Dear Bolton Metropolitan 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

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Dear Lewis Jones

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

In response to your request for information received at this office on
13^th June 2019, please see the councils response below.

 

You requested;

 

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?

Bolton collaborates with the other North West LAs and jointly commission
through Placements Northwest. They manage the process on behalf of Bolton
Children’s Services and can be contacted via the following email address;
[1][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+?

Bolton Council enforce Housing Standards through the [2]Housing Act 2004
and standards are not specific to the age of occupants. Depending upon the
make-up of the property [3]The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation
(England) Regulations 2006 may also apply.

 

4) Does the Local authority/ Childrens Trust carry out an inspection of
the property before placements commence?

This would depend 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?

From 1st January 2019 to 31st May 2019, there were 15 looked after
children aged 16 or over (at the time of placement), who were placed in
private provision inside Bolton LA.

 

6) Do you hold provider meetings? If so how can one arrange to attend one
of these?

There are no Provider Events currently being planned. However, if you
provide your contact details your name can be added to our provider
information.

 

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+?

£800-£1000

 

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.

 

 

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