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Jess Silverstone made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to The National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear The National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux,

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Please provide any information that you hold answering to any of the following descriptions:

1. Any application you made in 2019 or 2020 to be a “Stonewall Diversity Champion” or to be included on Stonewall’s “Workplace Equality Index,” including any attachments or appendices to those applications. Please redact personal details if necessary.

2. Any feedback you received in 2019 or 2020 from Stonewall in relation to either application or programme.

3. Any other communication you have received from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020 unless privileged or otherwise exempt from disclosure (but if you claim privilege or exemption in relation to any material, please say in broad terms what the material is and the basis on which you claim to be entitled to withhold it).

4. Full details of any equality impact assessment you carried out connected with any of these applications (including any equality impact assessment carried out prior to an earlier application of the same kind, if no further assessment was done).

5. Details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall (i) in 2019; (ii) in 2020, whether or not as payment for goods or services.

6. Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme in the future, and if so which.

Yours faithfully,
Jess Silverstone

FOI Requests CitA, The National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux

Dear Jess,

Your reference: FOI-FEB-003-2021
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by Citizens Advice on 4 February 2021, in which you sought access to
information relating to Citizens Advices' involvement with any Stonewall
programmes or schemes. You listed 6 descriptions which you wanted us to
address.

Although your enquiry references  the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA), neither National Citizens Advice nor Citizens Advice local offices
(formerly known as bureau) are fully covered by the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (FOIA). The FOIA applies to public authorities.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) the FOIA’s regulator’s
definition is as follows “Public authorities include government
departments, local authorities, the NHS, state schools and police forces.
However, the Act does not necessarily cover every organisation that
receives public money. For example, it does not cover some charities that
receive grants and certain private sector organisations that perform
public functions”.

We can confirm that Citizens Advice are one of the charities where parts
of the business are not covered by FOIA. National Citizens Advice is
subject to the FOIA in respect of certain consumer information only, such
as that recorded by its consumer service, Healthwatch services and that
recorded by virtue of the Consumer Futures functions transferred in April
2014. Although, complaint information recorded about Consumer Futures is
not subject to FoIA.

All other information held by Citizens Advice as a result of its other
functions and that held by individual local Citizens Advice are not
subject to the FoIA.  Each local Citizens Advice is an independent
organisation in its own right and would therefore have a level of
responsibility for recording their own information and statistics.

Although we are not processing your enquiry under the FOIA, we still have
a duty to assist and wish to provide some of the information requested:
Any application you made in 2019 or 2020 to be a “Stonewall Diversity
Champion” or to be included on Stonewall’s “Workplace Equality Index,”
including any attachments or appendices to those applications. Please
redact personal details if necessary.
Citizens Advice has been a Stonewall Diversity Champion in 2019 and 2020.
We have not recently applied to enter either their Workplace Equality
Index or Global Equality Index and therefore have no feedback or
application to share.
Our Diversity Champion membership is an annual renewal without an
application process

Any feedback you received in 2019 or 2020 from Stonewall in relation to
either application or programme.
Not applicable as we have not made an application.

Full details of any equality impact assessment you carried out connected
with any of these applications (including any equality impact assessment
carried out prior to an earlier application of the same kind, if no
further assessment was done).
Not applicable - we have not carried out EIAs for our membership, as
Stonewall’s values are in line with our EDI values at Citizens Advice.

Details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall (i) in 2019;
(ii) in 2020, whether or not as payment for goods or services.
We have paid £3000 (including VAT) per annum for our Stonewall Diversity
Champions membership. (This is in relation to our EDI team only)

Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme in
the future, and if so which.
We currently intend to continue our existing membership of Stonewall
Diversity Champions.
If you have any further questions about your request, please contact us at
[1][Citizens Advice request email] quoting your reference number.
Yours sincerely,
Charlotte
FOI Requests CitA
 
[2]Citizens Advice

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