Cost to schools of ICT services provided by the local authority

S Hill made this Freedom of Information request to Monmouthshire County Council

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Dear Monmouthshire 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

Caswell, Bruce, Monmouthshire County Council

I am out of the office until Wednesday 18th May 2011, I will respond to your e-mail as soon as I am able following my return.
Thank You,
Bruce.

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Wellington, Nicola, Monmouthshire County Council

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Please see the attached Service Level Agreement, which is offered to all
schools in Monmouthshire. This details the costs as per your freedom of
information request. Schools do have the option to purchase this service
from any supplier.

Regards

Nikki

Nikki Wellington

Finance Manager

Children and Young People Directorate

Tel: 01633 644549

[mobile number]

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Dear Wellington, Nicola,

Thank you for your response.

The supplied document seems somewhat unclear with respect to Internet charges and I'm hoping you could clarify it a bit:

* Section 6 lists "Internet charges" at £71 per user for "set up and configuration" and £71 per user for "Registration of school name". Are these two separate charges (i.e. totalling £142 per user), and by "user" is it referring to just members of staff or both staff and pupils?

* The bottom of section 6 talks about "Curriculum internet charges" of £75 per unit (where a "unit" appears to be a PC). Is this in addition to the above costs?

* Section 6 lists "Storage charges: £86 per gigabyte (Desktop and data storage)". Is this is the cost of provisioning a server to store staff and pupils' data and to provide backups for this data? (The term "desktop and data storage" isn't very descriptive).

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,

S Hill

Wellington, Nicola, Monmouthshire County Council

Please see my comments below.

Regards

Nikki

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Dear Wellington, Nicola,

Forgive me if I am misunderstanding the document, but it doesn't appear to actually show the amount the schools pay for their internet connectivity - it documents what ICT are responsible for (which includes connection to the WAN) and states that charges apply for WAN connectivity but the actual costs don't seem to be included?

Most local authorities have a clear calculation of the internet connection's (and ancillary services such as filtering and email) cost to schools based on their connection bandwidth and/or number of pupils, but this document doesn't seem to show anything similar.

Yours sincerely,

S Hill

Wellington, Nicola, Monmouthshire County Council

I will have to pass this query on to ICT on Monday, they will contact you in due course.

Regards

Nikki

Nikki Wellington
Finance Manager
Directorate for Children and Young People

Tel 01633 644549
[mobile number]

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Mountfield, Deborah, Monmouthshire County Council

You have requested some information from the Authority regarding ICT in
Schools, would you please call me so I can discuss your requirements

Regards

Deborah Mountfield
Head of Resource, Planning & Education Services
Children & Young People's Directorate
Monmouthshire County Council

Tel: 01633 644489
[mobile number]
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