July 2019 - Discretionary Deferral Funding & Early Entry to School Data

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Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

Please accept this email as a Freedom of Information request.
Please could the Council provide:

(For Qs 1-3 below this data was already requested in an FoI by Sarah McCluckie via the WDTK website in early May so I am looking for either confirmation that your response to that FoI is still accurate or an update on the data if there have been any subsequent applications and decisions).

1) The total number of requests received to date for the Council to provide discretionary funding for a further year of early learning and childcare for children whose fifth birthdays will fall between the day after the school start date in August 2019 and 31st Dec 2019.

2) A breakdown of the total number in 1. above by requests for
a) continued funding in private/voluntary settings and
b) continued funding in council run settings.

3) In relation to question 2, please provide the number of places the Council has agreed to provide continued funding for in
a) private/voluntary settings and
b) council run settings.

4. How many of the children applying have a December birthday?

5a. How many appeals (challenges if there is no official appeals process) did the Council receive against the Council’s decision not to grant funding?

5b. How many of these appeals/challenges resulted in the initial decision being overturned?

6. How many official complaints has the Council received regarding discretionary deferral funding decisions between Nov 2018 and today?

7a. How many applications did the Council receive for children to be permitted early entry to primary school to start in Aug 2019 instead of Aug 2020 (for children who will turn five on or after 1st March 2020)?

7b. How many of these early entry applications were approved?

8. Is the Council’s discretionary deferral funding policy currently under review or are there any plans to update it in the near future?

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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18/07/2019 12:00 - Patricia Anderson wrote:
[External Email]

Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

Please accept this email as a Freedom of Information request.
Please could the Council provide:

(For Qs 1-3 below this data was already requested in an FoI by Sarah
McCluckie via
the WDTK website in early May so I am looking for either confirmation that
your
response to that FoI is still accurate or an update on the data if there
have been
any subsequent applications and decisions).

1) The total number of requests received to date for the Council to
provide
discretionary funding for a further year of early learning and childcare
for
children whose fifth birthdays will fall between the day after the school
start
date in August 2019 and 31st Dec 2019.

2) A breakdown of the total number in 1. above by requests for
a) continued funding in private/voluntary settings and
b) continued funding in council run settings.

3) In relation to question 2, please provide the number of places the
Council has
agreed to provide continued funding for in
a) private/voluntary settings and
b) council run settings.

4. How many of the children applying have a December birthday?

5a. How many appeals (challenges if there is no official appeals process)
did the
Council receive against the Council’s decision not to grant funding?

5b. How many of these appeals/challenges resulted in the initial decision
being
overturned?

6. How many official complaints has the Council received regarding
discretionary
deferral funding decisions between Nov 2018 and today?

7a. How many applications did the Council receive for children to be
permitted
early entry to primary school to start in Aug 2019 instead of Aug 2020
(for
children who will turn five on or after 1st March 2020)?

7b. How many of these early entry applications were approved?

8. Is the Council’s discretionary deferral funding policy currently under
review
or are there any plans to update it in the near future?

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

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Patricia Anderson

Dear CNES FOI Team,

Thank you for your response to my FoI request of 18th July 2019. However, there seems to be an inconsistency in the data provided. The response states that only one of the two appeals/challenges resulted in the initial decision being overturned (see Qs 5a and 5b) yet it also states that all 5 applications were approved (Q1 and Q3). I would be very grateful if you could clarify this for me as my interpretation of the data is that one of the five applications was therefore refused.

Yours sincerely,

Patricia Anderson

CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

1 Atodiad

Good morning,

Re: help desk request (ticket ref [1]2019071827000101)

Apologies, there was a small error in the data.  Please see amended
version attached.

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Kind regards

FOI Team
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar | Sandwick Road | Stornoway | Isle of Lewis |
HS1 2BW
Email: [Comhairle nan Eilean Siar request email]
Web: [2]http://www..cne-siar.gov.uk
Tel: 0845 600 70 90 (Extension 211222)

18/07/2019 12:00 - Patricia Anderson wrote:
[External Email]

Dear CNES FOI Team,

Thank you for your response to my FoI request of 18th July 2019. However,
there
seems to be an inconsistency in the data provided. The response states
that only
one of the two appeals/challenges resulted in the initial decision being
overturned (see Qs 5a and 5b) yet it also states that all 5
applications  were
approved (Q1 and Q3). I would be very grateful if you could clarify this
for me as
my interpretation of the data is that one of the five applications was
therefore
refused.

Yours sincerely,

Patricia Anderson

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