Disabled and Disabled Facilities Grants

Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


Details:

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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A.5  Yes.

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

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

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

A.7   n/a

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

A.8   n/a

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

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

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

A.10  n/a