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Dear Ceredigion Council,
In each of the last 3 years (2015, 2016 and 2017 to date)
How many appeals were registered with the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales (SENTW) against Ceredigion Council decisions affecting children.
Please break this down by the nature of appeal, such as refusal to assess a child or refusal to statement etc.
Please then state the outcomes as "upheld in full", "upheld in part" or "dismissed" etc.

In each of the last 3 years
How much has it cost Ceredigion Council to fight these appeals. Please provide figures in cash terms. Please also provide figures for staff hours and other resources.

If Ceredigion Council do not account for staff hours, costs and in house legal advice used to fight these appeals, please explain why not.
Yours faithfully,
Mrs O'Reilly

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Bwriedir y neges ebost hon, ac unrhyw atodiadau iddi, at sylw'r person(au)
y'i danfonwyd atynt yn unig. Os nad chi yw'r derbynnydd y cyfeiriwyd y
neges hon ato ef neu hi, neu'r person sydd gyfrifol am drosglwyddo'r neges
hon iddo ef neu hi, mi ddylech hysbysu'r anfonwr ar eich union. Oni bai
mai chi yw'r person neu gynrychiolydd y person y cyfeiriwyd y neges hon at
ef neu hi nid ydych wedi eich awdurdodi i, ac ni ddylech chi, ddarllen,
copio, dosbarthu, defnyddio na chadw'r neges hon nac unrhyw gyfran ohoni.

O dan y Ddeddf Amddiffyn Data 1998 a Deddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 2000 gellir
datgelu cynnwys y negest ebost hon.

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Dear Mrs O'Reilly

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Dear Mrs O'Reilly,

 

Many thanks for your Freedom of Information request dated 22nd August
2017.

 

Please see below the response to your request.

 

I hope that this information will be of assistance but if you have any
complaints in relation to this FOI response the Council does operate an
internal appeals procedure. If you wish to utilise this procedure then
please write to, Mr Alun Williams, Cyngor Sir Ceredigion County Council,
Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA46 OPA or via
email through [1][Ceredigion County Council request email].

 

Yours Sincerely,

FOI Team

 

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Ceredigion CE Freedom Of Information, Ceredigion County Council

In each of the last 3 years  (2015, 2016 and 2017 to date) How many
appeals were registered with the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for
Wales (SENTW) against Ceredigion Council decisions affecting children.

Please break this down by the nature of appeal, such as refusal to assess
a child or refusal to statement etc.

Please then state the outcomes as "upheld in full", "upheld in part" or
"dismissed" etc.

 

2014-15 Appeals registered – 3 (r2a-LA DNO;  r2s-LA DNO;  r2s-Hearing
held-dismissed)

2015-16 Appeals registered – 7 (r2a-LA DNO;  r2a- appellants withdrew; 
r2a-Hearing held-dismissed; c2m-struck out;  p3- appellants withdrew; 
p2,3&4-Hearing held-upheld in part; p2,3&4- Hearing held-upheld in part)

2016-17* Appeals registered – 4 (c2m-Hearing held-dismissed;  c2m-struck
out; r2s-LA DNO; p2&3-Struck out) 

 

*2016-17 year end 31 August 2017

 

p – parts

r2a – refusal to assess

DNO – Did not oppose

r2s – refusal to statement

c2m – cease to maintain

LA – Local Authority

 

In each of the last 3 years

How much has it cost Ceredigion Council to fight these appeals. Please
provide figures in cash terms. Please also provide figures for staff hours
and other resources.

 

The costs detailed below are for obtaining barrister advice, including
written, oral and representation at tribunal.  The figures below represent
the fees paid during each year as opposed to the year in which the work
was carried out.  For example, if work was carried out in December but the
invoice only received in January of the following year, the amount would
be reflected in the figure for the following year.

 

2016: £2,624.04

2015: £0

2014: £6,048.00

 

We do not hold information relating to staff hours and other resources. 

 

 

If Ceredigion Council do not account for staff hours, costs and in house
legal advice used to fight these appeals, please explain why not.

 

This is within the roles and responsibilities of staff employed by the
local authority.

 

 

FOI Team

Cyngor Sir Ceredigion County Council

Penmorfa

Aberaeron

SA46 0PA

 

Cwynion / Complaints

[1][email address].cymru  / [2][email address]

 

Rhyddid Gwybodaeth / Freedom of Information

[3][email address].cymru  /  [4][Ceredigion County Council request email]

 

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Ymwadiad:

Er y cymerir pob gofal posib i sicrhau cywirdeb unrhyw wybodaeth a chyngor
a roddir yn yr ohebiaeth hon, ni dderbynnir atebolrwydd am unrhyw
golledion a all godi o unrhyw gamgymeriadau sy'n gynwysedig ac fe'ch
atgoffir o'r angen i chi ofyn am gyngor proffesiynol eich hun.

Bwriedir y neges ebost hon, ac unrhyw atodiadau iddi, at sylw'r person(au)
y'i danfonwyd atynt yn unig. Os nad chi yw'r derbynnydd y cyfeiriwyd y
neges hon ato ef neu hi, neu'r person sydd gyfrifol am drosglwyddo'r neges
hon iddo ef neu hi, mi ddylech hysbysu'r anfonwr ar eich union. Oni bai
mai chi yw'r person neu gynrychiolydd y person y cyfeiriwyd y neges hon at
ef neu hi nid ydych wedi eich awdurdodi i, ac ni ddylech chi, ddarllen,
copio, dosbarthu, defnyddio na chadw'r neges hon nac unrhyw gyfran ohoni.

O dan y Ddeddf Amddiffyn Data 1998 a Deddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 2000 gellir
datgelu cynnwys y negest ebost hon.

Disclaimer:

While reasonable care is taken to ensure the correctness of any
information and advice given in this correspondence no liability is
accepted for losses arising from any errors contained in it and you are
reminded of the need to obtain your own professional advice.

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the attention and use of the named addressee(s). If you are not the
intended recipient, or person responsible for delivering this information
to the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately. Unless
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authorised to, and must not, read, copy, distribute, use or retain this
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