Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) Reform Programme

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) Reform Programme – request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Home Office/UKBA is currently undertaking a review of the arrangements for the care and support of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.

From information already made available it is clear that a central part of the initiative is to identify local authorities, or groups of local authorities, outside of London and the South-East of England who would be prepared to act as ‘receiving authorities’ for numbers of UASC who have initially arrived and been cared for elsewhere in the UK.

Please provide me with an electronic copy, (see accessibility notes below) via http://www.whatdotheyknow.com, of the following information:

1. Which local authorities has the Home Office/UKBA , either individually or as part of a strategic migration partnership or ‘consortia’ of authorities, had any meetings or discussions with local authority, parnership or consortia officials concerning the possibility of these local authorities becoming a ‘receiving authority’ for unaccompanied asylum seeking children under the UASC reform programme? Please state whether you were approached by individual local authorities or as part of a strategic migration partnership or ‘consortia’ of authorities.

2. If the answer to the first part of question 1 is ‘yes’, please provide: a) copies of the minutes of all meetings between Home Office/UKBA or other Local Government, Parnership or Consortia officials and relating to any of them acting as a ‘receiving authority’ and ; b) Any file note relating to conversations with Local Government, Parnership or Consortia officials officials relating to the same matter.

3. Do you hold copies of any Home Office/UKBA and or Local Government, Partnership or Consortia officials’ staff ,or consultants discussion papers, proposals or options for bodies to consider in relation to the authority becoming a ‘receiving authority’ for UASC under the reform programme?

If the answer to question 3 is ‘yes’, please provide: a) copies of the minutes of any meetings at which this was a substantive agenda item and; b) copies of any discussion papers, proposals or options relating to the same matter.

4. Which Local Government, Partnership or Consortia bodies have expressed an interest in becoming a ‘receiving authority’ for UASC under the reform programme?

Please note that the Freedom of Information Act states that you have a duty to contact me regarding this request within 20 working days of receipt. I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

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Yours faithfully,

Eric Blair

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Acknowledgement, this request is an adaptation of the CLC FOI letter template:

http://www.childrenslegalcentre.com/OneS...

Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ), Home Office

 

 

 Dear Eric Blair

Thank you for your recent e-mail. Your request is being dealt with under
the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and we will respond
shortly

Kind Regards

UKBA

FOI Team

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Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ), Home Office

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<<FOI Request 11198 - extension.doc>>
Dear Sir,

Please see the attached in relation to your Freedom of Information
request.

Kind regards,

Information Access Policy Team
(Freedom of Information)
UK Border Agency

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Eric Blair left an annotation ()

Home Office letter extract:

"The information requested must be considered under the exemption contained within section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This is a qualified exemption relating to the protection of commercial interests. In order to consider the public interest test fully we need to extend the 20 working day response period, and now aim to respond by 6 April."

Dear Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ),

Further to your request for an extension, to undertake a Public Interest test under section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

"The information requested must be considered under the exemption contained within section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This is a qualified exemption relating to the protection of commercial interests. In order to consider the public interest test fully we need to extend the 20 working day response period, and now aim to respond by 6 April."

I suggest to you that the current ICO guidance suggests that it favours disclosure of the information I have requested.

I do not consider the information is exempt information and I do not consider it would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person, including yourselves.

Most of the information requested is concerned primarily with other Public Authorities and hence few real Commercial interests.

The Public Interest test is served as disclosure of the information will:

- further the understanding of, and participation in the debate of issues of the issues involved;

- facilitate the accountability and transparency of your decisions in these matters;

- facilitate accountability and transparency of how public money is being spent on these matters;

- allow individuals like me and those directly affected to understand decisions made by yourselves affecting their lives and, in some cases, assist individuals in challenging those decisions;

Yours sincerely,

Eric Blair

Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ), Home Office

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Dear Sir,

Please see the attached in relation to your Freedom of Information
request.  I apologise for the further delay.
<<FOI 11198 (Blair) PIBT2.doc>>
Kind regards,

Information Access Policy Team
(Freedom of Information)
UK Border Agency

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Harland Jerry, Home Office

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Dear Eric Blair,

 

Please see attached that covers your request of 8 February.

 

Many thanks

 

 

Jerry Harland

UASC Reform Programme

 

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