Direct payments and personal budgets

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Dear Rochdale 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!

Stacey Bullen L, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,



Thank you for your request for information held by Rochdale Council which
was received by us on 6^th July 2013 regarding Direct payments and
personal budgets.

I write to advise you that your request has been allocated to the
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under the Freedom of Information Act. Under the Act we are required to
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Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
Performance & Transformation
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Tel: 01706 925505
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Dear Sir/Madam,




In response to your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act, Rochdale MBC are happy to supply the attached


We feel that we have fulfilled your Freedom of Information request. 
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