Adult Social Care Reviews/Reassessments

Mr P T Read made this Freedom of Information request to Norfolk County Council

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Dear Norfolk County Council,

Please can you provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
1. How many adult reviews/reassessments have not been undertaken within a 12 month period as of the 11/12/2018 and fall outside of Care Act Compliance?
2. Has the Council used an outside 3rd party organisation to conduct adult reviews/reassessments on behalf of the council since 1/1/2018
3. The name of the organisation(s) that undertook this work
4. The number of reviews/reassessments that were conducted
5. The total amount charged to the council for conducting this service

Yours faithfully,

Mr P T Read

Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Good Afternoon,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-302335-Q8X9L2

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 received on 11 December 2018.

Melanie Waite will be dealing with your request.

We have up to 20 days in which to deal with your request. If we require clarification regarding your request, we will contact you to explain this. The 20 working day period will then start from the day that we receive your clarification.

You will also be informed in advance if there is a charge for supplying copies of the information.

Please also be aware that, if the requested information contains references to any third parties, we may need to consult these individuals about the release of their personal data before making a decision whether or not to release the information to you.

We will also provide an explanation if any information is not released to you.

Should you have any queries regarding your request, please contact the team by email [email address] or by telephone 01603 222661.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Cooper, Business Support Assistant
Information Compliance Team
Dept: 01603 222661
Room 043, County Hall, Norwich

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Dear Information Management,

Further to your previous response, i have still not received a reply to my request for information. Can you advise when this will be responded to.

Yours sincerely,

Mr P T Read

Dear Information Management,

Further to your previous correspondence, i have still not received a response to my request.

Can you please confirm when you will be able to respond to the questions i have asked.

Yours sincerely,

Mr P T Read

Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Dear Mr Read,

Your email has been passed to me, and I must apologise for the lack of response to your enquiries. I will investigate the status of your request and update you.

Yours sincerely

Andy Swan, Senior Information Compliance Officer
Information Management Service

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Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Dear Mr Read,

 

Please find below responses to your information request. I apologise for
the delay in providing this information to you.

 

1.How many adult reviews/reassessments have not been undertaken within a
12 month period as of the 11/12/2018 and fall outside of Care Act
Compliance?

954

 

2.Has the Council used an outside 3rd party organisation to conduct adult
reviews/reassessments on behalf of the council since 1/1/2018

Yes

 

3.The name of the organisation(s) that undertook this work

Quality Assured Projects (QAP)

 

4.The number of reviews/reassessments that were conducted

This request has been considered and is refused. Please see below for full
refusal notice.  

 

5.The total amount charged to the council for conducting this service

£31,902

 

With regard to your question 4, in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act) this email acts as a Refusal Notice.

 

Exemption

Section 43(2) provides exemption if  disclosure would, or would be likely
to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public
authority holding it).

 

Reason why the exemption applies

Providing both the total amount charged and the number of units will make
it possible to establish a unit price. The total is already in the public
domain through the publication of our contract/grant register and spending
information, and so we must withhold details of the number of units.

 

Releasing this information about an individual supplier could be damaging
to their commercial interests and may give their competitors an unfair
advantage in future tender bids. Furthermore, revealing this information
would be damaging to Norfolk County Council’s commercial interests, in as
much as it could lead to price fixing, or collusion preventing Norfolk
County Council from achieving best value for the people of Norfolk.

 

Public Interest Test

 

The Council has considered whether the public interest is maintaining this
exemption is outweighed by the public interest in disclosure.

 

This Council has considered the following reasons in favour of disclosure:

o Promoting accountability and transparency by public authorities for
decisions taken by them.
o Promoting accountability and transparency in the spending of public
money.

 

Balanced against this are the following reasons against disclosure:

 

o Releasing this information could give competitors an unfair
advantage.
o Norfolk County Council has a duty to achieve best value in
procuring services for the people of Norfolk by procuring the right
level of service for the best possible price.  This could be
prevented by releasing this information.

 

On balance the Council considers that the public interest in maintaining
the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

 

If you are dissatisfied with our handling of your request you have the
right of appeal through the Council’s internal review procedure by setting
out the grounds of your appeal in writing to:

 

[1][email address]

or Information Compliance Team

Room 043

County Hall

Martineau Lane

Norwich

NR1 2DH

 

An appeal should be submitted within 40 working days of the date of this
notice and should be identified as "FOI Appeal".

 

If you are dissatisfied after pursuing the complaints procedure, you may
apply to the Information Commissioner under Section 50 of the Act for a
decision whether your request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of Part I of the Act.  Refer to the ICO
Website at: [2]https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ for advice on how to report a
concern.  Or you can write to them at:

 

First Contact Team

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane, Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Yours sincerely

 

Andy Swan, Senior Information Compliance Officer

Information Management Service

Tel: 01603 222661

County Hall

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