Additional funding for disabled children's services

North Lanarkshire Council did not have the information requested.

Kate Higgins (fSDC liaison project)

Dear Sir or Madam,

The Scottish Government received £34 million Barnett Consequentials from HM Treasury in 2007-08 arising from new money to implement the Aiming High for Disabled Children strategy in England. Under the Concordat, the Scottish Government has allocated that £34 million to local authorities as part of the GAE settlement.

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002:

1. Please provide information which shows how much your local authority received as its allocated share of the £34million in:

a) 2008-2009 and
b) 2009-2010

In responding to this request, please consider all relevant information which might accurately confirm the amount received, including information contained within documentation such as budgets and related papers; council and committee papers and minutes; correspondence between and among officers, or between officers and third parties; meeting papers; and any other relevant papers and documents.

2. Please provide all information - including information contained within budgets and related papers; council and committee papers and minutes; correspondence between and among officers, or between officers and third parties; meeting papers; and any other relevant papers and documents - showing:

a) how you intended to spend your allocated share of the £34million, and
b) how you actually spent your allocated share of the £34 million.

Please provide this information for both 2008-2009, and 2009-2010.

If you need any clarification in relation to these requests, please let me know.

Yours faithfully,

Kate Higgins (fSDC liaison project)

Hazarika Sandra, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Ms Higgins,

I acknowledge receipt of your email below which is receiving attention.


I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely,


Sandra Hazarika
For Corporate Freedom of Information Officer
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street
Motherwell
ML1 1AB
(01698) 302232

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Kate Higgins (fSDC liaison project)

Dear Hazarika Sandra,

I note that you have failed to respond to my request in relation to additional funding for disabled children's services within the statutory time limit, nor have I received an explanation for the delay.

I would appreciate receiving both at the earliest opportunity.

Many thanks

Yours sincerely,

Kate Higgins (fSDC liaison project)

Hazarika Sandra, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Ms. Higgins,

Request for Information

I refer again to your e-mail dated 8 November 2009 seeking information on
additional funding for disabled children's services.

In the first instance I should acknowledge that this response falls
outwith the statutory deadline outlined in the Freedom of Information
legislation - and for this I apologise.

Having investigated, I can advise that the authority received no funding
in the terms of your description.

By way of some assistance, I can advise that HM Treasury announced,
following publication of a report entitled "Aiming High for Disabled
Children", that additional funding of £340m would be made available to
support families with disabled children.

Through the Barnett formula, HM Treasury allocated resources to the
Scottish Government, of which £34m was deemed to relate to the additional
funding for disabled children.  This £34m was allocated to Scottish
Councils as part of their overall finance settlements and was not
"ringfenced" or allocated to services for a specific purpose.  The
Council has of course allocated resources to support children with
disabilities.  These are integral to the overall Service budgets and are
not categorised under a unique budget heading.

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose.  If, however, you
require further information - or I can assist in any other way - please
let me know.

Yours sincerely,

Sandra Hazarika

For Corporate Freedom of Information Officer

North Lanarkshire Council

Civic Centre

Windmillhill Street

Motherwell

ML1 1AB

(01698) 302232

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