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Dear Wakefield City Council,

1/ The governments own means testing model (paragraph 8) recommends that someone claiming income support etc should not be means tested and that the special guardianship allowance be paid in full without any deductions for child benefit do you as a council comply with this or do you means test and then deduct child benefit

2/ If a child is in reciept of DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE do you class this as income when means testing

3/ When a child is recieveing DLA ( MIDDLE OR HIGH RATE) the CHILD TAX CREDIT PAY what they call a DISABILITY PREMIUM on top of the child tax do you deduct this from the allowance or just deduct the basic CHILD TAX

4/Do you increase the allowance annually in line with government guidelines.

5/ Special guardians are told by National support groups (Grandparents plus and Family rights group ) that the allowance should be the NATIONAL MINIMUM FOSTERING ALLOWANCE RATE. which the government sets each april do you comply with this or do you pay a lower/higher rate

Yours faithfully,

DAVID SMITH

freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear Mr Smith,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your email requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which we received on 06/06/2018. It is our intention to have the response delivered to you by 03/07/2018.

I would like to inform you that all requests submitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 might be subject to exemption(s), which the Authority is entitled to apply to refuse the request.

Any future correspondence you may have in relation to this matter should be marked Private & Confidential and sent to the Senior Information Governance Officer, Information Management Team, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW or e-mailed to [Wakefield City Council request email].

Yours sincerely

Information Governance Officer
Corporate Information Governance Team,
City Solicitor’s Office.
Wakefield MDC, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW
Email: [Wakefield City Council request email]
Tel: 01924 306112

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freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

 
Dear Mr Smith,
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information
 
I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
 
Please find the response to your request below.
 
1/  The  government’s  own means  testing  model  (paragraph 8) 
recommends  that  someone  claiming income  support  etc  should  not  be 
means  tested  and  that  the  special  guardianship  allowance  be  paid 
in  full  without  any  deductions  for  child  benefit do  you  as  a 
council  comply  with  this  or  do  you   means  test  and  then  deduct 
child  benefit
 
Income Support is taken into account. We include it but we give the same
allowance back in the calculation plus 65%, and child benefit is deducted.
2/  If  a  child  is  in  receipt  of  DISABILITY  LIVING  ALLOWANCE   do 
you  class  this   as  income  when  means  testing
 
Disability Living Allowance is fully disregarded.
3/ When  a  child  is  receiving   DLA  ( MIDDLE  OR  HIGH  RATE)  the 
CHILD  TAX  CREDIT  PAY  what  they  call  a  DISABILITY PREMIUM    on 
top  of  the  child  tax  do  you  deduct  this  from  the  allowance  or 
just  deduct  the  basic   CHILD  TAX
 
Disability Premium is taken into account.
 
4/Do  you  increase  the  allowance  annually  in  line  with  government 
guidelines.
 
Yes.
5/  Special  guardians  are  told  by  National  support  groups 
(Grandparents  plus  and  Family  rights  group )  that  the  allowance 
should  be  the  NATIONAL  MINIMUM  FOSTERING ALLOWANCE  RATE.  which 
the  government  sets  each  april do  you  comply  with  this  or  do 
you  pay  a  lower/higher 
 
Special Guardianship Allowances are based on the National Minimum
Fostering Allowance Rate.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further queries
regarding this matter.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Senior Information Governance Officer
Information Governance Team
City Solicitor’s Office
Wakefield MDC
Tel: 01924 306112
E-mail: [Wakefield City Council request email]
 

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