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Dear East Sussex County Council,
Since the transfer from statements, LDA's, to EHCP's and new EHCP's started in East Sussex. What is the total number of EHCP's started since the new laws?
How many are still outstanding and yet to be finalised?
How many include Health and Social Care in the final completed plan?
How many requests for support on EHCPs have Information For Families had?

Yours faithfully,
Emma Godson

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

Dear Ms. Godson,

 

FOI Request ref:  7341 / Education, Health and Care Plan Statistics

 

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Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear Ms Godson

 

FOI Request ref: 7341 / Education, Health and Care Plan Statistics

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above, which has been
dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your
request and our response are set out below. Please note that any
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REQUEST

 

Since the transfer from statements, LDA's,  to EHCP's and new EHCP's 
started in East Sussex. What is the total number of EHCP's started since
the new laws?

How many are still outstanding and yet to be finalised?

How many include Health and Social Care in the final completed  plan?

How many requests for support on EHCPs have Information For Families had?

 

RESPONSE

 

1. 667 conversions to an EHC Plan finalised.

443 EHC Plans finalised following a new statutory assessment request.

 

2. Not all statements current as at 30th June 2016 will result in an EHC
Plan being issued. Total number can change due to pupil’s moving into the
authority, moving out of the authority and in some cases a decision made
not to issue an EHC Plan following transfer review.

 

1752   Statement of SEN still to be reviewed/finalised.

83        LDA conversion requests ongoing where a decision has been made
to issue an EHC Plan but not yet finalised.

56        New ongoing assessment requests where a decision has been made
to issue an EHC Plan but not yet finalised.

 

3. Unable to provide an answer.

 

Section 12 FOIA 2000 provides that a public authority is not obliged to
comply with a request for information if it estimates that meeting the
request would exceed the appropriate cost limit. This ‚Äėappropriate limit‚Äô
is set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate
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Government public authorities is currently set at £450. In relation to
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hour. This effectively equates to a time limit of 18 staff hours.

 

To ensure an effective assessment of the time it would take to respond to
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Given the number of conversions completed (667) and new EHC plans
finalised (443) from Sep-14 to Jun-16; in order to identify how many
include Health and Social Care in the final completed plan would require a
manual trawl of each database record. i.e. to access the database record,
identify the final version of the Microsoft word EHC Plan document, review
content of EHC Plan and collate the response. Assuming that it would take
between 1 and 2 minutes per case, this would equal 37 hours.

 

4. The SEN and disability advice service received the following requests
for help, where delay was of concern to the young person or parent:

 

April 14 to March 15 - 3

April 15 to March 16 - 8

March 16 to 17 - 5 to 28 June (date of FOI request)

 

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Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

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