Dear Derbyshire County Council,

How many Tribunals were held in 2017-2018 and what number of these won/lost?
How many tribunals were held in 2018-2019 and what number of these won/lost?
How many tribunals have been held since April 1st 2019 to present date? and won/lost?

What were the 4 main reasons for these tribunals?

How many cases did the Ombudsman deal with since 04/2017-present day regarding education and what was the ruling of each, together with the budget costs inflicted upon DCC?

How many appeals were held 2018-2019?

How many Level 2 complaints submitted and, of these, how many were upheld?

Yours faithfully,

David Clough

Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Mr Clough,

I refer to your request for Information received on 30 July 2019.

We will be dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In accordance with the legislation, the deadline for responding is 20 working days from the receipt of the request, this being 28 August 2019. However, we shall endeavour to deal with your request promptly, and if possible before this date.

Yours Sincerely,

Business Services Assistant
Access 2 Information
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
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Tony Smith (Childrens Services), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Mr Clough,

I write further to your request for information received on 30 July 2019.

Officers dealing with your request have asked for clarification on:

((How many cases did the Ombudsman deal with since 04/2017-present day
regarding education and what was the ruling of each, together with the
budget costs inflicted upon DCC?))   What do you mean by education? If it
is schools, depending on the issue, the ombudsman does not have
jurisdiction to investigate..  We will need further clarity before we can
provide the information.  Are you wanting to know how many complaints the
ombudsman has dealt with relating to SEND?

 

How many appeals were held 2018-2019?      What do you mean by appeals? 
Is this appeals to independent review panels for school transport or
school admissions or appeals to the content of an EHCP and/or requests?

 

How many Level 2 complaints submitted and, of these, how many were
upheld?     Do you mean all stage 2s or just for a given area?  ie is this
statutory complaints or corporate complaints.

 

In accordance with s. 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the
request cannot be processed until clarification has been received. The
deadline will be calculated on receipt of clarification

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Tony Smith

Management Information Assistant – Information Governance Team |
Information & ICT | Children’s Services | Derbyshire County Council | Room
361 North Block, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3AG

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From: David Clough [[6]mailto:[FOI #593531 email]]

Sent: 30 July 2019 15:48

To: Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy)
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Subject: Freedom of Information request - Children's Services - Education
Tribunals

 

Dear Derbyshire County Council,

 

How many Tribunals were held in 2017-2018 and what number of these
won/lost?

How many tribunals were held in 2018-2019 and what number of these
won/lost?

How many tribunals have been held since April 1st 2019 to present date?
and won/lost?

 

What were the 4 main reasons for these tribunals?

 

((How many cases did the Ombudsman deal with since 04/2017-present day
regarding education and what was the ruling of each, together with the
budget costs inflicted upon DCC?))

 

How many appeals were held 2018-2019?

 

How many Level 2 complaints submitted and, of these, how many were upheld?

 

Yours faithfully,

 

David Clough

 

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Dear Tony Smith (Childrens Services),
For clarification as requested -

1. the complaints to the Ombudsman is for all matters relating to education for which the Ombudsman has jurisdiction. However, it would also prove useful if you can supply details of SEND separately if possible. Thank you.

2. Appeals - NOT tribunals. I am happy to get the total regardless of reason as this is a comparative study.

3. Complaints - Level 2 complaints dealt with by Children's Services relating to SEND issues.

I hope that now clarifies the points you raised regarding my request, but if not, please contact me ASAP.

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

David Clough

CS DP and FOI (Childrens Services), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Mr Clough,

I apologise for the delay in responding to your request. In Mr Smith's absence I have been chasing up the relevant officers who are providing the information in order to respond to your questions. I'm hopeful that a response can be provided by next week.

Kind regards

Tom Mainprize | Management Information Officer | Information Governance Team | Information & ICT | Children’s Services | Derbyshire County Council | County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3AG |

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Dear Derbyshire County Council,
I am still waiting for a response 😩

Yours faithfully,

David Clough

Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Mr Clough,

Thank you for your email of 19 September 2019.

I regret to inform you that due to an administrative error it appears that your original request dated 30 July 2019 was unfortunately overlooked on this occasion which I apologise for.

I can confirm that your request has now been submitted to the Children's Services department and I have requested that this information is provided to you as soon as possible.

Once again I apologise for this error and any delay this has caused.

Yours sincerely,

Julia Pearson
Business Services Assistant
Derbyshire County Council
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Dear Derbyshire County Council,

Please forward details ASAP regarding me making a formal complaint for maladministration of my request. In order for me to be accurate in my summary submission please email the name of the person you asked to contact me regarding the progress of my case, when you (Julia) stated that you would check and get back to me yourself.

I regret this course of action as I have never made a formal complaint against any local government staff.

Yours faithfully,

David Clough

Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Mr Clough,

I refer to your request for a review received on 22 September 2019.

I have passed this on to the reviewing officer who will consider the Council’s response to your request for information.

The reviewing officer will provide the review within 20 working days and by 18 October 2019.

However, we shall endeavour to deal with your request promptly, and if possible before this date.

Yours sincerely,

Business Services Assistant
Access 2 Information Team
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Matlock
DE4 3AG

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Dear Derbyshire County Council,

My request for information made in JULY 2019 HAS STILL NOT BEEN RESPONDED TO. IN ADDITION THE REVIEWING OFFICER WAS SUPPOSED TO RESPOND TO MY REQUEST FOR AN INTERNAL REVIEW AND THAT TIME IS ALSO PAST THE DEADLINE FOR A RESPONSE. IS ANYBODY THERE GOING TO DO WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO?

Yours faithfully,

David Clough

Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy), Derbyshire County Council

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Dear Mr Clough

Please find attached the response to the Internal Review which was requested.

Yours sincerely,

Julia Pearson
Business Services Assistant
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Matlock
DE4 3AG

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Dear Mr Clough,

 

Please find attached a letter regarding the response to your Internal
Review.

 

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Business Services Assistant

Access 2 Information Team

Derbyshire County Council

County Hall

Matlock

DE4 3AG

 

Telephone: 01629 539336

 

 

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Dear Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy),

Dear Ms. Gardom,

Many thanks for your response to my FOI #593531. I think is best to write to you rather than speak again over the phone to clarify my concerns.

My request was sent on 30/07/19.
Tony Smith requested clarification on a couple of points, to which I responded on 11/08/19.

11/09/19 : Tom Mainprize then sent a response apologising for delay in responding to my request.
- "In Mr. Smith's absence I have been chasing up relevant officers who are providing the information in order to respond to your questions. I'm hopeful that a response can be provided by next week." kind regards, Tom Mainprize.
He assured me that he had discussed my request with the relevant officers in Tony Smith's absence from the time he was off.

19/09/19: I stated that I was still waiting for a response.

19/09/19: Julia Pearson write that my original request dated 30 July 2019 was unfortunately overlooked and stated, "I confirm that your request has NOW been submitted to the Children's Services department …."

Surely, both members of staff cannot be telling me the same information, when TM states he has been chasing up my request with relevant officers between 11/08 and 11/09 and then JP stating that it had been overlooked. That is my reason for requesting your internal review. I just want to know the truth.

On the 22/09/19 I asked JP that she would make sure another member of staff would give me information about the progress of my request and if that member of staff did not get back to me she would ensure she would get back to me herself.

Yours sincerely,

David Clough