This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Conflict of Interest in relation to Client Finance/Appointeeship and the possibility that social care charges are unlawful'.


  
Belinda Schwehr
  
CASCAIDr
Information Management
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Telephone 01926 412211
Email xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx 
 
 
Please ask for Bruce Green 
 
 
 
 
Our ref: 6626052
Your ref: 
Date: 21st April 2021
 
Dear Belinda Schwehr
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000  
 
Your request for information has been considered by Warwickshire County Council 
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
 
I can confirm that some of the information you have requested is held by Warwickshire 
County Council.   
 
However, please be advised we are unable to provide all of the information you have 
requested.  This is because some of the information you have requested is not held by 
Warwickshire County Council.
 
Please see below for further details and explanation. 
 
You asked us: 
 
Freedom of Information request: Conflict of Interest in relation to Client Finance / 
Appointeeship and the possibility that social care charges are unlawful.
 
1. How many individuals is the local authority acting as an appointee for, please?
 
The local authority does not act as appointee for any individuals. This service is 
contracted out.  
2. How many of these individuals (in area or out of area) pays adult social care 
charges to the council for non-residential services?
 
  

The local authority is not itself acting as appointee for any individuals who are paying 
charges for non-residential services.  
3. Which department is responsible for administering appointeeship?
 
See 1 above.  
4. Which department is responsible for assessing social care charges?
 
This function sits in the Resources Directorate of the Council.  
5. How many officers in either department carry out an overlapping role with 
regard to appointeeship and care charges?
 
None.  
6. How many times has the appointeeship team responded to a consultation on 
behalf of individuals or any group of benefits claimants regarding a change in the 
council's charging policy, since 2015?
 
This information is not held. The Council does not have an appointeeship team. 
7. How many appeals about care charges has the appointeeship team submitted 
to the financial assessment team since 2015?
 
This information is not held. The Council does not have an appointeeship team. 
8. How many complaints has the appointeeship team submitted regarding care 
charges since 2015?
 
This information is not held. The Council does not have an appointeeship team.  
9. How many times has the appointeeship team sought or referred individuals 
they act for, to independent advice (whether third sector, legal aid or privately 
funded) about care charges, since 2015?
 
This information is not held. The Council does not have an appointeeship team. 
10. How many times has the appointeeship team questioned the accuracy, 
fairness or legal validity of individuals' care charges or the council's charging 
policy, since 2015?
 
This information is not held. The Council does not have an appointeeship team. 
11. Does the council treat appointeeship as a Care Act service? If so, does it 
charge for that as part of the Care Act charging system?
 
No it is not treated as a Care Act service and it is not charged for.  
12. How much does it charge, if it makes a charge, per month or per week or per 
year, please?
  

 
Not applicable.  
13. If appointeeship is not provided for through the Care Act, does the council 
allow for a DRE deduction from Disability Benefits income, for the charge it 
makes for appointeeship (assuming a person is otherwise chargeable)?
 
Not applicable.  
14. If the council does not operate appointeeships for adult social care clients, 
does the council permit a full DRE deduction from Disability Benefits income, for 
any charge levied by any other corporate or private appointee (assuming a 
person is otherwise chargeable)?
 
Yes, if an individual incurs a disability related expense it can be considered and 
included within the financial assessment in accordance with the Care and Support 
Statutory Guidance.  
15. In respect of all council clients who are currently in receipt of adult social care 
services, regarded as liable to pay a charge for their adult social care services, 
for whom the appointee role is currently undertaken - how is the relevant 
department holding the appointeeship responsibility proposing to manage the 
conflict of interest presented by the judgment in the Norfolk CC v SH case in 
December 2020, given that the decision means that other similar policies are 
presumptively unlawful?  Please answer with a sentence or a paragraph; it is 
suggested that it is not a proper response to say that no decisions have been 
made, as yet, because the problem already exists.
 
This is not an FoI request. We reiterate, however, that the local authority does not act 
as appointee for any individuals, so there is no internal conflict of interest of the nature 
we are being asked to comment on.  
Regards. 
 
 
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an 
internal review.  Internal review requests should be submitted within 40 days of the date 
of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to:
 
Information Management 
Shire Hall 
Warwick 
CV34 4RL 
xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx
 
 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to 
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  The Information 
Commissioner can be contacted at:  
  

The Information Commissioner's Office 
Wycliffe House  
Water Lane  
Wilmslow  
Cheshire  
SK9 5AF 
Phone: 0303 123 1113  
Website: www.ico.gov.uk
 
I will now close your request as of this date.
 
 
Yours faithfully
 
 
Bruce Green 
Information Rights Officer