Special Educational Needs Legal Costs

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Dear Ceredigion Council,

1. What company's services are used by Ceredigion LA for SEN legal advice and/or SEN tribunal representation?

2. In each of the last 3 years what has been the cost of these services, including a breakdown of what the money was used for. If in-house services are used for SEN legal advice, what has been the cost of these services in each of the last 3 years?

3. In each of the last 3 years how many claims for disability discrimination have been lodged with SENTW in relation to Ceredigion LA schools. Please include the names of the schools involved.

4. How many of these claims proceeded to a hearing in each of the last 3 years?

5. How much money was by Ceredigion LA spent fighting these claims for disability discrimination in each of the last three years?

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. O'Reilly

Ceredigion Reception,

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neges hon ato ef neu hi, neu'r person sydd gyfrifol am drosglwyddo'r neges
hon iddo ef neu hi, mi ddylech hysbysu'r anfonwr ar eich union. Oni bai
mai chi yw'r person neu gynrychiolydd y person y cyfeiriwyd y neges hon at
ef neu hi nid ydych wedi eich awdurdodi i, ac ni ddylech chi, ddarllen,
copio, dosbarthu, defnyddio na chadw'r neges hon nac unrhyw gyfran ohoni.

O dan y Ddeddf Amddiffyn Data 1998 a Deddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 2000 gellir
datgelu cynnwys y negest ebost hon.

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Ceredigion CE Freedom Of Information,

Dear Mrs O’Reilly,

 

Many thanks for your e-mail.

 

The content of your e-mail forms a request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and Ceredigion County Council has a timeframe of 20
working days in which to respond, which is on or before 15^th February
2017.

                

I will therefore be in further contact with you.

 

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team

 

E-Bost / E-Mail: [1][Ceredigion County Council request email]

 

 

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Ceredigion CE Freedom Of Information,

Dear Mrs. O'Reilly

 

Please find the responses to your FOI request below in red font.

 

I hope that this information will be of assistance but if you have any
complaints in relation to this FOI response the Council does operate an
internal appeals procedure. If you wish to utilise this procedure then
please write to, Mr Alun Williams, Cyngor Sir Ceredigion County Council,
Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA46 OPA or via
email through [1][Ceredigion County Council request email].

 

Regards

FOI Team

 

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Dear Ceredigion CE Freedom Of Information,

In relation to your answers to questions 1 and 2, we are seeking information regarding the costs for barristers providing SEN legal advice and/or SEN tribunal representation and would be grateful if you could provide these figures.

Regarding question 3, the school's governing body would normally be the responsible body that SENTW would contact re claims of disability discrimination.
It is not clear from your answer how many claims for disability discrimination have been lodged with SENTW relating to Ceredigion schools. Please could you clarify this.

The answer to question 3 obviously effects your answer to questions 4 and 5, please could you revise these accordingly if necessary.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. O'Reilly

Ceredigion CE Freedom Of Information,

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priodol maes o law.

 

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the appropriate link officer

 

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Ymwadiad:

Er y cymerir pob gofal posib i sicrhau cywirdeb unrhyw wybodaeth a chyngor
a roddir yn yr ohebiaeth hon, ni dderbynnir atebolrwydd am unrhyw
golledion a all godi o unrhyw gamgymeriadau sy'n gynwysedig ac fe'ch
atgoffir o'r angen i chi ofyn am gyngor proffesiynol eich hun.

Bwriedir y neges ebost hon, ac unrhyw atodiadau iddi, at sylw'r person(au)
y'i danfonwyd atynt yn unig. Os nad chi yw'r derbynnydd y cyfeiriwyd y
neges hon ato ef neu hi, neu'r person sydd gyfrifol am drosglwyddo'r neges
hon iddo ef neu hi, mi ddylech hysbysu'r anfonwr ar eich union. Oni bai
mai chi yw'r person neu gynrychiolydd y person y cyfeiriwyd y neges hon at
ef neu hi nid ydych wedi eich awdurdodi i, ac ni ddylech chi, ddarllen,
copio, dosbarthu, defnyddio na chadw'r neges hon nac unrhyw gyfran ohoni.

O dan y Ddeddf Amddiffyn Data 1998 a Deddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 2000 gellir
datgelu cynnwys y negest ebost hon.

Disclaimer:

While reasonable care is taken to ensure the correctness of any
information and advice given in this correspondence no liability is
accepted for losses arising from any errors contained in it and you are
reminded of the need to obtain your own professional advice.

The information in this email and any attachments is intended solely for
the attention and use of the named addressee(s). If you are not the
intended recipient, or person responsible for delivering this information
to the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately. Unless
you are the intended recipient or his/her representative you are not
authorised to, and must not, read, copy, distribute, use or retain this
message or any part of it.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000
the contents of this email may be disclosed.

Ceredigion CE Freedom Of Information,

Dear Mrs. O'Reilly
 
Please find the responses to your further request below in red font.
 
In relation to your answers to questions 1 and 2, we are seeking
information regarding the costs for barristers providing SEN legal advice
and/or SEN tribunal representation and would be grateful if you could
provide these figures.
 
In the last three years The local authority has procured external advice
from the following barristers chambers for SEN legal advice and tribunal
representation:
 
11 Kings Bench Walk
Doughty Street Chambers 
 
The costs detailed below are for obtaining barrister advice, including
written, oral and representation at tribunal.  The figures below represent
the fees paid during each year as opposed to the year in which the work
was carried out.  For example, if work was carried out in December but the
invoice only received in January of the following year, the amount would
be reflected in the figure for the following year.
 
2016: £2,624.04
2015: £0
2014: £6,048.00
 
Regarding question 3, the school's governing body would normally be the
responsible body that SENTW would contact re claims of disability
discrimination.
It is not clear from your answer how many claims for disability
discrimination have been lodged with SENTW relating to Ceredigion schools.
Please could you clarify this.
 
The local authority does not receive notification of claims registered
against schools from the SENTW and cannot therefore confirm whether or not
any claims for disability discrimination have been lodged with SENTW
relating to Ceredigion Schools.  The local authority does not hold this
information. 
Schools may hold their own information. FOI requests in relation to
Schools should be made directly to those schools.  Contact details for the
primary, middle and secondary school are available from our website under
 [1]School-Information
[2]https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/English/Re...
 
The SENTW may also hold the information you require.  The Tribunal records
statistical information about the number and type of appeals received. 
Annual reports can found on the SENTW website
([3]http://sentw.gov.wales/about/annual-repo...) and can be
ordered by contacting the Tribunal directly.  
 
The answer to question 3 obviously effects your answer to questions 4 and
5, please could you revise these accordingly if necessary.
 
4. The local authority has not been involved in any hearings in any of the
last three years and is not aware of any claims that have proceeded to a
hearing in any of the last three years. 
 
5. The local authority has not spent any money opposing any claims for
disability discrimination in any of the last three years.
 
Regards
 
FOI Team
 
 

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