Freedom of Information request to Plymouth City Council

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Dear Plymouth City Council,

I am writing to make a request for information to Plymouth City Council under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please send me answers to the following questions:

* What was your Disabled Facilities Grant budget for the period from 1st April 2019 to 31 March 2020?
* What proportion of the budget mentioned above was spent on DFGs during the period from 1st April 2019 to 31 March 2020?
* How many applications for DFGs did you receive in the period from 1st April 2019 to 31 March 2020?
* How many applications for DFGs did you receive from people living with motor neurone disease in the period from 1st April 2019 to 31 March 2020?
* What proportion of DFG applications received during the period from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 received a decision within the nationally recommended target timescale of 6 months?
* What proportion of approved DFG applications received during the period from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 received funding within the nationally recommended target timescale of 1 year?
* Do you currently have a fast -track application process in place to provide DFG funding more rapidly to applicants with urgent needs? If yes, what are the eligibility criteria to access this process?
* How many applications were made under the fast track process (if applicable) during the period from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020, and how many of these were approved?
* Are there any circumstances in which the DFG mandatory means test is waived and if so what are those circumstances? (e.g. for adaptations under a certain cost or of a certain type)
* How many applications for DFGs did you receive in the period from 1st April 2020 to 31 March 2021?
* What proportion of DFG applications completed during the period from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 received a decision within the nationally recommended target timescale of 6 months?
* What proportion of approved DFG applications completed during the period from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 received funding within the nationally recommended target timescale of 1 year?
* Do you currently provide a single point of contact for applicants to approach for information and guidance during the process of applying for and receiving DFG funding?
* Do you currently have an accessible housing register for your local authority area that is publicly available?

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Joe Dunne

FOI People, Plymouth City Council

OFFICIAL

Dear Joe

 

FOI Reference: 930489

 

Thank you for your request for information about DFG Budgets. Your request
was received on 11 May 2021 and is being dealt with under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We will aim to provide a response to your request within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days, by 9 June 2021 however, we would ask for and
would appreciate your understanding and patience, where this is not
possible at the present time.

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the Council’s resources have being
refocussed to prioritise protection and support of the people and
businesses of Plymouth, and the continuity of our essential services. This
means that in the meantime, there will be less staff available to assist
with your request. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Our response will be sent by email or hard copy depending on how you made
your request and how the information is held. 

 

If we’re unable to gather the information you’ve asked for within the cost
limit set by the government, which is 18 hours of staff time or £450, we
will contact you to discuss how we can meet your information needs within
this limit.

 

Information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found on the
Information Commissioners Office website:
[1]https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/off...

 

We also have information available on our website:
[2]https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/aboutcouncil...

 

Please contact me if you’re not able to find the information you’re
looking for.

 

For information about how Plymouth City Council will use the information
you supply when making a request and the information rights you have
please see our [3]Privacy Notice:  Information Access – Freedom of
Information/Environmental Information Regulations.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Mel Hayward
Freedom of Information Representative
Community Connections

Plymouth City Council
Ballard House, West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

T +441752398500

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[5]www.plymouth.gov.uk

 

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Joe,

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference: 930489

DFG Budget

 

Following my email of 12 May 2021 I can confirm that the Council does hold
the information you requested. Please see the attached response to your
request.

 

Please note that the information supplied can be re-used in accordance
with the Open Government Licence. For further details please see:
[1]http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o....

 

If you wish to discuss this letter please contact me. If you disagree with
the way your request has been dealt with you can request a review by
writing to me within 40 working days of the date of this letter. Please
state the reasons for your dissatisfaction.

 

Following a review, if you are still not satisfied with the way your
request has been dealt with you can complain to the Information
Commissioner’s Office via their website:
[2]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/ or by writing to: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

 

Information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found on the
Information Commissioners Office website: [3]http://www.ico.org.uk.

 

We also have information available on our website:

[4]https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/aboutcouncil...

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Matthew Garrett
Service Director

Community Connections
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House, West Hoe Road
Plymouth
PL1 3BJ

T +441752398500

E [5][email address]

[6]www.plymouth.gov.uk

 

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