Timeliness of sign off of Better Care Funding Plan - Greenwich CCG / Greenwich Council

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group,

Better Care Funding is provided by the government as a pooled fund to enable CCGs and Local Authorities to better integrate to meet social care outcomes. Conditions include: That a BCF Plan, including at least the minimum contribution to the pooled fund specified in the BCF allocations, must be signed off by the HWB, and by the constituent LAs and CCGs;

For each quarter that the BCF has been in existance to this current quarter:
1. Has the CCG met the minimum contribution (where appropriate), please provide documents to show this.
2. Has the CCG signed off on each decision / plan with Greenwich Council at first ask? If not, have delays been delays on the part of the CCG, Greenwich Council or other.. please provide documents referring to this and the reason.
3. Has the CCG always been satisfied the funding provided has been used in full for the stated purposes by Greenwich Council, if not, please provide documents about this.
4. Has the CCG requested the return of any part of its contribution or otherwise negotiated a settlement with Greenwich Council in terms of Better Care Funding / the CCG contribution. If so, why, and please provide documents that reflect this.

Yours faithfully,

Jenny Hurst
on behalf of Greenwich Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)

Foi (NHS NEL CSU), NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear Jenny

 

RE: Freedom of Information Request

 

I am writing to formally acknowledge your request for information
regarding Better Care Funding Plan which will be processed under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm your request was received
on 23/12/2019 by NEL on behalf of the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
listed below. The references for your requests are shown alongside.

 

NHS
Greenwich
FOI.19.GRN204 CCG

 

 

An initial investigation is currently taking place into whether the
information you have requested is held by the CCGs and if so, whether it
can be released in accordance with the legislation.

 

Any fees applicable to this request will be detailed in writing as soon as
they can be determined. Your request will then be placed on hold and you
will have the choice of whether to proceed with your request. Should any
clarification of your request be required we will advise you accordingly.

 

If you require any assistance, or would like to discuss your request,
please do not hesitate to contact us quoting the reference number above.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Freedom of Information Team
NEL
[1][Greenwich CCG request email] 

 

Lower Marsh, 3^rd Floor
Waterloo, London, SE1 7NT

  

[2]www.nelcsu.nhs.uk 

[3]@NELCSU 

[4]LinkedIn 

 

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Foi (NHS NEL CSU), NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS
Greenwich
FOI.19.GRN204 CCG

 

 

Dear Mr Hurst

I write further to your request reference as above. In order for the CCG
to identify and locate the information requested we reasonably require
clarification from you on the scope of your request. Freedom of
Information Act 2000, Section 16 stipulates a duty for a public authority
to provide advice and assistance when they receive an unclear or ambiguous
request. Please provide clarification to the points below:

 1. Please could you let us know if you want the informaiton for the
current year only?

 

Until we receive this information from you, in line with current
legislation your request will be placed on hold. If you require any
assistance, or would like to discuss your request further, please do not
hesitate to contact us quoting the reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information Team
NEL
[1][Greenwich CCG request email] 

 

Lower Marsh, 3^rd Floor
Waterloo, London, SE1 7NT

  

[2]www.nelcsu.nhs.uk 

[3]@NELCSU 

[4]LinkedIn 

 

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Dear Foi (NHS NEL CSU),

I had stated “ For each quarter that the BCF has been in existance to this current quarter”.

I believe it was announced in 2014 but I don’t know when the first trance of money came through . To be sure and in order to be clear - please provide information for 2106, 2017, 2018 and 2019

Yours sincerely,

Jenny Hurst

Foi (NHS NEL CSU), NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group

FOI.19.GRN204 NHS Greenwich CCG

 
Dear Ms Hurst
I write further to your request reference as above. In order for the CCG
to identify and locate the information requested we reasonably require
clarification from you on the scope of your request. Freedom of
Information Act 2000, Section 16 stipulates a duty for a public authority
to provide advice and assistance when they receive an unclear or ambiguous
request. Please provide clarification to the points below:
You stated at question 1: Has the CCG met the minimum contribution (where
appropriate), please provide documents to show this.
Clarification required: Please could you clarify what document you are
referring to in requesting evidence of minimum contribution?
 
Until we receive this information from you, in line with current
legislation your request will be placed on hold. If you require any
assistance, or would like to discuss your request further, please do not
hesitate to contact us quoting the reference number above.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Freedom of Information Team
NEL
[1][Greenwich CCG request email] 
 
Lower Marsh, 3^rd Floor
Waterloo, London, SE1 7NT
  
[2]www.nelcsu.nhs.uk 
[3]@NELCSU 
[4]LinkedIn 
 
 
 

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Dear Foi (NHS NEL CSU),

Board papers confirming the amount of contribution / budget papers, the written plan that has been jointly agreed and documents that refer to either agreement on time or delayed agreement.

Yours sincerely,

Jenny Hurst

Dear Foi (NHS NEL CSU),

I am referring to any joint plans signed off by the CCG referring to planned uses of the BCF, documents referring to the budget for the BCF (possible the same documents), corresepondece wit Greenwich Borough concerning use of the BCF funds and reports which mention the progress of the joint plans where agreements / disagreements exist.

Yours sincerely,

Jenny Hurst