Freedom of information (FOI) releases from Herefordshire Council

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  1. With reference to Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to request all information and documents relating to Guidance for implementing Section 47, Children Act 1989, investigation by Children's Social Services.

    Of particular relevance is the guidance used for determining threshold required for:

    Children Act 1989, section 47, Local authority’s duty to investigate,

    (1) Where a local authority—

    (b) have reasonable cause to suspect that a child who lives, or is found, in their area is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm,

    Reasonable cause is a term used in law to describe a situation where there is a good reason to believe. This belief must be based on facts and cannot be just a suspicion. Ref: Black’s Law Dictionary, https://thelawdictionary.org/reasonable-and-probable-cause/

    If no guidance to establish “reasonable cause” exists please state, Herefordshire Council (Children and Families Directorate) have no guidance procedure for this.

    CLARIFICATION:

    Referrals to Herefordshire Council, (Children and Families Directorate) using MARF system result in a strategy discussion. A decision is made at this meeting and in the majority of cases you are assigned a social worker who will make an assessment and offer services.

    In a few cases the decision made at this meeting is that section 47 enquiry is required under The Children Act 1989. This moves things up a significant level and allows statuary laws to be engaged.

    So what guidance document is used to decide the escalation from your normal assessment processes to section 47 enquiry? What are the facts this must be based upon?

    Published: 18 July 2024

  2. I would like to request data showing what percentage of the affordable housing agreed under Section 106 planning obligations in this local authority since the beginning of 2010 to the present day has been:

    a) delivered

    b) is in development

    c) yet to begin development

    Published: 18 July 2024

  3. I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act, can you please provide the following:

    1a) How many penalty notices have been issued to parents for unauthorised pupil absences in the last three years (Between April 6 - April 5 2021/22, 2022/23, 2023/24)?

    Can this be broken down by year?

    1b) What is the total monetary amount of the fines issued (broken down by year)

    1c) Of the fines issued, how many were not paid within 21 days?

    2. During the same time, how many non-paid fines resulted in further action including, an Education Supervision Order, Community Order or Jail Order.

    Broken down by year and type of further action.

    Published: 18 July 2024

  4. The data we are requesting: We would like to know about any young people aged 16-24 who approached you, including both as a main applicant and those who were part of a household or couple and were not the main applicant, during the financial year 2023-2024 because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness.

    The information we are requesting falls under the Housing Act 1996 which has been amended to include the new duties brought in by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

    Format of responses: We have attached a template spreadsheet to this request for you to enter your response.

    Our Freedom of Information request: We kindly request the information in the query below (Requests A-C).

    In all requests ‘2023-2024’ refers to the financial year from April 2023 to March 2024. We are requesting data on homelessness presentations, assessments and eligibility (Questions 1-8) for each quarter of this financial year (below) and the total for 2023-2024:

    Quarter 1: 1st April - 30th June 2023

    Quarter 2: 1st July - 30th September 2023

    Quarter 3: 1st October - 31st December 2023

    Quarter 4: 1st January - 31st March 2024

    Annual total: 1st April 2023 - 31st March 2024 In your authority in 2023-2024, how many 16-24 year olds presented themselves as homeless, or at risk of homelessness, as a main applicant? This does not include general housing advice. By presenting we mean all who presented themselves as homeless even if they were not subsequently assessed. This might include individuals who presented before 56 days of becoming homeless, or at risk of homelessness, believed they were homeless but did not meet requirement, presented but were not eligible for homelessness assistance.

    2) In your authority in 2023-2024, how many 16-24 year olds were included as part of any household presenting as homeless or at risk of homelessness, including as main applicant? This would include either or both members of a couple aged 16-24, or any children or other adults aged 16-24 included as part of a family. If it is only possible to provide age data for the main applicant, please leave this question blank.

    3) In your authority in 2023-2024, how many 16-24 year olds were assessed for a Prevention and/or Relief duty under part 7 of the Housing Act? While this assessment is a new duty brought in by the HRA, it is a duty under part 7 of the Housing Act as amended by the HRA.

    4) In your authority in 2023-2024, how many 16-24 year olds received an initial decision of being owed: a - Prevention duty under HRA b - Relief duty under HRA

    5) Prevention duty ended: a - With accommodation secured b - Leading to relief duty c - Any other reason

    6) Relief ended: a - With accommodation secured b - for any other reason (not including those who progress to an assessment under the Housing Act 1996)

    7) In your authority in 2023-2024, how many 16-24 year olds were assessed for a statutory main housing duty under part 7 of the Housing Act By this we mean following unsuccessful prevention and/or relief outcomes, how many young people underwent a final assessment under part 7 of the Housing Act in order to assess their eligibility for a statutory main housing duty 8) In your authority in 2023-2024, how many 16-24 year olds were accepted as statutorily homeless and owed a statutory main housing duty under part 6 of the Housing Act 1996? After undergoing a final assessment, how many young people were accepted as statutorily homeless and offered a statutory main housing duty. In addition, we are also requesting totals for 2023-24 for questions 1-8 broken down by gender (male, female, and other/not known) – We are also requesting totals for 2023-24 for questions 1-3 broken down by the following nationality categories (UK, EEA, non-EEA and other) – Please note that P1E returns are not suitable for this request as they do not provide data broken down by age.

    Data Issues: If it is not possible to release some or all of the specified data, please indicate why. If you are unable to release data for some of the queries, please still complete all other queries within the FOI request.

    Published: 18 July 2024

  5. Provider payments:

     

    1. What is the current timeframe for financial year 2024/25 on which you pay childcare providers for the delivery of funded early education and childcare places? (ie. Do you currently pay providers monthly, termly, offer a choice or use a different timeframe?

     

    • Monthly

    • Termly

    • Mix/Provider choice

    • Other approach

     

    2. If you pay termly do you split the funding, please provide details of how this is done? (eg 75% at the start of term and 25% towards the end?)

     

    3. If you pay termly, when in the term do you make the first payment to providers?

     

    Within the first two weeks

    Within weeks 2-4

    Within weeks 4-6

    After week 6

     

    4. If you pay monthly, when in the month do you make the payment to providers?

    Week 1

    Week 2

    Week 3

    Week 4

     

    5. Have you consulted with providers in the last two years on how you make payments to them for the delivery of funded early education and childcare places?

    Yes

    No

    Currently running or planning consultation

     

    Capital Grants:

    The government announced £100m of capital support through the Childcare Expansion Capital Grant in autumn 2023. The fund was to support the provision of new places to support the expansion of:

    • 30-hours entitlement places for children aged 9-months to 3-year-olds

    • wraparound provision for primary school aged children

     

    6. How much (in £) was your local authority’s allocation from central government under the Childcare Expansion Capital Grant scheme?

    7. How much (in £) of your local authority’s allocation under the Childcare Expansion Capital Grant scheme has been distributed to any eligible recipients?

    8. How much (in £) of your local authority’s allocation under the Childcare Expansion Capital Grant scheme has been distributed to:

    a. private, voluntary or independent providers in the early years sector

    b. School based settings

    c. Local authority infrastructure projects

     

    9. Please provide a % breakdown of the distributed funds under the Childcare Expansion Capital Grant has been spent between:

    a. Children taking up an early years place through the expanded 30-hours entitlement for qualifying working parents

    b. Increasing the supply of wraparound childcare for primary-school aged children.

    Childcare Sufficiency Assessments:

    10. Have you completed a Childcare Sufficiency Assessments in the last two years? Please provide a copy of this CSA report.

     

    Published: 16 July 2024

  6. I would be grateful if you would provide details of your current contract covering reprographics/print arrangements under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as follows:

     

    1.      Number of MFDs (Multi-functional devices) & photocopiers at Herefordshire Council.

     

    2.      Name of incumbent.

             (Your contracts register says Ricoh).

    3.      Start/end date of contract (if expired, WHEN do you expect to revisit the marketplace).

             (Your contracts register says 30/06/24)

     

    4.      Details of any extension options.   

             (Your contracts register says none)

     

    5.      What framework / route to market used.

     

    6.      Number of regular/desktop printers (in addition to above).

     

    7.      Is there a support contract on above? If yes, please state start/end date.

    8.      Does the Council have a Print Room?

    9.      If yes, name of supplier, number of devices and start/end date of contract, also details of any extension options.

    10.   Total annual print/copy volumes including, if applicable, your Print Room, for

     

    (a)  mono

     

    (b) colour

    11.   What Print software does the Council run?

     

    12.   Your total annual spend on print.

    13.   Who is responsible for this contract at the Council?

    Published: 15 July 2024

  7. I am writing this request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act. I’d be grateful if you could provide the following information:

    1. For the years 2019-2020, 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24, please provide the number of individual cases of uncollected tax (full or partial amounts) Council Tax and the total amount in sterling of uncollected Council Tax in each of those years.

    2. A breakdown into postcode area (or former borough boundary area if easier) of all uncollected (full or partial amounts) Council Tax cases in each of the years 2019-2020, 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24.

    3. For each of the years set out above, the number of individual Council Tax debtor cases which were successfully concluded and taxes concluded and taxes collected (either in the financial of the same year or subsequently).

    4. For each of the years set about above, the number of individual Council Tax debtor cases which have remained pending/ongoing without successful conclusion For each of the years above, the number of individual Council Tax debtor cases which have been written off by the authority and taxes not collected

    Published: 11 July 2024

  8. Under the Freedom of Information Act, and with relation to the below site or sites operated by Asda Stores Limited (or other companies within the Asda group), please can you provide me with details of:

    1) The number of RIDDOR reports that have been made regarding incidents at each site, broken down by the financial years 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22, 2022/23, and 2023/24;

    2) The cause of each such incident, broken down by broad heading, where this information is held;

    3) Copies of any health and safety inspection reports held by the authority that arose from inspections of the below site or sites during the same period;

    4) Copies of any reports arising from health and safety investigations held by the authority that took place in response to incidents at the below site or sites during the same period; and 5) Details of complaints made about the site or sites by members of the public during the same period, including the numbers and reasons for such complaints, and copies of the complaints where they are held in a reasonably accessible and anonymised format.

    The site or sites in question are: ASDA - HEREFORD SUPERCENTRE 4598 BELMONT ROAD, HEREFORD, HR2 7JE

    CLARIFICATION Health and safety issues: 1. Slips, trips, wet floor, uneven floor 2. Products falling on customers 3. Pallets falling on customers 4. Home shopping trolleys or pallets colliding with customers 5. Rodent/Animal bites to customers 6. Products or shelving causing cuts, bruises, broken bones, fractures 7. Pallets in aisle's causing injury to customers/falling over products, pallets left out 8. Any incident a member of the public has reported about the store/stores that is a health and safety issue

    Published: 11 July 2024

  9. Please provide answers (to the following 4 questions) in any format that is easiest for you.

     

    If you do not record this information, please state entry as ‘N/A’. If you record this information, and the answer is zero, please state ‘0’.

     

    Questions regarding all dog breeding licenses, per year from 2017 - 2021:

     

    1.    Total number of licensed dog breeding establishments within the local authority, per year from 2017 – 2021.

     

    2.    Total number of licensed dog breeding establishments with quarantine/isolation facilities, per year from 2017 – 2021.

     

    Questions regarding each dog breeding licensed establishment, for 2021 only:

     

    3.    The number, breed and age of all breeding bitches, in each dog breeding licensed establishment (in 2021).

     

    4.    Breed(s) of male stud(s)/father(s), if different to mother’s breed (in 2021).

     

             

    Published: 8 July 2024

  10. I would like to request the number of a) breaches and b) re-negotiations of Section 106 planning obligations (as laid out in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) in this local authority from the beginning of 2010 to the present day, or as recent as the data goes. This can be in either a yearly or quarterly format.

    * I would like also data on how many of these a) breaches and b) renegotiations referred to affordable housing obligations in the same time period.

    * I would also like data on how many enforcements of planning obligations this local authority carried out in the same time period.

    Published: 5 July 2024