Local offer

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Dear Luton Borough Council,

As part of the Government Green paper (Support and Aspiration) the government has outlined a new approach to special educational needs and disability. As part of this initiative the government requires all local authorities in England to set out a Local Offer.

The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available to them in their area and how to access them.

Please provide answers to the following questions

1. What is your local authority currently offering for online advice and guidance for Local Offer?

2. What is the name of the person who is leading on the Local Offer within your Local Authority? Please also provide their job title.

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Ball

LBC Freedom of Information, Luton Borough Council

Dear Daniel Ball

I am writing to acknowledge your recent request submitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which has been allocated the reference number 752701 and please quote this in all correspondence regarding this request.

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Regards, Bren.

Bren McGowan
Partnership Manager
Luton Borough Council

Tel: 01582 54 73 35
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LBC CL FOI, Luton Borough Council

Dear Sir

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information (FOI_752701)

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the Council under the Freedom of Information Act.
Please find your response below.
1. What is your local authority currently offering for online advice and guidance for Local Offer?
In common with other Local Authorities who are not Pathfinder Authorities, we are not yet at the stage where we are offering on-line advice or guidance about the Local Offer. However, we have completed two rounds of meetings to raise awareness and strengthen links with Parent Forum's, health colleagues (including local paediatricians) , social care colleagues, other Local Authority teams/services, schools and school governors. Representatives from these groups have attended conferences together with our Local Pathfinder Champion. From these meetings we have established a steering group and the first Steering Group meeting was held 9 December 2013. We have set up working groups for the Local Offer, EHC Plans and Personal budgets. The first working group for the Local Offer is meeting 21 January 2014. Further meetings are scheduled for February and March.
2. What is the name of the person who is leading on the Local Offer within your Local Authority? Please also provide their job title.
The Strategic Lead for the Local Offer is Harriet Martin (Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs Service Manager).
The Operational Lead is Davina Stubbs (Special Educational Needs Assessment Team Manager) and Graham Read (Consultant).
If you are unhappy with our response, please write to Tracy Collins, Complaints & Representations Manager, Luton Borough Council, Children & Learning Department, Wesley House, 2ND Floor, 19 Chapel Street, Luton Beds, LU1 2SE.

If you remain unhappy after the conclusion of the Council’s internal complaints procedure, you may apply to the Information Commissioner Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5AF.

Yours faithfully,  

Jo Fisher
Head of Prevention & Early Intervention

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