Birmingham arts organisation funding

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to request information that led to the Birmingham Council Cabinet decision made public on 13 December 2010 to allocate £7,825,210 to Birmingham Arts Organisations and Associated Programmes.

I am seeking clarity on the 2011-13 Birmingham City Council Cultural Activities Commissioning Assessments process and therefore request access to the following information:

The full internal officer assessments (not the summary assessments) of the Council- funded arts organisations used to support the funding decisions approved by Cabinet.

The final scoring charts, graphs or tables showing the breakdown of scores used for the comparative analysis process.

The minutes and notes of the assessment panel discussion, and of the adjudication or moderation panel discussion.

The full Equalities impact assessment showing projected effects on the diversity of cultural provision in the city.

The full Long term impact assessment showing the impact of proposals on the future of culture in Birmingham

All documents, agendas, recommendations, spreadsheets and appendices – including any and all unreleased elements – that were presented to the Cabinet on 13 December 2010.

Many public authorities release the rationale for funding decisions in line with the Freedom of Information Act. The exemption for commercial interest under Section 43 of the Act is a qualified exemption which means information can only be withheld if it is in the public interest. The public has an interest in understanding how and why funding decisions for arts organisations are made, as recognized by Birmingham Council when it introduced a new process for supporting arts activities in 2006 in order to improve transparency.

My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic means. If you are supplying spreadsheet/numerical data I would be appreciative it could be in CSV format rather than PDF. If one part of this request can be answered sooner than others, please send that information first followed by any subsequent data. If you need any clarification of this request please feel free to email me.
I would appreciate it if you could confirm that you have received this request and I look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.

Regards,
Hedy Korbee

Birmingham City Council

Dear Hedy Korbee

Freedom of Information Act 2000 *** Request for Information

Thank you for your request which was received on 2 February 2011 for
information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we
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Yours sincerely

Rosa Hunter
Information Governance Officer
Data Protection / Freedom of Information
Performance & Support Services

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Birmingham City Council

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Dear Hedy Korbee

See attached letter relating to your Freedom of Information request.

Lynda Parchment
Admin Support Officer
Environment and Culture - Committee Services
Data Protection / Freedom of Information
0121 303 4638

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Birmingham City Council

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Dear Hedy Korbee

See the attached letter relating to your Freedom of Information request.

Lynda Parchment
Compliance Assistant
Environment and Culture - Committee Services
Data Protection / Freedom of Information
0121 303 4638

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Dear Hedy Korbee

Please find attached a response to your FOI enquiry.

(See attached file: FOI 5069 Korbee Attach 5B.doc)(See attached file: FOI
5069- Korbee Final Response1.doc)(See attached file: FOI 5069 Korbee Attach
2A.xls)(See attached file: FOI 5069 Korbee Attach 2B.xls)(See attached
file: FOI 5069 Korbee Attach 5A.doc)

val llewellyn
Compliance
Environment and Culture
303 4404

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Birmingham City Council

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Dear Hedy Korbee,

Please see attached a further response to your recent enquiry for
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

(See attached file: FOI 5069 Korbee Final Response Part2.doc)
(See attached file: FOI 5069 Korbee Final response Attach 2.pdf)(See
attached file: FOI 5069 Korbee Final response Attach 1A.pdf)(See attached
file: FOI 5069 Korbee Final response Attach 1B.pdf)

val llewellyn
compliance officer
Environment and Culture

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