David Butterfield

1. How did you distribute the COVID Winter Hardship Payments to vulnerable families?
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?
4. When will you be awarding the new £100 COVID Spring Hardship Payment?
5. How will this be paid?
6. Whilst tackling poverty and inequality, are there other settings such as early learning and childcare where payments will be considered?
7. Which role(s) and job functions manage the contract for this service?

FOI, Falkirk Council

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David Butterfield

FAO Lynn
Information Team

Hello Lynn,

My FOI request was submitted via the WhatDoTheyKnow portal. All personal details were registered at the time with due diligence including full name, David Butterfield, which appears at the top of my enquiry.

I'm sorry you didn't spot this. Your continued support is hugely appreciated.

Best regards,

David Butterfield
Managing Director

FOI, Falkirk Council

Hi David
My apologies if that is the case however your name didn’t appear in the main body of the text when it came through our email system as required.

"You must include your full name - it could be your first name and surname (e.g. Jane Smith), or first initial and surname (e.g. J Smith), or title and surname (e.g. Mrs Smith). A first name without a full surname will not be valid. Also, your name must be included in the main text of the request. It's not enough, for example, to rely on your name being visible in an email address or even as the sender of an email."

I will log your request and acknowledge shortly.

Kind regards

Lynn

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FOI, Falkirk Council

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Good afternoon

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

 

We acknowledge receipt of your information request dated 30 April 2021.
The Reference Number for this is 103104.

 

In terms of the relevant legislation, we have 20 working days to deal with
your request from the date that we received it.  Where possible, we will
respond sooner.  However, as you might expect, Covid-19 is currently
impacting on our ability to respond to requests.  This may be because
staff are working from home and are therefore unable to carry out full
searches for information or because staff are working on delivering
essential front-line services.   The Scottish Information Commissioner
(who oversees compliance with FOI legislation in Scotland) has the ability
to recognise any unavoidable reasons for delay in considering any appeals
for non-compliance with statutory timescales.

 

Please therefore bear with us at this difficult time.  If you are able to
narrow the scope of your request, that would be very helpful and may mean
we can respond to you more quickly.  Alternatively, please consider
withdrawing your request and resubmitting it once normal service has
resumed.

 

If you would like to know how we treat your personal information, you can
read more on the Council’s privacy webpage -
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On behalf of Falkirk Council

Lynn

Information Team

 

 

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David Butterfield

Thanks, Lynn.

Sorry for the confusion!

Enjoy your weekend,

David

Christopher Cain, Falkirk Council

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Dear David Butterfield,

 

Freedom of Information request - COVID Winter Hardship Payments

Reference: 103104

 

I refer to your recent Freedom of Information Request regarding the COVID
Winter Hardship Payments which we received on 30/04/2021. Please find our
responses to your request below:

 

 1. How did you distribute the COVID Winter Hardship Payments to
vulnerable families?

Direct payments were issued by BACS payment direct to eligible
parent/carer’s bank accounts using information held in relation to
Clothing Grant awards for that year. For the minority of payees for whom
bank details were not held the payments were issued by cheque instead.

 

 2. Did you use this grant to distribute financial support to families of
children eligible for Free School Meals?

Yes. Direct payments were made to the parent/ carer.

 

 3. How many children were eligible for Free School Meals?

Direct payments were made on behalf of 5,482 pupils.

 

 4. When will you be awarding the new £100 COVID Spring Hardship Payment?

We have already issued the £100 COVID Spring Hardship Payment. The bulk of
these payments were received by eligible parents/carers on 31/03/2021 with
further catch-up payments being received on 21/04/2021.

 

 5. How will this be paid?

Payments were issued using the same method used for the COVID Winter
Hardship Payments as described in response to Question 1 above.

 

6. Whilst tackling poverty and inequality, are there other settings such
as early learning and childcare where payments will be considered?

Yes – COVID Spring Hardship Payments were also issued on behalf of
eligible children attending Early Learning Centres/Nurseries in the
Falkirk area.

 

7. Which role(s) and job functions manage the contract for this service?

There were no contractual partners involved. The administration of these
payments was managed by Falkirk Council’s Revenues and Benefits Department
under direction from Falkirk Council’s Children’s Services.

 

I trust this information satisfies your request. If there are any issues
please refer to the information leaflet attached.

 

Kind regards,

 

Chris Cain | Benefits Officer
Corporate and Housing Services | Falkirk Council

 

From: FOI
Sent: 30 April 2021 14:54
To: David Butterfield <[FOI #752060 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - COVID Winter Hardship
Payments

 

Good afternoon

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

 

We acknowledge receipt of your information request dated 30 April 2021.
The Reference Number for this is 103104.

 

In terms of the relevant legislation, we have 20 working days to deal with
your request from the date that we received it. Where possible, we will
respond sooner. However, as you might expect, Covid-19 is currently
impacting on our ability to respond to requests. This may be because staff
are working from home and are therefore unable to carry out full searches
for information or because staff are working on delivering essential
front-line services. The Scottish Information Commissioner (who oversees
compliance with FOI legislation in Scotland) has the ability to recognise
any unavoidable reasons for delay in considering any appeals for
non-compliance with statutory timescales.

 

Please therefore bear with us at this difficult time. If you are able to
narrow the scope of your request, that would be very helpful and may mean
we can respond to you more quickly. Alternatively, please consider
withdrawing your request and resubmitting it once normal service has
resumed.

 

If you would like to know how we treat your personal information, you can
read more on the Council’s privacy webpage -
[1]https://www.falkirk.gov.uk/privacy/.

 

On behalf of Falkirk Council

Lynn

Information Team

 

 

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David Butterfield

Christopher Cain
Benefits Officer

Good morning Chris,

Thank you for your prompt response last week; it's hugely appreciated

Best regards,

David Butterfield
Managing Director