SEND and ASC transport spend

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Dear Nottinghamshire 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

FOI, Nottinghamshire County Council

Dear Ms Vickers

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (Ref NCC-030290-17)

Thank you for your request for information relating to SEND and ASC transport spend. Your request was received on 19 March 2018 and we are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

You will receive the information you have requested within 20 working days beginning the day following receipt of your request, unless the Council does not hold the information or there is a reason for it to be withheld. Therefore, you should receive a response by 18 April 2018

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Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Act Team

Resources Department

Nottinghamshire County Council

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FOI, Nottinghamshire County Council

Dear Ms Vickers,

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request. 

 

I am now able to provide you with the information supplied by the relevant
department, as follows:

 

 

2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
SEND
TOTAL SPEND £8.2M £8.3M £8.5M
PUPILS/STUDENTS 1300 1300 1300 VARIABLE THROUGHOUT EACH
YEAR
EXTERNAL CONTRACT COST £8.2M £8.3M £8.5M
ASCH
TOTAL SPEND £3.1M £2.7M £2.8M
CLIENTS 1200 1200 1200 VARIABLE THROUGHOUT EACH
YEAR
EXTERNAL CONTRACT COST £1.1M £0.9M £0.9M

 

 

I hope this now satisfies your request, and should you have any further
enquiries please do not hesitate to contact me directly on the details
below.

 

In addition to this and for future reference Nottingham County Council
regularly publishes previous FOIR,s and answers on its website, under
Disclosure logs. (see link)
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You can use the search facility using keywords.

 

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County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QP or e-mail
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Kind Regards

Janet Lowe

 

 

Complaints, Information & Mediation Officer.

Complaints and Information Team

Resources Department

Nottinghamshire County Council

County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QP

 

Tel: 01159 774137

 

 

 

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Dear Ms Lowe,

Thank you very much for your response.

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Vickers

Dear Ms Lowe,

You kindly recently supplied data on NCC SEN and ASC transport spend, and I had a follow on question. You use the term 'External Cost Contract' in your answer. Could you please clarify exactly what this means?

Ideally I would like the cost of contracts awards to taxi companies. From your answer, does this mean that all NCC SEN transport is provided by taxi ?

Many thanks,
Tracey Vickers
HCT Group

FOI, Nottinghamshire County Council

Dear Ms Vickers,

 

Thank you for your email which I have passed to the Transport & Travel
Services Department, who have responded with the following information:

 

External contracts are tendered or procured through a competitive process.
99% of our SEND transport is managed this way with only 1 route provided
by our own Fleet.

 

I hope that this addresses your query, please do let me know if you
require any further information.

 

Kind Regards

Janet

 

 

Complaints, Information & Mediation Officer.

Complaints and Information Team

Resources Department

Nottinghamshire County Council

County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QP

 

Tel: 01159 774137

 

 

 

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Thanks Janet,

Many apologies but I am still unclear. Of the "99% which are externally tendered or competitively procured", what is the value (or %) of those which were won by taxi companies ? (vs other types of operator?)

e.g.
SEN 2016/17: £X won by private hire
SEN 17/18: £X won by private hire
ASC 16/17: £X won by private hire
ASC 17/18: £X won by private hire

Yours sincerely,
Tracey Vickers
HCT Group

FOI, Nottinghamshire County Council

Dear Ms Vickers,

I passed your query below back to the department who have responded to say that unfortunately the figures are not kept in this way and therefore they are unable to give a specific breakdown.

I am sorry we have been unable to help any further. If you have any further queries please come back to me.

Kind Regards
Janet

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Thanks Janet - much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Vickers