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Dear Sir/Madam,

Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request

We write to request the following information under the FOIA in relation to assessments of, and the provision of support to, families with No Recourse to Public Funds (“NRPF”) seeking access to support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989. If you require any further clarification as to our request, kindly inform us promptly and we would be happy to assist.

Contact details:

1. Does your local authority have a separate team dealing with requests for support under section 17 Children Act 1989, for example an ‘NRPF team’?
2. If yes, please provide contact details for this team (telephone and email)
3. If no, please confirm where referrals for such support should be directed to and the contact details (telephone and email)
4. Please also provide contact details for the relevant legal team supporting children’s services or dedicated NRPF team

Policies:

5. Do you have any guidance or policy documents or other such written material in respect of undertaking assessments and providing support pursuant to section 17 of the Children Act 1989 to families with no recourse to public funds (including documents specific to this issue, or of more general application but covering this issue)?
6. If yes, please provide us with a copy.

Subsistence:

7. Do you pay a set rate of financial subsistence to families with no recourse to public funds?

If you answered yes in response to Q7 please consider questions 8-14, but ignore questions 15-16. If you answered no, please ignore questions 8-14 and proceed to question 15.

8. If yes, what is paid?
9. How has that figure been reached? E.g. is it by reference to Child Benefit rates, asylum support (section 4 or section 95 rates)?
10. When was this level set?
11. Who took this decision?
12. Please provide copies of any reports, minutes, decision documents detailing the setting of this rate.
13. If you do not pay a set rate of financial subsistence to families with no recourse to public funds, do you have any guidelines relating to rates of financial support?
14. If yes, please provide a copy.
15. If you do not pay a set rate of financial subsistence to families with no recourse to public funds, in the months April to September 2020, how many families with NRPF were receiving regular financial subsistence support under section 17 (CA 1989) from your local authority?
16. Please specify how much financial support each family received per week (or fortnight if subsistence is paid fortnightly rather than weekly) as regular subsistence in each of the months April, May, June, July, August and September 2020. Please provide a breakdown for each of these months and when doing so please provide the following information:

a. Specify the composition of the household (i.e. whether it is a two or single-parent household and how many children there are)
b. identify whether the household has any children under 1-year-old and, if so, how many
c. identify whether the household has any children between 1 and 3 years old and, if so, how many;
d. identify whether the household has any children between 4 and 17 years old and, if so, how many
e. identify whether any of the members of the household were pregnant
f. identify whether the household ever received any discretionary payments for individual items from the Council and, if so, how much;
g. identify whether the household ever received additional funds for travel costs, and if so, how much.

Please note that we are not requesting personal data and we are not requesting identifying information. We are expecting to receive something along these lines. Please note, we are not prescribing the format of your response, though you are welcome to follow our suggestion ( a table format). We are trying to provide clarification that we hope will assist you in responding.

We anticipate that this information will be easily accessible to you as we understand that the majority (if not all) of the families will receive automated payments to their subsistence cards.

If you require any further clarification as to our request, kindly inform us promptly and we would be happy to assist.
If you hold any of the information requested but consider it is exempt from disclosure, please state specifically what exemption you rely upon (including the relevant statutory provision) and the reason you consider it to be applicable.

We look forward to receiving your response within 20 working days as per the FOIA.

Yours faithfully,

Blessing

Freedom Of Information (NELC), North East Lincolnshire Council

Dear Sir / Madam

 

I am pleased to acknowledge your request for information, which has been
allocated the reference number NELC/19490/2021.

Your request has been passed to the relevant department and you can expect
your response within the 20 working day limit. If it will take us longer
than 20 working days to respond to you, we will inform you of this and
provide you with the expected date for receiving a response.

 

Further information about how we will deal with your Freedom of
Information requests is available on our website at:

 

[1]https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/your-council/...

 

Please feel free to contact me if you require any further information or
assistance quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

 

North East Lincolnshire Council

 

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Freedom Of Information (NELC), North East Lincolnshire Council

Dear Sir / Madam

 

Thank you for your information request, reference number NELC/19490/2021.
I can confirm that North East Lincolnshire Council holds the following
information:

 

1.            Does your local authority have a separate team dealing with
requests for support under section 17 Children Act 1989, for example an
‘NRPF team’?

No

2.            If yes, please provide contact details for this team
(telephone and email)

N/A

3.            If no, please confirm where referrals for such support
should be directed to and the contact details (telephone and email)

[1][email address], 01472 326292 option 2

 

4.            Please also provide contact details for the relevant legal
team supporting children’s services or dedicated NRPF team

[2][email address]

 

Policies:

 

5.            Do you have any guidance or policy documents or other such
written material in respect of undertaking assessments and providing
support pursuant to section 17 of the Children Act 1989 to families with
no recourse to public funds (including documents specific to this issue,
or of more general application but covering this issue)?

The Front Door uses Assessing & Supporting Children who have no recourse
to Public Funds (NRPF)

 

6.            If yes, please provide us with a copy.

[3]http://guidance.nrpfnetwork.org.uk/reade...

 

Subsistence:

 

7.            Do you pay a set rate of financial subsistence to families
with no recourse to public funds?

No

 

If you answered yes in response to Q7 please consider questions 8-14, but
ignore questions 15-16. If you answered no, please ignore questions 8-14
and proceed to question 15.

 

8.            If yes, what is paid?

 

9.            How has that figure been reached? E.g. is it by reference to
Child Benefit rates, asylum support (section 4 or section 95 rates)?

 

10.          When was this level set?

 

11.          Who took this decision?

 

12.          Please provide copies of any reports, minutes, decision
documents detailing the setting of this rate.

 

13.          If you do not pay a set rate of financial subsistence to
families with no recourse to public funds, do you have any guidelines
relating to rates of financial support?

 

14.          If yes, please provide a copy.

 

15.          If you do not pay a set rate of financial subsistence to
families with no recourse to public funds, in the months April to
September 2020, how many families with NRPF were receiving regular
financial subsistence support under section 17 (CA 1989) from your local
authority?

 

Please note we are unable to identify from our records the families that
we are supporting for NRPF.

 

16.          Please specify how much financial support each family
received per week (or fortnight if subsistence is paid fortnightly rather
than weekly) as regular subsistence in each of the months April, May,
June, July, August and September 2020. Please provide a breakdown for each
of these months and when doing so please provide the following
information:

 

Please note we are unable to identify from our records the families that
we are supporting for NRPF.

 

a.              Specify the composition of the household (i.e. whether it
is a two or single-parent household and how many children there are)

b.               

 

b.            identify whether the household has any children under
1-year-old and, if so, how many

 

c.             identify whether the household has any children between 1
and 3 years old and, if so, how many;

 

d.            identify whether the household has any children between 4
and 17 years old and, if so, how many

 

e.            identify whether any of the members of the household were
pregnant

 

f.             identify whether the household ever received any
discretionary payments for individual items from the Council and, if so,
how much;

 

g.            identify whether the household ever received additional
funds for travel costs, and if so, how much.  

 

If you believe that your request for information has not been handled in
accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, you have the right to
request an internal review by the Council. If you wish to request an
internal review, please write to us detailing the reasons why. Please be
clear about which elements of the Council’s response or handling of the
request you are unhappy with, and would like the Council to address during
the internal review process.  If following this you are still dissatisfied
you may contact the Office of the Information Commissioner.

 

Yours sincerely

 

North East Lincolnshire Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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