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SEND Crisis Warwickshire

Dear Warwickshire County Council,

Please supply the following information pertaining to any increase to the pre-2019 departmental and / or Directorate employee headcount, detailing the number of NEW and / or ADDITIONALLY recruited and employed staff WCC hired in 2019 - along with separate figures for 2020 - with specific regard to those with the following job title (or reporting in to those with the following job titles):

(i) commissioners, (ii) associated commissioning team leads / commissioning managers, (iii) administrative / support staff to commissioning teams across children’s services and;

(iv) project managers, (v) associated team leads, (vi) administrative / support staff to commissioning teams across children’s services and;

(vii) service managers, (viii) associated team leads, (ix) administrative / support staff to service delivery teams across children’s services and;

detailing increases for WCC's Community Directorate's Education Services (including but not limited to SENDAR, EPS, Flex Learning, IDS, STS etc.), CWD SEND Social Care and WCC's People Directorate's Joint Working children's health and children's mental health teams.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

SEND Crisis Warwickshire

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We frequently hear about Warwickshire County Council's drive to 'efficiently use public resources' and the drive to reduce the numbers of children with high needs accessing appropriate support.
Schools are being asked to do more 'in house', without accessing specialist advice and support. We know school budgets have been slashed. We know Warwickshire SEND spending has been challenged by the DfE to reduce.
And yet we are also aware of millions being spent on the development of the SEND & Inclusion Change Programme with a huge recruitment drive to hire additional administrators, project managers and other officers to roll it out.
We want to know what this increased spending looks like and exactly where it is going because it certainly isn't focussed on delivering the support our children need on the ground, in schools, by social care or by health / mental health care providers.
Were these decisions effectively co-produced, these disparities and inequities of priority simply would not be happening.

Warwickshire County Council

 
Information request
Our reference: 6910105

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Dear SEND Crisis Warwickshire
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 14 June
2021. We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000
 
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with a response within 20 working days of the receipt of your request.
Therefore we would aim to send a response by 12 July 2021. However, please
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 Kind regards

Sarah Winnett
Business Support Team Leader

Communities and Resources Hub - Team 1, Business & Customer Services
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Tel: 01926 412888

 

 

 

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Warwickshire County Council

Information request
Our reference: 6910105

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Dear SEND Crisis Warwickshire,

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your Freedom Of
Information request. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to meet the deadline of the 12.07.21, due to
staff absence. Once we have this information, we will send it to you as
soon as possible. 

Sarah Winnett
Business Support Team Leader
Communities and Resources Hub - Team 1, Business & Customer Services
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Tel: 01926 412888

Warwickshire County Council

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Information request
Our reference: 6910105

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Dear SEND Crisis Warwickshire,
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 14 June 2021.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 

 Kind regards

Sarah Winnett
Business Support Team Leader

Communities and Resources Hub - Team 1, Business & Customer Services
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Tel: 01926 412888

 

 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.

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