Cost to schools of ICT services provided by the local authority

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Dear Solihull Borough Council,

Please can you provide a breakdown of how much each school is charged for the ICT services that are provided by the local authority, such as the schools' Internet connections, email and web filtering. Where possible, please can you breakdown these figures into charges for each individual service.

Can you also advise as to whether schools have the option to opt out of some or all of these services and keep the money that it would have cost for the local authority to provide them, in order to directly contract private companies to supply these services?

Thank you, I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

S Hill

Summerill, Joanne (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear S Hill

Freedom of Information request - Ref 2818

Thank you for your request for information about the cost to schools of
ICT services provided by the local authority, which we received on 17 May
2011. Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom of
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Joanne Summerill

Information Governance Assistant

Information Governance Team

Corporate Performance, Policy and Information Division

Tel: 0121 704 6169

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Summerill, Joanne (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear S Hill

Freedom of Information request - Ref 2818

I am writing further to your request for information about the cost to
schools of ICT services provided by the local authority, which we received
on 17 May 2011.

· Please can you provide a breakdown of how much each school is
charged for the ICT services that are provided by the local authority,
such as the schools' Internet connections, email and web filtering. Where
possible, please can you breakdown these figures into charges for each
individual service.

Internet Connection: £6,877 flat charge pa (for all schools)

URL Filtering: £2.84 per attached device per year

Internet Threat Protection (Malware, Virus, malicious code etc): £4.02
per attached device per year.

Email Account: 80p per account per year

Email Threat Protection: £2.76 per attached device per year

· Can you also advise as to whether schools have the option to
opt out of some or all of these services and keep the money that it would
have cost for the local authority to provide them, in order to directly
contract private companies to supply these services?

All funding for these items is already delegated to schools. Schools are
free to buy all, some or none of the services from Solihull Council,
paying Solihull Council for only the services they take.

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Yours sincerely

Joanne Summerill

Information Governance Assistant

Information Governance Team

Corporate Performance, Policy and Information Division

Tel: 0121 704 6169

Email [4][email address]

Website: [5]http://www.solihull.gov.uk

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