This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'School Placements'.


  
Ms Lily Kerrigan
  
Information Management
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Telephone 01926 412211
Email xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx 
 
 
Please ask for Bruce Green 
 
 
 
 
Our ref: 6241428
Your ref: 
Date: 21st December 2020
 
Dear Ms Kerrigan
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Your request for information has been considered by Warwickshire County Council 
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Warwickshire County 
Council.  However, please be advised we are unable to provide all of the information 
you have requested.
This is because we consider that some of the information you have requested is exempt 
under Section 40 (Personal Information), and Section 43 (Commercial Interests) of the 
Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please see below for further details and explanation.
You asked us:
 
Please can you provide me with the name of the current educational placement 
(school) of any young people, 16 years of age and under, with educational health 
care (EHCP) plans or statements, placed in independent or non-maintained 
provision?
 
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would like you to supply me with 
the information requested for the previous academic year - 2019/2020.
 
I would ask you to provide the information in an excel document, broken down 
under the following headings:
 
  

-  Category of Need (SEMH, ASD, etc.) 
-  Name of School 
-  Type of placement - (Day or residential placement)
 
Within the spreadsheet above you will see some pupil number data presented as '<10' 
(less than 10).  An exemption under Section 40 (Personal Information) of the Freedom 
of Information Act 2000 has been applied to any data sample less than 10 due to the 
increased risk of the identification of individual vulnerable children.
We would consider that Section 40(2), (Personal Information) would apply because we 
believe the disclosure of this information to a member of the public would contravene 
one of the data protection principles, in that the benefits of disclosure are not 
proportionate to any potential harm, distress or intrusion to the individuals should they 
be identified.
The information is personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 2018.  As it is 
information about someone else I’m unable to give this to you, as the release of this 
information would constitute a breach of the Data Protection Act 2018
The first condition is that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public 
otherwise than under this Act: 
(a) would contravene any of the data protection principles, or, 
(b) would do so if the exemptions in section 24(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018 
(manual unstructured data held by public authorities) were disregarded. 
The second condition is that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public 
otherwise than under this Act would contravene Article 21 of the GDPR (general 
processing: right to object to processing).
Therefore, please treat this letter as a Refusal Notice in accordance with Section 17 of 
the Freedom of Information Act, in respect of data samples less than 10 in number. 
 
-  Cost of placement per year 
 
Warwickshire County Council would not be willing to release details of individual 
placement costs.  In refusing to provide this information we have applied exemption 
Section 43(2), (Prejudice to commercial Interests) of the Freedom of Information Act 
2000.  
We consider that this exemption applies because disclosure of the information in 
question could prejudice third parties’ commercial interests in a free market place.  This 
is because the information in question could enable one service provider to gain an 
unfair advantage in terms of securing future contracts by allowing them to see the price 
a competitor is charging for specific services.
In addition, it would also allow service providers to see the prices that the council was 
willing to pay for specific services, and this would restrict the councils' ability to secure 
the best value for money when making future placements of this type. 
In applying this exemption we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the 
information against the interest in favour of disclosure. 
  

 
The reason why the public interest favours withholding disclosure is that it is not in the 
public interest for the Council to deter suppliers from bidding for future contracts, or 
providing the best possible rates, as this may mean that the Council does not get the 
best deal, and therefore is not spending public money as efficiently as it could be. 
Also, it is in the public interest to ensure fair commercial competition in a mixed 
economy, and therefore it would not be in the public interest to affect competition by 
giving one potential supplier an unfair advantage. 
However, the Council does recognise that there are argument(s) in favour of disclosure 
which are as follows:
• Transparency in respect of how the Council spends public money.
• Enabling public scrutiny in ensuring that the Council is securing the best use of public 
resources.
Nevertheless, the Council considers that in all circumstances, on balance the public 
interest favours withholding the information at this time. 
Therefore, please treat this letter as a refusal notice in accordance with Section 17 of 
the Freedom of Information Act 2000, in respect of the information required to answer 
the 'cost of placement per year' part of your request. 
 
I would be grateful if you could send your response in csv. or Excel format within 
the 20 day reply period. 
 
Please see the Excel spreadsheet ‘FoI_6241428_ResponseDoc’ attached to our 
covering e-mail.
Yours faithfully. 
 
 
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an 
internal review.  Internal review requests should be submitted within 40 days of the date 
of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to:
 
Information Management 
Shire Hall 
Warwick 
CV34 4RL 
xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx
 
 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to 
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  The Information 
Commissioner can be contacted at:  
The Information Commissioner's Office 
Wycliffe House  
Water Lane  
Wilmslow  
  

Cheshire  
SK9 5AF 
Phone: 0303 123 1113  
Website: www.ico.gov.uk
 
I will now close your request as of this date.
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Bruce Green 
Information Rights Officer