Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

1) Please could you tell me your 2017-18 weekly foster care allowances for all age bands, NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers.

2) Please detail your current fee/reward structure for foster carers (NB this is different to allowances for the child). Please include:
i) Details of the levels/bands for carers and how much you pay per week at each level/band.
ii) The number of foster carers on each level/band, including those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.

3) Please could you tell me your weekly allowances to former foster carers looking after young people in Staying Put 18+ arrangements, broken down by year 1, year 2, and year 3+ if necessary.

4) Please detail your current fee/reward structure for former foster carers looking after young people in Staying Put arrangements. Please include:
i) Details of the levels/bands and how much you pay per week at each level/band.
ii) The number of former foster carers on each level/band, including those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Cann

Foi, Customer, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Mr Cann,

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 409622

We sincerely apologise for the delay in acknowledging your request. We have recently undergone a restructure and as a result, are experiencing some delays with regard to our information requests.

Thank you for your recent request. Your request is being considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, subject to the application of any
exemptions/exceptions. Where consideration is being given to exemptions/exceptions, the 20 working day timescale may be extended to a period considered reasonable depending on the nature and circumstances of your request. In such cases you will be notified and, where possible, a revised time-scale will be indicated. In all cases we shall attempt to deal with your request at the earliest opportunity.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information requested where the request exceeds the statutory limit or where disbursements exceed £10. In such cases you will be informed in writing and your request will be suspended until we receive payment from you or your request is modified and/or reduced.

Your request may require either full or partial transfer to another public authority. You will be informed if your request is transferred. If we are unable to provide you with the information requested we will notify you of this together with the reason(s) why and details of how you may appeal (if appropriate). Please note that the directorate team may contact you for further information where we believe that the request is not significantly clear for us to respond fully.

Kind Regards,

Corporate Complaints and Casework Team

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CYP Casework, Lewisham Borough Council

London Borough of Lewisham - Freedom of Information request

Our Reference: 409622

Dear Mr Cann

Freedom of Information Act 2000

We write regarding your request for information, received on 11 July 2017.

It is with regret that we have been unable to complete our response within
the 20 working days as required by the Act. This is because we have had a
severely reduced capacity due to staff illness and a high volume of
enquiries. This is why you have not received any contact from us until
now. 

Please be assured that we are dealing with your request as matter of
urgency and we hope to provide you with a final response by 4th September
2017. In the event that consideration is given to qualified exemptions we
will contact you again with a revised timescale.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth Ajala
Complaints and Access to Records Officer

Dear Elizabeth

Thanks for this reply - just wondering what the status is of this request? Be good to get an answer soon.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Cann

Casework, CYP, Lewisham Borough Council

Please note: The Complaints & Access to Records Team currently has
severaly reduced capacity due to staff illness and a high volume of
enquiries.  We are working hard to meet our responsibilities to our
customers but responses to your compliant, request for information or
access to records may be delayed in the short term.  Please bear with us
as we endeavour to return to normal service but if your enquiry is urgent
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Many Thanks

[1]Waste Changes London Borough of Lewisham

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Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Lewisham Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Foster Care Allowances and Payments'.

This response is now many months overdue..

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Yours faithfully,

Robert Cann

Foi, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Mr Cann
 
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 409622
 
Thank you for your email. We sincerely apologise for the delay in
responding to your FOI request.
 
The service who are dealing with your request are having some difficulties
regarding staffing resources at present which unfortunately has led to
some delays in issuing responses. I have contacted them today and asked
that your response is prioritised. They are awaiting clearance on the
response and you will receive this no later than Tuesday 28th November
2017.
We do apologise for any inconvenience this delay may have caused you.
 
Kind regards
 
Wendy Stevens
Senior Customer Resolutions Officer
Corporate Complaints, Casework & Information Governance Team.
 
 
 

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Elizabeth Ajala, Lewisham Borough Council

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Dear Mr Robert Cann

Thank you for writing to us with your query please find attached the
response to your Freedom of Information request and some information that
explains the . 

We apologise for the delay in sending this to you.

Kind regards

Elizabeth Ajala
Complaints and Access to Records Officer

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Dear Elizabeth Ajala,

Thank you for this reply. There is some information missing - specifically the total number of foster carers in Lewisham (whether they receive a fee or not) receiving fees and the total number of former foster carers providing staying put accommodation in Lewisham.

I would be very grateful if you were able to provide this missing info from my request.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Cann

Ajala, Elizabeth, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Mr Robert Cann

Sorry for the delay in acknowledging your email I had been out of the office. I have sent your request to the service and am waiting on a response from the manager who will be back in the office tomorrow morning 12/12/2017.

Kind regards

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Ajala
Complaints & Access to Records Officer
Children & Young People (CYP)
Email: [email address]
0208 314 7435
3rd Floor Laurence House, 1 Catford Road
London SE6 4RU
Lewisham’s website: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk

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Ajala, Elizabeth, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Mr Cann

Please find the remaining information you requested for:

128 fostering households and they all receive a fee.
20 staying put arrangements.

We are unable to break down by fees but these are freely available on our website.

Kind regards

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Ajala
Complaints & Access to Records Officer
Children & Young People (CYP)
Email: [email address]
0208 314 7435
3rd Floor Laurence House, 1 Catford Road
London SE6 4RU
Lewisham’s website: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk

The information held within this email is highly confidential. The content of this information must not be copied forwarded or disclosed to any person other than the individual it was intended for unless the information must be shared for the purpose it was given. When in receipt of this information please ensure it is protected and maintained securely. When you are finished with the information please delete it from your system. Under no circumstances must this information be kept for longer than needed. If you have received it in error please contact the sender or forward to [email address].ukand delete the email.
If you do not adhere to the above disclaimer you could be in breach of the data protection act 1998 and therefore could face legal proceedings.”

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Dear Elizabeth,

Thank you very much for all your help.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Cann

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