Dear Leeds City Council,

It has recently been disclosed that...

"in-place since 2010 – 2011 is a long standing local agreement across a minority of Community Hubs that requests that all customers accessing these sites who are wearing a “Hoodie” are asked that they remove their hoods as they enter the site. This is due to the number of incidents of Anti – Social - Behaviour and knife crimes in the Harehill’s area."

and

"From a legal perspective there is no law that says people covering their heads for faith reasons can’t be asked to uncover them especially if it is for identity or security purposes."

1. I would like you to provide me with the original policy document stating this "local agreement"
2. I would like you to provide me with any and all information regarding to any and all incidents which have occurred at your "community hubs" where the offenders have been wearing a "Hoodie"
3. I would like you to provide me with the location of the information in which it states that from a legal perspective, anyone asked to remove their head coverings, whether worn for faith reasons or other reasons MUST oblige under LAW or under LEGAL Statutes.
4. I would also like you to provide me with the health and safety report which was carried out in order to determine that those wearing hats or Burqa's, which can be used to obscure the faces of the wearers are not a safety concern but those wearing Hoodies, which do not obscure the face of the wearer are a concern.

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Elliott

DPFOI, Leeds City Council

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IMG.Requests, Leeds City Council

Dear Daniel Elliott,

 

Freedom of Information Request (Ref: 211101)

 

I refer to the above and your request dated 03 August 2019. I have
contacted the relevant services and now provide a response to your request
relating to Community Hub policies.

 

1. I would like you to provide me with the original policy document
stating this "local agreement"

 

there is no policy, as it states it is a local agreement

 

2. I would like you to provide me with any and all information regarding
to any and all incidents which have occurred at your "community hubs"
where the offenders have been wearing a "Hoodie"

 

there have been no incidents other than the one in question, which was
more to do with the individuals behaviour/communication with guards

 

3. I would like you to provide me with the location of the information in
which it states that from a legal perspective, anyone asked to remove
their head coverings, whether worn for faith reasons or other reasons MUST
oblige under LAW or under LEGAL Statutes.

 

It’s a local agreement regarding hoodies so no legalities apply. It is a
request to the individual to remove the hood, any removal from the centre
is based on behaviour

 

4. I would also like you to provide me with the health and safety report
which was carried out in order to determine that those wearing hats or
Burqa's, which can be used to obscure the faces of the wearers are not a
safety concern but those wearing Hoodies, which do not obscure the face of
the wearer are a concern.

 

there is no health and safety report

 

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dissatisfied with this response you have a right to appeal to an
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and assess whether we have adhered to the requirements of the act. Should
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Office of the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
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I trust that this is self-explanatory.  If you have any queries please
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Yours sincerely

 

Mr Adam O’Connell

Information Governance Officer

Requests team

Information Management & Governance

Digital and Information Service

Leeds City Council

 

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