Dear North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough 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 taxi operators (PHV) (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 taxi operators (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 Officer, North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

 

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you for your request for information. 

 

Your request was received on 25/06/2018 and the Council is dealing with it
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Regards

 

 

Joshua Farrier

Solicitor Apprentice

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From: HCT Group [mailto:[FOI #493061 email]]
Sent: 25 June 2018 10:21
To: FOI Officer
Subject: Freedom of Information request - SEND and ASC transport spend
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*** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EMAIL HAS ORIGINATED FROM AN EXTERNAL SENDER ***
Dear North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough 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
taxi operators (PHV) (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
taxi operators (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

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Dear Joshua,

We have not received your response in the time scale required by law, please could we have an update as to when the request will be fulfilled?

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Vickers, on behalf of HCT Group

FOI Officer, North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

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Hi Tracey

 

Sorry for the delay. I will chase this with the service area providing the
response and shall endeavour to give you a response as soon as possible.

 

Thanks

 

Joshua Farrier

Solicitor Apprentice

[1]North Tyneside Council

 

E-Mail: [2][email address]

 

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NOTE: This communication may contain confidential legal advice or relate
to legal proceedings or is sent in contemplation of legal proceedings.
It may be legally privileged and exempt from disclosure under the Freedom
of Information and Data Protection provisions.

 

From: HCT Group [mailto:[FOI #493061 email]]
Sent: 25 July 2018 10:18
To: FOI Officer
Subject: Re: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
FOI0073 [Scanned]

 

*EXTRNL*
Dear Joshua,

We have not received your response in the time scale required by law,
please could we have an update as to when the request will be fulfilled?

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Vickers, on behalf of HCT Group

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Dear Joshua,

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Vickers, on behalf of HCT Group

FOI Officer, North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Tracey Vickers

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

 

In all further correspondence please quote our reference FOI0073

 

Your request for information under the above legislation has now been
considered. Please see response attached and please accept my apologies on
behalf of the Authority for the delay in providing this.

 

Please note that an anonymised copy of this response may be published in
our Disclosure Log where appropriate.

 

This is a record of responses to completed requests for information that
the Council has received and dealt with under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 from 6th July 2009
onwards. The Disclosure Log is available online at the following address:

 

[1]http://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/...

 

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e-mail [2][North Tyneside Council request email]

 

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Regards

 

Geoff Snary

Senior Information Governance Officer

[4]North Tyneside Council

 

Tel: 0191 643 5623  Fax: 0191 643 2451

 

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Dear Geoff,

Thank you very much for the response to our request.

Please can I ask what the Transporting the Public Contract is, in the answer to Q3?

Could I also ask for clarification with regards to the answer to Q6 - this spend is higher than the answer to Q4 and it should be a proportion of this figure.

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Vickers, on behalf of HCT Group

Dear Geoff,

I have not yet received a response to my queries, please can you provide an update?

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Vickers, on behalf of HCT Group

FOI Officer, North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Tracey Vickers

 

Unfortunately this appears to still be with the relevant department for
internal review.  A reminder has been sent to the department and hopefully
somebody should be in touch soon.

 

Please accept my sincere apologies.

 

 

Adam Howorth

Information Governance Team

Law and Governance

[1]North Tyneside Council

 

Tel: (0191) 643 2333  Fax: (0191) 643 2451

 

Please think before routinely printing this e-mail.  Do you really need a
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NOTE: This communication may contain confidential legal advice or relate
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From: HCT Group [mailto:[FOI #493061 email]]
Sent: 13 September 2018 14:48
To: FOI Officer
Subject: RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
FOI0073 [Scanned]

 

*EXTRNL*
Dear Geoff,

I have not yet received a response to my queries, please can you provide
an update?

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Vickers, on behalf of HCT Group

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Dear Adam,

Thank you for your reply and I look forward to the response from the department.

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Vickers, on behalf of HCT Group

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