FOI 1729 – Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme Spend with Primary Care Networks
FOI Reference Number:
How much ARRS underspend has the ICB record in its footprint?
Does the ICB intend to reallocate this money to PCNs?
How many bids did the ICB receive for this money?
On average, how much did each bid ask for?
Can you share the bid documents with us?
How many of these bids were successful?
How much money will be redistributed?
When will this money be redistributed?
If the money is not redistributed what will it be used for?
Can you share the bids the ICB received for this underspend? And can these documents be shared in a way to account for the large file size?
Date: 16 January 2023
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION – DECISION NOTICE
Dear Sir / Madam,
FOI Reference Number: 1729
1. How much ARRS underspend has the ICB record in its footprint?
The ICB will only receive funding for actual expenditure incurred. The expected level of costs for 2022/23 is lower than the total allocation available to be claimed by the ICB and therefore no underspend will be recorded.
2. Does the ICB intend to reallocate this money to PCNs?
Yes, as per the DES guidance.
3. How many bids did the ICB receive for this money in the financial year 2022/23?
4. On average, how much did each bid ask for in the financial year 2022/23?
5. Can you share the bids the ICB received for this underspend?. And can these documents be shared in a way to account for the large file size?
All bids were to be spent on ARRS roles, as per the guidance. With regards to copies of the bids received, it is our opinion that this information is exempt from disclosure pursuant to section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This section relates to information that is exempt from disclosure that could have a detrimental effect on the commercial interests of “…any person”. Derby and Derbyshire ICB consider that at this time the commercial interests of the ICB, third parties and overall the NHS could be detrimentally impacted upon.
As this section is a qualified exemption, we are obliged to apply the public interest test as below:
Public Interest Test
It is recognised that the disclosure of the requested information may assist in providing transparency and a better understanding of the decision-making process in question and the ICB’s transactions with third parties. It may also provide assistance with regards to the use of public funds by the ICB.
Conversely to the factors demonstrated above in favour of disclosure, it is felt that the ICB, third party providers and the NHS in general could be disadvantaged should the information sought be made available to the general public through FOI. Providers compete with one another in a competitive environment and to provide full copies of all bids received could expose confidential information to competing providers. This would lead to loss of confidence by providers and suppliers and could cause significant harm to the ICB.
This disclosure could also adversely impact on any on-going or future bidding processes for the reasons outlined above. Any disclosure by the ICB could in future discourage the provision of commercially sensitive information from providers and would be likely to affect and undermine the ICB’s bargaining position in any future procurement or bidding processes or negotiations. Ultimately civil action could be taken against the ICB should information be disclosed that adversely affects the commercial interests of current and/or future providers. As a result it is our opinion that this sufficiently demonstrates the prejudice which could be caused through disclosure.
It is important to bear in mind that any disclosure under the FOI Act is a disclosure to the public at large and not just to the applicant. It is recognised that there is a general public interest in the ICB being open and transparent. However, it is not believed that this public interest is served in disclosure for damage that would be caused as outlined above.
Therefore the ICB consider that releasing this information would not be in the public interest as the public interest does not outweigh the prejudice as set out above.
6. How many of these bids were successful?
4, as the 5th had sufficient funding for their requirements.
7. How much money will be redistributed?
The 5 bids totalled £242,540.42.
8. When will this money be redistributed?
The money will be redistributed as and when the PCN requires the additional funding, as reimbursement funding is drawn down through monthly claims.
9. If the money is not redistributed what will it be used for?
It is specific to ARRS funding and cannot be redistributed elsewhere.
I hope that this answers your queries with the information we currently hold, but if I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.
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