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Dear Oldham Metropolitan Borough 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!

Peter Williams, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Measure Up!

RE: Freedom of Information request - Direct payments and personal budgets

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Peter Williams
Business Support Officer
Oldham Council
Level 5 Civic Centre
West Street
Oldham
OL1 1UT

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Julie Hawkins, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

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Hi

Please find attached information required and the handbook referred to in
the response.

regards

Julie Hawkins
Short Breaks and Transformation Manager
Oldham Council
People,Communities and Society
Additional and Complex Needs Service
CPD Annexe,
Rosary Road,
Oldham
OL8 2RP
 
Tel: 0161 770 3126
[mobile number]
Email: [email address]

 

From: Measure Up! [[1]mailto:[FOI #167901 email]]

Sent: 06 July 2013 22:33

To: Information Manager

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Direct payments and personal
budgets

Dear Oldham Metropolitan Borough 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!

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