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Dear Leicester City Council,
Under the Freedom of Information Act,

1.Please provide a copy of your policy regarding the trialling of SEN Direct Payments and personal budgets.

2.Please confirm whether all parents/carers issued with a new or amended statement since January 2012 have been informed about their right to apply for a Direct Payment for SEN provision under the Special Educational Needs (Direct Payments) (Pilot Scheme) Order 2012. How has this information been provided? Please provide a copy of any standard leaflet or letter issued together with confirmation of the date of issue.

3.Please confirm the number of parents/carers who are receiving SEN Direct Payments and what those Direct Payments relate to.

4.Please confirm whether any of these SEN Direct Payments could be provided outside the Pathfinder project, e.g. payments under Part 6 of a statement for transport.

5.Please provide a copy of your policy for considering requests for direct payments for SEN provision. If you do not have a policy, please confirm whether there are any limits placed on direct payments applications, e.g. they will not be provided if the LA has a block contract or there is a financial limit. Please confirm whether these criteria are communicated to parents and provide a copy of that document .

6.Please confirm your arrangements for reviewing appeals against a refusal of a request for SEN Direct Payments. Please provide a copy of any policy and any leaflet/letter issued to parents explaining this.

7.Please confirm what information is provided to parents/carers about the trialling of personal budgets. Please provide a copy of any leaflet or letter issued.

8.Please confirm how many parents/carers are receiving a personal budget within the auspices of the Pathfinder project?

9.Please confirm how parents/carers in receipt of SEN Direct Payments/ personal budgets obtained the information to make an application. For example, were they:

(a) sent the information with a new or amended statement
(b) recruited as part of a specific pilot
(c) neither (a )or (b), the family approached the LA having heard about SEN Direct Payments/personal budgets from other sources

10.Please provide a copy of your local offer.

Yours faithfully,

Measure Up!

info-requests, Leicester City Council

Please ask for:                   Tracy Loach

Direct Line:                          0116 252 7742

E-mail:                                  
[1][Leicester City Council request email]                          

Our Ref:                                FOI 3601

Date:                                      8^th July 2013 

 

 

Unknown – Measure Up!

[2][FOI #167834 email]

 

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

Thank you for your email of 6^th July 2013 requesting information about
SEN Direct Payments and personal budgets.  Your request is being dealt
with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be
answered within twenty working day once we have received the information
requested below. 

 

Section 8(1b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 states that Freedom
of Information requests must state the name of the applicant; therefore
please could you let us know the name of the person in Measure Up! who
submitted the request.  The link below may be useful if you have any
queries regarding this:

[3]http://ico.org.uk/for_organisations/free...

 

If we do not hear from you within 2 months your request will be closed.

 

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me.
 Please reply to the e-mail address [4][Leicester City Council request email] and
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Tracy Loach

Information Governance Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please ask for:                   xxxx

Direct Line:                          0116 252 xxxx

E-mail:                                  
[5][Leicester City Council request email]                          

Our Ref:                                FOI xxxx

Date:                                       

 

 

Name

E-mail/address

 

 

Dear xxxx

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

Thank you for your letter/email of xxxx requesting information about
xxxx.  Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working day once
we receive the information requested below. 

 

Section 8(1b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 states that Freedom
of Information requests must state the name of the applicant; therefore
please could you let us know the name of the person in your Campaign’s
Team who submitted the request.  The link below may be useful if you have
any queries regarding this:

[6]http://www.ico.org.uk/upload/documents/l...

 

If we do not hear from you within 2 months your request will be closed.

 

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Tracy Loach

Information Governance Officer

 

 

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Dear Leicester City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Leicester City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Direct payments and personal budgets'.

We are a voluntary organsiation and entitled to request information in our own name.

The guidance from the ICO you refer to confirms:

Remember that a request can be made in the name of an organisation, or by one person on behalf of another, such as a solicitor on behalf of a client;

Please proceed with our request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

Yours faithfully,

Measure Up!

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

Immediately before sending the response above the council accidentally sent an identical response from the wrong email account, followed by a recall message.

On request from the council we've removed those accidentally sent messages. We're generally happy to correct trivial errors like this which are rapidly brought to our attention.

--

Richard - WhatDoTheyKnow.com volunteer

info-requests, Leicester City Council

Dear Measure Up!

 

Re. our earlier request for your name, we did not realise that Measure Up!
is the name of your organisation.   We will now go ahead and prepare a
response to your request.  However, it would be useful to have the name of
a contact at your organisation, if you are able to supply this.

 

We cannot carry out an internal review until after a response has been
sent out.  If you would still like an internal review carried out once you
have received your response, please contact us again at this time.

Regards,

 

Lynn Wyeth,

Information Governance Manager

info-requests, Leicester City Council

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Dear Measure Up!

 

Please find attached Leicester City Council’s response to your recent
Freedom of Information request.

 

 

Regards

 

Lynn Wyeth

Information Governance Manager

Information & Customer Access

Telephone: 0116 252 7605

Email: [1][Leicester City Council request email]

 

 

 

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