Dear Leeds City 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.
Dear Mr Smith
Thank you for your request for information relating to the Local Offer.
Your request is being dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of
information Act 2000 and you can expect a response from us within the
statutory time limit.
Please remember to quote reference number FOI 11261 in any future
Information Access Officer
Information Governance Team
Leeds City Council
Tel: (0113) 2477889 (ext 77889)
Fax: (0113) 2475354 (ext 75354)
Dear Mr. Smith,
I refer to the above and your email dated 23^rd December 2013. I have
contacted the relevant service and now provide the following response to
your request for information relating to the Local Offer within Leeds City
1. What is your local authority currently offering for online advice and
guidance for Local Offer?
We are currently developing our local offer through engagement with
partners and stakeholders. We aim to publish our local offer in line with
the requirements of the Children and Families Bill. At present online
information can be accessed from our Family Information Service and the
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.
Barbara Newton, Head of Complex Needs, has overall responsibility. The
local offer work stream is being led by Val Waite, Principal Educational
Psychologist and Best Practice Development lead.
I hope this information is useful to you, however if you are dissatisfied
with this response then you have a right to appeal to an independent
officer within children’s services. On appeal, your request will be
re-examined and an assessment made as to whether the requirements of the
Act have been adhered to. Should you wish to follow this course of action
then please address your concerns in writing to Moin Patel, Knowledge and
Technology Team, 10th Floor East, Merrion House, Leeds, LS2 8DT or by
email at [email address].
You also have a right under Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act
to ask the Information Commissioner to take a decision as to whether we
have met with our obligations under the Act. The Commissioner has made it
clear however that he expects all applicants to exhaust internal appeals
procedures prior to making such an application. Should you wish to contact
the Commissioner’s Office then you can write to the following address:
Office of the Information Commissioner,
You may also contact the Commissioner via his website at www.ico.gov.uk
I trust that this is self-explanatory, although if you have any queries
then please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0113 2475064, or by return
Information Access Officer
Tel: 0113 2475064
Fax: 0113 2475354
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