Dear Merton 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.

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
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’.

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’.

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
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’.

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’.

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

6. 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

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

8. 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

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
b. 2017/18
c. 2016/17
d. 2015/16
e. 2014/15

Yours faithfully,

Juliet Atkins

foi, Merton Borough Council

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Regulations 2004 within 20 working days.
More information about the way we deal with information requests is on our
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Information Governance Team
London Borough of Merton.
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Foi Responses, Merton Borough Council

 

Dear Ms Atkins

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 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’.

 

Data can be extracted from nationally published data via NHS Digital
website, which can be accessed via the links below.

2014-15:
[1]https://files.digital.nhs.uk/publication...

2015-16 see under Resources:
[2]https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-informat...

2016-17 see under Resources:
[3]https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-informat...
2017-18 see under Resources:  [4]http://digital.nhs.uk/pubs/ascactfin1718
2018-19 see under Resources
[5]https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-informat...

 

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’.

 

Data can be extracted from nationally published data via NHS Digital
website, which can be accessed via the links below.

2014-15:
[6]https://files.digital.nhs.uk/publication...

2015-16 see under Resources:
[7]https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-informat...

2016-17 see under Resources:
[8]https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-informat...
2017-18 see under Resources:  [9]http://digital.nhs.uk/pubs/ascactfin1718
2018-19 see under Resources
[10]https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-informat...

 

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

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’.

 

Data can be extracted from nationally published data via NHS Digital
website, which can be accessed via the links below.

2014-15:
[11]https://files.digital.nhs.uk/publication...

2015-16 see under Resources:
[12]https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-informat...

2016-17 see under Resources:
[13]https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-informat...
2017-18 see under Resources:  [14]http://digital.nhs.uk/pubs/ascactfin1718
2018-19 see under Resources
[15]https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-informat...

 

 

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’.

 

Data can be extracted from nationally published data via NHS Digital
website, which can be accessed via the links below.

2014-15:
[16]https://files.digital.nhs.uk/publication...

2015-16 see under Resources:
[17]https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-informat...

2016-17 see under Resources:
[18]https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-informat...
2017-18 see under Resources:  [19]http://digital.nhs.uk/pubs/ascactfin1718
2018-19 see under Resources
[20]https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-informat...

 

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

 

Unfortunately the above information is not held as we do not record this
data when a complaint is received.

 

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

 

a. 2018/19 - 47

b. 2017/18 - 30

c. 2016/17 - 32

d. 2015/16 - 40

e. 2014/15 - 31

 

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                 Nil

            b) 2017/18                 £424k

            c) 2016/17                 £550k

            d) 2015/16                 £343k

            e) 2014/15                 £575k

 

8. 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

 

The data can be extracted from nationally published data via NHS Digital
website, which can be accessed via the link below.

See under Safeguarding for 2018/19 to 2014/15:

[21]https://app.powerbi.com/view?r=eyJrIjoiM...

 

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

b. 2017/18

c. 2016/17

d. 2015/16

e. 2014/15

 

The data can be extracted from nationally published data via NHS Digital
website, which can be accessed via the link below.

See under Safeguarding for 2018/19 to 2014/15:

[22]https://app.powerbi.com/view?r=eyJrIjoiM...

 

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 [23][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: [24]www.ico.org.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Information Governance

Information Team

Merton Council

 

 

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