Academies Condition Improvement Fund

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Dear Education Funding Agency,

Please provide me with the following information:

1) A list of academies who were successful applicants of the Academies Condition Improvement Fund 2016/17

2) The amount allocated to each academy.

Please provide information electronically.

Yours faithfully,

Julie Robinson

Education Funding Agency

Dear Ms Robinson

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2016-0041971.

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Education Funding Agency

Dear Ms Robinson,

Thank you for your request for information received on 9 September 2016. You requested to see a copy of the list of academies who were successful applicants of the Academies Condition Improvement Fund 2016/17 and the amount allocated to each academy.
I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Question 1:

The list of successful projects was published on 24 March 2016 at https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....
A further list of projects which were successful following appeal was published on 8 July 2016 at https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

Question 2:

The department holds the information you have requested. However, I consider that the information we hold within scope of your request might be exempt from release under section 22 of the Act. Section 22 provides for information to be exempt from disclosure where the information is held by the department with a view to its publication by the department or any other person at some future date. The information was already held with a view to such publication at the time your request was made and it is reasonable in the circumstances that the information should be withheld until that date.

Section 22 of the Act is a qualified exemption which means a public interest test needs to be carried out, in doing so the following factors have been fully considered:
It is acknowledged that there is a general public interest in disclosure because of the need for there to be open and transparent government and that the sharing of information with the public should be free and open.

The public interest in permitting the government to publish information in a manner and at a time of its own choosing is also important. It is part of the effective conduct of public affairs that the general publication of information is a conveniently planned and managed activity within the reasonable control of the public authority.

It is not reasonable for the government to be expected to release piecemeal information in advance of its planned timetable and planned publication, and there is a strong argument in favour of allowing everyone to view this information at the same time.

The arguments for and against release have been considered and it is our view that the balance of public interest falls in favour of the maintenance of this exemption in relation to the information relating to this request.

Most documents produced by a government department or agency will be protected by Crown Copyright. Most Crown copyright information can be re-used under the Open Government Licence (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o...). For information about the OGL and about re-using Crown Copyright information please see The National Archives website -http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/infor....
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communication.
If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should make a complaint to the department by writing to me within 2 calendar months of the date of this letter. Any complaint would be considered by an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original consideration of your request.
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Yours sincerely,

Toby Macer
EFA Capital Correspondence Team

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