FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

03 March 2021

This is a request for information regarding what you offer care leavers. We are aware of the current pandemic, time and resource constraints that you may have, but we would really appreciate this being

Many lower tier district councils are unaware of the Local Offer for Care Leavers. Generally, the County Councils have been creating the local offer, but they are not responsible for council tax, leisure and housing.

Here is the legislation specific to you District Councils

Children and Social Work Act 2017 2           

Local offer for care leavers

(1)        A local authority in England must publish information about—

(b)        other services which the local authority offers that may assist care leavers in, or in preparing for, adulthood and independent living.

(2)        For the purposes of subsection (1), services which may assist care leavers in, or in preparing for, adulthood and independent living include services relating to—

(a)        health and well-being;

(b)        relationships;

(c)        education and training;

(d)        employment;

(e         )accommodation;

(f)        participation in society.

(7)        In this section—

“local authority in England” means—

(b) a district council;

Whilst it is vital that young people are aware of their entitlements, it is also important that local authorities are clear about how they will provide any support.

Legislation also recognises the need to review your local offer, and where you may not currently offer some of the things we have listed, or you may not have a local offer in place, now could be an opportunity to add/create a local offer.

I’m a care leaver myself and I’ve got lots of experience with Local Offers and have worked with many councils across England, I’m more than happy to schedule a Teams/Zoom call free of charge with you if you want any advice and guidance.

Kind Regards

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Information Request – Lower Tier

Joint Local Offer

Nottinghamshire had the first joint local offer between its County and District Councils. This was co-produced by the county and the districts. You only have a genuine “Joint” local offer if it has been co-produced.

Do you have a local offer for care leavers in partnership with the County Council.                              YES  /  NO

If yes – please give details

If no – Would you consider creating a joint offer to include all the districts in your County?           YES  /  NO

Publishing the Local Offer

Have you published the Local Offer for Care Leavers                                                                                       YES  /  NO

If Yes, how

Printable format (please attached pdf)                                                                                                                  YES  /  NO

Online                                                                                                                                                                                   YES  /  NO

If Yes, where

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Downloadable App                                                                                                                                                         YES  /  NO

If yes, please give details (Name/publisher)

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Have care leavers fed co-produced the Local Offer with corporate                                                           YES  /  NO

If yes, please give details

 

Who would you like to be the main contact for your care leavers to contact you?

Name                    ________________________________________

Email                     ________________________________________

Phone                   ________________________________________

 

Gym and leisure center access for care leavers

Gym membership for care leavers                                                                                                                           YES  /  NO

Free access to swimming                                                                                                                                              YES  /  NO

Free access to classes                                                                                                                                                    YES  /  NO

If yes up to what age                                                                                                                                                      ________

Can care leavers take a friend?                                                                                                                                  YES  /  NO

Who can care leavers contact to apply?

 

 

 

Council Tax Exemption

Do you provide council tax exemption for Care Leavers?                                                                                               YES  /  NO

If yes up to what age                                                                                                                                                      ________

Is this only available to care leavers from your local authority?                                                                    YES  /  NO

Please tell us what care leavers must do to apply?

 

 

 

 

Housing

Social Housing

Do care leavers get priority banding for social housing?                                                                                  YES  /  NO

If yes up to what age to they get priority                                                                                                                               ________

And what banding priority do they get                                                                                                                   ________

Please tell us any further details on how they qualify and what they should do?

 

 

Deposit in the private rental sector (accepting this is not always a blanket offer)

Do you in principal assist with: 

Will your local authority provide a deposit for care leavers in private rented property                      YES  /  NO

If yes, please give details

 

Work and training

Do you offer any work experience within your local authority for Care Leavers?                                 YES  /  NO

If yes, how many per year?                                                                                                                                         ________

If no, would you consider it?                                                                                                                                       YES  /  NO

Do you ring fence any apprentices within your local authority for Care Leavers?                                 YES  /  NO

If yes, how many per year?                                                                                                                                         ________

How many care leavers are working in your local authority as apprentices?                                           YES  /  NO

If yes, how many per year?                                                                                                                                         YES  /  NO

 

 

 

 

Please tell us anything else about work and training that you do to support care leavers?



East Herts Council Response

31 March 2021

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

Joint Local Offer

Nottinghamshire had the first joint local offer between its County and District Councils. This was co-produced by the county and the districts. You only have a genuine “Joint” local offer if it has been co-produced.

Do you have a local offer for care leavers in partnership with the County Council.                              YES  joint housing protocol

If yes – please give details

If no – Would you consider creating a joint offer to include all the districts in your County?           YES  /  

Publishing the Local Offer

Have you published the Local Offer for Care Leavers                                                                                        /  NO

If Yes, how

Printable format (please attached pdf)                                                                                                                 N/A 

Online                                                                                                                                                                                   

If Yes, where

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Downloadable App                                                                                                                                                         

If yes, please give details (Name/publisher)

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Have care leavers fed co-produced the Local Offer with corporate                                                             /  NO

If yes, please give details

 

Who would you like to be the main contact for your care leavers to contact you?

We do not release details of individual members of staff below head of service level

The majority of services for care leavers are with the county council

Contacts for individual services are published on our website 

 

Gym and leisure center access for care leavers

Gym membership for care leavers                                                                                                                           /  NO

Free access to swimming                                                                                                                                           /  NO

Free access to classes                                                                                                                                                  /  NO

If yes up to what age                                                                                                                                                      ________

Can care leavers take a friend?                                                                                                                                  /  NO

Who can care leavers contact to apply?

 

 

 

Council Tax Exemption

Do you provide council tax exemption for Care Leavers?                                                                                               NO

If yes up to what age                                                                                                                                                      ________

Is this only available to care leavers from your local authority?                                                                    

Please tell us what care leavers must do to apply?

 

 

 

 

Housing

Social Housing

Do care leavers get priority banding for social housing?                                                                                  YES 

 

If yes up to what age to they get priority                                                                                                                               If they require support and are referred by County Council  -No age limit

And what banding priority do they get                                                                                                                   Details are in the council’s published Hosuing Register Policy – but should be referred and supported by Herts County Council

Please tell us any further details on how they qualify and what they should do?

 

 

Deposit in the private rental sector (accepting this is not always a blanket offer)

Do you in principal assist with: 

Will your local authority provide a deposit for care leavers in private rented property                      YES 

If yes, please give details                                                                                                                                       The scheme is available to anyone at risk of homelessness or who is homeless.  The councils provides an upfront deposit directly to the landlord and this is held in the council’s name.  The rent in advance is also paid to the landlord and the tenant repays its value back to the council via an interest free Credit Union Loan.

 

 

Work and training

Do you offer any work experience within your local authority for Care Leavers?                                 YES  /  We offer work experience and would consider care leavers

If yes, how many per year?                                                                                                                             None have identified as care leavers at this point            ________

If no, would you consider it?                                                                                                                                       

Do you ring fence any apprentices within your local authority for Care Leavers?                                   /  NO

If yes, how many per year?                                                                                                                                         ________

How many care leavers are working in your local authority as apprentices?                                           Zero

If yes, how many per year?                                                                                                                                         

 

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.