Dear Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council,

I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information act for all transactions over £500 from 1st April 2017 to 31st December 2018. As a minimum, please make sure to include the date, value and recipient of each transaction.

If it would help, I am specifically looking for payments to suppliers who provide a service in Health and Social Care. This would include all suppliers falling under the categories :-

1. Payments to suppliers who provide fostering and adoption services to the Council
2. Payments to suppliers who provide care services to the council. This would include suppliers who provide care under each of below -
a. Children's Residential/ Nursing Care Providers
b. Adult Residential/ Nursing Care Providers
c. Elderly Residential/ Nursing Care Providers
d. Domiciliary Care Home Providers
e. Supported Living Care Home Providers
f. Care at Home Providers
g. Providers who carry out Homeless Services
3. Payments to suppliers who provide Special Education Services

In particular I am looking for itemized transactions for suppliers from 1st April 2017 - 31st December 2018 - preferably in CSV format. I look forward to the information at the earliest.

Yours Faithfully,
Nikhil Prabhu

CSG InformationRights, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

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Peter Glazinski, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Prabhu

 

Subject: Freedom of Information - Finance and ICT - Financial Services and
Training

 

I refer to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and to your email to this
service dated 18/02/2019.

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, we are able to grant
access to the records requested and accordingly they are as follows:

 

'I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information act for all
transactions over £500 from 1st April 2017 to 31st December 2018. As a
minimum, please make sure to include the date, value and recipient of each
transaction.

 

If it would help, I am specifically looking for payments to suppliers who
provide a service in Health and Social Care. This would include all
suppliers falling under the categories :-

 

1. Payments to suppliers who provide fostering and adoption services to
the Council

2. Payments to suppliers who provide care services to the council. This
would include suppliers who provide care under each of below - a.
Children's Residential/ Nursing Care Providers b. Adult Residential/
Nursing Care Providers c. Elderly Residential/ Nursing Care Providers d.
Domiciliary Care Home Providers e. Supported Living Care Home Providers f.
Care at Home Providers g. Providers who carry out Homeless Services.

3. Payments to suppliers who provide Special Education Services

 

In particular I am looking for itemized transactions for suppliers from
1st April 2017 - 31st December 2018 - preferably in CSV format. I look
forward to the information at the earliest.'

 

Please note the information you require is exempt from disclosure under
section S21 or S22 of the Freedom of Information Act as it is information
readily available by other means or is information intended for future
publication, I enclose the link(s) to assist.

 

[1]https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/345... (All
payment types are included).

 

NB - Information of payments relating to the above payment types can be
found within the Care, Wellbeing & Learning sections - payments to 3rd
parties

 

 

Please note:

The information provided in response to your request is copyright
Gateshead Council unless otherwise endorsed. Granting access to this
information under the Freedom of Information Act does not permit you to
re-use the information provided for commercial purposes, for photocopying
or reproduction in any form. If you wish to re-use the information you
need to apply for a Licence. You can do this by writing to Tanya
Rossington, Information Rights Officer, Corporate Services and Governance,
1st Floor, Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH. You may be
required to pay a fee or comply with conditions for permitted re-use.

 

Should you have any queries regarding the contents of this letter, please
contact Peter Glazinski on 0191 433 3744.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

PeterGlazinski

Principal Finance Officer

Customer and Financial Services

Gateshead Council

Tel: 0191 433 3744

[email address]

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

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Dear Peter Glazinski,

Thank you for your response, however, I do not see any Fostering type transactions included in the link you have sent over. Could you please let me know where I may access those payments or send them over to me for the stipulated timeperiod (April 2017 - Current)

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

CSG InformationRights, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Prabhu

The weekly payments are below the £500 limit and therefore cannot be seen on the previous link

The weekly fostering rates can be seen on the Gateshead Council website at the following link:

https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/398...

Thank you
Information Rights Officer

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear CSG InformationRights,

Thank you for your response.
I was referring to payments to IFAs (Independent Fostering Agencies), and Suppliers providing Fostering services to the Council, not weekly payments to Foster Carers. Apologies for being clear.

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Dear CSG InformationRights,

Do you have an update to my 15 March message below?

I was referring to payments to IFAs (Independent Fostering Agencies), and Suppliers providing Fostering services to the Council, not weekly payments to Foster Carers. Apologies for not being clear.

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

CSG InformationRights, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Prabhu

My colleague from Finance will be in touch.
I have forwarded your email.

Thank you
Information Rights Officer

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Peter Glazinski, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Hello Mr Prabhu,

 

With reference to the above FOI request and your supplementary question
regarding IFAs (Independent Fostering Agencies), this information has now
been added separately to the Gateshead Council website for the period in
question. Please note that any sensitive information has been marked as
‘Redacted’.

 

[1]https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/345...

 

 

Many thanks

 

PeterGlazinski

Principal Finance Officer

Customer and Financial Services

Gateshead Council

Tel: 0191 433 3744

[email address]

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

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Dear Peter Glazinski,

Thank you for your response yesterday.

I would like to point out that there is still no information on IFAs (Independent Fostering Agencies) on the weblink files (as all the Suppliers for 2017-18-19 have been redacted).

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Peter Glazinski, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Hello Mr Prabhu,

We are unable to provide details of names of Foster carers due to the Personal nature of the information, likewise, we are unable to provide details of the Fostering Agencies as this could lead to placements being identified if only one placement was with a particular agency - this is the only reason why we have replaced these details with the word 'REDACTED' on our weblink.

I hope this clarifies your question.

Many thanks

PeterGlazinski
Principal Finance Officer
Exchequer Services
Civic Centre
Gateshead
Tel: 0191 433 3744
[email address]

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Peter Glazinski,

Please note my concerns below :-

1) We do not request names of carers
2) Surely you need to provide details on IFA spend transactions as all local councils do
3) The entire country provides this detail. Failure to do so would cause us to raise this matter with the commissioner as this is deliberate non compliance
4) We are a research organization focusing on Health & Social Care data analytics in the UK and as such do not require any personal information

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Peter Glazinski, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Afternoon Mr Prabhu,

I have referred your query to the Councils Information Rights officer who will reply to you direct.

Regards

PeterGlazinski
Principal Finance Officer
Exchequer Services
Civic Centre
Gateshead
Tel: 0191 433 3744
[email address]

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Peter Glazinski,

I have not heard from Councils Information Rights officer, it has been 14 working days.

We have been very reasonable for an extremely long period of time . Unfortunately we do now need this information – we are a research organisation and would be grateful if you could please provide us the information this week – failing which we will now be forced to escalate this matter.

Thank you,
Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Peter Glazinski, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Morning Tanya,

Further to my e-mail to you on the 10/04/2019, Mr Prabhu is still waiting for a reply to his request for an Internal review of FOI 53161, would you advise Mr Prabhu of the current position regarding your progress.

Many Thanks

PeterGlazinski
Principal Finance Officer
Exchequer Services
Civic Centre
Gateshead
Tel: 0191 433 3744
[email address]

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Peter Glazinski, Ms. Tanya, FOI Team,

I am still waiting for a reply to my request for an Internal review of FOI 53161.
This is now very urgent and serious.

Thank you!
Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Peter Glazinski, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Hello Mr Prabhu,

As this is an internal review I am no longer directly involved, the reply will come direct from the Councils Information Rights Office, I suggest that you resend your e-mail to [email address]

Thanks

PeterGlazinski
Principal Finance Officer
Exchequer Services
Civic Centre
Gateshead
Tel: 0191 433 3744
[email address]

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Peter Glazinski,

Thank you for your response, however, I cannot view the email address you have shared in this portal.
So I am unable to resend my email to them. Please help assist me Sir.

Regards,
Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Peter Glazinski, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Hello Mr Prabhu,

I'm not sure why you can't resend your email, I've just gone into the Google website and found that the e-mail link is working OK;

Google - Gateshead Council Freedom of Information - mailto: [Gateshead Council request email]

Please retry or alternatively you can right in direct, the postal address is on the same site.

Thanks

PeterGlazinski
Principal Finance Officer
Exchequer Services
Civic Centre
Gateshead
Tel: 0191 433 3744
[email address]

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Peter Glazinski, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Peter Glazinski would like to recall the message, "FW: FOI 53161 - Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Council Expenditure or Payment to Suppliers".

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Peter Glazinski, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Hello Mr Prabhu,

I'm not sure why you can't resend your email, I've just gone into the Google website and found that the e-mail link is working OK;

Google - Gateshead Council Freedom of Information - mailto: [Gateshead Council request email]

Please retry or alternatively you can write in direct, the postal address is on the same site.

Thanks

PeterGlazinski
Principal Finance Officer
Exchequer Services
Civic Centre
Gateshead
Tel: 0191 433 3744
[email address]

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Peter Glazinski,

Ok, Thank you, I will do that.

My only worry is that - It should not be counted as a new request. Since my original request is dated 18th February, with my follow-up on 14th March.

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu