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Laerke Christensen

Dear Sir or Madam,

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to request the following information:
1) How many cases have been referred to or dealt with by the council's social services regarding concerns about a child or children living in poor/unsuitable housing conditions?

2) How many of these cases have resulted in the temporary or permanent removal of a child or children from those housing conditions?

3) How many cases have been referred to or dealt with by the council's social services regarding concerns about an elderly or vulnerable adult living in poor/unsuitable housing conditions?

4) How many of these cases have resulted in the temporary or permanent removal of an elderly or vulnerable adult from those housing conditions?

Can you please provide the data for Qs 1 - 4 from January 1st, 2016 up to and including the most recent data you hold for 2021. Please provide the data broken down year-by-year, eg:
2016:
2017:
2018:
2019
2020
2021 (so far):

Please provide the information in an electronic format via email to [email address] showing the number of cases, the date they were first raised with social services and the primary cause for the housing being deemed unsuitable for the child/children removed.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits, please provide advice and assistance as to how I can refine my request.

I look forward to receiving your response within 20 working days. If you need any further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks

Laerke Christensen
[email address]
07397 387546

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Laerke Christensen,

 

Request for Information RFI-3476-21

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to Children and adults
removed by social services due to poor housing conditions which was
received on 08 September 2021.

 

In accordance with the provisions of the 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.

 

Update – Your Information Rights Requests and Coronavirus:

 

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wellbeing of all residents of the borough during this difficult period. As
part of this working practices and priorities within the council may need
to change in line with advice from the Government and our own Public
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This may mean that our usual processes for responding to requests for
information will need to change, and unfortunately you may experience
delays in receiving the information you have requested.

 

We apologise in advance if we cannot respond within the statutory
timeframe of your request - however should your request be effected we
will let you know and will endeavour to keep you updated on our progress.

 

We ask that show understanding and patience as we work through this
difficult time and we assure that we will do our upmost to ensure you
receive a response to your request as soon as possible

 

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

 

Yours sincerely,

Naiyar Sultana

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [1]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

Website:  [2]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

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Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Christensen,

 

Freedom of Information Request RFI-3476-21

 

Further to your request for information about Children and adults removed
by social services due to poor housing conditions, I can tell you the
following:

 

Whilst, I can confirm that the council holds information that falls within
the description specified in your request, it is estimated that the cost
of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit specified
in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and
Fees) Regulations 2004. For the council, this limit is currently set at
£450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours
in determining whether the council holds the information and then
locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

In this case we estimate that providing the information requested would
exceed 18 hours because our Client Management System does not record the
reasons for the removal of adults or children in such granular detail. In
order to identify any cases where home conditions were mentioned, this
would involve a member of staff reviewing each individual referral
manually. 

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 sets out that were the
council considers that the appropriate limit is likely to be exceeded it
is not obliged to respond to the request. As a result, we will not be
processing your request further as it is refused. 

 

Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of
Information Act 2000 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: Corporate Assurance Manager, Resources & Transformation, 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. [1]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Yours sincerely,

Emma Thomas

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [2]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

Website:  [3]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

[4]http://int.walsall.gov.uk/portals/0/Comm...

Disclaimer: IF THIS EMAIL IS MARKED PRIVATE OR CONFIDENTIAL - PLEASE
RESPECT CONFIDENTIALITY AND DO NOT SHARE OR FORWARD IT TO ANYONE ELSE
WITHOUT THE EXPRESS CONSENT OF THE AUTHOR. The information in this message
should be regarded as confidential and is intended for the addressee only
unless explicitly stated.  If you have received this message in error it
must be deleted and the sender notified.  The views expressed in this
message are personal and not necessarily those of Walsall MBC unless
explicitly stated.  E-mails sent or received from Walsall MBC may be
intercepted and read by the Council.  Interception will only occur to
ensure compliance with Council policies or procedures or regulatory
obligations, to prevent or detect crime. You should also be aware that any
email may be the subject of a request under Data Protection, Freedom of
Information or Environmental Information legislation and therefore could
be disclosed to third parties.

 

E-mail Security: Communication by internet email is not secure as
messages can be intercepted and read by someone else. Therefore we
strongly advise you not to email any information, which if disclosed to
unrelated third parties would be likely to cause harm or distress. If you
have an enquiry of this nature please provide a postal address to allow us
to communicate with you in a more secure way. If you want us to respond by
email you must realise that there can be no guarantee of privacy.

 

 

 

References

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