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Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

. Non-repayable grants to Foster Parents

a. towards the purchase of bigger cars. If more than one
family received a grant please elaborate.

b. towards the building of house extensions or the
purchase of bigger houses. If more than one
family received a grant please elaborate.

If recipients later cease fostering, are grants
repayable, in full or in part, - or would they be if
this situation hasn't yet arisen?

1. Non-repayable grants to Adoptive Parents

a. towards the purchase of bigger cars. If more than one
family received a grant please elaborate.

b. towards the building of house extensions or the
purchase of bigger houses. If more than one
family received a grant please elaborate.

If after a grant has been received adopted children are
returned to Local Authority care, or are removed, are
grants repayable, in full or in part, - or would they
be if this situation hasn't yet arisen

Yours faithfully,

Avril Williams

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Avril

Your request for information ref. SOT37066

Thank you for your request for information about non-repayable grants. 
Your request was received by the Information Rights Team on 15 September
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Dear FOI,

My apologies - the first part of my FOI question was accidentally omitted. I'm RESUBMITTING the question./

Please could you state how much your Council spent during the
financial year 2013-2014 on EACH of the following

1. Non-repayable grants to Foster Parents

a. towards the purchase of bigger cars. If more than one
family received a grant please elaborate.

b. towards the building of house extensions or the
purchase of bigger houses. If more than one
family received a grant please elaborate.

If recipients later cease fostering, are grants
repayable, in full or in part, - or would they be if
this situation hasn't yet arisen?

1. Non-repayable grants to Adoptive Parents

a. towards the purchase of bigger cars. If more than one
family received a grant please elaborate.

b. towards the building of house extensions or the
purchase of bigger houses. If more than one
family received a grant please elaborate.

If after a grant has been received adopted children are
returned to Local Authority care, or are removed, are
grants repayable, in full or in part, - or would they
be if this situation hasn't yet arisen

Yours sincerely,

Avril Williams

Dear FOI,

Your reply to my FOI question is overdue. It should have arrived by 13th October

Yours sincerely,

Avril Williams

Dear FOI,

ref. SOT37066 Your reply to my FOI question is long overdue. Can you please rectify the situation.

Yours sincerely,

Avril Williams

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Ms Williams
 
Your request for information ref. SOT37066 about non repayable grants
 
Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your request.
 
Although we hold the information that you have requested, we estimate that
the aggregated cost of complying with your questions (a) & (b) under
“non-repayable grants to adoptive parents”, would be more than £450.  This
amount is called the ‘appropriate limit’ and is specified in regulations.
 
When it would cost more than £450 to locate, retrieve and extract the
information that is requested, Section 12 of the Freedom of Information
Act allows us to refuse the request.
 
However, we appreciate that this response is seriously overdue and we have
therefore provided what information we are able to, below.
 
 
Request - Non-repayable grants to Foster Parents
 

 a. towards the purchase of bigger cars. If more than one family received
a grant please elaborate.

 

 b. towards the building of house extensions or the  purchase of bigger
houses. If more than one family received a grant please elaborate.

 
If recipients later cease fostering, are grants repayable, in full or in
part - or would they be if this situation hasn't yet arisen?
 
Response:
 
We can confirm that no ‘non repayable grants’ are given to foster carers
for the purpose of purchasing larger vehicles or making alterations for
properties.
 
 
Request - Non-repayable grants to Adoptive Parents
 

 a. towards the purchase of bigger cars. If more than one family received
a grant please elaborate.

 

 b. towards the building of house extensions or the  purchase of bigger
houses. If more than one family received a grant please elaborate.

If after a grant has been received adopted children are returned to
Local Authority care, or are removed, are grants repayable, in full or
in part - or would they be if this situation hasn't yet arisen.

Response:
 
At present, we do pay non-repayable grants to adopters.  However, to
provide the detailed information you are asking for would require a manual
review of all the case files which, we are advised, would exceed the
appropriate limit – please see notes above.
 
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Floor 2, Civic Centre, Glebe Street, ST4 1HH, or email
[1][Stoke on Trent City Council request email].
 
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Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, tel: 0303 123 1113 or you can visit their
website at [2]www.ico.gov.uk/complaints.aspx.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Information Rights
 
Information Rights | Assistant Chief Executive’s Directorate
Customer Feedback & Information Rights Team
City of Stoke-on-Trent
Civic Centre  Glebe Street  Stoke-on-Trent  ST4 1HH
T: 01782 232853
E: [3][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]
 
 

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| Dear Stoke on Trent City Council, |
|   |
| . Non-repayable grants to Foster Parents |
|   |
| a. towards the purchase of bigger cars. If more than one family |
| received a grant please elaborate. |
|   |
| b. towards the building of house extensions or the  purchase of bigger |
| houses. If more than one family received a grant please elaborate. |
|   |
| If recipients later cease fostering, are grants repayable, in full or |
| in part, - or would they be if this situation hasn't yet arisen? |
|   |
| 1. Non-repayable grants to Adoptive Parents |
|   |
| a. towards the purchase of bigger cars. If more than one family |
| received a grant please elaborate. |
|   |
| b. towards the building of house extensions or the  purchase of bigger |
| houses. If more than one family received a grant please elaborate. |
|   |
| If after a grant has been received adopted children are  returned to |
| Local Authority care, or are removed, are  grants repayable, in full |
| or in part, - or would they  be if this situation hasn't yet arisen |
|   |
| Yours faithfully, |
|   |
| Avril Williams |
|   |
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Dear FOI,

The type of grants to which my questions refer usually involve LARGE anmoun of moneyand involve APPLICATIONS. Therefore the information should be EASILY RETRIEVABLE.

Yours sincerely,

Avril Williams

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Ms Williams,

Thank you for your correspondence requesting an Internal Review, which was received on 14/11/2014, regarding your request for information about Grants to Foster and Adoptive Parents.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an internal review is not a statutory requirement and there is no statutory timescale for the council to respond. However the council will conduct an internal review as recommended by the section 45 Code of Practice. It does aim to deal with these quickly and where possible within 20 working days, starting from the day after the receipt of your request for an internal review, however in complex cases this may take up to 40 working days, but please be assured that it will conduct a review and you will receive a response.

If you have any queries about this email please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly| Information Rights Manager
Assistant Chief Executive’s Directorate
City of Stoke-on-Trent
Civic Centre, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1HH
t: 01782 235965 e: [email address]

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Dear FOI,

I have asked the above questions of all England and Wales' 174 County, County Borough, Metropolitan Borough and Unitary Authority Councils. To date your Council is the FIRST to claim that accessing the information WOULD BE TOO EXPENSIVE

Yours sincerely,

Avril Williams

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

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SOT37066 Freedom of Information Internal Review regarding your request for
information about non-repayable grants

Dear Ms Williams

 

The council has now conducted an Internal Review relating to your request
for information about non-repayable grants.

 

The council can confirm that your Review has been upheld in full.  Please
find our explanation for this below.

 

Your request:

See attachment above.

 

The council’s response to your request:

 

See attachment above.

 

Your Internal Review:

 

The type of grants to which my questions refer usually involve large
amount of money and involve applications.  Therefore the information
should be easily retrievable.

 

Internal Review Investigation and Findings:

 

The original response to the part of your request about non-repayable
grants to adoptive parents has now been reviewed, along with your internal
review submission.  Following liaison with the finance department of the
council, please find below the information that you have requested.
  Please accept the council’s apologies that this information was not
provided to you as part of the original response, and for any
inconvenience that this has caused.

 

a.     Towards the purchase of bigger cars.  If more than one family
received a grant please elaborate.

4 bigger cars grants over the last 3 years for adopters, with a total of
£55,939.

 

b.     Towards the building of house extensions or the  purchase of bigger
houses.  If more than one family received a grant please elaborate.
3 extension grants over the last 3 years for different permanency
placements, with a total £38,415.

If after a grant has been received adopted children are returned to Local
Authority care, or are removed, are grants repayable, in full or in part -
or would they be if this situation hasn't yet arisen.

Currently the council can confirm that there is no formal process to
reclaim money paid to an adopter as a lump sum.  However the council is
currently working to address this.

 

This internal review is now complete.

 

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The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, Tel: 0303 123 1113 or you can visit their website at
[1]www.ico.gov.uk/complaints.aspx.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Louise Kelly

 

Louise Kelly| Information Rights Manager

Customer Feedback & Information Rights Team

Assistant Chief Executive’s Directorate

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Civic Centre, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1HH

t: 01782 235965 e: [email address]

 

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