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Sarah McLuckie

Dear East Lothian Council,

Please could you provide the following information:

1) The total number of requests received to date for the Council to provide discretionary funding for a further year of early learning and childcare for children whose fifth birthdays will fall between the day after the school start date in August 2019 and 31st Dec 2019.

2) A breakdown of the total number in 1. above by requests for
a) continued funding in a private/voluntary setting and
b) continued funding in a council run setting.

3) In relation to question 2, please provide the number of places the Council has agreed to provide continued funding for in a) private/voluntary settings and b) council run settings.

4) For each year from 2013-2014 till 2018-2019 inclusive, please provide the total number of places at council-run settings which parents were permitted to self-finance.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah McLuckie

Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

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East Lothian Council
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Haddington
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Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

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Our Ref: 2019/613856

Dear Ms Sarah McLuckie

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002
ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004

In response to your enquiry of 6th May, on behalf of East Lothian Council I am now able to provide the information you require; please refer to the PDF attachment.

Under the terms of this legislation, if you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you are entitled to request that we undertake an internal review. Please note, however, that both the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 only relate to the release of information. The Scottish Information Commissioner publishes the following guidance about internal reviews:

You can ask the authority to review its decision if it does not respond or you are unhappy with the way it has dealt with your request, for example by:

* refusing to give you the information
* failing to reply to you within the time limit allowed
* claiming the information is exempt
* failing to give you advice about, and help with, making your request
* asking you to pay a fee that you feel is unreasonable

For example, if you are unhappy because you do not believe the information you have received is accurate, an internal review would not apply. Should this be the case, however, please let me know and I will try to resolve this. If I am unable to help, I will be happy to put you in touch with someone who can.

We must receive a request to review within 40 working days of the date of this notice. A request to review our decision must be in writing (e-mail is acceptable) or another permanent format. When writing, you should include your reasons as to why you are unhappy with our response and why you wish it to be reviewed. Your reasons for dissatisfaction must relate to your information request of 6th May only and should be addressed to:

Information Governance Compliance Officer
Licensing, Administration and Democratic Services
East Lothian Council
John Muir House
Haddington
EH41 3HA

Email: [East Lothian Council request email]

We will have a maximum of 20 working days from the date we receive your request in order to complete our review and give you our decision. In order to ensure an impartial approach, an independent senior officer will be appointed to carry out the review.

If you are still not satisfied with our decision following the review process, then you may ask the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner (OSIC) to investigate the matter. You must appeal to the Commissioner within six months of receiving the review decision. You may submit your appeal online via OSIC's website, a link to the online appeal service is provided for your convenience:
http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...

Alternatively, you may contact OSIC at:

Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9DS

Telephone: 01334 464610
Fax: 01334 464611
E-mail: [email address]

If you remain dissatisfied following the Commissioner's decision, you may be able to appeal to the Court of Session. You should, however, obtain legal advice before deciding on this course of action. This is because an appeal may only be made on a point of law, not because you disagree with the Commissioner's view of the case.

Yours sincerely

Kashell Soave
Freedom of Information Team
Licensing, Administration and Democratic Services
East Lothian Council
John Muir House
Haddington
EH41 3HA

Tel: 01620 827623
Email: [East Lothian Council request email]

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