Special guardianship financial support and assessment.

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Dear Southampton City Council,

Can you please provide me with the following information regarding
Special guardianship financial support and assessment.

1) Does the council follow the DfE method
of assessing Special guardianship allowance. If not please provide
information as to the method used.

2) What is the maximum payment for a child.

a) Pre school age
b) Primary school age
c) Secondary school age
d) Over 16

3) Is the maximum payment based on recommended core foster care
rates. If not what is the maximum payment based on.

4) Does special guardianship rise each year in line with the
increase in core fostering rates.

5) Is the financial assessment where children were previously LAC
different to the financial assessment for children who were not
LAC.

6) What deductions, if any, are made from Special guardianship
allowance, ie, Child benefit, Child tax credit.

7) If a carer is in receipt of Income support are any deductions
made from Special Guardianship allowance, ie, Child Benefit, Child
tax credit

8) Are Special guardianship allowances time limited. If so how long for.

9) How many special guardians in the authority are currently being financially supported

10) How many Child arrangement orders are currently being financially supported

11) How many friends and family, (connected persons) foster carers are in the authority.

Yours faithfully,

Cassie Felton

Information, Southampton City Council

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Information, Southampton City Council

Dear Cassie Felton,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 23/04/2019.
It has been determined that you have requested the following information:

 

1)      Does the council follow the DfE method of assessing Special
guardianship allowance? If not please provide information about the method
used.

 

2)      What is the maximum payment for a child?

a)      Preschool age

b)      Primary school age

c)      Secondary school age

d)      Over 16

 

3)      Is the maximum payment based on recommended core foster care
rates? If not what is the maximum payment based on.

 

4)      Does special guardianship rise each year in line with the increase
in core fostering rates?

 

5)      Is the financial assessment where children were previously LAC
different to the financial assessment for children who were not LAC.

 

6)      What deductions, if any, are made from Special guardianship
allowance, ie, Child benefit, Child tax credit.

 

7)      If a carer is in receipt of Income support are any deductions made
from Special Guardianship allowance, ie, Child Benefit, Child tax credit

 

8)      Are Special guardianship allowances time limited. If so how long
for.

 

9)      How many special guardians in the authority are currently being
financially supported

 

10)  How many Child arrangement orders are currently being financially
supported

 

11)  How many friends and family, (connected persons) foster carers are in
the authority.

 

If this is not correct, please contact [1][email address]
to clarify your request as soon as possible.

 

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Regards,

 

Nathan Matterson
Junior Legal Assistant

Legal & Governance

Southampton and Fareham Legal Services Partnership
Southampton City Council
Tel: 023 8083 3000 (switchboard)

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Matterson, Nathan, Southampton City Council

Dear Cassie Felton,

 

I understand you were anticipating a response to your freedom of
information request no later than close of play, 23/05/2019.

 

Unfortunately, your request has taken longer than anticipated to process,
and as such the Council is not currently in a position to respond. I have
chased this matter with the relevant service this morning and have asked
them to provide timescales for response.

 

Please accept my apologies for the delay.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Nathan Matterson, Junior Legal Assistant

Southampton & Fareham Legal Partnership

Southampton City Council

Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY

DX115710 Southampton 17

 

Tel: 023 8083 2129

 

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From: Matterson, Nathan On Behalf Of Information
Sent: 24 April 2019 09:25
To: 'Cassie Felton' <[FOI #569782 email]>
Subject: FOI-1920-0085-030236 - FOI Request - Felton - Special
guardianship financial support and assessment

 

Dear Cassie Felton,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 23/04/2019.
It has been determined that you have requested the following information:

 

1.      Does the council follow the DfE method of assessing Special
guardianship allowance? If not please provide information about the method
used.

 

2.      What is the maximum payment for a child?

1.      Preschool age

2.      Primary school age

3.      Secondary school age

4.      Over 16

 

3.      Is the maximum payment based on recommended core foster care
rates? If not what is the maximum payment based on.

 

4.      Does special guardianship rise each year in line with the increase
in core fostering rates?

 

5.      Is the financial assessment where children were previously LAC
different to the financial assessment for children who were not LAC.

 

6.      What deductions, if any, are made from Special guardianship
allowance, ie, Child benefit, Child tax credit.

 

7.      If a carer is in receipt of Income support are any deductions made
from Special Guardianship allowance, ie, Child Benefit, Child tax credit

 

8.      Are Special guardianship allowances time limited. If so how long
for.

 

9.      How many special guardians in the authority are currently being
financially supported

 

10.  How many Child arrangement orders are currently being financially
supported

 

11.  How many friends and family, (connected persons) foster carers are in
the authority.

 

If this is not correct, please contact [2][email address]
to clarify your request as soon as possible.

 

Unless clarified otherwise, your request is being dealt with under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and will be forwarded to the
service area(s) holding the information. Your request will be answered
promptly, and within twenty working days of the date your request was
received.

 

Please note, the service area(s) holding the information may need further
information from you to locate the information sought once they have
received the request, and you will be contacted again should this be
necessary.

 

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

The Council now publishes responses to requests made to it under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004. These responses are available on the Council’s website
– 

 

[3]http://www.southampton.gov.uk/council-de...

 

The Council also routinely publishes information on its Publication
Scheme:

 

[4]http://www.southampton.gov.uk/council-de...

 

If the information you have requested in your current request has been
requested recently then it is likely that our response to that request is
already available to you via the disclosure log or via the Publication
Scheme. You may wish to view our disclosure log and Publication scheme to
ascertain whether the information you are seeking is already published. If
you find the information you are seeking, please let us know accordingly
and we will close your request. If we do not hear from you further we will
continue to process your request in accordance with the relevant
legislation.

Regards,

 

Nathan Matterson
Junior Legal Assistant

Legal & Governance

Southampton and Fareham Legal Services Partnership
Southampton City Council
Tel: 023 8083 3000 (switchboard)

[5]@SouthamptonCC    [6]facebook.com/SotonCC

 

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Dear Cassie Felton,

 

I refer to your Freedom of Information request of 23^rd April 2019 in
relation to Special guardianship financial support and assessment

 

Please find attached the Council’s response to your recent Freedom of
Information Act request.

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Angella

Business Support Service

Southampton City Council

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