David Butterfield

1. How did you distribute the COVID Winter Grant to vulnerable families, i.e. cash, food parcels or retail supermarket vouchers?
2. Did you use this grant to distribute financial support to families of children eligible for free school meals?
3. How many children were eligible for Free School Meals and how many children claimed financial support via the grant scheme?
4. Did you use the grant to distribute support to other vulnerable families / individuals and if so, which groups, i.e. homeless etc.?
5. If using supermarket vouchers
(a) which supplier(s) did you use to distribute the vouchers?
(b) how did you choose a supplier?
(c) what were your top 3 mandatory requirements for the service?
(d) did you coordinate the ordering to all beneficiaries/recipients, or was access delegated to schools to administer and order?
(e) did you enter into a direct contract with the supplier or call off via a framework?
(f) when does your contract end?
6. If Government funding or a grant extension is not in place for May half-term or summer holidays, will you continue to operate and fund the scheme?
7. Which role(s) and job functions manage the contract for this service?

Jacqueline Keachie, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Butterfield

I acknowledge receipt of your email which is receiving attention.

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
Contact by email

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Jacqueline Keachie, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr. Butterfield

Request for Information

 

I refer again to your e-mail dated 21 April 2021 seeking information in
relation to the Covid Winter Grant Scheme.

 

Having investigated, I can advise that the scheme quoted in your request
is an English scheme not relevant to Scotland.  Accordingly, in terms of
Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, I must
advise that the information requested is not held.

 

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: [1][email address]

 

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

 

[2]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

 

 

Jacqueline Keachie

For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Contact by email

 

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David Butterfield

Dear Jacqueline Keachie,

My apologies; I've inadvertently submitted the questions for LAs in England.

Do you wish me to submit another request?

My questions for North Lanarkshire Council are:

1. How did you distribute the COVID Winter Hardship Payments to vulnerable families, i.e. cash, food parcels or retail supermarket vouchers?
2. Did you use this grant to distribute financial support to families of children eligible for Free School Meals?
3. How many children were eligible for Free School Meals and how many children claimed financial support via the payments scheme?
4. Did you use the grant to distribute support to other vulnerable families / individuals and if so, which groups, i.e. homeless etc.?
5. Will you continue to fund Free School Meal vouchers in May and Summer Half Term Holidays?
6. Which role(s) and job functions manage the contract for this service?

Yours sincerely,

David Butterfield
Managing Director

Jacqueline Keachie, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Butterfield

Further to your undernoted email, I confirm that I will process your questions as a fresh request.

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
Contact by email

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David Butterfield

Thanks Jacqueline,

That's hugely appreciated.

Enjoy your weekend,

David

Angelene Kirkpatrick, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Butterfield

Request for Information

 

I refer again to your email of 14 May 2021 seeking information in relation
to Covid Winter Hardship Payments. 

 

Having investigated, my response to your six enquiries is as follows:-

 

(1)          The Covid Winter Hardship Payment was distributed to customers as a
bank payment direct to their bank account.  Where the Council did not hold the
customer’s bank account, a Paypoint voucher was issued.

 

(2)          The Fund was used to distribute a cash payment direct to the bank
accounts of parents/carers who qualify for free school meals for the children in
their care as directed by the Scottish Government.

 

(3)          The Grant was distributed solely to the parents/carers of children
eligible for free school meals.  10,669 children were eligible for free school
meals and paid the Covid Winter Hardship Payment.

 

(4)          The Grant was distributed solely to the parents/carers of children
eligible for free school meals.

 

(5)          A decision has not been made at this time.

 

(6)          There is a Co-ordinator (1FTE) and Administrator (1FTE) with
additional Administrative/Clerical support to deal with payment enquiries.

 

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: [1][email address]

 

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

 

[2]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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David Butterfield

Angelene Kirkpatrick
Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

Hello Angelene,

Thank you for your response today which is greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

David Butterfield
Managing Director