Care homes and the coronavirus

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Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

I wish to make a Freedom of information request.

Please provide all emails about COVID-19 between this council and these care home providers:
- HC-One
- Four Seasons
- Barchester
- Bupa
- Care UK
- Renaissance

Please also provide all emails about COVID-19 between this council and all local authority-run care homes.

As a timeframe, please carry out a search between 1st February and 7th May.

Thank-you.

Jack Everett

Keachie Jacqueline, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Everett

I acknowledge receipt of your email which is receiving attention.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 outbreak the maximum deadline within which a Scottish public authority must respond to a Freedom of Information request has been extended to 60 working days although, a response will be provided as soon as possible.

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

Yours sincerely

Jacqueline Keachie
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Working from home
Contact by email

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Keachie Jacqueline, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Everett

I refer again to your email of 7 May 2020 requesting information.

As you may be aware, the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 has recently been amended and the provision which extended the time period for responding to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests has been removed. This means that the maximum time period authorities have to respond to FOI requests has reverted back to 20 working days. The effect of this change in regards to your request, is that the deadline for the Council to respond is 8 June 2020.

Further information about COVID 19 and your information rights can be found on the Scottish Information Commissioner’s website at:-

http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/home/...

Yours sincerely

Jacqueline Keachie
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Working from Home
Contact by email

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Kirkpatrick Angelene, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Everett

Request for Information

I refer again to your email of 7 May 2020 seeking information in relation to Care Homes & Coronavirus.

Having investigated, I can advise that from 01/02/20 to 07/05/20 no records are held of any emails about COVID-19 between this council and these care home providers:

- HC-One
- Four Seasons
- Barchester
- Bupa
- Care UK
- Renaissance

In addition, North Lanarkshire Council does not run or manage any Care Homes. Accordingly, I must advise in terms of Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, that no information is held relative to your request.

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision by writing to the Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions, Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB. Accordingly, if you are dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write to the Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions.
I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section 21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice - may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt with in accordance with the Act. Such an application must be made within six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the applicant, and provide an address for correspondence. The application must also specify the request for information to which the requirement for review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local authority to issue such a decision. The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted as follows:-

Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St. Andrews
KY16 9DS
email: [email address]

Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online via the following link: -

www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

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

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street
Motherwell
ML1 1AB

Working from home
Please contact via email

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