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Dear Arts Council England,

Please supply all application and assessment information relating to the awarding of Culture Recovery Fund monies (£218,137) to ,Bloom Leisure Ltd
located in Manchester

This should include the application form, any correspondence between ACE andBloom Leisure Ltd and any marking or assessments relating to the award, including notes from ACE or local decision meetings and decision-makers as well as how the sum awarded was calculated.

Yours faithfully,

Jordan Allison

Information, Arts Council England

Dear Jordan,

 

Thank you for your request for information from Arts Council England.

 

I can confirm that your request will be considered in line with our
obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This means that we
will respond to your request in full as soon as possible and, at the
latest, within 20 working days (not including UK bank holidays) from the
day after we received your email.

 

Consequently, the official date you can expect to hear from us by is 2
February 2021.

 

However, due to the current challenges presented by the coronavirus
(Covid-19) pandemic, our staff’s resources may be diverted from their
normal work. Although, as mentioned above, we will aim to provide a
response within 20 working days, it may not be possible in every
circumstance.

 

If you would like to know more about how we will deal with your request
for information, you can find information on our website
[1]http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/who-we-are...

 

Alternatively, for a more comprehensive look at information rights
legislation, please visit the Information Commissioner’s website
[2]http://www.ico.org.uk

 

If you have any further queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to
contact us.

 

Kind regards,

 

Paul Holmes

Assistant, Information

Arts Council England

 

Tel 0161 934 4474

E-mail [3][email address]

 

From: Jordan Allison <[FOI #715883 email]>
Sent: 04 January 2021 16:14
To: FOI <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Bloom Leisure Ltd

 

Dear Arts Council England,

Please supply all application and assessment information relating to the
awarding of Culture Recovery Fund monies (£218,137) to ,Bloom Leisure Ltd

located in Manchester

This should include the application form, any correspondence between ACE
andBloom Leisure Ltd and any marking or assessments relating to the award,
including notes from ACE or local decision meetings and decision-makers as
well as how the sum awarded was calculated.

Yours faithfully,

Jordan Allison

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Dear Jordan

 

Thank you for your request for information from Arts Council England.

 

As previously mentioned, we can confirm that this request was considered
in line with our obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Your request:

 

Please supply all application and assessment information relating to the
awarding of Culture Recovery Fund monies (£218,137) to ,Bloom Leisure Ltd

 

located in Manchester

 

This should include the application form, any correspondence between ACE
and Bloom Leisure Ltd and any marking or assessments relating to the
award, including notes from ACE or local decision meetings and
decision-makers as well as how the sum awarded was calculated.

 

Our Response:

 

Please see attached for copies of the documentation relating to the
Culture Recovery Fund application for Bloom Leisure Ltd. Please note that
the Cultural Recovery Fund applications for £250,000 and below were
assessed through discussions within decision meetings and not by written
assessments.

 

You will notice that some information has been withheld. We have explained
below why this is the case under our obligations in respect to the Freedom
of Information Act.

 

Section 40(2) – personal data

 

Section 40(2) provides an exemption from the disclosure obligation where
that information is 1) personal data and 2) where releasing the
information would contravene the Data Protection Act 2018. The Arts
Council has a responsibility to hold the personal data of other
individuals securely and in line with the principles of the GDPR and Data
Protection Act. Releasing this information would contravene the first
principle of fair and lawful processing.

 

Section 43(2) – Prejudicial to commercial interests (relating to
unsuccessful applicants referenced in decision panel documents)

 

A public authority is entitled to withhold information under this
provision where disclosure of that information would be likely to
prejudice the commercial interests of any persons (including the authority
holding the information). The Arts Council considers that disclosing
information about other unsuccessful applicants is likely to jeopardise
the commercial interests of the organisations in question.

 

Under Section 43(2) we are also required to carry out a public interest
test to determine whether the public interest in disclosing commercially
prejudicial information is outweighed by the public interest in
withholding the information.

 

Public Interest Test

 

Factors in favour of disclosure

·       It is acknowledged that disclosing the information requested would
enhance transparency and accountability.

·       As a publicly funded organisation, the public has a legitimate
interest in the Arts Council’s activities.

·       Disclosure would increase public awareness, thus enabling a public
debate about decisions made by Arts Council England in relation to this
programme.

 

Factors against disclosure

·       It is not in the public interest for the commercial viability of
applicants to be jeopardised unnecessarily, or for their commercial
interests to be disproportionately prejudiced.

·       It is not in the public interest for the processes through which
public funding is invested to be compromised. The Arts Council is required
to ensure that these processes are robust, fair, impartial, and not
subject to undue influence.

·       It is not in the public interest for applicants to be deterred
from applying for funding, or engaging with us, because they have concerns
relating to the protection of their confidential and commercially
sensitive information.

 

On balance the Arts Council is of the view that the public interest in
withholding this information outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

 

Copyright notice

 

Please note that copyright of the information you have been given belongs
to Arts Council England. Copyright material must not be copied,
distributed, modified, reproduced, transmitted, published (including
published on the Internet or an intranet), or otherwise made available in
whole or in part without the prior written consent of the copyright
holder.

 

We hope you are satisfied with the way in which we have dealt with your
request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, however, if
you are not satisfied that this is the case then you are entitled to an
internal review. To request an internal review please contact us by reply
to this email, within two months of the date of this correspondence,
explaining what specifically you would like us to review under the Act.
Alternatively you can detail your specific concerns in writing and send
them to the Chief Executive, Arts Council England, 21 Bloomsbury Street,
London, WC1B 3HF or email to [1][email address]

 

Subsequently, if you are not content with the outcome of the internal
review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information
Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted
at Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Kind regards

 

Information Management Team

Arts Council England

Email: [2][email address]

 

From: Information
Sent: 04 January 2021 16:49
To: Jordan Allison <[FOI #715883 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Bloom Leisure Ltd

 

Dear Jordan,

 

Thank you for your request for information from Arts Council England.

 

I can confirm that your request will be considered in line with our
obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This means that we
will respond to your request in full as soon as possible and, at the
latest, within 20 working days (not including UK bank holidays) from the
day after we received your email.

 

Consequently, the official date you can expect to hear from us by is 2
February 2021.

 

However, due to the current challenges presented by the coronavirus
(Covid-19) pandemic, our staff’s resources may be diverted from their
normal work. Although, as mentioned above, we will aim to provide a
response within 20 working days, it may not be possible in every
circumstance.

 

If you would like to know more about how we will deal with your request
for information, you can find information on our website
[3]http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/who-we-are...

 

Alternatively, for a more comprehensive look at information rights
legislation, please visit the Information Commissioner’s website
[4]http://www.ico.org.uk

 

If you have any further queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to
contact us.

 

Kind regards,

 

Paul Holmes

Assistant, Information

Arts Council England

 

Tel 0161 934 4474

E-mail [5][email address]

 

From: Jordan Allison <[6][FOI #715883 email]>
Sent: 04 January 2021 16:14
To: FOI <[7][email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Bloom Leisure Ltd

 

Dear Arts Council England,

Please supply all application and assessment information relating to the
awarding of Culture Recovery Fund monies (£218,137) to ,Bloom Leisure Ltd

located in Manchester

This should include the application form, any correspondence between ACE
andBloom Leisure Ltd and any marking or assessments relating to the award,
including notes from ACE or local decision meetings and decision-makers as
well as how the sum awarded was calculated.

Yours faithfully,

Jordan Allison

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latest advice from the ICO:

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be delayed.

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