf

Q.5     Is the local Civic Society or Civic Trust identified by the local planning authority as a Consultee (whether Statutory or Non-Statutory) in the Planning System within the Statement of Community Involvement?

A.5     Local Civic Societies or Civic Trusts are not individually identified in the Statement of Community Involvement.  They are classed as a "General Consultation Body" within the Statement of Community Involvement and are listed a such on the Council's Local Plan consultation database and are consulted on all planning policy document consultations.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6478
Request Date: 01/08/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Contextual information: 
 
  • Does the Council operate a contact centre
  • Is the contact centre delivered in house or by a third party
  • If delivered by a third party, who provides this service
  • If delivered by the Council, which directorate does it sit in
  • The average number of people deployed in the contact centre (FTE) for each of 2016, 2017 and 2018, broken down into leadership, team management, frontline and support roles
  • Which access channels have been delivered from the contact centre in each of 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Which service lines have been delivered from the contact centre in each of 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Which telephony system is used in the contact centre 
  • Which system is used to manage emails in the contact centre
  • Which system is used to manage queues in the walk in centres
  • Which systems provide online forms for customers to use
  • Which Customer Relationship Management system (or equivalent) is used in the contact centre
  • Which key metrics are used in the contact centre, split by access channel and covering speed of response, enquiries handled / abandoned,  enquiry quality and enquiry resolution
  • Which systems are used in the contact centre for each service?
  • Which online forms are used by customers to access each service and are these forms integrated into the service system
 
Performance Information: 
 
Could the council please supply the following information for each of 2016, 2017 and 2018
 
  • How many calls were offered 
  • How many calls were answered by a person 
  • What was the average time to answer calls 
  • What was the average call handling time 
  • What percentage of calls were quality checked 
  • What was the average call quality score 
  • What was the first contact resolution rate for calls
  • How many customers visited the walk in centre(s) 
  • How many visits were handled by a triage / front desk function
  • How many visits were handled as a walk in interview
  • How many visits were handled as an interview scheduled by appointment
  • The average triage / front desk visit handling time
  • The average walk in interview length
  • The average appointment interview length
  • The average wait to be seen for a walk in interview
  • What percentage of visits were quality checked
  • What was the average visit quality score
  • What was the first contact resolution rate for visits
  • Number of emails received from customers
  • Number of emails handled in the contact centre
  • Number of emails passed to back office service lines
  • Average staff time to handle an email in the contact centre
  • Average time to respond to an email in the contact centre
  • What percentage of emails were quality checked
  • What was the average email quality score
  • What was the first contact resolution rate for emails
  • How many web chats were started 
  • How many web chats were completed 
  • Number of customers referred to alternate staffed channels
  • Number of customers referred to online channels
  • Average staff time to handle a web chat
  • Average number of simultaneous chats handled per member of staff
  • Average percentage of web chats that were quality checked
  • What was the average web chat quality score
  • What was the first contact resolution rate for web chat
  • What was the customer satisfaction score for each service line 
  • What was the overall customer satisfaction score and how many customers completed surveys to deliver this score
  • What was the customer satisfaction score by access channel 
 
To avoid any doubt, I am only seeking information that is routinely available to the council and used within the contact centre. As the question responses are mostly single number or Yes / No responses, for ease of collation, I attach a spreadsheet with each of the questions included in a response matrix. The matrix clearly shows each response required and should take no more than 3-4 hours to complete with available information. With this in mind, 
 
  • Where a question does not apply to the Council, please mark it as “not applicable”. 
  • If the data requested is not measured, please mark it as “not measured”
  • If the data is no longer held by the Council, please mark it as “not held”

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: 6502
Request Date: 07/08/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Could you please provide me with an up to date list of the names of social work management staff including Heads of Service, Area Managers/Service Managers, Team Managers/Team Leaders, within Children’s Services across the local authority?

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: 6533
Request Date: 15/08/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    We would be grateful if you could provide the name of the authority in full; your region; and a contact for any follow-up questions, if possible here:

A.1    Authority Name: Northumberland County Council
Region: Northumberland

A.1    If you have any follow up questions please address to FOI@northumberland.gov.uk 
 
The authority’s Community Asset Transfer (CAT) policy

 Q.2    Does the authority have a published Community Asset Transfer* policy?
*Community Asset Transfer enables local authorities to transfer the ownership/management of their assets to community organisations at less than full market value in order to achieve a defined public benefit.

Q.2a       If yes, please provide a web-link to the policy.

Q.2a   If yes, please provide a web-link to the policy
A.2a    http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Councillors/Rights.aspx#communityassettransfer

Q.2b       If no, is Community Asset Transfer (CAT) integrated into another policy within your local authority – such as wider asset management strategies or VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) policies? Please provide a web-link to this, if so.

Q.2c       If no, does the authority have a CAT policy that is not-published / only available on request? Please provide a copy if available, if so.

Q.3    If the authority has a CAT policy (whether integrated into another strategy or a non-published policy), when was this last updated or reviewed?

A.3    January 2013

The volume of Community Asset Transfer over the last five years

Q.4    How many land or building assets has the authority transferred to community ownership* through Community Asset Transfer in the following time periods (financial years): 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, and 2018/19?

A.4    Please see attached spreadsheet.

* For the purpose of this question, please provide the number of assets that have been transferred using the General Disposal Consent (England) 2003 (Local Government Act 1972), which enables the transfer of assets at less than best or nil consideration to achieve a defined community benefit. 

Q.5    Of those assets that have been transferred, how many are on:
 
A.5    Please see attached spreadsheet for details.

Q.5a       A freehold agreement
Q.5b       A long lease of at least 25 years or more
Q.5c       A lease of between 5 years and 25 years
Q.5d       A lease of less than 5 years.

Please provide this information for the same time periods as Q3 if possible.

Q.6    Currently, how many land or building assets does the authority own in total? Please exclude social housing assets from this total.
 
A.6    Freehold = 1248
Leasehold =119 

Q.7  How many of the authority’s land and building assets are currently identified as potential assets available for CAT? Please state if you do not review assets available for CAT in this way.

A.7    We are unable to answer this question, anything that becomes surplus to requirements could be considered as a CAT.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6538
Request Date: 15/08/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Do you request all visitors attending for meeting, interviews or other wear a visitor badge and sign-in at reception and do you record details of this?

A.1  We do issue visitor passes for every visitor and record their details at reception.

Q.2 How do you manage contractors or suppliers who require access to your building?

A.2 Appointments are in the main schedule and once on site individuals are met by staff, e.g. Building Attendant and asked to sign the visitors book.  Individuals are also provided with fire safety information, e.g. fire evacuation point and advised if a fire alarm test would be carried out that day.  Depending upon the nature of the visit, contractors and suppliers could be:-

Accommodated by a member of staff
Provided with a visitors pass and left to carry out the particular task unsupervised
Provided with a copy of the building asbestos register

Q.3 Do you have access control on areas of your building where services process or handle very sensitive personal data, how do you manage access control?

A.3 We do have door readers on certain areas of the site eg Registrars, which has restricted access in place via our access control system.

Q.4 Do you have a retention period for visitor records?

A.4 Current retention periods are under review and intended for future publication. The Retention schedules are all on the Website under the following :

https://ncc-live.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Contact/Information.aspx#informationgovernance

Under Records Management - Records Retention Schedules. These are broken down services.
 


Attachments:

Details:

Reference Number: 6576
Request Date: 27/08/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Is hate crime included in the council’s current Community Safety plan?

A.1    Yes [SNP Plan attached]

Q.2    Does the council have a separate hate crime plan/strategy?

A.2     No

Q.3   Does the council have a designated hate crime lead?

A.3    No

Q.4   Does the council service facilitate or take part in any hate crime forums?

A.4    Yes : Safer Northumberland Hate Crime Group : facilitated by NCC

Q.5   Does the police service have a designated hate crime information page on its website?

A.5    Don't know

Q.6   Does the council service have access to hate crime resources?

A.6    Yes - Hate Crime App leaflet [attached]

Q.7    Does the council service refer victims of hate crime to independent advice and support services? 

A.7    This would be decided on a case by case basis

Q.8    Is the council planning to participate in National Hate Crime Awareness Week
2019?

A.8    Yes

Q.9   Has the council participated in pervious National Hate Crime Awareness weeks?

A.9    2017 2018 . Yes - both
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6595
Request Date: 29/08/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please can you supply me with your records for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 to date? Please state the number of reports of abuse against councillors for each year. Please also state the nature of the abuse: ie physical, verbal, online.

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


Details:

Reference Number: 6602
Request Date: 02/09/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     I would like to receive the Winter maintenance plan 2019- 20, for your district and responsibility to include the objectives set out below this email.

“The objective is to provide a winter maintenance service which, as far as is reasonably practicable, will permit the safe movement of traffic along the priority network, whilst minimising delays and accidents attributable to the adverse weather conditions. Good practice is also important to minimise both the environmental impact of salt used and budget implications”.

Highway authorities are under a statutory duty - by virtue of the Highways Act 1980, to maintain the highways.
Section 41: "The authority who are for the time being the highway authority for a highway maintained at the public expense are under a duty, … to maintain the highway."
Section 41 (1A): “In particular, a highway authority are under a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that safe passage along a highway is not endangered by snow or ice.”
Section 130: "It is the duty of the highway authority to assert and protect the rights of the public to the use and enjoyment of any highway for which they are the highway authority …"
Section 150: "If an obstruction arises in a highway from accumulations of snow … the highway authority shall remove the obstruction …" Recent legal judgement has concluded that there is no duty upon authorities to remove ice from highways under the general responsibility to “maintain the highway”
in Section 41. It is important to note that this judgement does not remove liability in all circumstances

Call out criteria

Priority 1 routes only are to be treated, when heavy snow conditions exist necessitating snow ploughing.
Priority 1 and 2 routes are to be treated, when forecasts indicate that formation of ice or snow is likely.

Response and treatment times

Priority 1 routes, rate of spread 20-40 gm/sqm Response time - 1 hour, treatment time - 1½ hours, total - 2½ hours
Priority 1 and 2 routes, rate of spread 10-20 gm/sqm Response time - 1 hour, treatment time - 2½ hours, total - 3 ½hours
Priority 1 and 2 routes, rate of spread 30-40 gm/sqm. Response time - 1 hour, treatment time - 5 hours, total - 6 hours.

Stocking levels

Amounts currently stock and when levels are critical.

Fleet

Vehicles types in service and identity.

A.1     The Winter Policy (Plan) for 2019/2020 is currently under review and will be available on the councils website ahead of the winter season starting on the 28th October 2019.

All call out criteria for all roads and footpaths is listed within the policy.

All vehicles have treatment times under 3hrs this is again stated in the Winter Services Policy (Plan) currently being reviewed. 3 hrs is the completed time stated in policy. We do not have defined treatment times for what we class as a secondary routes. these will be completed after primary routes are completed to satisfaction. This can be found on the Northumberland County Council website: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Highways/Winter.aspx#winterservices

Stocking levels of salt. The authority plans to have a minimum 36,500 tonnes across (with the option of a mid season refill) 11 operational depots throughout the county.

NCC have a fleet of 28 front line gritters. These are all Mercedes/Econ and are a mixture of 6 &  9 cum. We have an additional 6 spare gritters at strategic locations across the County these are also Mercedes/Econ
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6604
Request Date: 02/09/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1.   Head of Procurement name

A.1    Teresa Palmer

Q.2.   Head of Procurement email

A.2    Teresa.Palmer@northumberland.gov.uk

Q.3.   Head of Procurement address

A.3    County Hall, Morpeth

Q.4.   Head of IT name 

A.4    Neil Arnold

Q.5.   Head of IT email

A.5    Neil.Arnold@northumberland.gov.uk

Q.6.   Head of IT address

A.6    County Hall, Morpeth

Q.7.   Information and Security Officer

A.7    Manjeet Bhabra

Q.8.   Information and Security Officer email 

A.8    Manjeet.bhabra@northumberland.gov.uk

Q.9.   Contract used for Procurement of MFDs

A.9    LOT 2

Q.10.  MFD supplier

A.10    Konica Minolta

Q.11.  Contract term

A.11    5 years + 12 + 12month extension options

Q.12.  Contract start date

A.12    June 2014

Q.13.  Contract end date

A.13    June 2019, June 2020, June 2021

Q.14.  Amount of MFD

A.14    304

Q.15.  Amount of Printers

A.15    206

Q.16.  Do you use managed print software

A.16    Yes

Q.17.  if Yes which one

A.17    Pcounter

Q.18.  Do you use smart cards for authentication on MFD's

A.18    Yes
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6612
Request Date: 04/09/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please advise whether the Local Authority was responsible for updating Bellingham Middle School’s information page on the Government’s Get Information About Schools database yesterday.

If so why is the school indicated to be “Open, but proposed to close”? - also please confirm who the proposer is.

A.1    The DfE have overall management of the Get Information For Schools Site - in relation to schools closing or proposed to close, it is they who update the site.  Currently, Bellingham Middle School and Sports College is listed as open as far as we can see from the Get Information for Schools site. It is not listed as 'open, proposed to close'.  Even under the search by Northumberland local authority for schools 'Open, proposed to close', there are no results for any schools returned. Therefore, we suggest that you contact the DfE regarding this matter
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6634
Request Date: 09/09/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     How many of your firefighters have registered second jobs?

A.1    25 wholetime firefighters (including Watch Managers and Crew Managers have registered second jobs.  

Q.2     What are those jobs?

A.2    Builder, Joiner, Farmer, Bike repairs, Jet cleaner, Charity driver, Volunteer football coach, Trainer, House removals, Swimming Instructor, Company Director, Fitness Coach, Town Councillor, Taxi Driver, Counsellor, Lifeguard, Sport coaching, Painter/Decorator, Handyman, Barman, Gardener, Landlord, Ceremonial Driver, Glazer, Labourer and Mechanic.

Q.3     How many of your firefighters have not registered second jobs? 

A.3    111 wholetime firefighters (including Watch Managers and Crew Managers) have not registered second jobs