Big Society

M Bimmler made this Freedom of Information request to Arts and Humanities Research Council

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The request was refused by Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Dear Arts and Humanities Research Council,

in response to recent articles in the media, I would like to request access to the following information

1) Any records you hold on the inclusion of the concept of "Big Society" in the AHRC's Delivery Plan 2011-2015. This includes but is not limited to internal and external correspondence as well as records of meetings.

2) Any records you hold on the recent funding settlement with BIS and its negotiation. This includes but is not limited to internal and external correspondence as well as records of meetings.

If you believe the cost threshold provision may be engaged in relation to item 1), I would also accept that you provide copies of all records concerned with the AHRC's Delivery Plan 2011-2015 without filtering them for reference to the "Big Society" concept, although the latter should be possible with a computerized search of the document as opposed to the necessity of manually reading each document.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Bimmler

Dear Arts and Humanities Research Council,

I would appreciate an acknowledgement of my request.

Yours faithfully,

M Bimmler

Graham Hardy (AHRC),

Dear Mr Bimmler,

Thank you for your request for information dated 3rd April.  Your request
is being considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and I will
respond accordingly.  Please accept my apologies for the delay in
responding with this acknowledgment.

Regards

Graham

Graham Hardy | Information Services Manager

AHRC | Polaris House, North Star Ave, Swindon. SN2 1FL

Phone 01793 41 6017

Email [1][email address]

Web [2]www.ahrc.ac.uk

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Graham Hardy (AHRC),

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Dear Mr Bimmler,

Please find attached AHRC's response to your Freedom of Information
Request.

If you have any questions related to this response, please contact me in
the first instance.

Regards

Graham

Graham Hardy | Information Services Manager

AHRC | Polaris House, North Star Ave, Swindon. SN2 1FL

Phone 01793 41 6017

Email [1][email address]

Web [2]www.ahrc.ac.uk

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Dear Mr Hardy,

many thanks for your response which I have just read. I appreciate that you provided me with information on how the Delivery Plan came into existence. However, I respectfully contest the conclusion that section 36 is involved. Eventualiter, if section 36 is considered involved, I submit that the public interest in releasing the information is higher than the public interest in withholding information.

Thus, I ask for an internal review.

Yours sincerely,

M Bimmler

Dear Graham Hardy (AHRC),

further to my previous message, may I also say that I am most grateful that you made the effort to respond as quickly as possible, not using the statutory full 20 days? This is quite unusual and I commend you for it.

Yours sincerely,

M Bimmler

Graham Hardy (AHRC),

Dear Mr Bimmler,

You are fully entitled to the internal review and I will forward this request and all correspondence to Cecilia Sparke, who deals with complaints and internal reviews. Cecilia will respond to you accordingly.

Thank you for your follow up email regarding the timeliness of the response. I try to respond to all requests as soon as possible to avoid any delays.

Regards

Graham

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Alison Lennon (AHRC),

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Dear Mr Bimmler,

Please find attached AHRC's response to your request for an internal
review following your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Please contact me direct if you have any further queries about this matter
that I can help you with.

Yours sincerely,

Alison Lennon

Alison Lennon | Associate Director Resources

AHRC | Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1FL

Phone 01793 416010

[mobile number]

Email [1][email address]

Web [2]www.ahrc.ac.uk

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Dear Alison Lennon,

thank you for your e-mail.

While I (as you might not be surprised to hear) do not agree with the conclusion of your letter, I would like to put on record my appreciation for the fast response to my internal review as well as to my original FOI request.

Quite a few ministerial departments with more (human) resources than the AHRC for dealing with FOI requests could learn from this example.

Yours sincerely,

M Bimmler

M Bimmler left an annotation ()

FS50390437

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DN issued in FS50390437 on 28 February 2012.

Mostly upholds my complaint and orders AHRC to release the records requested, with a few (rather small) exemptions.

Dear Arts and Humanities Research Council,

I have today received Decision Notice FS50390437 from the Information Commissioner's Office regarding this case.

If you have received the Decision Notice as well, you will already be aware that it directs the AHRC to disclose most of the information I have sought, with a few exceptions.

I look forward to receiving such information within 35 calendar days as stipulated by the notice, unless the AHRC decides to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal. If AHRC decides to appeal, I would appreciate a brief communication to that effect.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Bimmler

Daniel Sykes (AHRC),

Dear Mr Bimmler,

 

The AHRC has indeed received the Decision Notice that you refer to below.
My colleagues Graham Hardy and Alison Lennon are not in the office today,
though I am sure they will be in touch with you shortly regarding the
outcome of your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Daniel

 

 

Daniel Sykes | Information Services Project Manager

 

Arts and Humanities Research Council | T: 01793 41 6044

Polaris House
North Star Avenue
Swindon
SN2 1FL

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Alison Lennon (AHRC),

Dear Mr Bimmler

 

I am writing to inform you that yesterday the AHRC submitted an appeal
against the ICO’s decision notice dated 28^th February 2012 to the
First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights).

 

As a result the AHRC will be waiting for the outcome of the appeal before
releasing any of the information outlined in the decision notice to you.

 

I will be back in contact with you once we have an outcome of the appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Alison Lennon

 

Alison Lennon | Associate Director Resources

AHRC | Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1FL

 

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Now playing out at the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights), ref. EA/2012/0067

Graham Hardy (AHRC),

Dear Parties,

 

In reply to the Response,  Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
would like to bring your attention to the two matters below.

 

1.       BIS named as appellant in the Appeal documentation

 

I would query whether the Department for Business Innovation & Skills
should be named as the appellant.  AHRC is an Executive NDPB of BIS and is
named as a separate public authority in the FoI Act.  As such I believe
that AHRC should be the appellant.  For your information, initially BIS
was named as the Public Authority in the Decision Notice dated 28 February
2012 .  At that time Steve Lee in BIS' Central FoI team spoke to the BIS
account manager at the ICO who confirmed that this was an error. 

 

2.       Ground 6 - Redaction of BIS staff names

 

BIS have requested that the names of some staff are redacted.  These are
the names of junior members of staff or names of staff who would not
reasonably expect their personal data to be disclosed.  At the time these
discussions took place these staff were not in public-facing roles within
the Department and were without significant levels of personal judgement
and responsibility. 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Graham

 

Graham Hardy | Information Services Manager

AHRC | Polaris House, North Star Ave, Swindon. SN2 1FL

 

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