Patricia Anderson

Dear Dumfries and Galloway Council,

1. Please could you provide the percentage of discretionary deferral requests which the local authority has provided an extra year of early learning and childcare funding for since 2013. Please only include those children born on or after the school commencement date in August and 31 Dec who were granted an extra year of funding.

2. Please could you also provide the total number of applications for discretionary deferral funding received and the total number successful for each year since 2013. Please only include those children born on or after the school commencement date in August and 31 Dec who were granted an extra year of funding.

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Dumfries and Galloway Council

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 10/12/2018 which we are dealing with in terms of the above legislation. We have given your request the unique reference 377465 and we would appreciate it if you could quote this on all correspondence to us.

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FOI Unit
Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Dumfries and Galloway Council

Please find below the Council's response to your request 377465 which was received on 10/12/2018.

Details of request: 1. Please could you provide the percentage of discretionary deferral requests which the local authority has provided an extra year of early learning and childcare funding for since 2013. Please only include those children born on or after the school commencement date in August and 31 Dec who were granted an extra year of funding.

2. Please could you also provide the total number of applications for discretionary deferral funding received and the total number successful for each year since 2013. Please only include those children born on or after the school commencement date in August and 31 Dec who were granted an extra year of funding.

Response:

Under Section 25 this information is otherwise accessible as this information is published nationally by Scottish Government annually alongside their Summary Statistics for Schools.

Please be aware that the Council holds the copyright, where applicable, for the information provided and it may be reproduced free of charge in any format or media without requiring specific permission. This is subject to the material not being used in a misleading context. The source of the material must be acknowledged as Dumfries and Galloway Council and the title of the document must be included when being reproduced as part of another publication or service.

If you require any further clarification, please contact us. However, if you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been dealt with, you can request us to carry out an internal review of the decision by emailing [email address] or writing to us within 40 working days of receiving this response.

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the review, you have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision. Appeals to the Commissioner can be made online at www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal or in writing to: The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS.

Kind Regards

FOI Unit
Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Patricia Anderson

Dear Dumfries and Galloway Council,

Thank you for your response to my Freedom of Information request no. 377465. However, my understanding is that the deferral data collated by the Scottish Government from local authorities does not provide a breakdown of automatically funded deferrals (Jan and Feb birthdays) and so called 'discretionary' deferrals (those children with birthdays after the school start date in mid-Aug and the end of Dec who have a legal entitlement to a deferral but not an automatic entitlement to continued nursery funding for the additional year) and therefore the totals that are collated by the Scottish Government would not provide the data on 'discretionary' deferrals alone which I was looking for.

If I am mistaken and this information is available on the Scottish Government's website, I would be very grateful if you could send me a link to it.

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Patricia Anderson

Dear Dumfries and Galloway Council,

Thank you for your email. I contacted the Scottish Government to ask where I might find this information and they replied as follows:

"we don’t collect a breakdown of automatic and discretionary deferred registrations for funded early learning and childcare. We only collect the total number of deferred registrations."

I would therefore be very grateful if you could respond to my initial request.

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

FOI, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Thank you for your email. I am now checking with the Service and will reply to your request once I receive their response

Many thanks

FOI Unit
Dumfries and Galloway Council

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FOI, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Please accept our apologies, the response is now detailed below

Enquiry received on 10/12/2018

Details of request: 1. Please could you provide the percentage of discretionary deferral requests which the local authority has provided an extra year of early learning and childcare funding for since 2013. Please only include those children born on or after the school commencement date in August and 31 Dec who were granted an extra year of funding.

For this question, we do not hold figures prior to 2015.

2018 - 6.4%
2017 - 6.1%
2016 - 4.7%
2015 - 3.3%

2. Please could you also provide the total number of applications for discretionary deferral funding received and the total number successful for each year since 2013. Please only include those children born on or after the school commencement date in August and 31 Dec who were granted an extra year of funding.

2012/2013 - 33 applications - 32 approved
2013/2014 - 38 applications - 37 approved
2014/2015 - 40 applications - 38 approved
2015/2016 - 25 applications - 23 approved
2016/2017 - 45 applications - 44 approved
2017/2018 - 45 applications - 45 approved

FOI Unit
Dumfries and Galloway Council

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