FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

10 December 2018

1.      Do you offer a childcare allowance for councillors?

 

2.      Do you offer an adult dependent carers’ allowance for councillors?

 

3.      Does i) your childcare allowance and ii) your adult dependent carers’ allowance pay for the actual costs members incur for childcare?

 

4.      If not, what is the maximum payment per hour for i) childcare and ii) adult dependent care?

 

5.      Are councillors permitted to claim allowances for more than one dependent for the same period of time?

 

6.      Are councillors who receive Carers Allowance from the Government able to claim the council’s dependent carers allowance?

 

7.      Is there a maximum payment over the course of a year or any other period of time for dependent carers’ allowance for councillors?

 

8.      What are the requirements in terms of the standard or formality of care that must be met for councillors to receive payments for i) childcare and ii) adult dependent care

 

9.      Do dependent carers allowances cover all council related business, including all committee meetings, ad-hoc meetings with council staff or other councillors, surgeries, and other related council business?



East Herts Council Response

10 December 2018

I am writing to acknowledge your written request for information.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

The Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an assessment of your request and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released.  You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you.  You will be informed if this is the case.

There may be a fee payable for this information, this will be considered and you will be informed if any fees are payable.  In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released.  The 20 working day time limit for the response is suspended until receipt of payment.

If you have any queries about the processing of your request then please do not hesitate to contact me.

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

Your personal details will be held within out Information Request case management system, and only used for the purposes of evaluating and processing your request.

While details of your information request may be published on the council website, your personal details will never be published or released to anyone outside the council unless it is required by the Information Commissioners Office.

Thank you for your request.

 



East Herts Council Response

11 December 2018

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

1.      Do you offer a childcare allowance for councillors? yes

 

2.      Do you offer an adult dependent carers’ allowance for councillors? yes

 

3.      Does i) your childcare allowance and ii) your adult dependent carers’ allowance pay for the actual costs members incur for childcare? No

 

4.      If not, what is the maximum payment per hour for i) childcare and ii) adult dependent care? £9.00 and £10.15

 

5.      Are councillors permitted to claim allowances for more than one dependent for the same period of time? There is no policy currently in place covering this

 

6.      Are councillors who receive Carers Allowance from the Government able to claim the council’s dependent carers allowance? There is no current policy covering this

 

7.      Is there a maximum payment over the course of a year or any other period of time for dependent carers’ allowance for councillors? There is no maximum currently set

 

8.      What are the requirements in terms of the standard or formality of care that must be met for councillors to receive payments for i) childcare and ii) adult dependent care

In each case, the dependant must normally live with the Member as part of the family and be unable to be left unsupervised.  The carer can be any responsible mature person who does not normally live with the claimant as part of the family.  The allowance should not be payable in respect of members of the Councillor’s immediate and close family.

 

9.      Do dependent carers allowances cover all council related business, including all committee meetings, ad-hoc meetings with council staff or other councillors, surgeries, and other related council business?

claims may only be made for formal committee meetings

 

To the knowledge of those working with elected members we do not recall any member making any claims of this nature.

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.