Dear Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I kindly request the following information on social care support (as set out in Section 8 of the Care Act 2014) and funding for the purposes of social care support for working age adults with a learning disability in your local authority area.
Where questions refer to ‘learning disability’, please include individuals with ‘learning disability’ as their primary support reason.

7. How many working-age adults (aged 18-64) with a learning disability had the care and support hours allocated in their care package reduced in:
a. 2018/19
b. 2017/18
c. 2016/17
d. 2015/16
e. 2014/15
Please include in your answers both those who are part and fully local authority funded. Please include in your answer care and support hour reductions where the reduction relates to a reduction in the care worker ratio (e.g. where 1:1 hours have been changed to shared hours). Please exclude those who stopped receiving a package for the reason ‘deceased’.

8. How many working-age adults (aged 18-64) with a learning disability had the monetary value of their care package reduced in:
a. 2018/19
b. 2017/18
c. 2016/17
d. 2015/16
e. 2014/15
Please include in your answers both those who are part and fully local authority funded. Please exclude those who stopped receiving a package for the reason ‘deceased’.

9. How many working age adults (aged 18-64) had the care and support hours allocated in their care package reduced in:
a. 2018/19
b. 2017/18
c. 2016/17
d. 2015/16
e. 2014/15
Please include in your answers both those who are part and fully local authority funded. Please include in your answer care and support hour reductions where the reduction relates to a reduction in the care worker ratio (e.g. where 1:1 hours have been changed to shared hours). Please exclude those who stopped receiving a package for the reason ‘deceased’.

10. How many working-age adults (aged 18-64) had the monetary value of their care package reduced in:
a. 2018/19
b. 2017/18
c. 2016/17
d. 2015/16
e. 2014/15
Please include in your answers both those who are part and fully local authority funded. Please exclude those who stopped receiving a package for the reason ‘deceased’.

11. How many complaints about adult social care for people with a learning disability has the council received in the following years?
a. 2018/19
b. 2017/18
c. 2016/17
d. 2015/16
e. 2014/15

12. How many complaints about adult social care has the council received in the following years?
a. 2018/19
b. 2017/18
c. 2016/17
d. 2015/16
e. 2014/15

13. Has the council made any cuts to the funding of social care services for adults with a learning disability in the following years? If so, for each year please tell us the how much funding has been cut by.
a. 2018/19
b. 2017/18
c. 2016/17
d. 2015/16
e. 2014/15

14. How many safeguarding concerns has the council received in the following years about adults with a learning disability?
a. 2018/19
b. 2017/18
c. 2016/17
d. 2015/16
e. 2014/15

15. How many safeguarding enquiries (including, but not limited to, Section 42 enquiries) has the council received in the following years about adults with a learning disability?
a. 2018/19
b. 2017/18
c. 2016/17
d. 2015/16
e. 2014/15

Yours faithfully,

Juliet Atkins

CSG InformationRights, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Madam

I refer to the request, which you have made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for records held by this service.

Acknowledgement

Your request was received by this department on 08 January 2020.

A final decision on your request would normally be sent to you within 20 working days of receipt of your request. This means that you can expect to receive your decision by 05 February 2020.

There are some limited situations under the Freedom of Information Act, which could mean that the period for a final decision may be longer than the normal 20 working days. If this occurs in your request, we will promptly advise you in writing.

Yours sincerely
Information Rights Officer

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Victoria Johnson (CWL), Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Atkins,

 

I refer to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and to your email to this
service dated 8^th January 2020.

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, we are able to grant
partial access to the records requested and accordingly they are as
follows:

 

1.            How many working-age adults (aged 18-64) with a learning
disability had the care and support hours allocated in their care package
reduced in:

a.            2018/19

b.            2017/18

c.            2016/17

d.            2015/16

e.            2014/15

 

This information is not recorded in a way that is easily extractable (or
would ensure accuracy) and to extract this information, if even possible,
would exceed the time/cost limits of an FOI.

 

2.            How many working-age adults (aged 18-64) with a learning
disability had the monetary value of their care package reduced in:

a.            2018/19

b.            2017/18

c.            2016/17

d.            2015/16

e.            2014/15

Please include in your answers both those who are part and fully local
authority funded. Please exclude those who stopped receiving a package for
the reason ‘deceased’.

 

This information is not recorded in a way that is easily extractable (or
would ensure accuracy) and to extract this information, if even possible,
would exceed the time/cost limits of an FOI.

 

3.            How many working age adults (aged 18-64) had the care and
support hours allocated in their care package reduced in:

a.            2018/19

b.            2017/18

c.            2016/17

d.            2015/16

e.            2014/15

 

This information is not recorded in a way that is easily extractable (or
would ensure accuracy) and to extract this information, if even possible,
would exceed the time/cost limits of an FOI.

 

4.            How many working-age adults (aged 18-64) had the monetary
value of their care package reduced in:

a.            2018/19

b.            2017/18

c.            2016/17

d.            2015/16

e.            2014/15

Please include in your answers both those who are part and fully local
authority funded. Please exclude those who stopped receiving a package for
the reason ‘deceased’.

 

This information is not recorded in a way that is easily extractable (or
would ensure accuracy) and to extract this information, if even possible,
would exceed the time/cost limits of an FOI.

 

5.            How many complaints about adult social care for people with
a learning disability has the council received in the following years?

a.            2018/19

b.            2017/18

c.            2016/17

d.            2015/16

e.            2014/15

 

This information is not recorded in a way that is easily extractable (or
would ensure accuracy) and to extract this information, if even possible,
would exceed the time/cost limits of an FOI.

 

6.            How many complaints about adult social care has the council
received in the following years?

a.          2018/19 - 105

b.          2017/18 - 65

c.           2016/17 - 53

d.          2015/16 - 62

e.          2014/15 - 64

 

7.            Has the council made any cuts to the funding of social care
services for adults with a learning disability in the following years? If
so, for each year please tell us the how much funding has been cut by.

a.            2018/19

b.            2017/18

c.            2016/17

d.            2015/16

e.            2014/15

 

This information is not recorded in a way that is easily extractable (or
would ensure accuracy) and to extract this information, if even possible,
would exceed the time/cost limits of an FOI.

 

8.            How many safeguarding concerns has the council received in
the following years about adults with a learning disability?

a.            2018/19 - 170

b.            2017/18 – 128

c.            2016/17 - 145

d.            2015/16 - 242

e.            2014/15 -  Concerns and Enquiries were not reported in this
year - the reporting at the time was for Alerts and Referrals and these
differ in criteria.

 

 

9.            How many safeguarding enquiries (including, but not limited
to, Section 42 enquiries) has the council received in the following years
about adults with a learning disability?

a.            2018/19 – 63

b.            2017/18 - 43

c.            2016/17 - 49

d.            2015/16 – 216

e.            2014/15 - Concerns and Enquiries were not reported in this
year - the reporting at the time was for Alerts and Referrals and these
differ in criteria.

 

Please note:

The information provided in response to your request is copyright
Gateshead Council unless otherwise endorsed. Granting access to this
information under the Freedom of Information Act does not permit you to
re-use the information provided for commercial purposes, for photocopying
or reproduction in any form. If you wish to re-use the information you
need to apply for a Licence. You can do this by writing to Information
Rights Officer, Corporate Services and Governance, 1st Floor, Civic
Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH or email
[Gateshead Council request email]. You may be required to pay a fee or
comply with conditions for permitted re-use.

  

Yours faithfully

 

 

Victoria Johnson| Operational Support Officer| Adult Social Care|
Children, Adults & Families | Gateshead Council

Civic Centre Regent Street Gateshead NE8 1HH

Tel: 0191 433 3235 | Email: [1][email address]

*Please note, my working days are Monday, Thursday and Friday

 

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