Spend

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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: 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

 


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

Question and Response:

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


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

Question and Response:

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

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

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


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

Question and Response:

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

Q.1   Overall budget for youth services;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ashington - Hirst High School - Became an Academy

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

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

Beacon Hill - Failed due to management issues

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

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

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

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



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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Attachments:

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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.
 


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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.



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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

Q.4      When did they start and finish? 

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

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

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



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Reference Number: 5703
Request Date: 04/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am writing to make a formal Freedom of Information request regarding Greenhead Primary School. Northumberland County Council recently announced it had agreed a funding package to secure the future of the school, which was in deficit due to historic payroll issues.

Q.1   I would like to know how much this funding package consisted off, and what were the historic payroll issues?

Right of Access 

Section 1(1) of the Act provides any person making a request for information to a public authority is entitled. 

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds information of the description specified in the request (which Section 1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and 

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him. 

The right is to obtain access to the information itself and not to the document or record which contains it. 

The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public authorities subject to various exemptions. 

Duty to confirm or deny 

Northumberland County Council confirms that we holds certain information relating to your request. 

Funds were provided to the school by the County Council in relation to a historic sum owed to the school. No money has been "gifted" to Greenhead Primary School by the County Council. The details of the funds provided to the school are considered commercially confidential. 

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 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


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Reference Number: 5730
Request Date: 07/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please could you provide information on how much money is spent each year with agencies on the educational tuition of Looked After Children, itemizing which agencies are used, and how much is spent with each?

A.1   Tuition figures for Looked after Children for last academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

Teaching Personnel    £21,426.51
Supply Desk               £ 3,105.00
PK Education             £84,172.00

Making a total Spend of £108,703.51
 


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Reference Number: 5736
Request Date: 08/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

From your allocated Public Health budget, how much do you propose to spend on the following areas of drug and alcohol treatment in 2019/20?

Q.1  Residential rehabilitation budget (tier4)

A.1    £0

Q.2  Residential detoxification budget (tier 4)

A.2   The residential detoxification budget has been transferred to the community substance misuse service, so the information is held by the service not ourselves.

Q.3   Community substance misuse services (tier 3)

A.3    £3,347,020

Q.4   Total substance misuse budget

A.4    See Q3


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Reference Number: 5784
Request Date: 18/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Regarding your usage of interpretation services, I would like to make the following requests under the Freedom of Information Act: 

Q.1   From 1st January 2017 – 31st December 2017 how much did the council spend of interpreting services?

A.1   £16,276.38

Q.2   Do you service interpreting requirements in-house or do you outsource to a third party company?

A.2   Outsource

Q.3   If you use a third party to service interpreting requirement

Q.3a   What is the name of the organisation you outsource to?

A.3a   Please see the attached spreadsheet

Q.3b   is the interpreting services provision contracted under a OJUE/Framework or is the service provided off contract?

A.3b  Call off from a regional framework.

Q.3c  if contracted what OJUE/Framework contract is the council accessing and when does the contract expire?

A.3c   31/03/2020

Q.3d   please provide both dates if telephone and face to face interpreting are contracted separately 

A.3d  N/A

Q.4   Who is the senior responsible officer for interpreting services at the council?

A.4   We don't have a designated interpretation officer.
 


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Reference Number: 5822
Request Date: 25/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please send me:
Q.1     Revenue budget and council tax reports for 2018 and 2019
Q.2     Budget Proposals 2019
Q.3     Equality Impacts Assessments/ Analysis on Proposed changes to the budget

If the release of any of this information is prohibited on the grounds of breach of confidence, I ask that you supply me with copies of the confidentiality agreement and remind you that information should not be treated as confidential if such an agreement has not been signed.

Duty to confirm or deny 

The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold information in relation to budgets.

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. 

All of the above documents mentioned in your request can be accessed through the committee papers on the Northumberland County Council website. Please see the below links to the relevant County Council meeting for each year below:

February 2019 County Council Meeting
February 2018 County Council Meeting
 


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Reference Number: 5925
Request Date: 12/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

How much money was been moved into your High Needs block from:
  • the schools block / early years block / central services block in 2017-2018?

In each case what is this as a percentage of the relevant block?
  • Did you have schools forum approval for each move? (not applicable, yes, no)
  • What was the overspend / underspend on High Needs in 2017-18?
How much money has been moved into your High Needs block from:
  • the schools block / early years block / central services block in 2018-19?
  • In each case what is this as a percentage of the relevant block?
Did you have schools forum approval for each move? (not applicable, yes, no)

What is the projected overspend / underspend on High Needs in 2018-19?

How much money is planned to be moved into the High Needs block from:
  • the schools block / early years block / central services block in 2019-20?
  • In each case what is this as a percentage of the relevant block?
Did you have schools forum approval for each move? (not applicable, yes, no)

What is the projected overspend / underspend on High Needs in 2019-20?

Are you expecting to incur a cumulative DSG deficit of over 1% on March 31, 2019, thus requiring a report to the ESFA/DfE?

Is this due to an overspend on the high needs block?

What was the DSG surplus/deficit in 2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18 in percentage terms?

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


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Reference Number: 5995
Request Date: 30/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How much does Northumberland County Council spend on Careers Information Advice and Guidance in schools per annum?  

A.1 The Education Act 2011 places schools under a duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for their pupils. We cannot advise how much of the delegated budgets individual schools spend on universal guidance, schools would need to be contacted directly.  Local authorities have a range of duties to support young people to participate in education or training which are set out in statutory guidance on the participation of young people. The Careers Guidance Team supports with the targeted support for vulnerable students in school, in other providers and NEET. On this basis the spend is £642,924.06 
 
Q.2   What was the actual spend last year and anticipated spend this year and next ? 

A.2 Spend in 18/19 was is £642,924.06. In 19/20 this is estimated to be £638,500.00

Q.3   Which schools are supported by Careers Information Advice and Guidance by Northumberland County Council?  

A.3 All schools receive targeted support.
The following schools pay for Universal Careers from NCC on a traded agreement:
Astley High
The Blyth Academy
James Calvert Spence 
Cleaswell Hill
Atkinson House
Collingwood
St Benet Biscop
Hillcrest
Berwick Academy
The Grove
Barndale
NCEA Castle School

Q.4   What was the actual spend for last year and anticipated spend for this year and next ? 

A.4 For targeted support: Spend in 18/19 was is £642,924.06. In 19/20 this is estimated to be £638,500.00 
For universal guidance please see Q.10.  
 
Q.5   How many individual pupils are supported per school?  

A.5   Please see the attached

Q.6   What was the actual spend for last year and  anticipated spend for this year and next ?

A.6 See response to Q4. 
 
Q.7   Does Northumberland County Council sub-contract delivery of Careers Information Advice and Guidance in schools?  

A.7 No. Schools can however sub contract delivery and FOIs would need to be made to schools for this information. 

Q.8    If so, to whom and what was the actual value for last year and the value for this year and next?

A.8 Nil

Q.9    Is Northumberland County Council a sub-contractor to deliver Careers Information Advice and Guidance in schools?  

A.9    Yes, see response to question 3. 

Q.10  If so, what was the value for last year and what is the value for this year and next ?

A.10 Total revenue from Universal Guidance 2018-19 £54,026.  A similar figure is anticipated for next year, but agreements are not signed for this period so cannot be confirmed.


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.
 


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

Question and Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Question and Response:

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

Q.2   The revenue budget allocated by Northumberland County Council, towards the hosting of Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain in September 2019.

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


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

Question and Response:

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

A.1   £250,000

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

A.2   £250,000
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6313
Request Date: 03/07/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

ECHPs
Q.1    The number of initial requests that were made for assessment for an EHC plan during the 2018 calendar year. The council may refer me to the government's SEN 2 data if it is satisfied with the accuracy of the published figure.
Q.2    Of the number of initial requests for assessment for an EHC plan during the 2018 calendar year (i.e. the question 1 figure), how many requests for assessment were refused? This question excludes requests made during the 2017 calendar year that were refused during the 2018 calendar year, but includes requests made during the 2018 calendar year that have been refused during the 2019 calendar year. I leave it to the council's discretion as to whether the SEN 2 figures satisfy these parameters.
Q.3    Of the number of initial requests that were made for assessment for an EHC plan during the 2018 calendar year (i.e. the question 1 figure), how many have resulted in EHC plans being made (including plans made during the 2019 calendar year)? Please note the SEN 2 figures do not provide this data - SEN 2 shows the number of ECH plans that were made during the 2018 calendar year, not 2019, and regardless of the year in which the request for an assessment was made.
Q.4    Of the number of initial requests that were made for assessment for an EHC plan during the 2018 calendar year (i.e. the question 1 figure), how many requests have yet to be decided upon (or are yet to have an ECH plan made, where the need for a plan has been agreed)? Please note the SEN 2 figures do not provide this data - the SEN 2 figures measure the outcomes of those assessments that took place during the 2018 calendar year
If responding to question 4 would take this request over the section 12 cost limit, please exclude question 4 and process the remainder of this request. If responding to questions 1-3 would still take this request over the section 12 cost limit, please exclude questions 1-4 in their entirety and process the remainder of this request.
Finances
Please state:
Q.5    The monetary value of the council's High Needs Block allocation from the government each year in 2018/19 and 2019/20.
Question 5 excludes any transfer of funds by the council from other parts of the DSG into the High Needs Block (or vice versa).
The forecast 2019/20 figures for the following questions 6-8 should be those forecast at the start of the financial year (e.g. as part of annual budget-setting), not forecasts produced by in-year revenue monitoring.
Q.6   The monetary value of the council's actual High Needs Block expenditure each financial year for 2018/19 and forecast for 2019/20.
Q.7   The monetary value of the council's overspend or underspend (please specify) on its High Needs Block in 2018/19 and forecast for 2019/20.
Q.8   The monetary value of transfers (a) to the council's High Needs expenditure from other parts of the council's DSG allocation, and (b) from the council's High Needs Block allocation to other parts of the council's DSG expenditure, in 2018/19 and forecast for 2019/20.
Q.9   Any proposals the council has adopted or is considering adopting to reduce (or limit increases in) its High Needs expenditure in 2019/20, including (but not limited to) mitigating action to tackle forecast High Needs Block overspends, or changes to eligibility for or provision or staffing of special needs education, or restrictions to eligibility for or provision of special needs education transport services.
Bandings
Q.10   Does the council use a banding system to allocate resources for special needs 'top up' funding?
If the answer to question 10 is 'no', please ignore questions 11-14.
Q.11   Has the council changed the value or criteria of its banding system since April 2017? If so, please provide a copy of the impact assessment for the change.
If the answer to question 11 is 'no', please ignore questions 12-14.
Q.12   What were the funding values and criteria for each band under the system prior to the change referred to in question 11? How many children were in each band immediately prior to the change?
Q.13   What were the funding values and criteria for each band under the new system following the change referred to in question 11? How many children were in each band immediately after the change? The council may refer to its impact assessment for this latter aspect.
If data protection reasons mean specific figures cannot be given for the number of children in each band, please state (if known) how many children's top-up funding rose and how many children's top-up funding fell under the change.
Q.14   How many children are currently in each band under the existing banding system?
I would like the information sent by email. Please use the attached spreadsheet to provide the information for questions 1-8.
 
Please see attached spreadsheet for responses to A1 - A8

A.9   A range of proposals are under consideration including the exceptional transfers from Schools Block to High Needs Block, and a review of SEND Commissioning Panel arrangements  

A.10   Yes

A.11   No
 


Details:

Reference Number: 7031
Request Date: 25/11/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

All transactions over £500 from 1st April 2018 to date. 

Q.1 Payments to suppliers who provide fostering and adoption services to the Council
Q.2 Payments to suppliers who provide care services to the council. This would include suppliers who provide care under each of below -
Q.2a   Children's Residential/ Nursing Care Providers
Q.2b   Adult Residential/ Nursing Care Providers
Q.2c   Elderly Residential/ Nursing Care Providers
Q.2d   Domiciliary Care Home Providers
Q.2e   Supported Living Care Home Providers
Q.2f   Care at Home Providers
Q.2g   Providers who carry out Homeless Services
Q.3 Payments to suppliers who provide Special Education Services
In particular I am looking for itemized transactions (i.e., at the daily level) for suppliers - preferably in CSV format. I look forward to the information at the earliest."

A.1 - Q.3     All payments to suppliers over £250 are published under the transparency agenda. Payments to suppliers can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Transparency.aspx