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Fostering Fees and Allowances

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Dear Essex County Council,

This request is in relation to the borough's "in house" foster carers, the payments to them and support provided in carrying out their role.

Please provide:
1. a schedule of weekly fostering fees and allowances
2. a schedule of payments for enhanced placements if appropriate
3. a schedule of competency payments or similar
4. financial detail of any other financial support to foster carers such as Additional allowances for holidays, birthdays and festive celebrations
5. financial detail of any other Additional payment and benefits, based on the needs of individual children
6. financial detail of Time-limited retention payments if carers are not allocated a child
7. financial details of any referral fee(s) / schemes if foster carers recommend friends and family members who go on to become foster carers
8. Financial information on Bonuses in recognition of long service or suchlike.
9. Detail of financial schemes for mainstream / enhanced / specialist payments not listed above
10. Detail of support packages provided directly or commissioned by the local authority and available to foster carers to support them in their foster caring role
11. Current number of borough foster carers with which child(ren) are placed
12. Current number of registered borough foster carers with no child(ren) placed.
13. Detail on the last time rates to foster carers were reviewed / increased / decreased.

I appreciate it's a busy time so if any of the above is already in the public domain please forward a link to published reports / council decisions.

Yours faithfully,

Tony Ferrino

Your Right To Know, Essex County Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your recent request for information.

Your request is covered by the Freedom of Information Act, which requires us to respond within 20 working days.

Please Note – Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak we are currently working remotely. This has impacted our ability to access data to respond to requests for information.

Our staff are focussed on supporting the front-line delivery of our services, for example social care and public health to protect the most vulnerable in our society, and are not always able to provide to us with data for responding to requests as they normally would.

We would like to apologise for this disruption to our service and assure you that we will continue to process requests, however it is likely there will be a significant delay in our response to you.

We will determine and let you know whether we hold the information you have requested and consider whether we are able to release the information or if it is exempt from disclosure.

ECC does not usually charge for providing information to its requestors as the provision of electronic copies is negligible, however under certain circumstances we may have to do so if providing the information costs more than £25. We will let you know before we do any work that would incur a charge.

Please note that the response and data released to you as part of this request will be published on the Essex County Council website. The website address is http://www.essex.gov.uk/Your-Council/You.... All requests will be anonymised and no personal information including contact details will be disclosed as part of this process.

Please contact me if you would like further advice or assistance about your request, or your right to access information held by Essex County Council.

Yours sincerely,

Lillian Denhart
Your Right to Know
Essex County Council
Telephone: 033301 38989
E-mail: [email address]

For advice on Essex County Council’s response to the current Coronavirus situation please visit www.essex.gov.uk/coronavirus or our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/essexcor...

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Your Right To Know, Essex County Council

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Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Thank you for your request for information. Please find our response to
your request on the accompanying document(s).

 

Please Note – Due to Government guidance in relation to the Coronavirus we
are currently working remotely which may affect our ability to access
records which are held in hard copy, or within our archives. 
Additionally, if the situation worsens and staff become unwell, we may not
be able to gather from them the information to satisfy your request in
full.  We will continue to disclose all electronic data we have access to,
and any undisclosed data held will be made available to you once we are
able to access the material, subject to any applicable exemptions. 

 

I trust that this information satisfies your request. However, should you
require anything further, please contact me and I will endeavour to assist
you further.

 

If you are not satisfied with your response, please contact me so I can
try to resolve the issue. Alternatively, if you wish to make a complaint,
you can find the details at
https://www.essex.gov.uk/Your-Council/Yo...

 

If, after following our complaints procedure, you are still not satisfied,
you are entitled to ask the Information Commissioner to review our
decision. You can contact the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF; Telephone 0303 123 1113.

 

Please note that the response and data released to you as part of this
request will be published on the Essex County Council website. The website
address is
https://www.essex.gov.uk/Your-Council/Yo....
All requests will be anonymised and no personal information including
contact details will be disclosed as part of this process.

 

If you would like to take a short customer satisfaction survey please use
the link below

https://consultations.essex.gov.uk/infor...

 

Oliver Sharpe

Your Right to Know

Essex County Council

Telephone: 033301 38989

E-mail: [email address]

 

For advice on Essex County Council’s response to the current Coronavirus
situation please visit www.essex.gov.uk/coronavirus or our Facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/essexcor...

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