Support provided to people assessed as having No Recourse To Public Funds status

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Dear Aberdeen City Council,

This is a Freedom of Information request.

I am looking for information on the support provided by the council to people (and their dependents) assessed as having No Recourse To Public Funds (NRPF) under Section 115 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

For each of the last three calendar years where information is available (Please provide figures for each year):

1. How many people with NRPF status have approached the council to request financial assistance?

2. How many people with NRPF status subsequently received financial assistance from the council following an approach? How many people were refused financial support?

3. How many people with NRPF status that subsequently received financial assistance from the council following an approach also had dependent children? How many people with NRPF status and dependent children were refused financial support?

4. What is the total amount spent by the local authority on supporting people with NRPF status? Please break this down into annual housing costs and subsistence costs.

5. How many children of people with NRPF status have been taken into care by the local authority?

6. If any information is shared by the local authority to the Department of Work and Pensions (or other UK Government entity) on people with NRPF status receiving support, please confirm what personal information is shared. If any regular reports are provided to these government agencies please supply a copy of the most recent report provided.

I would prefer not to receive the requested data in a pdf format file. Please provide the requested data in a CSV file or MS Excel file.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Ally Tibbitt

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Tibbitt,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-18-0111.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 17
January 2018.   

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 14 February 2018.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Salomeh Kheyri Rad

Information Compliance Officer

 

 

Information Compliance Team
Customer Service
Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
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Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Tibbitt,

 

Thank you for your request for information, made under Section 1(1) of the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act (FOISA), and received on 17 January
2018.

 

We would like to ask you to clarify your request so that we can identify
and locate the information which you have requested. Under Section 1(3) of
the FOISA, we do not have to supply you with the requested information
until you have provided us with more detail in this respect.

 

1.  How many people with NRPF status have approached the council to
request financial assistance?

2.  How many people with NRPF status subsequently received financial
assistance from the council following an approach? How many people were
refused financial support?

3. How many people with NRPF status that subsequently received financial
assistance from the council following an approach also had dependent
children? How many people with NRPF status and dependent children were
refused financial support?

 

We would be extremely grateful if you could clarify what you mean by
‘financial assistance’ ?

 

Clarifying these points will help us to be sure we are providing, where
possible, the information you are interested in.  Please note we will keep
your request on file for 20 working days whilst we await your
clarification.  It can often be helpful to discuss your request with a
member of our team who may be able to help you frame your request or
explain more about how ACC holds its information; if this is something you
feel may be helpful please do call us, and we will be happy to assist you.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Salomeh Kheyri Rad

Information Compliance Officer

 

Information Compliance Team
Customer Service
Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
3^rd Floor North

Business Hub 17
Marischal College
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

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Dear Foi Enquiries,

To clarify, by financial assistance, I mean the costs to the council of providing funding to support accommodation costs, or any other subsistence, childcare or welfare allowances, provided to people with NRPF status.

I hope this helps.

Yours sincerely,

Ally Tibbitt

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Tibbitt,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-18-0111.

 

Many thanks for your recent clarification of your information request,
which we received on 23 January 2018. 

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 20 February 2018.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

 

Information Compliance Team

Customer Service

Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
3rd Floor North

Business Hub 17
Marischal College
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

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Tel 03000 200 292

 

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Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Tibbitt,

 

Thank you for your information request of 23 January 2018.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested.

 

I am looking for information on the support provided by the council to
people (and their dependents) assessed as having No Recourse To Public
Funds (NRPF) under Section 115 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

 

For each of the last three calendar years where information is available
(Please provide figures for each year):

 

Please note, while our Duty Social Work and Mental Health Teams within the
Health and Social Care Partnership will have provided support to some
clients who would be considered to have no recourse to public funds, this
is not a classification used in our recording system and we do not hold
this information electronically. Also, people who are subject to
immigration control means that they are not a national of an European
Economic Area (EEA) and a) require leave to enter or remain or b) has
leave to enter or remain but is subject to a condition that they have “No
Recourse to Public Funds” An individual with “No Recourse to Public Funds”
has no entitlement to mainstream social security benefits, local authority
housing or homeless assistance.

 

Therefore people who have “No Recourse to Public funds” are not entitled
to Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction or Scottish Welfare Fund.

 

How many people with NRPF status have approached the council to request
financial assistance? To clarify, by financial assistance, I mean the
costs to the council of providing funding to support accommodation costs,
or any other subsistence, childcare or welfare allowances, provided to
people with NRPF status.

 

a) 2017 – Not known.

b) 2016 – Not known.

c) 2015 – Not known.

 

Please note, Children’s Social Work offer support to Children and their
families across social work, which could include children whose parents
have no recourse to public funds.  Any financial assistance that we have
provided as a service is for the care and wellbeing of children, this
would not be given on the basis of recourse to public funds but rather
under our remit of Child Protection.

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on How many people with NRPF
status have approached the council to request financial assistance as it
is not held by ACC.  In order to comply with its obligations under the
terms of Section 17 of the FOISA, ACC hereby gives notice that this
information is not held by it.

 

How many people with NRPF status subsequently received financial
assistance from the council following an approach? How many people were
refused financial support? To clarify, by financial assistance, I mean the
costs to the council of providing funding to support accommodation costs,
or any other subsistence, childcare or welfare allowances, provided to
people with NRPF status.

 

                                Received             Refused

a) 2017 -              Not known.        Not known.

b) 2016 -              Not known.        Not known.

c) 2015 -               Not known.        Not known.

 

There is no obligation to record or report on this information. ACC is not
required to hold the information for any legislative, business and/or best
practice reasons.

 

Please note, Children’s Social Work offer support to Children and their
families across social work, which could include children whose parents
have no recourse to public funds.  Any financial assistance that we have
provided as a service is for the care and wellbeing of children, this
would not be given on the basis of recourse to public funds but rather
under our remit of Child Protection.

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on How many people with NRPF
status subsequently received financial assistance from the council
following an approach? How many people were refused financial support?  as
it is not held by ACC.  In order to comply with its obligations under the
terms of Section 17 of the FOISA, ACC hereby gives notice that this
information is not held by it. 

 

How many people with NRPF status that subsequently received financial
assistance from the council following an approach also had dependent
children? How many people with NRPF status and dependent children were
refused financial support? To clarify, by financial assistance, I mean the
costs to the council of providing funding to support accommodation costs,
or any other subsistence, childcare or welfare allowances, provided to
people with NRPF status.

 

a) 2017 – Not known.

b) 2016 – Not known.

c) 2015 – Not known.

 

There is no obligation to record or report on this information. ACC is not
required to hold the information for any legislative, business and/or best
practice reasons.

 

Please note, Children’s Social Work offer support to Children and their
families across social work, which could include children whose parents
have no recourse to public funds.  Any financial assistance that we have
provided as a service is for the care and wellbeing of children, this
would not be given on the basis of recourse to public funds but rather
under our remit of Child Protection.

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on How many people with NRPF
status that subsequently received financial assistance from the council
following an approach also had dependent children? How many people with
NRPF status and dependent children were refused financial support? as it
is not held by ACC.  In order to comply with its obligations under the
terms of Section 17 of the FOISA, ACC hereby gives notice that this
information is not held by it.

 

What is the total amount spent by the local authority on supporting people
with NRPF status? Please break this down into annual housing costs and
subsistence costs.

 

a) 2017 – Not known.

b) 2016 – Not known.

c) 2015 – Not known.

 

There is no obligation to record or report on this information. ACC is not
required to hold the information for any legislative, business and/or best
practice reasons.

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on What is the total amount
spent by the local authority on supporting people with NRPF status?  as it
is not held by ACC.  In order to comply with its obligations under the
terms of Section 17 of the FOISA, ACC hereby gives notice that this
information is not held by it.

 

We offer support to Children and their families across social work, which
could include those with no recourse to public funds.  However ‘no
recourse to public funds’ is not a classification used in our electronic
records. 

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on What is the total amount
spent by the local authority on supporting people with NRPF status
(children and their families across social work) as the cost of providing
it has been calculated as being in excess of the statutory maximum
(£600).  To explain this, it would involve an ACC Officer interrogating
4689 files (for 2016). This has been calculated at 30 minutes per file,
which equates to 2344.5 hours, at the cost of £35,167 in total.

 

In order to comply with its obligations under the terms of Section 16 of
the FOISA, ACC hereby give notice that we are refusing your request under
the terms of Section 12 - Excessive Cost of Compliance - of the FOISA.

 

ACC would be happy to discuss ways in which you may refine your request,
so we can provide some information of interest to you within the maximum
cost limits. Please do contact the Information Compliance team, who will
be happy to advise you, if this is something you would like to pursue.

 

How many children of people with NRPF status have been taken into care by
the local authority?

 

a) 2017

b) 2016

c) 2015

 

Recourse to funds or lack of accommodation in itself would not be a factor
for removing a child from parental care.  Children would only become
Looked After and Accommodated Children if there were child protection
concerns and/or the child was at significant risk of harm and legal
proceedings on these grounds had been duly followed under the Children
(Scotland) Act.  Social work will try to keep parent and child together
wherever possible and will offer various supports within our remit with a
view to achieving this, however there would be cases where this would not
be in the best interests of the child.

 

‘No recourse to public funds’ is not a classification used in our
electronic records.  

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on How many children of
people with NRPF status have been taken into care by the local authority
as the cost of providing it has been calculated as being in excess of the
statutory maximum (£600).  To explain this, it would involve an ACC
Officer interrogating 4689 files (for 2016). This has been calculated at
30 minutes per file, which equates to 2344.5 hours, at the cost of £35,167
in total.

 

In order to comply with its obligations under the terms of Section 16 of
the FOISA, ACC hereby give notice that we are refusing your request under
the terms of Section 12 - Excessive Cost of Compliance - of the FOISA.

 

ACC would be happy to discuss ways in which you may refine your request,
so we can provide some information of interest to you within the maximum
cost limits. Please do contact the Information Compliance team, who will
be happy to advise you, if this is something you would like to pursue.

 

If any information is shared by the local authority to the Department of
Work and Pensions (or other UK Government entity) on people with NRPF
status receiving support, please confirm what personal information is
shared. If any regular reports are provided to these government agencies
please supply a copy of the most recent report provided.

None.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

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Information Compliance Team

Customer Service

Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
3rd Floor North

Business Hub 17
Marischal College
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

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