Scottish LAs Discretionary Deferral Funding Stats for 2020-2021

Patricia Anderson made this Freedom of Information request to Aberdeen City Council

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Patricia Anderson

Dear Aberdeen City Council,

Please accept this email as a Freedom of Information request. I am sending this request to all 32 Scottish local authorities.

Please could the Council provide:

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 (nursery) for children whose fifth birthdays will fall between the day after the school start date in August 2020 and 31st Dec 2020.

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 and
c) continued funding for split placements where a child attends both a private/voluntary and a council run setting.

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 and
c) split placements where a child attends both a private/voluntary and a council run setting.

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 2019 and the date of your response to this FoI request?

7a. How many applications did the Council receive for children to be permitted early entry to primary school to start in Aug 2020 instead of Aug 2021 (for children who will turn five on or after 1st March 2021)?

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?

9. How many parents/carers are currently financing a further year of nursery for their child's deferral year themselves in a council run nursery after the Council refused to fund their request for this?

10. How many older children* has the Council permitted to defer their primary one start till 2021?
*(by "older children" I mean those who had already reached the age of five by the school commencement date in August 2020).

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

2 Atodiad

Dear Ms Anderson,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-20-0832.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 24
August 2020. 

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 21 September 2020.

 

While Aberdeen City Council are prioritising resources to support
vulnerable citizens and essential services, we remain committed to provide
responses to requests as soon as we can.

 

Please refer to [1]FOISA reviews & appeals and [2]Your Data for more
information about your rights under the Freedom of Information Scotland
Act (FOISA).

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[3]ACC_Crest_for mac Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
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Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
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Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1^st Floor  |
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Patricia Anderson

Dear Aberdeen City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Aberdeen City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Scottish LAs Discretionary Deferral Funding Stats for 2020-2021'. I have not received a response within the statutory 20 working days. Please could this be investigated and sent as soon as possible.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Ms Anderson,

 

Thank you for your information request of 24 August 2020 and please accept
our sincere apologies for delay in providing the response to you. 
Aberdeen City Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the
information requested. Our response is now detailed below.

 

Please could the Council provide:

 

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 (nursery) for children whose fifth birthdays will fall between
the day after the school start date in August 2020 and 31st Dec 2020.

There were 77 applications – 1 parent withdrew the application leaving 76
applications considered for children born between August and December

 

2) A breakdown of the total number in 1. above by requests for

a) continued funding in private/voluntary settings and

12

 

b) continued funding in council run settings and

64

 

c) continued funding for split placements where a child attends both a
private/voluntary and a council run setting.

0

 

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

11

 

b) council run settings and

63

 

c) split placements where a child attends both a private/voluntary and a
council run setting.

N/A

 

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

40 children born in December applied, 39 were granted.

 

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?

There have been 3 challenges to decisions made.

 

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

All 3 were overturned due to the additional information contained in the
challenge.

 

6. How many official complaints has the Council received regarding
discretionary deferral funding decisions between Nov 2019 and the date of
your response to this FoI request?

None.

 

7a. How many applications did the Council receive for children to be
permitted early entry to primary school to start in Aug 2020 instead of
Aug 2021 (for children who will turn five on or after 1st March 2021)?

We failed to provide a response to this question. A review request is
logged based on lateness. An acknowledgement e-mail in relation to your
review request will be sent to you shortly.

 

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

We failed to provide a response to this questions. A review request is
logged based on lateness. An acknowledgement e-mail in relation to your
review request will be sent to you shortly.

 

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

No, our Deferred Entry Policy is included within the Aberdeen City Council
Admissions Policy.  It will be updated in line with Scottish Government
legislation or guidance as required.

 

9. How many parents/carers are currently financing a further year of
nursery for their child's deferral year themselves in a council run
nursery after the Council refused to fund their request for this?

There are no parents of children in Funded Provider settings who are
self-funding due to refusal of a Deferred Entry place. 

 

10. How many older children* has the Council permitted to defer their
primary one start till 2021?

*(by "older children" I mean those who had already reached the age of five
by the school commencement date in August 2020).

There was one application from a child with birth date before the
commencement date, this application was refused.  The child was born in
June 2015.

 

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We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[3]ACC_Crest_for Salomeh Kheyri Rad | Access to Information Officer
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Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1^st Floor  | Broad
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Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Ms Anderson,

 
Thank you for your request for a review, received on 23 September 2020, to
reconsider the information request ref: FOI-20-0832 – Childcare on the
basis that Aberdeen City Council (ACC) failed to respond to Questions 7a &
7b within the statutory deadline. Under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), if an applicant writes to ACC expressing
dissatisfaction with the way in which ACC has dealt with their request
(this includes enquiring about the status of a late response), ACC must
treat this as a formal request for review. The applicant does not need to
specifically ask for a review.

In accordance with the timescales set out in FOISA, you should receive a
review outcome on or before 21 October 2020. If ACC fails to provide you
with a response by that date, you can apply to the Office of the Scottish
Information Commissioner (OSIC) to make a decision. Please refer to the
Further Information section below.

We would also take this opportunity to advise you that you will have no
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Yours sincerely,

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Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1^st Floor  | Broad
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Dear Ms Anderson,

 

Thank you for your email received on 23 September 2020 requesting that
Aberdeen City Council (ACC) review its handling of your request on the
basis that Aberdeen City Council (ACC) failed to respond to Questions 7a &
7b within the statutory deadline. We can now advise you that we have
undertaken an internal review of our decision and the findings are set out
below.

 

Review Outcome

 

Please accept our sincere apologies for delay in providing you the
response.

 

7a. How many applications did the Council receive for children to be
permitted early entry to primary school to start in Aug 2020 instead of
Aug 2021 (for children who will turn five on or after 1st March 2021)?

There were none for 2020/2021.

 

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

Not applicable, please see the response provided to the above question.

 

What happens next? 

 

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your request for an internal
review, you can apply directly to the Office of the Scottish Information
Commissioner (OSIC) for a decision. Generally, OSIC cannot make a decision
unless you have been through the ACC’s review procedure. To make an
application to OSIC, please write or email OSIC at:  

 

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

[1]www.itspublicknowledge.info

 

An application to OSIC must be made in writing within six months of
receipt of ACC’s Review Decision Notice. When applying to OSIC for a
decision you should give your name and address for correspondence. Please
note that OSIC will not be able to investigate if you have not used your
real name to make your information request. You must also specify:

 

● which request for information your requirement for review relates to

● the reason that you asked ACC to carry out a review of your request

● the reason why you are not satisfied with ACC's review outcome decision

 

The Commissioner will contact ACC and invite its comments on your
application. Thereafter (if no settlement has meantime been reached), the
Commissioner must reach a decision within 4 months of receiving your
application, or within such other period as is reasonable. You will
receive written notice of the outcome of the Commissioner’s decision.

 

Should you wish to appeal against the Scottish Information Commissioner's
decision, there is an appeal to the Court of Session on a point of law
only. Any such appeal must be made within 42 days after the date of the
decision has been issued.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[2]ACC_Crest_for Salomeh Kheyri Rad | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College | Business Hub 6 | 1^st Floor  | Broad
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