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Dear Kirklees 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

Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

Dear Ms Atkins

I confirm receipt of your information request. We are dealing with this and will respond to you in due course.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 allow up to 20 working days for responding to information requests.

If you are not content with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Requests for internal reviews should be addressed to the Monitoring Officer, 1st Floor, Civic Centre 3, Market Street, Huddersfield HD1 2EY. Alternatively, you can send an email to: [email address].

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of any review you have the right under section 50 of the 2000 Act to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether your request for information has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the Act. The Information Commissioner’s website is at www.ico.org.uk and gives more information about the role and duties of the Commissioner. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Regards

Information Governance Team
The Democracy Service
Telephone: 01484 221000 (voice activated switchboard – please ask for Freedom of Information)

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Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

Dear Ms Atkins,

 

Re: 21301 - Social care support and funding

 

I am writing in response to your request dated 13 January 2020.  This has
been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

I refer initially to questions 2 and 4 of your request. The Council can
confirm that it does hold information falling within the scope of your
request but believes that it would exceed the appropriate time limit for
complying with the request in order to provide it.

 

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows a public
authority to refuse a request if the cost of providing the information to
the applicant would exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ as defined by the
Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004:

 

12 Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit

(1) Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a
request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of
complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.

(2) Subsection (1) does not exempt the public authority from its
obligation to comply with paragraph (a) of section 1(1) unless the
estimated cost of complying with that paragraph alone would exceed the
appropriate limit.

 

The Regulations provide that the appropriate limit to be applied to
requests received by local authorities is £450 (equivalent to 2.5 days (or
18 hours) of work).  In estimating the cost of complying with a request
for information, an authority can only take into account any reasonable
costs incurred in:

 

(a) determining whether it holds the information,
(b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the
information,
(c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the
information, and
(d) extracting the information from a document containing it.

 

For the purposes of the estimate the costs of performing these activities
should be estimated at a rate of £25 per hour.

 

The Council does hold information falling within the scope requested but
much of it is in a format that would require an extensive search through
records and a judgement to be made about whether particular documents or
extracts of documents were relevant or not.  The Council does not
routinely record the information requested and has no statutory or
operational need to do so.

 

The Council believes that it would take a considerable amount of time to
extract and collate the information requested; it would need to manually
check the records held by Adult Social Care for each of the service users
for which it is responsible, in order to extract the required
information. Each service user record contains a number of documents
relevant to assessment and review which would take an estimated 15 minutes
per person to identify changes through assessment and reviews.  There are
currently around 830 people in the category working-age adults (aged
18-64) with a learning disability, which would need to be examined in
order to answer your question 2; in terms of question 4, there are
currently around 550 people in the category of working age adults age
18-64.Taking into account the likely costs of searching the records the
Council believes that the cost of complying with your request would far
exceed the appropriate limit of £450. 

 

The request for disclosure of the information is therefore refused under
section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

 

Under section 1(3) of the Act, a public authority need not comply with a
request unless any further information reasonably required to locate the
information is supplied.  If a request is too broad or general in nature,
then public authorities have a duty to provide advice and assistance to
the applicant in order to focus the request.  Although the Council cannot
answer your request as it currently stands, it might be able to answer a
refined request within the cost limit. You may wish to consider narrowing
the scope of your request, for example by restricting the time frame or
selecting those items / issues you consider the most important, it might
be possible to comply, subject to the application of any exemptions. 
Please do be aware that the Council cannot guarantee at this stage that a
refined request will fall within the appropriate cost limit.

 

Although excess cost removes the Council’s obligations under the Freedom
of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill, I have supplied information
relative to your request, retrieved or available before it was realised
that the fees limit would be exceeded. I trust this is helpful, but it
does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the
remainder of your request.

 

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           36

b. 2017/18           40

c. 2016/17            13

d. 2015/16           7

e. 2014/15           9

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’.

 

Please see the section 12 refusal above.

 

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           168

b. 2017/18           206

c. 2016/17            101

d. 2015/16           77

e. 2014/15           91

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’.

 

Please see the section 12 refusal above.

 

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           8

b. 2017/18           16

c. 2016/17            9

d. 2015/16           4

e. 2014/15           5

 

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

a. 2018/19           79

b. 2017/18           121

c. 2016/17            76

d. 2015/16           65

e. 2014/15           50

 

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           Please refer to this link to the [1]Council’s budget
pages, showing budget savings.

 

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

a. 2018/19           714

b. 2017/18           486

c. 2016/17            452

d. 2015/16           450

e. 2014/15           497

 

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           698

b. 2017/18           482

c. 2016/17            451

d. 2015/16           448

e. 2014/15           0 (We did not record S42s at this time)

 

 

If you are not content with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review.  Requests for internal reviews should
be submitted within 2 months of the date of receipt of the response to
your original request and should be addressed to the Monitoring Officer,
1^st Floor, Civic Centre 3, Market Street, Huddersfield HD1 2EY. 
Alternatively, you can send an email to:
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Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
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If you are not content with the outcome of any review you have the right
under section 50 of the 2000 Act to apply to the Information Commissioner
for a decision as to whether your request for information has been dealt
with in accordance with the requirements of the Act.  The Information
Commissioner’s website is at [3]www.ico.org.uk and gives more information
about the role and duties of the Commissioner.  The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Team

The Democracy Service

Kirklees Council

Civic Centre 3, High Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TG

 

 

Telephone: 01484 221000 (voice activated switchboard – please ask for
Freedom of Information)

 

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