Direct payments and personal budgets

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Dear Southampton City Council,

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 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!

Heath, Vicky, Southampton City Council

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Dear Measure Up,

 

Please find attached an acknowledgement letter regarding your FOI request
concerning direct payments and personal budgets.

 

Many thanks,

 

Vicky Heath

Project Officer

4th Floor, One Guildhall Square

Southampton City Council

023 8083 3972

 

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Heath, Vicky, Southampton City Council

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Dear Measure Up,

 

Please find attached a copy of the response to your FOI request,
FOI/1314/328, regarding direct payments and personal budgets.

 

Many thanks,

 

Vicky Heath

Project Officer

4th Floor, One Guildhall Square

Southampton City Council

023 8083 3972

 

This email is confidential but may have to be disclosed under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000, the data Protection Act 1998 or the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004. If you are not the person or organisation it
was meant for, apologies, please ignore it, delete it and notify us. SCC
does not make legally binding agreements or accept formal
notices/proceedings by email. E-mails may be monitored.

 

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