Young Scot card and cashless catering

Dr John Welford made this Freedom of Information request to City of Edinburgh Council

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Dear Sir or Madam

This summer parents of children at or about to attend Edinburgh Council’s secondary schools have been sent letters about the cashless catering system now being introduced, together with application forms for the Edinburgh Young Scot entitlement card. (Ref: NEC YP (P7) App v1.0 April 2008)

For any parent who wishes their child to obtain school meals no opt out from the Young Scot card scheme is described. Thus in the 'Frequently answered questions' section (Ref: NEC YP (P7) FAQ v1.0 April 2008) in response to the question:

Why should I get an Edinburgh Young Scot / One Edinburgh Card

one of the benefits is lasted as:

• Cashless catering in City of Edinburgh County secondary schools

Nowhere on the form or in the accompanying correspondence is any alternative method of paying for school meals described. In other words, parents are being offered no choice. If their child is to obtain school meals it will be necessary for them to be registered for a Young Scot card.

This policy is in clear contradiction of numerous ministerial answers which have been given in the Scottish Parliament, stating that such entitlement cards are entirely voluntary and access to services would not be denied to anyone opting not to register.

Thus, in May 2005, Mr. Tom McCabe said (S2W-16501) "I can confirm that the card is voluntary and no-one would be denied access to the services that they are entitled to should they decline the offer of a card.".

And in January of this year the Herald published the following statement from a Scottish Government spokeswoman:

"Authorities and schools who use the card to access school meals must also provide an alternative method for those students who do not wish to carry a card.

The Schools (Scotland) Act 2007, among other things, ensures local authorities promote the uptake and benefits of school meals.

The Scottish government does not support compulsory use of National Entitlement Cards for local public services."

Ref: http://www.heraldscotland.com/school-bos...

Accordingly, please inform me:

1) whether there is a universally available method of opting out of the Young Scot card scheme for a student who requires school meals

2) if so, why this option is not being clearly explained to all parents

3) whether legal advice was taken before deciding to implement
this system in Edinburgh’s secondary schools

4) whether a privacy impact assessment was conducted in advance

and

5) whether the Information Commissioner's Office was consulted.

Yours faithfully

Dr John Welford

NO2ID Edinburgh

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Jay MacDonald left an annotation ()

In our school, you require a Young Scot card to get lunch at the school.

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Janet McKenzie, City of Edinburgh Council

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Dear Dr Welford
Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information Request
in relation to National Entitlement Cards and cashless catering.
Yours sincerely
Janet McKenzie

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Dear Janet McKenzie

Many thanks for your response to my Freedom of Information request.

I would like to clarify the following points:

Concerning the type of non-personalised card intended for children who are not Young Scot cardholders but wish to have school meals:

1. Is parental advice required to obtain such a card?

2. Is there an application form that is filled out, by either parents, the child, or teachers? What personal information is on the form, and can I see a copy?

3. What personal information does the card's RFID chip hold? Does it hold the child's Unique Citizen Reference Number or some equivalent student number or other identification that could link it to the individual child?

4. If a child's Citizen's Account had not been previously activated, is it activated when such a card is issued?

5. Is the personal information submitted subsequently stored separately from that of those pupils who have applied for the full Young Scot card?

As background for the following questions, I am aware of a child who is not a Young Scot cardholder who has been issued a card that has "One Edinburgh" and "Young Scot" branding on the front, with the words "temporary card" and a 16 digit number number on the back.

1. Are cards that fit this description intended to be used by Young Scot cardholders who have lost their cards, children who are not Young Scot cardholders but wish to have school meals, or both?

2. If this card is not intended for both of these purposes, and therefore is different from the one already described:

a. What is the physical appearance of the correct card for those children who are not Young Scot cardholders but wish to have school meals?

b. What personal information does the temporary Young Scot card's RFID chip hold? Does it hold the child's Unique Citizen Reference Number or some equivalent student number or other identification that could link it to the individual child?

c. If a child's Citizen's Account had not been previously activated, is it activated when such a card is issued?

Thanking you.

Yours sincerely

Dr John Welford

NO2ID Edinburgh

Janet McKenzie, City of Edinburgh Council

Dear Dr Welford
I have asked that this request be logged as a Freedom of Information
Request.
Thank you for the clarification. I will get back to you with a full
response in the required timescale
Yours sincerely
Janet McKenzie

Janet McKenzie | Customer Services Development Manager | Customer
Services | Corporate Services | The City of Edinburgh Council | Contact
Centre | Chesser House | 500 Gorgie Road | Edinburgh | EH11 3YJ | Tel:
0131 529 3089 | Email: [email address]

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Thank you for your request for information received on 17 November 2009.
I can confirm that this is being dealt with in accordance with the Freedom
of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. As such the request must be dealt
with within 20 working days and provided in a format of your choice.

A response to your request for information will be sent to you promptly;
and in any event not later than 15 December 2009.

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Janet McKenzie, City of Edinburgh Council

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Please see attached response to your email
Janet

Janet McKenzie | Customer Services Development Manager | Customer
Services | Corporate Services | The City of Edinburgh Council | Contact
Centre | Chesser House | 500 Gorgie Road | Edinburgh | EH11 3YJ | Tel:
0131 529 3089 | Email: [email address]

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Dear Janet McKenzie

Many thanks for supplying the additional information.

Yours sincerely

Dr John Welford

NO2ID Edinburgh

sheila struthers left an annotation ()

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The Children and Young People Bill currently going through the Scottish Parliament makes provision for universal data sharing without consent and intrusive surveillance of every child and associated adult, along with the imposition of a Named Person (other than a parent) on every child. A petition to raise awareness among the 129 MSPs (who appear to have missed the fact that children are now all deemed to be 'at risk of failing to meet state dictated outcomes') has been created here: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/m...