Scottish LAs Discretionary Deferral Funding Stats for 2020-2021

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Patricia Anderson

Dear Falkirk 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, Falkirk Council

1 Atodiad

Good morning,

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

 

We acknowledge receipt of your information request dated 24 August 2020 .
The Reference Number for this is 102317.

 

In terms of the relevant legislation, we have 20 working days to deal with
your request from the date that we received it.  Where possible, we will
respond sooner.  However, as you might expect, Covid-19 is currently
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On behalf of Falkirk Council

Maureen

Information Team

 

 

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Patricia Anderson

Dear Falkirk Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Falkirk 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, Falkirk Council

1 Atodiad

Good morning,

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

S.21(5) Review Notice

 

We acknowledge receipt of your request for review received on 23/9/20. The
Reference Number for this remains 102317.

 

We have 20 working days to deal with your request from the date that we
received it but we will respond earlier where possible.

 

On behalf of Falkirk Council

Maureen

Information Team

Your privacy is important to us. You can find out how we deal with your
personal information here.

 

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Patricia Anderson

Dear Falkirk Council,

I have not received a response to my request for an FoI review on 23rd Sep 2020 which is due no later than today. If I do not receive this by tomorrow (22nd Oct), I will be writing to the information commissioner regarding this.

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

FOI, Falkirk Council

Dear Patricia

Thank you for your email. I have passed it on to Childrens Services for their information.

Thanks

Lynn
Information Team

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FOI Education Services, Falkirk Council

4 Atodiad

Dear Ms Anderson ,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Scottish LAs Discretionary Deferral Funding Stats for 2020-2021

 

Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information request on
the above matter. Please accept our sincere apologies in the delay in
responding. As you might expect, Covid-19 has impacted on our ability to
respond to requests on time, either because staff are working from home
and are therefore unable to carry out full searches for information or
because staff are working on delivering essential front-line services.  

I also attach a leaflet detailing your right to complain if you are
unhappy with the way in which your request has been handled.

I trust you will find the information enclosed helpful.

Yours sincerely,

 

Education FOI Liaison Officer

 

Children’s Services

Sealock House

2 Inchyra Road

GRANGEMOUTH

FK3 9XB

 

T: 01324 506600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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