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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 Sefton Borough Council,

In a recent reply to a FOIA response submitted 23/11/2020 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.

Following on from this, 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, Sefton Borough Council

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Information request
Our reference: 6939585

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Dear Ms Harris
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 15 July
2021.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and we aim to send a response by 12 August 2021.
 
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Information request
Our reference: 6939585

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Dear Ms Harris
 
Thank you for your request for information.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kayleigh Hogg
 
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Dear Kayleigh,

Thank you for your response to my recent FOI request (ref 6939585). However, you only seem to have answered half the questions. could you please provide me with answers to questions g-k?

Thank you in advance for your help in this matter

Yours sincerely,
Kristine
Project 17

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