SEND and ASC transport spend

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Dear Northumberland County Council,

We are doing some research into the value of council / authority Special Education Needs & Disability and Adult Social Care transport contracts operated by private hire operators. To this end, could we please request your assistance in obtaining the information below, for your council / authority, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

Data request:
For the last 3 financial years (by year), and latest financial year (estimated):
1. Spend on Special Education Needs & Disability [SEND] transport i.e. taking children with SEND to and from school
2. Number of SEND passengers transported
3. Value of all council / authority SEND transport contracts awarded to private hire or taxi operators (excluding coach hire)

4. Spend on Adult Social Care [ASC] transport i.e. taking elderly passengers to and from day centres
5. Number of ASC passengers transported
6. Value of all council / authority ASC transport contracts awarded to private hire (PHV) or taxi operators (excluding coach hire)

If actual figures aren’t available, is it possible to provide estimates instead? If yes, we would be grateful if you could indicate which figures are estimated.

By ‘contract awarded’ we mean in all contracts regardless of contracting approach e.g. open tender, framework, dps, or other.

Format: Please send through data in whichever format is easiest for you.

Clarification: If the request is unclear, please accept our apologies and let us know what clarification is needed. Similarly if it is not possible to provide the information requested due to it exceeding the cost of compliance limits, we would be grateful if you could advise as to how we might refine our request accordingly.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to your response.

Many thanks,
Tracey Vickers on behalf of HCT Group

Northumberland County Council

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Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to Education
Needs & Disability and Adult Social Care transport contracts.

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For the last 3 financial years (by year), and latest financial year
(estimated):

Q.1. Spend on Special Education Needs & Disability [SEND] transport
i.e. taking children with SEND to and from school

A.1

2015/16 £4,277,066
2016/17 £4,435,632
2017/18 £4,348,072

Q.2      Number of SEND passengers transported

A.2

2015/16 839
2016/17 902
2017/18 958

Q.3      Value of all council / authority SEND transport contracts awarded
to private hire or taxi operators (excluding coach hire)

A.3

2015/16 £3,575,439
2016/17 £3,550,675
2017/18 £3,431,211

4.      Spend on Adult Social Care [ASC] transport i.e. taking elderly
passengers to and from day centres

A.4 The total spend on adult social care client transport is shown
below, the majority of which relates to spending on transport for people
with learning disability or with dementia.

2014/15 £678,528
2015/16 £796,918
2016/17 £822,994
2017/18 (as at February 2018) £820,710

 

Q.5      Number of ASC passengers transported

A.5 An estimated 110 passengers were transported. This total, and the
number of journeys undertaken by each passenger, varied during the period
in question according to individual need.

Q.6      Value of all council / authority ASC transport contracts awarded
to private hire (PHV) or taxi operators (excluding coach hire)

A.6 Adult social care does not award contracts for transport services.
 Journeys are tendered individually, as required.

 

Spending has not historically varied significantly.  The figures provided
in answer to question 4 provide an estimate.

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FOI Coordinator - Central Team
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

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