Special guardianship financial support and assessment.

Cassie Felton made this Freedom of Information request to Torbay Borough Council

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Dear Torbay Borough 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
infomation 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 deducations, 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.

Yours faithfully,

Cassie Felton

Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

Dear Ms Felton

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 5 July 2018. We are currently processing your request and will contact you within 20 working days.

If you have any queries regarding your request, please do not hesitate to contact us, quoting the reference number above in all communications.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Boyer
Information Compliance Apprentice
Torbay Council
 
Phone: 01803 207034
Mail: Information Compliance, Torbay Council, Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3DR

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Dear Freedom of Information,

The response to my freedom of information request is now delayed

Can you please provide a reason for this delay and advise when I can expect the information I requested.

Yours sincerely,

Cassie Felton

Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

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Dear Ms Felton

 

Thank you for your email received on 6 August 2018, I am sorry you have
not yet received a response. This is because the department have not sent
it to us. We have chased them and continue to chase them.

 

Unfortunately I am unable to give you an expected until we have heard from
them.

 

Regards

 

Bee  

 

Bee Laithwaite

Information Compliance Support Officer

Torbay Council

Torquay Town Hall

Castle Circus

Torquay

TQ1 3DR

01803 207177

*: [1][email address]

[2]cid:image001.png@01CF5A20.BA7692A0

 

The Information Compliance Team will aim to acknowledge correspondence
within 3 working days unless a restriction is in place.

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Dear Torbay Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Torbay Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Special guardianship financial support and assessment.'.

On the 5th July I submitted a request for information, I expected a response by 2nd August. When a response hadnt been received by 6th August I sent a prompt asking for an update and to advise when I could expect a response.

I received a reply from Torbay on 9th Augist advising me that it was not possible to give a timescale for the information to be available. This is not acceptable.

For that reason I am requesting an internal review of the handling of my FOI request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Cassie Felton

Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

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Dear Ms Felton

 

Thank you for your email received on 10 August 2018, I am sorry you have
still not received a response. We have chased the department a number of
times asking them to respond but to no avail.

 

We can only carry out an internal review if you are not happy with the
information we have sent to you.

 

If you wish to make a complaint because you have not received a response
to your request you can contact the Information Commissioners Office on
 0303 123 1113 or visit their website
[1]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/.

 

Kind Regards

 

Bee Laithwaite

Information Compliance Support Officer

Torbay Council

Torquay Town Hall

Castle Circus

Torquay

TQ1 3DR

01803 207177

*: [2][email address]

[3]cid:image001.png@01CF5A20.BA7692A0

 

The Information Compliance Team will aim to acknowledge correspondence
within 3 working days unless a restriction is in place.

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Dear Freedom of Information,

I am extremely disapointed that the relevant department has so far refused to provide the information requested,

Could you please procede with the iternal review

Yours sincerely,

Cassie Felton

Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

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Dear Ms Felton

 

 

Thank you for your email, as previously advised we are unable to carry out
an internal review as you have not received a response to your request, if
you do not wish to go to the ICO I can log a stage 1 corporate complaint
but this will not necessarily get you a response, this can also take up to
10 working days to respond to as this is a separate process.

 

We will continue to chase the department for a response. Please let me
know if you wish to go ahead with the corporate complaint.

 

Regards

 

Bee

 

Bee Laithwaite

Information Compliance Support Officer

Torbay Council

Torquay Town Hall

Castle Circus

Torquay

TQ1 3DR

01803 207177

*: [1][email address]

[2]cid:image001.png@01CF5A20.BA7692A0

 

The Information Compliance Team will aim to acknowledge correspondence
within 3 working days unless a restriction is in place.

 

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Freedom of Information, Torbay Borough Council

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Dear Ms Felton

 

Further to your request received on 5 July 2018, I confirm that Torbay
Council has now considered your request under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

 

Our response is attached.

 

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purpose of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial
publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder.

 

Torbay Council publishes Access to Information requests and responses on
its online Disclosure Log. Only requests deemed to be in the public
interest will be included and any request included within this log will be
de-personalised accordingly.

 

To view the Council’s Disclosure Log, please visit
[1]www.torbay.gov.uk/disclosurelog

 

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Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3DR or complete the on-line complaint form that can
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If after going through the Council’s complaints process you are still not
satisfied, you can contact the Information Commissioner direct.

 

Information Helpline: 0303 123 1113
Commissioner 01625 545 745
 
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Yours sincerely

 

 

Bee Laithwaite

Information Compliance

Torbay Council

Torquay Town Hall

Castle Circus

Torquay

TQ1 3DR

01803 207177

*: [5][email address]

[6]cid:image001.png@01CF5A20.BA7692A0

 

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