Scottish LAs Discretionary Deferral Funding Stats for 2020-2021

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Patricia Anderson

Dear Dundee City Council,

Please accept this email as a Freedom of Information request. I am sending this request to all 32 Scottish local authorities.

Please could the Council provide:

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 (nursery) for children whose fifth birthdays will fall between the day after the school start date in August 2020 and 31st Dec 2020.

2) A breakdown of the total number in 1. above by requests for
a) continued funding in private/voluntary settings and
b) continued funding in council run settings and
c) continued funding for split placements where a child attends both a private/voluntary and 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 and
c) split placements where a child attends both a private/voluntary and a council run setting.

4. How many of the children applying have a December birthday?

5a. How many appeals (challenges if there is no official appeals process) did the Council receive against the Council’s decision not to grant funding?

5b. How many of these appeals/challenges resulted in the initial decision being overturned?

6. How many official complaints has the Council received regarding discretionary deferral funding decisions between Nov 2019 and the date of your response to this FoI request?

7a. How many applications did the Council receive for children to be permitted early entry to primary school to start in Aug 2020 instead of Aug 2021 (for children who will turn five on or after 1st March 2021)?

7b. How many of these early entry applications were approved?

8. Is the Council’s discretionary deferral funding policy currently under review or are there any plans to update it in the near future?

9. How many parents/carers are currently financing a further year of nursery for their child's deferral year themselves in a council run nursery after the Council refused to fund their request for this?

10. How many older children* has the Council permitted to defer their primary one start till 2021?
*(by "older children" I mean those who had already reached the age of five by the school commencement date in August 2020).

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

DCC FOISA System, Dundee City Council

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Please quote Reference 20200824004 in any correspondence.

Best Regards.

Freedom of Information Liaison
Dundee City Council
21 City Square
Dundee DD1 3BY
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Thankyou for your information request reference: 20200824004
Please find response Document(s) attached to this email.

Relevant contact details are provided in the response document(s).
Best Regards.

Freedom of Information Liaison
Dundee City Council
21 City Square
Dundee DD1 3BY
Email: [1][Dundee City Council request email]

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Dear Dundee City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Dundee City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Scottish LAs Discretionary Deferral Funding Stats for 2020-2021'.

Your response to question 1 in my request was 64 but the subsequent responses your provided to questions 2 and 3 only add up to 63 when they should add up to 64 as they relate to question 1. Could this be reviewed?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

foi, Dundee City Council

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Freedom of Information Liaison
Dundee City Council

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From: Patricia Anderson <[FOI #687141 email]>
Sent: 22 September 2020 10:57
To: foi <[Dundee City Council request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Scottish LAs
Discretionary Deferral Funding Stats for 2020-2021
 
Dear Dundee City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Dundee City Council's
handling of my FOI request 'Scottish LAs Discretionary Deferral Funding
Stats for 2020-2021'.

Your response to question 1 in my request was 64 but the subsequent
responses your provided to questions 2 and 3 only add up to 63 when they
should add up to 64 as they relate to question 1. Could this be reviewed?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

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foi, Dundee City Council

Dear Madam
I acknowledge receipt of your email.
regards
Freedom of Information Liaison
Dundee City Council

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From: Patricia Anderson <[FOI #687141 email]>
Sent: 22 September 2020 10:57
To: foi <[Dundee City Council request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Scottish LAs
Discretionary Deferral Funding Stats for 2020-2021
 
Dear Dundee City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Dundee City Council's
handling of my FOI request 'Scottish LAs Discretionary Deferral Funding
Stats for 2020-2021'.

Your response to question 1 in my request was 64 but the subsequent
responses your provided to questions 2 and 3 only add up to 63 when they
should add up to 64 as they relate to question 1. Could this be reviewed?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

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foi, Dundee City Council

Dear Madam
In response to your email below, we have looked again at our response and
I can confirm that Q2b has been revised to read 57. 
I apologise for the error.
regards
Freedom of Information Liaison
Dundee City Council

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From: Patricia Anderson <[FOI #687141 email]>
Sent: 22 September 2020 10:57
To: foi <[Dundee City Council request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Scottish LAs
Discretionary Deferral Funding Stats for 2020-2021
 
Dear Dundee City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Dundee City Council's
handling of my FOI request 'Scottish LAs Discretionary Deferral Funding
Stats for 2020-2021'.

Your response to question 1 in my request was 64 but the subsequent
responses your provided to questions 2 and 3 only add up to 63 when they
should add up to 64 as they relate to question 1. Could this be reviewed?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

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Dear FoI Liaison,

Thank you for clarifying that the answer to Q2b is 57. Can you confirm that the answer to Q3b is also therefore 57?

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

foi, Dundee City Council

Dear Madam
I acknowledge receipt of your email.
regards
Freedom of Information Liaison
Dundee City Council

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From: Patricia Anderson <[FOI #687141 email]>
Sent: 23 September 2020 11:34
To: foi <[Dundee City Council request email]>
Subject: Re: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Scottish
LAs Discretionary Deferral Funding Stats for 2020-2021
 
Dear FoI Liaison,

Thank you for clarifying that the answer to Q2b is 57. Can you confirm
that the answer to Q3b is also therefore 57?

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

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foi, Dundee City Council

Dear Madam
I have been advised that q3b is still 56 as we refused one of the 57
applications.
regards
Freedom of Information Liaison
Dundee City Council

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From: Patricia Anderson <[FOI #687141 email]>
Sent: 23 September 2020 11:34
To: foi <[Dundee City Council request email]>
Subject: Re: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Scottish
LAs Discretionary Deferral Funding Stats for 2020-2021
 
Dear FoI Liaison,

Thank you for clarifying that the answer to Q2b is 57. Can you confirm
that the answer to Q3b is also therefore 57?

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

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