Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywPaul Roberts mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.

Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), employment, and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Paul Roberts made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Welsh Local Government Association
This authority is not subject to FOI law, so is not legally obliged to respond (manylion).


This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

We're waiting for Paul Roberts to read recent responses and update the status.

Dear Welsh Local Government Association,

Please can you tell me how many Welsh Local Authorities now participate in the VPRS scheme.

Also, how many adults and children have been resettled in Wales under this scheme, and how many of these adults are currently in employment?

Finally, which of these Local Authorities currently provide the minimum of 8 hours ESOL learning within the first month of arrival (where refugees have arrived within term-times, and where language training is deemed appropriate), as set out in the most recent 'Funding Instruction for local authorities in the support of the United Kingdom’s Resettlement Programmes?

Yours faithfully,

Paul Roberts

enquiries, Welsh Local Government Association

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phrosesu. Byddwn ni’n ceisio ymateb i ymholiadau cyffredinol cyn pen pum
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ymholiadau cymhleth.

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WLGA officer for consideration. Where possible, we seek to respond to
general enquiries within 5 working days, though more complex enquiries may
take longer.
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Efallai bod gwybodaeth gyfrinachol yn y neges yma. Os nad ydych chi'n
ymwneud â hi yn benodol - nac yn gyfrifol am ei rhoi i'r sawl sydd wedi'i
enwi - chewch chi ddim copïo na throsglwyddo'r neges. Yn y cyfryw achos,
dylech chi ddileu'r neges a rhoi gwybod i'r sawl a'i hanfonodd trwy ebost
yn ddiymdroi. Rhowch wybod i'r anfonwr os nad ydych chi neu'ch cyflogwr yn
gadael i neb anfon negeseuon o'r fath ar y we. Dyw Cymdeithas Llywodraeth
Leol Cymru ddim yn hyrwyddo nac yn cymeradwyo unrhyw farn, casgliad na
gwybodaeth nad yw'n berthnasol i'w gwaith swyddogol yn y neges yma. Sustem
ebost WLGA fydd yn prosesu pob neges at y cyfeiriad yma neu oddi wrtho ac,
o bosibl, bydd rhywun arall ar wahân i'r sawl sydd wedi’i enwi yn ei
harchwilio.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Anne Hubbard, Welsh Local Government Association

Dear Paul
Please see response to your request for information;

Q. Please can you tell me how many Welsh Local Authorities now participate in the VPRS scheme?
A. 21 LAs in Wales are currently participating in the scheme.

Q. How many adults and children have been resettled in Wales under this scheme?
A. 720 as of June 2018.

Q. How many of these adults are currently in employment?
A. We do not hold this information.

Q. Which of these Local Authorities currently provide the minimum of 8 hours ESOL learning within the first month of arrival (where refugees have arrived within term-times, and where language training is deemed appropriate), as set out in the most recent 'Funding Instruction for local authorities in the support of the United Kingdom’s Resettlement Programmes?

A.
We don’t hold the full picture for Wales, but in response to a recent request for this information, the 7 local authorities who responded reported that almost all adults are accessing the recommended 8 hours of ESOL per week within a month of arrival.

Regards
Anne Hubbard

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Dear Welsh Local Government Association,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Welsh Local Government Association's handling of my FOI request 'Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), employment, and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)'.

After receiving some semblence of an answer to my query, I attempted to enquire further with the WLGA Wales Refugee Resettlement Coordinator; however, I have received nothing back other than an automated out of office until 14/08/2018 response.

I appreciate that WLGA do not have to respond to such requests; however, in a demonstration of goodwill, a response has been provided, for which I am grateful. However, it has fallen very short of my reasonable expectations, with answers to specific questions being both vague and a misrepresentation of my original questioning.

I find it perplexing that the response states that no records are held around employment attainment, given that employment is recognised as a significant marker of successful integration and of a well-managed scheme. There are also other obvious benefits to having such information; identification of employment opportunities, geographical indicators of success, and fiscal calculations around expected benefits outlay during the lifetime of the scheme, to name a few. Conversely, lack of employment could identify vulnerabilities within the scheme, such as unfavourable resettlement locations, failing integration, and other socio-economic factors. With regard for employment statistics, I should point out that when resettled as refugees, people are afforded the rights of UK citizens. The Government has accurate records of unemployment rates for the general population, so there is no plausible reason not to include the VPRS demographic in any census of employment; concerns around confidentiality of individuals, for example, would have no merit in this instance. Also, 320 individuals is not a disproportionate number of individuals about whom such information could be collated.

The response states that just 7 out of 21 participating Local Authorities replied to any queries made around the request. In the first instance, please educate me as to how the success of this scheme can be measured if Local Authorities do not collect, collate and share information.Furthermore, in my original request I asked which Local Authorities were currently providing the minimum of 8 hours ESOL within the first month of arrival. The response states that "almost all" adults are accessing the "recommended" 8 hours of ESOL learning per week within a month of arrival. Policy does not set it out as a mere recommendation. So, even when responses have been provided, they were vague to say the least. As already stated, 14 Local Authorities did not contribute. Are they unwilling or unable to contribute? What happens when Local Authorities fail to provide the minimum level of ESOL provision?

I do understand that value for money is a central aspect of the facilitation and management of this scheme. However, the response provided to my request strongly suggests that Local Authorities are less forthcoming as a result of their outcomes not meeting specific policy. This is also supposed to be a humanitarian venture, yet the identified needs and requirements of this most vulnerable set of people seem to be overshadowed by vague bureaucratic practices that will eventually satisfy the needs of the process over and above the needs of the individual.

If you are able to respond to the questions set out in previous paragraphs, and offer a more accurate rejoinder to the FOI, it would be much appreciated. Even more so if you can cajole the other 14 Local Authorities to participate in an open and collaborative manner,Similarly, more accurate responses from the 7 Local Authorities who provided the minimum of cooperation in the first instance would go a long way towards demonstrating the purported commitment of local and central government to transparency and wholehearted public service.

I hope that you receive and read this in the spirit that it is intended. Namely, to encourage Local Authorities to demonstrate openness, honesty and integrity, and evidence that the needs of vulnerable persons are put to the fore; also, to connect more fully to this vulnerable demographic and more appropriately understand and respond to their needs.

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

Yours faithfully,

Paul Roberts

Anne Hubbard, Welsh Local Government Association

 

Dear Paul,

 

Thank you for your recent email in reply to our response to your FOI
request.  I was about to send the message below, in response to your email
of August 11^th, but I understand that you have this morning also sent a
supplementary email to the WLGA regarding a review of FOI handling. This
email will be dealt with separately by a colleague.

 

It may help to better understand our response to explain the role of the
WSMP, which is hosted by the WLGA and funded by the Home Office.  The
overall purpose of the WSMP is to work with partners bodies with the aim
of supporting the inclusion of asylums seekers, refugees and migrants into
local communities and services and working to create and sustain a
positive narrative around migration and diversity.  The Partnership do
this by co-ordinating partners at national, regional and local levels to
ensure a strategic and joined up approach to migration, supporting and
enabling participation in UK Government asylum and resettlement
programmes. 

 

We are sorry that you feel we did not fully answer the questions posed
however we do not hold the information requested, nor it is our role to do
so.  While local authorities may hold the information you are interested
in, we do not collect this centrally although the Home Office may do so. 
The Home Office would also be responsible for evaluating the Programme as
a whole. 

 

In terms of ESOL, all ESOL involvement and attainment is captured in the
evaluation data submitted to the Home Office. All Local Authorities strive
to provide a minimum of 8 hours ESOL learning within the first month of
arrival.  There are differences across Wales in provision, however Local
Authorities also strive to add to the minimum standard of formal ESOL with
additional hours of information ESOL.  Further information can be found in
the following report:
[1]https://www.wlga.wales/SharedFiles/Downl...

 

As you will appreciate, participation in the Programme has been voluntary
for local authorities across the UK and how the Programme has been rolled
out and implemented depends on local approaches that have been developed
reflecting local circumstances and contexts.  Many Welsh authorities had
not been involved in such schemes previously so it has been a learning
curve, working closely with voluntary and community sector bodies and
local communities.  While the arrival and settlement of refugees has
generally gone well, we fully appreciate the importance of supporting
refugees to gain the language skills and work  experience required to
fully enable people to settle and re-establish their lives and such
discussions are held on an ongoing basis with local authorities and other
partners, including the Welsh and UK Governments. 

 

We would be happy to discuss this work further if you would like more
information, please contact us.

 

Best wishes

Anne

 

 

 

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Efallai bod gwybodaeth gyfrinachol yn y neges yma. Os nad ydych chi'n
ymwneud â hi yn benodol - nac yn gyfrifol am ei rhoi i'r sawl sydd wedi'i
enwi - chewch chi ddim copïo na throsglwyddo'r neges. Yn y cyfryw achos,
dylech chi ddileu'r neges a rhoi gwybod i'r sawl a'i hanfonodd trwy ebost
yn ddiymdroi. Rhowch wybod i'r anfonwr os nad ydych chi neu'ch cyflogwr yn
gadael i neb anfon negeseuon o'r fath ar y we. Dyw Cymdeithas Llywodraeth
Leol Cymru ddim yn hyrwyddo nac yn cymeradwyo unrhyw farn, casgliad na
gwybodaeth nad yw'n berthnasol i'w gwaith swyddogol yn y neges yma. Sustem
ebost WLGA fydd yn prosesu pob neges at y cyfeiriad yma neu oddi wrtho ac,
o bosibl, bydd rhywun arall ar wahân i'r sawl sydd wedi’i enwi yn ei
harchwilio.

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Efallai bod gwybodaeth gyfrinachol yn y neges yma. Os nad ydych chi'n
ymwneud â hi yn benodol - nac yn gyfrifol am ei rhoi i'r sawl sydd wedi'i
enwi - chewch chi ddim copïo na throsglwyddo'r neges. Yn y cyfryw achos,
dylech chi ddileu'r neges a rhoi gwybod i'r sawl a'i hanfonodd trwy ebost
yn ddiymdroi. Rhowch wybod i'r anfonwr os nad ydych chi neu'ch cyflogwr yn
gadael i neb anfon negeseuon o'r fath ar y we. Dyw Cymdeithas Llywodraeth
Leol Cymru ddim yn hyrwyddo nac yn cymeradwyo unrhyw farn, casgliad na
gwybodaeth nad yw'n berthnasol i'w gwaith swyddogol yn y neges yma. Sustem
ebost WLGA fydd yn prosesu pob neges at y cyfeiriad yma neu oddi wrtho ac,
o bosibl, bydd rhywun arall ar wahân i'r sawl sydd wedi’i enwi yn ei
harchwilio.
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Efallai bod gwybodaeth gyfrinachol yn y neges yma. Os nad ydych chi'n
ymwneud â hi yn benodol - nac yn gyfrifol am ei rhoi i'r sawl sydd wedi'i
enwi - chewch chi ddim copïo na throsglwyddo'r neges. Yn y cyfryw achos,
dylech chi ddileu'r neges a rhoi gwybod i'r sawl a'i hanfonodd trwy ebost
yn ddiymdroi. Rhowch wybod i'r anfonwr os nad ydych chi neu'ch cyflogwr yn
gadael i neb anfon negeseuon o'r fath ar y we. Dyw Cymdeithas Llywodraeth
Leol Cymru ddim yn hyrwyddo nac yn cymeradwyo unrhyw farn, casgliad na
gwybodaeth nad yw'n berthnasol i'w gwaith swyddogol yn y neges yma. Sustem
ebost WLGA fydd yn prosesu pob neges at y cyfeiriad yma neu oddi wrtho ac,
o bosibl, bydd rhywun arall ar wahân i'r sawl sydd wedi’i enwi yn ei
harchwilio.
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Efallai bod gwybodaeth gyfrinachol yn y neges yma. Os nad ydych chi'n
ymwneud â hi yn benodol - nac yn gyfrifol am ei rhoi i'r sawl sydd wedi'i
enwi - chewch chi ddim copïo na throsglwyddo'r neges. Yn y cyfryw achos,
dylech chi ddileu'r neges a rhoi gwybod i'r sawl a'i hanfonodd trwy ebost
yn ddiymdroi. Rhowch wybod i'r anfonwr os nad ydych chi neu'ch cyflogwr yn
gadael i neb anfon negeseuon o'r fath ar y we. Dyw Cymdeithas Llywodraeth
Leol Cymru ddim yn hyrwyddo nac yn cymeradwyo unrhyw farn, casgliad na
gwybodaeth nad yw'n berthnasol i'w gwaith swyddogol yn y neges yma. Sustem
ebost WLGA fydd yn prosesu pob neges at y cyfeiriad yma neu oddi wrtho ac,
o bosibl, bydd rhywun arall ar wahân i'r sawl sydd wedi’i enwi yn ei
harchwilio.
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ymwneud â hi yn benodol - nac yn gyfrifol am ei rhoi i'r sawl sydd wedi'i
enwi - chewch chi ddim copïo na throsglwyddo'r neges. Yn y cyfryw achos,
dylech chi ddileu'r neges a rhoi gwybod i'r sawl a'i hanfonodd trwy ebost
yn ddiymdroi. Rhowch wybod i'r anfonwr os nad ydych chi neu'ch cyflogwr yn
gadael i neb anfon negeseuon o'r fath ar y we. Dyw Cymdeithas Llywodraeth
Leol Cymru ddim yn hyrwyddo nac yn cymeradwyo unrhyw farn, casgliad na
gwybodaeth nad yw'n berthnasol i'w gwaith swyddogol yn y neges yma. Sustem
ebost WLGA fydd yn prosesu pob neges at y cyfeiriad yma neu oddi wrtho ac,
o bosibl, bydd rhywun arall ar wahân i'r sawl sydd wedi’i enwi yn ei
harchwilio.
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Daniel Hurford, Welsh Local Government Association

Dear Mr Roberts,

 

Thank you for your email requesting a review of the WLGA’s handling of
your recent Freedom of Information enquiry.

 

I am aware that Anne Hubbard has replied to your follow-up email of the
11^th August, explaining why we do not hold all of the information that
you originally requested and the organisations you might contact in order
to find that information.

 

Your FOI request was handled in accordance with the WLGA’s policy and
in-line with the provisions of the Act; we provided what information we
had in response to your request and responded within statutory timescales
of 20 working days. We also responded to your follow-up email within 7
working days:

 

22/07/18              Mr Roberts submits FOI Request

9/08/18                WLGA responds to Mr Roberts’ email of 22/07/18
(within 20 working days)

11/08/18              Mr Roberts sends follow-up email

21/08/18              Mr Roberts requests a review of FOI procedure

21/08/18              WLGA responds to Mr Roberts’ email of 11/08/18

03/09/18              WLGA responds to Mr Roberts’ review request of
21/08/18

 

Anne’s latest email to you clarifies that your substantive concerns relate
to the amount of programme information you believe that the WLGA should
hold centrally rather than what we actually do hold or are required to
hold; as Anne’s response clarifies, much of the information requested may
exist but it is not collected or collated by the WLGA but may be available
from other partner organisations. Anne’s email also confirmed that she is
more than happy to discuss this work with you in more detail.

 

In reviewing the handling of your initial enquiry as requested, with
reference to your original question ‘Which of these Local Authorities
currently provide the minimum of 8 hours ESOL learning’, although we
responded that ‘we don’t hold the full picture for Wales, but in response
to a recent request for this information, the 7 local authorities who
responded etc…’ we did not include the names of those 7 authorities; these
are Wrexham, Carmarthenshire, Bridgend, Anglesey, Powys, Denbighshire and
Gwynedd, although the original caveat remains that this may not be a
complete picture as we do not hold the relevant information for all
authorities.

 

I trust the above clarifies your queries and Anne would be happy to
discuss this work further if you would like more information.

 

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Hurford

 

Daniel Hurford

Pennaeth Polisïau (Gwella a Llywodraethu), Cymdeithas Llywodraeth Leol
Cymru

Head of Policy (Improvement and Governance), Welsh Local Government
Association

 

029 20468615 - 07900 240939

[1]www.wlga.cymru - [2]www.wlga.wales

@WelshLGA

 

Croesawn ohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg a byddwn yn ymateb i ohebiaeth
yn yr un iaith. Ni fydd defnyddio’r naill iaith na’r llall yn arwain at
oedi.

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and English and will respond to
correspondence in the same language. Use of either language will not lead
to a delay.

 

 

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Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywPaul Roberts mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.