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Dear Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council,

We are a provider of high quality accommodation and support for semi-independent living for Care Leavers 16+ based in Liverpool and have a few questions:

1) Who specifically can we contact to gain access to the portal/tender?
2) Once all mandatory documents have been uploaded and verified on your portal, how long is it before a new provider starts getting referrals?
3) Can you advise on the councils required property standards for up to 3 different tenants/occupants 16+?
4) Does the Local authority/ Childrens Trust carry out an inspection of the property before placements commence?
5) How many young people 16+ have been placed with private providers in the local authority since beginning of 2019?
5) Do you hold provider meetings? If so how can one arrange to attend one of these?
7) How often does the local authority/childrens' trust make payments to providers for services provided?
8) What is the average weekly payment amount to semi independent living providers for 16+?
9) Please supply list of standard policies & procedures the Local authority/Childrens' Trust expect from providers?
10) Apart from the placements portal, is there any other way of getting care leaver placements?

Thanks in advance,

Lewis Jones

Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Dear Lewis,

Thank you for your request for information regarding ‘Semi Independent Living’ (reference number 04746). Your request was received on the 13/06/19 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and/or Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

If you have any queries about this request, please contact Information Governance on 01254 585852. Alternatively, our email address is [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email].         

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind Regards,

Fatima Makken
Apprentice Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
01254 222527

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Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Dear Lewis,

Thank you for your request for information regarding Semi Independent Living (reference number 04746).

Unfortunately it is taking a little longer than anticipated to collate a response.

I am therefore writing to request a short extension period of one week.

Please accept my sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Fatima Makken
Apprentice Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
01254 222527

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Dear Lewis,

Thank you for your request for information regarding ‘Semi Independent Living’ (reference number 04746); Please see our response below. If you have any queries regarding your request for information then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

1) Who specifically can we contact to gain access to the portal/tender?
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council collaborates with the other North West LAs and jointly commission through Placements Northwest. PNW manage the process on behalf of Blackburn with DarwenChildren’s Services and the contact is Sarah Austin who is the Placements Northwest Manager
[email address]

2) Once all mandatory documents have been uploaded and verified on your portal, how long is it before a new provider starts getting referrals?
This information is not held as it depends on how many providers have applied, and what type of procurement it is, therefore it would be variable. We would hope to communicate to providers if there is a significant delay

3) Can you advise on the councils required property standards for up to 3 different tenants/occupants 16+?
This is down to each area planning regulations and not a PNW element, though we would advise that a provider contact local housing team to understand local area regulations.

4) Does the Local authority/ Childrens Trust carry out an inspection of the property before placements commence?
Not necessarily, it depends on the type of provision. For example if it is Ofsted registered then it would be unlikely.

5) How many young people 16+ have been placed with private providers in the local authority since beginning of 2019?
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6) Do you hold provider meetings? If so how can one arrange to attend one of these?
There are no specific provider meetings as this is all done on the Framework.

7) How often does the local authority/childrens' trust make payments to providers for services provided?
This information is not held as we do not currently have a set payment schedule. It is on receipt of invoice and depends on the type of provision so would be variable

8) What is the average weekly payment amount to semi independent living providers for 16+?
The weekly snapshot figure as of the 12th July is £869.59pw

9) Please supply list of standard policies & procedures the Local authority/Childrens' Trust expect from providers?
These will form part of the tender process and will be available when the portal is opened for new applicants.

10) Apart from the placements portal, is there any other way of getting care leaver placements?
Care Levers Request for Placements are sent-out first to the providers on the Placements Northwest 16 Plus Framework. Once this has been exhausted 'Off Framework' Providers are considered.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request for information and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to: Information Governance Manager, Information Governance, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, G Floor, Town Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7DY or email [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email]
 
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. 
 
Please find attached our 'have your say' feedback policy. 

Kind Regards,

Fatima Makken
Apprentice Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
01254 222527

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