Dear Blackburn with Darwen 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,

Jeremy Bartlett

Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you for your request for information regarding the 'Local Offer' (reference number 28011). Your request was received on the 23/12/2013 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

If you have any queries about this request, please contact Information Governance on 01254 585651. Alternatively, our email address is [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email].

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind Regards

Jonathan Pickup
DP FOI Officer

Information Technology, Management and Governance
G Floor,
Tower Block,
Blackburn Town Hall,
Blackburn,
BB1 7DY

Tel: 01254 58 5852

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Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

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Dear Jeremy,

Thank you for your request for information regarding the 'Local Offer' (reference number 28011); please see our response below. If you have any queries regarding your request for information then please don't hesitate to contact me.

1. What is your local authority currently offering for online advice and guidance for Local Offer?
The expected time line for publication of the Local Offer is September 2014. Blackburn with Darwen is currently collating the information that will be made available online to meet the deadline of September. The portal to be used for publication is yet to be determined.

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 officer responsible is Susan Hayward, Acting Head of Service

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to: Sarah Slater, Information Governance Manager, Information Governance, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, G Floor, Town Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7DY or email [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email].

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Please find attached our 'have your say' feedback policy.

Kind Regards,

Jonathan Pickup
DP FOI Officer

Information Technology, Management and Governance
G Floor,
Tower Block,
Blackburn Town Hall,
Blackburn,
BB1 7DY

Tel: 01254 58 5852

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