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Dear North East Lincolnshire Council,

1) How many of your authority's customers are in receipt of a direct payment for Care Act services, please?

2) What was the combined value of all Care Act budgets delivered through direct payments made in 2020 and 2019, please?

3) What is the median amount of a gross direct payment made on behalf of your organisation?

4) How frequently are direct payments made (i.e., weekly, fortnightly, 28 days or calendar month). Please provide a breakdown, thank you.

5) How many of your direct payment clients receive their payment into a prepaid card or managed account? Please provide a breakdown of the numbers, thank you.

6) Which prepaid card suppliers has your organisation contracted with?

7) What is the applicable contract length with these providers and when do these arrangements come up for renewal?

8) Does your organisation use prepaid cards to disburse funds to other people (i.e., asylum seekers, refugees, homeless). If so, please can you provide a breakdown of the median amount, recipient category, frequency of funds disbursed and the total value of funds made in 2020 and 2019, please?

9) Is your s151 Officer (CFO) aware of the recent £32 million GBP fine levied against Mastercard, allpay and PFS for allegedly operating a cartel in the public sector prepaid card space? Link to PSR article here: https://www.psr.org.uk/news-updates/late...

10) Has your organisation released a statement about these proceedings and if so, please can you provide it, thank you?

Yours faithfully,

John A Gelmini

Freedom Of Information (NELC), North East Lincolnshire Council

 

Dear Sir / Madam

 

I am pleased to acknowledge your request for information, which has been
allocated the reference number NELC/22552/2122

Your request has been passed to the relevant department and you can expect
your response within the 20 working day limit. If it will take us longer
than 20 working days to respond to you, we will inform you of this and
provide you with the expected date for receiving a response.

 

Further information about how we will deal with your Freedom of
Information requests is available on our website at:

 

[1]https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/your-council/...

 

Please feel free to contact me if you require any further information or
assistance quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

 

North East Lincolnshire Council

 

 

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Freedom Of Information (NELC), North East Lincolnshire Council

Dear Sir / Madam 

Thank you for your information request, reference NELC/22552/2122. Under
section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act North East Lincolnshire
Council does not hold all of the information you have requested.

Please note North East Lincolnshire Council does not hold the information
to answer questions 1 to 7 of your request. 

North East Lincolnshire Council’s Adult Social Care provision merged with
the Primary Care Trust in September 2007 to form the North East
Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus, which is now the North East Lincolnshire
Clinical Commissioning Group. North East Lincolnshire Council does not
hold the information to answer your query.

We would suggest you contact the North East Lincolnshire Clinical
Commissioning Group directly for this information; their contact details
are available on the website below:

[1]http://www.northeastlincolnshireccg.nhs....

8) Does your organisation use prepaid cards to disburse funds to other
people (i.e., asylum seekers, refugees, homeless). If so, please can you
provide a breakdown of the median amount, recipient category, frequency of
funds disbursed and the total value of funds made in 2020 and 2019,
please?

 

o No

 

9) Is your s151 Officer (CFO) aware of the recent £32 million GBP fine
levied against Mastercard, allpay and PFS for allegedly operating a cartel
in the public sector prepaid card space? Link to PSR article here:
[2]https://www.psr.org.uk/news-updates/late...

 

o Yes

 

10) Has your organisation released a statement about these proceedings and
if so, please can you provide it, thank you?

 

o No

 

If you believe that your request for information has not been handled in
accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, you have the right to
request an internal review by the Council. If you wish to request an
internal review, please write to us detailing the reasons why. Please be
clear about which elements of the Council’s response or handling of the
request you are unhappy with, and would like the Council to address during
the internal review process.  If following this you are still dissatisfied
you may contact the Office of the Information Commissioner.

 

Yours sincerely

 

North East Lincolnshire Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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