Direct Payments on Cards by Local Authorities

John A Gelmini made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 82 authorities

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Dear Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council,

1) How many of your authority's customers are in receipt of a direct payment for Care Act services, please?

2) What was the combined value of all Care Act budgets delivered through direct payments made in 2020 and 2019, please?

3) What is the median amount of a gross direct payment made on behalf of your organisation?

4) How frequently are direct payments made (i.e., weekly, fortnightly, 28 days or calendar month). Please provide a breakdown, thank you.

5) How many of your direct payment clients receive their payment into a prepaid card or managed account? Please provide a breakdown of the numbers, thank you.

6) Which prepaid card suppliers has your organisation contracted with?

7) What is the applicable contract length with these providers and when do these arrangements come up for renewal?

8) Does your organisation use prepaid cards to disburse funds to other people (i.e., asylum seekers, refugees, homeless). If so, please can you provide a breakdown of the median amount, recipient category, frequency of funds disbursed and the total value of funds made in 2020 and 2019, please?

9) Is your s151 Officer (CFO) aware of the recent £32 million GBP fine levied against Mastercard, allpay and PFS for allegedly operating a cartel in the public sector prepaid card space? Link to PSR article here: https://www.psr.org.uk/news-updates/late...

10) Has your organisation released a statement about these proceedings and if so, please can you provide it, thank you?

Yours faithfully,

John A Gelmini

Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Dear John,

Thank you for your request for information regarding ‘Direct Payments on Cards by Local Authorities’ (reference number 07690). Your request was received on the 02/09/21 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and/or Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

If you have any queries about this request, please contact Information Governance on 01254 585852. Alternatively, our email address is [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email].         

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind Regards,

Fatima Makken
Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
01254 222527

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Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Dear John

Thank you for your request for information regarding Direct Payments on Cards by Local Authorities (reference number 07690).

Unfortunately it is taking a little longer than anticipated to collate a response.

I am therefore writing to request a short extension period of one week.

Please accept my sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Fatima Makken
Apprentice Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
01254 222527

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Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

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Dear John

Thank you for your request for information regarding ‘Direct Payments on Cards by Local Authorities’ (reference number 07690); Please see our response attached/below. If you have any queries regarding your request for information then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

1) How many of your authority's customers are in receipt of a direct payment for Care Act services, please?
we currently have 406 people receiving a Direct Payment

2) What was the combined value of all Care Act budgets delivered through direct payments made in 2020 and 2019, please?

2020 2019

£5,442,722 £5,442,555

3) What is the median amount of a gross direct payment made on behalf of your organisation?
£204.61/week - using information at the end of August 2021

4) How frequently are direct payments made (i.e., weekly, fortnightly, 28 days or calendar month). Please provide a breakdown, thank you.
Direct Payments are made usually 4 weekly , but during the pandemic have been made two weekly

5) How many of your direct payment clients receive their payment into a prepaid card or managed account? Please provide a breakdown of the numbers, thank you.
We do not use pre paid cards

6) Which prepaid card suppliers has your organisation contracted with?
N/A

7) What is the applicable contract length with these providers and when do these arrangements come up for renewal?
N/A

8) Does your organisation use prepaid cards to disburse funds to other people (i.e., asylum seekers, refugees, homeless). If so, please can you provide a breakdown of the median amount, recipient category, frequency of funds disbursed and the total value of funds made in 2020 and 2019, please?
N/A

9) Is your s151 Officer (CFO) aware of the recent £32 million GBP fine levied against Mastercard, allpay and PFS for allegedly operating a cartel in the public sector prepaid card space? Link to PSR article here: https://www.psr.org.uk/news-updates/late...

Yes, however this did not impact on BwD as we do not use pre-paid cards.

Therefore we did not issue a statement.

10) Has your organisation released a statement about these proceedings and if so, please can you provide it, thank you?

As above.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request for information and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to: Information Governance Manager, Information Governance, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, 3rd Floor, Old Town Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7DY or email [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email]
 
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. 
 
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Kind Regards,

Fatima Makken
Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
01254 222527

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