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Subsistence payments to families with No Recourse to Public Funds seeking access to support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989.

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Dear Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council,

In a recent reply to a FOIA response submitted 26/02/2021 you outlined the local authority's policy on the provision of financial support to families with No Recourse to Public Funds (“NRPF”) seeking access to support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, could you please confirm whether the local authority, for a family eligible for support under Section 17 of the Children's Act 1989, who have no other source of income:

a) has guidance on the minimum or median rate of support provided per family member?
b) if so, what is the minimum or median rate received per week (or fortnight if subsistence is paid fortnightly rather than weekly)?

c) whether the local authority provides additional funds for children aged 1-3?
d) whether the local authority provides additional funds for children aged 0-1?
e) whether the local authority provides additional funds for pregnant mothers?
f) whether the local authority provided any additional subsistence payments during the Covid-19 pandemic to help with additional costs?

g) if the answer to any of questions c)-f) is yes, then please outline what additional funds are received per week (or fortnight if subsistence is paid fortnightly rather than weekly)?

h) whether the local authority provides a maternity grant following the birth of a child?
i) and if so, how much is this grant and is it provided for every child or only for the first child born to the mother?

j) whether the local authority provides discretionary payments for additional expenditure, eg. winter clothes, school uniforms, travel costs?
k) and if so, is there any guidance on the maximum amount payable or the frequency of payments?

If you hold any of the information requested but consider it is exempt from disclosure, please state specifically what exemption you rely upon (including the relevant statutory provision) and the reason you consider it to be applicable.

We look forward to receiving your response within 20 working days as per the FOIA.

Kind regards

Kristine Harris

Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Harris

Thank you for your e-mail received on 15 July 2021 requestion information about Subsistence payments to families with No Recourse to Public Funds seeking access to support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989..

Please note you can now log a Freedom of Information request on our online portal on the following link:

https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/your-council...

I have recorded your request for information under reference F2021.07.4553.

This has been passed to the relevant service and you will receive a response by 11 August 2021.

In line with guidance published by the Information Commissioner’s Office, the council may make a charge for the provision of information – for example in order to cover the costs of postage (in line with the relevant postal charges) or charges for printing and copying (which will reflect photocopying charges levied by the council’s public libraries) or if this falls within the regulations of an EIR (Environmental Information).

You will be informed if a fee is to be applied before information is to be provided.

If you need further information please contact me.

Kind regards,

Customer Liaison Team
Knowsley Council
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
Merseyside
L36 9UX

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Dear Kristine Harris

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Merseyside
L36 9UX
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Dear Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council,

Thank you for your response to our recent FOI 4553

In your response you state: "The Local Authority has guidance around s17 payments, but it does not include a minimum/median rate, rather payments are at the discretion of team managers, but the payment has to be authorised by a team managers manager." Could you please provide me with a copy of the guidance around section 17 payments?

Yours faithfully,

Kris

Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Harris

Thank you for your e-mail received on 28 July 2021 requestion information about s17 payments.

Please note you can now log a Freedom of Information request on our online portal on the following link:

https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/your-council...

I have recorded your request for information under reference F2021.07.4591.

This has been passed to the relevant service and you will receive a response by 24 August 2021.

In line with guidance published by the Information Commissioner’s Office, the council may make a charge for the provision of information – for example in order to cover the costs of postage (in line with the relevant postal charges) or charges for printing and copying (which will reflect photocopying charges levied by the council’s public libraries) or if this falls within the regulations of an EIR (Environmental Information).

You will be informed if a fee is to be applied before information is to be provided.

If you need further information please contact me.

Kind regards,

Customer Liaison Team
Knowsley Council
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
Merseyside
L36 9UX

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Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Your FOI request has been completed

Dear Kristine Harris

Your FOI with Reference Number : 4591 has been completed please click on the link
below to view it

[1]https://knowsleytransaction.mendixcloud....
Customer Liaison Team
Knowsley Council
Archway Road
Huyton
Merseyside
L36 9UX
[2]www.knowsley.gov.uk

[3]Knowsley
This e-mail and any attachments are confidential. It may contain
privileged information and is intended for the named recipient(s) only. It
must not be distributed without consent. If you are not one of the
intended recipients, please notify the sender immediately and do not
disclose, distribute, or retain this email or any part of it and do not
take any action based on it.
Unless expressly stated, opinions in this email are those of the
individual sender, and not of Knowsley MBC. Legally binding obligations
can only be created for, or be entered into on behalf of, Knowsley MBC by
duly authorised officers or representatives.
Knowsley MBC excludes any liability whatsoever for any offence caused, any
direct or consequential loss arising from the use, or reliance on, this
e-mail or its contents. We believe but do not warrant that this e-mail and
any attachments are virus free. You must therefore take full
responsibility for virus checking and no responsibility is accepted for
loss or damage arising from viruses or changes made to this message after
it was sent. Knowsley MBC reserves the right to monitor and/or record all
e-mail communications through its network in accordance with relevant
legislation.

References

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2. http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/
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