Home Adaptations and Disabled Facilities Grants

Gareth Davies made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Bradford City Council as part of a batch sent to 36 authorities

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Hello,

I hope you are well. Could you please treat my request for the information below as a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please could you provide the following information on Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) or similar grants provided under your discretionary Housing Assistance Policy:

1a. The total number of referrals from occupational therapists received for home adaptations in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

1bi. The total number of households means tests completed for home adaptations in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

1bii. How many potential applicants did not proceed with making a grant application following a means test in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

1c. The total number of formal applications received for home adaptations in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

1d. The total number of formal applications approved in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

1e. The total number of grants completed in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

For the questions below, please could you specify which average measure you are using, whether it is median or mean. However, the median would be preferable.

2a. What was the average number of working days from first contact for someone to receive an initial assessment from an occupational therapist (or similar person) in each of the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

2b. What was the average number of working days between someone receiving an initial assessment from an occupational therapist (or similar person) and the date of
the referral to the housing department/ district council in each of the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

2c. What was the average number of working days between the date of the referral to the housing department/ district council and the date of the formal grant application in each of the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

2d. What was the average number of working days between the date of receipt of the formal application and the certified/ completion date of installing the adaptations in each of the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

3a. If the council is currently using its discretionary powers to provide additional funding in addition to the maximum DFG amount, please state what the new figure is and what legislation has been used to increase the figure.

In the spirit of Section 16 of the FOI Act — to “provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so, to persons who propose to make, or have made requests for information” — if you cannot answer all of these questions, please contact me to discuss what information you could supply at the earliest opportunity on 07516275710.

If you feel you cannot provide all of this information, please provide the information you can.

Please could you acknowledge this FOI request by reply with a reference on receipt AND could the information be forwarded by email in an Excel (xls) document and not a PDF.

I look forward to hearing from you promptly, and at any rate, within the statutory time limit of 20 working days from your receipt of this email.

Whilst writing, I take this opportunity to remind you of the Information Commissioner's public statements, in which he has stated that there is a "presumption of disclosure" under FOI.

Please note that if this request for FOI disclosure is refused, I reserve the right to take up the matter with the Information Commissioner and/or to pursue all legal avenues of appeal.

Thank you in advance.

Kind regards,
Vicky Gayle

Freedom of Information, Bradford City Council

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Freedom of Information, Bradford City Council

Dear Gareth Davies

 

I refer to your request for information dated 19th October 2021 under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

 

Unfortunately, it is taking longer than anticipated to retrieve the
information you have requested and therefore, we need to extend the time
limit for responding.

 

Please accept our apologies, we hope to have our response to you by 23rd
October 2021 although we will endeavour to do so before this date.  If you
have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Corporate
Information Governance team quoting the above reference number.

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council is registered with the
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Protection Act 2018. The Council takes its responsibilities under the Act
very seriously. 

 

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Regards

 

Amanda Lyth

Senior Information Governance Officer

Finance, IT & Procurement Service

 

Telephone Number: 01274 434506

Email: [Bradford City Council request email]

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Department of Corporate Resources

City Hall, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1HY

 

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Hi Amanda,

Many thanks for your email. I'm guessing you meant 23rd November (ie next week) rather than 23rd October for the new response date you're aiming for?

Kind regards,

Vicky

Freedom of Information, Bradford City Council

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Council Corporate Information Governance Team.  We confirm that we have
received your correspondence.

 

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Freedom of Information, Bradford City Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Vicky

 

I refer to your request dated 19^th October 2021 under the Freedom of
Information Act asking to supply the following information:

 

Please could you provide the following information on Disabled Facilities
Grants (DFGs) or similar grants provided under your discretionary Housing
Assistance Policy:

 

 

1a. The total number of referrals from occupational therapists received
for home adaptations in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and
2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

Response – Please see attached spread sheet.

 

 

1bi. The total number of households means tests completed for home
adaptations in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22
until 30th September 2021?

Response - Please see attached spread sheet.

 

 

1bii. How many potential applicants did not proceed with making a grant
application following a means test in the financial years 2018/19,
2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

Response - Please see attached spread sheet. We have assumed that the
information required is for cases cancelled following a means test because
of the TOR (test of resources) contribution.

 

 

1c. The total number of formal applications received for home adaptations
in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th
September 2021?

Response - Please see attached spread sheet.

 

 

1d. The total number of formal applications approved in the financial
years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

Response - Please see attached spread sheet.

 

 

1e. The total number of grants completed in the financial years 2018/19,
2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

Response - Please see attached spread sheet.

 

 

For the questions below, please could you specify which average measure
you are using, whether it is median or mean. However, the median would be
preferable.

 

2a. What was the average number of working days from first contact for
someone to receive an initial assessment from an occupational therapist
(or similar person) in each of the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20,
2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

Response - I can confirm that the Council holds information falling within
the description specified in your request. However, we estimate that the
cost of complying with your request would exceed the appropriate limit of
£450. The appropriate limit has been specified in regulations and for
local Government it is set at £450. This represents the estimated cost of
one person spending 18 hours in determining whether the Council holds the
information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information.
Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act the Council is not
obliged to comply with your request and we will not be processing your
request further.

 

Whilst we gather data on contacts, allocations and assessment activity,
data is not captured or reported in a way that allows us to join up the 3
data items which we would need to answer this question. We would need a
significant amount of time to develop reporting and we would estimate this
to be 2 weeks’ work, therefore we are unable to respond to this question.

 

 

2b. What was the average number of working days between someone receiving
an initial assessment from an occupational therapist (or similar person)
and the date of the referral to the housing department/ district council
in each of the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until
30th September 2021?

Response - Please see attached spread sheet.

 

 

2c. What was the average number of working days between the date of the
referral to the housing department/ district council and the date of the
formal grant application in each of the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20,
2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

Response - Please see attached spread sheet.

 

 

2d. What was the average number of working days between the date of
receipt of the formal application and the certified/ completion date of
installing the adaptations in each of the financial years 2018/19,
2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th September 2021?

Response - Please see attached spread sheet.

 

 

3a. If the council is currently using its discretionary powers to provide
additional funding in addition to the maximum DFG amount, please state
what the new figure is and what legislation has been used to increase the
figure.

Response - Bradford Council uses its Comprehensive Housing Renewal Policy
to support funding in excess of the mandatory DFG and this can be viewed
on the Council’s website. Your request for information has been considered
by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

The information requested is exempt from release under section 21 of the
Freedom of Information Act as it is reasonably accessible in the public
domain and can be located via the following link:

 

[1]https://www.bradford.gov.uk/housing/poli...

 

In accordance with section 17(1) of the Freedom of Information Act, this
response acts as a refusal notice under the provisions of section 21 of
the Act.

 

 

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, if you are not
satisfied with the reply to your request you can ask for a review. A
request for a review must be submitted within 40 working days in writing
to the Corporate Information Governance Team, City of Bradford
Metropolitan District Council, City Hall, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1
1HY or by emailing [2][Bradford City Council request email].

 

If you are still not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review you
have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner who can be
contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Tel: 0303 123 1113 URL: [3]www.ico.org.uk.

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council is registered with the
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) under the provisions of the Data
Protection Act 2018. The Council takes its responsibilities under the Act
very seriously.  To find out more on how we handle your information,
please click on the following link:
[4]https://www.bradford.gov.uk/privacy-notice

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Amanda Lyth

Senior Information Governance Officer

 

Finance, IT & Procurement Service

 

Tel: 01274 434506

City Hall, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1HY

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Department of Corporate Resources

 

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software viruses, any attachments to this email may nevertheless contain
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documents. Bradford Council will not accept any liability for damage
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