Changes to short breaks services for adults with a learning disability

Jo Davies made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Dorset County Council

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Dear Dorset County Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I kindly request the following information in relation to short breaks services for adults with a learning disability in your local authority. NB: short breaks services are also known as respite services.

1) How many adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability were known to social services in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11, c) 2011/12 and d) 2012/13?

2) What was your net expenditure for short breaks services for adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12, and d) what was the agreed budget figure for 2012/13?

3) How many adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability attended short breaks services in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12, and d) what is your projection for short breaks service use in 2012/13?

4) How many short breaks services closed in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12, and d) have you closed/are you planning to close any short breaks services in 2012/13?

5) If there have been short breaks service closures within the local authority, have alternative services been put in place for those who attended the short breaks service?

Please give details of a) the number of adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability who attended the service(s) that closed, and b) the number of adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability who attend the alternative service(s) (if applicable).

Yours faithfully,

Jo Davies

Dorset County Council

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Dear Jo Davies

I am writing further to your email below.

Please find attached a comprehensive report on Dorset adult learning
disability short breaks provision dated and the Dorset LD Joint
Commissioning Strategy 2010-13. The breaks situation has not changed
substantially since 2010 and I hope the report answers most of your queries
in terms of the level and type of provision, and likely future demand.

In answer to the specific questions:

1) How many adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability were known to
social services in;
a) 2009/10, 1,214
b) 2010/11, 1,281
c) 2011/12 1,359
d)2012/13 1,458
NB Figures relate to adults 18 plus

2) What was your net expenditure for short breaks services for adults aged
18-64 with a learning disability in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12,
and d) what was the agreed budget figure for 2012/13?
Please see attached reports.

3) How many adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability attended short
breaks services in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12, and d) what is
your projection for short breaks service use in 2012/13?
Please see attached reports

4) How many short breaks services closed in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c)
2011/12, and d) have you closed/are you planning to close any short breaks
services in 2012/13?
Since 2009 DCC has decommissioned 2 residential respite places in
Dorchester from an independent provider, but these have been recommissioned
by NHS Dorset. A further 2 places in Bridport were decommissioned by DCC
due to lack of demand - most of the individuals using the services had
moved on to independent accommodation. DCC opened a new build residential
care home in August 2013 comprising 10 long term and 6 short break places.

5) If there have been short breaks service closures within the local
authority, have alternative services been put in place for those who
attended the short breaks service?
Yes. For the Bridport provision that closed individual alternatives were
sourced via the Shared Lives Scheme and the allocation of Personal Budgets.

I would also add that it is now more difficult to define a "Short break
service" due to the number of individuals that are using Personal Budgets.
I have taken the questions to refer overnight care outside the individuals
home but there is an increasing range of day time provision that could be
classed as "respite" such as the use of Shared Lives providers offering day
time activities.

If you are not completely satisfied with my response, please contact me
again, or write to the complaints officer at: Dorset County Council, County
Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ. Or you can follow the
complaints procedure that can be found on our website www.dorsetforyou.com
at http://212.104.140.176/index.jsp?article... If your appeal is
not resolved to your satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the
Information Commissioner for a decision.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Team
Dorset County Council

(See attached file: Strategy for Adults with a Learning Disability 2010-13
Full Version.doc)(See attached file: Short breaks report master
v10june10.do.doc)


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Freedom of Information request -
Changes to short breaks services
for adults with a learning
disability





Dear Dorset County Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I kindly request the
following information in relation to short breaks services for
adults with a learning disability in your local authority. NB:
short breaks services are also known as respite services.

1) How many adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability were known
to social services in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11, c) 2011/12 and d)
2012/13?

2) What was your net expenditure for short breaks services for
adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability in a) 2009/10, b)
2010/11 and c) 2011/12, and d) what was the agreed budget figure
for 2012/13?

3) How many adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability attended
short breaks services in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11 and c) 2011/12, and
d) what is your projection for short breaks service use in 2012/13?

4) How many short breaks services closed in a) 2009/10, b) 2010/11
and c) 2011/12, and d) have you closed/are you planning to close
any short breaks services in 2012/13?

5) If there have been short breaks service closures within the
local authority, have alternative services been put in place for
those who attended the short breaks service?

Please give details of a) the number of adults aged 18-64 with a
learning disability who attended the service(s) that closed, and b)
the number of adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability who
attend the alternative service(s) (if applicable).

Yours faithfully,

Jo Davies

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Dear Dorset County Council,

Thanks for the information provided so far.

Please could you clarify where I can find the information requested in questions 2 and 3? You have attached two reports that total over 100 pages, but haven't specified where I can find the exact information.

Yours faithfully,

Jo Davies

Dorset County Council

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Dorset County Council

Dear Jo Davies

I have passed your request back to the relevant department and aim to get a
response to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Team
Dorset County Council


Jo Davies
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30/10/2012 15:10
Subject
Re: Freedom of Information request
- Changes to short breaks services
for adults with a learning
disability





Dear Dorset County Council,

Thanks for the information provided so far.

Please could you clarify where I can find the information requested
in questions 2 and 3? You have attached two reports that total over
100 pages, but haven't specified where I can find the exact
information.

Yours faithfully,

Jo Davies

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dorset County Council

Dear Jo Davies

Further to your email below, I have now received the following message from
our Adults Strategic Commissioning Manager:

Page 7 of the report on short break provision provides the information on
number of people receiving short breaks and DCC expenditure for 2008/9.
This is a year before the info requested. The report was a snapshot of
provision and we don't routinely collect the information in this format.

As stated in the return, since 2008/9 we have seen an increasing number of
people funding breaks through a Direct Payment - we don't collect
information on this expenditure.

If you are not completely satisfied with my response, please contact me
again, or write to the complaints officer at: Dorset County Council, County
Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ. Or you can follow the
complaints procedure that can be found on our website www.dorsetforyou.com
at http://212.104.140.176/index.jsp?article... If your appeal is
not resolved to your satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the
Information Commissioner for a decision.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Team
Dorset County Council


Jo Davies
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acdb451@whatdothe To
yknow.com> [Dorset County Council request email]
cc
30/10/2012 15:10
Subject
Re: Freedom of Information request
- Changes to short breaks services
for adults with a learning
disability





Dear Dorset County Council,

Thanks for the information provided so far.

Please could you clarify where I can find the information requested
in questions 2 and 3? You have attached two reports that total over
100 pages, but haven't specified where I can find the exact
information.

Yours faithfully,

Jo Davies

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir