C.A ASD

Leon Marsh made this Freedom of Information request to South-Eastern Education and Library Board (Northern Ireland)

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Dear South-Eastern Education and Library Board (Northern Ireland),

From the information you hold:
How many children with a diagnosis of Autism/ASD that attend a school within SEELB control, have a dedicated classroom assistant to help meet their needs at school?

Yours faithfully,

Leon Marsh

Dear South-Eastern Education and Library Board (Northern Ireland),

AMENDMENT
Could you answer the requested information pertaining to main
stream schools only.

Yours faithfully,

Leon Marsh

Alberta Park, South-Eastern Education and Library Board (Northern Ireland)

11 February 2015

 

 

Dear Mr Marsh

 

Re: Information Request received on 29 January 2015 . Our Ref: RFI/1188

 

I write further to your recent information request which is receiving
attention.

 

We are currently considering your request in more detail and will forward
a response to you as soon as possible but not later than the 26 February
2015.                           

 

If for any reason this situation changes, we will notify you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Alberta Park

Information Officer

Freedom of Information Unit

South Eastern Education and Library Board

Grahamsbridge Road

Dundonald

BT16 2HS

 

 

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Alberta Park, South-Eastern Education and Library Board (Northern Ireland)

18 February 2015

 

 

Dear Mr Marsh

 

Re: Freedom of Information requests received by the South Eastern
Education and Library Board 29 January 2015 to 4 February 2015.

 

I write further to your recent requests for information to advise that the
South Eastern Education and Library Board (SEELB) is engaging Section 12
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Requests where the cost of
compliance with a request exceeds the appropriate limit. 

 

This is in relation to the following Freedom of Information requests:

 

RFI/1188 C.A ASD - received 29 January 2015 17:51pm and amendment received
6 February 2015 09:36am

 

RFI/1189 C.A one-to-one help other than - received 30 January 2015 10:23am
and amendment received 6 February 09:35am

 

RFI/1190 C.A one-to-one help - received 30 January 2015 10:18am

 

RFI/1191 C.A 1-2-1 help/2 – received 1 February 2015 19:59 pm and
amendment received 6 February 2015 09:32am

 

RFI/1192 C.A one-to-one help – received 4 February 2015 11:16am and
amendment received 6 February 2015 9:28am

 

Section 12 provides that where the cost of compliance with a request for
information exceeds the appropriate limit, a public authority may refuse
the request/s.  Under Regulation 3 of the Fees Regulations the appropriate
limit for a public authorities is 18 hours at a flat rate of £25 per hour
equating to a sum total of £450.00.

 

To date, the time spent by the SEELB in carrying out the permitted
activities of determining, locating, retrieving and extracting the
requested information in order to comply with your requests for
information is approximately 25 hours.  This is a sensible and realistic
estimate.

 

Please note that when a public authority is estimating whether the
appropriate limit is likely to be exceeded, it can include costs of
complying with two or more requests if the conditions laid out in
regulation 5 of the Fees Regulations can be satisfied.

 

Those conditions require the request to be:

 

o Made by one person, or by different persons who appear to the public
authority to be acting in concert or in pursuance of a campaign;

 

o Made for the same or similar information; and

 

o Received by the public authority within any period of 60 consecutive
days.

 

The SEELB having considered your requests for information and aggregating
them in accordance with the conditions laid out in the Fees Regulations
can advise that following receipt of your request with reference number
RFI/1164 dated 11 January 2015, the requests cited above will not be
responded to under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Please note that Freedom of Information request RFI/1186 - FOI response
time - received 4 February 2015 11:44am will be responded to in due course
as it is outside the subject area of previous requests made by you.

 

Please also note that your requests for internal reviews and additional
queries will be responded to in due course as follows:

 

RFI/1164 SENDIST – received 11 January 2015 13:07pm - Current figure
requested as of 11 January 2015.

 

RFI/1167 ASD Exclusions – received 13 January 2015 10:25am – Request for
internal review received 9 February 2015 14:17

 

RFI/1170 Statements ASD 2014 – received 13 January 2015 11:41 – Request
for clarification received 9 February 2015 16:59pm

 

RFI/1171 Media Requests ASD – received 13 January 2015 12:09 pm - Request
for internal review received 9 February 2015 14:15pm

 

RFI/1173 SEN £ ASD – received 13 January 2015 12:30pm - Request for
internal review received 9 February 2015 17:04pm

 

RFI 1175 Staff Employed ASD – received 13 January 2015 12:57pm - Request
for internal review received 11 February 2015 14:02pm

 

If you have any complaints in respect of this decision please submit your
complaint in accordance with the Board’s Comments and Complaints Policy
which is available on the Board’s website as follows: [1]www.seelb.org.uk

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the way the Board has handled your request
or complaint, you have the right to complain directly to the Information
Commissioner’s Office at the following address:

 

Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

SK9 5AF

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Alberta Park

Information Officer

Freedom of Information Unit

South Eastern Education and Library Board

Grahamsbridge Road

Dundonald

BT16 2HS

 

 

 

From: Alberta Park
Sent: 11 February 2015 15:21
To: '[FOI #251066 email]'
Subject: RFI 1188 Mr Leon Marsh - C.A ASD

 

11 February 2015

 

 

Dear Mr Marsh

 

Re: Information Request received on 29 January 2015 . Our Ref: RFI/1188

 

I write further to your recent information request which is receiving
attention.

 

We are currently considering your request in more detail and will forward
a response to you as soon as possible but not later than the 26 February
2015.                           

 

If for any reason this situation changes, we will notify you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Alberta Park

Information Officer

Freedom of Information Unit

South Eastern Education and Library Board

Grahamsbridge Road

Dundonald

BT16 2HS

 

 

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Dear South-Eastern Education and Library Board (Northern Ireland),

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of South-Eastern Education and Library Board (Northern Ireland)'s handling of my FOI request 'C.A ASD'.

The SEELB are deliberately withholding this in information and are
using the cited regulation to prevent disclosure.

I am a journalist working alone, requesting this information. I am
requesting this information as it is not available in the public
domain and is in the public interest. I am not involved in any
campaign nor I am I working in pursuance of a campaign.

Should the requested information still not be provided following
your internal review process I shall complain to the ICO.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Leon Marsh

Dear Alberta Park,

S.16 duty imposed on authorities (the duty to provide advice and assistance). The SEELB has a duty to advice / assist in reducing my FOIA requests such that they fall within the S.12 cost limits. By blindly running ahead processing my requests and then claiming it costs too much isn’t complying your S.16 obligations.

By acting in this way SEELB wilfully acted to try to avoid having to comply with its S.16 obligations. Therefore, SEELB’s expenditure to date shouldn’t bar it from having to advise me how I can modify my requests to bring them within S.12 limits and that I shouldn’t suffer as a result the SEELB's incompetence.

I also challenge SEELB’s cost estimate. SEELB should have documented its estimate so I could see a copy to check its reasonableness. It must be sensible and realistic. If the data is really the ‘same or similar’ I would ask why it costs so much to disclose it. For example the SEELB disclose a single dataset that I can analyse to obtain the specific information I requested.

Yours sincerely,

Leon Marsh