Looked After Children

James made this Freedom of Information request to Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please could you let me know the following answers:

1. How many Looked After Children (LAC) does the council currently have?
2. How many of these LAC are aged 12-15?
3. How many of these LAC are aged 16 and 17?
4. Of these LAC aged 16 and 17, how many are currently placed in unregulated semi independent accommodation?
5. Please provide the company names of the providers of the semi independent accommodation to LAC aged 16 and 17.
6. Please provide the average cost per child per week per provider of semi independent accommodation to LAC aged 16 and 17.
7.How many LAC aged 18 plus does the council currently place in semi independent unregulated accommodation
8. Please provide the names of the providers of the semi independent accommodation to LAC aged 18 plus.
9. Please provide the average cost per child per week per provider of semi independent accommodation to LAC aged 18 plus.

Yours faithfully,

James Steele

FoI Request, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Steele,

I am emailing to confirm the receipt of your recent request for information to Wigan Council.

There is a significant amount of overlap between your request for information received yesterday and request FOI 10453 about which we also communicated yesterday. Questions 1 to 6 in your new request are a repeat of questions 1 to 3 in FOI 10453, so I will just include questions 7 to 9 in your new request.

This has been logged with reference FOI 10813 and will be forwarded to the relevant department for action.

We will respond as soon as possible and in most cases no later than 20 working days after the receipt of your request i.e. 29th September 2020.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has recognised the unprecedented challenges all are facing during the pandemic and that people may experience delays when making information rights requests during the current situation.

Please also be aware that the response may not be complete in whole or in part. This is due to government wide measures to prevent spread of the outbreak. Wigan Council is currently handling a large volume of business critical work aimed towards the protection and safeguarding of at risk groups, and as such the business area may not be able to provide full information for the completion of the Freedom of the Information request. We will confirm as much as possible when we send our response to your request.

I trust you will understand this position, but if you are dissatisfied, we would advise you to re-submit the request in 3-6 months when we may be in a position to confirm our response.

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Kind Regards

Graham Donelan
Information Governance Officer

Please note that in light of Government guidance all Legal Services staff are currently working from home. We have a skeleton staff attending the office, by exception and only where absolutely necessary. Wherever possible, please avoid posting documents to us and use electronic communication instead. If you must post a hard copy document, please email the recipient, so we can arrange for post to be collected. We do not currently accept service of any documents by DX.

In these exceptional times please note our response times to correspondences may increase as we continue to support the most vulnerable in society and our frontline services.

Wigan Council
Legal Services – Resources Directorate
Town Hall,
Library Street,
Wigan,
WN1 1YN
01942 827639 (internal ext 2639)
[mobile number]
www.wigan.gov.uk
www.twitter.com/wigancouncil
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Dear Mr Steele,

There is a significant amount of overlap between your request for information received yesterday and request FOI 10453 about which we communicated yesterday. Questions 1 to 6 in your new request are a repeat of questions 1 to 3 in FOI 10453, so I will just include questions 7 to 9 in your new request.

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FoI Request, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Steele,

I am sorry for the delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Requests. I am endeavouring to obtain the information for the response and will e-mail as soon as possible.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has recognised the unprecedented challenges all are facing during the current situation and that people may experience delays when making information rights requests during the pandemic.

Please also be aware that the response may not be complete in whole or in part. Wigan Council is currently handling a large volume of business critical work aimed towards the protection and safeguarding of at risk groups during the current situation, and as such the business area may not be able to provide full information for the completion of the Freedom of the Information request. We will confirm as much as possible when we send our response to your request.

Kind regards

Graham Donelan
Information Governance Officer

Please note that in light of Government guidance all Legal Services staff are currently working from home. We have a skeleton staff attending the office, by exception and only where absolutely necessary. Wherever possible, please avoid posting documents to us and use electronic communication instead. If you must post a hard copy document, please email the recipient, so we can arrange for post to be collected. We do not currently accept service of any documents by DX.

In these exceptional times please note our response times to correspondences may increase as we continue to support the most vulnerable in society and our frontline services.

Wigan Council
Legal Services – Resources Directorate
Town Hall,
Library Street,
Wigan,
WN1 1YN
01942 827639 (internal ext 2639)
[mobile number]
www.wigan.gov.uk
www.twitter.com/wigancouncil
www.facebook.com/WiganCouncilOnline

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Dear FoI Request,

PLEASE MAY I HAVE AN UPDATE ON MY FOI WHIUCH IS NOW VERY DELAYED.

Yours sincerely,

James

FoI Request, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Steele,

I have asked the service department for an update and I will email you as soon as possible.

Kind regards

Graham Donelan
Information Governance Officer

Please note that in light of Government guidance all Legal Services staff are currently working from home. We have a skeleton staff attending the office, by exception and only where absolutely necessary. Wherever possible, please avoid posting documents to us and use electronic communication instead. If you must post a hard copy document, please email the recipient, so we can arrange for post to be collected. We do not currently accept service of any documents by DX.

In these exceptional times please note our response times to correspondences may increase as we continue to support the most vulnerable in society and our frontline services.

Wigan Council
Legal Services – Resources Directorate
Town Hall,
Library Street,
Wigan,
WN1 1YN
01942 827639 (internal ext 2639)
[mobile number]
www.wigan.gov.uk
www.twitter.com/wigancouncil
www.facebook.com/WiganCouncilOnline

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Dear FoI Request,

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

James

FoI Request, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Steele,

I am writing to respond to your request for information with the reference FOI 10813. This request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the response to your request is attached.

Unfortunately, I am still awaiting the response to your previous request (FOI 10453) and I apologise for the continuing delay. I have asked for an urgent response.

If you are unhappy with any aspect of this response, an independent senior officer will review this decision. If you are not satisfied with our response you must put your complaint in writing within 40 working days of receipt of this response giving the reasons for your complaint. You can either email [Wigan Council request email] or write to the address below.

You can also complain to the Information Commissioner, who is the regulator for Freedom of Information. Her website is https://ico.org.uk/ and her helpline number is 0303 1231113.
Her staff may ask you to exhaust our internal complaints procedure if you choose to complain to her office now.

Kind regards

Graham Donelan
Information Governance Officer

Please note that in light of Government guidance all Legal Services staff are currently working from home. We have a skeleton staff attending the office, by exception and only where absolutely necessary. Wherever possible, please avoid posting documents to us and use electronic communication instead. If you must post a hard copy document, please email the recipient, so we can arrange for post to be collected. We do not currently accept service of any documents by DX.

In these exceptional times please note our response times to correspondences may increase as we continue to support the most vulnerable in society and our frontline services.

Wigan Council
Legal Services – Resources Directorate
Town Hall,
Library Street,
Wigan,
WN1 1YN
01942 827639 (internal ext 2639)
[mobile number]
www.wigan.gov.uk
www.twitter.com/wigancouncil
www.facebook.com/WiganCouncilOnline

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