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Dear Hampshire County 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!

Freedom of Information, Hampshire County Council

 

Dear Sir/Madam

 

With reference to your email received 8 July 2013 regarding the following

 

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.

 

The Freedom of Information Act states that the name of the applicant is
given.   Therefore,  to assist us in replying to your request, could you
please provide a contact name.

 

 

Your request will be put on hold until a contact name is received.  Once
we have  received this we will respond  to you within 20 working days.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Amanda Godridge

 

Amanda Godridge
Information Compliance Officer
Corporate Services
Hampshire County Council The Castle
Winchester
SO23 8UJ
Telephone: 01962 847374
HPSN2: 847374
[1]www.hants.gov.uk

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Dear Freedom of Information,

We are a voluntary organisation and the law permits us to make an application in our own name.

Please refer to the ICO's website which reminds public bodies:

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.

Yours sincerely,

Measure Up!

Dear Ms Godridge,

Thank you for your response.

We are a voluntary organisations and you will be aware that we are able to apply in our own name.

I trust this addresses your concerns and we apologise for not pointing this out with our initial request.

Please do refer to the ICO's guidance if in doubt.

Yours sincerely,

Measure Up!

Children's Services Freedom of Information requests, Hampshire County Council

Dear Measure Up

Your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information, which was received by
Hampshire County Council on  08 July 2013. You requested:
 

 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.

The Children's Services Department will provide a response by 9 August
2013 (20 working days).
 
Please remember to quote the reference number above (6420 Measure Up) in
any future communications.

Yours sincerely
 
Anne Melesk
FoI Co-ordinator
Children's Services Department
Email:  [email address]
 
If you have a Freedom of Information request please redirect to the
following email address - [email address].uk 
Any statutory timeframe will not commence until the request is received at
this address.
 
 

Children's Services Freedom of Information requests, Hampshire County Council

Dear Measure Up
This email is to advise you that we are currently experiencing a large
volume of requests, which unfortunately is leading some responses to be
replied to outside the required timescale.
 
We are sorry for this delay, but please be assured that we will provide a
response as soon as possible.
Kind regards.
 
Anne Melesk
FoI Co-ordinator
Children's Services Department
Tel:      01962 846979
Email:  [1][email address]
 
If you have a Freedom of Information request please redirect to the
following email address - [2][email address].uk 
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this address.
 
 
 

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Freedom of Information, Hampshire County Council

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Dear Measure Up

 

Please find attached Hampshire County Council’s response to your Freedom
of Information request.  Please accept Hampshire County Council’s
apologies for the delay in replying to you.

 

Yours sincerely

Amanda Godridge

 

Amanda Godridge
Information Compliance Officer
Corporate Services – Governance
Hampshire County Council The Castle
Winchester
SO23 8UJ
Telephone: 01962 847374
HPSN2: 847374
[1]www.hants.gov.uk

This email, and any attachments, is strictly confidential and may be
legally privileged. It is intended only for the addressee. If you are not
the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution or other use
of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
message in error, please contact the sender.

Any request for disclosure of this document under the Data Protection Act
1998 or Freedom of Information Act 2000 should be referred to the sender.

 

References

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