Freedom of information response

Housing allocation and the provision of medical advice

Publication date: 
Thursday 21 November 2019
Request: 

I would like some information related to housing allocation and the provision of medical advice

Does the council use any private company to provide medical advice or reports relating to council housing or housing benefit claims?

If yes, please provide the name of the company/companies

If yes, please also provide the annual cost of outsourced medical advice

If yes, please also provide the year in which any current contracts relating to outsourced medical advice began, and the year in which they will end.

I include in .1 any medical advice used by housing officers to determine whether a person is eligible for council housing, whether a person ought to be moved, or any other decision where a person's medical issues are deemed relevant.

Response: 

1. Yes Housing does but Housing Benefits do not use Private Medical Company to provide advice.

2. The housing department use Now Medical and they have a stage 2 exemption, meaning that the council are free to use this supplier on a year by year basis.

3. The council publish monthly expenditure, the list of suppliers and contracts is also in the public domain, see links below:

List of payments to suppliers: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/what-we-spend/payments-to-suppliers

List of registered suppliers: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/contract-opportunities-with-other-organisations/responding-to-tenders

4. Please see following web link which provides contract information: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/our-contracts/current-contracts  

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Request reference:
FOI 9529