Dear Department for Education,
In an article in The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/...) you are reported as saying that, in proposing to outsource child protection services, you are responding to demand from local authorities.
Please provide me with a list of all local authorities that have contacted you to request the option to outsource child protection services. Please break this list down into formal and informal requests, where possible.
Dear Mr Carson
Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2014/0037873.
Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288
Dear Mr Carson
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 19 May. You asked for a list of the local
authorities that have contacted the department with a request to outsource child protection services. I have
dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I can confirm that both Staffordshire and Kingston and Richmond local authorities have discussed outsourcing
of functions with government in general terms, potentially including child protection services. Both these
authorities have previously been mentioned by ministers in speeches, most recently Edward Timpson on 20 May
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