Dear Merton Borough Council,

I would be grateful for the following information:

1. How much money have you spent on implementing a pre-payment card system for social care service users over the last five years?
2. How much money have you spent on other consultancy support to manage social care budgets over the last five years?
3. Have you raised council tax to pay for social care costs?
4. Do you have a Social Care Charging policy? If so, pleased attach it.
5. Please attach a copy of your Direct Payments Agreement.

Yours faithfully,

Rachel O'Brien
Inclusion London

foi, Merton Borough Council

Thank you for your email message. We aim to respond to all requests under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 within 20 working days.
More information about the way we deal with information requests is on our
web site at [1]www.merton.gov.uk/foi.
 
Information Governance Team
London Borough of Merton.
020 8545 4634
 
 
 

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Dear Ms O’Brien

Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations
2004 Information request

 

We have now considered your information request as set out below. 

 

You asked:

 

1. How much money have you spent on implementing a pre-payment card system
for social care service users over the last five years?   The contractual
cost  of implementing our current pre-paid card service in 2018 was
£26,200.

 

2. How much money have you spent on other consultancy support to manage
social care budgets over the last five years?  £743k

 

3. Have you raised council tax to pay for social care costs?   Yes we
have.

 

4. Do you have a Social Care Charging policy? If so, pleased attach it.
  Attached.

 

5. Please attach a copy of your Direct Payments Agreement.  Please see our
most recent direct payments agreement attached.

 

If you have any queries or concerns about this please contact us.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request or wish to
appeal against the decision to exempt any part of your request, you should
request an Internal Review at [1][Merton Borough Council request email] or write in to Freedom
of Information team, Merton Council, Civic Centre, Morden, SM4 5DX.

 

If you escalate to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) without
following the council’s internal review process, the ICO will refer you
back to the council to enable the correct process to be followed.

 

You can also appeal to the Information Commissioner at: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.  Telephone:  0303 123 1113.  Website: [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Information Governance

Information Team

Merton Council

 

 

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