SEN Personal Budgets and Direct Payments

Fiona Nicholson made this Freedom of Information request to Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please confirm whether all parents/carers issued with a new or amended statement since January 2012 were informed about their right to apply for a Direct Payment for SEN provision under the Special Educational Needs (Direct Payments) (Pilot Scheme) Order 2012.

Please confirm the number of parents/carers who are receiving SEN Direct Payments and what those Direct Payments relate to.

Please confirm what information was provided to parents/carers about the trialling of personal budgets. Please provide a copy of any leaflet or letter issued.

Please confirm how many parents/carers received a personal budget within the auspices of the Pathfinder project?

Please confirm how parents/carers in receipt of SEN Direct Payments/ personal budgets obtained the information to make an application. For example, were they:

(a) sent the information with a new or amended statement
(b) recruited as part of a specific pilot
(c) neither (a )or (b), the family approached the LA having heard about SEN Direct Payments/personal budgets from other sources

Yours faithfully,

Fiona Nicholson


I wondered if anyone had had a chance to look at this FOI yet.

I look forward to hearing from you

Kind regards

Fiona Nicholson

Dear Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council,

Is there a problem with fulfilling this FOI as it is now long overdue?

Yours faithfully,

Fiona Nicholson

Data Protection, Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

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I've had a look at the attached response, and it does now answer my question.

Thank you


Fiona Nicholson left an annotation ()

I've collated all the Pathfinder responses here

Not sure how Trafford could interpret SEN DP Pilot Order as meaning only applicable to non statutory ECHPs, this is what the Order says:

SEN (Direct Payments) (Pilot Scheme) Order 2012
Request for direct payments
3. (1) Where a local authority has -
(a) served a copy of a statement or an amended statement of special educational needs in accordance with paragraph 6 of Schedule 27 to the 1996 Act...
the authority must provide P [the parent] with information and advice about direct payments under section 532A(1) of the 1996 Act and if P requests the authority to consider making a direct payment under that section, the authority must consider that request.