Direct payments and personal budgets

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Dear Wiltshire 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!

Pritchard, Jayne, Wiltshire Council

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Request for Information – RFI 5527 - Direct payments and personal budgets
 
 
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Wiltshire Council
 
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Evans, Sharron, Wiltshire Council

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Request for Information – RFI 5527 – Direct payments and personal budgets
 
Thank you for your request for information dated 06 July 2013. 
 
In response to your request for information:
 

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

* Latest version of the process attached. Please note that as a
pathfinder all processes, policies and paperwork are subject to
continual modification as lessons are learnt and thinking develops.   

 

 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.

* Yes, we sent out a letter and leaflet by post to all families of
pupils with statements. 
* Copy of letter and leaflet attached.

 

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

* There is 1 Direct Payment for Speech & Language. (Just for info we
have had 72 enquiries, but these families did not want to pursue the
option)
* 36 SEN Transport Direct Payments

 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.

* Yes - 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 .

* When considering request we comply with the SEN regulations on direct
payments .  Each case is considered individually and we do not operate
blanket policies.

 

 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.

* Appeals is part of the document mentioned in point 1 above.

 

 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.

* Leaflet attached is part of point 2. Information also accessible via
websites
[1]http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/healthandsoc...
;
[2]http://www.askwiltshire.org/advice-centr...
and [3]http://wiltshireparentcarercouncil.co.uk.... Parents
are also fully engaged at the strategic level and are part of a
working group on direct payments; this involved designing the leaflet,
putting together the process/policy on dealing with requests for
direct payments.

 

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

* In addition to the SEN direct payment there are four families
receiving a social care personal budget who are registered with 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
 

* The answer is in 2 above +

 a. The offer on transport personal budget is part of the application form
therefore sent out to all eligible families for home to school
transport
 b. For SEN Direct payments this is covered in point 2, all families where
a child or young person has a statement were contacted to advise them
of the scheme. For Social Care this is for existing users of the
service and a personal budget is an option that Social Workers discuss
with families when they are agreeing services.

 
10. Please provide a copy of your local offer.

* Wiltshire’s Local Offer is under development and will be published on
the Wilshire Council website once available. We have had engagement
with parents/carers to develop the key principles of the Local
Offer and have started to develop questions we will encourage schools
to answer on their websites. We are planning an event in September to
build up the content of the Education Local Offer, with schools and
parents/carers. Young people will also to be involved in the
development of the Local Offer and this is currently being planned.
Whilst the Local Offer is under development, families can access
information about provision and how to access it at the following
websites
[4]http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/healthandsoc...
[5]http://www.askwiltshire.org/advice-centr...
and [6]http://wiltshireparentcarercouncil.co.uk...

 
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Yours sincerely
 
 
Sharron Evans LLM
Principal Information Officer
Corporate Information Team
Governance
Wiltshire Council
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