Support provided to people with No Recourse to Public Funds

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Dear Bexley Borough Council,

Please provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am seeking information about the support provided by the council to people who have ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) status, assigned to those subject to immigration control (e.g. those on temporary visas, those with a pending visa application, those who do not have any immigration status), which excludes them from mainstream welfare benefits and housing support. People with NRPF are entitled to support from Local Authorities in certain circumstances to avoid destitution, where there is a child in need, and / or because of complex health needs (under Children Act 1989, Care Act 2014 and / or Human Rights Act).

I am requesting data from two-time periods (January-June 2017 and January-June 2018). I am aware that in cases where gathering data to fully respond to a Freedom of Information request would exceed the allowable time limit or cost, authorities are not required to work up to these limits (that is, they are not required to partially respond and provide as much data as the limit allows). However, I ask that if providing data for both time periods will exceed the limit, that you please just provide data for the single time period January-June 2018, in accordance with Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 that states authorities have a duty to provide assistance to those making a request.

I suggest this FOI request is forwarded to the council’s dedicated NRPF Team, or if your council does not have a dedicated NRPF Team, to Children’s Services. Many thanks in advance for your assistance with this matter.

Please provide data for the following questions:

1. How many requests for support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 did the council receive from families where the parent(s) had ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) status in the following six-month periods:

a. January – June 2018
b. January – June 2017

2. How many Child in Need Assessments were conducted by the council in response to requests for support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 from families where the parent(s) had ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) status in the following six-month periods:

a. January – June 2018
b. January – June 2017

3. How many requests for support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 from families where the parent(s) had ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) status were granted (that is, the family went on to receive social services support) in the following six-month periods:

a. January – June 2018
b. January – June 2017

4. How many requests for support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 from families where the parent had ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) status were refused for the following reasons, during the period January-June 2018:

a. The parents’ immigration status
b. The family was not ordinarily resident in the borough
c. The family was deemed not destitute / the child(ren) was not ‘in need’ under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989.

Yours faithfully,

Anna Mulcahy

Bexley Council, Bexley Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: 6089429

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Dear Ms Mulcahy
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 6 November
2018 concerning:

1. How many requests for support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989
did the council receive from families where the parent(s) had 'No Recourse
to Public Funds' (NRPF) status in the following six-month periods:
a. January ' June 2018
b. January ' June 2017
2. How many Child in Need Assessments were conducted by the council in
response to requests for support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989
from families where the parent(s) had 'No Recourse to Public Funds' (NRPF)
status in the following six-month periods:
a. January ' June 2018
b. January ' June 2017
3. How many requests for support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989
from families where the parent(s) had 'No Recourse to Public Funds' (NRPF)
status were granted (that is, the family went on to receive social
services support) in the following six-month periods:
a. January ' June 2018
b. January ' June 2017
4. How many requests for support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989
from families where the parent had 'No Recourse to Public Funds' (NRPF)
status were refused for the following reasons, during the period
January-June 2018:
a. The parents' immigration status
b. The family was not ordinarily resident in the borough
c. The family was deemed not destitute / the child(ren) was not 'in need'
under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and we aim to send a response by 4 December 2018 (which is 20 working
days beginning on the first working day after the date we received your
request).
 
In some cases, a fee may be payable. If we decide a fee is payable, we
will send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
proceeding with your request.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000may restrict the release of some or all
of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment and
if any exemptionsapply to some or all of the information then we might not
provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is the case
and advise you of your rights to request an internal review and to
complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
 
Regards,

Lorraine King
Complaints and Freedom of Information Officer
London Borough of Bexley , Civic Offices , 2 Watling Street , Bexleyheath
, Kent , DA6 7AT
Tel: 0203 045 3855
Email: [email address]
www.bexley.gov.uk

Bexley Council, Bexley Borough Council

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Information request
Our reference: 6089429

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Dear ‎Ms Mulcahy‏
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 6 November 2018.
 
 Please find attached our response to your request.
  

Regards,

Dawn Henry
Prevention & Assessment Officer
London Borough of Bexley , Civic Offices , 2 Watling Street , Bexleyheath
, Kent , DA6 7AT
Tel: 0203 045 4210
Email: [email address]
www.bexley.gov.uk

Dear Dawn Henry,

Many thanks for your comprehensive response to my FOI request (ref no. 6089429) received today on 26/11/18.

I would be very grateful if you could clarify one point. Bexley council confirmed that they received 29 requests from families with NRPF under Section 17 of the Children Act during the period January to June 2018, and 33 requests during the same period in 2017. May I ask whether this is 29 / 33 NRPF households, or 29 / 33 children (i.e. less than the number of households given that some households will be multi-child households). Similarly, could you confirm whether the data on the number of requests that received an assessment, and the number of requests that were granted, refer to the number of households or the number of children?

Many thanks in advance for your help.

Yours sincerely,

Anna Mulcahy

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