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Aaron Lee Hudson

Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

I was wondering if you would be able to accept a FOI request to let me know how many Autistic People live in the Walsall area and have an Education and Health Care plan in place?

The main reason for me wanting to know this information is because i'm currently working alongside Birmingham Children's Hospital to make a information board for parents of local areas within the West Midlands who have Children with Learning Disabilities.

Hope you will be able to help me

Yours faithfully,

Aaron Lee Hudson

InformationRights@walsall.gov.uk, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Hudson,

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about Autistic People in
Walsall, which was received on 17 July 2016.

 

In accordance with provisions within Freedom of Information Act 2000, the
council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

If, for any reason, we cannot provide you with the information, we will
tell you why. If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you
again.

 

In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your request, please do
so quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Fakhara Qanwal

 

Yvonne Tarring, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Hudson

 

Freedom of Information Request

 

Further to your request for information about Autistic People in Walsall,
received on 17 July 2016, I write to ask for clarification of some
aspects of your request.

Please confirm if this request relates to Children, Adults or both.

 

The Freedom of information Act 2000 allow the council 20 working days in
which to respond to information requests.  However, the “clock” stops when
we need to seek clarification in order to locate or identify the
information you require.  Once we have received the requested
clarification, I will proceed with your request.

 

If you wish to proceed with this request please send your clarification to
me, quoting the above reference number and using the contact details below

 

If we do not hear from you within the next 15 working days, we will assume
that the information is no longer required.

 

 

Yvonne Tarring

Business Support Coordinator - Children's Services

Room 41

2nd Floor, Council House

Lichfield Street,

Walsall

WS1 1TP

 

Tel:  653452

[mobile number]

E Mail: [email address]

www.walsall.gov.uk

 

 

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Aaron Lee Hudson

Dear Yvonne Tarring,

This relates to both Adults and Children

Yours sincerely,

Aaron Lee Hudson

InformationRights@walsall.gov.uk, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Hudson,

 

Freedom of Information Request RFI0777/16

 

Further to your request for information about Autistic People in Walsall,
first of all allow me to apologise for the delay in responding to this
request. As you know the council have 20 working days to respond to
requests made under the FOI act and I am extremely sorry that we have not
met out obligation in this instance. However I do thank you for the
patience and can confirm that  I can now tell you the following:

 

Adults Services:

Information on the numbers of people aged 18 and over who have a diagnosis
of Autism and who are in receipt of a Long Term Care Package from Walsall
Council will form part of the Short and Long Term (SALT) Return that the
council is obliged to provide to the Health and Social Care Information
Centre (HSCIC). This information (and similar information for all Local
Authorities) will be published on the HSCIC website once validated:

[1]http://digital.nhs.uk/

 

We are not obliged to provide information that is intended for future
publication (section 22 of the Act). In line with the terms of this
exemption in the Freedom of Information Act, we have considered whether it
would be in the public interest for us to provide you with the information
ahead of publication, despite the exemption being applicable.

The application of this exemption requires consideration of the public
interest. I have considered whether;

(i) Maintaining access to data in a co-ordinated manner to all people at
the same time,

(ii) Ensuring the quality and integrity of data by allowing all validation
processes by the HSCIC to followed prior to disclosure, as well as;

(iii) Waiting for the release of all accompanying data that forms part of
the SALT return in order to provide full context to the information; 

Was outweighed by the requirement to provide data to you in ahead of the
publication.

Given that publication of this information is anticipated to take place
within the foreseeable future, and that the information you have requested
forms part of a wider local and national data release, we reached the view
that, on balance, the public interest is better served by withholding this
information under Section 22 of the Act at this time.

In this case, given that the information is due to be released I have
concluded that the public interest favours withholding the information

 

Childrens Services:

Current information held by our SEN Assessment Service indicates that
there are 312 pupils with either an EHCP or Statement where the Primary
Need is listed as ASD. Of these 137 of have an EHCP

 

Please note – while these numbers are a snap shot of the information held
by Walsall Council it may not accurately represent all individuals who
have autism living in Walsall.

First of all the numbers only represent those who have a diagnosis of ASD
at the time of the information being recorded. As individuals could be in
the process of diagnosis / assessment the numbers are subject to change.

Secondly the numbers can only represent those who are in receipt of
support or assistance from Walsall Council or are otherwise known to one
of our services. Where this is not the case we would be unlikely to hold
information and therefore cannot count them in our figures.

As such the information provided should be considered indicative figures
only.

 

Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004
requests will be subject to copyright protection.  In most cases the
copyright will be owned by Walsall Council. The copyright in respect of
other information may be owned by another person or organisation, as
indicated.

 

You are free to use any information supplied to you in response to this
request for your own non-commercial research or private study purposes.
The information may also be used for any other purpose allowed by a
limitation or exception in copyright law, such as news reporting.
 However, any other type of re-use, for example by publishing the
information in analogue or digital form, including on the internet, will
require the permission of the copyright owner.

 

I hope that the information provided is useful to you. However, if you are
dissatisfied, you should set out in writing your grounds for complaint and
send to: Information Risk & Governance Manager, Business Change, Civic
Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a decision.
Please remember that, generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you
have first exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
5AF. [2]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Yours sincerely

 

James  N A Sparrock

Lead Assurance Officer (Information Rights and Complaints)

Walsall Council

Room 29

Council House

Darwall Street

Walsall

WS1 1TP

 

[email address]

web site: walsall.gov.uk

 

Tel: 01922  65 0950

 

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From: Fakhara Qanwal On Behalf Of [email address]
Sent: 18 July 2016 13:59
To: '[FOI #346328 email]'
Subject: YOUR FOI REQUEST - RFI0777/16 re: Autistic People in Walsall

 

Dear Mr Hudson,

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about Autistic People in
Walsall, which was received on 17 July 2016.

 

In accordance with provisions within Freedom of Information Act 2000, the
council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

If, for any reason, we cannot provide you with the information, we will
tell you why. If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you
again.

 

In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your request, please do
so quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Fakhara Qanwal

 

References

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1. http://digital.nhs.uk/
2. https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

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