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Dear Greenwich Borough Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act:

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 the 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!

Paul Miller, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Measure Up,

In order for us to proceed with your request we require your full name before I can log your Request. See web link for Information Commissioner's guidance on this topic.

http://www.ico.gov.uk/foikb/PolicyLines/...

Yours sincerely,

Paul Miller
Corporate Information Security Compliance Officer
Corporate ICT
Royal Borough of Greenwich

020 8921 5712
0 The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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Dear Paul Miller,

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are a voluntary organisation and entitled to request information in our own name.

You will note the guidance from the ICO website which confirms:

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,

easure Up!

Paul Miller, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Measure Up!,

Ref No:- 05835

Thank you for your email of 6th July 2013, requesting information about SEN Direct Payments and Personal Budgets.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Miller
Corporate Information Security Compliance Officer
Corporate ICT
Royal Borough of Greenwich

020 8921 5712
0 The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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Paul Miller, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Sir

 

RFI 5835

 

I am writing in response to your request for information under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000. Our apologies for the delay. Our response is as
follows.

 

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

 

RBG did not trial direct payments

 

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 the date of issue.

 

N/A

 

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

 

N/A

 

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.

 

N/A

 

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.

 

N/A

 

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.

 

N/A

 

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.

 

N/A

 

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

 

N/A

 

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

 

N/A

 

10.  Please provide a copy of your local offer.

 

Our introduction to the Local Offer is available on Council’s website
[1]http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/20...

This will be updated over the next few months with completed offers.

 

If you are not satisfied with Royal Greenwich’s response to your request
you may ask for it to be reviewed. If you wish to do this, please write to
Gillian Palmer, Director of Children's Services , 1st Floor, The Woolwich
Centre, 35 Wellington Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6HQ; enclosing a copy
of your original request and explaining your complaint. Please include
your full name and an address for correspondence.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Paul Miller

Corporate Information Security Compliance Officer

Corporate ICT

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5712 

*   The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ

8 [2]www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

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