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1. Reminder: local authorities (LAs) to submit grant return and use of funds statement by 24 October 2016
Local authorities are reminded to upload their chief financial officer signed grant return and use of funds statement for 2015 to 2016 using the local authorities grant returns guidance.
There will no longer be a requirement to submit an EFA LA grant return in April annually.
2. Action: high needs place change notification arrangements for 2017 to 2018 for local authorities
The process to notify EFA of changes to high needs place numbers for 2017 to 2018 in EFA funded institutions launched today (13 October 2016). Local authorities can access their high needs place change notification workbook via the EFA Data Collection Portal. All requests must be signed by the Director of Children’s Services and submitted by Friday 25 November 2016.
We’ve published the technical note for the high needs place change notifications process. The document will show you how to complete the place change notification workbook.
3. Action: EFA customer reference group
We recognise that all of our customers are busy and we strive to get our interaction with you, and yours with us, right first time. The best way for us to achieve this is to ask for your input by becoming a member of our refreshed customer reference group.
We want to build a reference group that is representative of the providers we work with, and consists of individuals who deal with us directly in their role. The group will be asked to input on all aspect of EFA’s work and at different stages in development, implementation and delivery. As a member, you would simply contribute where your experience fits.
The reference group will be largely run through an online forum, but we will also hold face-to-face meetings as appropriate.
To launch the reference group, we would like to invite you join a webinar launching the online forum. There are two options.
The password to register: EFACRG
If you would like to join the group but are unable to attend either webinar, please contact us via our online enquiry form.