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Dear Oldham 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

Information Manager, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

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Information Management Team
Oldham Council
Level 14
Civic Centre
West Street
Oldham   OL1 1UL

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Sharon Moore, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Harris

 

I write in response to your recent request:

 

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?

SEE ATTACHED.

 

b) if so, what is the minimum or median rate received per week (or
fortnight if subsistence is paid fortnightly rather than weekly)?

SEE ATTACHED.

 

c) whether the local authority provides additional funds for children aged
1-3?

SEE ATTACHED.

 

d) whether the local authority provides additional funds for children aged
0-1? 

SEE ATTACHED.

 

e) whether the local authority provides additional funds for pregnant
mothers? 

SEE ATTACHED.

 

f) whether the local authority provided any additional subsistence
payments during the Covid-19 pandemic to help with additional costs?

SUPPORT FOR COVID WAS CONSIDERED ON A CASE BY CASES BASIS UNDER CIN AND
NOT RELIANT ON NRPF STATUS.

 

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)?

SEE ATTACHED

 

h) whether the local authority provides a maternity grant following the
birth of a child? 

SEE ATTACHED

 

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?

SEE ATTACHED

 

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?

SEE ATTACHED.

 

I hope this information is useful to you.

 

Sharon Moore

Assistant Director

Quality and Improvement

Children’s Social Care

Level 3, Civic Centre

West Street

Oldham Council

OL1 1UT

Tel: 0161 770 8479

E mail: [1][email address]

 

*Please note for satellite navigation purposes the postcode is OL1 1NL

 

Visiting the Civic Centre by Metrolink?  The nearest stop is Oldham King
Street (2-3 minutes’ walk)

 

 

 

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